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Come and visit the french pavilion at Vitafoods in Geneva - 5 to 7 May 2015

Thomas ILHE - 22-avr.-2015 10:06:26

Come and visit the french pavilion at Vitafoods in Geneva from 5 to 7 May 2015 at booth E49. Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France.   It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the V.I.E international internship program.   Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners.  

AREVA SIGNS AGREEMENTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE JAITAPUR NUCLEAR POWER PLANT PROJECT

Thomas ILHE - 21-avr.-2015 11:48:24

  During the visit of Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, in France, AREVA signed two agreements with its Indian partners for the preparation of the Jaitapur EPR project.  In the presence of Prime Minister Modi and French President François Hollande, AREVA signed a Pre-engineering Agreement (PEA) contract with the Indian operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) for the preparation of EPR licensibility in India for the Jaitapur project. These studies will also enable both companies to finalize the technical configuration of the project. AREVA and Larsen & Toubro (L&T), India’s largest engineering and construction conglomerate, also signed a memorandum of understanding to explore avenues of collaboration for the future Jaitapur project. In February 2009, AREVA and NPCIL signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a partnership in nuclear power generation to build up to six EPR reactors at the Jaitapur site. A General Framework Agreement for the construction of the first two EPR reactors was signed in December 2010.   Source: http://india.areva.com/EN/home-1327/india-areva-signs-agreements-for-the-development-of-the-jaitapur-nuclear-power-plant-project.html

HelioScreen, In Vitro evaluation specialist in sun screen products entering India

