France’s photovoltaic sector shines bright at INTERSOLAR 2015 from June 10 th to 12 th 2015 Meet companies from the French pavilion Hall A3-490 BUSINESSFRANCE, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy , will present leaders in the photovoltaic sector on the French Pavilion at the Intersolar 2015 trade show, which will take place in Munich (Germany), from 10 to 12 June 2015. These French-based companies will showcase their solar-energy technology and industry know-how at Intersolar, the worldwide solar power exhibition and are looking to meet new business partners. The French Pavilion at Intersolar 2015 is being organized by BUSINESS FRANCE, in partnership with the Club Ademe International . The French pavilion, which consists of approximately 90 m² devoted to solar power, will take place from 10 to 12 June of this year, in Munich (in southern Germany). 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. In Germany, solar energy accounted for 4.7% of overall electricity production in 2013. In France, the existing solar-power capacity connected to the grid stood at an overall total of 4.47 GW in late 2013, ranking the country third in Europe and sixth worldwide. The French photovoltaic industry benefits from great assets to position itself at a European level. 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. Come and visit innovative PV actors and other companies on the French Pavilion at Intersolar 2015 hall A3-490 ► PARTICIPATING COMPANIES DOME SOLAR DOME SOLAR designs photovoltaic solutions for all types of buildings and roofing. www.dome-solar.com FRANCEWATTS FRANCEWATTS designs photovoltaics solutions for BtoB and BtoC purposes www.francewatts.fr INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LENERGIE SOLAIRE (INES) INES is the first French and one of the first European centre dedicated to research, training and evaluation on solar energy. Set up with the backing of Savoie Departmental Council and Rhône-Alpes Regional Council and stafed by teams from the CEA and the University of Savoie it meets today more than 400 people onsite 22,000 sqm http://www.ines-solaire.org/ IRFTS IRFTS is constantly developing its know-how in order to manufacture new photovoltaic systems that standardize solar technology. www.ifrts.com SILLIA VL SILLIA VL manufactures high quality solar panels. www.silia.com STEADY SUN Forecast specialist for solar power production. www.steady-sun.com STRATOCLAIR The STRATOCLAIR instantaneously produces solar hot water at 60 ° C and filled hot water directly from the top of the water heater tank. Solar hot water can be used immediately. www.stratoclair.com SUNNA DESIGN SUNNA DESIGN manufactures and sells solar and LED lighting solutions. www.sunna-design.fr T-SOLARIS Building Integrated Solutions (BIPV) http://tsolaris.com/fr/ About Business France Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for facilitating the international growth of French businesses, as well as promoting 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 programme. 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 further information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr For further information about the French pavilion please contact Agathe Loubert Project manager – Renewable energy Tel :0044 (0)1 40 73 38 12 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org For further information about the trade show, please go to: http://www.intersolar.de/en/intersolar-europe.html For more information about BUSINESSFRANCE in the UK, please go to : www.ubifrance.com/uk/
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French wind power industry exhibits at the 2015 EWEA OFFSHORE 2015 trade fair BUSINESS FRANCE, in partnership with France Energie Eolienne and the Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables under the Windustry France banner, is organising the French pavilion at EWEA OFFSHORE, Europe’s leading trade fair featuring offshore wind power, to be held this year in Copenhagen. Twenty-one French wind power experts will be presenting their technologies and innovations on a 180-square-metre national pavilion during the 3 days of exhibition, conferences and industrial meetings. The French companies are seeking to position themselves as contenders in the eyes of the international decision-makers attending this flagship event of the wind power industry. To meet the challenges of climate change, growing demand for energy and the gradual depletion of fossil fuels as well as the volatile price of oil, renewable energies are enjoying especially strong development across the world. In many respects, France is an ideal country to develop wind power. Giving onto the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean, France has an extensive coastline with a high potential for the development of offshore wind power. The French government aims to reach 6 GWe of installed capacity in marine energies by 2020, i.e. 3.5% of French electric power consumption. According to the renewable energy union, France’s offshore production potential has been estimated at 15,000 MW by 2030. This means not only a source of renewable energy for millions of households, but also thousands of jobs linked to the rise of this new industry. France ranks 4th in Europe in terms of installed capacity and power production. It benefits from genuine expertise on both a European and global level. Come and meet some of Frances biggest players active in wind power industry at the BUSINESS FRANCE pavilion, Hall A, booths A-D22, A-E22 and A-D16. About the companies ACEBI (Booth A-D22) designs and manufactures rescue equipment and bridges to access wind turbines from