PRESS RELEASE - Pellec Optimum : a New Vision of Viticulture!

Geoffroy Thaumin - 14-oct.-2014 19:36:09
Pellenc Group proudly presents Optimum, a new generation of multifunction tractors and harvesters. Celebrating its 40th year of business, Pellenc Group is a world leading manufacturer of machinery, equipment, and portable electronic tools for the viticulture industry. The new product range incorporates Pellenc’s proprietary innovative technology, namely the second generation On Board Sorting SELECTIVE Process 2. This technology offers optimal performance - combining unrivalled harvest quality, while being both user and environmentally friendly.  Multifunctionality to enhance profitability True to its concept of "multifunctionality", the PELLENC Group has developed the OPTIMUM range to carry out all vineyard maintenance and harvest work, whilst meeting the highest standards of quality and cost effectiveness. All PELLENC tools (prepruner, precision pruner, leaf remover,wire lifter, etc.) can be adapted to the OPTIMUM tractor by using a multifunctional arm as well as both the harvester head and the 2nd generation On Board Sorting System, SELECTIV’ Process 2. Jacques Servoles, Department Director, points out, "Performance is also linked to the extreme simplicity and speed of coupling and uncoupling. This is done within 3 minutes, thanks to the EASYCONNECT hydraulic mono-coupler, which automatically reallocates the functions on the multifunction joystick and the EASYTOUCH touch console at each tool change." Unrivalled productivity and harvest quality The ACTIV harvesting head equipped with the EASYSMART shaking system and its automatic row monitoring allows for gentle and efficient harvesting, whilst preserving the vines. The revolutionary flexible conveyor-sorter eliminates the risk of juice loss by keeping the berries whole. The integrated 2nd generation On Board Sorting System, SELECTIV’ PROCESS 2, makes it possible to achieve a 99.8%1 level of cleanliness, which remains the industry benchmark: "Sorting and harvesting begin in the conveyor, which makes it possible to work faster while maintaining unmatched quality in the bins!" confirms Patrick Expert of Domaine de LATRAOU. Ergonomics, Comfort and Safety PELLENC has also paid particular attention to user safety and working conditions. "Once again, our capacity for innovation has allowed us to excel," said Christophe Derot, Project Manager. In fact, all controls are easily within reach in the spacious cabin , offering an exceptional field of vision from the pneumatic anti-vibration seat with presence detection. For example, setting the harvesting head is done quickly and easily from the cabin using the EASYSMART system. "The intuitive EASYTOUCH touchscreen console, combined with all the driver assistance systems—reassignment of commands, cameras, controls, acreage counter, etc.—allows you to control all PELLENC tools, hour after hour, with ease and without fatigue," explains Jacques Servoles. An easy to handle carrier that is ecologically sound and cost effective PELLENC has also set the performance bar very high: The OPTIMUM carrier is the most compact and lightest on the market. With a steering angle of 95°, it offers exceptional and unprecedented maneuverability, allowing it to pass from one row to another. Christophe Derot says that the engine has benefited from the latest innovations: "our Perkins engine meets Interim Tier IV environmental standards and has intelligent electronic management." He further explains that, "Thanks to the load sensing technology, it continuously adapts the flow of the hydraulic circuit to provide the power needed at any given time, and the EASYCRUISE engine management system also regulates the feed rate depending on the configuration of the vines." This combined management ensures optimal performance at all times, reducing fuel consumption by more than 40% and increasing productivity by 25%. PELLENC has also worked on reducing time and maintenance costs through excellent tool accessibility, lubrication points, and the ease and speed of cleaning. Jacques Servoles concludes, "The new PELLENC Optimum is a concentration of technological innovations, combining performance, quality, and cost effectiveness without compromise. From this point of view, it will bring viticulture into a new era." A Gold Medal for the EASY TURN system Indeed, PELLENC was awarded for the innovativeness of its EASY TURN system. Last month, the company received a golden medal at les Trophées de l’Innovation, a French Innovation award ceremony. Pellenc has revolutionized the maneuverability of harvesters with its Optimum EASY TURN system. By enabling the driver to execute securely sharper turns with reduced maneuvers, the system offers unmatched comfort and safety to its owner, for a better productivity and time management, row after row, turn after turn.   More information  :  

At WWMA, European winemakers and importers from the Americas go courting in Chicago

