Industry and Cleantech Department

European Utility Week (EUW) 2019, Why France?

Catherine Ryall - 11-nov.-2019 14:59:51

This year’s European Utility Week is taking place in Paris, following its selection as European Capital of Innovation last year by the EU. It is “an ideal location as it is not only on the doorstep of French industry, it is also easily accessible for the increasing number of power and utility companies from across Europe […]", says EUW director Paddy Young. Smart Grids in France Whether it is the production, distribution, consumption or storage of energy, Smart Grids play a key role in adapting electricity networks to energy transition. Within a global market estimated at €30 billion, the French smart grids sector represents €6 billion in turnover, half of which comes from exports (Source: Think Smartgrids 2018). France also exports more electricity than any other country in Europe after Germany (51.7 TWh from 2017-2018) (Source: RTE, 2018). There are over 150 active Smart Grids projects in France. 4 regions have launched major projects: ·                     Southern France Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur ( Flexgrid ) ·                     Brittany & Pays de la Loire ( Smile ) ·                     Northern French Hauts-de-France ( You&Grid ) A healthy ecosystem: large groups and smart start-ups In addition to the country’s several international groups in the electricity sector, such as EDF and Engie , the 2 largest electricity producers in France, the French Smart Grids industry has many talented start-ups. They operate in fields as varied as communication protocols, the prediction of photovoltaic energy production and the measurement & control of electrical consumption in buildings. Competitions dedicated to young start-ups, such as Cleantech Open France or EDF Pulse , encourage innovation. These large groups and start-ups are made up of a competitive engineering workforce that has benefited from high quality training. The country has a growing number of Smart Grid oriented degree courses at institutions such as Grenoble INP , ECAM-EPMI , CNAM and EISTI . Investment in France’s Smart Grid sector R&D receives €100 million in investment a year in France. The country comes 2 nd in Europe for financing pilot projects. •         Japanese firm, Toshiba, has co-developed the Lyon Smart Community project with the French city of Lyon. •         Californian company, Cisco, which specialises in network equipment, has invested $200 million in French start-ups, particularly in the smart grids sector. •         Itron, an American specialist in technological solutions for energy and water companies, has 7 production sites in France. Meet over 60 French exhibitors representing the expertise and sheer variety of companies in the sector The French Pavilion at the EUW & POWERGEN Europe trade shows will extend over 550 m² of exhibition space. It will be a showcase of French leaders in energy efficiency, from successful regional projects to start-ups, ETIs, SMEs, large groups. More than 60 French companies will be on & around the French Pavilion to showcase the country’s smart energy ecosystem looking to achieve a smooth transition towards a low carbon energy supply (Hall 1, at the show entrance). The business activities of a selection of the French Pavilion exhibitors at European Utility Week 2019 are explored in more detail in our press pack (available on the French Pavilion Hall 1, stand H80 or upon request). For information about the French Pavilion, please contact: Business France – Hall 1, stand H80 Sophie Issovits, Head of Electricity & Smart Grids Projects sophie.issovits@businessfrance.fr Tel: +33 (0)1 40 74 39 85   For further information about this press release, please contact: Business France UK, Catherine Ryall, Senior Press Officer catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Tel: +44 (0)20 7154 1239 / +44 (0)7834 167 720


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


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  


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


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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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