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Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018: French expertise takes off

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

The aircraft interiors industry is ever-changing: it is   forecast   to   increase   from   $14.2bn   to   almost $26bn by 2020. The 3 segments set to experience the fastest 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 numbers 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 a selection of the French Pavilion exhibitors at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018 are explored in more detail in the following pages of this press pack.      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:   Contact in UK Business France UK Catherine Ryall, Press Officer Email: Tel: + 44(0) 207 024 3613   Website:    

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  Industry and Cleantech Department

Aviation, Aerospace

860 reasons to visit the French Pavilion at Prowein 2018

Letizia Zitoli - 06-mars-2018 13:38:43

For the second year running, Business France is organising the French Pavilion at ProWein where 860 French wine-makers and traders will be exhibiting in halls 11 & 12. Designed to introduce the exhibitors and allow professionals to set up meetings, Business France has launched a French Pavilion at Prowein website . New to 2018: The ‘#BonjourProWein Showroom’ showcases a selection of 100 French wines and spirits picked by European professionals during 3 tasting sessions prior to the show. It’s a great opportunity to discover new products and producers (Hall 11, Stand A159). Sharing the slogan under ‘Made In France, Made With Love’, the 860 French wine merchants and producers will exhibit across total area of 70 000 sq. ft. across Halls 11 & 12, representing all French wine regions. Business France AgroFoods Department Director, Christophe Monnier, commented : “France is back, led by a generation of young wine-growers, women, and start-up entrepreneurs. France’s offer is more in tune than ever with societal expectations, with emphasis on traceability, naturalness and the direct link between producers and consumers.” Among the 860 exhibitors: 54 producers offering organic or biodynamic wines; 18 exhibitors showcasing spirits from Armagnac and cognac to pear liqueur with gold flakes; Over 800 exhibitors representing the 10 main French wine regions #BonjourProWein on social media On social media, the  #BonjourProWein hashtag is being used by Business France worldwide for conversations about the French Pavilion at Prowein. In 2017, it attracted 1.5 million views. For further information, visit our dedicated website . Find Business France in Hall 11, Stand A160 Press Contact:  Catherine Ryall, Business France UK   / +44(0)20 7024 3613 Contact: Pandora Mistry, Business France UK / +44(0)20 7024 3661 About Business France: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the V.I.E international internship program. For further information, please visit: About our Partners: The French Pavilion is supported by regional players (interprofessional councils and regional bodies) to bring the winemakers together at ProWein: Alsace (Interprofessional Council of Wines of Alsace), Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burgundy Franche-Comté); Bordeaux Country, Southwest (Nouvelle-Aquitaine Food Agency - AANA) and Loire Valley (Dev’up & Food’Loire); Rhône Valley (InterBeaujolais, Inter Rhône & Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes Wines Committee), Occitanie (Inter OC & Sud de France Développement), Provence (Interprofessional Council of Wines of Provence) and Corsica (Interprofessional Council of Wines of Corsica); National Interprofessional Association of Wines of France (Anivin) & France Vin Bio represent multiple wine-producing regions.  

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  Food and Drinks

Wines, Spirits, Beverages

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 / +33 (0)1 40 73 30 97 Business France UK Catherine Ryall, Press Officer / +44(0)20 7024 3613  

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  Industry and Cleantech Department

Shipbuilding and Naval

MWC 2018: French mobile and telecoms tech out in force in Barcelona

Letizia Zitoli - 20-févr.-2018 11:09:20

  The French Tech Pavilion will be the largest national pavilion at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), with an exhibition space of more than 615sq m. It will be spread over 4 areas in Hall 5 (5B21, 5B41, 5B61, 5B71) and 2 areas in Hall 8.1 (8.1D41 and 8.1E49) in the ‘App Planet’ zone.   It is the 12th consecutive year that Business France, the agency responsible for supporting the international development of the French economy, will be organising the French Tech pavilion at MWC. France has a strong history in all that is mobile. For instance, today 99% of French companies have access to superfast broadband. Furthermore, on 30 th June last year, 73.5m sim cards were in use across the Channel (source ARCEP/DGE). Over 100 start-ups, SMEs, French regions and competitiveness clusters will be exhibiting on the French Tech pavilion The exhibitors come from across the spectrum of telecoms: mobile apps, telecom infrastructure, mobile marketing and advertising, mobile games and accessories, engineering services and financial services to name a few. ART-Fi SAR measurement solution designer aimed at helping clients reduce their development and production costs ART-MAN, its flagship product, tests wireless electronic devices in seconds and determines users’ level of exposure to electromagnetic waves Clients include: mobile phone manufacturers, telecommunication agencies and operators, as well as test laboratories   PLUSSH develops customised B2B solutions for live stream HD video broadcasting Clients include Orange, Carrefour, La Poste, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole Award-winning: won La Poste group’s French IOT competition in 2015, start-up of the year 2016 at the Video Online Paris awards and most promising start-up of the year at the Business France Awards at MWC 2016 Raised over €1m in fundraising round in May 2017   LEDGER Security and infrastructure solutions for cryptocurrency and blockchain apps Continuing to develop a variety of products and services to safeguard cryptocurrency assets for business, including the Ledger hardware wallets line already available in 165 countries Founded in 2014, raised $75m in January 2018   REACH FIVE Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM) solution The solution offers companies the profile analysis tools needed for omnichannel and cross-device customer knowledge to harness the potential of data in implementing customised marketing strategies Major brands such as Boulanger, Etam, Allianz, West-France, Intersport, SFR, Engie are already working with Reach Five In 2017, ReachFive raised €2m from major industrial groups and investment funds and won the ‘start-up of the year’ award from the Institut du Commerce Connecté (ICC)   BIGGERPAN Predictive artificial intelligence engine for mobile Anticipates the needs of smartphone users: no need to search manually Ulli, its smart web browser nominated as Mobile Application of the Year 2016 by Product Hunt Biggerpan has since launched pilots with mobile phone manufacturers to integrate its predictive engine into the next generations of smartphones The French exhibitors supported by Business France have caught the eye of major groups such as Huawei, Bharti Airtel, Samsung, Telefonica, ZTE and Etisalat with whom Business France has set up B2B meetings.   For further information and the complete list of French Tech pavilion exhibitors, visit the Business France MWC website. Contact: Fayssal Majid, Head of Tech operations - Digital Technologies Department, Business France     Business France UK Catherine Ryall, Press Officer / + 44(0) 207 024 3613     About Business France Business France is the French agency responsible for supporting the international development of the French economy. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes the economic image and attractiveness of France, its companies and regions. It runs and develops the V.I.E. international internship program.   For more information, please visit:  

