France’s difference when it comes to Intelligent Transportation Systems

Aurore Bernard - 12-juin-2014 10:44:18

The trend, across cities around the world, is for ever-higher densities in urban population. Benoît Perino, UBIFRANCE’s expert on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSs), says that, once a city reaches a critical size (i.e. a population density of up to 20,000 people per square kilometre), urban mobility becomes a paramount issue. Public-sector authorities need to solve such issues as to how to manage road traffic flows, give commuters up-to-the-minute information, and run efficient back-office payment systems to make these essential services financially viable.  High tech makes a difference, and France has been a precursor in ITS technology for over 40 years now, designing and building ‘the future is now’ solutions. The ITS market in France is worth €4.5 billion overall, generating 45,000 jobs. Naturally, Paris is the premier showcase, although every major French city displays impressive achievements in urban transportation. In Paris, the métro is being automated and ‘traditional’ tickets are on their way out, being replaced by dematerialized Near Field Electronic paid-entry systems such as Navigo that whisk passengers through the turnstiles. Navigo will soon to be deployed across Thalys services — the bullet train serving the high-speed line between Paris and Brussels. One of the key players behind these ultra-efficient, yet complex, ticketing solutions is ERG Transit Systems SA — a specialist company capable of designing ITS ticketing systems for target groups of users ranging from 10,000 to 10 million passengers a day, in cities such as Hong Kong, Melbourne, Rome, Singapore, and maybe San Francisco soon. Managing environmental impact and highway safety is a prime concern, and French technology has met another ITS challenge on its highways (the country’s autoroutes), providing traffic reports and free-flow tollbooth collection (or ETC, for Electronic Tolling Collection). This complex mix of infrastructure and back-office consolidation of on-line toll collection works now in the United States, while respecting each individual state’s strenuous and complicated guidelines for toll-collection management, yet still designing a reliable, interoperable system that makes financial sense. Systems have also been designed to identify licence plates on trucks in order to apply the eco-tax, as the vehicles pass under electronic sensory equipment. Obviously, a variant of this multi-mode system is equipment that checks for vehicles exceeding the speed limit, combined with the processing of massive volumes of data in order to properly assess fines. French players have developed solutions that are environmentally and user friendly. Autolib, introduced by Blue Solutions, Bolloré SA’s subsidiary, has put up to 1,800 electric cars on the streets of Paris and its region (with 59 suburbs of the French capital included in the scheme) – an environmentally friendly initiative soon to be launched in Indianapolis (USA), where the scheme will be known as Speedy Car. Any visitor to Paris has seen, or perhaps even used, Vélib’ bikes to get around. The Vélib’ scheme, launched and managed by JC Decaux SA in 2007, maintains a fleet of 17,000 bicycles used by an average of 85,810 riders every day and extends to over 30 suburbs. The running of the Vélib’ scheme requires real-time back-office management software and a convenient, yet secure payment system — always the prime ingredients for a successful ITS. What about the role of UBIFRANCE, France’s export-support agency? UBIFRANCE interacts with the key players in the sector, such ATEC ITS France ( www.atec-itsfrance.net ), a professional association that brings all the ITS industry together in order to shape the public debate and lobby in favour of future land-based transportation projects. Another important player is TOPOS, an association that is particularly active in the south-west of France ( www.topos-aquitaine.org ) and has a special interest in developing geo-localization in the transportation field. In fact, a highlight with an international dimension for the entire sector will be the World Congress for ITS in Bordeaux (in south-western France), to be held from 5 to 9 October 2014. As Benoît Perino of UBIFRANCE sees it, “There is a high potential for ITS in France and internationally. There are a lot of French SMEs with great, highly advanced technologies. Our role at UBIFRANCE is to accompany them, so that they can meet local operators and authorities throughout the world and have their technology integrated into turnkey projects.”  

