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France to make waves at Oceanology International 2020

Penelope Atkinson - 19-févr.-2020 15:36:51
French specialists in oceanological industries are expanding their expertise across emerging industrial sectors. Alongside the traditional marine-based sectors (transport, fishing and seafood, naval and nautical industry, submarine cables & energy resources), French companies continue to innovate and lead the way, across areas including biotechnologies, renewable energies & mineral resources. Their latest technologies will be at the fore on the French Pavilion at  Oceanology International  in London, from 17 th  – 19 th  March 2020.   The French marine technology sector offers a great many advantages With a maritime surface area of 4.2 million square miles (11 million sq km) 97% of which are in France’s overseas territories, the French maritime economy has the 2 nd largest global maritime space and Europe’s leading seaboard. It is thus unsurprising that France are leaders in the maritime trade. France’s marine industry is made up of 4 major groups: shipbuilding, marine renewable energies, nautical industries & services, and offshore operations. It is ranked 6th in the world , & 2nd in Europe for shipbuilding  (sales of £9.5bn in 2018), and as for Renewable Marine Energy , its energy recovery potential is among the largest in the world (cumulative sales of £408 million in 2017). In the field of Ports/Maritime Transport , France is ranked as the 5 th European port power , with 7 major maritime ports with high-quality infrastructures and modern facilities.   Game-changing innovations at Oceanology International In 2020, French companies continue to innovate and lead the way in the maritime sector. On the French Pavilion at Oceanology International, visitors can meet cutting-edge companies , including Unseenlabs who develop, produce and operate innovative surveillance technology. Specialised in detecting of electromagnetic emissions, the company has developed to a unique electromagnetic intelligence solution capable of observing maritime traffic, even without a cooperative beacon . They have planned to ambitious launch of between 20 – 50 satellites, starting this year. Waves’n See , the coastal video monitoring company, will also be part of the French Pavilion. Their solution optimises the management of sedimentary resources and anticipates coastal risks, with customised settings : automatic shoreline detection, sand volume & bathymetric changes, wave parameters (height, period, direction). Clients benefit from continuous and remote data acquisition to optimise beach nourishment operations:  identify and locate recurrent & critical sand deficits, evaluate the efficiency of coastal defences, anticipate critical sediment levels, and monitor the impact of extreme events.   Oceanology International - a must for French experts Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, is once again organising, in partnership with the Brittany and Mediterranean Seas clusters, the French pavilion at Oceanology International, the world’s leading exhibition for oceanology and marine science and technology. The diverse and innovative nature of the French expertise is reflected on the pavilion, which is made up of 25 exhibitors. Come and meet French suppliers keen to meet key decision makers, seek out partners & showcase their innovative products and technologies to foreign businesses within the industry, exhibiting at the Business France pavilion, stands K200, L200 ,L300 and Q291!  

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

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

Blue Whale Company wins award at French CES 2019 Innovation Awards

Blue Whale Company - 31-oct.-2018 12:02:46
French start-up Blue Whale Company, the creator of the SMS-driven Spy Can Compact has been announced as a French Honoree in the Smart Cities category at the French CES 2019 Innovation Awards . Blue Whale Company designs, develops and markets IoT products, data loggers, measurement probes and smart valves all based on an innovative SMS communication technology.   The latest, the Spy Can Compact The Spy Can Compact is a simple battery-powered tool to save water for use in - housing - residential sites - professional buildings and more   Small with a nice design, simple to use, GSM connected, the Spy Can Compact is a small monobloc fixture of less than 6 inches long.  The Spy Can is fitted with a leak detection system: Whether the flow is very low, standard or very high, a specific algorithm is at work. As a result leaks are detected very quickly and the alerts sent immediately by SMS are very efficient.     The Spy Can Compact is also fitted with: Different algorithms that monitor permanently the daily consumption, the weekly consumption and the monthly consumption: As soon as one of the limits has been reached, it sends an alert An internal   clock function so that water can be shut off automatically every day outside the working hours. This limits the risk of flooding when buildings / infrastructures are not occupied and it reduces mechanically the wastage of water. All in all the experience is that one can expect a reduction of 30% of water consumption with that technology, a crucial benefit at a time when water shortages are visible everywhere on the planet.  Thanks to its very competitive price, the investment is quickly profitable with the savings but if it prevents only one case of water damages the return on investment is immediately there.    A very technical fixture The Spy Can Compact is cutting edge IOT product. Its construction is made up of very long lasting materials. The electronic PCB is micro-coated so that it works even when covered with water. There is no resin casting protection that makes recycling very difficult and that makes battery replacement very difficult.   Its casing is designed to be IP68. If necessary the battery can be replaced very easily.   On the operational side things have been designed to facilitate the installation. There is a Bluetooth communication for the setup. Terminal for the connexion of the water meter are of easy access. The design of the antenna makes it very performant so that it works in places where usually smart phone have lost access to the network.   There are also provisions such as a double monitoring of batteries, an anti-fraud function, an internal check-up and also a manufacturer setup that can be re-instated if necessary.   The Spy Can is also fitted with an internal memory recording all the information sent over the air. Setup can be modified remotely if necessary. Many provisions have also been integrated in terms of security, to prevent hackers from entering into the system. Clearly the Spy Can Compact has been designed to offer a maximum of satisfaction to the user.    The company Created in March 2016, t he company is financed by its shareholder and President, Véronique Stankowiak. The company is managed by Thierry Sartorius who has extensive experience in business development. A team of 10 specialised engineers has been recruited with experience in microelectronics and radio, software development, CAD and mechanics.   Véronique Stankowiak declared: ‘’We are very proud of this award that I want to share with the team. This will mark a new era in the development of the company’’.    The company is based in the North of France in Saint Léonard in the neighbourhood of Boulogne-Sur-Mer. Blue Whale Company is supported by the French Hauts de France Region and Communauté d’Agglomération du Boulonnais as well as the BPI.  For more information: bluewhalecompany.com   contact@bluewhalecompany.com

Whoz at this year’s Web Summit?

