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SeaTech® Week online programme announcement

P Atkinson - 30-sept.-2020 17:54:05

London, 30  September,  2020 – As  Sea Tech Week®  moves online, the organisers anno u nce a jampacked programme  which reinforces  the  biennial conference’s position as a global reference and an expansive launchpad for professionals, including 30 e-conferences about the latest advances in both marine science and R&D, as well as B2B meetings.   A deep dive into advances in marine science & technologies    Renewable energies and marine observation are at the forefront of  the   SeaTech® Week programme , though conference sessions will explore topics as diverse as:    new technologies in the field of wind & water-powered renewable energies    robotics in marine observation    marine observation through space imaging   ecosystems and coastal observation      The   line - up   includes world experts and leaders in their fields  such as   Simon Pascoe ,  Morbihan Hydro Energy   and  Niki Vermeulen , Senior Lecturer at  University of Edinburgh  representing the UK .  S essions  include   ‘ Big data, deep learning, satellite observation ’ , for those interested in marine observation,  and  conferences including  ‘ Wave and wind observations applied to offshore renewable energies’  for attendees w ho are interested in the role in Marine Technology applied to renewable energy, to name just two.     All sessions will take place between 8 am  and 5 pm  (BST) , and will  be available for replay via the platform from 24 hours after the event until 1 st  December 2020.       A simple, interactive and engaging platform     For those who have been missing the buzz of conferences and tradeshows, the platform for SeaTech ®  Week goes a long way  in  making up for the lack of in-person events this year. With a  single, simple registration , the  online format   gives   attendees   the   chance   to   attend   the entire event from their home,  without having to choose individual sessions .      What’s more, the  platform offers  a virtual exhibition, a B2B networking space and  3 virtual halls, each hosting one part of the conference , giving attendees plenty to explore.       The conference hall  will offer an extensive program me  of over 30 parallel sessions   with both invited international speakers and speakers selected through a call for   abstracts.   Opening  ahead of the show  on 1 st   October  and running until  its conclusion ,   the B 2 B hall will be a match & meet interface  allowing  e xhibitors, speakers and  other attendees  to plan and prepare individual meetings with potential partners & find networking opportunities in marine   science.      The last hall will be a virtual   trade exhibition  to explore in 3D throughout the week.     To register:  