ships. www.acebi.com AMO-EOLYHD (Booth A-E22) Agence Maritime de l’Ouest is engaged in shipbuilding, ship management, charter brokering and port operation. www.amo-ship.com CETEAL SAS (Booth A-D16) is an expert in offshore wind turbine structural engineering. www.ceteal.eu IN VIVO ENVIRONNEMENT (Booth A-E22) is an engineering firm specialising in marine environmental consultancy. www.invivo-environnement.com ORANGE MARINE (Booth A-E22) is specialised in the field of subsea telecommunications, from the initial design and engineering to the installation of intercontinental cable links and maintenance of existing cables. www.marine.orange.com/fr QUIET OCEANS (Booth A-E22) offers solutions for forecasting, monitoring and reducing underwater noise. www.quiet-oceans.com RTSYS (Booth A-E22) is a specialist in underwater and active/passive acoustics. www.rtsys.eu SERGI (Booth A-E15) is an engineering company originally specialised in the design and manufacture of oil-filled transformer fire extinguishing systems. Since then, the company has moved into the transformer fire protection business. www.sergi-france.com VALOREM (Booth A-D22) is an operator in green energy and a recognised expert in operation monitoring studies, project development and renewable energy farm construction. www.valorem-energie.com Associations, clusters and schools: BREIZH’EMR (Booth A-E22) A Brittany cluster, federating some fifteen complementary companies involved in the Renewable Marine Energy supply chain. www.cad22.com BRETAGNE COMMERCE INTERNATIONAL (Booth A-E22): Regional agency supporting companies at the international levelin Brittany. www.bretagnecommerceinternational.com BRETAGNE POLE NAVAL (Booth A-E22) supports the economic growth of more than 125 companies involved in the following 3 industries: Shipbuilding, Renewable Marine Energy, Offshore Oil & Gas. www.bretagnepolenaval.org ECOLE CENTRALE (Booth A-D22) is one of France’s top engineering schools, offering engineer training and master’s and doctoral degree programmes. www.ec-nantes.fr ENERGIE HAUTE NORMANDIE (Booth A-D16) Association of Normandy energy sector companies. www.energie-haute-normandie.com ENSM – Ecole Nationale Superieure Maritime (Booth A-D22) Engineering school, offering master’s degree in Freight shipping sector. www.supmaritime.fr OUEST NORMANDIES ENERGIES MARINES (Booth A-D16), Regional Renewable Marine Energy Agency from West Normandie www.ouest-normandie-energies-marines.fr PAYS DE LA LOIRE (Booth A-D22): The economic development agency of the “Pays de la Loire” region implements its Regional Development Policy. www.agence-paysdelaloire.fr PORT DE BREST: The port of Brest is organising a 50-hectare zone dedicated and suited to bottom-mounted and floating offshore wind turbines. The technical specifications of the layout have been designed to incorporate, handle and store large-scale systems as well as services proposed especially to meet the needs of manufacturers involved in marine energy and, more specifically offshore wind turbines. http://portbrest.bretagne.fr Universite de Nantes (Booth A-D22): one of France’s biggest universities located in the Pays de la Loire region, providing training in the Marine Energy Sector. www.univ-nantes.fr Our partners: FRANCE ENERGIE EOLIENNE (Booth A-D22) – Biggest French wind power industry association representing 90% of the total wind industry players: developer, operator, EPC, SME, OEM. www.fee.asso.fr WINDUSTRY (Booth A-D16) – Aims to develop the French field of industrial wind power, organises B2B meetings between wind energy market leaders and companies which are not active yet in the wind power sector. www.windustry.fr
Rail Freight Meetings in spotlight at SITL Paris 2015 Rail Freight Meetings in spotlight at SITL Paris 2015 With workshops, a showroom and work areas across a space of 300 m², the Rail Freight Meetings will constitute one of the key innovations at SITL Paris 2015, which will be taking place from 31 March to 2 April in Paris (France). Innovative players such as Herta France, SNCF Freight and Agenia are looking forward to this key event. Under the aegis of France’s Secretary of State for Transport, the Rail Freight Meetings reflect the measures entrusted to the Association of Freight Transport Users (or AUTF, in French) following the ministerial conferences held with respect to the revival of rail freight in France. The aim is to have a business dialogue at the service of growth in the rail industry, and, more particularly, to match supply and demand in the field of rail freight and combined road-rail transport by means of business meetings between shippers and all those involved in the rail-industry value chain. T he three case studies below illustrate the scope and interest of the Rail Freight Meetings due to take place at SITL Paris 2015, from 31 March to 2 April of this year. CASE STUDY 1: HERTA FRANCE "We would like to use rail freight and combined road-rail but we do not find that the shoe fits,” says Marc Bernard, Transport & Supply Chain Projects Manager for Herta France — a comment which reflects the difficulty faced by shippers when evaluating current rail and multimodal offerings. "Traffic volumes and the will to deploy these alternative solutions exist,” points out Christian Rose, Executive Officer at AUTF, who bases his comment on an audit carried out among purchasing managers. "Though they lack visibility in terms of capacity and rail operations, compared to the very dynamic road possibilities.” A subsidiary of the Nestlé Group, Herta France operates factories in Arras (northern France) and Strasbourg (eastern France) that process 95,000 tonnes of food