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Narwhal Challenge: International Call for Projects

Catherine Ryall - 19-sept.-2019 15:27:45

  The  NARWHAL CHALLENGE  is the first call for international projects in the Finistère area (Western Brittany) in France. This call for innovative projects has been launched by a collective of 8 organisations representing the area’s key economic and scientific stakeholders as well as its world-renowned research community. Sustainably developing the local maritime economy What? The NARWHAL CHALLENGE seeks to attract project leaders and maritime start-ups from all over the world. The aim is to promote innovative initiatives and to foster the growth of projects with the support of the region’s established stakeholders. The wealth of local networks and the collective momentum that characterise the area make it a region ripe for business development. When and who? Candidates have until 4 th October 2019 to apply online at www.levillagebycafinistere.com with their proposal for solutions or services across the following fields: Defence, safety and maritime security Naval industry and sailing Maritime energy and mining resources Marine biological resources Environment and coastal development Maritime ports, logistics and transportation Tourism Networking, visibility and ecosystem discovery Why?  The NARWHAL CHALLENGE winners will benefit from a full week of customised immersion in the region . Their programmes will be planned based on their activity and on the necessary expertise required to develop their projects. The week will consist of various workshops to: Meet the region’s networks of potential clients, partners and investors Share experiences and best practice as well as knowledge and skills in target fields Discover Brittany’s maritime economy and quality of life It doesn’t end here! The next phase of the project will be launched over the course of 2020 and will allow project leaders and start-ups convinced of the region’s potential (scientific resources, testing platforms, first local opportunities and more) to benefit from an acceleration programme lasting several months. Dates for the diary   The Finistère in numbers Its maritime economy 40,400 maritime sector jobs Top European port for seaweed offloading 98 acres dedicated to renewable marine energy Its scientific community A high-level university centre: 1600 students, 730 researchers, the University of Bretagne Occidentale is 12th globally in the the field of oceanography (Shanghai index). Its allure 1391 kilometers of coastline – France’s top maritime area 19,000 international residents in the Finistère Home to internationally renowned institutions       ‘ Setting up your business in Brittany, and especially in the Finistère, is a guarantee of having the advice and help your project requires. ’  Franck Zal co-founder of  Hemarina (A biotechnology firm that has developed a technique of universal oxygen transportation from sea worms) ‘ The exceptional abundance of expertises and scientists here affords the Finistère a unique status in France and in the world. ’  Yann Guichoux - President of   Eodyn   (An innovative company specialised in the space sector and in maritime traffic)   The project’s partners The Village by CA Finistère, innovative project accelerator and member of France’s top start-up support network, and the Campus mondial de la mer created the concept for this call for projects.   Located in Brest, Brittany’s second largest metropolitan area, the Village by CA Finistère supports innovation of all kinds. It seeks to bring together local actors: potential collaborators, start-ups, SMEs, major companies, students, researchers and more. Together, they innovate and create new business opportunities based around 4 domains of excellence: the sea, cybersecurity, health/ageing, and agriculture/agribusiness. The Village by CA Finistère is a catalyst for the region’s innovation and transformation: a place for accelerating innovative projects, stimulating creativity, showcasing existing projects and developing new business opportunities.       The Campus mondial de la mer is a project focused on developing a sustainable maritime economy (blue growth). This effort, spearheaded by the Brest Metropolitan Area, has been jointly developed by federative structures of the marine technology and science communities in Western Brittany: Europôle Mer, Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique and Technopôle Brest-Iroise. It brings together specialist universities, businesses, national research institutes and regional and local authorities. Its main ambition is to make Brittany THE foremost region for research and promotion of oceans and seas. Through coordinated action promoting research, collaboration between laboratories & businesses, and supporting the development & internationalisation of SMEs, the “Campus mondial de la mer” seeks to conquer high-potential markets.       Contact:  Marlène Le Pennec  - Communications Manager /  marlene.lepennec@levillagebyca.com  - +33 6 45 74 56 71 Julien Gras  - Communications Manager /  julien.gras@tech-brest-iroise.fr  - +33 2 98 05 63 14 – +33 7 60 40 83 05 Follow us:  Facebook:   @LeVillageByCAFinistere                                  Twitter:   @VillageCABrest                                                     LinkedIn:  Le Village by CA Finistère