Magdalena Rahn - 12-avr.-2013 02:30:49
For the past five years, April has seen Chicago greet hundreds of wine importers from all over the Americas, for 3 days of individual trade meetings with European winemakers. The 2013 World Wine Meetings America will take place from 19 to 22 April. Organised by Adhésion Groupe in affiliation with Ubifrance, the weekend of pre-scheduled meetings serves to put buyers in direct contact with producers, allowing both sides the opportunity to taste the wines, discuss potential partnerships and simply get to see first-hand how the other interacts. These 40-minute meetings take place in suites, allowing a quiet, concentrated atmosphere for dedicated conversation – and hopefully, future business deals. Most of the more than 80 wine estates are from France (Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Provence, Savoie, South-West) with the participation of domaines from Italy and Spain expanding the attraction of this trade-only event. This year, there are also 3 rhum agricole distilleries from Guadeloupe and some family Cognac and Armagnac houses in attendance. One of the main advantages of the WWMA is that the attendees are pre-qualified: only importers and agents having a verified level of sales and a solid payment record receive invitations. In 2013, there will be buyers from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, USA and Venezuela. The WWMA is one of the very few wine fairs in the US dedicated purely to the wine trade. In addition to the programmed meetings , there is also a PUBLIC meet-and-greet opening tasting “A Goldmine of Planet Bordeaux Wines” , where the focus is Bordeaux’s more approachable wines , namely those classified as Bordeaux or Bordeaux Supérieur; a white & rosé Bordeaux brunch-hour tasting; an informal, evening dinner-cruise on Lake Michigan for all the attendees; a Côtes de Bordeaux master class and on the last day a grand walk-around tasting, with the presence of all the participating wine companies. This latter is open to members of the Chicago-area wine trade, including sommeliers.For the past five years, April has seen Chicago greet hundreds of wine importers from all over the Americas, for 3 days of individual trade meetings with European winemakers. The 2013 World Wine Meetings America will take place from 19 to 22 April. Follow us on twitter @UBIwinespirit , facebook and Pinterest

PRESS: Cessna Skylane with Diesel Engine Near Certification

PRESS - 16-janv.-2013 17:54:42
  Cessna Aircraft is nearing certification of its four-seat 182 JT-A Skylane equipped with a diesel engine, which is designed to burn jet fuel. With an uncertain future for low-lead aviation gasoline worldwide, Cessna officials said the 182 JT-A – with its 230-horsepower engine – is poised to be an industry game-changer. Outside the United States, 100 low-lead aviation gasoline, or avgas, is much more costly than jet fuel and more difficult to find. Inside the U.S., the costs are about the same and avgas is more readily available — at least for now. A push is on to find a replacement for leaded aviation gasoline. Cessna introduced the model in July. Eventually, Cessna will replace the T182Ts now coming down the production line at its Independence plant with the 182 JT-A. The diesel engine, made by French engine-maker SMA, a division of Safran, is quieter and flies more smoothly in flight than the engine it replaces. “And it uses significantly less fuel,” Brian Cozine, an engineer specialist in advanced design at Cessna, said at a briefing at Cessna’s flight operations building in west Wichita. The $515,000 Cessna 182 JT-A model routinely burns 30 to 40 percent less fuel than comparable avgas engines on the same mission, Cozine said. It also will fly farther — so far, in fact, that pilots will need a rest stop before they need to stop for fuel. “Half tanks will take you almost as far as full gas tanks (in the other models),” Cozine said. At normal cruise, it can burn 11 gallons an hour and fly nonstop for more than seven hours. At a low power setting, it can stay in the air 14 to 16 hours. Although the plane has a diesel engine, it’s not certified to run on diesel fuel, which turns to gel at cold temperatures. The 182 JT-A has been tested in temperatures ranging from minus 40 degrees to 108 degrees. Besides Jet A fuel, it will be able to operate on Russia’s TS1 fuel, China’s No. 3 Jet Fuel and JP-8 jet military fuel. The single-engine plane has been well received worldwide, said Jeff Umscheid, business leader for single-engine aircraft at Cessna. Plus, “it’s doing a lot better in the United States domestically than expected,” Umscheid said. Buyers like the fuel savings, lower operating costs and that it’s environmentally friendly, he said. The diesel engine increases the time for an engine overhaul by 25 percent over the previous engine, Umscheid said. Cessna is scheduled for Federal Aviation Administration certification by the end of March, with first delivery in the second quarter followed by certification from European authorities in the third quarter. Flying the new 182 is easier than flying similar airplanes, Cessna officials said. The work load is significantly reduced, said Cessna test pilot Charles Wilcox. “It’s a very carefree operation,” Wilcox said. “Basically, you set the power, and you forget it.” Wilcox demonstrated the ease of operation Monday afternoon. To start, the plane cranked over like a car. There’s no worry about magneto checks, carburetor heat, mixture settings, propeller control, exhaust gas or carbon monoxide emissions. A single black throttle controls the power, and a computer keeps track of pressures and temperatures. “The computer does the work and gives the engines the proper amount of fuel,” Cozine said. If the electrical system should fail, the plane will still fly. Pilots can switch to a mechanical mode, which allows them to meter the fuel to the engine like other models. If the engine quits in mid-flight, say because a pilot failed to switch to the other fuel tank, the plane is easy to restart. Wilcox demonstrated the ability in mid-flight, by shutting down the engine, then adding power. The plane immediately came back to life. That’s something the FAA looks at in certifying airplanes, he said. So what’s next? “We will be pursuing global fuels in other models,” Cozine said. If there is an appropriate engine for the 162 Skycatcher, 172 Skyhawk or 206 Stationair, Cessna will take a look. “We would certainly pursue it when the engines become available,” Cozine said. That’s a few years away.   Read more here:  

