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/

French companies flying high at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014

Aurore Bernard - 19-mars-2014 12:52:46

UBIFRANCE organises the French Pavilion at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014 trade show: on the pavilion, over 25 French companies and regional entities will showcase their expertise in the aerospace industry. The trade fair, a leading event for innovation in the aircraft-interiors sector, is taking place from 8 to 10 April 2014 in Hamburg (Germany). The French Pavilion is being organized by UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, in partnership with Centréco, the Midi-Pyrenees Region of southern France, and the Midi-Pyrenees Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The national pavilion will be situated in Hall B6 (Stands 6B56, 6C50 and 6D51), at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014, and will present more than 25 French-based companies and entities working in the aircraft-interiors sector. The companies on the pavilion are keen to meet international customers and partners. The trade fair is due to take place from 8 to 10 April of this year, in the Northern German city of Hamburg. The aerospace industry is the leading export sector in France and generates the highest trade surplus for the country. Indeed, France is ranked first among European countries and second worldwide in this industry. The aircraft-interiors market is ever-changing and the French companies in this sector have gained international recognition for their know-how and expertise. The companies exhibiting on the French pavilion represent the diversity and high quality found among sector players in the country. The companies that will be showcased on the French Pavilion are listed below. Further details can be provided on request. Exhibitors ADHETEC ADHETEC designs and manufactures adhesive solutions and protective films for the aerospace industry.   www.adhetec.com   AEROFONCTIONS   AEROFONCTIONS develops composite structures (cockpit furnishings, electric systems, fairings, etc.) for use in the aerospace industry.   www.aerofonctions.fr   ATTAX   ATTAX manufactures rapid-attachment solutions that meet the increasing demand for cost reductions in aircraft maintenance and on assembly lines.   www.attax.com     Chateauroux Airport   Chateauroux Airport is a transit airport, located to the South of Paris, that offers maintenance services and modification/painting solutions, as well as aircraft-preservation and dismantling services.   www.chateauroux-airport.com   Cinch Connectors   Cinch Connectors offers a wide range of electrical connectors, from the most basic to the most sophisticated, for use in the aerospace industry.   www.cinch.com   Composite Industrie   Composite Industrie manufactures a comprehensive range of composite parts and components and is a major supplier of the aviation sector (both civil and military).   www.composite-industrie.com   CRITT Matériaux   CRITT Matériaux is a laboratory that specializes in composite materials centred around three main activities: static and fatigue tests, mechanical and physical-chemical tests, and R&D projects.   www.crittmateriaux.fr   ELTA   ELTA develops and markets electronic systems and equipment for use in harsh environments.   www.elta.fr   ENIT   ENIT offers engineering services with regard to structures, interior fittings and systems.   www.enit-sarl.eu   EQUIP’AERO INDUSTRIE   EQUIP’AERO INDUSTRIE supplies composite parts and technical solutions for the interior fittings of cabins, for both business and commercial aircraft.   www.equipaero.com   ESI Group   ESI Group designs and develops virtual-prototyping solutions for aircraft seats that integrate a range of parameters in relation to the safety and comfort of passengers.   www.esi-group.com   INDUSMECA   INDUSMECA manufactures mechanical components and sub-assemblies, from high-added-value to low-cost, for use in the aerospace industry.   