UK launch of WireT IoT solution to protect businesses post-PSTN switch-off

Penny Atkinson - 04-juil.-2019 17:17:17

eDevice unveils its WireT IoT solution in the UK that prolongs the lifetime of devices after the PSTN switch-off. WireT : ·          guarantees that devices impacted by the shutdown will still be operational post-2025 ·          is completely secure thanks to its PKI infrastructure ·          is already used to connect tens of thousands of devices around the world ·          incurs lower operating costs than current landline subscriptions Challenges of the PSTN Shutdown Worldwide, national carriers are completing the transition from Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to digital broadband technologies. In the UK, BT plan the permanent switch-off of all PSTN services (analogue voice, ISDN2 and ISDN30) by 2025. For voice telephone calls, fixed-line phones will be connected to the RJ11 port of an Internet router that will convert calls to Voice over IP (VoIP). However, this VoIP conversion process does not work for industrial equipment dependent on analogue modems, including but not limited to: ·          Lifts ·          Remote management controllers ·          Franking machines ·          Energy meters Life-saving technology This is also the case for pacemaker monitors and other remote health monitoring devices which host an analogue modem to transmit data from patients’ homes to hospitals. In the UK, around 1.5 million fixed lines are used for telehealth and home patient monitoring and will be affected by the shutdown . eDevice’s WireT solution resolves this problem. Easy to set up: plug and play Despite the advance of the All-IP programme, there is still a future for IoT devices with an analogue modem, if paired with the appropriate equipment. A WireT box works instantaneously across a secure Plug&Play migration; the device phone cable is plugged directly into the WireT as demonstrated here . The box then retrieves payload data on the modem link and sends it via the Ethernet network to remote secure collection servers, guaranteeing that devices impacted by the PSTN switch-off, such as pacemakers, will still be operational post-shutdown. A solid investment: tamper-proof and secure Stéphane Gomes, eDevice’s CTO, shares more details about WireT: “ By using a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), the solution is fully secure & its data’s authenticity is guaranteed. Communications between the WireT box and the application server operate through secure VPNs via eDevice back-end. Each box has a unique tamper-proof certificate that can be revoked remotely in the event of theft or malfunction ”. WireT is already used to connect tens of thousands of devices around the world. It completes eDevice’s range of transition solutions addressing the issue of the PSTN switch-off. eDevice also offers the WireX system, which uses the cellular network as a replacement for the PSTN link, with almost 1 million units in use across more than 130 countries. eDevice’s transition solutions have significantly lower operating costs than current landline subscriptions. Their aggressive pricing allows companies to implement these solutions immediately as the upfront costs are soon recuperated through substantial recurring savings. For more information, please contact: achallot@edevice.com / +33 (0)5 56 12 77 98 www.edevice.com

Clevy to launch in Ireland at Dublin Tech Summit

Julia Balvay - 08-avr.-2019 18:27:32

Founded in May 2017, Clevy is a SaaS platform dedicated to conversational technologies (chatbot, voicebot, callbot). The Clevy platform allows companies to create conversational agents answering recurring questions. Today, Clevy is a leader on the conversational market dedicated to employees and on many use cases (HR, IT, Legal, Change Management…). In 2019, Clevy chose to wider its value proposal and opens it to B2C conversational for clients and consumers.   By providing instant answers to employees and eliminating "polluting" e-mails, Clevy enables companies to improve operational efficiency and worklife quality. Clevy can integrate any other classical communication channel (Workplace by Facebook, Google Hangout, Skype for Business, Slack, Chatbox...). Clevy is 100% owner of its technology and its performance rely on NLP (Natural Language Processing). Our platform has been awarded several times (Grand Prix de l’Innovation Digitale, Grand Prix du Jury RMSconf, Challenge Sanofi, Challenge Manpower, distinction at the AWS Summit...).   Clevy works with both private (Danone, SNCF, Crédit Agricole, Capgemini, Roche, Yves Rocher, SANOFI) and public clients (the city of Orleans, the Ministry of Army, Anah).