PRESS RELEASE: Dassault Introduces the Falcon 2000LXS

Dassault Falcon - 29-oct.-2012 19:07:28
(Orlando, Florida, October 29, 2012)   – Dassault Falcon today launched the Falcon 2000LXS offering improved airport performance, payload and cabin comfort compared to the Falcon 2000LX which it will replace in 2014. The 4,000 nm Falcon 2000LXS will allow operators to access more airports because of new full-length inboard slats which give the aircraft category-leading airport performance and balanced field length. “Customers are demanding more of their business jet and that’s what Dassault is delivering in the Falcon 2000LXS.  Like all Falcons, the 2000LXS will offer the best fuel economy and the lowest operating costs in its category,” said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon.  “But, what also needs to be recognized is the continuous evolution and robustness of the Falcon 2000 platform which has set the highest of standards for comfort, reliability and efficiency in business aviation.” With full fuel, the Falcon 2000LXS will have a payload of 2,190 pounds; a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 42,800 lbs with a balanced field length of 4,675 feet, which is over 1,000 feet better than some aircraft in its category. At M.80, the Falcon 2000LXS will offer a range of 4,000 nm (standard aircraft, full fuel, 6 pax, NBAA IFR reserves, 85% Boeing Annual Winds).  It will climb directly to 41,000 feet in 19 minutes, reach a mid-cruise altitude of 45,000 feet and have a certified ceiling of 47,000 feet.  With a typical end-of-flight profile, the Falcon 2000LXS will need just 2,260 feet of runway, no longer than that needed for a turboprop aircraft. To read the complete article, click here.

PRESS: Skylane powered by Jet A takes off

Janice WOOD - 24-juil.-2012 21:29:05
  OSHKOSH — Cessna debuted its Skylane Turbo 182 NXT on opening day of AirVenture, powered by an SMA engine that runs on Jet A. “Cessna’s Turbo 182 NXT delivers a solution that the marketplace has been asking for,” said Jeff Umscheid, Cessna 172, 182, 206 business leader. “The 230 horsepower Jet A engine offers customers increased range and greater payload capacity and does not sacrifice performance. This plane offers significantly lower direct operating costs due to the fact that Jet A fuel is typically more affordable and much more widely available." The Turbo 182 NXT is powered by the Safran-made SMA engine, which is engineered specifically for aviation and is already FAA and EASA certified, he noted. The engine uses 11 gallons per hour of the typically lower-cost Jet A fuel at the estimated maximum cruise speed of 155 knots. There are environmental benefits, as well, he noted. The fuel technology used in this engine eliminates concerns about carbon monoxide emissions, fuel mixtures, propeller control and exhaust gas, he explained. The engine operates at a lower propeller speed. As a result, the turbocharger technology delivers a quieter flight line and reduces noise pollution. There are zero lead emissions and zero CO emissions. Flight at the maximum cruise speed demonstrates greater fuel efficiency, and will burn approximately 30 percent to 40 percent less fuel than comparable avgas engines. The Turbo 182 NXT has a seating capacity for four and an estimated range at max cruise speed of 1,160 nautical miles. The certified ceiling is 20,000 feet. It features the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. Price: $515,000. Source: General Aviation News