UBIFRANCE showcases over 100 French leaders in rail at InnoTrans 2014

Aurore Bernard - 22-mai-2014 17:51:43

UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, will present an array of leading companies at the InnoTrans trade show, in Berlin (Germany), from 23 to 26 September 2014. More than 100 French companies will be exhibiting on the 1,200m² French Pavilion (Halls 26b, 11.2, and 3.2). This pavilion will be held in partnership with Fer de France, and co-sponsored by CENTRALP, SCOMA, and Leroy Automation. A further 80 companies will be exhibiting on individual stands at the trade show.   InnoTrans, now in its 10th year, is the leading international trade show for the railway industry and, more particularly, for technology and engineering in the rail sector. The trade fair is an excellent platform to promote leading French companies in the sector and will take place between 23 and 26 September of this year in the German capital.   In 2014, the number of exhibitors on the French Pavilion will represent an 11% increase on 2013. The 1,200m² French Pavilion (Halls 26b, 11.2, and 3.2) will be sponsored by Fer de France, the Inter-professional Association for France’s railway industry, as well as three of the exhibitors on the pavilion — CENTRALP, a specialist in embedded software and electronics; SCOMA, a designer and manufacturer of safety parts; and, finally, Leroy Automation, an expert in rail automation.   Fer de France was founded in 2012 with the aim of uniting all public- and private-sector players across the rail industry in France, from engineering companies, industrialists and rail-infrastructure managers to planning agencies, passenger/ freight carriers, and institutional bodies. Members of Fer de France include Alstom, Eurotunnel, the French Transport Ministry and SNCF, France’s national state-owned railway company.   Fer de France’s turnover is estimated at over €30 billion, which sustains more than 340,000 jobs. Since 24 September 2013, Fer de France has been chaired by Pierre Mongin, who is also Chairman and Managing Director of RATP, the operator for urban-transport services across Paris and its region.   Seven regions of France will be represented on the French Pavilion at InnoTrans — Alsace, Burgundy, the Centre region, Midi-Pyrénées, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pays de la Loire, and Picardy — together with the Alsace Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI), the Burgundy CCI and the Promotional Agency for the Centre region. Representatives of several high-tech clusters of excellence, including Northern France Rail, Neopolia Rail, Mecateam Cluster and Mipyrail, will also be present.   The equipment displayed on the French Pavilion will cover all categories in the sector: car layout, infrastructure, on-board embedded-electronics systems, technologies and solutions for passenger information and ticketing, public-transport companies, rail testing and engineering, rolling-stock units, and mechanical components for rolling-stock.   Thanks to its proven expertise and the ability to innovate of French sector players, France’s rail industry is widely acknowledged internationally. In Europe, the French railway sector ranks second only to Germany, with 1,500 businesses and a turnover in excess of €4 billion, one quarter of which comes from exports.   Developed in partnership with Fer de France, the www.french-rail-industry.com English-language website is a promotional portal covering every aspect of the French rail sector and listing the major events that member entities are due to attend over the course of the year.   A specific InnoTrans tab leads to the list of exhibitors on the French Pavilion, at the trade fair, complete with the precise location of their stands. The website also features a showcase of French players in the sector, which includes useful information for non-French buyers about each company as well as a dedicated contact section, making it easy to get in touch with the companies directly.   About UBIFRANCE   UBIFRANCE is the French export-support agency. As the partner of reference for French-based companies wishing to export, UBIFRANCE offers a complete range of services based on the provision of information on export markets, legal issues and regulations, as well as international finance and tenders, while also supplying sectorial data.   In addition, UBIFRANCE offers export advice and targeted support to companies’ commercial activities, such as exploratory visits, partnership meetings, foreign exhibitions and international press communications. Finally, UBIFRANCE runs the International Postgraduate Programme (VIE) for employing qualified personnel and young graduates outside France.   UBIFRANCE is showcasing a large selection of French companies at InnoTrans on the French Pavilion (Halls 26b, 11.2, and 3.2). In 2014, the number of exhibitors on the French Pavilion will represent an 11% increase on 2013.   InnoTrans 2014 will take place in Berlin (Germany) from 23 to 26 September 2014.   InnoTrans is a biennial event held in the German capital. Traditionally, the trade fair combines an open-air exhibition, an indoor trade show, and conferences that extend across 140,000 m².   For further information about the trade show, please go to: http://www.innotrans.de/en/   For further information about the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk/   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3936 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/