www.indusmeca.fr   JET CUT   JET CUT, a subsidiary of ENERGIE METAL, provides water-jet cutting solutions, as well as 3-axis and 5-axis machining for technical materials such as titanium, aluminium and composites.   www.energie-metal.fr   LISI AEROSPACE   LISI AEROSPACE designs and markets attachment systems and high-technology assembly components for the aircraft industry.   www.lisi-aerospace.com   OPTIS   OPTIS designs solutions that allow aircraft-industry professionals to simulate, visualise and validate their choice of on-board lighting and control/surveillance equipment.   www.optis-world.com   PGA Electronic SA   PGA Electronic SA is a recognized manufacturer of on-board entertainment and lighting systems.   www.pga-avionics.com   Portelli Productions   Portelli Productions supplies aircraft-industry contractors with moulded-polyurethane parts (flexible or rigid foam) for cockpit upholstery and passenger-seat equipment.   www.portelli-productions.com   PROTEC Decors   PROTEC Decors specializes in surface treatments and prestigious finishes for the decoration of business-aircraft interiors.   www.protec-decors.com   PXCom   PXCom transforms current passenger-entertainment systems into rich-media platforms. Embedded applications provide passengers with a rich selection of multimedia and interactive content.   www.pxcom.aero   SC AERO   SC AERO manufactures composite components dedicated to aeronautical maintenance and high-level mechanical sports.   www.sc-aero.com   SIMAIR   SIMAIR has been manufacturing aeronautical components for the last 30 years. It is a specialist in cabin equipment for airlines and business aircraft.   www.simair.com   SERENISEAT - ATOUT PIQUE   SERENISEAT - ATOUT PIQUE is a specialist in leather trimming and industrial upholstery; the company provides a range of services in relation to aircraft and yacht interiors, among other applications.   www.sereniseat.fr   SLTS   SLTS provides products and services in the technical sheet-metal field, including electrical boxes for cockpit equipment and lighting systems and units.   www.slts-sa.com   SMAC   SMAC provides a comprehensive range of acoustic-comfort systems for aircraft and helicopter cabins.   www.smac.fr   SMTC   SMTC specialises in the design and manufacture of composite panels used in the aerospace sector, among other applications.   www.smtc.fr   Institutional partners   CCI Midi-Pyrenees   The Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI) of Midi-Pyrenees (or CCI Midi-Pyrenees) provides companies across the Midi-Pyrenees region with business-support services.   www.midi-pyrenees.cci.fr   Centréco   Centréco is the regional agency for the promotion and economic development of the Centre-Val de Loire region.   www.centreco.regioncentre.fr   Midi-Pyrenees Expansion   Midi-Pyrenees Expansion is the economic development agency of the Midi-Pyrénées region, in Southern France.   www.midipyrenees-expansion.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, in partnership with Centréco, the Midi-Pyrenees region and the Midi-Pyrenees Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is showcasing more than 25 French-based companies and regional entities at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014, on the French Pavilion (in Hall B6: Stands 6B56, 6C50 and 6D51).   Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014 will take place in Hamburg (Germany) from 8 to 10 April 2014. The Aircraft Interiors Expo trade show is one of the world’s leading events in the aircraft-interiors sector. In 2013, the trade fair welcomed 500 exhibitors from more than 25 countries and over 8,900 visitors – a rise of 12% on 2012.   For more information about Aircraft Interiors Expo, please go to: www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com   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. : FTPBxxxx 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/

