MEDICA is the world’s largest international medical technology exhibition and congress. This year, the edition will take place from 12th to 15th November in Düsseldorf, Germany .
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
To find out more about France’s offer :
Catalogue MEDICA COMPAMED 2014
Official portal to meet-the-French-Health-Industry
For more information please visit the event website :
MEDICA Trade Fair
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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…
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.”
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.
Turisme, Hotel/Restaurant, Sport ( 1
The Beauty Week starts in Paris with 500 exhibitors gathered at the Cosmeeting & Creative Beauty tradeshows during 3 days! It is the place to discover & explore the latest innovations and trends, product launch, new services and business solutions...
Cosmeeting and Creative Beauty Paris will take place concurrently in Paris, from 9 to 11 September 2014. Pradip Bala, who is holding, since last year, the reins of these two events, gives us a sneak preview of the main highlights of this new edition.
What do Cosmeeting and Creative Beauty look like this year?
Pradip Bala - The year 2014 promises to be a great edition. There will be a reinforced international presence with many foreign pavilion: USA, Italy, China, Taiwan, South Korea... As we are the first cosmetic trade event in France, Cosmeeting and Creative Beauty Paris are the ideal spot to showcase the French expertise led by many institutions, who have made of our shows an unavoidable appointment: Cosmetic Valley, Cosmed, Cosmebio, Ecocert, etc.
Early September, our shows give the starting signal of the Beauty Week, which mobilizes the entire cosmetic industry in September, with four events following one another during the 2nd half of the month: Cosmeeting & Creative Beauty Paris, MCB by Beauté Sélection and the Victoires de la Beauté.
Creative Beauty Paris is establishing itself more and more as a platform for full service solutions for the creation of cosmetic products or line extensions. Where can be found major industry players and development teams, who reinvent the sector every year.
Cosmeeting Paris enables to discover brands that will make the buzz tomorrow: more than 150 brands come together to approach European distribution. But very often our exhibitors also experience wonderful stories with distributors from Asia, the Middle East, the United States or even Africa.
More than ever, we want to emphasis on the expertise of our exhibitors and foster contacts between visitors. For the second consecutive year, we offer them a personalized tour guide. With this guide – identifying a selection of exhibitors and their location on the show – the visitor can easily target the companies answering his criteria. In the same vein, we have set up moments of exchanges between key visitors and exhibitors, around networking lunches.
The Zoom area and the Beauty Challenger Awards, dedicated to start-up’s in the French market are traditionally two highlights of Cosmeeting. How are they evolving?
Pradip Bala - The Zoom area is a beautiful showcase for innovation in cosmetics. It truly reflects the creativity and inventiveness of the numerous enthusiasts in our industry. Nearly 45 brands will be present in this area that enables to take the pulse of the industry and discover the players who will act as growth drivers for distributors and the whole sector. You will find brands that make us see Beauty differently, inviting stakeholders to consider the beauty industry differently, to rewrite the codes.
But this year, we will go beyond the Zoom concept, towards a new area called Cosmeeting Selective, which will hosts already established selective brands wishing to extend their reach. Already well developed in their respective markets these brands are seeking to conquer new countries. They will be able in this area, to take part to scheduled appointments with key buyers.
In parallel, we will be organizing the 9th edition of the Beauty Challenger Awards. And there are lots of new features for 2014! Jury members will consist of major players in Europe (Intertrade, Galeries Lafayette, Marks & Spencer, Isolée), but also a fine representation of the Asian continent with the distributors Beyorg, Chainol and Rebeco, to name a few. Middle East beauty leaders also answered the call: Gulf Beauty International, Salam Studio & Stores and Chalhoub Group, among others.
For the 3rd consecutive year, our partnership with the Victoires de la Beauté makes it possible for the winners of the Beauty Challenger Awards to enter this competition where they can test their products in real conditions with consumers. A ideal way of validating the choice of professionals through public recognition.
We will also be inaugurating this year the Prix de l’Internaute with our partner Beauteprivee.com. Where a panel of online consumers will vote for their favourite brand. This is totally new.
What are the novelties at Creative Beauty Paris for this 2014 edition?
Pradip Bala - The featured theme, this year will be provided by the BBLAB, whose theme will focus on hair care. From Ingredients to formulation, players in the BBLAB will put forward their solutions meeting the requirements of large cosmetic groups, who are constantly active in this segment. These experts will also attend conferences, where they will contextualize their expertise and shed light on their innovations.
In connection with the BBLAB area, we will be inaugurating a new prize this year,: the Advanced Ingredient Award, rewarding the most innovative ingredient, evaluated by a panel of R & D and Product Development experts: Bruno Bernard (L’Oréal), Xavier Ormancey (Yves Rocher), Brian Feinmann (Jean-Claude Biguine), Laurent Misischi (Bumble & Bumble), Paolo Goi (Davines), Élodie Miard (Dessange International) and Tom Brooks (Leonor Greyl). A jury of choice for a superb first edition!
This year was marked by international development with the first edition of China Beauty Expo, since its acquisition, and the launch of Beyond Beauty ASEAN, which will take place in Bangkok from 18 to 20 September 2014.
Pradip Bala - This is a huge step forward in the beauty industry! We are strengthening our presence on a market with great growth opportunities. The Informa Group, Beyond Beauty Events and local organizers (Baiwen for China Beauty Expo and IMPACT for Beyond Beauty ASEAN) are now moving forward hand-in-hand, with as a main objective, to offer new business solutions to beauty players in Europe, China and Asia.
More precisely, China Beauty Expo is now more specifically dedicated to the Asian market to offer the best possible gateway to the great Chinese market. As for Beyond Beauty ASEAN in Bangkok, it strengthens our visibility in Southeast Asia and offers more targeted solutions to brands and suppliers looking for a business platform with a regional influence.
