Industry and Cleantech Department

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 ”.


TK’Blue Customer Survey Results: Why Reducing The Environmental Impact Of Goods Transportation Pays Off

Catherine Ryall - 12-sept.-2018 15:36:36

TK’Blue   is an accreditation and rating agency which specialises in goods transportation. Its service platform measures the environmental performance of the carriers, shippers and freight forwarders in a company’s supply chain. It covers all modes of transport: road, rail, sea, river and air. TK’Blue conducted a survey of 50 of its customers on the effectiveness of its platform in mid-2018. The results revealed: • Almost a third of respondents have lowered their transport costs as a result of using TK’Blue’s platform • A fifth of respondents have reduced their social and environmental footprint: CO2, pollution, etc. • 15% have improved their compliance with transport regulations Why does TK’Blue have over 1000 users? • 70% of shippers and freight forwarders’ main requirement is to measure CO 2 /GHG emissions and then reduce them. • Shippers’ require a reliable third party to take detailed measurements of emissions produced by freight transportation. This is because initial studies are usually carried out internally, relying on national averages and estimated ratios, not providing shippers with enough concrete information for change. • Shippers also use TK’Blue’s findings to choose more efficient vehicles, change modes of transport, and control the transport cost per ton-km. TK’Blue provide key information for decision makers The survey demonstrates the value of sustainability efforts undertaken by shippers which are communicated to transport providers (57%), to their top managers and in CSR reports (28%). What role do the respondents play in the supply chain? • 86% shippers, 14% freight forwarders • Decision makers: Transport Directors (31%), CSR Directors (23%), Logistics Managers (15%), QHSE Managers (8%), Supply Chain Vice-Presidents (23%). Shippers and freight forwarders use a range of tools from TK’Blue’s platform: • CO2/GHG report (26%) • analysis via the monitoring on-line dashboard (21%) • annual rating report (28%) • monthly activity reports (25%). The TK’Blue team will be able to demonstrate the benefits of using the platform at upcoming conferences: •  eWorld Procurement & Supply , London, 3rd October, 3pm: Chris Hinfray, Vice President of TK’Blue, will lead a 40-minute workshop on ’Sustainable Transport: a pain or a gain’, during which a TK’Blue client will share their experience of using the platform and the benefits the solution has brought to their company. •  Responsible Supply Chain Summit Europe , London, 10th-11th October: Christine Roucher, UK Director of TK’Blue Agency, will take part in a panel discussion on ’delivering smart, clean, agile delivery systems’. About TK’Blue TK’Blue is a transport accreditation and rating agency operating as a service platform. It measures, rates, and values the environmental performance of each carrier, shipper and freight forwarder in compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements regarding CO2 emissions and CSR at a European level. Its European governance, composed of more than 70 representatives in the supply chain guarantees in the long-term, legitimacy, credibility, development and independence. The platform is available on the cloud as SaaS and is free for carriers of any transport mode. TK’Blue has over 1,000 users, including major enterprises such as Michelin, Samsung, Procter & Gamble, Carrefour, XPO Logistics, Metro, Galeries Lafayette, Saint-Gobain Glass Logistics. All enjoy significant benefits in Transport, Compliance, CSR and Brand Image. To find out more, watch this   video   or visit   TK’Blue’s website For more information, or to arrange a meeting with the TK’Blue teams at  eWorld Procurement & Supply  & Responsible Supply Chain Summit , contact: Marcia Assuncao, Head of Communications & Marketing marcia.assuncao@ tkblueagency. com + 33 (0) 1 71 39 80 71 / + 33 (0) 6 30 04 97 60


DALBY hydraulic hooklifts to raise the roof at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018