Reed Expositions predicts bumper year for Intralogistics Europe 2014

Aurore Bernard - 06-mars-2014 15:52:27

Alain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Global Transport Group (a division of Reed Expositions), organisers of the SITL Europe 2014 trade fair, reveals his expectations for Intralogistics Europe 2014. This leading transport-and-logistics trade show, which specializes in handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution, is being held concurrently with SITL from 1 to 4 April 2014, in the Paris region (France).   Intralogistics Europe 2014 will take place from 1 to 4 April of this year in conjunction with SITL Europe 2014, as well as the World Transport & Logistics Forum, Maritime Day, European Rail Freight Day and the Humanitarian Logistics Conference. The trade shows will be held in Hall 6 of the Parc des Expositions, in Paris Nord Villepinte (north of the French capital).   A lain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Global Transport Group (a division of Reed Expositions), organisers of SITL, gives his thoughts on the upcoming events as well as on current trends in the transport sector and logistics industry.   Interest in Intralogistics 2014 started to pick up pace back in November 2013. Is this still the case, with one month to go before the opening?   The enthusiasm has grown and accelerated. In November 2013, taking into account the number of reservations made and [the number of] brands expressing an interest in the Intralogistics 2014 trade show, we were forecasting 15% growth in exhibitor numbers. Today, that figure is in excess of 30% and the initial objective of 150 exhibitors has been well and truly surpassed.   Consequently, we have had to expand the exhibition’s surface area to 10,000m². Given that the trade show is only in its second year, this confirms the need for an exhibition dedicated to handling equipment and automated systems.   How has this growth reflected the three areas of interest at the exhibition?   The progression in numbers of exhibitors is even across the three areas of interest, with a strong presence of the leaders in each Intralogistics sector: Automation, Mobile (industrial trucks, lifting and handling equipment, etc.), and the Static sector (racking and shelving, storage solutions and packing). With regard to the last one of the three, several specialist providers in the field of warehouse construction and door supply have confirmed their attendance. Many exhibitors are involved in two, or even three, of the areas covered by the trade show.   For all these businesses, the Intralogistics trade show has become a central, professional event that allows them to present their innovations, products and services. The event responds to a clear market need that goes beyond its original target, which was to promote the handling equipment and automated systems that process, streamline and optimise the physical flow of supply, production and distribution.   What are the results so far of initiatives set up by Reed Expositions with regard to future visitors?   In the build-up to this year’s event, Reed Expositions has been identifying project planners, basing its search on visitors from the 2013 event; on a database of decision makers, specifiers and buyers of intralogistics solutions; and on pre-registered visitors. At this stage, the majority of these qualified visitors are interested in the fields of handling and automation, and more than 30% of the projects involve an evolution or significant changes to current handling systems.   This initiative seeks to ensure that projects are well planned in terms of agreed investment and will enable the project planners at Intralogistics 2014 to identify suppliers to partner them with in order to implement the project.   How do you ensure that the connections made at the exhibition respond to this demand?   There are several ways in which we look to establish connections with the exhibitors. In the first instance, visitors that have completed the pre-registration process are directed to the suppliers that are capable of responding to their search in handling equipment and automation.   Secondly, our teams work with the visitor to better define their project. This can be done on arrival, or can be organised by Reed at the event itself. Reed also offers this customer service on an ongoing basis, both before and after the event.   