PRESS RELEASE: The international Marine Renewable Energy conference

Inès NICOLAS - 08-mai-2015 21:15:19
  The international Marine Renewable Energy conference in Nantes, 20 – 21 May 2015: the MRE sectors dont-miss event for 2015   As a new industrial sector ramps up internationally, the Pays de la Loire region will be hosting Les Assises on 19 May followed, on 20 – 21 May 2015, by the 4th international convention on marine renewable energy: Thetis MRE. A one-of-a-kind opportunity to identify the potentialities of the French MRE market… -  Tidal turbines : a potential capacity of 12.5 GW from a number of sites, such as Raz Blanchard (Cherbourg) and Fromveur, Ile dOuessant. Two demonstration tidal energy projects are under development. -  Offshore wind turbines : 3,000 MW under development sponsored by EDF, GDF, DONG and EDPr. A 3rd request for proposals should be launched in late 2015 (Q3-2015 for English speakers) to reach the target of 6,000 MW. -  Floating wind turbines : a pilot project should be unveiled at the SEM-REV test site off the Nantes coast. …and discover the extent of its development in France. Through visits to sites dedicated to marine energy, discover the expertise available in the Pays de la Loire region: - the ALSTOM factory, which manufactures alternators for the Haliade offshore wind turbine; - the STX France shipyard, one of the leading players in the MRE sector; - the MRE logistics hub in the Nantes St Nazaire Grand Port Maritime, - the University (Ecole Centrale de Nantes), R&D laboratory (Technocampus Ocean), technical centres (CSTB, IFSTTAR, CIRV) and Le Carnet test site, dedicated to marine eco-technologies. Thetis MRE lets you share the experiences of experts world-wide on the theme of "Marine renewable energy: from opportunities to industrial realities" at 4 plenary conferences on the challenges for the sector and 5 themed workshops devoted to fixed offshore wind turbines, floating offshore wind turbines, test sites, wave energy and tidal wind turbines. The goal of these sessions is to review the current MRE situation in Europe, Asia and North America in order to examine initial results and the potential for development. Organised with support from the Pays de la Loire region, at the heart of the Nantes St Nazaire industrial area, Thetis MRE should bring together 400 exhibitors and attract nearly 4,000 visitors: 40% international visitors, manufacturers, major order givers, SMEs, design offices, research centres, schools and universities. The event is sponsored by DCNS, GDF SUEZ, ALSTOM, BESSE, CMN, EDF, RTE and SCOTTISH DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL. About Thetis MRE: The Thetis MRE international convention was created in 2011 to meet the needs and expectations of players in the emerging marine renewable energy sector, bringing them together to share their experiences and boost the development of this "green" energy as a source of "blue" growth. Thetis MRE offers a varied programme aimed at both specialists and individuals who want to know more about the "MRE community". To find out more: Thetis MRE François Berry, Development Manager

French Transport Tech Tour 2014 - Chicago & Toronto : French companies in the transportation and urban mobility sectors discover the specificities of the North American market.

Camille POYSAT - 25-juil.-2014 19:39:04
  Ubifrance North America organized a trade mission in Chicago and Toronto from June 17 th to 20 th , 2014 bringing France-based companies involved in the transportation and urban mobility sectors to discover the specificities of two key regions of the North American market (Chicago and Toronto are the 4 th and 5 th cities respectively in North America in terms of population). The delegation was composed of experts in the areas of passenger information systems, automation components and rail networks maintenance. In Chicago, they met companies such as the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority), Alstom TLS, Veolia Transportation or GE Transportation. In Toronto, the delegation was introduced to the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission), Metrolinx, the York Region Transit Agency and Thalès Canada. The visits were supplemented by information sessions about the North American transportation industry and networking receptions in both cities. This mission had many constructive exchanges and meetings in markets sometimes considered difficult to access, in particular due to issues related to public procurement procedures and local industrial benefit constraints, such as the “Buy American Act”. As seen in the video below, the French companies were very satisfied with the work done by Ubifrance North America. Some participants have already confirmed their interest in participating in the 2015 French Transport Tech Tour (location to be determined) or in pursuing their projects with Ubifrance on an individual basis. Chicago Contact: Camille Poysat Toronto Contact: Morgan Maison   Watch video below (French)    