France’s 400 specialist companies are among world leaders in oil and gas

Aurore Bernard - 16-mai-2014 11:02:31

There is Total and, then, there are the others: that is how some people underestimate the oil-and-gas sector in France. In actual fact, the French landscape for this sector is far richer than that: “What people need to know is that the French offer is positioned among the [industry] leaders worldwide,” explains Agnès Hagyak, Project Manager for Hydrocarbons at UBIFRANCE head office, in Paris. France’s para-petroleum sector includes over 400 enterprises and creates 55,000 jobs that are “highly qualified at the technical and scientific level,” points out Agnès Hagyak.   In terms of exports, France even has the second largest para-petroleum sector in the world, behind the USA, at N° 1. France equals Norway and the UK in this respect. Overall, 90% of French suppliers’ combined turnover in the oil-and-gas industry comes from exports.   Total and GDF Suez, among other major players in the world, naturally draw a lot of attention. And y et, there are also many French-based companies that are not as well known, which deliver high-performance products and services internationally. As pointed out by Agnès Hagyak, Project Manager for Hydrocarbons in the Paris head office of French export-support agency UBIFRANCE, “France’s para-petroleum sector includes over 400 enterprises and creates 55,000 jobs that are highly qualified at the technical and scientific level.”   Many of the companies in the sector are SMEs that boast a very high level of technical expertise . These companies are a hotbed of creativity. When it comes to meeting industry needs in relation to technologies, equipment and services that are required for exploring, producing, transporting and refining hydrocarbons, French expertise is undisputed.   French know-how is especially recognized in the area of offshore- and deep-water drilling — and, specifically, for any type of technical platform sited in the high seas. French companies in the sector, which are thoroughly international, can easily position themselves in very specific niche markets: they are not at all afraid of customizing their solutions — quite the opposite, in fact.   For example, there is Bardot Group, an SME with an international presence, specialized in para-petroleum equipment. In particular, it provides tooling solutions with technical polymers and structures that are soldered by robotic equipment, along with the development of the means to attach and assemble these structures. With such expertise in a niche market, Bardot Group has had the opportunity to work on sites in Angola, the USA (Texas), Brazil and Malaysia. And Bardot Group is hardly the only French-based company of its kind that has proved capable of such export-led success.   Other examples include Nexans, which is a specialist in the manufacturing of cables required by the sector. An expert in electrical engineering (automated solutions, instrumentation and command systems), CEGELEC works very successfully on international projects. There are still other players in the market: Air Liquide, Bureau Veritas, Entrepose Projets and Ponticelli, among many others, are all renowned specialist companies that deliver innovative solutions in the oil-and-gas industry.   ▪ For further information, please contact Ms Agnès Hagyak, Project Manager for Hydrocarbons at UBIFRANCE Paris, on agnes.hagyak@ubifrance.fr

Vivapolis is re-inventing the future of sustainable urban development

Aurore Bernard - 16-mai-2014 10:47:38

Imagine the city of tomorrow: that is the daily challenge many French companies are ready to meet today, all of them re-grouped under the Vivapolis brand.   French know-how in providing solutions in the field of sustainable urban development definitely has takers elsewhere in the world. Today, major cities throughout the world are searching for very specific expertise when it comes to developing, renewing and re-inventing themselves. France has many high-caliber players — such as Bouygues, Vinci, Eiffage, Alstom, Veolia   and Egis — together with innumerable SMEs positioned on highly technological niche markets that respond to the crucial challenges of tomorrow.   Initiated by the French authorities, Vivapolis regroups French-based players with a wide range of expertise that they have to offer in order to meet the needs of cities all around the world. “Simply because it is always easier to focus attention on a name everyone can recognize,” explains Caroline Olivier, Environment Project Manager at UBIFRANCE Paris. “More than 70 French enterprises focused on sustainable cities have risen to the challenge by joining Vivapolis. In that sense, Vivapolis is re-inventiong the future for cities worldwide.”   Demonstrations of the   proven know-how available in France abound with projects such as the Grand Paris, the Grand Lyon, the Euro-Mediterranean project in Marseille, or the Urban Community of Bordeaux, among other initiatives. In every case, there are many issues that need to be faced such as mobility, managing energy, and dealing with pollution.   One common thread shared by all these urban-development projects involves improving the quality of life and social cohesion in these cities to make them more attractive. Several ambitious projects have been started to develop appropriate responses. One key example is the Auto-Lib transport system in Paris, aimed at reducing traffic in the city with non-polluting electric cars. Bordeaux Euratlantique , an extensive construction endeavour, is revealing of the wide scope of initiatives that Vivopolis is capable of.   Relying more particularly on the development of eco-quarters, the project combines energy efficiency, water recycling and a solar-energy plant.   Vivapolis is ready for the export market and many international projects illustrate this: it is already present in Morocco, where public-sector authorities hope to benefit from French know-how to develop the new city of Chrafate, in the Tanger-Tetouan region. “The Moroccan authorities requested assistance from the French to help them carry out this ambitious project,” explains Caroline Olivier.   The same thing is true for Turkey, which has the youngest population in Europe. The Turkish authorities expect French companies to help them integrate this young population more effectively into a cityscape that is constantly growing.   As for China, its gigantic projects require showing up with turnkey proposals. Over the past 10 years, French companies have already carried out more than 200 projects in approximately 50 Chinese cities. Another highlight is the French eco-quarter that is going to be built in the Tiexi district, in Shenyang. In the urban-transport field, Alstom and its joint-venture, Satée, won a deal amounting to €75 million to provide locomotives for 550 wagons on Subway Lines 3 and 4 in Chengdu, the fifth largest city in China.   For Caroline Olivier, “Vivapolis involves a large number of French companies working on sustainable cities, responding to key issues in urbanization for emerging countries as well as for the renewal of major cosmopolitan [urban] areas worldwide.”   French companies are getting the benefit of cutting-edge technology, with the use of state-of-the-art technologies, proposing 3D simulations for these international projects in order to allow decision-makers to visualize different possibilities for a district or a city. These virtual scale models showcase all of Vivapolis’ partners and their respective specialisms. The technology is now being tested in relation to initiatives in Astana (Kazakhstan) and Santiago (Chile).   For further information, please go to the following URLs: Vivapolis powered by French creativity   Cities : a collective adventure   Directory of French companies