Lastly, visitors are invited to make use of a Project Planners Space, in which they can present their projects and arrange meetings with exhibitors.   How would you describe the projects that will be presented?   The projects will be wide-ranging and, in the main, come from the major players in their respective markets. The sectors that will be represented include automotive, chemicals, consumer goods, cosmetics, e-commerce, food processing, heavy industry, and multichannel distribution. Projects are led by senior-level managers that are seeking a return on investment and fast improvements in productivity. In that sense, many involve automation, with the objective of reducing production costs.   What are the other high points visitors can look forward to?   With the participation of exhibitors and qualified visitors, and led by a steering committee, a cycle of around 20 conferences and workshops is planned, with updates, testimonials, [focuses on] innovations and trends, together with actual case studies.   A particular highlight will be the first plenary conference, entitled Warehouse automation, how far?   It will be chaired by Jean-Michel Guarneri, Vice President of Supply Chain for Vente Privée (www.vente-privee.com) and member of the steering committee.   On the last day of the event, three Innovation Awards will be presented, one for each section of the Intralogistics trade show.   Exhibitors at Intralogistics Europe 2014   Below is the list of exhibitors due to take part in the trade show.   @VANCE TRANSPORT ITEMS-ACK FORANKRA-ACTEMIUM-ALSTEF AUTOMATION-ALVEY SAMOVIE-AMBAFLEX-APOLLO-APPLIED MATERIALS-A-SAFE-AUTOMATED PACKAGING SYSTEMS FRANCE-BA SYSTEMES-BAC-LAND PACK-BAK ORGANISATION-BALEA-BALYO-BAUER SUDLOHN-BMZ GMBH-BOA CONCEPT-BOPLAN-CABKA GMBH AND CO. KG-CINEO LOGISTICS-CIUCH SOLUTIONS-CRAEMER FRANCE-DOLAV FRANCE-DUPLEIX LOCASTOCK-DUWIC-EASYPACK SARL-EPALIA-ETIGO-FERALCO-FETRA-FGP-FHG IPP LOGIPAL-FIVES CINETIC-FLANDRE AUTOMATION-FRANCE FIL INTERNATIONAL-FROMM FRANCE-GEORG UTZ SARL-GETRA-HANGCHA FRANCE-HEXACOMB-HORMANN FRANCE-HU.CA CONSULTING-IMH-JUNGHEINRICH FRANCE-L-EX-LIFTEC-LIFTOP-LPR LA PALETTE ROUGE-MANITOU-MARCEAU-MARZIN SARL-MATRAFORM-MAVIFLEX-MDM-MECALUX FRANCE-MECANIC BINAIRE SERVICE-METTLER TOLEDO SAS-MOVOMECH-NERGECO-NETWORK EQUIPMENT RENTAL-NORCAN-OCS CHECKWEIGHERS GMBH-DS SMITH-PAKI LOGISTICS GMBH-PALET FACILITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTION-PROCARIST-PRODEX-QIMAROX B.V.-RAEDER VOGEL, RAEDER -U- ROLLENGEBRICK GMBH 1 CO.KG-RAJA-ROS FRANCE-SARL B-COM-SAVOYE SA-SCALLOG-SCHOELLER ALLIBERT-SDI GROUP-SMART-FLOW-SMURFIT KAPPA FRANCE-SNOX AUTOMATION BVBA-SOCO SYSTEM-SSI SCHAEFER-STOCK3P-STOW FRANCE-STRAPEX SA-SYCA SYSTEMS-SYLEPS-TENTE S A-TER SA - GROUPE YTHALES INVESTISSEMENT-TIANJIN ZERPO SUPPLY CO. LTD-TRANSITIC SYSTEMS SARL-ULMA HANDLING SYSTEMS FRANCE-VANDERLANDE INDUSTRIES FRANCE   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 sectors including the environment, marketing and communication, as well as transport and logistics.      Reed Expositions will be organising Instralogistics Europe 2014, a leading trade show on transport and logistics, which specializes in handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution. The trade show was launched in 2013.   Intralogistics Europe 2014 will run concurrently with SITL Europe 2014, as well as the World Transport & Logistics Forum, Maritime Day, European Rail Freight Day and the Humanitarian Logistics Conference. These events will take place from 1 to 4 April 2014 in Hall 6, at the Parc des Expositions, in Paris Nord Villepinte (north of Paris, in France).   For further information about Reed Expositions, please go to: www.reedexpo.fr   For further information about Intralogistics Europe, please go to: www.intralogistics-paris.com/site/GB   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3915 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/   Note to Editors   Copyright - The UBIFRANCE Press Office in London is waiving its copyright on the content included in this press release, which means that recipients are free to reproduce, modify and circulate it if they wish to do so and as far as copyright law is concerned. 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UBIFRANCE showcases French leaders in wind power at EWEA 2014

