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French plastics companies showcasing their expertise at the PLASTINDIA trade show (February 5th to 10th, 2015 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat)

Thomas Ilhe - 28-janv.-2015 05:15:16

Business France, the French Agency for International Business Development, in partnership with the Plastipolis innovation cluster, is organising a French pavilion at the PLASTINDIA trade show to be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat from February 5th to 10th, 2015. This major event in the plastics sector is eagerly anticipated by French experts as it takes place once every 3 years only. The Indian market is of particular interest to stakeholders all over the world because of its significant potential for development. It is estimated that the plastics industry will grow by over 50% by 2015. Plastic consumption per person and per year in India remains well below the global average (9.7 kg versus 26 kg). This results in an increased demand for high-quality, high-technology equipment. The French plastics industry is 2nd in Europe in terms of sales and 5th worldwide. The 5 companies present in the French pavilion represent different sectors of the industry. Attracted by the Indian markets high growth rate, they will present their technologies and expertise to authorities in order to establish or strengthen business contacts. Come and meet them in hall n°. 11.     An expert in waste recovery and recycling, GAVAND assists plastics companies to fulfil their legal obligations regarding waste recovery. Its operations include the collection, storage, crushing and regeneration of plastics. www.gavand.fr - booth 11-C22         Since 1988 the trading company PLASTDECOR has specialised in second-hand equipment for plastic transformation: injection presses, blowers, extruders, peripherals and moulds by major brands. www.plastdecor.com - booth 11-C19         One of the world leaders in manufacturing moulds, PLASTISUD is a specialist in the production of moulds that combine high precision and high performance. More than 4,000 of its moulds are in use worldwide. Fields of application: Closures (40%), Packaging (30%), Medical (30%)   www.plastisud.com - booth 11-C22         PROVENCALE SA is Europes number 2 producer and distributor of calcium and other industrial minerals. Fields of application: paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants, cements for civil engineering, plastics, food, paper, agriculture, decoration. www.provencale.com - booth 11-D19           For more than 30 years , SPOOLEX – DECOUP + has been successfully designing and manufacturing standard and custom solutions for continuous ultrasonic cutting and welding of textiles, non-wovens, PP fabrics and plastic films. More than 5,000 of its machines are in operation worldwide. www.decoup.com - booth 11-C20       About the French Trade Commission Business France in India http://www.businessfrance.fr/ 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 VIE international internship program. The French Trade Commission in India has 4 offices located in the business hubs of New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai, with a total dedicated multicultural team of over 30 experts. 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. For more information:   Business France Pascal GALLI Industry/Plastics Technology, Technical Textiles, Composite Materials Project Manager Phone: +33 (0)1 40 73 35 53 E-mail: pascal.galli@businessfrance.fr

Alstom to provide signalling, telecom and electrification for the new Kochi metro line

Thomas ILHE - 22-janv.-2015 11:53:47

Alstom has been awarded two contracts worth over €65 million from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to supply signalling, telecom and electrification solutions for the new Kochi metro line. The projects will be implemented in early 2016 and commercial service is scheduled to begin in March 2016. 25 Alstom Metropolis trains will circulate on the new Kochi metro line which is 25 km long and includes 22 stations. These trains will carry up to 15,000 passengers per hour and direction. Alstom is in charge of the design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Urbalis 400, its Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) solution. It controls the movement of trains, allowing them to run at higher frequencies and speeds in total safety. Alstom’s Urbalis has been in service for 12 years on more than 40 metro lines worldwide. In addition, Alstom will provide an integrated telecom solution comprising of radio, CCTV, Passenger Information Display System, Passenger Announcement System and Giga bit network to guarantee comfort and security to passengers. Alstom will be also in charge of the manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the 750V third rail traction electrification and auxiliary substations (ASS) and associated SCADA systems. Alstom has strong references in the country both in signalling and trains, including the metro train sets for Chennai and the signalling systems provided for Delhi, Bengaluru and Jaipur metros.   Source : Alstom Transport

Capgemini to hire 20k in next 2 years

Thomas ILHE - 22-janv.-2015 06:33:11

French IT giant Capgemini will hire 20,000 people in India over the next two years, taking its total headcount to over 70,000 employees. The company provides technology and outsourcing services across a number of verticals. Already, over 40% of its global workforce of 1.41 lakh employees is based in India. "Our ambition is to be about 70,000 people in India by 2016. We are on track for that," said Aruna Jayanthi, CEO of Capgemini India.   Source : Times of India

Mahindra 2-Wheelers completes Peugeot deal

Thomas ILHE - 22-janv.-2015 06:29:19

Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd. (MTWL) has completed the necessary formalities for the acquisition of 51 per cent stake in Peugeot Motocycles (PMTC), France. MTWL has infused Euro 15 million into PMTC to finance projects implemented through the partnership and has also bought shares held by PSA allowing it to take the 51 per cent stake, a press release said. PMTC (a.k.a. Peugeot Scooters), a player in urban mobility in Europe for 116 years, is the oldest motorized two-wheeler manufacturer in the world. Its range covers scooters and mopeds from 50-400 cc, including the Metropolis - the three wheeled scooter in the European market. This project was announced on October 7, 2014. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “ This partnership would enable both MTWL and PMTC to speed up their international expansion by driving synergies and leveraging respective strengths. It is our intention to work closely to enable a win-win for both partners .” The new board of PMTC has been constituted and would include Pawan Goenka, V S Parthasarathy (Director MTWL, Chief Financial Officer, Group CIO, M&M Ltd) and Rajesh Jejurikar (Director MTWL, CEO-Farm Equipment & Two Wheeler Division, M&M) from the Mahindra Group. Maxime Picat - CEO, Peugeot Brand and Emmanuel Delay – Executive Vice President, Operational Director, India-Pacific from the French company. Source : The Hindu Business Line