French Aircraft interiors and onboard entertainment systems take flight at AIX 2019

Julia Balvay - 28-mars-2019 16:41:39

46 French exhibitors representing the expertise and sheer variety of companies in the sector are presenting their latest innovations at Aircraft Interiors 2019. French excellence in aircraft interiors The French aviation industry is ranked 2nd in the world, with 85% of turnover generated through exports. With an excellent reputation, it makes a significant contribution to innovation in the field. ’French know-how in aircraft interiors and aircraft maintenance is recognised globally. French experts are able to provide products and services which are fully in line with market demands’ outlines Samantha Douarin, Project Manager for Aeronautics and Space at Business France and organiser of the French Pavilion at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2019. French expertise in this field enables airlines to respond the challenges they currently face: • To offer passengers more space and comfort: a major challenge faced by airlines, for all types of cabin. Work carried out on cabin interior design accounts for approximately 30% of the price of a plane ticket. • To improve the in-flight entertainment system, notably via the introduction of on-board WiFi and the development of BYOD Bring Your Own Device. • To ensure ease of maintenance - it must be possible to change a defective part very quickly. This means designing strong, reliable parts, that can be rapidly repaired or replaced. • To optimise cabin configuration and reduce the weight of any materials used in aircraft interiors to save on fuel consumption. This is of particular importance for low-cost airlines. • Innovation - in a highly competitive sector, each airline must set itself apart from its competitors by offering unique functionality features. The aircraft interiors market is one of high added value. In France it is largely based across the Occitanie and Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions in the south-west of the country. Aerospace Valley, the competitiveness cluster for aeronautics, space and embedded systems for both regions represents around a third of the French aerospace workforce. Several member companies supported by the cluster and the regions will be exhibiting at the show, standing out due to their proven expertise and the specific services they offer. Meet 46 French exhibitors representing the expertise and sheer variety of companies in the sector The French presence at this year’s show will be split across 2 halls: • Hall B6 (stands 6B60, 6C51, 6C61, 6F55, 6C50, 6C60, 6C70 and 6D70) • Hall B3 (stand 3C30) dedicated to IFEs The business activities and launches of a selection of the French Pavilion exhibitors at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2019 are explored in more detail in the dedicated press pack. For instance, SKYdeals an in-air e-commerce platform, will announce its new partnerships with Air France and La Compagnie. At the show, ATEM will be launching in the commercial aviation sector, offering onboard internet services. Nicomatic & ECA group will present their new all-in-one electrical troubleshooting test tool featuring accurate fault-localisation, speed maintenance and repair. For further information about this press release/kit, please contact: Catherine Ryall, Press Officer, Business France UK For information about the French Pavilion, please contact: Samantha Douarin, Project Manager for Aeronautics & Space, Business France - Booth 6F55 Contact Business France ***@businessfrance.fr  

Bauma 2019: 28 French companies constructing the future

Julia Balvay - 12-mars-2019 16:36:24

28 French companies from the construction and mining industries will exhibit their technologies and innovations at  bauma from 8th -14th April 2019, with the support of Business France , the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy. French know-how, recognised the world over Benefitting from an active R&D scene, high performance and safety standards as well as a solid global reputation for engineering and architecture, the quality of French-produced projects is recognised both nationally (for instance, the Grand Paris Project) and internationally. Encompassing 7,355 businesses and employing 235,300 people, France’s public works sector is growing. It achieved €38.6 billion in revenue in France and €30 billion internationally in 2017, up by 7.9% compared to 2016. This hike is largely thanks to the Oceanian (+41.7%), European (+15.9%) and Asian (+3.6%) markets. More than half of international operations were carried out in Europe. The French Pavilion at Bauma will showcase companies representing the wealth and variety of the industry across the Channel. The latest innovations will be on display: construction material and services, including equipment for working concrete and construction site equipment, lighting balloons, depth control systems, hydraulic cylinders, scaffolding, and on-site sheds. The latest construction machinery and vehicles will also be presented at the show, as will air conditioning and heating solutions, safety and driving assistance systems for construction machinery or assistance or load-bearing exoskeletons. Exhibitors on the French Pavilion: Hall A2: AGS  ,  BRIDGIN , FAURECIA , GREYSTAL , PROMENS FRANCE , RB3D , RICHEL/SHELTERALL , ROLLIX DEFONTAINE , RUBIX , SAHGEV , SAUDEM , SEQUANTA , SMIE , SNDC , STARTER , WATTALPS . Hall C2: ACREOS , ARAMINE , COLTRAX/CP distribution , JAY ELECTRONIQUE , LUMIAIR , MAC 3 , MANOIR , MONROC , MS, SETFORGE Outdoors: BUCHER MUNICIPAL/ARVEL , CNSE , PACLITE EQUIPMENT , RB3D , RIVARD . Please see the catalogue for more information about the French exhibitors at bauma 2019 , or contact: Isabelle Duval, Project Leader at Business France isabelle.duval@ businessfrance.fr, +33 (0)1 40 73 33 31 export.businessfrance.fr  