products per year. Using controlled-temperature storage, the goods are sent daily to two logistical hubs — one located in Ile-de-France (i.e. the Paris Region) and the other in the Lyons region — before being sent on to supply the retail trade. "This just-in-time logistics process, today, is done 100% by road. On the Arras-Lyons link, for example, we use up to 12 refrigerated trucks per day,” laments Marc Bernard. From the agricultural producer through to the consumer, Herta France’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) targets mean, in practice, that the company must actively seek sustainable organisations that reduce its carbon footprint in relation to all the links in its supply chain. "Implemented in the choice of raw materials, production methodology, packaging, etc., our social-responsibility plan also covers our out-bound logistics. This is the reason why we are looking for rail and multimodal solutions linked to our retail clients,” explains Marc Bernard. With this aim in mind, Herta France will be at the Rail Freight Meetings: "This event is a time-benefit accelerator, which will help us to achieve our ambition to lower our distribution carbon footprint. Herta wants to use rail and combined freight,” says Marc Bernard, who has high expectations of the trade show. At the Rail Freight Meetings, the manufacturer hopes to better understand how the rail sector operates. "We want to develop links with the professionals who can best respond to our logistics needs right through to the final customer, and also discover all the available multimodal innovations,” explains Marc Bernard. CASE STUDY 2: SNCF FREIGHT Rail services have evolved over the last decade and have, in many ways, been revitalised. "Deregulation has put the clients and their requirements at the heart of the issue. Competition and the effects of the [financial] crisis have led to a rethink of the service and internal organisation of SNCF Freight,” says Olivier Juban, Director of SNCF, the State-owned French railway operator. It is in this context that the Rail Freight Meetings are an excellent occasion for SNCF Freight to meet procurement managers in order to explain current industry developments and, also, how the railway sector can respond to logistics challenges. Shared services, Multi-Lots/Multi-Clients options, long trains, combined rail-road initiatives, and ‘rail highways’ are various aspects of the range of solutions developed by SNCF Freight, which demonstrate the company’s efficiency and relevance. "Driven by teams managing production and sales, the solutions are configured to respond to the complex logistics challenge from purchasers within a framework of sustainable collaboration,” explains Olivier Juban. CASE STUDY 3: AGENIA Agenia is a subsidiary of NGE, a multi-expertise group in the field of public works with a turnover of €1.5 billion. Agenia works with shippers, local communities and logistics hubs in order to develop sound rail-transport links and multimodal solutions. “The expertise of Agenia is wide-ranging: from the construction and management of rail infrastructure through to developing rail-freight offerings, and including the management of hubs and network maintenance,” says Michel Colombié, CEO. On this basis, Agenia is the partner of Moulins Communauté in order to develop jointly the LOGIPARC 03 rail centre, in Moulins (central France). The logistics of a rail network go well beyond mere point-to-point traffic management. Indeed, Agenia’s added-value proposition comes from its ability to interlink connected services: handling, door-to-door transport, rail-road combined transport, connections to inland networks as well as ports, and so on. “These extended services that include the management of infrastructures are essential in order to guarantee a premium service quality which responds to the challenges of the modern supply chain. At LOGIPARC 03, Agenia has developed this offering in partnership with Transports Terrancle and Eurorail,” explains Michel Colombié. These are concrete examples of the potential offered by the pooling of rail-sector skills and multimodal complementarities — common themes of the Rail Freight Meetings at SITL Paris 2015, to be held in Paris (France) between 31 March and 2 April of this year. About Reed Expositions Reed Expositions is the French subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions, the worlds leading event organiser. Reed Expositions organizes over 50 trade shows per year in France across a range of sectors including transport and logistics. Reed Expositions will be organising Transport Next Generation 2015, a new event that will run concurrently with SITL Paris 2015, as well as Intralogistics Europe 2015. These events will take place from 31 March to 2 April 2015 in Hall 7.2 of the Paris Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, in the southeast of Paris (France). For further information about this press release, you can contact Ms Silviane Dubail of SD COM on: +33 (0)6 07 53 53 43 (telephone) and email@example.com (email). For further information about Reed Expositions, please go to: http://www.reedexpo.fr For further information about the different trade shows, please go to: http://www.sitl.eu/index.php?Lang=gb
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The usual suspects can explain this rise in demand – change in demographics in developing economies and tastes and preferences of their emerging middle classes. Who will benefit from this near certain doubling of the market? Certainly one of the strongest cases comes from Airbus and the rest of the 3,000 French companies working in the aerospace industry.
