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French delegation in Fashion and Luxury

Lonchambon Romain - 21-mai-2015 15:58:20

  The French Trade Commission "Business France" will be receiving a French delegation of companies in the Fashion and Luxury field from May 24 th to May 26 th in Riyadh & Jeddah.   For more information, please contact Mrs Laura Mazeh : laura.mazeh@businessfrance.fr +966 556 881 161.  

3 MAJOR FRENCH TRADE DELEGATIONS VISITING SAUDI ARABIA

Romain Lonchambon - 21-mai-2015 14:11:13

Press Release A high-level French trade delegation comprising of over 33 prominent companies, met with leading Saudi Groups to discuss potential partnerships and business opportunities in fast growing sectors: electricity, telecommunications and poultry. The 3 Delegations of French business men, led by the “Chargé d’Affaires” of the Embassy of France, Mr. Eric Giraud-Telme have been able to meet with all important decision makers during this business trip, organized by BUSINESS FRANCE , the French Trade Commission in Riyadh, in cooperation with SEC, AL FANAR, STC, ZAIN, Ministry of Agriculture, ADF and many other partners. The bilateral trade between France and Saudi Arabia has gone up significantly through the past few years but are still far below the excellent political relations built up between the two governments. Total bilateral trade reached more than 10 billion euro in 2014, Saudi imports from France amounting to 2.9 billion euro while Saudi exports to France accounted for more than 7 billion euro.   Over 70 French companies have been active in the Saudi market with an investment estimated at 15 billion USD.       France was the 2nd biggest exporter of Poultry products to Saudi Arabia in 2013, with more than 150 000 tons sold to the Kingdom’s market. Between 2009 and 2013, our exports of poultry products to Saudi Arabia have increased of 64%, showing the excellent performance of French breeders and exporters and the steady growth of KSA consumption as well. Our market shares have progressed of 3 points during the same years, representing nowadays almost 20% of total imports. The Saudi poultry sector is currently undertaking major expansions, following the objective of the Saudi Government to reach auto-sufficiency. French companies understand very well the new evolutions and came to work closely with local breeders and producers to share their know-how and support them in reaching the new objectives targeted by the Saudi authorities.   Telecommunications equipment exports from France was estimated at 69 Million Euros at the end of 2014, growing 5,3% compared to the previous year (2013), and representing 2,3% instead of 1,9% in 2013, of total French exports towards Saudi Arabia. The increase of the share of French Telecoms equipment exports to KSA shows the strong and steady growth of this sector in this country. Saudi Arabia counts for 50% of the population below 24 years old, more than 14.3 million internet users with 53% Internet penetration rate and estimated 88% smartphone penetration rate in 2015. Saudi telecom operators such as STC, Mobily and ZAIN, are considered as strategic partners for the French services and equipment suppliers.   France was exporting electrical equipment for a value estimated to 493 million USD in 2014, against 433 million USD in 2010, representing an increase of our bilateral trade in this sector, of 14% during the past 4 years. Those numbers are far below the total imports of Saudi Arabia for electrical equipment that have progressed of 72,6% during the same period of time, representing a total of more than 17,7 billion USD at the end of 2013. SEC estimates that electricity consumption should reach 100 GW by 2040. French suppliers want to grab further market shares through the future developments of new power plants and transmission networks in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.   France is actively involved in the Kingdom’s diversification, job creation and training for the direct benefit of Saudi youth and with the support of French groups and SME’s settled locally or willing to work within KSA in the near future. Schneider Electric, leading electrical equipment manufacturer, heading the 3 visiting delegations, together with Bank Saudi Fransi and Naos International Human Resources Cabinet have shown the way to the new companies, during the past 3 days.   With the last official visit of Mr. Francois Hollande, President of France, in Saudi Arabia, on the occasion of the GCC summit organized in Riyadh beginning of May, the bilateral relations between the two countries has reached a new stage, through the existing strategic partnership that will allow significant reinforcement of trade and industrial ventures, and will facilitate major projects to be developed jointly in the forthcoming years. The visit of those 3 important delegations in Saudi Arabia is a another achievement demonstrating the fruitful and trustful relationship existing between France and Saudi Arabia, taking place before the organization of the Saudi-French Business Opportunities Forum to be held in Riyadh on October 12 th and 13 th with the support of the Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Industry.    

