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Business France showcases 120 technology innovators at MWC 2015

Nicolas Aguero - 02-févr.-2015 10:54:53
Business France showcases 120 technology innovators at MWC 2015   For the ninth consecutive year, Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of French businesses, is organising the French Tech pavilion at Mobile World Congress (MWC), the trade show for the mobile-telecoms sector taking place in Barcelona (Spain) from 2 to 5 March 2015. There will be 120 SMEs and start-ups on the French Tech pavilion – the largest national pavilion at MWC 2015. The French Tech pavilion will enable several partner regions, such as Brittany, Ile-de-France, Languedoc Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées and Provence-Alpes-Côte-dAzur to be represented at the trade show. Additionally, high-technology clusters will have stands of their own on the French Tech pavilion, with Systematic Paris Region and Solutions Communicantes Sécurisées (Secure Communicating Solutions), the latter being based in Provence (south-eastern France). With a surface area of 560m², the French Tech pavilion will be the largest national pavilion at the trade show. It will comprise three booths in Hall 5 (5 B41, 5 B61 and 5 B71) and two booths in Hall 8.1 (8.1 D41 and 8.1 E49), known as the APP PLANET. The 120 companies hosted by the French Tech pavilion are specialists in a range of areas within the telecommunications industry, such as mobile apps, the  telecoms infrastructure, mobile advertising, mobile marketing, telephone-based games, accessories, engineering services, and financial services. The offices of Business France in Brazil, China, India, Israel, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and the UK have helped organise the French Tech pavilion by setting up B-to-B meetings between French exhibitor companies and representatives of leading international groups such as LG, Samsung, Huawei, Telefonica and Vodafone Spain. Mrs Axelle Lemaire, France’s Minister of State for the Digital Industry, will visit Mobile World Congress 2015 in order to help promote French excellence in the field of technological innovation at MWC. Many innovations will be showcased during the trade fair: below is a snapshot, with four companies that will exhibit on the French Tech pavilion at the trade show. The full list of exhibitors on the French Tech pavilion is available here: http://mwc.ubifrance-events.com/ ; further details can be sent on request. COPSONIC is exhibiting the first patented universal mobile-payment system, compatible with all mobile devices on the market. COPSONIC’s technology heralds the future of secure hands-free payment systems. Using sound waves as a means of exchanging consumers secure data, this system has the ability to transform any telephone, whether a less advanced model (such as the Nokia 3310 ) or the very latest iPhone , into a contactless payment device. http://www.copsonic.com/ FAMOCO , a Near Field Communication (NFC) specialist, develops high-tech information systems in many areas where identification and access control are required (e-governance, contactless payments, mobile point-of-sale technology, etc.). At MWC, FAMOCO will present its unique solution for next-generation, secure and connected NFC readers that combines smartphone technology with the security requirements of the bank-card sector. http://www.famoco.com/ OLEDCOMM , a Light Fidelity (LiFi) solutions operator, will showcase its new optical wireless-communications technology, which uses LED lighting to transmit digital data. LiFi has opened up a new era for wireless-data transmission because it generates no electromagnetic pollution, does not saturate bandwidth, and is much cheaper to deploy than WiFi-based systems. This technology will allow the densest very-high-speed internet network in the world to be rolled out, turning the 14 billion light spots worldwide into LiFi spots. http://www.oledcomm.com/ PRADEO has developed Trust Revealing , a behaviour-analysis engine for applications . With this technology, which lies at the core of its range of products and services, Pradeo can offer its customers enhanced security for their applications and better protection from attacks by cyber-criminals (which can be carried out using micro-apps available in high-street stores). http://pradeo.net/en-US/ About Business France Business France is the French national agency supporting the international development of the French economy. Business France’s responsibilities encompass the international development of companies and their exports, as well as prospecting for (and receiving) international investments in France. Business France also promotes the attractiveness and image of France, its companies, and its regions. Finally, Business France manages and develops the Volontariat International en Entreprise (VIE) programme, for the deployment of young graduates across the globe. Created on 1 January 2015, Business France was formed out of the merger of export-support agency UBIFRANCE with inward-investment agency Agence française pour les investissements internationaux (AFII). Business France has 1,500 employees in France and 70 other countries. It is backed by a network of public- and private-sector partners. The French Tech pavilion at Mobile World Congress (MWC), in Barcelona (Spain), will feature three booths in Hall 5 (5 B41, 5 B61, 5 B71) and two booths in Hall 8.1 (8.1 D41, 8.1 E49). With 120 companies and related entities, the French Tech pavilion promises to be the largest of its kind at the trade fair, which takes place from 2 to 5 March 2015. For further information about the trade show, please go to: http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/ For more information about Business France, please go to: www.businessfrance.fr  