French Craft Collective Returns For 2020

Catherine Ryall - 23-sept.-2020 19:14:41

French Craft Collective  is back. The exclusive event dedicated to French high-end craft and design, is returning in a virtual format in September. 6 of the most exciting emerging and established names in French design have been selected to take part in this latest edition of French Craft Collective. Originally scheduled for the end of March, this flagship event will now take place between 22nd and 30th September 2020 centring around ‘Rendez-vous with the Makers’ sessions where artisans will have a series of short pre-booked online meetings with invited designers to present their craft and discuss ideas for collaboration. Direct from their studios, ateliers and showrooms, 6 world class highly-skilled French artisans will give British designers and architects a unique opportunity to discover their traditional craft coupled with new techniques:  Beau & Bien : Bespoke light sculpturer Founded in 2005 by Sylvie Maréchal, Beau & Bien sculpts lights by using the best French know-how and innovative LED technology. From artistic bespoke sculptured chandeliers, wall sconces and lamps, their creations combine various French materials: Limoges porcelain, hand-blown glass, bronze and crystal with LED technology. At French Craft Collective, Beau & Bien will showcase how their mastery of LEDs combined with French craftsmanship allow the makers to step away from familiar shapes and to create original pieces.    Blanc Carrare : marble masonry  Blanc Carrare is a high-end French marble manufacturer which takes care of every step in the process of transforming natural stones into high-end architectural projects. From sourcing exceptional stones from across the world to installing projects with a dedicated team, Blanc Carrare offer in-house design, a technical studio and processing. At French Craft Collective, Blanc Carrare will share their mastery of marble, and the possibilities of this timeless material.   Féau & Cie : wood panelling across eras Féau & Cie have been building up their panelling archive since they first opened in 1875. Their collection has been built up to now contain several thousand examples of room panellings dating from the 17th & 18th century, 1930s & 1940s France, from artists including Eugène Printz, Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, and Emilio Terry and beyond. The atelier draws inspiration from this unique collection to inspire their restorations and creations. At French Craft Collective, they will be sharing examples of panelling from their work with various architects, museums and private collectors. Their scrupulous eye for detail, historic savoir-faire and impressive collection of references lead to creations that respect the tradition of French decorative art.   Focus : contemporary designer fireplaces  Established by Dominique Imbert in 1968, Focus is an internationally renowned fireplace designer. All pieces are custom made in France. Original creator of the Gyrofocus, the world’s first suspended, pivoting fireplace, Focus is celebrated for its technical and design innovation. In 2020, Focus revolutionised the fireplace world with 2 innovations: the patented gas Gyrofocus which fuels its burner through the flue pipe, and the Ergofocus Holographik®, a union of design and optical technology, which they will present digitally at French Craft Collective.   James 1840 : introducing Perrouin 1875 The work of the James Group can be seen in hotels around the world, through their one-stop-shop specialised services which envelope the planning, designing and construction of beautiful spaces. At French Craft Collective the group will present Perrouin 1875. Best known for their chair-making, Perrouin 1875 makes custom furniture, fixtures & equipment. Thanks to the atelier’s knowledge of craftsmanship and its local roots, the family business - driven by a passion for gesture and a love of beautiful materials – has thrived, and today offers an impressive catalogue of contemporary products that remain faithful to the atelier’s values of artisanal excellence.   