Audiovisual content, Multimedia

Screen-free Storyteller show potential of audiobooks for Child Development

P Atkinson - 04-oct.-2019 11:55:14

    London:  Lunii has created a publishing house for children and it is unlike any other: paperless & screen-free. Available in 9 languages, the start-up’s family favourite ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’ is available now in the United Kingdom and Ireland , stimulating children’s imagination & creativity and encouraging them away from screens. According to the PA Publishing Yearbook 2018 , sales of audiobooks increased by 194% in 5 years, & saw a 43% increase in sales from 2017 to 2018 – Lunii opens this increasingly popular storytelling medium up to children. Lunii : Lunii’s ‘My Fabulous  Storyteller’ is an interactive audio storytelling experience for children aged 3-8 . It is a screen-free entertainment system with no EMF emissions designed to stimulate children’s imagination. ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’ comes with 48 stories & access to the ‘Luniistore’ (Lunii’s online audio store) where over 1500 more stories, rhymes & quizzes are available to purchase across 9 different languages. In the UK, Lunii is already available in Harrods, Selfridges and in other independent shops for £59.95 RRP. Lunii: a portable, child-sized, interactive experience ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’ is similar in size to a paperback, but can hold up to ten story albums. Each album can contain between 6 and 48 stories, adding up to more than 100 stories and 14 hours of listening . By using the selection wheels on their ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’ children can build their own stories , choosing whether to follow the tale of a hero or a heroine, as well as picking the secondary character, setting and object. Lunii’s small and sturdy design is just right for children, & can be used with headphones, and so can be used anywhere, anytime. The ‘Luniistore’: an entire pocket library An online bookshop and toy box, the Luniistore is a computer application that enables you to buy and upload original Lunii content onto ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’. There are more than 1,500 stories across 9 different languages available on the Luniistore. Once albums have been purchased, simply plug in My Fabulous Storyteller to a computer via a USB cable to load them. When the Storyteller is full, purchased stories aren’t lost – they are still stored on your Luniistore account, and can be listened to again at any time . The ‘Luniistore’: A growing database The ‘Luniistore’ offers original content adapted to different age groups, following the adventures of pirates, magical kingdoms, good night stories amongst many others. In January this year, Lunii launched a partnership with Petit Bambou to include ‘My Little Meditations’ , 6 guided meditations, “because meditation is not just for adults and because it helps concentration .” The Luniistore also includes Roger Hargreaves’ much loved ‘Mr Men Little Miss’ classics – with a key focus on sound design to replace the stories famous illustrations.   Lunii helping Child Development Lunii’s stories are written with an aim to stimulate children’s imaginations in an active, engaging way, which is impossible to achieve when passively looking at a screen. Alongside treasured bedtime stories and family time, Lunii helps to develop children’s vocabulary. It also encourages curiosity & inspires animated, creative thinking by putting children in control of their stories. According the the company’s founders, Lunii’s expertise is based on “the imaginary & the imagination”. Co-founder Maëlle Chassard researches and writes on the topic, leading her to believe that “building the imagination is something that is crucial to children’s development... I think that the imaginary and imagination are a really good way of obtaining self-knowledge , and self-knowledge leads to fulfilment.” With this in mind, Maëlle says that Lunii’s main objective is “developing and helping personality to grow, by feeding the imagination.” ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’: An international success The original content & works have already been translated into 8 different languages , including English, German, French, Italian & Spanish. The company is spreading across Europe and the USA. 370,000 ‘My Fabulous Storytellers’ have been sold worldwide , & they reached 7.1 million euros turnover in 2018, which is forecast to increase by 76% to 12.5 million euros in 2019 . In France, around 30 schools are already using Lunii, and the start-up’s co-founders would like to develop this network to help Lunii reach a wider audience. In the UK, Lunii is now available in Harrods , Selfridges ,in other independent shops and online .   For more information, please contact: catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr  / +44 (0)20 8132 4582   About Lunii French start-up founded in 2014 by four friends, Maëlle Chassard, Igor Krinbarg, Éric Le Bot & Thomas Krinbarg, Lunii launched its first product ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’, along with its online audio-bookshop the ‘Luniistore’ in 2016. With 50 employees, 370,000 ‘My fabulous Storytellers’ sold and 146,000 families connected to the Luniistore, the company puts most of its success down to word-of-mouth. Lunii’s aims are simple: to enable children to discover the world, develop imagination, cultivate curiosity & learn without realising. www.lunii.fr  