UBIFRANCE to showcase 100 French telecoms innovators at MWC 2014

Coline BORDET - 04-févr.-2014 16:39:08
For the eighth year running, UBIFRANCE, France’s export-support agency, is organizing the French Pavilion at Mobile World Congress (MWC), which will take place from 24 to 27 February 2014, in Barcelona (Spain). The French Pavilion will showcase 100 businesses, two competitiveness clusters, five regional agencies, and Invest in France Agency.   The French Pavilion will be the largest at the 2014 trade fair in terms of surface area and will feature French-based businesses and agencies from sectors including telecoms infrastructures, mobile-telecoms applications, mobile advertising and marketing, mobile games and accessories, as well as engineering and financial services.   The pavilion’s area will consist of three islands in Hall 5 (Booths 5B41, 5B61 and 5B71) and, for the first time, an island in Hall 8 (Booth 8.1D41) called App Planet, which is entirely devoted to new mobile-telecoms applications, and which features 200 businesses every year.   There will be 15 innovative companies gathered under France’s banner in Hall 8, within the App Planet area, including Adxperience, Altheia, Appsfire, Aquafadas, Axway, Capptain, Goodbarber, Madgic, Profil Technology, Rezopep, Smartadserver, Summview, Twinlife and Xtraball.   The French Pavilion will also be hosting several partner regions, including Brittany, Ile-de-France (i.e. Paris and its region), Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrenées and Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, as well as two competitiveness clusters — Systematic Paris Région, from Ile-de-France, and Solutions Communicantes Sécurisées, from Provence (in South-Eastern France). Finally, Invest in France Agency (IFA) will be represented on the French Pavilion: it is the government agency in charge of inward-investment promotion for the whole of France.   In its role as organizer of the French Pavilion, UBIFRANCE is also in the process of setting up B2B meetings between exhibiting French businesses and major telecoms-industry groups such as Telefonica, Vodafone Spain, Singtel and Samsung.   Below is a selection of the must-see innovations to be featured this year on the French Pavilion.   Appsfire   This product detects new mobile applications while acting as a promotional launch pad for iOS and Android, thanks to its innovative tools.   G2J   G2J’s MyEasyVision® makes video-conferencing easily accessible to all members of staff in the client entity. MyEasyVision® is the unique entry point for real-time booking, monitoring and reporting features. This application is available through all web browsers and mobile devices (Android, iOS, etc.), and is compatible with all the technologies currently used by manufacturers and network operators.   Pixerlis   CopSonic, developed by Pixerlis, is the first patented universal technology for mobile payments. It is compatible with most mobile devices on the market and represents the future of secure, hands-free payment systems, explains the company. Using sound waves as a means to exchange secure consumer data, this system is able to turn any telephone into a contactless payment device.   Twinlife   Twinsee, developed by specialist company Twinlife, is a free video-call service based on WebRTC. It can be used to call contacts, friends or family from a tablet, smartphone, Android television or Google Chrome browser on a PC or Mac. Twinsee is the first mobile application to provide a free video-call service in high definition based on the Web RTC standard. It works in peer-to-peer mode on Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G/LTE.   Wysips   The hi-tech solution developed by Wysips has the potential to revolutionize telephone charging through the use of a solar cell which is integrated into the mobile device’s screen, thus preventing the wireless device from ever running out of battery power. Wysips will showcase its technology at the trade show.   Xooloo™   Xooloo™ is a parental-control tool developed by the company of the same name, which uses internet filtering in order to allow children to surf the web safely and securely. It is compatible with Android smartphones and tablet devices using versions 2.3 to 4.2.   A comprehensive listing of the exhibitors on the French Pavilion is available on the UBIFRANCE website: http://mwc.ubifrance-events.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 will showcase over 100 French-based companies and agencies at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show, on the French Pavilion.   MWC 2014 will take place in Barcelona (Spain) from 24 to 27 February of this year. It is one of the world’s leading events for mobile telecommunications, services and content.   For further information about the trade show, please go to: http://www.mobileworldcongress.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. : FTPB3907 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/