La Robinetterie de Paris : taps fit for a king La Robinetterie de Paris has a reputation for beautiful, unique bathroom fittings that are built to last. La Robinetterie de Paris apply traditional methods to their work, and has been rewarded with the  EPV label (French Living Heritage Enterprise) in recognition of their craftmanship. At French Craft Collective, the atelier will exhibit its taps which combine a range of materials, including wood varieties, crystal, porcelain and even concrete with high-quality brass, and a varied range of different finishes. The brand is renowned for excellent craftsmanship, elegance, originality and meticulous attention to detail, with all pieces custom made in France.   French Craft Collective returns in a digital format for 2020.    French Craft Collective is organised in partnership with Business France and the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni Business France  is the French national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for facilitating the development of French companies abroad, as well as promoting international investments in France. Business France also promotes the creativity and innovation of French companies, demonstrating how French talent extends beyond borders and throughout the world. Institut Français  is part of a worldwide network promoting French language and culture and encouraging cross-cultural exchange and cultural diversity. Founded in 1910, the Institut français of the UK houses a language centre, a cinema, a distinctive Grade II listed multi-media library, a children’s library and a café-restaurant. It welcomes 200,000 people each year,  institut-

Sea Tech Week® goes virtual

Catherine Ryall - 19-août-2020 15:54:13

This year the International Marine & Science Technology Week, better known as Sea Tech Week® , is moving online. Its organisers are determined to reproduce the trade fair faithfully in its new virtual format. This year’s theme, ’Observation:  From Seabed to Space’ offers an expansive launchpad for professionals including 30 e-conferences from 12th - 16th October. Where there’s a will, there’s a wave Michel Gourtay, President of Technopôle Brest-Iroise, commented: "We are rethinking the  format of Sea Tech Week® while maintaining the value of human interaction central to the  process of exchange that lies at the heart of this year’s event. It is more than ever the occasion for professionals to share advances in research and innovation, develop business contacts and enhance international partnerships and collaborations. " Diving in at the deep end of virtual events Companies, research labs and students will take part in the event online to discover  opportunities across subjects such as observation technologies and infrastructures, as well  as robotics, satellites, renewable marine energy, genomic data and other scientific marine  related topics , around the central theme of ’Observation:  From Seabed To Space’. The flexible format gives attendees the chance to attend multiple events by simply signing up online once. The programme is packed full of events, including: • The virtual trade show exhibition • Pre-planned B2B meetings with potential partners & networking opportunities in  marine science • Conferences including more than 30 parallel sessions with both invited international  speakers and speakers selected through a call for abstracts • Australia is the event’s guest of honour, and they will be present alongside delegations  from the UK, Canada, and India, amongst others To register to attend: Press Contact:  Catherine Ryall / Business France UK / Sea Tech Week ® Contact: Julien Gras / Campus Mondial de la Mer / Technopôle Brest-Iroise / About Sea Tech Week®: Sea Tech Week® is the international showcase of the Campus mondial de la mer community (Brittany, France), built by and for this community. The organiser welcomes participants to contribute directly to the construction of the programme, encourages international partners to organise sessions and promote Sea Tech Week® to their networks, especially during international events.  /  @SeaTechEvent / #SeaTechWeek Sea Tech Week® is organised by:   Technopôle Brest-Iroise Under the brands:   Campus Mondial de la Mer &  Brest Life Supported by:   EU , Brittany Region ,  Brest Métropole Under the patronage of:   IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Sea Tech Week® is also part of:   2021-2030 United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Saagie Raises $28 million to Revolutionise Data Project Deployment

