French aeronautical industry set for new heights as global demand skyrockets

Marine Juillard - 19-déc.-2014 10:51:40

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. For further information about French companies looking to export, please go to: http://www.ubifrance.com/french-exporters-directory/companies.aspx?k=&z=&c=&ca=3&sca=75 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/

Transport Next Generation drives SITL 2015 to next level

Marine Juillard - 18-déc.-2014 16:03:43

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 SW1Y 4SP – UK - Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 - kate.riley@ubifrance.fr

Pollutec 2014 in Lyons focuses attention on environmental tech and services

Philip Jolly - 03-déc.-2014 13:42:12

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. ASBESTOS • 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+. ECOTECH NETWORK • 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. ENGINEERING EXPERTISE • 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. SPACE APPLICATIONS • 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. TRENCHLESS TECHNOLOGIES • 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

French mechanical engineering sector builds itself into a global leader

Marine Juillard - 21-oct.-2014 15:57:19

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  

Cordia showcases fire-safety solutions at Expoprotection 2014

Marine Juillard - 17-oct.-2014 12:56:54

Cordia of France, a major player in the fire-safety sector, will be exhibiting on a 100m² stand at the Expoprotection trade show, which will take place in Paris – Porte de Versailles (France) from 4 to 6 November 2014. Cordia provides an extensive range of fire-safety solutions and technologies and will present them at the trade fair. The 100m² stand will be divided into several thematic sections, including wireless fire alarms, extinguisher-servicing equipment, and training material. The latter will be dedicated to live demonstrations of the entire Intelligent and Tactile range of innovative fire training products, including Satellit flame generators, Opacit smoke generators, and Stressit stress generators. The company would be delighted to invite journalists to visit Stand F37 (Pavilion 1) at Expoprotection to discover more about the products and services it offers.                           Expoprotection is the only event in France that brings together top international specialists and the most innovative equipment and solutions, combining conferences and meeting areas. Expoprotection covers the two complementary universes dedicated to Risk Prevention and Management.  Cordia has been a key player in the industry for over 25 years, and the company’s innovations have contributed towards a radical modernisation of the fire-fighting equipment that is available on the market. As the inventor of the flame generator and of the first wireless fire alarm, Cordia is constantly looking to introduce new solutions aimed at improving fire-fighting equipment. With the launch of the English version of its comprehensive online catalogue, the company is seeking to expand internationally and, more particularly, in the British market. Cordia will be exhibiting on Pavillon 1 – Stand F37 at Expoprotection, which will take place 4 to 6 November 2014 in Paris – Porte de Versailles (France). For journalists wishing to visit Cordia at the exhibition, please register for your free badge by clicking here . For further information about the company and the trade show, please go to: www.myfiresafetyproducts.com For further information, please contact :    Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP – UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr

World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE): First international exhibition for the civil nuclear industry in France

Marine Juillard - 03-oct.-2014 11:14:21

.A unique, business-oriented, meeting Platform .Over 400 exhibitors already signed up .Broad industry coverage .7,000 international experts and managers expected .Ambitious content led by high-level speakers… .…backed up by numerous associated events Launched in response to an initiative by AIFEN, the Association of French Nuclear Industry Exporters, the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE), the new biennial event, will run from 14 to 16 October of this year at Paris Le Bourget with the aim of allowing participants in a high-added-value industry to meet each other, forge partnerships, find new suppliers or expand their export business.  A SECTOR DESTINED FOR LONG-TERM GROWTH There are 430 nuclear power plants in operation around the world and new ones being built will result in a 50% increase in nuclear capacity between now and 2025. Such growth, coupled with life extensions and safety improvements for operating plants, fuel cycle, waste processing & storage or the decommissioning of plants at the end of their life, shows just how great WNE’s potential is. AN EXHIBITION THAT COVERS EVERY LINK IN THE ADDED-VALUE CHAIN OF THE CIVIL NUCLEAR INDUSTRY The entire industry will be represented from the fuel cycle to waste management, including components, operations, safety, radioprotection, decommissioning, robotics, training, and medical applications. Over 400 exhibitors have already announced their presence at this October’s WNE with a view to presenting their expertise to over 7,000 professionals from Europe/Russia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, or America. The big names include: ALSTOM, ALTRAN, ANDRA, ARCELOR MITTAL, AREVA, ASSYSTEM, BOCCARD, BOUYGUES CONSTRUCTION, BUREAU VERITAS, CEA, COFELY ENDEL, DAHER, DCNS, EDF, GDF SUEZ, LEMER PAX, MITSUBISHI, ONET TECHNOLOGIES, ROBATEL, ROLLS ROYCE, ROSATOM, VALLOUREC, VEOLIA/ASTERALIS, VINCI, WESTINGHOUSE, and ZETEC. And they will be joined by a very large number of SMEs. AN EQUALLY AMBITIOUS PROGRAMME Five round tables moderated by the directors of major groups and international experts will be focusing on subjects such as NPP Operation, Safe & Proven Technologies for Reactors and Fuel Cycle, Future Technologies, Dismantling & Waste Management, Training Human Resources for Nuclear Programmes, and Nuclear Technologies for Medical. Finally, in order to keep everybody informed about what is going on at WNE and to highlight major events such as the signing of contracts and partnership agreements, a show daily, the WNE Tribune, will be distributed, and TV Channel will broadcast proceedings in real time. Alongside the exhibition, a visitor programme including a number of international events for industry professionals and site visits will mean that WNE is a major fixture in the nuclear industry.   WNE – World Nuclear Exhibition – Aims: To become the leading international exhibition for the civil nuclear industry Go to www.world-nuclear-exhibition.com for further information Get your press accreditation here Press Relations : CR Communication An AIFEN event: www.aifen.fr Organized by : www.reedexpo.fr For further information, please contact :  Quote ref. : FTPB3948 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr  