The European aviation industry (the production, maintenance and support of civil aircraft) is currently the second largest in the world, behind the Boeing-led sector in the United States. It is undeniably integral to France in producing jobs and growth, as it is the largest foreign looking sector with €22 billion in net exports. Many SMEs depend on and service Airbus and these companies will directly benefit from the impending expansion of the giant’s aircraft deliveries. For example, the A320 will increase from its current 42 to the target of 50 planes per month.
Aside from Airbus’s presence, there are many smaller companies that have succeeded independently and are capturing attention abroad. For example, Mapaero produces paint for airplane interiors and exteriors, such as aircraft wheels. The company is particularly innovative as its products are in line with recent EU regulations restricting chemicals in paint. It has acquired several new airlines as clients and its attempts to limit environmental impact will also no doubt lead to a bright future.
The French aviation industry is already mature, well diversified, and a world leader but what are its prospects for the future? It seems difficult to imagine that things could get much better, but it certainly looks as if they might. Brice Robin, project manager at UBIFRANCE for the aeronautical sector, explains that the industry is not lingering on its current success: “It is true that over the last 100 years France has had a strong history within aviation. This, however, is never enough and we need to look to innovation for the future. For example, French companies spend an average of 14% of their revenues on R&D.”
Innovation is incredibly important for France to extend its advantage in a market that requires the utmost quality to ensure the security and longevity of very expensive products for prospective clients. Mr. Robin adds that there is an industry pressure for firms to “deliver faster, perfect parts with a high level of quality, as well as better products with new technology, such as reduced weight.”
There are competitors arising in developing markets such as Brazil, China and Russia. However, it is likely that they will have difficulty in competing with France’s knowhow and complete package of services. Mr. Robin explains, for example, that the French maintenance market provides a one-stop shop for clients, reducing costs and offering convenience. He says, “Today buyers don’t only look at the cost of aircraft, but also the maintenance and everything else surrounding the aircraft since they will look to keep the aircraft for 25 to 35 years. They will also look to renovate the aircraft interior every 5 to 10 years.” An airline doing business in France will not only purchase from Airbus but also look to other French companies, some located nearby in the Toulouse metropolitan area, that provide maintenance and other support such as refurbishment.
Mr. Robin puts this emerging competition for the French industry into perspective and explains, “Clients cannot supply all of their parts and components from a new player in an emerging market because some technologies, materials, designs, and new processes are not yet available, something which gives the French an advantage.” For example, the maintenance of certain structural parts that are produced by Airbus requires special certification that can only be found amongst French engineers.
UBIFRANCE helps French companies find clients and partners abroad. For example, the company Win MS participated at trade shows in Dubai with UBIFRANCE and was able to attain contacts with local airlines. Qatar Air, the world’s second most-preferred airline according to the World Airline Awards, was very impressed by its aeronautical-maintenance equipment.
Another company to benefit from working with UBIFRANCE is Aeroform, which provides repairing equipment for composite materials, much of which can be found in the structure of modern aircrafts. The company was looking for a distributor in Spain and Germany, and with help of Ubifrance was able to attain a list of seven to ten possible suitors in each of the markets. Within three months Aeroform had signed contracts with distributors in each country and is now working with UBIFRANCE to achieve the same results on the Russian market.
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For further information about Airbus, please go to: http://www.airbus.com/
For further information about Aeroform, please go to: http://www.aeroform-france.fr/
For further information about Mapaero, please go to: http://www.mapaero.com/en/
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This leading international event, focused on innovative transport equipment, will be held concurrently with SITL and Transport Logistics Europe from 31 March to 2 April 2015, in Paris (France).
