FRENCH ART OF FURNISHING: 6 companies to keep an eye on at M&O Americas

Geoffroy THAUMIN - 20-avr.-2016 20:35:39
For the very first time, the GEM –the export department of the French furniture industry association– is bringing together six major French furniture players at Maison & Objet Americas. A first step in the US for the GEM, this rendez-vous with French furniture will be followed by many more! The FRENCH ART OF FURNISHING Pavilion will be located booths #1312-1417.  Among the exhibitors: Gautier and its extensive range of stylish and contemporary furniture, but also Maison Montaigne Paris, who represents more than 16 European brands in their Miami showroom. Visitors will also be introduced to Fermob, Sifas and Vlaemynck. Renowned internationally for their premium and luxury outdoors furniture, their designs are created with grace and manufactured to last. Last but not least, Objet de Curiosité will showcase their many wonders, from decorative shells to steampunk lights and from exotic butterflies to mysterious stones. Already successful in France, and for some of them in the US, where their craftsmanship is recognized in niche or mainstream markets, our exhibitors are excited to present their latest designs during the show. For more information about the Pavilion or our exhibitors, please read our online catalogue .

Bike-sharing Spreading Rapidly in U.S. Cities

Rachel KUROWSKI - 14-août-2013 23:02:30
<p><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"><font face="Calibri">The Ubifrance Transportation Infrastructure team in Chicago has noticed the popularity of the <a href="">Divvy bike-sharing system </a>which was put in place in the Windy City in June 2013. The city of Chicago plans to have 4,000 bikes and 400 stations available within one year of the system&rsquo;s launch. Among the largest U.S. cities to put in bike-share systems, New York City opened its Citi Bike system in May 2013, three years after Washington D.C. kicked off the trend with the Capital Bikeshare program. Commuters have taken 1.75 million trips on New York City&rsquo;s Citi Bike since May. <br /> <br /> </font></span><font face="Calibri"><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US">More than 20 U.S. cities have launched bike-sharing systems in the past few years, and many more are in the works. The systems are of varying sizes, and are run by a combination municipalities and private companies. Cities include </span><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: FR">Boulder, CO; Boston; Charlotte, NC; Chattanooga, TN; Denver; Des Moines, IA; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Houston; Kailua, HI; Kansas City, MO; Long Beach, NY; Madison, WI; Miami Beach, FL; Minneapolis; Omaha, NE; Spartanburg, SC; and Washington, D.C./Arlington, VA.<br /> <br /> </span></font><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: FR"><font face="Calibri">Depending on the city, the systems offer memberships of varying lengths: one day, three day, weekly, monthly or yearly; once a rider has a membership, all rides under 30 or 45 minutes are free (again, depending on the city). An annual membership in Chicago or Washington D.C. costs $75; in New York, $95; and in Boston, $85.<br /> <br /> </font></span><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: FR"><font face="Calibri">Bike-sharing was popular in France and the rest of Europe well before it took off in the U.S., but American cities are quickly implementing this popular way of travel as its citizens are moving from the suburbs and into urban areas.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> </font></span><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"><font face="Calibri">The planning, installation and maintenance of the systems is also creating job opportunities for American and foreign companies alike. These systems have opened up the door for app developers to create applications for smartphones which show commuters where the nearest bike station is and how many bikes are available. In Boston, a start-up created a helmet-vending machine to respond to the problem of bikers using the city&rsquo;s Hubway bike-sharing system and not wearing helmets; it will launch in August 2013.</font></span></p> <p><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US"><font face="Calibri"><o:p></o:p></font></span>Photo credit: <a href="">Divvy Bikes Facebook Page</a></p>

Sixth Annual "French Food Connection" Kicks off this April

Sarah Nguyen - 12-avr.-2012 19:55:31
The French Food Connection returns for its sixth annual edition in April, showcasing gourmet French products on a road show across the United States. Touring three cities this year, the French Food Connection will stop in Hoboken, NJ (4/16), Miami (4/17) and Los Angeles (4/18) to introduce its French food & beverage items to local importers, distributors, restaurateurs, specialty food buyers and the press. Approximately 15 French food brands, selected by the New York French Trade Office-UBIFRANCE, will showcase a wide range of specialty foods and beverages from artisanal cheese and chocolates to savory caviar and frozen goods. The last five editions of the French Food Connection have proven to offer great business opportunities for the US trade looking for fresh new products, as well as for French companies seeking business development in the US. UBIFRANCE aims to introduce French products to the American market, highlighting both their traditional quality products as well as their progressive approach to US labeling requirements, consumer trends, distribution circuits and U.S. importer, distributor and buyer needs. This is a trade exclusive tasting.   Visit for a list of exhibitors and the complete schedule as well as to register to attend the event. Follow us on twitter or join our French / North-American Food & Beverage Business Group on LinkedIn  