France, partner country for ProWein’s 25th anniversary

Catherine Ryall - 12-mars-2019 13:34:03

France will be ProWein’s partner country for the show’s 25th anniversary. For the occasion, Business France and dedicated partners will feature close to 900 exhibitors in 4 halls and organise a 100-bottle showroom showcasing the best-of French wine. For its 25th anniversary, ProWein will welcome 1,600 French exhibitors, including almost 900 in the French Pavilions powered by  Business France located in halls 7, 11, 12 & 13. ‘Same but Different’ areas: craft and organic This year will be the first time the French Pavilion will have themed areas dedicated to organic wines (hall 13) and craft spirits and beers (hall 7) with a dozen exhibitors each (see floor map). #BonjourProWein Showroom – Hall 11, booth #A159 For the 3rd year running, the #BonjourProWein Showroom will showcase a selection of the 100 most notable French wines and spirits chosen through an earlier tasting by a European jury jointly recruited by  Weinwirtschaft and Business France .  The opportunity for professionals to discover " a representative selection of the latest vintages - French savoir-faire will shine for ProWein’s 25th anniversary! " said Benjamin Roffet, Best Sommelier of France 2010 / Best Craftsman of France Sommellerie 2011, and member of the jury.  Peter Pröbstl, Buying Director for Wines at Edeka and member of the jury found some “ full-bodied, well-structured genuine wonders ” and commented that the tasting “ reflected the diversity of wines and grape varieties from France ”. After 25 years, it still feels like the first day! Business France and its partners (French Region & inter-professions) have invested in a large-scale promotional campaign to highlight the diversity of the expertise and terroirs of the country. It celebrates the unique relationship that has, for the last 25 years, united French exporters on a mission to conquer international markets, and trade professionals who have been visiting the show in ever-increasing numbers. After 25 years, it still feels like the first day! Visitors of the French Pavilion are invited to use the hashtag #BonjourProWein . For further information on the French wines and spirits at the show, please visit the #BonjourProWein website . Find Business France in Hall 11, booth #A160 for any information on any of the French exhibitors at the show. Press Contact: Catherine Ryall, Business France UK catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr  / +44(0)20 7024 3613 About Business France Business France is the national agency serving the international development of the French economy. It is responsible for the international development of businesses and their exports, as well as for client prospection and encouraging overseas investment in France. It promotes the economic attractiveness and image of France, its companies and its regions. It manages and develops the VIE international internship program. Business France has 1,500 employees located in France and in 70 countries. It is backed by a network of public and private partners. www.businessfrance.fr About Our Partners This pavilion was made possible by the joint efforts of the 14 following partners, French regions and inter-professions altogether: - Alsace (Interprofessional Council of Wines of Alsace), Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burgundy Franche-Comté); - Bordeaux, South-West France, Cognac and Armagnac (Agence de l’Alimentation Nouvelle-Aquitaine - AANA) and the Loire Valley (Dev’up& Food’Loire); - The Rhône Valley (InterBeaujolais, Inter Rhône & Comité Vins Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes), Occitanie (Inter OC & Ad’Occ), Provence (Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence) and Corsica (Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Corse); - National Interprofessional Association of Wines of France (Anivin) & France Vin Bio bring together numerous French regions. - The Association Brasseurs de France, which brings together 4 brewers in the ‘Same but Different’ area.