Scubaland launches English-language website for subaquatic/aquatic sports

Joanna Routaboul - 11-sept.-2013 16:31:15
Scubaland, which is based in Brittany (Western France), has launched a comprehensive English-language e-commerce site covering all aspects of subaquatic/aquatic sporting activities, including spearfishing. The company has a retail outlet in Brest, which is Europe’s biggest specialist store of its kind: the facilities are centred on a 1,500-square-metre building and include a warehouse, a diving pool and workshops (neoprene and other technical services).   Scubaland, a specialist in underwater/aquatic sports since 1988, now has a fully operational English-language electronic-commerce site, offering a very wide range of products in its field, which can be delivered anywhere in the world (payments can be made in pounds sterling as well as in euros).   In Brest (in the region of Brittany, where the company is based), Scubaland’s retail space, in its present configuration — the store was inaugurated in February 2012 — is atypical in this field of activity because of its size, the breadth and depth of the product ranges on offer, the accessories and the spare parts available, the range of services that are provided and, last but not least, the presence of a diving pool (in which the various kinds of equipment can be tested).   Since 1988, Scubaland has specialised in the distribution of equipment and accessories, as well as in the provision of services, for scuba diving, spearfishing, swimming, triathlon and other aquatic and underwater leisure pursuits (such as underwater hockey and aqua walk).   Scubaland offers a comprehensive range of products for subaquatic and aquatic sporting activities, including spearguns.   Neoprene products (wetsuits, hoods, diving socks, gloves, etc.) can be found in the store. Flippers, masks, snorkels, knives, leads, waterproof bags, watches, as well as underwater cameras and other video cameras are also on offer.   Specific scuba diving products are held in stock, such as buoyancy compensators, cylinders, lighting equipment, computers and accessories. Spearfishing is a specialism well covered by Scubaland, which sells a range of products for this sport, including spearguns, buoys and various accessories.   Swimming products — from swimming costumes and goggles to flippers and varied accessories, among others — are available in the store, as well as products intended for those who are keen to practise triathlon, underwater hockey or aqua walking.   Scubaland has its own specialist workshop, where neoprene accessories are made, and they are on sale in the store and on the website. Scubaland offers a range of additional services, since it has modern testing facilities and fully operational technical workshops.   The company’s mechanical workshop offers after-sales services that cover mechanical and electronic issues: regulators are checked and serviced on the premises; batteries for dive computers as well as divers’ watches can be changed; finally, a test for watertightness (after the battery change) can be carried out in the workshop. For its part, the sewing workshop can deal with neoprene, and its skilled staff are experts at gluing custom-made items made of this advanced material.   Scubaland runs an authorised centre for testing tanks as well as an air-fill facility enabling private individuals or clubs to retest and fill their cylinders on the premises. Scubaland also runs a bookshop on the premises, with a good collection of specialist books, relevant manuals, and a selection of DVDs concerning every aspect of diving, spearfishing, and so on.   In recent years and alongside its physical retail presence, Scubaland has developed its online business, and Scubaland is now operating a fully functional English-language e-commerce portal. The specialist company has been keen to provide a high level of service to web-based customers (many of them British), in line with the standards of service that it offers off line.   Scubaland’s central commitment to its online customers is that its staff should be available (email and chat) and will reply to queries within a working day maximum. If the customer prefers a phone call, he (or she) will be assisted over the telephone.   Scubaland is proud of its staff’s expertise. As Ms Véronique Soriot, co-owner and Purchasing & Web-development Manager of Scubaland, explains, “Customers will get advice from committed enthusiasts, and that makes all the difference. There will be a person who is available to reply to you in English. And we are proud to sell the biggest brands on the market, with stock available — and in all sizes — throughout the year.” Ms Soriot stresses the fact that, “New items are made available online before anyone else, and we offer the best prices on the market with Scubaland Price.”   Scubaland provides after-sales services on all distributed brands, with a full after-sales service on all scuba-diving brands. Besides, the company offers free lifetime technical assistance and servicing to its customers.   When customers order online, they can be safe in the knowledge that the parcel intended for them will be prepared on the very same day (for orders placed before 3:00pm French time), and that delivery is available worldwide (with three rates: economy, standard and express).   Scubaland follows a policy aimed at securing the complete satisfaction of its customers, based around the principle that the client will be satisfied or reimbursed. “The aim of Scubaland is to provide you with the best possible service online and, even online, Scubaland includes [a full customer] service in the price,” explains Ms Véronique Soriot.   Scubaland is the only company in the European market that offers such a complete range of accessories, a multitude of spare parts, and a wide range of technical services — from the overhauling of pressure reducing valves and the changing of batteries to waterproofness tests for watches and computers.   About Scubaland   Scubaland is based in the port city of Brest, in Brittany (Western France). Scubaland runs an online/offline store specialising in scuba diving, spearfishing and swimming. Scubaland was established in 1970 and became a specialist in underwater activities in 1988.   In Europe, Scubaland was one of the first companies to set up a website in its specialism.     Today, Scubaland — thanks to its internet site in French and English, with a German version soon to be unveiled — supplies demanding customers worldwide.   The company has a team of managers who have wide-ranging international experience in sales and purchasing: Mr Dominique Soriot is the Chairman of Scubaland, Sales & Finance Manager, and Ms Véronique Soriot is Purchasing & Web-development Manager.    The staff comprises 10 people, who are highly competent, motivated and dynamic. The team includes divers, spear-fishermen, sales persons, computer-graphics designers, technicians, seamstresses and logisticians.   For further information, please go to: www.scubaland.co.uk   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3876 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/  