Manon Gueret - 05-juin-2020 10:32:13

Saagie , the French software provider, today announces a $28 million fundraising round with Crédit Mutuel Innovation, alongside NewAlpha Asset Management, Seventure Partners and AG2R LA MONDIALE. Historic investors Cap Horn, BNPP Développement and C.Entrepreneurs (managed by Cathay Innovation) also participated.   On the back of this funding the company aims to double its 90-strong team over the next two years, strengthen its leadership on the DataOps market, and accelerate international development.   “ We aim to build a French champion in data analysis that can really compete internationally.France has the ecosystem and expertise that will enable us to make this happen and this latestround of fundraising represents a key milestone for our company ,” stated Jérôme Trédan, CEO, Saagie.   In a context of widespread digital transformation, data enables businesses to anticipate and facilitate decision-making. Saagie is a software provider that orchestrates best-in-class data technologies to accelerate the deployment of analytics projects. The company promotes DataOps practices to manage the entire data lifecycle in an agile way, by reducing the technological complexity associated with data projects, and making multi-team collaborationeasier. Through Saagie’s DataOps Orchestrator, customers like the French Ministry of Armed Forces and Vallourec were able to launch their projects three times more quickly by placing data at the heart of their decision-making processes.   Today, all businesses worldwide require quick and agile delivery of data projects. In this way, Saagie’s offer has been made available through the main public cloud providers - Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and OVH Cloud - which means it can now be accessed and deployed globally.   “ In addition to their technological edge, we are confident that this fundraising round will give Saagie the upper hand in terms of data control to address public sector customers, ” stated Guillaume Dhee, Investment Director at Crédit Mutuel Innovation. “ As an evergreen investor, we are proud to have fulfilled our pre-Covid-19 commitments,” he added.     DataOps to accelerate data project deployment   DataOps is Gartner’s new ‘Hype Analytics’ trend. Based on DevOps and Agile practices, the approach aims to accelerate the deployment of analytics projects by managing the entire data lifecycle, from extraction to data visualization by final users.   “ DataOps is the missing link between innovation and control, data labs and IT. I created Saagie to cater for a real need within business - to be able to manage different technology platforms within a single data project more easily in order to increase productivity, ” comments Arnaud Muller, Founder and Executive Chairman of Saagie.     New investors to accelerate international development   Saagie plans to expand its presence in the US by recruiting sales and marketing experts and establish its leadership in DataOps worldwide.   Jonathan Cohen Sabban, Managing Director at New Alpha Asset Management, was “ impressed by Saagie’s expertise. We are convinced that their avant-garde vision will enable them to become a new data champion. ”   “ The fact that Saagie works closely with major companies such as Vallourec or Matmut attests to their importance in driving digital transformation within business. Seventure Partners is delighted to join this incredibly promising adventure, ” comments David Manjarres, Managing Partner & Head of Digital Technologies Team at Seventure Partners.   In addition, AG2R LA MONDIALE joined forces with Caisse d’Epargne, Matmut and BNPP for this fundraising round. “ Being able to more efficiently use data is key to digital transformation, and this efficiency relies on the ability to rapidly develop and deploy data projects on an industrial scale. It’s for this reason that we support Saagie’s development through our investment fund ALM Innovation, dedicated to innovation and R&D projects, ” stated Emmanuelle Saudeau, member of AG2R LA MONDIALE’s Group Management Committee in charge of the Digital & Customer Department.   This new financing round was structured by Benjamin Cichostepski and Gisele Esteves Guedes for Orrick, Benoît Lespinasse for Duteil Avocats, Matthias Collot for Exponens, and with the support of Alpha Capital Partners (Mark Oiknine).     About Saagie   Listed as one of the top 120 most promising startups by FrenchTech, Saagie is a software provider that   ccelerates data projects deployment by orchestrating analytics best-in-class open source and commercial technologies. Well established in France and now also present in New York and London, the company promotes DataOps practices to enable customers to automate, monitor and govern data projects through data pipelines.   Customers are then able to address numerous use cases and deliver continuous business value, regardless of their infrastructure or sector.     About Crédit Mutuel Innovation   Crédit Mutuel Innovation is the evergreen venture capital entity of Crédit Mutuel Equity (€3.5 billion in capital). We invest €1-20M in life science, digital and deeptech companies from seed to growth stages.We support bold and ambitious entrepreneurs to develop their growth potential with our worldwide ecosystems (our 350+ portfolio companies, our abroad subsidiaries, 150+ largest global corporates, and the best-in-class experts). Because it takes more than 5 years to turn a startup into a global leader, we invest our own equity and ensure durable partnerships with visionary leaders. Read more about us:     About Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale   Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale is a top-tier banking and insurance company in France, with nearly 4,440 agencies serving 26 million customers. It offers a diversified range of services to individuals, local professionals and businesses of all sizes. One of the strongest banking groups in Europe, its shareholders’ equity reached 47.1 billion in 2019 and its TCE1 ratio is 17.3%. More information on the website:     About NewAlpha Asset Management   NewAlpha Asset Management is an asset manager specializing in the detection, investment, and support of rapidly growing entrepreneurial companies while offering institutional, French and international investor clients investment solutions in three areas: Active Equity Management, Absolute Performance Strategies, and Private Equity. Since 2015, NewAlpha has been developing a Private Equity organization in Venture Capital and Growth Equity. Within the third business, NewAlpha sources analyze and invest in capital for fast-growing companies characterized by major technological changes: Fintech, Proptech, Health, TMT, etc.     About Seventure Partners   With 750 million euros under management (net commitments) as of December 31, 2018, Seventure Partners is one of Europe’s leading players in innovation capital. Since 1997, Seventure Partners has been investing in innovative companies with high growth potential in two main areas of activity: digital technologies in France and Germany, and life sciences throughout Europe, Asia, Israel, and North America. Seventure Partners supports the development of companies from the initial financing stage and even as start-ups, to financing development-technology capital requirements, with investments ranging from €500K to 10 million euros per financing round, and up to 20 million euros per company. In 2016, Seventure Partners created Digital Opportunities Fund, an institutional venture-capital fund, to support innovative companies in Fintech, Retailtech, and Other innovative digital solutions. Seventure Partners is a subsidiary of Natixis Investment Managers. Natixis is the financial services, management and financing bank of the BPCE Group.     About AG2R LA MONDIALE   Specialist in social and patrimonial protection in France, AG2R LA MONDIALE insures individuals,companies and branches, to protect health, secure assets and income, protect against life’s accidents and prepare for retirement. AG2R LA MONDIALE is a partnership with equal and mutualist governance, and cultivates a unique social protection model that closely combines profitability and solidarity, performance and social commitment. Every year, the Group devotes several million euros to helping vulnerable people and supporting individual and collective initiatives.