Thomas ILHE - 13-avr.-2015 11:36:44

HelioScreen , a French company involved in evaluation of sun protection products has entered Indian market partnering with C.L.A.I.M.S   Pvt Ltd , a Mumbai based CRO specializing in clinical research in the area of skin, hair and body care. 15 year old 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, and conceptualized a very particular kind of ‘robot’ which is considered as a performer in UV protection as it ensures consistency during In Vitro testing. LSW met Dr. Dominique Lutz, CEO and found out more about sunscreen technology and his company HelioScreen.  Excerpts from the interview conducted during his visit to Mumbai. Dr. Dominique Lutz CEO, Helioscreen LSW : In general, some of the sunscreen agents which are in use are uncertain on safety and efficacy. What are your views on this? Dr. Dominique Lutz : As long I know and considering the most important companies, we cannot state some ingredients are uncertain on safety. I know some debates on some of them but it is not a tremendous problem. Clearly the industries have to comply with the quality of these ingredients. The same filter (i.e. bmdbm now out of its patent) can be produced on bad conditions and include by product. But this is another story. Now considering the purpose of product including sun filters, I would totally agree we can state some products are uncertain on safety if we mean the safety is to protect the consumer from harmful UV exposure, some time it may be better not to be protected than protected by a “bad” product. And a so called bad product may be a product which claims a high SPF protection only in the UVB range. This has been the starting point to define a new way of protection including UVB and UVA and balanced effect on the all spectrum. It is far from being followed and even check with testing in some companies. LSW: Claims of water-proof, instant protection etc are misguiding users particularly when it comes to cosmetics. Your comment. Dr. Lutz : I totally agree even if cosmetics are efficient this is a pity that the marketing claims, lead the customer to be misguided for its use or the benefits he can expect from the product sometimes it may also be dangerous and claims must be controlled with attention by the authorities. As an example claim of full UV screen may induce customer not to pay attention with an over exposure. Sometimes it could be helpful and efficient to explain to the consumers as an example a product needs to be spread long before exposing and more efficient if renewed frequently in order to make it to perform “normally”. There is a chemical process and it is not enough just to spread the product at the last moment. May be the marketing should be first informed to give the good advice. LSW : Many sun screening products are available in India, but the composition details are not clear because most of them are cosmetic products. How do you propose to go about this in your foray in the Indian market? Dr. Lutz : : I think the rules in EU or other countries to exhibit CTFA formula is something logical. It is not so complicated to put in place but I think India health authorities have a lot to do to go towards international standard for claiming, demonstrating, testing etc… LSW : Unlike the US FDA and EU guidelines, in India there are no set guidelines for standardization. Some of the agents are manufactures by pharmaceuticals companies as combination products like cosmetics. Will you be focusing only on cosmetic area pertaining to skin, hair and body care? Dr. Lutz : Most of the time yes because they are these rules and guideline which are compulsory and so plenty of requirement to market a product. Nevertheless ourknow about is to measure the UV transmission (or no UV transmission) and we have had plenty of different works done on specific material. Just let me take as example textile, Sun glasses or even plaster. Let me also precise the countries in which we have the most important market are not automatically the ones in which they are the rules. In that case there is a hard competition and sometimes customers just care about the report and not the quality of the information. In Vitro AND in vivo tests can be really variable, any one would agree with this statement. At the same time, industrials or laboratories when developing need some tools to be efficient. It is not with your expertise, long experience you can guarantee a results even choosing the best ingredients. Only some specific tests most of the time different from the ones for claiming are the tolls to ensure and potentialize the results. LSW : Generally, sun screens are available in the cream. Lotion, sprays which are OTC (over the counter) products. Are you planning to look into pharmacokinetics area? Dr. Lutz : We already work with pharmaceutical companies in France. When a product needs a certification to be classified as a medicine, plenty of tests which have nothing to see with the claiming tests are required by the authorities. Also we did some method on photo stability for the Canadian health authorities etc…Clearly it also depends on the rules of each country. LSW : Now that HelioScreen is entering the Indian market, with a focus on personal care products which is a competitive market. Do you plan to look at offering your solutions to other areas also? Dr. Lutz : Considering the testing for UV protection efficiency there is so much to do and in fact no yet competitors, we prefer to be concentrated that allow us to be really a specialist as required for such a task. LSW : you share some information on HelioScreen’s partnership with C.L.A.M.S Dr. Lutz : We have had plenty of proposals from India but CLAIMS is doing the same job means TESTING and they have the serious and organization to propose complementary tests they cannot perform themselves. They have the background to explain the technique and it is not only a business opportunity but a real partnership. LSW : Finally, a brief history of your company and the future plans in India in particular. Dr. Lutz : Helioscreen has been created 15 Y ago with the only aim to propose in vitro testing services for sun screen evaluation. But at that time in EU, there were no methods, no market, and no trust in these services. Just my conviction it will be the future with my experience within COLIPA and a solid relationship with French Industries. Also the opportunity when I quit the industry to became an independent expert nearby French Health authorities and the possibility to work and contribute a lot both on a technical point of view and also political in EU Commission. Afterwards we have been logically involved in the ISO worldwide process as expert. My company has become more important and now has competitors but we have proposed the most important innovations in the development of these methods and will stay forever the forerunner. Today our contribution in RD in very huge compared to the size of my company. Also the development all over the word as these methods must be applied all over the word to be efficient. We can take for sure the future SPF standard on which we are working for decades in the international committee will have been proposed from our laboratory. LSW : Any other information that you would like to share with. Dr. Lutz : Unless in a country where there is still few constraint to put a product on the market the new requirement for sun protection claiming are more and more understood by consumers. Also keeping with the technical requirements about protection ( UVB/UVA) is not so easy, so it is better to be ready for the very next future of the legislation and requirement from consumers than wait for compulsory rules from authorities. That will make the difference. Source: Life Science World, Interview of Dr. Dominique Lutz, HelioScreens CEO, with Sanker Iyer http://lifescienceworld.in/highlight/vitro-evaluatio-%20specialist-in-sun-screen-products-entering-india.html