French Wines at World Wine Meeting America

Magdalena Rahn - 19-avr.-2012 19:32:11
World Wine Meetings America in Chicago has become a premier buying event in the USA and UBIFRANCE is delighted and honored to be one of the organizers. UBIFRANCE plays a strategic role in ensuring that the highest quality possible of both buyers and producers attend the event. This year’s meetings have several new and exciting elements as well as the uniquely-styled meetings people have come to respect and appreciate. This year, each day of the event (May 28th - May 30th) there are the unique , private BtoB meetings that are based on mutual interest and scheduled so that the participants are spending quality time only with the producers and buyers that they choose to meet. List of Producers and Buyers can be found here .                                                                                                                                                        The event kicks off with Rosé Hour with AOC Bordeaux producers  – a walk around tasting where participants can meet each other in a relaxed setting over a delicious glass of rosé before the opening lunch where everyone will have wines from various producers with lunch. The afternoon is spent in the first round of business meetings. That evening there is a special Gala Dinner Cruise for all participants on beautiful Lake Michigan aboard the Odyssey Ship. – NEW this year! Don’t miss the Côtes de Bordeaux Master Class on Sunday the 29th at 12 :30pm – Learn more about this AOC and taste the wines from the region. After your business meetings on Sunday there is some serious FUN in store at the Planet Bordeaux Rocks Party !  - Come rock out at Planet Bordeaux’s festive Wine Tasting/Apéritif! Rub elbows with the winemakers and discover firsthand their high-quality, food-friendly wines from Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur, the regional appellations of the world’s wine capital. With DJ & buffet. Monday the business meetings continue, but new this year is a Tasting Exhibition where over 150 producers from all over France, Spain & Italy will feature their wines at this walk-around grand tasting. If you are a USA buyer, it isn’t too late! DON’T MISS OUT! Be part of the wine experience in just 3 steps. Decide today. • Fill in the registration application • Once your participation is validated, make the online payment of 70 Euros, having access to the whole package: convention, features, meals, including your accommodation for April 28th and 29th at the Embassy Suites Lakefront Hotel -Downtown Chicago. $400 Travel Reimbursement! • Select online the producers you want to meet and RSVP for the features of your choice. Follow us on twitter and join our French / North American Wine and Spirits Business Group on LinkedIn.

French Delegation Exhibits at International Oil Spill Conference in Portland, Ore., from May 23-26

Ubifrance Press USA - 03-juin-2011 21:16:07
Chicago, June 2, 2011 (word count: 472) The 2011 IOSC was of great importance for the International Oil Spill Prevention, Response and Clean-up industry, and just one year after the Macondo incident, the show proved to be one of the most significant. The 2011 IOSC French Delegation was made up of members of SYCOPOL, a French organization comprising equipment manufacturers and service providers engaged in pollution control. And CEDRE, a non-profit  association responsible, on a national level, for documentation, research and experimentation on pollutants, their effects and the response means and tools that can be used to combat them. Well known to the industry, are the consequences of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Oil and Gas operators have been forced to adopt more rigorous safety standards for offshore drilling and exploration. New products and technologies will need to be evaluated to comply with these new requirements. The French companies present at the IOSC this year brought an array of possibilities and expertise to the table. This year, UBIFRANCE–French Trade Commission, along with the SYCOPOL, brought a delegation that exhibited at the show. France has been present at IOSC in past years to showcase their knowhow, products and services. And as always, the experience acquired since 1967 due to the country’s involvement in seven of the most serious accidents worldwide (such as the Prestige and Erika) was evident. The country’s products and material have been successfully tested during oil spills around the world. During the week of May 23 26, UBIFRANCE organized special events for the delegation and their guests. U.S. companies (Marine Pollution Control, Clean Caribbean, Ecosystem Management and Aqua Guard) and government entities (USCG, NOAA, BOEMBRE) were invited to a networking dinner cruise. Great conversations and exchanges were held in an intimate setting while traveling along the Willamette River. Furthermore, during the show, the delegation had a breakfast “a la française” and champagne on the booth for friends, new contacts and fellow exhibitors, where once again, the delegation was able to entertain and share their expertise with their guests.  French delegation members:  - R.E.P. - Ecoceane - Nymphea - Thomsea - Sycopol - Cedre - Total France will continue to develop equipment and new techniques for the oil spill prevention, response and clean-up industry. Therefore, as they did in 2010, French entities SYCOPOL and CEDRE, will be present in London at the 2012 Interspill Expo and will also organize and sponsor the event. About UBIFRANCE: UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business development, comes under the aegis of France’s Ministry for the Economy, Industry & Employment. UBIFRANCE lies at the heart of France’s public-sector export support framework. With 64 trade commissions in 44 countries, UBIFRANCE offers a comprehensive range of products and services aimed at supporting French-based companies in their development on export markets: knowledge-based products and services, from business information to consulting and market. For more information, please contact: UBIFRANCE Maria Bolanos Energy Trade Adviser Tel.: (713) 985-3278 E-mail: Web:
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