French compounder Polytechs to unveil new product range at K-fair 2019

Penny Atkinson - 25-sept.-2019 11:15:30

    Polytechs , a independent French masterbatch & compound solutions company, has announced significant changes to their product line, with a new focus on speciality products. They will launch their new lines exclusively at  K 2019  (Hall 5 / D04-01).    Polytechs: investing for the future In 2018, Polytechs’ annual turnover reached €35 million & the company invested €7.5 million in a  new production machine , to complement their ‘reactive extrusion’ range, & in two new buildings, with the aim of increasing their storage capacity. Polytechs has also invested in the  complete restructuring of their product range , as well as the transformation of their communications. The company has undergone an intensive acceleration of their digital transformation, with changes to their brand strategy & product innovation. Following a year of significant investment, Polytechs has introduced a new  3-pillar business model  incorporating: Masterbatches dedicated to  polyolefins surface modification Polymer production and processing industry  productivity solutions A range dedicated to  3D printing Polytechs’ PW Product Range is a global reference in the Cling masterbatches market.  At K-fair, they will announce a new release within this range. Polytechs is also developing a complete range of  agents to   extend the shelf life of foods  (fruits, vegetables, etc.) wrapped in monolayer polyethylene film.   New products for international markets The new business model includes an international approach, which is exploited through Polytechs’  distribution network of over 30 global partners  covering Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. The new ‘3 pillar’ structure covers  new brands & products : Masterbatches dedicated to the surface modification of polyolefins: Polytechs flagship brand,  the Cling Masterbatch PW, range has increased . Polytechs has introduced the PW S, which offers a  real increase to ‘clinginess’ and ‘noise’ for agricultural silage films . Polytechs is also developing a complete range of agents which  extend the shelf life of foods  (fruits, vegetables, etc.) wrapped in monolayer polyethylene film.     Productivity solutions for the polymer manufacturing and processing industry:  Polytechs is implementing  2 new solutions to boost productivity: Flow Xpress & Clean Xpress.  Flow Xpress covers 2 different technologies; the first is a  viscosity modifier for PP  (polypropylene), & the second is a combination of various process assistance products which  reduce friction & pressure exerted on materials in the extruder.  Clean Xpress is a result of Polytechs’ 20 years’ experience in the field which enables them to  provide purge compounds with strong technical support.  This has led to  the most technical & efficient polymer purging solution on the market , especially in the case of materials & colour transitions.     A comprehensive range dedicated to 3D printing (in partnership with  Francofil ): Polytechs manufactures  Olesteel 3D, a custom polyolefin-based compound , with strong mechanical properties & customisable functions. The filament form of this compound is produced by Normandy start-up, Francofil. With their combined skillset & expertise, the two companies have  developed a printable solution to produce tools for OEM maintenance and production lines. Polytechs will be exhibiting at the K 2019 Trade Fair,  Hall 5 / D04-01 , in Düsseldorf from 16 th  to 24 th  October 2019.     CONTACT Mathieu RIOULT  Export Sales Director mathieu.rioult@polytechs.fr  / Tel: +33 (0)2 35 57 81 54   About Polytechs  Polytechs  is a specialty & high quality standard masterbatch & compound solutions company, based in Normandy, France. With 160 employees & over 39 years of experience, Polytechs has a well-established brand name and reputation thanks to their toll compounding activity (for polymer producers & converters) and their masterbatch & compound solutions for the entire plastic value chain – from polymer producers to post-consumer plastic recycling companies. For further information, please visit:  www.polytechs.fr


