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Oil and Gas: France is one of the world leaders

Aurélien NEU - 24-avr.-2014 14:41:59

  There is Total and then there are the others. That is how some people blindly underestimate the Oil & Gas sector in France. Fortunately, the French landscape for this sector is far richer than that. “What people need to know is that the French offer is positioned among the leaders worldwide,” explains Agnès Hagyak, Project Manager for Hydrocarbons at Ubifrance . France’s para-petroleum sector includes over 400 enterprises and creates 55 000 jobs that are “highly qualified at the technical and scientific level,” according to Agnès Hagyak. In terms of exports, France even has the 2 nd biggest para-petroleum sector in the world, behind N° 1, the United States. France equals Norway and the United Kingdom. French suppliers account for 90% of their total turnover in exports. Total and GDF Suez, among the major players in the world, naturally draw a lot of attention. Yet there are also many French companies that are not as well known, but who deliver high performance internationally.   “France’s para-petroleum sector includes over 400 enterprises and creates 55 000 jobs that are highly qualified at the technical and scientific level”   Many of them are SMEs who display a very high level of technical expertise . These companies are a hotbed of creativity. When it comes to covering needs in technologies, in equipment and services required for exploring, producing, transporting and refining hydrocarbons, the French offer is considered as top-notch.   French know-how is especially recognized in the area of offshore and deep water drilling, in fact, for any sort of high sea platform. French companies, thoroughly international, can easily position themselves on very specific niches. They are not at all afraid of customizing their solutions. Quite the contrary!   For example, there is the Bardot Group, An SME with international presence, specialized in para-petroleum equipment. In particular, it makes tooling with technical polymers and structures that are soldered by robotic equipment, along with the development of the means to attach and assemble these structures. With such expertise on this niche market, Bardot Group has managed to work on sites in Angola, Texas, Brazil and Malaysia. And BARDOT is hardly the only French company capable of such international success.   Nexans, is a specialist in making cables required by the sector. Expert in electrical engineering (automated solutions, instrumentation and command system) CEGELEC works very successfully on international projects. There are still other players in the market: Air Liquide, Bureau Veritas, Entrepose projets, Ponticelli, all renowned companies.

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Biotechnology in France

Aurélien NEU - 24-avr.-2014 14:37:25

  When it comes to biotechnologies, the French are cutting edge. According to Leeme, the federation of French medical companies, today France numbers 388 biotechs in the health field in France. Biotech France, another French association for biotech companies, indicates that a third of these companies have been in existence for over 10 years. Yet the number of creations in this field is exponential. To get an idea, 50 companies were started in 2012. Unheard of! Proof that there is a real entrepreneurial effervescence when it comes to this research in France. Young start-ups for the most part, French biotechs are mainly Small Medium sized companies. Only 4% of them have over 100 employees. On average, they employ 22 people. As to the type of activity, most of the French companies specialized in human sciences with therapeutic products are concentrated on cancer treatments. “The French have developed a full-fledged know-how on cardio-vascular devices, infectious diseases, dermatology, blood diseases and for surgery,” explains Yves Germani, Ubifrance’s manager for the health sector in North America.   French enterprises don’t just do research; they discover! Altogether, the French biotech industry generated 261 Million Euros in turnover in 2011, compared with 186 Million in 2010. As for companies on the stock market, they generate 369 Million Euros in turnover. Concerning the pipeline, the expression used to indicate the number of molecules being developed, France is 4rth, behind the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland and Israel. Quite a solid ranking, but which should nevertheless be improved. When their results are examined in detail, we see that depending on the stage of development, French companies create more products in the pre-clinic phase, in other words, all those that have been carried out before the clinical trial with patients, which is completely logical. Between the start of development on a new medicine, a molecule and its release on the market can sometimes take up to 10 years. Unfortunately, the consequence of this is that a number of products fall by the wayside. To be noted, however, is one undeniable fact: since 2008, French companies have sold more and more products. To put it another way, as Yves Germani points out, French companies don’t just do research; they discover!”   An increase of 63% in investment Even more impressive than all the rest, French biotech companies tend to have smaller R&D budgets than their European and international competitors. Fortunately, the culture of venture capital is developing very quickly in this sector. To give the general picture, the funds raised by French biotechs have increased by 63,1% from 2009 to 2012, reaching 178 Million Euros. Since the year 2000, they have managed to raise 2.920 Billion Euros. Today, French companies are naturally turning towards international opportunities to find new partners and new financial leverage. The proof is that such Small Medium companies as Affilogic, MedinCell, Interactive Biosoftware, Imabiotech or even O4CP all have one thing in common: they all are reaching out with confidence to mature markets like the United States, Canada and Western Europe.

