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2019 France Attractiveness Scoreboard: Green Growth, Structural Strengths & R&D initiatives key to France’s high attractiveness ranking

Penny Atkinson - 22-oct.-2019 10:21:48

  2019 France Attractiveness Scoreboard: Green Growth, Structural Strengths & R&D initiatives key to France’s high attractiveness ranking     As the world’s sixth-largest economy, France reaffirms its position as the leading host country for production investment in Europe and in 2018 became the first host country for R & D activities. The move towards a carbon-free economy and the importance put on Green Growth are key factors in France’s economic resilience.   Business France and the French Treasury Directorate presented the “2019 France Attractiveness Scoreboard” at this week’s “France des Solutions” forum. The Scoreboard judges the attractiveness of France compared to 13 other members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Now in its 10 th edition, the France Attractiveness Scoreboard examines a large amount of economic data & compares the countries’ performances. The scoreboard’s analysis of economic indicators highlights several other factors behind the French economy’s key strengths, include structural factors, business creation & future-proofing initiatives. French government resolve to boost industry Bruno Lemaire, Minister for the Economy and Finance, notes, “ our country is improving on many of the main attractiveness factors, as seen from its progress in various international rankings. We have seen improvements in innovation, cost competitiveness and corporate finance. France has been the leading European country for hosting industrial projects for over 15 years. This reflects the government’s determination to strengthen French industry; on top of businesses benefitting from the tax incentive for investments in robotization and digital transformation, the creation of 124 industrial regions and the ongoing simplification of administrative procedures , we have begun to develop a Pact for Full Employment . This pact aims to significantly increase the share of industry in our economy .” Key structural strengths preparing economic activity for the future France has excellent worldwide travel connections. The country benefits from high-quality airport infrastructures , with Paris Charles de Gaulle ranked 2 nd for cargo transport (after Frankfurt), and 2 nd for passenger numbers (after London Heathrow). Their rail freight transport is also extensive: ranked 3 rd among selected European countries, after Germany and Poland. The rail network will see further improvements thanks to the 10-year plan to overhaul the network (Rail Reform Act of June 28, 2018). Businesses in France enjoy a high-quality telecommunications infrastructure, with the highest fixed broadband penetration rate among the countries and one of the highest wireless rates (ranked 2 nd ). Launched in February 2013, the High-Speed Broadband France Plan aims to cover the entire country by 2022. The country is also modernising, with the digitalisation of public services. According to the United Nations E-Government Survey 2018 France is ranked 2 nd in the world for online services, and 9 th for e-government (4 th in this scoreboard’s sample). The digitalisation of public services is an ongoing economic matter, as seen with the implementation of a PAYE income tax system on 1 st January 2019. Increase in new business creation, with a focus on industry The start-up enterprise rate across the whole French economy has consistently stayed above 9% since 2008, putting France in 3 rd position after the UK and Poland. In manufacturing, this rate was 7.3%, with the rate having remained above 7% since 2009. This contradicts the negative growth experienced by German industry since 2013. In 2018, France’s manufacturing industry had the lowest increase in labour unit costs amongst the selected countries (+0.1%). In comparison, labour unit costs in the manufacturing industry increased by +2.3% among the EU-28. R&D at the forefront of Government initiatives France has the world’s most beneficial tax treatment for businesses research and development expenditure. The country’s cost competitiveness in R&D activities has strengthened since 2008. The cost of employing a researcher in France has decreased by 28% thanks to the research tax credit and accompanying grants. R&D expenditure in France rose by 1.8% in 2018, the highest increase in recent years. “ The action plans implemented by the government to strengthen the country’s structural key strengths and the choice, in the field of research and industry, to maintain the research tax credit or to win the industrialization race with the competitiveness and employment tax credit (CICE), along with the recent announcements from the National Council for Industry, have all helped to improve our ranking for a number of different fundamental criteria, ultimately making France more attractive ,” said Christophe Lecourtier, CEO of Business France. Aiming for a carbon-free economy Several government initiatives have been led in recent years, including the Climate Plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, or the 2015 Paris Agreement for an evolution towards sustainable development : Green growth boosts economic and job opportunities, notably in green energy. According to EurObserv’ER, France was Europe’s 3 rd largest employer in the renewable energy sector in 2017 , with 140,700 jobs (0.5% of its working population). “ The importance placed by the government on the low-carbon economy and technological innovation through events such as Make our Planet Great Again, the One Planet Summit and Tech for Good, which recently brought together 80 CEOs of major businesses from the global digital ecosystem to find innovative ways to protect the environment, indicates the way forward for the many startups that form part of our innovative economy ,” concludes Pascal Cagni, Chairman of Business France and Ambassador for International Investment. Electricity rates are especially attractive for companies operating in France. They are among the most competitive in Europe due to careful management of electricity generation and the national grid. Electricity rates in France are stable, with a 0.3% rate change for 70,000 to 150,000 MWh, versus 0.9% in Germany and Ireland, 1% in Italy.  

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

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  

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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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