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/

France’s difference when it comes to Intelligent Transportation Systems

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

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

UBIFRANCE showcases over 100 French leaders in rail at InnoTrans 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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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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