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French Tech showcases 11 winning start-ups at Dublin Tech Summit

Marine Juillard - 29-sept.-2014 15:39:51

France will have a strong presence at this year’s Dublin Web Summit, which is taking place in Ireland from 4 to 6 November 2014. Having been selected to take part by a panel of expert judges, a total of 11 innovative French start-ups will be exhibiting on the UBIFRANCE pavilion. In 2013, over 10,000 people attended the Dublin Web Summit. This year, the organisers are expecting 20,000 visitors from over 100 countries, 1,000 exhibiting start-ups and 500 speakers, making the Dublin Web Summit an unmissable event in the technology sector. French Tech is an initiative of the French government that brings together the French start-up community and aims at increasing its visibility and attractiveness internationally. As part of the French Tech initiative ( http://en.lafrenchtech.com ), the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in Ireland is hosting a French Tech Pavilion at the Dublin Web Summit 2014. A professional jury has selected 11 start-ups from France, which are due to exhibit at the event taking place in the Irish capital from 4 to 6 November of this year. The French Tech community will also be gathered on 4 November for the French Tech Night, a networking drinks reception taking place at the Residence of the Ambassador of France in Ireland, in Dublin. This year’s competition for the chance to exhibit on the French Tech pavilion at the Dublin Web Summit was a huge success, with over 25 innovative start-ups applying to take part in the selection process. The Panel of Judges comprised a successful entrepreneur, a technology journalist, two investment managers, a venture capitalist, and the head of the New Technology department at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in Ireland. The panel singled out 11 projects as the best on offer, taking into consideration the companies’ level of innovation, their potential on the international stage, and their progress in terms of finance, organisation and recruitment. The 11 French start-ups selected by French Tech to exhibit at the Dublin Web Summit are listed below.  Further details are available on request. Airdoc Solution Airdoc Solution relies on the latest technology to provide exhibitors at trade shows with more targeted communications and a more effective follow-up in the prospecting process. http://www.airdocsolutions.com/ (website in French, with English version to be launched shortly) Authentication Industries Authentication Industries invents, develops, and supplies innovative authentication solutions for the Secure Track & Trace and Big Data markets. The company’s solutions are based on AiCode®, an invention patented by Authentication Industries. http://www.authenticationindustries.com/ Azendoo Azendoo is a teamwork application that leverages Cloud collaboration apps, syncs all data, and provides a new, interactive take on team task management. Several Cloud services allow users to store and share knowledge within teams, but these are not always designed with teamwork and productivity in mind. Azendoo makes it easy to share tasks and files across teams and to stay in sync on projects. The application is free to use and unlimited premium features are available to business users. https://www.azendoo.com Bonitasoft Bonita BPM, a high-tech solution developed by Bonitasoft, is a platform for connecting people, systems and data to process-driven applications that improve business efficiency. http://www.bonitasoft.com/ DreamQuark DreamQuark develops innovative data-analysis software and deep-learning-based applications for the healthcare and insurance sectors. http://nicolasmeric-chretie.wix.com/dreamquark (website in French, with English version to be launched shortly) Linkfluence Linkfluence develops and edits Radarly, a SaaS SMI solution considered today as one of the leaders in its field. Radarly enables users to monitor and measure the performance of social-media accounts as well as engage with online communities. http://linkfluence.com/en/ PriceMatch PriceMatch aims to make revenue management more easily accessible to all hotels with its data-driven, user-friendly, Cloud-based application. https://www.pricematch.travel/en/ Qucit Qucit’s technology allows real-time analysis of large amounts of environmental data (weather, traffic, sport events, etc.) in order to anticipate mobility patterns and forms of cultural behaviour. The startup offers predictive analytics tools and helps to minimise the waste of natural resources such as energy, time, and water. http://qucit.com/ Salezeo Salezeo aims to re-invent sales prospecting with Europe’s first crowdsourced database of decision makers. http://www.salezeo.com/fr/ (website in French, with English version to be launched shortly) Stereograph Group Stereograph Group offers a set of innovative 3D tools for architectural visualisation and infrastructure management. With over seven years of experience and extensive expertise, Stereograph has worked with some of the biggest firms in real estate, architecture and the construction industry. http://www.stereograph.fr/ Uplike Described by users as "the perfect blend of Pinterest and Instagram", Uplike is an app designed to let users share and discover common interests with friends and other users around the world. Uplike already has 1.50 million users. It is free to download and is available both on Android and iOS platforms in six different languages. http://uplike.com/ About the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in Dublin facilitates trade development between France and the Republic of Ireland. UBIFRANCE offers a wide range of services to French-based companies, so as to assist them in their business activities within the countries where it operates. As such, it organises B2B events in the form of conferences and networking opportunities French Tech was created in 2013 by France’s Ministry for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy with the aim of bringing together members of the French start-up community and to increase its visibility and attractiveness internationally. The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in Ireland is organising a French Tech pavilion at the Dublin Web Summit, which will take place at the Royal Dublin Society from 4 to 6 November 2014. A total of 11 innovative start-ups from France will be exhibiting on the French Tech pavilion. For further information about the Dublin Web Summit, please go to: http://websummit.net/ For further information about the French Tech initiative, please go to: http://en.lafrenchtech.com/ For further information about UBIFRANCE in Ireland, please go to: http://www.ubifrance.com/ie/    For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3938 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr  