France’s 2019 FDI Report: a record year for UK & foreign investment in France

Manon Gueret - 03-juin-2020 17:50:15

UK investment projects in France increase by 46% and job creation by 140 %.   The United Kingdom was the 3 rd leading investor in France in 2019 and the 2 nd largest creator of jobs, accounting for 12% of investment projects and 15% of jobs created or maintained.   France takes number 1 spot for FDIs in Europe for the first time according to the 2019 EY attractiveness Barometer.   The 2019 Report of international investments in France, published today, reaffirms the confidence of foreign and British investors for France.   “ France was the most attractive country in Europe for foreign investors in 2019. Our economic policy is showing results; now we should continue in this direction. These foreign investments are a chance for employment, our economy and our regions. We have all the advantages to emerge stronger from the coronavirus crisis, ” said Bruno Le Maire, the Minister for the Economy and Finance.       UK Investment in France   As the 3 rd largest investor in France, after the US and Germany, the UK stands out with the most significant increase in the top 10 investor countries in France.   173 British investment decisions in France were recorded in 2019, creating or maintaining 5,927 jobs, 15% of the nationwide total from foreign investment. British companies were the leading contributors to increased investment projects (+46%) and jobs generated (+140%) in 2019.   In 2019, France was the leading European recipient of British job creation investment, attracting 24% of British projects in Europe, ahead of Germany (17%) and Spain (10%).   British investments in 2019 primarily involved opening and expanding retail outlets (40% of projects; 43% of jobs). Decision-making centres , mostly first-time investments, accounted for 21% of British investment decisions and 11% of jobs created.   The year was also marked by takeovers of ailing production/manufacturing sites by British investors, enabling jobs to be maintained across the country. British investments in production/manufacturing were responsible for 28% of all jobs recorded.   Sector-wise, the wholesale/retail sector made up 33% of British investment projects and 28% of jobs, while software/IT services contributed 11% of projects and 11% of jobs. British investments also represented a quarter of all projects in the financial services/banking/insurance sectors and 19% of jobs   Nearly two-thirds of British investments were made in 4 regions: Ile-de-France (Paris region) (29%), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (12%), Occitanie (11%) and Nouvelle-Aquitaine (10% ).  More than 1,800 British companies operate in France, where they employ 185,000 people.       Foreign Investment in France   Globally, France attracted a total of 1,468 new foreign investment decisions in 2019 , an increase of 11% compared to 2018 (1,323 decisions).  Jobs created or maintained in France by investments from foreign businesses also jumped 30%, creating 39,542 jobs in 2019. On average, 28 investment decisions were recorded every week in France last year.   A large majority of the investment projects identified in 2019 are already underway, or have already been completed, which already serves as a solid foundation for France’s FDI balance sheet.   French industry remained the main beneficiary of foreign investments (new sites and expansions), with 26% of all investments and 380 projects in 2019, up 19% from 2018. Production/manufacturing activities remain the leading contributors to international investment in terms of jobs, with 13,814 positions (including 10,099 jobs created and 3,715 jobs maintained, up 22% compared to 2018). This equates to 35% of total employment in the sector. Aerospace and railway equipment manufacturers (21%) and the automotive industry (14%) took the lion’s share of investment.   R&D and engineering activities accounted for 22% of international investments , with 157 investment decisions, compared with 129 projects in 2018 (up 22%). Jobs associated with the creation and expansion of R&D centres rose by 35% in 2019, with 3,775 jobs, compared with 2,793 jobs in 2018.       For more information, please contact Penny Atkinson | | 020 8132 4589   About Business France   Business France is the French national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for facilitating the development of French companies in foreign markets, as well as promoting international investments in France. Business France also promotes the creativity and innovation of French companies, demonstrating how French talent extends beyond borders and throughout the world.     Case studies: recent cross-channel investments   ARM, UNITED KINGDOM The leading British technology group ARM has strengthened its presence at its R&D site within the Sophia Antipolis technology park near Nice (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region). The group has hired 200 additional highly-qualified employees over 3 years and developed a new-generation 6,000 sq. m. campus.     GFG ALLIANCE, UNITED KINGDOM Since entering the French market in 2018, upon purchasing the largest aluminum electrolysis plant in Europe, the GFG Alliance group has established itself as a major industrial player in France. Following successive acquisitions, GFG now employs more than 2,000 people in France across 7 industrial sites. Among its investments in 2019, GFG took over Durisotti, the country’s 2 nd largest industrial coachbuilder, including its 3 sites spread across France. The group also acquired 2 vehicle-component suppliers in Poitou (Nouvelle-Aquitaine), saving 600 jobs.     COMPUTACENTER, UNITED KINGDOM The British group Computacenter, leader in infrastructure services and solutions, strengthened its presence in Occitanie in 2019 with the opening of a new service centre in Perpignan, in addition to its existing Montpellier site.     PARTNERS CAPITAL, UNITED KINGDOM This British management company, which handles more than US$23 billion of assets, opened a European office in Paris in 2019 in anticipation of Brexit and to further develop its operations in Europe. The Paris office serves clients based in continental Europe and handles funds of more than €4 billion.  

