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SUEZ to explore waste management, river cleaning projects

Ridhima Verma - 23-mars-2015 07:36:09

  New Delhi, Mar 20 (PTI): French utility services provider SUEZ environment is eying in India business from waste management, river cleaning and the upcoming smart city projects.   The firm -- subsidiary of Paris-headquartered Suez Group -- provides water treatment facilities in India since early 1980s.   "We are growing here with a year-on-year growth between 10 to 15 per cent... We have a USD 100 million business here," SUEZ environment India Managing Director Shyam J Bhan said.   According to SUEZ environment Chief Executive Officer Jean-Louis Chaussade: "Australia business is around USD 1 billion and in China we manage a business of about USD 1 million”   "We expect business in India to grow faster than the recent past... the size of the business in India is still small, but growing."   He added the firm is interested in setting up desalination plants in the western and southern region.   "In India middle class is growing very fast, which needs clean environment and therefor waste management would grow...   There are many such interests for us to develop activities in India," Chaussade added.   The company is also looking for acquisitions here to expand its presence here.   "India is very important to us as the urban population is going to rise and management of these big cities is going to be a key issue and need assistance of technology. It would require water resource management which is very important," Chaussade said.   The Suez Group has brought all its 40 brands under a single brand -- SUEZ environment -- for improved performance and commercial efficiency as well as to reinforce convergence between the Groups activities.   According to the company, by 2030 the planets population will reach 9 billion people living mainly in cities and by that time management of natural resources would be heart of the challenges.   In 2014, the group generated 14.32 billion euro revenue and employs 80,990 people globally.   In India, the firm has a head count of 600 people and indirectly employs 1,200 people.   For more information:   Business Line: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/frances-suez-bidding-for-water-treatment-projects/article7016109.ece IBN Live: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/suez-to-explore-waste-management-river-cleaning-projects/535190-3.html Business Standard: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/suez-to-explore-waste-management-river-cleaning-projects-115032001041_1.html  