Vivapolis : sustainable urban development

martine.joly - 07-mai-2014 14:48:11
Interview Caroline Olivier, Environment Project Manager - UBIFRANCE Imagine the city for tomorrow. That’s the daily challenge many French companies are ready to meet today, all of them re-grouped under the brand Vivapolis. French know-how in providing solutions definitely has takers elsewhere in the world. Today, major cities throughout the world are searching for very specific expertise when it comes to developing, renewing and re-inventing themselves. France certainly has the high caliber players -- Bouygues, Vinci, Eiffage, Alstom, Veolia, Egis – to go along with innumerable SME positioned on very technological niche markets that respond to crucial challenges for tomorrow. Initiated by French public authorities, Vivapolis regroups the wide range of expertise French companies have to offer to meet the needs of cities all around the world. “Simply because it is always easier to focus attention on a name everyone can recognize,” explains Caroline Olivier, Environment Project Manager at Ubifrance. More than 70 French enterprises focused on sustainable cities have risen to the challenge by joining Vivapolis. Certified know-how Demonstrations of their know-how abound: whether it’s the Grand Paris, Grand Lyon, the Euro-Mediterranean project in Marseille, the Urban Community of Bordeaux, among other initiatives. For all of these sites, there are several issues that need to be faced: mobility, managing energy, pollution… One common thread shared by all of these urban development projects involves improving the quality of life and social cohesion in these cities to make them more attractive. Several ambitious projects have been started to develop responses. One key example is the Auto-Lib system in Paris to reduce circulation in the city with non-polluting electrical cars. Bordeaux Euratlantique, an extensive construction endeavor, reveals the wide scope of action Vivopolis is capable of.   Relying especially on the development of eco-quarters, the project combines energetic efficiency, water recycling and a solar-energy plant. International markets lining up Vivapolis is ready for export. It’s already present in Morocco, where public authorities hope to benefit from French know-how to develop a new city of Chrafate in the region of Tanger-Tetouan. “They requested assistance from the French to help them carry out this ambitious project,” adds Caroline Olivier. The same thing is true for Turkey, with the youngest population in Europe. Turkish authorities expect French companies to help them integrate this youthful population more effectively in a cityscape that is constantly growing. As for China, its gigantic projects require showing up with turnkey proposals. Over the past 10 years, France has already carried out more than 200 projects in approximately fifty Chinese cities. Another highlight is the French eco-quarter that is going to be built in the Tiexi district in Shenyang. Alstom and its joint-venture, Satée, won a deal amounting to € 75 Million to provide locomotives for 550 wagons on Subway Lines 3 and 4 in Chengdu, the 5 th largest city in China. For Caroline Olivier, “Vivapolis involves a large number of French companies working on sustainable cities,” responding to key issues in urbanization for emerging countries as well as for renewal of major cosmopolitan areas worldwide. The latest scoop for Vivapolis ? France is getting cutting-edge, using state of the art technologies, proposing 3D simulations for these international projects to allow deciders to visualize different possibilities for a quarter or city. These virtual scale models showcase all of Vivapolis partners and their specializations. It is now being tested for initiatives in Astana and Santiago in Chile.   More information : Vivapolis powered by French creativity Cities : a collective adventure Directory of French companies

UBIFRANCE at the American Nuclear Association (ANS) Winter Expo

Maria BOLANOS - 09-nov.-2011 00:12:37
  For the fourth year in a row, UBIFRANCE - French Trade Commission along with G.I.I.N – the French Nuclear Industry Association, brought a 14 company delegation of French Nuclear product and service providers to the American Nuclear Association (ANS) Winter Expo and Conference. Our delegation exhibited at the expo for the duration of the show (booths 321-323-422-424), but the ANS was merely the launching pad and the beginning of the delegation’s journey down the East coast of the US. The trip began in Washington D.C. and took them to Charlotte, Greenville and ended in Atlanta. Meetings were set up to exchange and present products & services with engineering companies, utilities and even US government entities ( Shaw Group, Duke Energy and members of the Carolina’s Nuclear Cluster, Fluor Nuclear Power, Georgia Power, Southern Co., AREVA North America and the Department of Energy ); as well as, learn about the changes in the market and new requirements for foreign suppliers in the industry.    And, in the framework of the 2011 France-Atlanta events, the Nuclear Energy: Security and Waste Management was our last stop. The workshop was held on November 4 th from 7:30 to 1:30 at Georgia Tech and was open to everyone; giving our delegation the opportunity to interact with panelists, speakers and other attendees to discuss today’s nuclear energy policy and issues related to the US Nuclear Renaissance. The workshop was an absolute success, the panelists were excellent, with great in-depth knowledge of the industry’s waste and security management topics; making it a worthy end to the delegation’s one week trip. This year’s French Nuclear delegation was composed of: ALSOM POWER ALTRAN BAUMERT G.I.I.N GIROD SISA KSB MECATISS – NUVIA PMB REEL ROBATEL ROLLS-ROYCE NUCLEAIRE SAS SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS (SDS) VAMATOME VELAN VRACO