France’s photovoltaic sector shines bright at INTERSOLAR 2014

Aurore Bernard - 29-avr.-2014 15:56:30

UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, will present leaders in the photovoltaic sector on the French Pavilion at the Intersolar 2014 trade show, which will take place in Munich (Germany), from 4 to 6 June. These French-based companies will showcase their solar-energy technology and industry know-how, and are keen to meet new business partners. The French Pavilion at Intersolar 2014 is being organized by UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, in partnership with Renewable Energies Trade Association of France (SER), the France Solar Industry brand, and the French-German Office for Renewable Energy (OFAEnR). The trade fair, which is the largest in the world devoted to solar power, will take place from 4 to 6 June of this year, in Munich (in the south of Germany). The participating French-based companies, which are looking to develop partnerships in the UK, will be available for one-to-one business meetings on the French Pavilion (Hall C3.230, Stand M75) during Intersolar 2014. A French-themed drinks reception will also be hosted on the pavilion on Wednesday 4 June from 4.30pm onwards. The 2013-2017 Global Market Outlook report, published by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), states that solar energy now accounts for a worldwide output in excess of 100,000 MW. Germany alone generates close to a third of the solar energy produced worldwide (32.4 GW), ahead of Italy. In France, the installed solar-power capacity connected to the grid stood at an overall total of 4.33 GW in late 2013, ranking the country third in Europe and sixth worldwide. In January 2013, the French government introduced measures aimed at boosting the sector and at enabling it to reach its target of developing at least 1,000 MW in solar projects every year. In making full use of its innovative abilities through the country’s R&D centres and high-technology competitiveness clusters, France’s photovoltaic industry has the clear potential to become a major player on the European market.   Companies and other entities on the French Pavilion at Intersolar 2014 are listed below; further information is available on request. •              PARTICIPATING COMPANIES AUGIER SAS AUGIER SAS manufactures photovoltaic (PV) systems intended to improve profitability at photovoltaic power stations. www.augier.com     COMWATT   COMWATT specializes in the manufacturing of systems that automatically adjust energy use in real time. www.comwatt.com     DOME SOLAR   DOME SOLAR designs photovoltaic solutions for all types of buildings and roofing. www.dome-solar.com     EASYLI BATTERIES   EASYLI BATTERIES manufactures batteries and turnkey energy-storage solutions that rely on lithium-ion technology. www.easylibatteries.com     IRFTS   IRFTS is constantly developing its know-how in order to manufacture new photovoltaic systems that standardize solar technology. www.ifrts.com     SDF SOLAR   SDF SOLAR designs and manufactures comprehensive product lines for photovoltaic applications. www.sdf-solar.fr     SEIFEL   SEIFEL designs products that meet energy-distribution, protection, and metering requirements for multiple applications, including solar energy. www.seifel.com     System Plus Consulting   System Plus Consulting specializes in the technical and economic analysis of electronic systems and components, which comes complete with detailed cost assessments. www.systemplus.fr     SYSTOVI   SYSTOVI develops innovative systems for energy saving and thermal comfort in the home. www.systovi.com     •              PARTNER ASSOCIATIONS     SER   The French Renewable Energy Association (SER) has close to 400 members, accounting for €10 billion in combined revenue and more than 75,000 jobs. It is a business association bringing together industrialists from all sectors within the renewable-energy industry. www.enr.fr     France Solar Industry   The France Solar Industry brand is a showcase for France’s know-how in solar-power production, regardless of the technology used. The brand brings together French businesses working in photovoltaic solar energy, thermodynamics and concentrate photovoltaics. http://francesolarindustry.fr/     About UBIFRANCE     UBIFRANCE is the French export-support agency. As the partner of reference for French-based companies wishing to export, UBIFRANCE offers a complete range of services based on the provision of information on export markets, legal issues and regulations, as well as international finance and tenders, while also supplying sectorial data. In addition, UBIFRANCE offers export advice and targeted support to companies’ commercial activities, such as exploratory visits, partnership meetings, foreign exhibitions and international press communication. Finally, UBIFRANCE runs the International Postgraduate Programme (VIE) for employing qualified personnel and young graduates outside France. UBIFRANCE will showcase 11 French-based companies and agencies at the Intersolar 2014 trade show, on the French Pavilion (Hall C3.230, Stand M75). Intersolar 2014 will take place in Munich (Germany) from 4 to 6 June 2014: it is the world’s largest international trade fair devoted to solar technology.     For further information about the trade show, please go to: http://www.intersolar.de/en/intersolar-europe.html For more information about UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk/   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3932 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/