Coline BORDET - 24-févr.-2014 15:43:08

UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, will present 15 leading companies in the wind-energy sector during the EWEA 2014 trade show, in Barcelona (Spain), from 10 to 13 March 2014. The companies will be exhibiting on the 200m² French Pavilion, in co-operation with the Renewable Energies Trade Association of France (SER) and the French Wind Power Professionals Association (FEE) under the Windustry France banner.   France has a key role to play at a European and a global level with regard to wind energy, and can bring tangible added value to the sector. Figures for the period going from late 2013 to early 2014 show that wind-power capacity that is connected to the power grid, in France, amounted to 8,000MW. France’s goal is that, by 2020, nearly a quarter (i.e. 23%) of the country’s demand for energy will be met thanks to renewable-energy sources.   France ranks fourth in Europe in terms of installed capacity and electricity produced, and the offshore sector has the greatest potential for growth, with calls to tender already in progress. French manufacturers are, therefore, able to consider investing in a sector that will be competitive against its European rivals.   The vast number of initiatives launched by French regional players has contributed to the strong growth recorded by the French wind-power industry: Bourgogne Développement, the Conseil Régional de Picardie (Regional Council of Picardy) and Le Havre Développement will attend EWEA 2014 alongside companies from their respective regions.   The 200m² French Pavilion at EWEA 2014 (Hall 6, Stand 6C70-A) will showcase a range of leading French-based companies and other entities in the field of wind power. The trade show will take place from 10 to 13 March of this year in Barcelona (Spain). Visitors are invited to visit the stand on 10 March in order to meet the participants during an informal drinks reception.   The French Pavilion is being organized by UBIFRANCE in partnership with SER (Booth 6C70-A) and FEE (Booth 6C70-G), under the Windustry France banner (Booth 6C70-A). The participating companies are listed below; further information is available on request.     Astrium   Astrium (Booth 6D70-L) specializes in the technological development and manufacture of wind-turbine blades.   www.astrium.eads.net     Bourgogne Développement   Bourgogne Développement (Booth 6C70-B) is the Burgundy Regional Development Agency. Its main aim is to promote and enhance the attractiveness of the Burgundy region, in Eastern France.   www.bourgognedeveloppement.com     Conseil Régional de Picardie   The Conseil Régional de Picardie (Booth 6C70-E) is the regional council for Picardy, in Northern France. It supports the development of wind-power-sector companies in the region. Picardy is the leading French region in terms of installed wind-power capacity.   www.picardie.fr     Delta Box   Delta Box (Booth 6C70-D) designs and manufactures obstruction lights and supplies low-, medium- and high-intensity solutions.   www.delta-box.com     Dialog   Dialog (Booth 6C70-A) is a logistics-services provider: its areas of expertise include lifting operations, order picking, packaging, and wooden crates. Dialog is backed by the Windustry France programme, which is, itself, supported by the French government.   www.dialogsas.fr     ENCIS Wind   ENCIS Wind (Booth 6C70-H) offers turnkey solutions for wind analysis and measurement.   www.enciswind.com     Eoltech   Eoltech (Booth 6D70-O) is an independent design consultancy that focuses on the analysis of wind-generating potential.   www.eoltech.fr     Epsiline   Epsiline (Booth 6C70-I) is a technological start-up that has developed a new generation of laser wind-speed indicators that are adapted to the wind-energy and meteorology sectors.   www.epsiline.com     FRANCEOLE SAS   FRANCEOLE SAS (Booth 6C70-C) is a fully owned subsidiary of Pelican Venture and the only French manufacturer of steel wind-turbine masts.   www.franceole.com     Le Havre Développement   Le Havre Développement (Booths 6C70-J & 6C70-K) is the regional economic-development agency for Le Havre (in Normandy). It strives to provide support to the companies that structure the economic landscape of the territory, especially in the field of offshore wind energy.   www.havre-developpement.com     Nass&Wind Industrie   Nass&Wind Industrie (Booth 6D70-K) provides offshore-wind solutions as well as development and engineering services for projects in the sector.   http://nassetwind.com/     Plastima–Polyecim   Plastima-Polyecim (Booth 6C70-A) is a top-ranking plastics-technology company. It designs and produces moulded parts made from fiberglass and is backed by the Windustry France programme.   www.plastima.fr     PLENR, OPENR and PARTENR   PLENR, OPENR and PARTENR (Booth 6C70-B) are three companies dedicated to renewable energies that provide a wide range of services. PLENR offers assessments, consulting services, software solutions, and R&D; OPENR provides services and solutions in relation to technical inspections, technical operations, and QSE management; PARTENR specializes in installation and maintenance works.   www.plenr.fr     STX France   Through STX Europe Offshore Energy, its subsidiary, STX France (Booth 6D70-N) offers its expertise in the engineering and manufacture of tailored renewable-marine-energy solutions.   www.stxfrance.com     VALOREM SAS   VALOREM SAS (Booth 6D70-L) provides services in all areas of the renewable-energy sector, ranging from development to construction, in addition to technical studies and maintenance operations.   www.valorem-energie.com     Wind For Future   Wind For Future (Booth 6C70-B) brings together players in the wind-power industry that are based in Burgundy and the eastern central regions of France.   www.windforfuture.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, 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 is showcasing 15 French companies at EWEA 2014, on the French Pavilion (Hall 6, Stand 6C70-A). EWEA 2014 will take place in Barcelona (Spain) from 3 to 10 March of this year.   EWEA 2014 is one of the most important events for the wind-power industry. The four-day event takes place in a different city every year and features exhibitions, conferences and opportunities for industry networking.   For further information about the trade show, please go to: www.ewea.org   For further information about the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk/   For further information about the Renewable Energies Trade Association of France (SER), please go to: www.enr.fr   For further information about France Energie Eolienne (FEE), please go to: www.fee.asso.fr   For further information about Windustry France, please go to:  www.windustry.fr     For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3919 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/  