With the launch in Shanghai and Bangkok of platforms like the Zoom or the Beauty Challenger Awards - known in Paris for over 10 years - we offer our European exhibitors an opportunity to conquer new markets through joint exhibition offers. We hope we will be able to establish in the future more similar bridges between these three events.
Interview by Vincent Gallon
Parfume, Kosmetik ( 5
Fransk sejlermode til hele familien på CIFF
Det franske firma MOUSQUETON indtager CIFF-messen den 3. – 6. august 2014 med sin farverige og optimistiske sommerkollektion 2015.
Det franske sejler-inspirerede livsstilsbrand inviterer til en rejse i flere universer med sine strik- og bomuldsvarer til damer, herrer, børn og babyer :
« Lumières du Nord » (Nordlys) med sejldugens og hørlinnedets sandfarvede, blide og grålige nuancer. Enkle og originale modeller tilført diskret print og de traditionelle sejler-striber i nye legende versioner.
« Rivages Bretons » (Bretagnes kyster) med tidløse klare farver og kontraster på basis-items samt mere elegante modeller ; en update af sejler-garderoben til såvel den yngste letmatros som kaptajnen.
« Comptoirs lointains » (Fjerne kyster) komfortabel og trendy linje med intense blå nuancer og solens farver ; vintage look og stonewashed ; eller oilskin kvaliteter.
Besøg MOUSQUETON i hal B5 - MODERN CLASSICS - stand B5-006A
Agent søges !
Tekstil, Beklædning ( 9
Den franske modebrancheforening Fédération Française du Prêt à Porter Féminin bad i maj 2014 analyseinstituttet IFOP om at foretage en spørgeskemaundersøgelse blandt 1003 repræsentativt udvalgte franske kvinder i alderen 15 til 65 år for bedre at kende deres behov. Her er et par eksempler fra undersøgelsen :
8 ud af 10 franske kvinder anser mode for at være forbundet med fornøjelse
55% benytter mode til at udtrykke deres personlighed og til at skille sig ud, mere end de søger at følge en bestemt trend eller leve op til et bestemt socialt kodeks.
71% mener at mode er tilgængelig for alle, og at det bedste sted at blive inspireret til sit tøjvalg er ved at kigge på andre kvinder.
52% mener, at tøjet er nr. 1 på listen over ting, der viser, at man er med på moden. De unge under 25 år nævner dog i højere grad accessories. I alt mener 73% af de franske kvinder, at det er vigtigt at style sit tøj med matchende accessories.
Generelt er der få koder for hvilket tøj, man bærer til hvilke lejligheder. Jeans er og bliver yndlingselementet i garderoben. Det er i højere grad farverne, der bestemmer, hvad tøjet skal signalere (sort for elegance, rød for forførelse…)
Det månedlige tøjbudget ligger på 63 euros i gennemsnit, men helt op til 100 euros for fashionistas (som shopper mindst 2 – 3 gange om måneden).
Selv om 20% af de franske kvinder jævnligt impulsshopper (mindst én gang om måneden), så er tøjshopping for de flestes vedkommende (58%) en velovervejet handling – især for seniorerne (over 55 år), hvor 67% svarer at de planlægger deres indkøb.
Kun 8% siger at de er loyale over for bestemte mærker.
Indkøbskriterierne er : forholdet mellem pris og stil, god kvalitet, men også komfort og upåklagelig pasform. Meget længere nede på listen kommer kriterier som originalitet og hurtig fornyelse af kollektionerne.
" Sondage Fédération du PAP Féminin/IFOP juin 2014"
Even though biotechnologies may be a relatively recent business activity, France has succeeded in developing real know-how which is gaining international recognition.
When it comes to biotechnologies, the French are cutting edge. According to LEEM, the federation of French medical companies, France numbers 388 biotechs in the health field today. 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 start-ups in this field is exponential. To get an idea, 50 companies were started in 2012. Proof that there is a real entrepreneurial effervescence when it comes to research in France.
French biotechs are mainly small and 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, but “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, France is 4th, behind the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Israel. Quite a solid ranking, but which could nevertheless be improved.
When their results are examined in detail, we see that French companies create more products in the pre-clinic phase, which is completely logical. Between the start of development on a new medicine and its release on the market up to 10 years may go by. 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 a total of 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 small and medium-sized companies as Affilogic, MedinCell, Interactive Biosoftware, Imabiotech or even O4CP are now reaching out with confidence to mature markets like the United States, Canada and Western Europe.
Biotek, Farmaceutisk industri ( 6
Dokumentarvideoen Le Tour de France de LaBiotech byder på et enestående møde med franske virksomheder inden for bioteknologiområdet. I fem uger har Joachim Eeckhout og Philip Hemme rejst rundt i Frankrig på cykel og med tog for at møde disse virksomheder og optage denne eksklusive dokumentarvideo. Filmen samler 26 interviews, som illustreres gennem et personligt eventyr på sporet af Frankrig og landets innovative virksomheder inden for bioteknologi.
Dokumentaren kan ses med engelske undertekster på http://labiotech.fr/videotourdefrance/
Ambassadens Handelsafdeling formidler gerne kontakt til Philip Hemme og Joachim Eeckhout.
Det franske Eksportråd - UBIFRANCE, har nu medarbejdere over hele verden, som med deres multikulturelle baggrund har til opgave at bistå små og mellemstore franske virksomheder på eksportmarkederne. Det gælder naturligvis også i Danmark, hvor UBIFRANCE-teamet udgøres af den Franske Ambassades Handelsafdeling. Vi er 9 franske og danske branchespecialister med indgående kendskab til handel og det danske marked.