Venkaiah Naidu unveils first ‘Made in India’ car-body shell for Kochi Metro

Ridhima Verma - 23-mars-2015 07:10:02

  Kochi, 21st March, 2015: The manufacture of Kochi metro coaches has officially commenced at Sri City manufacturing unit of Alstom Transport India Limited[1]. Shri. Venkaiah Naidu, Honourable Union Minister for Urban Development, Parliamentary Affairs, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, unveiled the first ‘Made in India’ car-body shell for Kochi Metro. Shri. Aryadan Muhammed, the honourable Minister of Kerala for Power and Metro, Shri. Varaprasad Rao Velagapalli, MP of Tirupati, Shri. K.V. Thomas, MP of Kochi, H.E. François Richier, Ambassador of France in India, Ms. Aude Flogny, Regional Director, South Asia, AFD, Mr. Dominique Pouliquen, Senior Vice President, Alstom Transport and many other official dignitaries from Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) graced the occasion.   The Hon’ble Ministers from Andhra Pradesh, Dr. P. Narayana, Minister for Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Urban Water Supply and Urban Planning and Mr. B. Gopala Krishna Reddy, Environment & Forests, Science & Technology, Cooperation also attended the function. Shri. Oommen Chandy, honourable Chief Minister of Kerala joined this auspicious function through teleconferencing.   Alstom was awarded a contract to supply 25 state-of-the-art Metropolis train sets to Kochi Metro. The first train sets are expected to be delivered in early 2016.     Alstom is in charge of the design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 25 standard track gauge trains with an option to supply 25 additional metro sets. Each train will be composed of 3 cars, about 65 m long and with a capacity to carry up to 975 passengers. Recently, Alstom was awarded two more contracts for Kochi Metro Project to supply signalling, telecom and electrification solutions.   Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Elias George, MD, KMRL, said, “KMRL expects that our rolling stock will be one of the fastest delivered coaches for any metro project in this country with the most modern design and advanced technology while also being cost effective. Efforts have been taken to enhance the customer experience to all possible aspects in the train”.   Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Bharat Salhotra, Managing Director, Alstom Transport India, said, “With the commencement of production at Sricity for Kochi metro, Alstom Transport in India has added yet another feather in its cap. These trains will be manufactured end-to-end at our world class manufacturing facility at Sricity, which is a manifestation of the governments ‘Make in India’ vision. The order from Kochi is our second metro contract in the country after Chennai and reaffirms our commitment to provide 100% localised, competitive, innovative and high value products for our customers to serve the ever growing urban and mainline transportation market in India".   Kochi Metro Rail Limited   Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), which was constituted to handle Kochi Metro Project– a joint venture of Government of India & Government of Kerala. Kochi Metro was designed not just to solve the current traffic troubles in the city, but to stand as a symbol of development and progress, providing the coming generations with a cleaner, pollution free, modern Kochi. The project has a grander vision for the city of Kochi than just the metro service. Kochi Metro Rail Limited envisages for enhancing the life of Kochi’s residents with a better, safer and cleaner urban transport network; one that is integrated and sustainable but never compromising on comfortable mobility. It is the only Metro System in India designed with a Multi Modal Transportation Plan, which combines Kochi’s under-utilized waterways, untapped Non-Motorised Transport Systems, vast private bus network and economical feeder services for Last Mile Connectivity. Kochi Metro Rail Limited has proposed an elevated route spanning 25.612 km from Aluva to Petta with 22 stations for the first phase of Kochi Metro project. It is expected to be completed by 2016.   About Alstom in India   Alstom is a global leader in power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure. Present in India since 1911, Alstom has strong capabilities in engineering, manufacturing, project management and supply of products and solutions for infrastructure. Alstom has four R&D centres in India: Transport in Bengaluru, Hydro Global Technology Centre in Vadodara and Grid R&D centres in Hosur & Padappai. It has three engineering centres for Power in Noida, Vadodara and Kolkata and fourteen manufacturing units dedicated to: Power - Hydro in Vadodara, Boilers in Durgapur, Power Mills in Shahabad, Steam turbines in Gujarat, Transport at Coimbatore and SriCity and Grid in Padappai, Pallavaram, Hosur, Vadodara, Naini and Noida.   For media queries:   Reshmi C R                                                         Senior Manager- Corporate Communications   Kochi Metro Rail Limited   Email: reshmi@kochimetromail.com   Ph: 0484 - 2350355, 2350455, 2380980   Mobile: +91-94464 18222   Sapna Lalwani   Communications Director – India & South Asia   Alstom Transport India Ltd   Tel: +91 911204731676;   sapna.lalwani@alstom.com   [1] Alstom herein refers to Alstom Transport India Limited (ATIL). It (ATIL) is a part of Alstom Group and is not a part of Alstom India Limited nor Alstom T&D India Limited.   For more information:   http://www.alstom.com/press-centre/2015/3/venkaiah-naidu-unveils-first-made-in-india-car-body-shell-for-kochi-metro-/ http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/alstom-starts-manufacture-of-coaches-for-kochi-metro-at-sri-city-facility/article7018605.ece http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/alstom-says-coaches-for-kochi-metro-will-be-cheaper/article7020846.ece  

Airtel and Orange Partner on Video Conferencing Business

Ridhima Verma - 17-mars-2015 11:32:52

  Telecom major Bharti Airtels business-to-business service arm has partnered France-based Orange Business Services to allow their customers connect with each other for video conferencing facility.   "Airtel Managed Video Conference customers will be able to collaborate with the Orange customers and vice-versa with an ease that is comparable to making a telephone call, not only within India but even at international locations," Airtel Business Chief Product Officer Argha Basu told PTI.   This is first ever B2B deal of Orange with an Indian company in video conferencing space.   While there are many free Web-based video conferencing solutions available in the market, the large multinational companies prefer to use dedicated audio-video conferencing facility for their business needs.   Orange Business Services is present in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, Australasia, North America, Latin America and Russia. Orange claims to have an enterprise customer base of 236 million worldwide.  