Catherine Ryall - 09-oct.-2018 10:43:10
Whoz  will be attending the  Web Summit in Lisbon from 5th to 8th November 2018 With 70,000+ attendees expected, 1,200+ speakers, and influencers from every industry, the 2018 Web Summit is set to be, yet again, the world’s largest tech conference. Thought leaders from around the globe will gather to discuss topics ranging from Deeptech to blockchain or even Edtech. Jean-Philippe Couturier, CEO of Whoz , said, “We are really proud to attend Web Summit for the first time, as we will be representing French Tech under Business France’s banner. It is, without a doubt, the best way for us to showcase our AI and B2B solution . Millions of resumes, job openings and available trainings are analysed every day by our AI to connect people within companies to work opportunities and projects based on their current skills, expertise, and past experiences. We truly hope that you will enjoy witnessing the power of our Skills Intelligence , as much as we enjoy building it.” With breakthrough developments made within the past year, our team has the answers to today’s burning question: how can the skills of your company be managed and leveraged to overcome upcoming challenges? This year we have drastically improved our neural network to continuously analyse and deeply understand the job market. We can now determine in real-time, which skills need to be reinforced or acquired to help organisations in the design of their strategic HR processes. If you want to find out how we can help you support your HR strategies this year, come meet two of our co-founders: Nicholas Mandelbaum , Chief Experience Officer, and Vincent Palita , Lead Developer, during the summit or schedule a meeting now. Going to the Web Summit 2018? Let’s meet: websummit2018@whoz.com   About Whoz : The right person, at the right place, at the right time. Whoz AI reveals your workforce skills and finds positions, assignments, and trainings that suit them best. Whoz.com   - Skills Intelligence

5 French startups to watch at Dublin Tech Summit 2018

Catherine Ryall - 29-mars-2018 11:39:18
The 1 st  edition of  Dublin Tech Summit  in 2017 was one of Europe’s largest tech conferences with  7,835,981 social media impressions, 10,000 attendees (53% international) , 100+ startups, 264 speakers, 69 countries represented and 46 partners. On the back of this success, we are pleased to announce that a French Tech delegation selected by  Business France   will be exhibiting in the  French Tech Area, in the Startup Exhibition Hall , for the duration of the Summit. Read all about the 5 high-potential and rapidly developing startups that will represent France on  18 th  and 19 th  April in Dublin . KEYMETRICS • French software startup, Keymetrics, has developed PM2, an open source process manager for Node.js apps • PM2 has been downloaded more than 45m times and is currently used by big names including Paypal and Tesla • More than 800 developer teams around the world pay for PM2 Plus, the monitoring extension, to monitor, repair errors, programme alerts and scan slow transactions • PM2 Enterprise enables corporations to carefully manage their extended node.js infrastructure with the expertise of the dedicated node.js support team, training, as well as custom dashboards and features. QARE • Qare is a medical service that connects French patients living in France and abroad with GPs and trained specialists practicing in France. • See a doctor via video consultation in less than 5 minutes, 7 days a week from your computer or smartphone • Obtain a medical prescription valid in France and Europe. The app provides a digital health record, personalised medical alerts and health programme. • More than 10 000 members, more than 2 000 consultations, more than 100 patients, 50% repeat usage, more than 50 physicians and 96% patients satisfied. • An innovative benefit for large companies to improve employees’ well-being and health AXIONE • With more than 15 years’ experience and 1,100 employees, Axione, a subsidiary of Bouygues Energies & Services, is designing and building FTTH networks in the South East of Ireland • Axione offers telecommunication services for Irish companies and telecom operators, including dedicated networks (e.g. for site & data centre interconnections) , international wholesale services (Ireland, UK, France and Africa) and radio indoor coverage for office buildings, stadiums and malls • Axione supports the local economy by contributing to the development of local businesses and creating sustainable jobs through training KUZZLE • Kuzzle is a fast-growing tech startup founded in 2016. It enables global banks, media publishing and healthcare companies to accelerate their digital innovation. • Kuzzle is a next generation Backend platform designed to power Mobile, Web and IoT apps. • Their clients include Crédit Agricole Bank, BioGen Inc., William Reed UK, Comexposium Paris and the French Institute for Public Health. • Kuzzle won the Orange Lab award 2016 in Tokyo NOMADMUSIC • Created in 2014, NoMadMusic is a classical, jazz & world music record label. The startup aims to open the borders of musical repertoires and promote access to music to the widest and most diverse audiences possible. • NoMadMusic also designs digital solutions. Their app, NomadPlay, is launching this year. It allows music lovers to play alongside the greatest artists and orchestras in the world. For instance, if you play the piano, it will digitally remove the original piano from the piece and it is up to you to play the piece. • NoMadMusic has won a number of prizes including the City of Paris’ Innovation Prize. For further information, to connect or organise a meeting with the startups, please contact: Guilhem Sirven, Trade Adviser, United Kingdom & Ireland guilhem.sirven@ businessfrance.fr For further information on this press release: Catherine Ryall, Press Officer catherine.ryall@ businessfrance.fr / + 44(0) 207 024 3613 www.youbuyfrance.com/ uk/ 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. Please visit the  Business France website   for more information.
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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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