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A quarter of the French delegation are exhibiting at METS 2016 for the first time

Adeline Perrault - 10-nov.-2016 12:20:08
Eighty-six French companies, representatives from across the industry, are exhibiting from 15th - 17th November 2016 at METS, the world’s largest marine equipment trade show in Amsterdam. The ever-growing number of exhibitors in the collective Pavilion organised by Business France – the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy – is proof of the vitality and quality of French expertise, which is at the cutting edge of technology. A quarter of the companies are first-time exhibitors. The French delegation includes 23 new exhibitors specialising in yachting solutions such as accessories, on-board safety, comfort and navigation optimisation. Boat building materials, equipment and services are of course still strongly represented at the show. France is the world leader in sailing boats and the multi-hull sector and is the world’s fourth largest motorboat manufacturer. It is also one of the main European markets for sea and river charter boats. The industry boasts 5,319 French companies, directly employing 40,166 people. Across the Channel, the industry’s total turnover amounts to €4.41 billion, while that of the boats sector totals at €831.70 million. The French yachting sector exports an impressive 76.8% of its goods and services. According to Anny Hoffman, organiser of the Pavilion at Business France, “ France has a higher standing than ever in the global yachting industry. French companies are increasingly dynamic abroad. The French yachting industry, driven by innovation, is seeing new companies emerging on the market. These are partly in response to the requirements of a certain group of yachtsmen and yachtswomen looking to experience different approaches to consumer trends. Innovation is ever-present in the industry, which has successfully modernised, whilst also maintaining the expertise that characterises French offerings .” With the support of the French Nautical Industries Federation (Fédération des industries nautiques –FIN), the French companies grouped together by Business France are exhibiting in an area measuring 1,200 m2, from 15th to 17th November 2016 in Halls 1 and 5, CMP (Construction Material Pavilion) and MYP (Marina Yard Pavilion) at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Center. Their R&D expertise attracts distributors, buyers and technical directors from shipyards worldwide. Many of them regularly receive awards for their innovations. For further information: http://businessfrance.jpm-associes.com/Metstrade-2016/ For further information on the METS show, please contact: Anny Hoffman, Project Manager, Business France Tel: +33(0)1 40 73 34 84 Email: anny.hoffman@businessfrance.fr For further information on this press release, contact: Catherine Ryall, Business France UK Press Office Email: catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Web: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/

Burgess Marine banks on Port of Cherbourg to grow its business as it signs synchrolift usage agreement with PNA

Fran Lambert - 07-oct.-2015 13:51:37
Burgess Marine, the UKs largest independent ship repairer, and the Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA) have signed a priority usage agreement for the synchrolift located at the Port of Cherbourg in France for the period running from 29th September 2015 to 31st March 2016.  The first vessel, MV Wight Light, a 63m-long car and passenger ferry ensuring the connection between the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth, was dry-docked on 29th September. MV Wight Light is the first in a series of six vessels belonging to British company Wightlink to be maintained at the Cherbourg site by Burgess Marine, a company specialising in ship maintenance and repair as well as the refitting of passenger ships and yachts. Burgess Marine will also be subcontracting local Cherbourg company Construction métallique de l’Ouest (CMO). At the forefront of specialised marine engineering and bespoke marine fabrication, Burgess Marine is one of the largest independent UK companies in the industry, with 130 employees and a turnover of approximately 33 million euros.  In renting the Cherbourg synchrolift for a long period, the operator, currently undergoing a period of growth, secures the availability of a rare piece of equipment only a few miles from its base in the south of England. The synchrolift, 90m long, 32m wide and with a lifting capacity of 3,000t, offers particular ease of access for refitting operations due to the clear flat area created around the vessel. “This agreement represents significant expansion for us as we continue to grow our business,” says Nick Warren, Managing Director of Burgess Marine. “It will allow us to develop a close and beneficial working relationship with PNA and subcontractors in Cherbourg, as well as develop greater cross Channel links and more potential business opportunities.” Cherbourg: A hub for shipbuilding and repair The signing of this usage agreement validates the investments made by PNA since 2011 and vindicates the efforts of local businesses in their ambition to position the Port Cherbourg as a hub for shipbuilding and repair.  With a pier for a 50t marine travelift, a 300t marine travelift, a 3,000t synchrolift, a technical zone of nearly 1ha and a further 2ha zone for new worksites, the Port of Cherbourg is now able to offer complete and coherent services for managing a wide range of projects. Port of Cherbourg About PNA Owner and manager of the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg since 2007, PNA is a joint association encompassing the Lower Normandy region and the Manche and Calvados departments. Its role is to develop all port interests, select those working at the ports, manage port development policies and guarantee secure maritime access. The mission entrusted to PNA by its member associations is to maximise the performance of these two ports to best serve their territories and overcome development challenges. For further information on the usage agreement between PNA and Burgess Marine, please contact: Nadège Eve, Press Contact Ports of Normandy Authority Tel: +33 (0)2 31 53 64 53 Email: n.eve@pna-ports.fr  Web: http://www.pna-ports.fr/web/home.html  /  http://uk.pna-emr.fr/ For further information regarding this press release, please contact: Fran Lambert, Communications Adviser Business France – The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email: fran.lambert@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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