SITL Europe announces packed programme for April 2014

Coline BORDET - 19-févr.-2014 16:52:09

With six weeks to go before its official opening, SITL Europe, the international trade show for transport, logistics and freight forwarding, has announced that four new events will take place during the four-day event. The trade show will take place from 1 to 4 April 2014 at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre (north of Paris).   In addition to highlights such as the 14th annual Innovation Awards and half-day conference cycles organized around the key themes of the trade show, the four days of SITL Europe 2014 will be marked by four important new events.   On Tuesday 1 April, the World Transport & Logistics Forum will open the main international day. In association with UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, and consultancy firm Transport Intelligence, a plenary conference will be held on the theme of Logistics strategies to take advantage of global growth and will present a preview of the World Bank’s 2014 study into logistics performance. This will be followed by a debate between shippers, service providers, economists and delegates from institutions.   In the afternoon, official delegations from six countries – Algeria, Brazil, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand and the USA – in the presence of French government ministers, will debate logistics and transportation issues relevant to those markets. The World Transport & Logistics Forum will close with a conference focusing on key trends in the sector.   On Wednesday 2 April, SITL Europe will host Maritime Day, an event which has been developed in partnership with Eurogroup Consulting, with a focus on maritime and river transport. The aim of the day is to review the opportunities offered by new shipowner alliances and new innovative port/river services. The transport of containers and cereals over the waterways will also be discussed, with a presentation on developments in the Trans-European Transport Network (RTE-T). This will provide the stepping stone into Thursday’s European Rail Freight Day.   For the fifth time in a row at SITL, a European Rail Freight Day will take place during the trade show. On Thursday 3 April, in co-operation with Eurogroup Consulting, delegates will reveal the results of the 2014 barometer, which focuses on how shippers perceive the rail-services offering. The barometer is carried out amongst 100 European manufacturers and distributors and introduces a cycle of conferences on rates, rail corridors, network access and slots, which will be illustrated by concrete examples.   On Friday 4 April, which is the final day of the trade show, a new concept will be launched, whose aim is to help industry players anticipate the key trends in the supply-chain sector. Companies such as Branded Future for Logistics, Mines PariTech, consultancy firm Transport Intelligence, and ASLOG (the French logistics association) will assess many possible evolutions in the sector.   Another highlight on the Friday will be the conference dedicated to Humanitarian Logistics, an initiative of the Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA), which is the only global association in this sector. The HLA, which has 2,300 members coming from international solidarity associations, the private sector, universities and research establishments, will, for the first time, hold its general assembly at the same time as SITL Europe.   "This global summit on humanitarian logistics will enable a comparison of logistics organisations between the NGOs and business – especially in terms of their shared stocks, information-systems design, or staff training,” says Jean-Christophe Crespel, co-founder of HLA.   Intralogistics Europe, the trade show for handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution, is being held concurrently with SITL 2014 and has already exceeded its exhibitor target, with over 150 companies signed up to the event, as things stand.   Alain Bagnaud, director of Reed Exhibitions’ Global Transport and Logistics Group, says: “Of the Top 20 European logistics-services providers, 70% have already registered, including Geodis, Norbert Dentressangle and Kuehne+Nagel. To this, we can also add more than 200 transporters and logistics suppliers that are present either independently or as part of a group, such as Astre, Evolutrans, France Lots, France Benne, Pall-ex and Tred Union. This means that SITL Europe 2014 will present an exceptional offering of transport and logistics companies, proving that it can tackle the great international challenges of today.”   This strong uptake, the organisers of the trade show point out, is matched by new initiatives to assist visitors in finding projects that correspond to their activity. Assisted by a telemarketing programme, selected visitors are interviewed in order to identify projects that are under current or future development. Following analysis of the responses, the visitors are put in contact with exhibitors whose products and solutions match their needs.   For personalised programmes, visitors can go to the Project Space at the entrance to the exhibition, where they will be welcomed by a consultant who will suggest a tailor-made visit plan, including the possibility of arranging meetings with given exhibitors.   About SITL   SITL 2014 will take place from 1 to 4 April of this year in Hall 6 of the Parc des Expositions, in Paris Nord Villepinte (north of the French capital). SITL stands for Semaine Internationale du Transport et de la Logistique, i.e. the International Week for Transport and Logistics.   Intralogistics Europe, the World Transport & Logistics Forum, Maritime Day, European Rail Freight Day and the Humanitarian Logistics conference will also take place over the course of the four-day event.   For further information, please go to: http://www.sitl.eu/     For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3914 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/  