Playtime: Prepare your next visit in February in New York or Tokyo

Aurélien NEU - 09-nov.-2014 08:04:04

    Playtime New York : 1 648 visitors Organized around the theme of ‘Luna Park’, the international rendez-vous for professionals from the children’s universe attracted 1648 visitors , for an increase of +17% over August 2013.   This means that the 9th session of Playtime was the most successful summer edition of the trade show since its launch .   More than 100 international brands gathered for the first time ever at the Metropolitan Pavilion , where will be organized all Playtime New York summer shows , whereas the March show will take place at the Metropolitan West , on the 46th street.   Fashion, accessories, shoes, stuffed animals and soft toys, layette, décor and gift objects Fashion, accessories, shoes, stuffed animals and soft toys, layette, décor and gift objects ; a selection of brands with original and complementary universes, attracted by the unique promise of being part of a complete and coherent selection of merchandise in an environment that is both inspirational and dynamic. A choice that paid off for many brands, however some of them exhibited for the very first time . Good news in a still fragile international economic context, in which the United States came out ahead, with its renewed economic activity.   A turnkey organization for those exhibitors who came from the United States (52%) as well as from abroad (48%), in order to show their Spring/Summer 2015 collections to buyers and press (respectively 85% and 15% of visitors).     Playtime Tokyo August 26 - 28, 2014   Playtime Tokyo : 2 219 visitors In spite of the economic slowdown in Japan, the fair maintained its attendance level by welcoming 2219 professionals. This result also confirmed how attractive the fair is beyond Japanese borders. Indeed, even though the Japanese constituted the majority of visitors, the portion of visitors from foreign countries, including South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, India and France , grew by 18% over the August 2013 show.   Fashion, décor, design, layette and maternity Fashion, décor, design, layette and maternity; the pick of the children’s and maternity universes gathered into two rooms, offering nearly 200 Spring/Summer 2015 collections.   Though certain brands have become the indispensable highlights of the event, 37% participated in the fair for the very 1st time, ensuring a complete and dynamic selection for buyers to discover.     Next Dates Playtime, the International trade show dedicated to the children’s universe and maternity wear :   In Tokyo: Feb. 24 - 26, 2015 > Belle Salle Shibuya Garden   In New York: 28 Feb 2015 - 02 Mar 2015 > Metropolitan Pavilion     Playtime, French exhibitors in 2014   EURL MES ANGES Brand: MOON ET MIEL Clothing for girls from 3 months to 12 years old   DRNMODE Brand: EMILE ET IDA Clothing for children from 3 months to 16 years old   BLEU COMME GRIS Brand: BLEU COMME GRIS PARIS Clothing for children and schoolchildren   LUCAS DU TERTRE SARL Brand: LE PETIT LUCAS DU TERTRE Kid collection   LES ENFANTINES Brand: LES ENFANTINES Looks, personalized clothes, puericulture   EURL LITTLE ORGANDI Brand: LITTLE ORGANDI Children   JOMIJOLI Brand: JOMIJOLI Celebrity Baby Trends   SARL PST Brand: QUAND J’ETAIS GRAND Clothing for babies and children to 4 years old   SARL M B L J P B Brand: LES PETITES CHOSES Clothing for babies and children to 10 years old   LES LUTINS Brand: LES LUTINS 100% Cashmere Design for your babies   LES TOILES BLANCHES Brand: LES TOILES BLANCHES For children and for the home   BAKKER FASHION MODE Brand: BAKKER FASHION MODE Children   PATRICIA REMY Brand: OSCAR ET LILA     PRINCE DU MARAIS Brand: PRINCE DU MARAIS Clothing and home accessories using only 100% organic natural fabrics   FANNY BELETTE Brand: FANNY BELETTE Babywear   CHUPETA Brand: CHUPETA Design and creation in Paris of luxury leather shoes for children (Birth gift)   MILAPINOU Brand: MILAPINOU Clothing for babies and children to 3 years old with a touch of vintage   BEBOBIO SARL Brand: BEBOBIO Clothes for babies and kids   KETIKETA Brand: KETIKETA Clothes, bed clothes, decorative accessories for children and babies to 12 years old   CdeC by CORDELIA DE CASTELLANE Brand: CdeC by CORDELIA DE CASTELLANE      