PELLENC ST installs another 23 waste-processing optical sorters in UK

Marine Juillard - 01-sept.-2014 16:50:15

PELLENC Selective Technologies (PELLENC ST) of France, a manufacturer of optical sorting machines for the processing of waste, has announced that it will supply 23 optical sorters (on stream from 2015) to equip four new facilities in the UK. The specialist company, which has considerably strengthened its presence on the British market, will showcase its latest solutions at the RWM trade show, to be held in Birmingham (England) from 16 to 18 September 2014. Following the company’s successful expansion into the British market, PELLENC Selective Technologies (or PELLENC ST) has announced that it will, once again, be an exhibitor (Stand 5R130) at the RWM trade show, which will take place at the NEC, in Birmingham (England), between 16 and 18 September of this year. PELLENC ST, a recognised specialist in its field, designs, manufactures and installs optical sorting machines for the recycling and processing of waste.   The contract to equip four new facilities in the UK, which will be in operation as of 2015, represents the strongest growth PELLENC ST has ever known on the British market, where its current installed stock is of about 80 units. The new facilities equipped with PELLENC ST optical sorters will all be dealing with Municipal Solid Waste (MSW).   The PELLENC ST systems will be used for two main purposes: first of all, to recover valuable materials from the stream (such as plastics) and, second, to monitor the quality of the Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) and Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) fraction produced.   RDF monitoring units are attracting ever more interest in the UK as many large-scale Energy from Waste (EfW) projects have recently come to the fore. The current trend indicates that there is a bright future for this application in Britain. Thanks to experience gathered from its related work elsewhere in Europe, PELLENC ST has acquired proven expertise in this field and has been served, in this respect, by the high levels of accuracy that its technology achieves.   PELLENC ST has developed dedicated software programs in order to improve the monitoring of the sorting lines, which enables the company to better meet the specific needs of the municipal solid-waste market. In most cases, the waste is destined to be burnt and used as RDF: as a result, data about the quality of the stream — its humidity level or its degree of contamination, for example — is very useful.    The Lower Heating Value (LHV) should be monitored and should meet a range of parameters in order to ensure that the machine operates properly. Humidity is an important factor for the optimal operation of incineration plants. In fact, too much humidity not only leads to a potential drop in production, but can also activate fermentation in the storage of RDF — the ultimate risk being one of explosion and fire in the storage tank.   The final parameter to be considered is the level of chlorine in the RDF: the chlorine content is calculated on the basis of the volume of material containing PVC that is present — something that the machine is able to detect.   PELLENC ST proposes a solution with four groups of indicators that enables users to benefit from the performance of optical sorters and the data they produce. Optical sorters analyse the stream of waste passing through them, combining every available indicator: contaminants, energy, humidity, and stream.   The Statistic Pack, PELLENC ST’s new software suite, can be customised by selecting the most appropriate indicator for the sort configuration. With this pack, users can monitor even more closely the changes in waste types. Data is stored in files that are compatible with standard data-handling software and available over local networks using a web browser. On request, the teams at PELLENC ST are able to study the flow and fine-tune indicators in order to suit the product stream.   In addition, with a view to meeting specific measures introduced under the amended Environmental Permitting Regulations, the technologies developed by PELLENC ST offer not only complete monitoring of the waste stream, but also comprehensive monitoring of the sorted products. The software solution developed by PELLENC ST allows for improved recycling quality from Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs): this is essential to achieve high-quality recycling and makes sense from an economic, environmental and technical standpoint.   About PELLENC Selective Technologies (PELLENC ST)   Founded in 2001, PELLENC Selective Technologies (PELLENC ST) is headquartered in Pertuis, in the Lubéron region of South-Eastern France. The company opened a London office in 2011.   PELLENC ST is a pioneering company in the automatic sorting of household and industrial waste. The specialist company has a turnover of €21 million and employs over 100 staff, with 15% of all personnel working in the in-house R&D department. As part of its international expansion, PELLENC ST has installed over 1,000 of its machines in more than 45 countries across the world.   PELLENC ST will be at the RWM trade show (Stand 5R130), which will take place at the NEC, in Birmingham (UK), between 16 and 18 September 2014. RWM is the European event of reference for resource-efficiency solutions and the waste-management sector. Established in 1967, the trade fair is highly regarded in the recycling-and-waste industry as a leading event in its field.   For further information about the trade show, please go to:  www.rwmexhibition.com   For further information about the company, please go to: www.pellencst.com     For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB 3940 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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