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French Tech showcases 11 winning start-ups at Dublin Tech Summit

Marine Juillard - 29-sept.-2014 15:19:38

France will have a strong presence at this year’s Dublin Web Summit, which is taking place in Ireland from 4 to 6 November 2014. Having been selected to take part by a panel of expert judges, a total of 11 innovative French start-ups will be exhibiting on the UBIFRANCE pavilion. In 2013, over 10,000 people attended the Dublin Web Summit. This year, the organisers are expecting 20,000 visitors from over 100 countries, 1,000 exhibiting start-ups and 500 speakers, making the Dublin Web Summit an unmissable event in the technology sector. French Tech is an initiative of the French government that brings together the French start-up community and aims at increasing its visibility and attractiveness internationally. As part of the French Tech initiative ( http://en.lafrenchtech.com ), the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in Ireland is hosting a French Tech Pavilion at the Dublin Web Summit 2014. A professional jury has selected 11 start-ups from France, which are due to exhibit at the event taking place in the Irish capital from 4 to 6 November of this year. The French Tech community will also be gathered on 4 November for the French Tech Night , a networking drinks reception taking place at the Residence of the Ambassador of France in Ireland, in Dublin. This year’s competition for the chance to exhibit on the French Tech pavilion at the Dublin Web Summit was a huge success, with over 25 innovative start-ups applying to take part in the selection process. The Panel of Judges comprised a successful entrepreneur, a technology journalist, two investment managers, a venture capitalist, and the head of the New Technology department at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in Ireland. The panel singled out 11 projects as the best on offer, taking into consideration the companies’ level of innovation, their potential on the international stage, and their progress in terms of finance, organisation and recruitment. The 11 French start-ups selected by French Tech to exhibit at the Dublin Web Summit are listed below.   Further details are available on request. Airdoc Solution Airdoc Solution relies on the latest technology to provide exhibitors at trade shows with more targeted communications and a more effective follow-up in the prospecting process. http://www.airdocsolutions.com/ (website in French, with English version to be launched shortly) Authentication Industries Authentication Industries invents, develops, and supplies innovative authentication solutions for the Secure Track & Trace and Big Data markets. The company’s solutions are based on AiCode®, an invention patented by Authentication Industries. http://www.authenticationindustries.com/ Azendoo https://www.azendoo.com Bonitasoft Bonita BPM , a high-tech solution developed by Bonitasoft, is a platform for connecting people, systems and data to process-driven applications that improve business efficiency. http://www.bonitasoft.com/ DreamQuark DreamQuark develops innovative data-analysis software and deep-learning-based appl ications for the healthcare and insurance sectors. http://nicolasmeric-chretie.wix.com/dreamquark (website in French, with English version to be launched shortly) Linkfluence Linkfluence develops and edits Radarly , a SaaS SMI solution considered today as one of the leaders in its field. Radarly enables users to monitor and measure