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Aurelien NEU - 04-mai-2013 12:25:16

  With the support of KACARE, Areva, EdF and Schneider Electric, Ubifrance invites you to meet 40 French subcontractors in the power and energy industry. The objective is to link French companies with Saudi firms planning to diversify and expand in that new field of activity in the mid-term (nuclear, solar, thermal..). Come and participate in B2B business meetings with 40 French companies on May, 15 h . Location:    Asharqiya, Al Khobar .   The programme is as follows: ü   10.30 – 13.00: Open B2B session with French companies followed by a lunch   Find below the list of the French companies that will attend to the event :   AREVA - EDF Nuclear Energy, uranium mining AKKA MIDDLE EAST Consulting, Engineering APAVE Controls ASSYSTEM Engineering AXIMA CONCEPT Nuclear technologies BOCCARD GPI Global Industry BONNA SABLA Concrete Pipe Manufacturer BOUYGUES TRAVAUX PUBLICS Construction BRGM Exploration, Geology, Depollution BUREAU VERITAS Controls CEA Research CLYDE UNION Pumps CNIM Energy Innovation COFELY ENDEL Industrial maintenance COMETE INDUSTRIE LEVAGE MANUTENTION Handling and lifting CORYSS T.E.S.S Simulation DEXTRA EUROPE Industrial structures EGIS Engineering ETNA INDUSTRIE Hydraulic and pneumatic equipment FCE Engineering FNAG Engineering for nuclear applications HAMON CTC Cooling systems HONEYWELL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING Protective clothing MESLI CONSULTING Project management MIRION TECHNOLOGIES Ionizing radiation  detection NUCADVISOR Consulting & Engineering Services NUVIA Nuclear technologies OAKRIDGE Engineering ONET TECHNOLOGIES Service Provider in Nuclear Industry PNB- POLE NUCLEAIRE BOURGOGNE Research PONTICELLI Rigging, Lifting equipment REEL Lifting SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS Electrical materials SIA PARTNERS Consulting SOLAR EUROMED Solar power technologies TECHNIP CORPORATE SERVICES Engineering VALINOX / GROUPE VALLOUREC Nuclear Technologies ’ VANATOME Fittings VELAN Fittings VILMAR GROUPE GENOYER Project management , valves

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A Saudi-French Business Forum in Paris

Aurélien NEU - 30-mars-2013 12:20:09

The First Saudi-French Business Opportunities Forum will be launched in Paris on April 10-12 . The forum is organized on the Saudi side by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, jointly with the Committee for International Trade of the Council of Saudi Chambers and the Saudi-French Business Council (CAFS). On the French side, the forum is organized by MEDEF International, the French Ministry of Finance (Treasury Department) with the participation of Ubifrance for the B2B’s. It will take place at the Grand Hotel Intercontinental. As the Saudi Gazette emphasized in an article published Saturday March 30 th , the French Ambassador to the Kingdom, His Exc., M. Bertrand Besancenot, mentioned that “more than 300 French companies will attend, while close to 200 businessmen and official representatives have already confirmed their participation in the Saudi delegation, emphasizing that the forum has got a strong political backing with the expected participation of four ministers from each side – representing a new step in the strengthening of the French-Saudi relationship.   The forum will include a plenary session and workshops on April, 11 th , a morning session and B2B’s on April, 12 th .   Full details can be found on the site and ).  

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9 French companies in Saudi Arabia for B to B Meeting in the health sector

Stéphanie HANNA - 16-oct.-2012 07:52:22

From June 17 to 20, 9 French companies from the health sector visited Saudi Arabia to meet key local players. In total, more than 70 B2B meetings were organized in Jeddah and Riyadh, as well as two visits to hospitals, all with the support of the Regional Health Attaché, the Ambassador and the Consul General who agreed to receive the companies in their residence. Companies have welcomed the organization of the operation and said the visits allowed them actually to understand the importance of the market demand and the level of health infrastructure in the Kingdom. Next step, Arab Health Dubai in January 2013.

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Stéphanie HANNA - 15-oct.-2012 14:28:37

  The commercial department of the French Embassy UBIFRANCE had organized in January 2012 a Workshop in the premises of Saudi Telecommunication Company (STC) for a number of French companies who participated to present their expertise to the 1 st Saudi operator. The main objective of this workshop was to promote further French technology to STC, knowing that STC already has business relationships with some of French companies.   With the presence of H.E. Mr. Bertrand BESANCENOT, Ambassador of France and H.E. Dr. Zeyad T. Aletaibi, STC Group CTO who both did the inaugural speech, the Workshop took place as follows: •             A presentation of STC and its future projects (15 representatives of STC were participating in this workshop) •             A presentation of each French companies about their expertise. Business and technical aspects were discussed •             Lunch break offered by STC •             B to B meetings with the specialized professionals of STC related to the department that matches the French company’s line of business.   In the evening, all representatives of STC who participated in this event, French companies and local private companies specialized in the Technology sector were cordially invited to a dinner reception at the Director of Ubifrance’s residence.   Our office, UBIFRANCE, was also in charge of the French companies meetings’ schedule during two days following STC Workshop: Eight local private companies, potential partners, were visited by the French companies seeking possible business partnership.

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French luxury mission in Saudi Arabia

Stéphanie HANNA - 15-oct.-2012 13:50:39

From September 16 to 19 , 6 French companies in the luxury sector traveled to Saudi Arabia to meet with key local players . In total, more than 50 B2B meetings were held in Riyadh and Jeddah , as well as visits to malls and key players in the sector. The event was supported by the Ambassador, the Consul General and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jeddah ( JCCI) which welcomed in its premises the French companies for their individual meetings program in Jeddah. Companies have welcomed the organization of the operation and said that their visits enable them to understand the characteristics and importance of the market. Next step, exhibition "Art de vivre à la française " in Riyadh in late April 2013.

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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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