Letizia Zitoli - 11-juil.-2018 12:57:17

DALBY designs and manufactures hydraulic hooklifts for all types of 2 to 32-ton vehicle, roll-off containers, and container trailers for road transport and agriculture. The French leader in roll-off transport and handling equipment market will be exhibiting at  IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018   in Hannover from 20 th  -27 th  September. They will be presenting a MAN truck fitted with a DALBY XHM3 hooklift. Among the benefits of the XHM3 hooklift: ·         The sliding jib enables the handling and transport of a larger range of containers of different lengths. ·          Optimised weight ·          Excellent stability : the hooklift’s height has been reduced. Its centre of gravity is lower, thus improving the overall stability. ·          Improved visibility : the hooklift’s structure has been refined. ·          Longevity and durability -           Engineering : improved robustness by casting parts (jib hook, articulations, rear hydraulic locking, container supports of tipping frame, rear rollers…). -           Hydraulics:  excellent reliability by using bigger pipe diameters and reduction of connections. ·          Easy to maintain -          Pneumatic and mechanical parts are simplified and integrated into the hooklift’s structure and are easily accessible -          In-cab pneumatic control box -          Parts coated with anti-rust coating -          Number of greasing points reduced Through its vast distribution and services network built up over the past 40, DALBY offers its customers a comprehensive range of equipment for roll-off containers designed for efficiency, simplicity, reliability and cost effectiveness, and assembled in its own manufacturing sites and workshops. An elevated service DALBY’s strength lies in its adaptability and flexibility. The company benefits from in-house design and engineering teams who continuously develop and modernise their products, ensuring they conform to relevant regulations, and can tailor them to meet any specific needs: ·         Optimised payload ·         HLE steels ·         Reduced loading angle and height ·         Reduced loading time DALBY is looking to assist British providers in delivering suitable logistics solutions and facilitating the handling and transport of recyclable and non-recyclable products in the following sectors: ·         Environment ·         Agriculture ·         Transport ·         Construction ·         Rental ·         Trades ·         Public authorities and departments ·         Waste collection and transfer A loyal list of clients… DALBY’s customer portfolio comprises major French and international companies including: VEOLIA, SITA, VINCI, BOUYGUES as well as major truck makers: RENAULT, IVECO, VOLVO, MERCEDES-BENZ. That’s growing… For the last 2 years, DALBY has worked with an international network of 15 distributors and a sales office in Peru to expand its export services. Other recent achievements include truck sales in Africa for cotton farming and waste management activities as well as the signing of a distribution agreement in Canada, have helped establish DALBY’s credibility and international recognition. And looking to expand further in the UK Stuart Crowther,  CEO at   Powertec Vehicle Engineering Ltd (distributor for the UK market): "DALBY offers me, as UK dealer, a perfect support for sales but also after-sales thanks to professional dedicated team" This sentiment is confirmed by its customer  J.B Schofield , one of the foremost scrap metal buyers and sellers in the UK, which has been recycling since 1876:  "After testing several brands of hook lifts with lifetimes of more or less 5 years, we were very happy to discover the DALBY brand. Our oldest arm still works perfectly after 8 years! Having a local distributor bringing all the necessary service for the maintenance of this equipment is another undeniable advantage". About DALBY: Created in 1968 35% market share in France and 30% turnover in exports ISO 9001-2015 certification A  French Fab-labelled company : Introduced by the French government last autumn, French Fab brings together progressive French manufacturers with the goal of developing and promoting French manufacturing know-how worldwide. For more information, please contact: BENNES DALBY   Patrick Cordey, General Manager Tel: + 33 (0)5 53 41 55 80 / +33 (0)6 73 38 41 65 patrick.cordey@ dalby.fr


French Chemical Process Engineering Expertise On Show At Achema

Letizia Zitoli - 08-juin-2018 11:13:42

31 French companies and organisations will present their expertise and innovations to the global scientific and business community at this year’s Achema . Business France , the national agency for the international development of the French economy, is once again organising the French pavilion at the world’s biggest trade show for the chemical process industry and biotechnologies, taking place on 11 th  – 15 th  June 2018 in Frankfurt. The chemical industry in France in 2017 (source: Union des Industries Chimiques) ·         €70 billion in turnover ·         2 nd  in Europe behind Germany, 7 th worldwide ·         One of the main sectors contributing to France’s positive trade balance of +€8.6bn ·         Leader in the industrial export sector (€58.7bn) ·         3,335 businesses, 94% of which are micro-enterprises/ SMEs ·         €1.8bn spent on R&D ·         €3.1bn in investments Innovation In the engineering hall (9.2), Axelera, the regional Rhônes-Alpes innovation cluster for the chemical and environmental sectors will be exhibiting with SMEs and the Institut Carnot Chimie Balard Cirimat. For investors… Representatives from several French chemical parks will also be demonstrating how their sites are attractive destinations for foreign investors’ European development projects in the chemical and environmental sectors. 10 chemical parks will be exhibiting on a shared stand (hall 9.2, stand D12) with the aim of attracting new investments from major players or start-ups wishing to industrialise their innovations. …and the chemical and biochemical industry The French suppliers are highly diverse and work across many sectors: chemicals, petrochemicals, nuclear, energy, water, agri-food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and more. They supply equipment compliant with stringent environmental, health and safety standards and produce custom-made added-value equipment. Meet the French exhibitors in halls: -          8.0 – stand J4 - (Industrial valves, pumps & fittings) -          Hall 9.2 - stand D12 - (Engineering & Rhône-Alpes innovation cluster) -          Hall 11.1 - stand G3 - (Instrumentation, control and automation techniques): Find the full list of exhibitors in the catalogue  here . For more information, please contact: Guillaume Anfray, Chemical Industry Project Manager - Business France guillaume.anfray@ businessfrance.fr  / +33 (0)1 40 73 34 52 https://www.businessfrance.fr/ en/home Catherine Ryall, Press Officer – Business France UK catherine.ryall@ businessfrance.fr / + 44(0) 207 024 3613 www.youbuyfrance.com/ uk/