AV Composites unveils 100% recycled conservatory panels at Ecobuild

Coline BORDET - 30-janv.-2014 15:50:58

    AV Composites has developed aluminium panels for conservatory roofs that provide better insulation than panels made of either alveolar polycarbonate or double-glazed glass. The AV Composites panels are 100% recycled (and recyclable), thanks to the fact that the insulating foam is made out of recycled plastic bottles. The panels can also be coated in a range of coloured insulating paints that match the frame’s colour. AV Composites will showcase its innovative solutions at Ecobuild, in London (UK), between 4 and 6 March 2014.   The company, which is a European leader in innovative panel manufacturing, is offering new panels for aluminium conservatory roofs in order to make the conservatory a real living space in winter and summer alike. AV Composites provides these panels as a substitute for traditional materials, such as polycarbonate or glass, because aluminium provides an economical and eco-friendly solution beating all other materials.   The advantages of aluminium for the conservatory-roofing sector include the fact that this material does not rust, can be cut easily, is light, and has a life span 1,000 times longer than that of polycarbonate.   AV Composites’ new panel can be thermally coated in a wide range of coloured paints, allowing for the personalisation of conservatories, along with the colour matching of the insulating panels and the aluminium sections of the conservatory structure.   AV Composites’ panels are four times lighter than double-glazed glass roofs, while insulating conservatories (and other enclosed spaces) between five and eleven times more effectively than double-glazed glass panels do, and between three and eight times more effectively than alveolar polycarbonate sheets do. The panels, therefore, enable users to reduce heating costs in winter and air-conditioning costs in summer.   The interior of AV Composites’ aluminium panels is white, with an 80% gloss level, therefore providing a high level of luminosity. The opaqueness also greatly reduces the greenhouse effect, which is a result of the sun’s rays entering through a non-opaque surface and remaining trapped within the conservatory, often creating a stifling atmosphere in summer.   AV Composites produces insulating products, for both housing and public buildings, in accordance with new European regulations for the environment and sustainable development. These regulations include clauses concerning the greenhouse effect, in line with targets for the reduction in CO2 emissions.   AV Composites is looking to expand in the UK, where conservatories are becoming increasingly popular among home owners. The specialist company seeks to improve comfort for conservatory users, while increasing the thermal, acoustic and environmental performance of the space concerned.   AV Composites will attend the Ecobuild 2014 trade show, which will take place in London, at the EXCEL exhibition centre, from 4 to 6 March of this year. AV Composites will be on Stand N842 .   About AV Composites   AV Composites, which is headquartered in St Rémy de Provence (in South-Eastern France), was founded in 2005. The company currently has a 4,000m² production site, which it plans to increase to 6,000m² over the next three years.   The company’s products have been awarded European Technical Approval (ETA), a certificate which is granted by the European Organisation for Technical Approvals (EOTA).   AV Composites will attend the Ecobuild 2014 trade show, due to take place in London (UK), at the EXCEL exhibition centre, from 4 to 6 March 2014. Ecobuild is a leading trade fair for sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment. AV Composites will be on Stand N842 .   For further information about Ecobuild, please go to: http://www.ecobuild.co.uk/   For further information about AV Composites, please go to: http://www.avcomposites.com/     For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3862 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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