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  Tech and Services Department

Telecommunications and Space

Smoove: new supplier for Paris cycle hire scheme with e-bike launch

Letizia Zitoli - 07-févr.-2018 15:40:56

After Marrakesh, Helsinki, Moscow, Vancouver and many more, Smoove  is now the official supplier of the Vélib’ network across the Paris region. Following a 3-month  pilot scheme at Kingston University  in London, the French capital is also where the firm is launching their new flagship product: shared electric assisted bikes. Smoove already runs public bike share schemes in 28 cities and 14 countries including a scheme in Slough  that they’ve run for the past 4 years. This year some 24,000 bikes and 1,400 stations will be rolled out in Paris. Around 30% of the bikes will be electric with a ‘Smoove box’ battery in the frame and a motor incorporated into the front wheel. 7,500 electric bicycles will help users to conquer Paris’ steep hills, get around the French capital and 68 spots surrounding the city.  A revolutionary service: electric and connected bikes For almost a decade, French firm Smoove has been offering innovative, smart and connected bike-sharing solutions to support the development of sustainable mobility and to contribute to making our cities greener. Once fitted with a ‘Smoove box’, the bike becomes smart and connected. There are various options for users to hire bikes: A preregistered RFID smartcard Smartphone app or with a secure code The Smoove box serves as a comprehensive information system including operations management, customer monitoring, operational reporting and more. Triple patented security system The embedded technology spells the end of saturated docking stations, because it allows users to park bikes even if no spaces are available, thanks to the ‘overflow’ feature. Docking stations not only lock the electric bicycles securely in place but also recharge their batteries. For security, all bikes are fitted with a Neiman steering lock as well as a cable incorporated into the handlebars to block steering. Optimal management of public spaces Smoove also supplies the high-density docking stations, requiring very little civil engineering work to install. The city and the operator retain the full control over the deployment and layout of their network, and are free to adjust the system to ensure optimal management of public spaces and smooth traffic flows. Robust equipment for public use in urban spaces Bikes are ultra-secure, tough and designed for optimal user comfort with: 26-inch wheels with puncture-proof tires double-wall aluminium frame and rims with tamper-resistant wheel nuts. a comfortable adjustable saddle customised front basket By the end of 2018, Smoove will supply more than 30,000 smart bikes worldwide. It takes 30 minutes to convert a manual bike into an e-bike: the addition of a Smoove box battery in the frame and motor into the front wheel. The French company is set to become the world leader in shared e-bike systems integrated into urban mobility networks, contributing to reduced CO 2 emissions. For more information about Smoove : Facebook:  Smoove SAS Twitter:  @Smoove_Off YouTube:  Smoove SAS For more information about this press release, please contact: Catherine Ryall Press Officer, Business France UK  / +44(0)20 7024 3613  

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  Industry and Cleantech Department


France’s EdTech trailblazers at Bett 2018

Catherine Ryall - 22-janv.-2018 17:18:55

From 24 th – 27 th January 2018, 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) 24 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) The companies that will be showcasing their EdTech solutions on the French Pavilion are: Avitice  Solutions, Bayard Presse, CIEP, ARTE France Développement, Educlever, Edumedia, English Attack, Humensis – Belin Education, IA France, Institut Français, ITOP Education, Kalyzee, Learnenjoy, Dytrikardi, Kidscode, Learn & Go, Limouzik, Marbotic, Milliweb, Open Digital Education, Qwant Junior, Rapidmooc, Speakshake, SPN, Tralalere and Milliweb. The exhibitors will demo their solutions for the duration of the 4-day event. ‘Being part of Bett Show is a unique experience for exhibiting companies, offering them the chance to meet with teachers, heads of institutions, and Ministerial decision-makers from different countries, learn what international competitors are offering, and benefit from feedback. High-level French decision-makers will be making the trip specially to attend the exhibition, and will also be at the Pavilion’, stated Amina Sambou, in charge of organising the French Tech Pavilion. About the French Pavilion at Bett 2018 The French Pavilion is being organised by Business France , the French export-support agency, in partnership with the French Association of Digital Industries for Education and Training (Afinef) with the support of the French Ministry for Education and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Meet 24 French-based companies at the Bett show on the French Pavilion ( Stand C100) . A full list of contacts is available upon request. For more information about the show, visit the Bett site. For more information on this press release and the French exhibitors, please see the catalogue or contact: Amina Sambou Business France UK Catherine Ryall, Press Officer Tel: + 44(0) 207 024 3613 Website:

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  Tech and Services Department

Electronics and IT

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 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,  

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  Tech and Services Department

Audiovisual content, Multimedia

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