SIAL : VISIT OF H.E DR. TAWFIQ AL-RABIAH

Aurélien NEU - 02-nov.-2014 10:02:57

They came to see the first participation of 25 Saudi stands organized by the Saudi Export Development Authority and supported by UBIFRANCE. In the afternoon, H.E Dr. Tawfiq AL-RABIAH met H.E Mr. Stéphane LE FOLL French Minister of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry in order to speak further on the Saudi-French partnership. This meeting has been the occasion for both governments to emphasize their willingness to deepen the exchanges between the two countries.  

MEDICA COMPAMED 2014

Aurélien NEU - 02-nov.-2014 09:58:52

  With more than 70 countries represented, world’s leading companies in the medical sector will exhibit innovative equipments, medicines and treatments, covering every area of the sector.   UBIFRANCE agency will gather in the French Pavilion a delegation of 168 companies over 6 thematic exhibition areas:   National and international joint participants, electromedicine, medical technology (Hall 17) Disposables, commodities and consumer goods, textiles (Hall 7a) Physiotherapy, orthopaedic equipment (Halls 4 et 5) Laboratory equipment, diagnostics (Hall 3) Compamed : a trade fair for the medical supplier industry and product development (Hall 8b)   Key figures for MEDICA 2013 :   More than 132,000 trade visitors from 120 countries across all continents 53 % from countries outside of Europe 4,618 exhibitors from all 66 countries Approximately 116,000 m2 of exhibition space      

French sports-events companies keep on winning

Aurélien NEU - 03-août-2014 08:34:09

  French companies, building on their track record, have been successful domestically and internationally in this field. Innovative companies, which offer new products and technologies, find opportunities to showcase their solutions and grow . Seat Advert is a very young company that is revolutionizing the sporting experience: its small screens, as installed in stadiums, allow viewers to peruse ads and access real-time information, including game statistics. Seat Advert’s innovative solution has already found new clients in Mexico, with plans to expand into South America. The company has recently been awarded a contract for this year’s World Equestrian Games in Normandy, in North-Western France.   Esportec Eco-Industriel is yet another young innovative company developing natural and ecological surfacing solutions for outdoor spaces. ECO’STABIL®, its patented material, is made out of waste and can be combined with other recycled products. While many of the uses of this and other products are not entirely recreational, they can be used to create cycle tracks, equestrian paths and footpaths. Currently, the company exports to Morocco, Benelux countries and Switzerland: the potential for expansion of this eco-friendly material in export markets is considerable, as more and more international sports events require contractors to pay attention to environmental considerations.   Ms V Silberstein of UBIFRANCE explains that French companies are not afraid to take on the biggest challenges and, with their many successes, it is not surprising that, “They are approaching the market based on the biggest business opportunities, and these are the biggest international events, international football events, and Olympic Games. The criterion is not francophone and country specific and, now, UBIFRANCE is working with companies on all events.”     is working on all evenysevenyt s un point sur ce qui a été fait et les résultats sur ces support où nous retrouverons Cathe International opportunities will continue to grow, with the $100 billion in new investments expected at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, $15 billion at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and $30 billion for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.   Apart from the biggest prizes over the next decade, there is a diverse set of opportunities that can sustain a business in the coming years. For example, there are smaller but lucrative events that French companies can target through UBIFRANCE, including sales expositions in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and preparatory events in Saint Petersburg (Russia) for the 2018 World Cup, all in the next 12 months.   Furthermore, existing markets are always in a state of flux and French companies with good products and services are being rewarded with new contracts. Bodet , an equipment manufacturer specializing in scoreboards and video screens, is a prime example. Even though this French company has been present in the Middle East for more than 30 years, it recently acquired new business from Al Jazeera Sport Studios and in relation to stadiums in Abu Dhabi and Kuwait City.   While Ms Silberstein admits that, “The international sports-event market is extremely competitive,” it is also clear that many French companies, encouraged by expertise gained in their domestic market, are more than ready for the challenge. Besides, as she points out, “New opportunities and existing national markets will only grow over the next decade, with contracts that are so big that, if you have a small percentage of this contract, it is worth fighting for it.”   In conclusion, it is clear that French-based companies are poised to continue with their off-the-pitch success in this competitive market .   Further information about French companies:   > Tourism, Hospitality, Sport    