The Lille region of northern France has set an exceptional precedence of transition

Ridhima Verma - 17-mars-2015 11:04:56

  A transformation   The Lille Region of northern France has set an exceptional precedence of transition   F rance, once at the centre stage of the Industrial Revolution, has been witnessing another revolution of a kind across its industrial ecosystem. For over two decades, some of the regions of this European nation have been undergoing a metamorphosis. Leading from the front is its Lille Region. Once known for its textile mills and coal mines, this northern region of France has been under transformation, with the traditional businesses gradually giving way to the services sector, led by technology clusters and innovation centres. Most importantly, the transition has been smooth and seamless, even as there have been concerted efforts to preserve the vital component of heritage.   This strategically located region, backed by its well-developed infrastructure and human resource pool, has been attracting businesses from across the world. The region’s specific clusters and innovation hubs, spanning over areas like information and communication technologies ( ict ), multi-media, digital arts, technical textiles, retail & logistics, healthcare, plastics and green business are not only attracting matured enterprises, but also offering customised incubation and promotional facilities for aspiring entrepreneurs and businesses.   Global names like ibm , Microsoft, Capgemini, Amazon, Coca-Cola, dhl , Fedex, Bayer Healthcare, gsk Vaccines, Nestlé, Toyota, Thyssen Krupp, etc, have made their presence felt in this region. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the region, faced with a difficult period after the decline of the coal, mining and textile industries, is all set to script a remarkable turnaround story. Indian it major Tata Consultancy Services, which has been in France for over a decade now, also put up its office in February 2013 in Euratechnologies, a high-tech cluster and incubator, dedicated to the ict sector. Closer to the city of Lille, Euratechnologies has emerged as an ict centre for excellence, providing a central location for businesses, start-ups, laboratories and educational institutions through a range of innovative services.   The centre has come up in a textile manufacturing mill, without upsetting the basic building structure. it has been renovated and currently hosts over 150 ict -related companies, including 70 start-ups and five major ones including tcs, ibm and Microsoft. In just five years of its operation, the cluster, having promoted on the ppp model, has created 3,000 new jobs. The cluster is looking to attract 500 technology companies with 6,000 employees by 2018. “In a short span of time, our project has generated a phenomenal response,” says Raouti Chehih, ceo, Euratechnologies. “We have managed to create one of the biggest ecosystems in digital technologies. In fact, currently, we boast the world’s largest incubator.” Euratechnologies, which clocked a turnover of over € 200 million recently, is aiming to double the same in the next three years.   “Being present at Euratechnologies enables us to enjoy the right kind of ecosystem and manpower availability for catering to the needs of our customers,” says Nicolas Sohier, director, France sales, tcs . “Backed by a series of advantages, we have been effectively as well as competitively able to service our customers in the retail sector. Moreover, we also reap the benefits of networking with companies present in the cluster.” tcs, which has got 35 employees now, intends to expand itself into a larger office over the years. The company has been operating in France since 1992 and has over 50  clients across various industries. It  has significantly strengthened its  position through local hiring and investments in recent years.    In recognition of these initiatives, it was also conferred the special award for investment and innovation by the Greater Paris Investment Agency in 2012. In June last year, the company acquired Alti sa , an it services company in France, for a value of € 75 million in an all-cash transaction. The French company, a leading technology services firm, has strong expertise in it services, including enterprise solutions, assurance and crm solutions. This acquisition has further strengthened tcs ’ ability and footprint to service its customers in France and other regions in Europe. “This acquisition underlines our long-term, strategic commitment to France, which is the third-largest it services market in Europe. I am confident that this acquisition will help us accelerate our growth and presence in France,” says N. Chandrasekaran, ceo & managing director, tcs .     