France’s railways roll out web portal for business and innovation

Aurore Bernard - 07-avr.-2014 17:47:34

A new English-language web portal (www.French-rail-industry.com) has been launched to promote France’s railways. The launch of the portal, which went live on 21 March 2014, coincided with the signing of a partnership agreement between UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, and Fer de France, the Inter-professional Association for France’s railway industry.   The web portal, which has been launched (in English) and is accessible at www.French-rail-industry.com, aims to meet a twofold objective. In the first instance, it will help to raise awareness among industry professionals worldwide of the know-how prevalent in France’s railway sector — a widely acknowledged and greatly praised centre of excellence.   The website will promote the entire sector with sections devoted to the latest international company news. It will also list a number of exciting achievements by French-based companies outside France, as well as the year’s most important events. The events section will include information about international trade shows where France has a substantial presence, such as INNOTRANS, which will take place in Berlin (Germany) from 23 to 26 September 2014.   In the second instance, the website will help to establish connections between international buyers and French suppliers. The web portal will showcase French players in the railway sector, making it easy for potential customers based outside France to browse the profiles of any French company they choose and contact them directly through a messaging interface integrated into the website.   The French suppliers featured on the platform are broken down into eight main categories: embedded electronic systems; mechanical components fitted on rolling stock; passenger-information and ticketing systems; passenger public transport; rail-car layout; railway infrastructure; railway testing and engineering; and, finally, rolling stock.   Thanks to the expertise, technological skills and innovative ability of its companies, France’s railway industry enjoys international recognition: the country is ranked third worldwide in the sector. Within Europe, the French railway industry is ranked second only to Germany, with 1,500 companies generating over €4 billion, equating to 25% of the country’s exports in value.   About Fer de France Founded in the wake of the 2012 consultation process (Assises du ferroviaire) centred on the French-railways sector, Fer de France is the French rail industry’s Inter-professional Association. Fer de France brings together the chairpersons and CEOs of all the companies involved in the industry. Its role is twofold: to work on improving the nation’s railway system and performance, on the one hand, and to facilitate co-operation among French sector players so as to help them expand into export markets, on the other.   For further information, please go to: www.French-rail-industry.com   About UBIFRANCE UBIFRANCE is the French export-support agency. As the partner of reference for French-based companies wishing to export, UBIFRANCE offers a complete range of services based on the provision of information on export markets, on legal issues and regulations, as well as on international finance and tenders, while also supplying sectorial data.   In addition, UBIFRANCE offers export advice and targeted support to companies’ commercial activities, such as exploratory visits, partnership meetings, foreign exhibitions and international press communication.   Finally, UBIFRANCE runs the International Postgraduate Programme (VIE) for employing qualified personnel and young graduates outside France. For more information about the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk/ For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3929 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/