European Union lifts ban on import of mangoes from India

Nisha Joglekar - 21-janv.-2015 10:23:10

The European Commission committee meeting in Brussels unanimously voted on Tuesday to lift a ban on mango imports from India. However, the ban on the imports of 4 vegetables – bitter gourd, brinjal, snake gourd and taro will stay for the moment and will be reviewed at a later stage after collecting more evidence. The EU’s ban came into force on May 1 2014 after authorities in Brussels found consignments infested with fruit flies that they feared could damage European salad crops. The commission’s Food and Veterinary Office visited India in September 2014 to inspect pack houses and verify improvement in plant health controls and certification systems. The Food and Veterinary Office in its report agreed that India had taken several measures to guarantee safe exports, including enhancement of the capacity and number of inspecting staff, improvement in infrastructure and implementation of a standard operating procedure. Following this audit, experts from member states proposed to lift the ban on mangoes from India.   The legislation now needs to be formally adopted and published by the European Commission, which should take about a month. The positive vote gives certainty to Indian exporters before the start of the next export season which begins in March.   India is the world’s largest exporter of mangoes, selling between 65000 – 70000 tonnes of all varities out of a total production of 1.5 – 1.6 million tonnes. In 2013-14, India exported mangoes worth USD 50.7 million worldwide, of which USD 8.9 million (nearly 4000 tonnes) were to EU nations.    The EU accounts for more than 50% of total exports of fruits and vegetables from India. The United Kingdom is the main importer, followed by the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.   Source: Economic Times and Business Standard

A2iA Signs a Major Indian Bank

Ridhima Verma - 20-janv.-2015 06:54:28

  A2iA Signs a Major Indian Bank To Implement its Check Recognition Technology In Compliance with the Indian Cheque Truncation System 2010.   January 19th, 2015 – Mumbai/Paris   Few months after signing an agreement with one of the biggest Indian BPO to cover the foreign market, A2iA signed a new deal in India for the domestic market, implementing its Check Recognition Technology – A2iA CheckReader – to automate the check image truncation of the bank.   The A2iA CheckReader technology will process annually more than 15 million checks collected from the 600 branches of the bank.   A2iA has worked closely in coordination with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to adapt its technology A2iA CheckReader to the standards defined in India to accompany banks in the process of Check Truncation System (CTS).   On Indian checks, A2iA CheckReader allows recognition of all fields:     Date   Payee name   Code line   Account number   Signature detection A2iA CheckReader is the global standard for advanced image analysis and intelligent recognition software used to seamlessly, precisely and securely process checks and other payment documentation by banks, financial institutions and other progressive corporations around the world.  A2iA’s technology continues to be a pioneer that helps give greater confidence, freedom and funds accessibility to banks and its customers alike.  Because of A2iA CheckReader , consumers now enjoy a time-savings and more secure check processing benefits– which come in handy for today’s fast-paced society. Banks have shaped their operations to utilize A2iA CheckReader as their core engine; from branches and teller windows, to back offices and central processes, ATMs, merchants, fraud applications and more. A2iA continues to innovate in the Check and Document Processing domain, enlarging its global deployment capability with more than 35 countries from Europe, North & South America, Asia-Pac, Africa and now India.     About A2iA - www.a2ia.com   A2iA, Artificial Intelligence and Image Analysis (www.a2ia.com), is the worldwide leading developer of handwritten and machine printed text recognition, information extraction and intelligent document classification toolkits and mobile capture. By enhancing solutions from systems integrators and independent software vendors, A2iA allows complex and cursive data from all forms, documents and checks including unstructured handwritten letters, to become part of a structured database, making it searchable and reportable, with the same level of flexibility of printed or digital data. Proven to reduce costs and nearly eliminate data-entry and manual document processing, A2iA has been improving business process automation and delivering a visible ROI for over 20 years. For more information, visit www.a2ia.com or call +33 1 44 42 00 92.         About the French Trade Commission Business France in India - http://www.businessfrance.fr/   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 VIE international internship program. The French Trade Commission in India has 4 offices located in the business hubs of New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai, with a total dedicated multicultural team of over 30 experts.   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.     For more information:   Mr. Venceslas Cartier   Director Business Development & Marketing, EMEA & India   Phone: +33 1 44 42 00 92 Mobile: +33 6 22 43 09 44   v.cartier@a2ia.com     Ms. Karishma WANVARI   Trade Officer   ICT & Services Department (India-Pakistan-Sri Lanka-Bangladesh)   Phone: +91 22 66694087   karishma.wanvari@ubifrance.fr  

Bla Bla Car – friendly long distance travel in India

Ridhima Verma - 19-janv.-2015 06:27:17

    Bla Bla Car – friendly long distance travel in India French start-up Bla Bla Car’s co-founder and COO, Mr. Nicolas Brusson, announced the launch of Bla Bla Car in India last week. The French car pooling company, backed by European and US venture capital firms, including Index Ventures and Accel Partners, connects private car owners with commuters for long distance, intercity travel. Highlights: World’s leading ride sharing platform with online community of 10 million members Commuters sign on through their Facebook profile, and book a ride with the driver (private car owner) they are comfortable with India is the 14 th country and the only Asian country to become a member of the international Bla Bla Car community Last minute intercity travel like Mumbai to Pune or Delhi to Chandigarh becomes easy and available    Smart and sustainable solution for both the car-owners and commuters For more information: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2015-01-14/news/58066370_1_carpooling-aggregators-ridingo http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Frances-BlaBlaCar-drives-into-India/articleshow/45878176.cms  

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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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