French sports-events companies keep on winning

Aurélien NEU - 03-août-2014 08:30:14

  While the men’s French football team had its last kick in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, many French companies continued their successful campaign at the world’s premier sporting event. Rio de Janeiro was the host of the final of the World Cup and one could see signs of French business presence almost everywhere.     GL Events of France managed Rio Centro, an exposition park that was the site of FIFA’s organization committee and press centre. Nearby sits a 306-room hotel that was used by many of the FIFA delegates: it was built by French construction group Bouygues and designed by French-born architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Each day, when officials arrived at the state-of-the-art Maracana stadium, the renewable energy powering the stadium was supplied thanks to a pilot project run by French energy group EDF and its partners.   French-based companies have a long history of winning contracts for the supply of products and services at major international sporting events. According to Viviane Silberstein, Project Head at UBIFRANCE, much of the winning know-how of French businesses is acquired in their domestic market: “When French companies go abroad, they have to adapt to other markets, but domestic experience already gives a reference and an image, like Roland Garros or the next European football championship, and this is very important for an organizing committee.”   France has proven experience in handling international sports events: the country has hosted various Winter Olympics (Chamonix, Grenoble and Albertville), the 1984 UEFA European Championship, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Every year, France organizes the Tour de France cycling event. Roland Garros is another key international sporting event organised in France, and the country will host the 2016 UEFA European Championship.       GL Event’s performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics helped the company to launch a successful bid for contracts during this summer’s Football World Cup in Brazil. GL Events was responsible for the design and installation of 25 indoor and 15 temporary outdoor sites across London — a contract that represented €21 million. However, even before this sizeable addition to its portfolio, GL Events had been managing a range of international events in Paris for years.   In 2014, the Winter Olympics — the most expensive in history, at a total cost of $51 billion — took place in Sochi, in the Russian Federation: 12 French companies won a total of €100 million in contracts.   A 2013 survey of the Rhône-Alpes region in South-Eastern France found that there are 300 locally based companies involved in the management of the winter-sports industry, bringing in approximately €1 billion in revenue per year. After all, France ranks third worldwide in winter-sports tourism, after Austria and the USA…

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UBIFRANCE, the French agency for the international development of companies, is a public establishment under the Authority of the Treasury Department of the Ministry of the Economy, of the Finance and of the Budget. The Global Network of UBIFRANCE consists of 66 offices in 46 countries with nearly 1,400 employees in France and abroad, dedicated to the support of French companies in their international expansion. UBIFRANCE IN SAUDI ARABIA : aiming at Saudi-French partnerships The Ubifrance Office in Saudi Arabia promotes partnerships between French and Saudi companies. It identifies the needs of Saudi companies through its partners such as the Franco-Saudi Business Council, employer’s organizations, the Council of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Chambers of Commerce and Industry and informs French companies about those needs. The UBIFRANCE Office in Saudi Arabia accompanies French companies in their development projects and assists them in their export/implantation

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