An unbreakable smartphone? Global launch of Athesi professional’s new smartphone range

Manon Gueret - 20-févr.-2020 16:57:20

The go-to manufacturer for durable, resistant mobile phones for professionals working in extreme conditions,  Athesi  is now set to be the go-to for all smartphone users. They are launching their new range of 3 high-spec, rugged, waterproof Android smartphones models, the  AP5701, AP5801 and AP6301 (previously due to take place at  Mobile World Congress ).   No need for a case! Sleek, light & efficient, Athesi’s new smartphone range is set apart by its incredible resistance to damage and rugged credentials: Able to withstand multiple drops onto concrete from heights of 1.5m Waterproof up to 1.5m for 30 minutes MIL-STD-810g & IP68  and IP69K certified Fully functional in extreme temperatures : -30° Each model comes with a 2-year warranty from the date of purchase SOS feature : close all your apps to limit consumption and extend the battery life to send an emergency message with your location every 10 minutes   An Athesi Professional phone is designed for those in non-desk jobs, those working outdoors, athletes, or even just people who are clumsy, or don’t want their phone to break from a single shock. The phones have up to 128 Gb ROM to provide massive storage for photos, movies, music & documents.   “I’ve run out of battery” is no longer an excuse Not only are they dustproof  and waterproof (IP68 rating), limiting damages and breakages common in popular smartphones but also offer practical solutions: Equipped for wireless charging Long-lasting batteries, allowing days of use without charging   3 models for 3 sets of requirements  The 3 models are designed to cater for 3 different budgets, with prices ranging from around £200 for the cost-effective AP5701 to up to £700 for the more advanced AP6301. The AP5801 range sits in the middle, at roughly £400 per model. Despite being the least expensive model, the AP5701 can run for 600 hours in standby mode and for 23 hours of talk time. With a 5.7” touchscreen, & an easy unlock system via a side-set fingerprint sensor, this phone is designed for anyone looking for a cost-effective, durable & resistant smart phone.  The mid-range model, the AP5801, has a 5.8” touchscreen with features for sporting as well as harsh or outdoor environments. This innovative model can detect volatile organic compounds, including man-made and natural chemical compounds that are harmful to health. It enables professionals working in hazardous environments to avoid breathing in too many harmful gases from, for example, recently renovated rooms, or contaminated outside air.  What’s more, the AP5801 includes an inbuilt heartrate sensor, which allows users to measure their pulse, which is particularly useful for sportspeople. At the top-end, the AP6301 with a 6.3" touchscreen, goes a step further, with a unique feature: an integrated FLIR LEPTON professional thermal imaging camera. It locates heat sources and transforms them into a thermal image that can be seen and measured, f acilitating the work of the mobile technicians and helping electricians to safely inspect electrical cabinets and detect malfunctions. It is also equipped with a  high-quality 48 Sony Megapixel  camera complete with night shot mode camera, and a 20 Megapixel  front camera.   The mid-and-top models are powered by the AI Master Helio P70 Octa-core processor and run on a powerful 6Gb RAM, which ensures that Athesi Professional phones are high speed and responsive.   More information can be found on Athesi’s website, , and the phones will also be available to buy on Amazon UK Marketplace.   For more information, please contact .  

Business France - The French Trade Commission in the UK  is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy in the UK. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating the UK’s investment in France. Business France promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE Programme in the UK. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 members of staff, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. Business France’s main missions are: - Fostering export growth by French businesses. - Promoting and facilitating international investment in France. - Promoting France’s companies, business image and nationwide attr


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