French expertise to boost India’s processed food industry

Thomas ILHE - 09-avr.-2015 15:06:58

The scope for enlarging trade relations between India and France in sectors like the food industry is humongous with plenty of opportunities for both the countries. Taking this potential into cognizance, Business France, the French government agency, is taking key initiatives to promote trade relations between France and India. Amongst the sectors that it is looking to impart business thrust are agrofood and food processing industries. The agency plays an important role in assisting French companies that are seeking potential partners and new markets in India, while helping Indian businesses to identify potential French suppliers and technical partners. In order to maximise commercial opportunities between French and Indian companies, the agency organises regular trade meetings, as well as offering other B2B networking events and individual partnering services. One of the major initiatives of the agency has been to ensure greater collaboration between French and Indian companies in the import-export of fresh fruits and vegetables, and enhanced business cooperation and partnerships in sectors such as wine and spirits, meat and dairy products, organic food, food production industry, packing, and farming machinery. There have been pretty positive outcomes to show for in some of these areas even as interests in the others have been on the rise. The case of Indias apple market provides a good study of the kind of business impact that efforts undertaken by Business France have been able to produce. Until as recently as 2013, the presence of French companies in Indias apple market was minuscule; France ranked a lowly 13th among India’s apple suppliers. It prompted Business France to launch a call among French apple exporters who responded favourably. A series of meetings between French exporters and Indian importers were organised, which made French exporters aware of the expectations of Indian apple importers as well as consumers. The exchange brought about fruitful alliances and partnerships with remarkably productive results. Within a years span, in an impressive show of improvement, France had become the fifth biggest apple exporter to India.   Similar collaborations should be pursued for forging ties aimed towards the development of the agribusiness and food-processing sector. During her visit to France in October last year, Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal, reiterated the need to strengthen Indo-French cooperation in agro-processing sector, which presents fabulous business opportunities for both countries. The minister had taken up the occasion to invite French companies to take advantage of the large size and growth potential of the Indian market and the abundant availability of a variety of agricultural products by investing in agro processing sector in India.  The Indian food-processing sector produces around 50 million tons of fruits and 90 million tons of vegetables. But due to inadequate food processing infrastructure, only 6% of the perishable products available in India get processed. In times to come, Indias changing socio-economic situation will create a huge future demand for processed food, presenting both challenges and opportunities for the food processing industry. As leaders in food processing technology, France can avail of this opportunity to enhance trade relations by offering India the latest technology, quality mechanisms and safety standards for the industry. A good way to do this would be to set up a food park here with latest technology which can serve as a role model for other (food processing) units in the country. India has already made offers with France for setting up a joint quality-testing lab for processed food in the country. France, which has a highly evolved food and beverage industry, can also leverage its expertise profitably by investing in Indias fast growing ‘frozen foods’ business. Currently, the Indian frozen food market is estimated at Rs 1,500 crore and is expected to reach Rs 3,750 crore in the next five years, as per the research report by Frost & Sullivan. However, the full potential of the frozen foods is still to be realized in India due to the presence of several impediments. With several French companies having evincing keen interest in investing in India or export to India in the long run, the food processing industry in India stands a good chance of attracting a valuable partner for bringing about a transformational change in the sector. Source: Sanjay Kumar, Progressive Grocer, Images Group http://www.indiaretailing.com/FoodGrocer/7/42/43/13256

French hospitality school Vatel forays into India

Thomas ILHE - 08-avr.-2015 12:03:57

France based international school of hospitality and hotel management, Vatel has joined hands with Ansal University, Gurgaon to offer a bachelors degree programme in hospitality management.  Vatel schools are located over 31 locations across the globe, and follow the European management methodology for hospitality training.  "Vatels strong academic network and diversity will offer Indian students at the Ansal University campus an international exposure, be it faculty expertise, applied industry-oriented curriculum, contemporary teaching pedagogy, student exchange and internship program with its campuses spread across five continents," said Laurent Guichoux, Academic Director of Vatel India while launching the programme. The university plans to take in about 100 students for the first batch and the programme is offered at a fee of Rs. 1.4 lakh each year. The students will also  undergo a student exchange programme during the course for an international experience.  Apart from the student exchange the course will also conduct research and faculty exchange programmes.    Source: The Hindu Business Line, 2015, April 7th  

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  

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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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