Turn around   Another Indian company that has made its presence felt in northern France is Titagarh Wagons Ltd ( twl ), which took over the manufacturing facility of Arbel Fauvet Rail ( afr ) in July 2010. The century-old French company, which specialised in designing and making specialised tank cars, containers, bogies and wagons, had filed for bankruptcy and went into liquidation in 2010. Though the company had been facing tough times following the increasing cost of production as also growing competition, the eurozone crisis in 2007 finally derailed its train journey.    The French subsidiary has successfully been turned around in the last couple of years even as its turnover has witnessed a phenomenal jump to around € 40 million in 2014 from just € 2 million (annualised) in 2010. The unit, with the capacity to produce 2,000 wagons/annum, is located over an area of 42 acres at Douai in northern France, considered a hub for Europe’s railway industry. In fact, it is a part of Lille’s I-Trans rail cluster which also hosts players like Alstom, Bombardier and Siemens.   “For us, afr stood out because it was an excellent facility with good equipment and skilled labour,” says Umesh Choudhary, managing director, twl . “Its location in the north of France was also desirable as the region was famous for its rail technology, especially design capabilities. And the region offers true potential in terms of recruitment thanks to excellent training programmes in sustainable transportation.”   “Our experience of working with France has been fruitful,” adds Sunil Kanojia, group ceo, Sintex Industries Ltd. “We also have a plant in the northern part. The working team, the leadership and the administration, all have been supportive and committed.” Sintex acquired a French company, Nief Plastics, in 2007 for € 31 million. The company has five plants in France and a topline of € 220 million. It has been supplying composites to Thryssenkrupp, Areva, Alstom and Renault, among others.   “Over the years, our cluster approach has worked quite well in transforming this northern region into a major investment destination – not only in France but in the whole of Europe,” says Omar Layachi, project manager, Nord France Invest. “With an ecosystem conducive to doing business, more than 1,500 foreign-owned companies are already doing business here.” Nord France Invest, the investment promotion agency for Lille, is responsible for promoting this region, and providing a suitable atmosphere for industries has been instrumental in putting the region on the investment map of France. The region has emerged as the third largest location in terms of fdi with a presence of 1,300 businesses and employing 100,000  people across diverse industries.   While the ict cluster Euratechnologies has emerged as the largest incubator, other clusters in related sectors are not far behind. In fact, the region is a hotspot for multimedia talent, cultivating expertise in video games, animation and mobile apps. It is also France’s number one cluster for digital arts training. Lille hosts global names like Ankama, Adictiz, Bigben Interactive and Hydravision. With world-class institutes/schools (Rubika group, formerly Supinfogroup), the region also develops talent.   All said and done, Lille is using its economic past to carve out a place in the future. A case in point is the former coal pit at Arenberg near Valenciennes. Opened by Compagnie des Mines d’Anzin in 1899, the pit quickly became the company’s most productive site, with nearly 32 million tonnes of coal extracted over the years. Prosperity ensued, followed by decline, crisis and closure in 1989.    But the site then resurfaced as a popular film set for directors, who incorporated its striking interiors and exteriors into their shoots, paving the way for a new future in image and sound. Arenberg is undergoing a radical shift from abandoned coal pit to center of excellence for research in cinema and digital technology with an objective to serve the film and tv industry of tomorrow by designing, developing and deploying techniques and tools. ARBIND GUPTA Business India   feedback@businessindiagroup.com  