the performance of social-media accounts as well as engage with online communities. Azendoo is a teamwork application that leverages Cloud collaboration apps, syncs all data, and provides a new, interactive take on team task management. Several Cloud services allow users to store and share knowledge within teams, but these are not always designed with teamwork and productivity in mind. Azendoo makes it easy to share tasks and files across teams and to stay in sync on projects. The application is free to use and unlimited premium features are available to business users.   http://linkfluence.com/en/ PriceMatch PriceMatch aims to make revenue management more easily accessible to all hotels with its data-driven, user-friendly, Cloud-based application. https://www.pricematch.travel/en/ Qucit Qucit’s technology allows real-time analysis of large amounts of environmental data (weather, traffic, sport events, etc.) in order to anticipate mobility patterns and forms of cultural behaviour. The startup offers predictive analytics tools and helps to minimise the waste of natural resources such as energy, time, and water. http://qucit.com/ Salezeo Salezeo aims to re-invent sales prospecting with Europe’s first crowdsourced database of decision makers. http://www.salezeo.com/fr/ (website in French, with English version to be launched shortly) Stereograph Group Stereograph Group offers a set of innovative 3D tools for architectural visualisation and infrastructure management. With over seven years of experience and extensive expertise, Stereograph has worked with some of the biggest firms in real estate, architecture and the construction industry. http://www.stereograph.fr/ Uplike Described by users as "the perfect blend of Pinterest and Instagram", Uplike is an app designed to let users share and discover common interests with friends and other users around the world. Uplike already has 1.50 million users. It is free to download and is available both on Android and iOS platforms in six different languages. http://uplike.com/ About the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE For further information about the Dublin Web Summit, please go to: http://websummit.net/ For further information about the French Tech initiative, please go to: http://en.lafrenchtech.com/ For further information about UBIFRANCE in Ireland, please go to: http://www.ubifrance.com/ie/ The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in Dublin facilitates trade development between France and the Republic of Ireland. UBIFRANCE offers a wide range of services to French-based companies, so as to assist them in their business activities within the countries where it operates. As such, it organises B2B events in the form of conferences and networking opportunities French Tech was created in 2013 by France’s Ministry for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy with the aim of bringing together members of the French start-up community and to increase its visibility and attractiveness internationally. The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in Ireland is organising a French Tech pavilion at the Dublin Web Summit, which will take place at the Royal Dublin Society from 4 to 6 November 2014. A total of 11 innovative start-ups from France will be exhibiting on the French Tech pavilion.     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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CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES unveils mega-powerful SA75 switching amplifiers