France’s EdTech Trailblazers at Bett 2019

Catherine Ryall - 03-janv.-2019 12:46:53

From 23rd – 26 th  January 2019, London will host  Bett , a worldwide beacon for education technology. Nearly 40,000 visitors are expected, hailing from more than 130 countries. France’s know-how on display at the French Pavilion (C100) A number of French companies (start-ups, SMEs and major corporations) will be there to unveil their solutions and services in eLearning, content platforms, on-line assessment applications (eAssessment), MOOCs, cooperation tools, classroom management, new learning and student monitoring solutions, serious games, and more. The French EdTech scene is active, for instance according to  Deloitte : 100 new startups or associations have been created since 2015, and more than 200 since 2010 Worth €180 billion each year (€150 billion in schools and universities + €30 billion in professional training) Find out more about the companies that will be showcasing their EdTech solutions on the French Pavilion at the Bett Show 2019 . The exhibitors will demo their solutions for the duration of the 4-day event. About the French Pavilion at Bett 2019 The French Pavilion is being organised by  Business France , the French export-support agency, in partnership with the French Ministry for Education  with the support of the  French Association of Digital Industries for Education and Training  (Afinef) and in collaboration with Copilot Partners, Ed21, EdFab, the Institut Français in the UK, Réseau SPN and Promethean. Visit stand C100 to meet the companies on the French Pavilion at the Bett show . For more information about the show, see the French Tech Pavilion catalogue , visit  the  Bett  site or contact Francesco Plazzotta .


Straight from CES, French EdTech cluster to exhibit at Bett Show

Catherine Ryall - 16-janv.-2018 13:46:02

The RéSeau des Professionnels du Numérique (SPN) [digital professionals network], which brings together more than 180 French digital firms, will be at the Bett Show for the first time this year, taking a delegation of member companies with them. They will exhibit on stand C100 in the French Tech pavilion powered by Business France . The Bett Show , the major annual international digital education gathering held in London, will take place from 24 th to 27 th January 2018 . The SPN cluster, an accredited French Tech organisation, has launched an international action plan for stakeholders in digital education and training in France. With a strong and active presence in the high tech innovation hub that is the Nouvelle Aquitaine region in the south-west of France, the SPN has been tasked with identifying new projects and promoting the French EdTech scene since its creation in 2001. The French members of the SPN present at the Bett Show : Limouzik has developed a musical web application for education that transforms any connected object into live polyphonic instruments. Limouzik’s founding philosophy is to make music practice accessible to as many people as possible. By allowing users to reproduce, as you would with a guitar, a wide repertoire with everything from classical to pop, folk and more. The startup helps users to become the musicians that they have always wanted to be using its patented technology. Bringing a touch of that je ne sais quoi to digital education    ‘ We are taking part in the Bett Show this year because it is the most important show in the digital education sector which allows international acceleration. Our exhibitors are all owners of innovative projects around the theme of digital education. They will find a friendly area for meetings and exchanges with visitors looking for innovations ’, says Fabien Audat, who is in charge of the SPN delegation exhibiting at the show. Visit the SPN ’s website to find out about their work and the companies they bring together Come and meet them on stand C100 on the French Tech pavilion at the Bett Show. For more information about SPN, please contact: Fabien Audat Market Developer/French Tech thematic advisor - SPN Tel: +33 (0)5 49 03 17 76 www.spn.asso.fr Twitter : @reseauSPN   Facebook : @reseauSPN For more information on this press release or the French presence at the BETT show, please contact: Business France UK (The French Trade Commission)   Catherine Ryall, Press Officer, catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr     www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/  