Pierre Fabre Dermocosmetic and Abbott Healthcare strengthen their partnership for the best French skincare range in India

Ridhima Verma - 05-mars-2015 08:06:37

    Pierre Fabre Dermocosmetic and Abbott Healthcare strengthen their partnership for the best French skincare range in India   ~ Avène Ducray & A-Derma products to re-define care for Indian skin ~ Mumbai, February 27, 2015: Pierre Fabre Dermo-cosmetic, 2nd largest dermo ‐ cosmetics laboratory in the World and Abbott Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., one of India’s largest pharmaceutical & healthcare companies have today announced the renewal of their partnership for commercialisation in India of 3 unique dermo-cosmetic ranges, namely AVÈNE, DUCRAY and A-DERMA .   AVÈNE products are formulated with the unique Avène Thermal Spring Water that runs in the South of France. They specialize in highly sensitive skincare, and are globally recommended for Sensitive, Atopic, Intolerant and Allergy prone skin. DUCRAY is the most medical brand existing on the dermo-cosmetic market and A-DERMA is exclusively formulated with Rhealba® oat cultivated organically in the South of France and offering unique soothing properties. This vast range of products covers Cleansing , Moisturizing , Anti-Ageing , Anti-Acne , Sun Protection , Hyper-pigmentation but also healing for atopic and sensitive skins. Pierre Fabre Dermo-cosmetic ranges promise to fulfil the needs of every skin type in India by offering variants for dry, normal and a combination skin.     “Abbott’s partnership with Pierre Fabre shows our commitment to bring to India globally renowned derma-cosmetic formulations.   Its AVÈNE, DUCRAY and A-DERMA globally popular brands addresses multitudes of skin concerns of people with sensitive skin or irritated skin; and preserving health and beauty of normal skin and hair,” said M. Sudarshan Jain, Managing Director of Abbott Healthcare.”     “Pierre Fabre’s background as a pharmaceutical company specializing in Dermatology in addition with its French know-how of cosmetic formulation is today perfectly completed with a high knowledge of the Indian market through our association with Abbott. In order to fulfil the highest expectations of sensitive or fragile skins, clinical and consumer tests have been performed internationally but also locally to show efficiency and acceptation of our formulations on Indian skin.”   Added M. Eric Ducournau, Chairman Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetics.   Commenting on their plans in the Indian market , M. Pierre BEHNAM, Country Head Indian Operation said, “ The dermo-cosmetic market in India is fairly new but has a lot of potential. The current market size can be pegged at around 100 million Euros (700 Crores Roupies) within 5 years. We have plans to launch 6 new types of products per year and are therefore confident that our premium brands will be instrumental to convert this potential.. ”        T he entire range of Pierre Fabre Dermo-cosmetics products has been meticulously researched and developed to ensure they offer optimal solutions to today’s multiple skin needs particularly in India. Products are available at organized chemist stores across India.   About Pierre Fabre   Pierre Fabre is the 3rd largest French pharmaceutical group and the 2nd largest dermo-cosmetics laboratory in the world. In 2013, its sales reached €2.111 Billion, with Dermo-Cosmetics revenues accounting for 55% and international for 56%. Founded and its headquarters still based in the South-west of France, Pierre Fabre currently has branches in 44 countries and distribution agreements in over 130 countries.   Covering a continuum of healthcare products, from prescription drugs and consumer health care products (OTC, oral care, natural health) to dermo-cosmetics, Pierre Fabre Laboratories employ over 10,000 people worldwide. In 2013, Pierre Fabre allocated more than 17% of its drug revenues to R&D.   With brands such as Avène, Klorane, Ducray, René Furterer, A-Derma, Galénic, Naturactive, Elgydium, Eludril or Drill, Pierre Fabre Laboratories are market leaders when it comes to skin, hair and oral care products distributed in the French pharmacy channel. Avène Thermal Spring Water is marketed worldwide, and is the leading dermo-cosmetics brand sold in Europe, Japan and China. In oncology, Pierre Fabre achieves 90% of its revenues outside of its home country.   Through the Pierre Fabre Participations holding company, the Pierre Fabre Foundation, a government-recognized public-interest foundation, owns 86% of Pierre Fabre Laboratories. Remaining shares are owned by company employees, amounting to 7%, and through treasury stock.   The French certification group AFNOR has audited Pierre Fabre Laboratories for its corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance at advanced level (AFAQ 26 000)   To find out more, please visit www.pierre-fabre.com       About Abbott:   Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 77,000 people.   In India, Abbott has more than 14,000 employees working in manufacturing, research and development, logistics, sales and marketing and is headquartered in Mumbai.   Visit Abbott at   www.abbott.com   and connect with us on Twitter at @AbbottNews .   For media enquiries, please contact:     Pierre Fabre Liaison Office P2 Percept House, 3d Floor Raghuvanshi Mills Compound 11/12 Senapati Bapat Marg, 400 013 Mumbai - India E-MAIL : pierre.behnam@pierre-fabre.com    