Joanna Routaboul - 26-sept.-2014 14:32:28

CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES of France, in partnership with G2ELab, has developed a new range of powerful amplifiers using switching amplifier technology. The company’s SA75D model is the most powerful amplifier on the market for piezo actuators and is designed for applications that demand reactive power (anti-vibration, fast actuation, vibration generation, etc.) in sectors  such as aeronautics, machine tools and large instruments. CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES of France develops high-performance, cutting-edge actuators and piezoelectric motors. Its new SA75 range of switching amplifiers has been designed to harness the performance of its powerful piezo actuators (APA® and PPA in L and XL) from -20V to +150V under dynamic conditions. It also includes energy-recovery capacities, allowing consumption to be reduced by a factor of 10.   Traditionally, piezoelectric actuators are used at low frequencies for optical-positioning systems, but new dynamic-actuation requirements have been introduced into fields such as aeronautics (flaps) and machine tools (vibration assistance). When static, actuators may be adequately supplied by a linear amplifier thanks to their low noise and harmonic distortion.   The LA75C linear amplifier, developed by CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES, is a perfect example of this, but its main drawback is the power consumed — hence, dissipated — which makes it necessary to have a large heat sink for limited power output (maximum 2.4A at 170V peak to peak for the LA75C). An advantage of the new SA75X amplifier is the low level of active power taken from the grid with respect to the high reactive power supplied by the piezo load. This has been made possible thanks to the exceptional yield obtained through the SA75X amplifier’s energy-recovery capacities. This opens up opportunities in fields where embedded applications are used, such as aeronautics.   High-power linear amplifiers cannot be miniaturised but, compared with competing technology, CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES’ piezo actuators are relatively compact in terms of the mechanical energy that they are able to produce. In order to fully exploit this advantage, it is necessary to miniaturise the drivers, more particularly for embedded applications. It is for this reason that CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES has developed a new range of powerful amplifiers using switching amplifier technology.   The SA75D is the most powerful amplifier on the market for piezo actuators. It is able to produce an average alternating current output of up to 20A at 170V peak to peak, representing a world record for low-voltage piezo drivers. This 20-amp current can be maintained indefinitely. Compared with the LA75C linear amplifier, this high-intensity amplifier will help to increase piezo-actuator speed and amplitude by up to a factor of 10. It will also help to control the largest piezo stacks (C>100uF) under dynamic conditions of permanent operation. The amplifiers provided by CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES are designed to switch at very high frequencies (typically 100kHz) and include an optimised-voltage closed loop to ensure that the output voltage waveform is as ordered. These aspects provide a high resolution, which yields a highly satisfactory signal-to-noise ratio (SNR>60dB).   The switching power amplifiers are compatible with RK racking products and perform in either a linear continuous state or purely On/Off states when applied to piezo actuators with extremely fast actuations. The switching technique allows high current peaks, required by impulse or by high-frequency applications on large piezo actuators.   Further benefits of the SA75X amplifier are its range versatility, featuring three versions (SA75A, B and C) that can manage single or multiple channels, and its compatibility with all CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES electronic (SG, ECS, UC45 and UC65) ranges.   As with all CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES’ products, the SA75 range of amplifiers has applications in such sectors as aeronautics (flap actuation, fast valves, etc.), energy, large instruments (shakers, fatigue testing, etc.), microelectronics, optronics, photonics, production machinery (anti-vibration and vibration-assistance machinery), and space.   The development of the SA75 range was made possible thanks to co-operation between CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES and the Grenoble Electrical Engineering Laboratory (or G2ELab), part of the Université Joseph Fourier (UJF), in Grenoble (in south-eastern France). The project itself was an aspect of the broader AVIBUS and PPSMPAB project, involving business, R&D, high-tech players and academia across the region.   On the strength of its experience in the sector and high customer satisfaction, CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES  is pursuing and intensifying its international development, currently focusing on Europe, especially Germany, Italy, Russia and the UK.   About CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES   CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES is located in the French Innovation Valley near Grenoble, in south-eastern France. The company specialises in mechatronic systems, smart actuators, smart sensors, and detection systems. CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES also runs training courses focused on advanced technology.   SPA motors and APA® actuators are protected by several broad patents filed by CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES.   The technological advances made by CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES and its capacity for innovation in mechatronics have earned it many awards for innovation, including prizes received from French government agency BPI and from INPI (the Institut National de Propriété Industrielle, i.e. the French National Industrial Property Institute).   The company will attend the following trade shows in the USA, in 2015: PHOTONICS WEST, from 10 to 12 February, in San Francisco, and DSS DEFENSE & SECURITY, from 21 to 23 April, in Baltimore.   For further information about the company, please go to: www.cedrat-technologies.com                                

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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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French cybersecurity firms increasingly successful in fast-growing market