Transport Next Generation will take place from 31 March to 2 April 2015 in conjunction with SITL Paris 2015 and Intralogistics Europe. The trade shows will be held in Hall 7.2 of the Paris Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, to the southeast of central Paris.
Alain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Exhibitions Transport & Logistics, organisers of SITL Paris 2015, gives his thoughts on the launch of Transport Next Generation, the new event to be launched in conjunction with the trade fair, and his expectations as to what it will bring to the transport sector and the logistics industry.
How would you describe the positioning of Transport Next Generation? What is distinctive about it, and what added value does it bring to the industry?
The aim of Transport Next Generation is to be an international event that responds to the expectations of supply-chain directors in industry and retailing.
This new exhibition brings together, in a single space, innovative multimodal transport equipment that works to achieve the most effective transport performance for industry and retailers. As such, Transport Next Generation addresses the link between shipper and transporter. Fundamentally multimodal, it touches the five main transport segments – maritime, rail, river, road, and combined transport (both urban and temperature controlled).
The programme for Transport Next Generation is based around a Steering Committee which, besides SITL’s usual partners, also has the support of the Fédération Française de la Carrosserie (FFC), the Association Française du Gaz Naturel pour Véhicules (AFGNV) and the Industrial Vehicle Rental trade council, led by Transport et Logistique de France (TLF).
What solutions does Transport Next Generation provide?
The common element of all the equipment exhibited at Transport Next Generation is the changing organisation and planning of transportation, as well as the emergence of a link between the shipper and the transporter. This results in multiple new challenges and new transport requirements, including reduction in travel distances; improved productivity of equipment and personnel; safety and security of goods and personnel; evolving regulation; environmental protection; development of e-commerce and urban deliveries; and optimisation of loads, etc.
How does Transport Next Generation integrate into SITL Paris 2015 and Intralogistics Europe 2015?
Transport Next Generation extends and completes our expertise across all transport, logistics and supply-chain activities. It is in complete synergy with SITL Paris 2015, which brings together all transport and logistics services, and Intralogistics Europe 2015, which covers handling equipment at all levels of the supply chain.
For its part, Transport Next Generation provides innovative transport-equipment solutions. It will have its own dedicated space with unique signage and decoration to attract visitors. It will have its own programme of seven conferences and also its own Innovation Award which, reflecting the initial concept, is open to ‘equipment solutions that are immediately operational for shippers or transporters to add value and optimise the services of transporters in light of competition’. Therefore, between them, the three trade shows cover the full market range and expectations of purchasers.
How do you see Transport Next Generation developing in the future?
In 2015, Transport Next Generation will be located in a space that hosts around 30 exhibitors. Taking into account the real interest already expressed in this year’s event, as of 2016, Transport Next Generation will become a separate exhibition with its own area, its own community of exhibitors, and a specifically targeted visitor base.
Our ambition is to attract transport buyers and shipping specifiers from all industry and retail sectors. In line with SITL and Intralogistics, this new event will, in due course, be rolled out internationally, as is the case with all the exhibitions we create and develop.
About Reed Expositions
Reed Expositions is the French subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organiser. Reed Expositions organises over 50 trade shows per year in France across a range of industries including the environment sector, marketing and communications, and transport and logistics.
Reed Expositions will be organising Transport Next Generation 2015, a new event that will run concurrently with SITL Paris 2015 as well as Intralogistics Europe 2015. All three events will take place from 31 March to 2 April 2015 in Hall 7.2 of the Paris Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, to the southeast of central Paris (France).
For further information about the various trade shows, please go to: http://www.sitl.eu
For further information about Reed Expositions, please go to: http://www.reedexpo.fr
For further information, please contact :
Ms Kate Riley - Press Officer - UBIFRANCE Press Office in London
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Pollutec, a leading international trade show for environmental equipment, technologies and services, will take place from 2 to 5 December 2014 at the Eurexpo Lyon exhibition centre in Lyons (in South-eastern France). The event, which is the 26th of its kind, brings together professionals from around the world to discuss innovative solutions that reduce the impact of human activities on the environment in sectors that include manufacturing, the services industry, and local government.
The event is taking place for the 26th time; it will be held across more than 100,000m² of exhibition space and is expected to attract over 65,000 trade visitors. With more than 2,200 exhibitors, 400 conferences and 200 innovations presented across eight sectors, Pollutec is the event of reference for professionals in the environment and energy sectors.