GFG Alliance welcomes Dunkerque smelter as cornerstone for supply chain expansion in France

Catherine Ryall - 24-janv.-2019 15:48:28

Sanjeev Gupta ’s global GFG Alliance today formally inaugurated Liberty Aluminium Dunkerque , as part of its global network of businesses and declared its intention to expand strongly into France’s industrial supply chain.  In the presence of the French Minister of Action and Public Accounts, Gérald Darmanin, Mr Gupta joined staff and up to 350 guests in Dunkirk to formally welcome Europe’s largest smelter, bought from Rio Tinto for around US$500m in December last year, into the GFG fold.   GFG aims to make the 570-worker plant the hub of an extensive manufacturing supply chain providing materials and components for French industry, particularly the automotive sector. The site currently produces 285,000 tonnes of primary aluminium a year.   In confirming this commitment, the British-owned business became one of the first to respond to President Emmanuel Macron’s call during the high-profile ‘ Choose France Summit ’ this week for more inward investment into the country.    Mr Gupta, who was among over 100 international company chiefs at the President’s summit in Versailles, also announced today that Liberty Wheels France , already a major customer of the Dunkerque smelter, has won it first major contract since the London-headquartered Alliance took over the plant in May last year.   From June, Liberty Wheels France will supply the specialist French micro-car manufacturer Ligier with up to around 40% of its annual requirement for alloy wheels. It is the first contract won since the Alliance acquired the facility, which is the only aluminium wheel manufacturer in France . The group has since implemented a turnaround plan to improve the plant’s efficiency and productivity.      The French Minister of Action and Public Accounts, Gérald Darmanin said:   " I wanted to be here today for the inauguration of Liberty Aluminum because this is an important moment for the industrial renewal of Dunkirk and the Hauts-de-France region. The acquisition of this smelter by the GFG Alliance is also a strong symbol of the French economic attractiveness instilled by the Government. I salute the commitment of Mr. Sanjeev Gupta and his teams in this long-term industrial project. It testifies to their confidence in the exceptional know-how of the men and women who work in this foundry of Loon Plage. " Speaking of the week’s events, Sanjeev Gupta said: “ In a week where I joined other business leaders from around the world in Paris to celebrate France’s attractiveness to foreign investors, I am delighted to be able show two positive examples of why GFG invested here . “ Firstly I am proud to welcome Liberty Aluminium Dunkerque to the GFG Alliance. Our aim is to make this site and the highly skilled women and men who work there, the cornerstone of our integrated industrial business in France. We will work with local management and staff to develop new products which create even more added-value to the aluminium produced there, both sustaining and creating high-value jobs. “ We welcome our new colleagues in the knowledge and with pride that they will continue to supply our wheel manufacturing business who are themselves turning their own fortunes around. Together Liberty Aluminium Dunkerque and Liberty Wheels France symbolise our integrated supply chain and business model in action. What we now have is a further French car manufacturer being supplied with wheels ‘made in France’ made out of aluminium from our smelter also ‘made in France’. This is the best reminder, if we ever needed one, of why we chose to invest in France ”.   Managing Director of Liberty Aluminium Dunkerque, Guillaume de Goÿs, said:   “ Aluminium Dunkerque is very pleased to see the Liberty flag flying at our site. We are eager to play our role within the French supply chain, to support our customers and partners and through doing so, to become known as a Centre of Excellence for Aluminium. We have an ambitious programme to maximise the value of the aluminium we currently produce and to become a preferred supplier to the automotive and other growing industries in France . We’re looking forward to making that journey shoulder to shoulder with our Alliance partners and colleagues .”   Speaking of the Ligier contract win, COO of Liberty Engineering Mainland Europe Philippe Baudon said:   “ Winning the contract to supply Ligier is a significant step for our Chateauroux site and for GFG in France. Since taking over the site last year, management and staff have all worked tirelessly to turn the site around – to implement the operational and cultural changes needed to make us more competitive and attract new customers. I am delighted that this hard work is starting to pay off – we know that we faced stiff competition from both Asia and eastern Europe for this deal and we know that our adaptability, technical expertise, competitiveness and proximity to Ligier’s own operations were all factors in this success. Work is already underway to start delivering Ligier’s first batch of French-made wheels in June as part of what I hope will be a close and ongoing partnership ”.

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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. In September 2015, Patrick Manon was appointed the new Director of Business France in the UK. Prior to this appointment, Patrick was the Human Resources Director at Business France in Paris, which manages the recruitment of t

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