Marine Juillard - 30-juil.-2014 10:51:21

In 2013, there was a 12% year-on-year rise in cybersecurity attacks, with nearly 60% of them causing either brand damage or direct revenue loss to businesses. This, coupled with highly publicized commercial and government breaches of IT security, has increased the demand for cybersecurity services. French companies are strongly placed in this growing market and their advanced solutions are in demand.     The 12% year-on-year increase in cybersecurity attacks that affected businesses in 2013 (Source: IBM 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index ), regrettable as it may be, translates into the fact that the IT-security sector is experiencing sustained growth in this segment of the market. High-profile cases, such as the cyber-attacks on US retail chain Target, have raised awareness among business executives.   While US-based and British companies dominate current business in this sector, client entities are looking for alternatives in order to alleviate their worries of government intrusion. In this respect, French specialist companies are a strong contender in the eyes of many professionals and executives working for SMEs and start-ups, but also at established, larger groups: these clients are leveraging the French know-how stemming from top R&D centres and universities.   In 2013, the French cybersecurity sector was valued at more than $2 billion. The French network-security sector offers a wide range of services, including B2B IT solutions meeting strategic challenges, and comprises many world champions such as Atos, Orange, Sogeti, Bull, Cassidian and the cybersecurity division at Thales.   Thanks to their advanced technical research laboratories, more particularly in cryptology and encryption, French players are recognized worldwide.   According to Thibaut Barde, UBIFRANCE’s Project Manager for Digital Trust & Cyber Security, “T he reason for cutting-edge technology [thriving in France] is the quality of French universities in the field of engineering, which is known globally.   Research laboratories associated with these universities train the best engineers of tomorrow.”     Secure IC SAS is a shining example of a company that has been working with top graduates having come out of the French educational system in order to become a thought leader in cybersecurity. Its platforms provide the highest level of security on a client entity’s embedded systems, preventing hacking and reverse engineering as well as protecting intellectual property and proprietary data. In 2013, Secure IC SAS won a Sesame Award for innovation in the manufacturing and testing of IT products.   French start-ups and SMEs have developed out of a strong domestic talent pool and many have decided to join forces under the HexaTrust label, which regroups 20 hi-tech SMEs that are keen to offer a co-ordinated, total service package to their clients.   T hese software vendors and integrators provide a full range of products and services dedicated to the protection of the critical infrastructure of businesses and institutions from cyber-attacks. The HexaTrust umbrella group’s portfolio of current and potential clients is diverse and growing, including businesses and public-sector agencies of all sizes.   Due to the dramatic increase in the level of sophistication and intensity of cyber-attacks, public- and private-sector investment in cybersecurity is growing fast and is expected to rise by nearly 10% per year between now and 2017. This trend illustrates the promising opportunities that exist for a large business looking for a new market, or for a dynamic SME scaling up a new product.   Thibaut Barde of UBIFRANCE Paris explains that, “France’s distance from recent scandals [involving the international and covert collection of data by various government agencies, as revealed in the media] is favourable for French players since awareness on the use of data takes place at a global level. This has helped to build the profile of the industry and has generated increasing concerns for [the security of] personal data, which is a real asset for the French in particular: it is important when it comes to ​​data-storage companies, among others.”   Many French companies in the sector are choosing to develop an international business outlook. French players have strong opportunities to seize in this market thanks to their technological expertise, combined with the diversity of products and services they can offer.   UBIFRANCE is here to help, with a strong presence at next year’s Infosecurity Europe trade event, where there will be as many as 15 French companies looking to expand their presence into the British market and other European markets. Infosecurity Europe will take place from 2 to 4 June 2015 at the Olympia exhibition centre, in central London (UK).   For further information about the trade show, please go to:   http://www.infosec.co.uk/   For further information about UBIFRANCE, please go to:   http://www.ubifrance.com/

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French sports-events companies keep on winning