Throughout the event, visitors will be able to get information and discuss subjects in further detail at the Partner Villages. Hosted in partnership with a professional organisation, the villages and expertise clusters are designed to bring together, in a common dedicated area, companies specialising in a specific field.
There will be Partner Villages in the following six specialist areas.
• Visitors will have the chance to meet specialists in asbestos removal. Besides, they will be able to review the latest developments regarding asbestos regulations and the latest trends in the eradication industries.
• This Partner Village is organised in partnership with Réso A+.
• The Ecotech Network will be highlighting the advances in shared-research projects.
• This Partner Village is organised in partnership with the clusters of excellence in the Ecotech network.
• Visitors will have the chance to meet engineering practices and design offices specialising in environmental engineering, as part of the Engineering Expertise specialist area.
SITES AND SOILS
• Pollutec Horizons will shine the spotlight on the current technical and regulatory situation in the soil remediation business.
• This Partner Village, focused on Sites and Soils, is organised in partnership with UPDS.
• In the Space Applications Partner Village, organisations promoting the use of space for the environment will present the many advantages that space technologies offer for the implementation of sustainable development.
• The Trenchless Technologies specialist area will feature products and services for the inspection and renovation of existing networks.
• This Partner Village is organised in partnership with the French Scientific Association for Trench-Free Technologies (FSTT).
For more information about the trade show, please go to: http://www.pollutec.com/GB.htm
For more information about France’s environment and energy sectors, please go to: http://business.ubifrance.com/vivapolis-en
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Véronique Cuziol, project manager at UBIFRANCE, believes that the French mechanical engineering sector showcases the best of French manufacturing. She says: “Not all French industries are in decline. Some sectors, such as the mechanical engineering industry, are successful.” So, what exactly is this stellar industry all about? Mechanical engineering firms are diverse in terms of products and services but, broadly, they service and produce valued-added products for the automobile, aerospace and railway industries.
The French mechanical engineering industry has an annual turnover of €113 billion, of which €45.6 billion is exported. These figures rank France sixth worldwide and third within Europe. Overall there are over 50,000 companies in the industry, including a few large players (Air Liquide, Alstom, Areva, and Fives) and a healthy majority of smaller companies: 95% of all firms are SMEs and start-ups.
Besides the USA and China, European markets are the traditional destinations for French exports in this sector. Germany remains by far the biggest importer. Therefore, it is not surprising that a large number of French mechanical engineering companies can be found at the world’s biggest industrial fair in Germany, the Hannover Messe.
French companies, and in particular SMEs, have been exceptionally effective in leveraging the country’s research clusters – some of the best in the world – into innovative solutions. A great example is the Mont Blanc Industries cluster, which specializes in precision machining, mechatronics and other advanced industrial techniques. There is a collective, national interest in creating what is being called the ‘Factory of the Future’; disruptive investments in technologies such as energy efficiency, 3D printing, and advanced robotics that will redefine the future of manufacturing through increased efficiency and reduction in costs.
Some of these French start-ups are making a big splash with innovative products. For example, the company French Expliseat, founded in 2011, produces the ‘Titanium Seat,’ the world’s lightest seat that also offers an innovative and ergonomic design. Expliseat has recently received certification from the Federal American Aviation Administration (FAA) and is therefore able to supply the US aircraft industry.
Another example of a successful subsector is textile machinery manufacturing. French firms offer extremely targeted and innovative products as well as excellent customer service and a highly skilled workforce.
The top 100 French subcontracting companies include a number of large businesses such as the LISI Group, which has a turnover of over €1 billion. There are also a myriad of smaller, but nevertheless very ambitious, companies such as Manoir Industries which specialises in metal forging and found. Its objective is to become a world leader in the production of metals for the construction, nuclear, oil and gas, and petro-chemistry sectors.
It must not be overlooked that France is one of the most attractive countries in Europe in terms of foreign investments, ranking fourth in the world in terms of industrial FDI. This is no surprise give that foreign investors have access to the second biggest economy in Europe, third highest hourly labour productivity, excellent infrastructure, and a central geographic position. Furthermore, France ranks second in Europe for the number of patent applications, with one in ten of these patents being the result of collaboration between French and foreign companies.
UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency , has 80 offices around the world. Its role is to help French companies in marketing their products abroad, as well assist foreign companies in finding French suppliers or partners.
More information about French companies, please go to: French exporters directory of mechanical engineering
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UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business developement, comes under the aegis of France's Ministry for the Economy, Industry & Employment. UBIFRANCE lies at the heart of France's public-sector export support framework.