You can BETT on French companies in London 2017

Catherine Ryall - 17-janv.-2017 17:31:26

The French Pavilion at this year’s British Education and Training Technology (BETT) trade show will showcase 13 French companies at the cutting-edge of the educational-technology sector. One of the world’s leading events for educational technology, the BETT show is taking place from 25 th to 28 th January 2017 at the ExCel exhibition centre , in London. Visitors can find the French Pavilion at stand C-88 at BETT 2017 for the duration of the show. Gone are the days of overhead projectors or blackboards, technology is radically changing teaching; t he e-learning sector was worth $107 billion in 2015 and the annual growth rate has been estimated at 9.2% per year until 2020. In order to support French companies in the lucrative and growing tech industry, the French government set up its ‘Digital France 2012’ initiative and has invested €20 million in 50 ‘serious games’ projects. The companies that will be showcasing their EdTech solutions on the French Pavilion are listed below. Further details are available on request. AVITICE AviTice has over 20 years of experience in the distribution of high-added-value software in fields including hands-on, centralised remote shared learning, mobile device management (for tablets), mobile application management , user supervision for teaching solutions and more. Their software is aimed at users in the education sector as wekk as the professional training sector. AXEL AXEL’s Thin Client technology is unique in that the product is not based on an Operating System. Turn on the device and it immediately connects to Citrix or Windows Server. In terms of performance, cost, security, power consumption and reliability, there are huge benefits to be gained from not having an Operating System (i.e. no Windows or Linux). BAYARD-TRALAL ÈRE Bayard Youth Department has readers everywhere around the world, from Spain to Canada, China, Mexico, Belgium and many more countries. Through " Planète des Jeunes ", Bayard also supports youth magazines distributed in 25 African countries. Their digital contents and products dedicated to educational purpose are also devoted to helping children around the world to understand the fascinating world they live in, and encourage them to face the challenges of the future with a sense of wonder and curiosity. EDITIONS BELIN – GUTENBERG Belin is a pioneer in digital learning, having developed numerous innovative educational services to harvest the potential of new technologies in education. Ranking second on the French secondary school market in 2016 and having won awards for their products, Belin puts its expertise at the service of teachers and students via all forms of media, both paper and digital. EDUCLEVER Educlever has worked alongside leading French research laboratories to develop Cartographie des Savoirs (knowledge map), an adaptive-learning solution designed to increase pupil performance at school. This R&D project, supported by the French government, provides educators with a precise skills map to help them build a personalised, adaptive-learning strategy for each pupil. The solution is currently used by teachers and 4000 pupils in primary schools across France. GAYATECH Gayatech will be presenting Intelliquiz®, a unique system which can generate quizzes from the web or any database. Intelliquiz® was developed using Semantic Web and AI technology. The system can be adapted to suit any curriculum in any language. Quizzes can be downloaded to any mobile device, any OS.  Gayatech has its own 3D engine capable of developing 3D games as well as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality applications. ITOP Education Counting more than 4.5 million users, ITOP Education creates, develops and provides digital-school resources tailored to every stage of education, from primary school to sixth form. ITOP ÉDUCATION has a clear and strong innovation strategy: each year more than 20% of their turnover is allocated to research and development. They are proud to be presenting their ‘NIPIB’ project at the BETT show, a digital resource bank with detailed scientific and educational indices, a fruit of their innovation stategy. MASKOTT Maskott will be showcasing their learning platform Tactileo, an intuitive learning platform for academic and professional training. Tactileo allows teachers to create interactive multimedia content and to instantly share it on screen as well as on learners’ tablets, smartphones or PCs. Tactileo is a unique tool for creating and sharing multimedia content, to make teaching, training sessions and local or remote meetings easier and more interactive. OPEN DIGITAL EDUCATION Open Digital Education, provides innovative digital services for schools and universities. ONE is their secure web-based learning platform, designed for use in primary schools. With its intuitive, user-friendly design, ONE’s range of applications can be grasped in no time. 1800 schools in 12 different countries use ONE. For instance, in the Paris Region 177,000 students have access to it. This is complemented by Open Digital Education’s NEO platform, for students at secondary school and sixth form. UTELLME ‘Education is only real when shared’ is Utellme’s core belief. Their web platform creates a global network of schools, teachers, universities and professors who want to put international collaboration at the core of their students learning path. Utellme focuses on foreign language learning between native speakers of different languages in school with the supervision of the teacher/professor. The tools available on Utellme such as live video, project collaboration, shared resources or multiplayer online games, highlight their aim to promote live interaction between users and active learning. It is no longer just listening to a video or reading a message, but practicing and interacting with a real person in a different country in real time. XD PRODUCTIONS XD Productions is an animation studio and software developer specialised in real-time animation technologies such as motion capture, facial tracking and lip-syncing for the European TV market. They adapt and market these animation tools for the education sector with solutions ranging from preschool to University level. It is animation made easy for teachers, which can be recorded live or recorded for playback. Pupil benefits include enhanced writing and speech at a younger age as well as enhanced language learning through speech and movement. About Business France Business France, the French Trade Commission in the UK is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy in the UK. The French Pavilion is being organised by Business France , the French export-support agency, in partnership with the French Education Suppliers’ Trade Association (Afinef). The French Pavilion is also supported by the French Ministry for Education and is in collaboration with Copilot Partners . Meet 13 French-based companies at the BETT trade show on the French Pavilion ( Stand C-88 ). BETT 2017 , one of the world’s leading events for educational technology, will take place at the EXCEL exhibition centre in London from 25 th – 28 th January 2017 . For more information about the show, visit the BETT 2017 site. For more information on this press release and the French exhibitors, please contact: Business France UK (The French Trade Commission) Catherine Ryall, Press Officer Email: catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Tel: + 44(0) 207 024 3613 Website:  www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/