Marine Juillard - 29-juil.-2014 10:30:48

While the men’s French football team had its last kick in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, many French companies continued their successful campaign at the world’s premier sporting event. Rio de Janeiro was the host of the final of the World Cup and one could see signs of French business presence almost everywhere.   GL Events of Francemanaged Rio Centro, an exposition park that was the site of FIFA’s organization committee and press centre. Nearby sits a 306-room hotel that was used by many of the FIFA delegates: it was built by French construction group Bouygues and designed by French-born architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Each day, when officials arrived at the state-of-the-art Maracana stadium, the renewable energy powering the stadium was supplied thanks to a pilot project run by French energy group EDF and its partners.   French-based companies have a long history of winning contracts for the supply of products and services at major international sporting events. According to Viviane Silberstein, Project Head at UBIFRANCE, much of the winning know-how of French businesses is acquired in their domestic market: “When French companies go abroad, they have to adapt to other markets, but domestic experience already gives a reference and an image, like Roland Garros or the next European football championship, and this is very important for an organizing committee.”   France has proven experience in handling international sports events: the country has hosted various Winter Olympics (Chamonix, Grenoble and Albertville), the 1984 UEFA European Championship, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Every year, France organizes the Tour de France cycling event. Roland Garros is another key international sporting event organised in France, and the country will host the 2016 UEFA European Championship.   GL Event’s performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics helped the company to launch a successful bid for contracts during this summer’s Football World Cup in Brazil. GL Events was responsible for the design and installation of 25 indoor and 15 temporary outdoor sites across London — a contract that represented €21 million. However, even before this sizeable addition to its portfolio, GL Events had been managing a range of international events in Paris for years.   In 2014, the Winter Olympics — the most expensive in history, at a total cost of $51 billion — took place in Sochi, in the Russian Federation: 12 French companies won a total of €100 million in contracts.   A 2013 survey of the Rhône-Alpes region in South-Eastern France found that there are 300 locally based companies involved in the management of the winter-sports industry, bringing in approximately €1 billion in revenue per year. After all, France ranks third worldwide in winter-sports tourism, after Austria and the USA…   French companies, building on their track record, have been successful domestically and internationally in this field. Innovative companies, which offer new products and technologies, find opportunities to showcase their solutions and grow . Seat Advert is a very young company that is revolutionizing the sporting experience: its small screens, as installed in stadiums, allow viewers to peruse ads and access real-time information, including game statistics. Seat Advert’s innovative solution has already found new clients in Mexico, with plans to expand into South America. The company has recently been awarded a contract for this year’s World Equestrian Games in Normandy, in North-Western France.   Esportec Eco-Industriel is yet another young innovative company developing natural and ecological surfacing solutions for outdoor spaces. ECO’STABIL®, its patented material, is made out of waste and can be combined with other recycled products. While many of the uses of this and other products are not entirely recreational, they can be used to create cycle tracks, equestrian paths and footpaths. Currently, the company exports to Morocco, Benelux countries and Switzerland: the potential for expansion of this eco-friendly material in export markets is considerable, as more and more international sports events require contractors to pay attention to environmental considerations.   Ms V Silberstein of UBIFRANCE explains that French companies are not afraid to take on the biggest challenges and, with their many successes, it is not surprising that, “They are approaching the market based on the biggest business opportunities, and these are the biggest international events, international football events, and Olympic Games. The criterion is not francophone and country specific and, now, UBIFRANCE is working with companies on all events.”   International opportunities will continue to grow, with the $100 billion in new investments expected at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, $15 billion at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and $30 billion for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.   Apart from the biggest prizes over the next decade, there is a diverse set of opportunities that can sustain a business in the coming years. For example, there are smaller but lucrative events that French companies can target through UBIFRANCE, including sales expositions in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and preparatory events in Saint Petersburg (Russia) for the 2018 World Cup, all in the next 12 months.   Furthermore, existing markets are always in a state of flux and French companies with good products and services are being rewarded with new contracts. Bodet , an equipment manufacturer specializing in scoreboards and video screens, is a prime example. Even though this French company has been present in the Middle East for more than 30 years, it recently acquired new business from Al Jazeera Sport Studios and in relation to stadiums in Abu Dhabi and Kuwait City.   While Ms Silberstein admits that, “The international sports-event market is extremely competitive,” it is also clear that many French companies, encouraged by expertise gained in their domestic market, are more than ready for the challenge. Besides, as she points out, “New opportunities and existing national markets will only grow over the next decade, with contracts that are so big that, if you have a small percentage of this contract, it is worth fighting for it.”   In conclusion, it is clear that French-based companies are poised to continue with their off-the-pitch success in this competitive market.