Orolia awarded $34m US Army contract for Personnel Recovery Devices

Letizia Zitoli - 31-mai-2018 13:25:32

Orolia, a global leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions, has announced that its subsidiary McMurdo Inc. was awarded a $33,986,800 contract to manufacture Personnel Recovery Devices (PRD) for the US Army.   Their dual-mode, MIL-SPEC Personal Locator Beacon that will be integrated into the Army’s Personnel Recovery Support System (PRSS).   Capable of transmitting both open and secure signals (training-combat dual mode), the PRD will provide alerts and notification if a soldier: is alone in a remote area goes missing is detained is captured The positioning device will optimise successful rescue operations for soldiers in emergency situations through secure enhanced capabilities. Designed to meet military standards and specifications, it benefits from: improved accuracy smaller size lower weight and power (SWaP) requirements The PRD uses Orolia’s new robust PNT platform dedicated to Combat Search and Rescue (C-SAR) and other dismounted soldier-assured PNT applications.   2 nd major US contract for Orolia   “ We are extremely proud and honoured to have been selected by the US Army as the provider of this critical positioning. ” said Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO of Orolia.   “ This award, which follows the 2016 contract from the US Coast Guard to produce 16,000  FastFind 220  personal locator beacons, is a testimony to Orolia’s world leadership in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing ”, he added.   The Personnel Recovery Support System Personnel Recovery Device contract was awarded by the US Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland on behalf of the Army Air Warrior Product Management Office at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama with an estimated completion date of 6 th March 2022.   About Orolia   Orolia is a world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions that improve the reliability, performance and safety of critical, remote or high-risk operations. With expertise in government, maritime, aviation and enterprise sectors, Orolia provides virtually fail-safe GPS/GNSS and PNT products and solutions for their customers’ most mission-critical needs. Orolia’s European headquarters is in France, with a commercial presence in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.orolia.com   


Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018: French expertise takes off

Letizia Zitoli - 15-mars-2018 17:28:39

The 3 segments set to experience the fatest change are: • IFEC (In-Flight Entertainment & Connectivity – $5.8 bn in 2020) • Seating ($7.48 bn in 2015, $14.82 bn in 2020) • Floor coverings New aircrafts to cater for increased passenger number This growth has been driven in particular by the increase in air traffic and the record orders achieved in recent years. Over the next 20 years, Airbus expects to see passenger traffic increase annually by 4.5%. 7 billion people are forecast to travel by plane by 2034, which will generate        a need for approximately 33,000 new aircrafts each seating over 100 passengers, worth a total    of $5,200bn. In  addition  to  these  figures,  the  life  of  an  aircraft  is  generally  around  15  years, much longer than its interiors, which are often around a third of that  amount.  Consequently, an aircraft cabin is refurbished and  replaced  several times  in  its lifetime  since  the equipment has a shorter service life than the aircraft  itself. 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 a high value-added market, in which French companies stand      out   due   to   their   proven    expertise    and    the    specific    services    they    offer.    Exhibiting together on 2 pavilions, in Hall B6 (stands 6C51,  6C61,  6C50,  6C60,  6C70  and 6D70) and in Hall B3 (stand 3C40) dedicated to IFEs, the French exhibitors represent the expertise and sheer variety and of companies in the sector. The business activities of the French Pavilion exhibitors at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018 are explored in a press pack, which is available upon request: For further information about the French Pavilion: Contact in France Business France Samantha Douarin, Aerospace Project Coordinator Tel: +33 (0)1 40 73 33 52 Email:  samantha.douarin@ businessfrance.fr Contact in UK Business France UK  Catherine Ryall, Press Officer Email:  catherine.ryall@ businessfrance.fr Tel: + 44(0) 207 024 3613 Website: www.youbuyfrance.com/ uk/