SMTC’s Dynatech® solution lightens the mood at Aircraft Interiors 2014

Aurore Bernard - 02-avr.-2014 17:23:38

SMTC, a specialist in the design and manufacturing of composite sandwich panels, has unveiled Dynatech ®, a highly innovative weight-reducing system for aircraft and high-speed-train interiors. The company will be showcasing the full range of Dynatech® products at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014, which is taking place in Hamburg (Germany) from 8 to 10 April. Christophe Jenny, CEO of SMTC, says: “With Dynatech®, a truly revolutionary technology, we proactively made a major investment in mass production with high repeatability, in order to better serve our customers’ needs regarding significant weight savings, better mechanical properties, lower total system costs, and recyclability. We see ourselves as a carrier for solutions that fulfil the needs of society and, thus, are happy to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emission, to the performance of mass transport, and to the comfort and accessibility of passengers.” SMTC will be showcasing its Dynatech® technology at Aircraft Interiors E xpo 2014, to be held in Hamburg (in northern Germany) from 8 to 10 April of this year. The company will be exhibiting on the French Pavilion, in Hall B6 of the trade fair. Dynatech® products have been developed specifically for use in light-weight and high-performance applications such as damage tolerance as well as superior fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) values. Due to the thermoplastic nature of the Dynatech® solution as a ready-to-be-formed sandwich system, Dynatech® parts can be mass-produced, within the manufacturing process of various complex-shaped parts in the interior of aircraft and trains, including doors, luggage racks, seats, side-walls, trolleys, tables, etc. Based on the use of polyetherimide (PEI) in situ foam panels, Dynatech® technology also offers better thermic and acoustic isolation, as compared to traditional honeycomb designs based on thermoset panels: ultimately, this also contributes to the comfort of the traveller. “The Dynatech® revolution is down to an entirely new way of making sandwich panels based on full thermoplastic PEI material. These panels can also be formed into a variety of shapes, with different edging options,” explains Christophe Jenny. SMTC, which formerly focused on producing aluminium-based honeycomb systems, acquired the Dynatech® solution from inventor and patent-holder FITS Technology. SMTC is now developing and investing in the technology with a view to providing a completely new thermoplastic mass-market solution. Martin de Groot, CEO of FITS Technology and inventor of the process, explains: “My goal was to achieve maximum weight reduction to improve the ecological footprint of aircraft. In comparison with traditional sandwich systems, Dynatech® is much less labour-intensive thanks to its automated processing. Dynatech® now allows for extremely short-cycle times of only a few minutes for the pressing process. It also outperforms traditional material by offering a maximum manufacturing time of 30 seconds per edge.” In the steadily growing aircraft and high-speed-train end-markets, safety, weight and space-saving become more stringent, with a growing demand for enhanced performance. Dynatech® allows aircraft and train builders to use thinner layers of sandwich material, therefore creating more space for travellers. Its unique heat-resistance properties make Dynatech® a highly desirable and long-lasting material to be used for interiors. Furthermore, Dynatech’s® unique automa ted production guarantees higher quality standards and better control possibilities, which is greatly appreciated by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Due to SMTC’s patented closed-box procedure, this system allows for the sophisticated design of the edge close-out, which actually becomes the strongest part of the unit. Dynatech® can, therefore, provide a total system-cost reduction of between 20% and 30%, as well as weight reduction of between 20% and 40%. The production of a range of pilot Dynatech® products has already started: tests are being run and the first customers have received their prototypes. Full commercial production of the Dynatech® range is expected to be rolled out in 2016. About SMTC   SMTC is a French-based company with over 30 years’ experience in the design and manufacturing of composite sandwich panels. With this expertise and innovation at the heart of its strategy, SMTC contributes to the performance of mass transportation by producing light-weight solutions for the interior parts of trains, aircraft and cruise ships. SMTC will be showcasing its Dynatech® products at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014, to be held in Hamburg (Germany) from 8 to 10 April of this year. The specialist company will be exhibiting on the French Pavilion, in Hall B6 of the trade show. For further information about the trade show, go to: www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com   For further information about the company, go to: www.smtc.fr   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3927 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/

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The Infrastructure, Transport and Industry (ITI) Department assists French companies with their international development strategy and promotes trade between France and the UK. In order to maximise commercial opportunities between French and British companies, the ITI Department organises French Pavilions at a number of key exhibitions in the UK, as well as offering other networking opportunities and individual partnering services. We cover a range of sectors including the aerospace, defence, nuclear/energy, environmental, automotive, naval, construction, and sub-contracting industries. ITI Department contacts: Michael Yates Manager, ITI Department michael.yates @ubifrance.fr Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7024 3636    Amy Barthorpe Senior Trade Development Adviser amy.barthorpe@ubifrance.fr Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7024 3623 Aerospace & Defence Charly Velluet Senior Trade Development Adviser charly.velluet@ubifrance.fr T

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