Snecma and HAL to create a joint venture and build a new production facility in India

Ridhima Verma - 23-févr.-2015 10:00:36

  Snecma and HAL to create a joint venture and build a new production facility in India   Aero India, Bangalore (India) – February 18, 2015. Snecma (Safran), a leading manufacturer of aircraft engines, and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), a leading aerospace manufacturer, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 28, 2015 in Bangalore to explore establishing a joint venture in India for the production of aero-engine parts. The MoU was signed by Mr. Bruno Durand, Vice President for Industrial Operations & Supply Chain of Snecma and Mr. Arunachalam Muthukumaraswami, General Manager of the Engine Division of HAL.   The proposed joint venture will initially focus on the manufacture of high-tech parts for the Dassault Rafale’s Snecma M88 engine, then subsequently contribute to other major aerospace projects of HAL & Snecma, in India and worldwide. Spanning over 30,000 square meters, the proposed joint venture’s new plant is expected to benefit from substantial investment by the two partners, providing it with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment.   This agreement marks a major step forward in the long-standing collaboration between Snecma and HAL. The proposed joint venture will further broaden the scope of the excellent relations established over the past 60 years between Safran affiliates and the Indian aerospace industry*. For example, Snecma manufactures the M53 engines powering the Mirage 2000H "Vajra" fighters operated by the Indian Air Force.   "This new partnership clearly reflects the close relationship established over many years between Snecma, our parent Safran and the Indian aerospace industry," said Pierre Fabre, Chairman and CEO of Snecma. "We are strongly committed to contributing to the ’Make in India’ policy, based on ambitious partnerships and extensive direct investments. This new venture is further proof that we are actively strengthening our existing ties with HAL.”   * Safran has been operating in India for over 60 years. The Group employs more than 2,600 highly skilled employees in the country with an average annual workforce growth of 30 per cent in the last decade. Safran operates in India across its 3 core businesses: delivering effective expertise to the country’s growing aerospace industry, along with leading edge navigation and optronics equipment for the defense sector, and biometrics solution for the security market. Over the decades of association, Safran’s activities have evolved to include strong local partnerships with Indian military aviation industry based on joint developments, production and support licenses for airplane, helicopter and rocket engines, landing gear, navigation systems, as well as the associated support services.     About Snecma   Follow @Snecma on twitter and LinkedIn   Snecma is part of Safran, an international high-technology group with three core businesses: aerospace, defence and security. Snecma designs, builds and sells propulsion systems for air and space, including a wide range of commercial engines that are powerful, reliable, economical and environmentally-friendly, led by the global best-seller CFM56 and the new-generation LEAP**. The company also makes world-class military aircraft engines, as well as rocket propulsion systems and equipment for satellites and launch vehicles. Snecma is a leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for civil and military aircraft engines, under the new EngineLife® brand, offering comprehensive support for customers around the world.   **CFM56 and LEAP engines are produced and marketed by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of Snecma (Safran), France and GE of the United States.   About HAL   Follow on www.hal-india.com   Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a premier aeronautical complex of South East Asia. HAL’s expertise encompasses design, production, repair, overhaul and upgrade of Aircraft, Helicopters, Aero-engines, Accessories, Avionics and Systems. HAL today provides one stop solution for all the design needs of aircraft & helicopters in airframes, airframe systems, avionics, mission & combat systems using advanced design tools. HAL has also diversified into manufacture and repair/overhaul of Industrial & Marine Gas Turbine engines and manufacture of structures for aerospace vehicles.   Giulia Lecarrié Press Officer Snecma (Safran) Tel. : +33 (0)1 69 87 09 29 Mob: +33 (0)6 42 40 17 19 giulia.lecarrie@snecma.fr  