France to make waves at Oceanlogy International 2018

Catherine Ryall - 01-mars-2018 12:50:02

The French pavilion organised by Business France , the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy , will play host to 21 exhibitors at Oceanology International 2018 in London on stands J200, K200 and K300, in partnership with Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique and Pôle Mer Méditerranée. The maritime industry is the world’s second largest economic sector, currently worth $1.5 trillion to the global economy, a figure that is set to rise to $3 trillion in 2030 (OECD). Alongside more traditional sectors, new industrial sub-sectors will emerge over the coming decades. They will chiefly revolve around the technologies required to exploit resources, as well as activity monitoring at sea and maritime security of the areas in which they take place. France has a strong hand to play when it comes to capturing a significant share of these expanding markets.   The French companies in attendance at Oceanology are firmly positioned in these traditional industrial sectors, continually innovating to remain competitive on the global markets.   The seas and oceans are at the crossroads of every economic sector and are thus a key area of development. The sea meets many needs of both humanity and our societies’ lifestyles: food, the energy transition, health, minerals, transport and leisure. The development of maritime activities will also create new economic segments along our coastlines, which, along with growing coastal population densities, will translate into a new approach to coastal management and the interfaces between land and sea, one that will drive new areas of activity (floating port infrastructures, water production and treatment, etc.).  Oceanology International is the only event in Europe devoted to marine resource exploitation and its various sub-sectors. The French exhibitors are keen to meet key decision makers, seek out partners and showcase their innovative product and technologies to foreign businesses within the industry. BREST METROPOLE: Organiser of Seatech Week trade fair in Brest (8 th -12 th October 2018) CADDEN SARL : Sensors and systems for positioning, orientation, oceanography and navigation CISCREA : Underwater cameras and lighting, underwater terminal boxes and switches COMEX SA : World leader in underwater engineering, technology and human/robotic intervention D2C ENGINEERING : Engineering services for marine exploration EODYN : Real-time surface current measurement based on the data supplied by ship systems FLUIDION SAS : Automated sampling and measurement systems for environmental monitoring IFREMER : France’s national public institute for marine research KLEY FRANCE : Specialists in customised lifting and materials handling solutions LAPP MULLER : Designs, manufactures and supplies customised cable systems for maritime and underwater works MAPPEM GEOPHYSICS : Innovative maritime geophysical imaging tools NOVELTIS : Tailored environmental services for coastal areas (risk prevention, vulnerability assessments, operational monitoring of ocean dynamics and processes) OCEAN INNOVATION SYSTEMS : Innovative and modular robotic systems for inspections and interventions in hostile underwater environments OPEN OCEAN SAS : Online decision support solutions for maritime industries (on-demand meteocean studies) POLE MER BRETAGNE ATLANTIQUE and POLE MER MEDITERRANNEE : Organisations charged with enhancing companies’ capacity for innovation as well as boosting growth and employment in the maritime and coastal economy SATT OUEST VALORISATION : Enables the emergence of laboratory innovations and accelerates their transformation into innovative products SIG FRANCE : Marine seismic equipment SUBSEA TECH : Underwater cameras, underwater interventions and inspections, surface drones TECHNICAP : Measurement products and instruments for the maritime industry TOP INDUSTRIE : High-pressure autoclaves , specialist in ultra-high pressure equipment, controlled-flow syringe pumps, etc. Find out more about the  French exhibitors in the catalogue and m eet them on stands J200, K200 and K300 at the Business France pavilion from 13 th to 15 th March at London’s ExCel centre. For additional information : Business France Claude Menard, Project Manager  claude.menard@businessfrance.fr / +33 (0)1 40 73 30 97 www.businessfrance.fr Business France UK Catherine Ryall, Press Officer catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr / +44(0)20 7024 3613 www.youbuyfrance.com/uk  


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The Industry and Cleantech Department assists French companies with their international development strategy and promotes trade between France and the UK. In order to maximise commercial opportunities between French and British companies, the Department organises French Pavilions at a number of key exhibitions in the UK, as well as offering other networking opportunities and individual partnering services. We cover a range of sectors including the aerospace, defence, nuclear/energy, environmental, automotive, naval, construction, and sub-contracting industries. Industry and Cleantech Department Michael Yates Manager, Industry and Cleantech Department michael.yates@businessfrance.fr Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3636    Marie Bicrel Senior Trade Development Adviser marie.bicrel@businessfrance.fr Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3623 Environment, Aerospace and Security Jonathan Kazimierski Trade Development Adviser jonathan.kazimierski@businessfrance.f

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