Testimonial: Yellow Window

Ubifrance Press USA - 31-mars-2011 21:26:26
"I am very glad to have had this opportunity helping me to discover Florida and the current US public transportation market with UBIFRANCE. I particulary appreciate the very welcoming réception by the authorities from Miami, Tampa and Orlando and hope that YELLOW WINDOW will contribute to future transportation projects."   Patricia Bastard Yellow Window

UBIFRANCE Brought a French Delegation at the Kennedy Space Center - NASA

Ubifrance Aerospace - 30-mars-2011 19:31:06
UBIFRANCE - French Trade Commission had the pleasure to take the first delegation of French Space Industry Suppliers to Cape Canaveral (Florida), last March 19 to 23, to visit the Kennedy Space Center and the NASA, major stakeholder of the civil space program in the US and around the world.   Alan Zide  – Technical integration at the Center Planning & Development Office – and a team of about 10 people welcomed the French group at the NASA, and offered the 17 French companies – including EADS Astrium, Safran and SNPE – the chance to spend a day and a half in their facilities, for a VIP tour.   Next on the program was a visit of Boeing Defense, Space and Security , where a presentation was made in order to provide the French delegation with a better understanding of the space market in the US.   UBIFRANCE also organized B to B meetings with the NASA as well as other companies in the space industry. It was a unique opportunity for the French delegation to present their products and services to the NASA as well as other space companies in Florida and share their expertise directly with their American counterparts.   The French delegation most appreciated the visits and the different presentations on the American space industry and the American groups seemed really interested in the delegation’s products and know-how.   UBIFRANCE would like to thank Gael de Maisonneuve, General Consul of France in Miami, as well as the NASA, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Space Florida, US Department of Commerce, Space Coast Florida EDC and Disney Entrepreneur Center for their participation and assistance.    

Photos: UBIFRANCE and The French Pavilion at Cruise Shipping Miami 2011

cecile.delettre - 29-mars-2011 16:58:22
Last March 15 to 17, UBIFRANCE - French Trade Commission had the pleasure to showcase France’s know-how in the cruise industry and exquisite cruise destinations on the French Pavilion at the Cruise Shipping Miami Trade Show. Thanks to a delegation of 25 companies all specialized in different aspects of the cruise industry - engineering , equipment suppliers as well as cruise clubs and tourism offices - UBIFRANCE offered the visitors and other exhibitors at the show a large sample of the diversity of the industry in France.   Networking events were organized by  Atout France , throughout the show and enabled the French exhibitors to meet with American professionals and share their experience or discuss business opportunities. Following the show, in order to provide them with a better understanding of the US industry, UBIFRANCE also took the French  delegation on a tour of the Port of Miami , where they were welcomed by officials of the Port of Miami and of the Intergovernmental Affairs, as well as Gael de Maisonneuve, General Consul of France in Miami . Contact us for more information.  

UBIFRANCE presents the French Pavilion at Cruise Shipping Miami Next Week

Ubifrance Press USA - 11-mars-2011 21:36:11
UBIFRANCE - French Trade Commission is bringing 25 companies to the Cruise Shipping Miami Trade Show next week! From March 14 to 17, 2011, come and discover the diversity of products and services provided by the French Delegation, composed of the following companies: Engineering: AIA Architectes DL Services   Equipment suppliers: Converteam Enodis Manitowoc Group Vauconsant Zodiac Solas Ports of call and cruise clubs: The Bastia and Upper Corsica Chamber of Commerce of Industry The Ajaccio & South Corsica Chamber of Commerce & Industry French Atlantic Ports French Riviera Ports Marseille Provence Cruise Club Tourism offices: Atout France is Le Havre Office of Tourism   Please click here to download the press release for a detailed description of the companies or contact us for more information.
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