Great success for the 12th annual UBIFRANCE V.I.E Program forum in France

V.I.E Program Advisor - 27-oct.-2011 20:44:36
                                                                 The 12th annual UBIFRANCE V.I.E Program forum took place in Paris on October 12th, 2011. The forum provided 1,900 candidates seeking an experience abroad the opportunity to meet with over 40 participating companies.   The V.I.E Program forum enables companies to identify and recruit high level candidates from diverse backgrounds for a V.I.E assignment within their subsidiaries or commercial partners abroad. This year, companies were offering 931 open V.I.E positions to forum candidates.   Renowned companies attended the V.I.E Program forum such as: Alcatel, Alstom, Altran, Arcelomittal, Areva, BNP Paribas, Bouygues construction, CMA CGM, Coface, Crédit Agricole, Dexia, EADS, Essilor international, Faurecia, GDF Suez, Gide Loyrette Nouel, L’Oréal, LVMH, Natixis, Nissan, Orange, Pernod Ricard, Pierre Fabre, Plastic Omnium, Rio Tinto, Sagemcom, Sanofi, Schneider Electric, Société Générale, Thalès, Total, Valéo, Vallourec, Veolia Environnement, Vinci.   A large number of companies have incorporated the V.I.E Program into their international human resources strategy. It is an excellent opportunity to identity international talent for building the global management teams of the future. The United States is the number one host country with approximately 700 V.I.E candidates on assignment in over 220 companies .   For further information on the V.I.E Program, please contact us:

Starting Tomorrow: UBIFRANCE Brings Urban Mobility Experts to the SF Bay Area and Seattle

Ubifrance Press USA - 06-juin-2011 19:45:35
REMINDER! From June, 7 to 10, 2011, Ubifrance – French Trade Commission is bringing a French delegation to the West Coast. They will be travelling to Seattle and San Francisco Bay Area. They will meet with transportation companies - Talgo, Alstom Train life Service and Caltrain - and federal agencies for transportation - King County Metro Transit, the Sound Transit, the BART, the VTA, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Transbay Joint Powers Authority .    For more information, contact us .

Urban Mobility Second Round: UBIFRANCE brings a new delegation of companies to Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area

Ubifrance Press USA - 11-mai-2011 23:56:54
UBIFRANCE - French Trade Commission is organizing a new trade mission on the theme of urban mobility . A delegation of innovative companies from France will be on hand to discuss advances in the field and interact with Seattle and San Francisco Bay Area transit and planning officials and professionals to explore the track that lies ahead. Since the mid-70s, France has developed a considerable program of urban transit networks and systems for its main metropolitan areas. The French transport industry is successfully developing a large range of different urban transport systems, making it an acknowledged leader in the world of urban transport. France has innovative transportation ideas such as the Vélib’ bike-sharing program in Paris and also has 30 years of experience in high-speed rail, being one of the world leaders in its design, technology and operation. Today there are approximately 240 urban transport networks, which serve populations varying from 10,000 to 10 million inhabitants. French companies are innovators in designing and operating efficient, profitable and user-friendly Bus Rapid Transit, light rail and commuter rail networks. The Seattle and San Francisco regions offer many opportunities for urban transit and rail as several new lines and extensions are under construction and many more are planned. The West Coast is on the leading edge when it comes to conceptualizing, funding and implementing mobility solutions. This trade mission is the chance to move forward together and implement even better transportation options for the public. The delegation will meet the transportation agencies and leading companies in both areas. The objective is to showcase the best that France has to offer as well as to view and learn about the latest mobility projects in the US. Join us on June 7-10! As of now, the following companies will be part of the delegation: TickenGO, Oktal, Systra Consulting, Alstom Transportation, Tracetel, Corys Tess and Ms Relais. For more information, contact us .
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