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France adds zest to its gourmet exports with So French So Good

Joanna Routaboul - 11-juil.-2014 14:29:20

What else does one expect from France, where gastronomic standards are so high? Yet, cultivating gourmets’ taste buds the world over also pays off in economic terms: French gourmet products and fine foods, as a sector, are worth €7 billion, encompassing 250 product categories and amounting to 16% of the French food industry’s total exports. In this field, French exporters total 1,200 companies, 90% of which are SMEs. What may be mainstream in France, in terms of fine foods and culinary excellence, the rest of the world often perceives as symbolizing culinary art that can only be Made in France. Christophe Monnier, in charge of the Fine Foods Department at French export-support agency UBIFRANCE, describes a high-end market that is both diverse and dynamic. Baked goods, biscuits and chocolate account for 50% of French exports of gourmet products. Within this segment of the market, two characteristically French trends stand out. First, there is an absolute respect for authentic flavours and for regional and local traditions, as neatly summed up by the French concept of terroir. Each gourmet product has its own story to tell, unlike any other, which is also its unique selling point. Secondly, with health concerns and awareness of dietary issues coming to the fore, carefully prepared, organic and eco-friendly branded products coming from France have gained worldwide recognition and the trust of consumers, and rightly so. Major players in the fine-foods sector such as Valona (high-quality chocolates), Rougie (foie gras), Bridor (French bakery products) and Boiron Frères (fruit and vegetable coulis), among many others, are being increasingly proactive when providing international clients with their exclusive products and unrivalled expertise. And of course, reliable logistics is the name of the game. Each year, sectoral experts at UBIFRANCE such as Christophe Monnier help up to 830 prospecting companies leverage their efforts through Saveurs de France, a French professional and trade association in the field of gastronomic products, and other, similar promotional programmes such as the So French So Good campaign. All these initiatives give French exporters the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise and know-how in new export markets, from Latin America to Asia. Christophe Monnier and his colleagues also help set up highly selective and fruitful meetings with purchasing agents, distributors and importers who are interested in the French products on offer. French suppliers of fine foods do not forget the importance of their domestic market and that of neighbouring French-speaking countries. In 2013, however, sales growth was muted in countries such as Switzerland (up by 0.4% on the year before) and Belgium (up 4.2%), which are mature markets for French goods. Many French-based companies, encouraged by the presence of an important French community in Britain, crossed the Channel to do business in the UK, where exports of French fine-food products grew markedly in 2013, as compared to the year before (up 8.9%). Central and Eastern Europe offered even bigger opportunities for expansion, with sales rising strongly in Russia (13.5%) and in Austria (17.1%). In fact, the further exporters went, the bigger the rewards could be: in the Far East, exports of fine-food products from France rose markedly, from Hong Kong (up 12.8%) to Singapore (up 14.3%). In mainland China, the figures were even more impressive, with sales up by 33.3%. In the Middle East, companies marketing gourmet food products to Dubai (UAE) and Saudi Arabia were rewarded with a growth rate exceeding 20%. Christophe Monnier stresses the importance of three trade events for the promotion of French excellence in fine foods. SIAL and EUROPAIN, which are known to be leading trade shows where deals get done — more particularly in the field of consumer products — are two. The ultimate culinary event, however, has to be the Cuisine Summit at the SIRHA  trade fair, in Lyons, explains Christophe Monnier. All the French know-how in the industry is mustered in order to create an exceptional experience across 40,000 square metres of floor space. This unique trade event culminates in the awarding of the prestigious prize known as the Bocuse d’Or: it follows a televised cooking competition among the world’s most renowned chefs, who represent their respective countries. Only creative excellence, fabulous ingredients and culinary brio stand a chance of winning, points out Christophe Monnier of UBIFRANCE. For further information about French companies in the fine-food sector, please go to: Bakery, Grocery, Baked Goods, Miscellaneous

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The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London:  The partner of choice of the French Export Team The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, which is based in central London, is a French government organisation that comes under the aegis of the Secretary of State in charge of Foreign Trade.  UBIFRANCE assists French-based companies seeking potential partners and new markets within the United Kingdom, and, more generally, promotes Franco-British trade relations. Our team can help UK-based companies to identify potential French suppliers. The UK is a mature and demanding market, but it is also full of potential and opportunities: over 15,000 French businesses already sell their goods and services in Britain. In 2011, UBIFRANCE UK made a difference by helping French-based businesses across the board - UBIFRANCE UK organised 35 trade missions and trade shows for French exhibitors - UBIFRANCE UK accompanied and assisted 600 French-based

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