HelioScreen will enter the Indian market and announces a partnership

Ridhima Verma - 18-févr.-2015 13:03:33

  HelioScreen, world leader in In Vitro evaluation of sun protection products, will enter the Indian market and announces a partnership with C.L.A.I.M.S Pvt Ltd. Home and Personal Care Ingredients (HPCI) exhibition and conference, 4-5 March 2015, Mumbai HelioScreen, world leader and specialist for more than 15 years of the In Vitro evaluation of sun protection products, has announced their partnership with C.L.A.I.M.S Pvt Ltd. to enter the Indian market. The two companies will be attending the Home and Personal Care Ingredients (HPCI) exhibition and conference in Mumbai from 4th-5th March 2015 . Partnering with C.L.A.I.M.S Pvt Ltd, a Clinical Research Organization which provides specialized Clinical Research and Sensory Evaluation in the area of skin care, hair care and body care, the French company will explore the Indian market for offering their solutions during their visit to India. Taking this opportunity, Dr. Dominique Lutz, HelioScreen CEO, said " As we did shortly in South-Eastern Asia, we decided to be present in India as we consider the country a very strategic market. As increasing disposable incomes continue to change the spending habits of the sizable population and awareness for new formulations grows, India has the potential to become one of the major consumption markets for personal care products. " Helioscreen is a laboratory providing services for testing any products (cosmetics, textile, clothes etc.) in regard of their properties for UV /sun protection by means of In Vitro testing. With their profound involvement in R&D, the expert laboratory formed 15 years ago by Mr. Dominique Lutz has conceptualized a very particular kind of ‘robot’ which is considered as a performer in UV protection as it ensures consistency during In Vitro testing. All over the world there is a great debate about the evaluation of the sun protection for cosmetic products. Most known index is the SPF which is mentioned on all products. For health authorities as well as industries it is far from being enough. In Vivo SPF testing is variable in laboratories, is not enough to express protection as UVA is also required, has faced ethical problems when tested on humans, and has been inconsistent with results due to manual spreading of the product onto the skin which is impossible to control correctly. Nevertheless there is a consensus all over the word to go towards In Vitro method. International ISO TC217 group and its specific ad hoc group of international experts are to put a process of standardization, a method for the In Vitro SPF determination within a short delay. Dr. Lutz, HelioScreen CEO, emphasizing In Vitro said " Very soon In vitro sunscreen testing will substitute In Vivo. An ISO process is in course and the most significant contribution comes from our laboratory with scientifically recognized development of innovative specific equipment. As forerunners for the method we also have to forecast the markets for the next future ." Come visit and meet HelioScreen and C.L.A.I.M.S Pvt. Ltd. at Home and Personal Care Ingredients (HPCI) exhibition and conference, booth number 256, at Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. About HelioScreen HelioScreen was founded by Dr. D. Lutz in the year 1997-1998. The company is the world leader and specialist for more than 15 years in In Vitro evaluation of sun protection products. It offers a complete range of tests complying with the various world regulations. Additionally well-known for its publications, communication and development of some branches all over the world, the last one being in Thailand, Asia. About Business France Business France, the French government agency supporting the international development of the French economy was formed through the merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency on January 1, 2015. A key player in fostering competitiveness, growth and employment in France, it advances and promotes business throughout France, and by French companies abroad. From exports to investments through multinational partnerships, Business France supports French and multinational companies throughout the lifetime of their projects.                            

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Pierre LIGNOT, Country Head   Welcome to the French Trade Commission Business France in India!   Our key mission is to promote trade relations between France and India . We assist French-based companies seeking potential partners and new markets in India, while helping Indian businesses to identify potential French suppliers and technical partners.   In India, our 4 offices are located in the business hubs of New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. We have a dedicated multicultural team of over 30 experts in the following growing sectors: - Agro-business; - Lifestyle, Consumer Goods and Healthcare; - Infrastructure, Transport and Industry; - ICTs, Retails and Services.   Our Trade Commission also has a Press office in charge of helping French companies to communicate in India as well as a Market Access Department enabling them to better understand and adjust to the Indian regulatory and fiscal framework.  

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