Success for French exhibitors at the world’s leading education technology event, Bett Show 2016 – London, 20-23 January 2016

Alice Faure - 02-févr.-2016 12:21:40

Created in 1985, Bett Show has emerged over the years as the world’s leading education technology event. The 2016 edition has confirmed this position with 800 exhibitors, an estimated 35,000 visitors, 50 international delegations and more than 500 stakeholders.  The French Pavilion, organised by Business France in partnership with the AFINEF, Cap Digital and the Ministry of National Education, brought together 15 companies (start-ups and SMEs). Over four days, the French Pavilion was frequented by numerous international visitors, and hosted Anglo-French meetings and networking events to improve business relationships.  Moreover, for the first time, the French Pavilion played host to a major ministerial visit from Ms Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French Minister for National Education, Higher Education and Research, who was able to talk to several French exhibitors. The Minister said that French investment in e-learning strategy is the first public investment plan currently in Europe and is based on four pillars: training, resources, equipment and innovation.  After achieving full marks this year, Business France hopes to reconvene in 2017, hopefully with a larger French Pavilion to welcome many more candidates! The Minister concluded her address in the Bett Arena with the words: "Let’s change things, let’s invent, let’s invest."


IoT & Security Event 2016 - Watch This Space!

Marine Vicenzotti - 29-oct.-2015 11:10:03

In 2016, the Tech & Services team at Business France UK will be organising an Internet of Things (IoT) and Security event. The decision to hold this event was informed by the French tech markets development over the past few years into one of the most innovative tech markets in Europe, including the IoT and Machine2Machine (M2M) industries. 2015 has been a successful year for our French entrepreneurs! From our internationally renowned champions (Blablacar, vente-privée, drivy, Sigfox to name but a few) to our amazing young start-ups that have raised millions (IAdvize: €14M, Mirakl: €18M€, Lydia: €4.2M), we have every reason to be proud. Click here   for an overview of our 100 best start-ups. Furthermore, the French government has moved forward. The new law devised by the French Minister for Economy, Emmanuel Macron, has helped to define the borders of the French digital economy (click here   for more information on this law). In addition, La French Tech has announced the four cities in France to be given the new French Tech label (click here   for more information on the French Tech Initiative) and has partnered with Bpifrance (France’s public investment bank) to create “La Pass French Tech”, an acceleration programme for start-ups undergoing hyper growth.  Focusing on the M2M industry in particular, France is home to international innovative companies such as Sigfox, Kerlink and Actility, and has launched the first LoRa Alliance . Telecom operators like KPN, Swisscom, Bouygues, and Orange have already stated their intention to use LoRa technology through the alliance. Security-wise, France is probably at the same stage as the UK, therefore everyone is asking the same question: “how can we prepare ourselves for the risks that connecting every single device might bring?” There are certainly French companies out there who have their own take on the subject. We are sure that British companies do too, hence our wish to bring everyone together and take this debate further. Please let  the Tech & Services team at Business France UK  know if you are interested in attending this invite-only event. More information on the event will be published nearer the time.


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The Tech Services and Press 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 key exhibitions in the UK as well as meet-the-buyer events, and offers individual prospecting trips and exploratory missions. We cover various industries including telecommunications, audiovisual/multimedia services and technologies, video games, software and IT services, Internet services/technologies and e-commerce solutions, together with B2B services in marketing, HR, real estate as well as the financial sector.   Isabelle Tibayrenc Manager isabelle.tibayrenc @businessfrance.fr Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3634 Teresa Marshall Senior Trade Development Adviser teresa.marshall@ubifrance.fr   Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3644 Samy Kheloufi Trade Devel

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