Laorus showcases galvanized-steel fountain at 100% Design in London

Joanna Routaboul - 28-août-2013 15:55:51
Laorus, which is based in Eastern France, makes innovative and unique fountains in galvanized coated steel that can be placed in private gardens and public spaces (such as the patios of hotels or restaurants), thus reviving a long tradition in Europe. The Laorus product range is the result of fruitful co-operation between founder Claire Chopitel and designer Patrick Nadeau. Laorus will be on the French Pavilion at the 100% Design trade show in London, between 18 and 21 September 2013.   Claire Chopitel explains: “This represents the revival of a great classic that can be free-standing or fully installed, and it comes with a wide and clever range of accessories — a basin, a tripod stand, and a garden hose — affording a new way to use water every day. We have produced something simple and functional, yet poetic and original.”   Appearing on the market in April 2011, and shown for the first time at the garden fair, in the Tuileries Garden (in central Paris), Laorus products have already won over notable distributors such as Le Cèdre Rouge, Jardin Chic, the CAMIF mail-order company, and Botanic Editions.   This first collection, in coated steel, comes in numerous colours. The items are all made in Northern France, a region that is well-known for its long tradition in metalworking.    Water fountains have always been part of our urban and rural landscape, in privately owned gardens as well as in spaces that are open to the public: the latter may include the patios of restaurants, hotel courtyards, and so on.   “Contemporary supply of this great classic was non-existent,” points out Clare Chopitel, founder of the Laorus brand — a name she chose personally, which means ‘laurel’ in Latin. Further to this realisation, the young entrepreneur started off in her adventure with what amounted to a complete career change for her: she decided to train in project management and the design of industrial products.   Claire Chopitel wanted “a product which blends into nature, which integrates without dominating, which is both functional and attractive,” she explains.  She met designer Patrick Nadeau and both have worked together to bring the project forward and onto the market.   In 2011, Claire Chopitel set up Laorus in the Champagne-Ardennes region of Eastern France. She called upon designer Patrick Nadeau to come up with a range of original, coated-steel garden objects around the theme of water use. Claire Chopitel says, “It has been an adventure in exemplary complementarity between [the] business [side] and the designer.”   Earlier in her career, Claire Chopitel was a project manager at telecommunications company France Telecom when she decided to launch her own business: for her, working with a renowned designer was a novel and challenging experience.   As she explains, “On the basis of a rather strict and precise schedule of conditions, [designer] Patrick Nadeau has shown how to interpret and invent a product adapted to its creative process.  This collaboration represents the ideal outcome in terms of what one could hope for in such an exchange of views and expertise.”   The Laorus fountains afford multiple uses, from washing hands, boots, or fruit and vegetables to showering and watering the garden — not to mention the scope for children’s games.  Several accessories complete the fountain: a basin set on a tripod stand or a small tub, which makes it possible to collect, recycle and save water. Additionally, the fountain comes with a backwash-cum-winder cleverly hiding the garden hose, and a small shelf for a plant pot or for hanging a garden tool. Laorus offers a range of fountains, each one available in two sizes (1.00m or 1.20m in height).  At the Maison & Objet trade show, in Paris, these models were on display, enhanced by ingenious accessories such as The Planted Fountain, a system of garden shower and shower stand.   ▪The small-size fountain with a moveable basin and/or a garden-hose winding device is made of galvanised coated steel; it is available in 10 colours (selection on request). It stands at a height of 1.00 metre and the recommended retail price (RRP) is of €500.   ▪The larger-size fountain has a basin, a movable tripod, and/or a garden-hose winding device; it is made of galvanised coated steel and is available in 10 colours (selection on request). It stands at a height of 1.20 metres and the RRP is from €700.   Laorus will release a new product in September 2013, which will feature a fountain-cum-outdoor-shower with a shower stand; it will be made in galvanised coated steel.   Laorus will showcase its innovative product range at the 100% Design trade show, to be held at the Earls Court exhibition centre, in central London (UK), from 18 to 21 September of this year. Laorus will be on the French Pavilion (Stand IP 220), or 100% France, which is being organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London.   About designer Patrick Nadeau   Patrick Nadeau studied product design as well as architecture; he lives and works in Paris. He began to intensely research contemporary design during a study trip that took him to Kyoto (Japan) in 1996. Patrick Nadeau founded his own design company in 1997, and it has given him the opportunity to work on projects combining architecture, design, garden design, and the plant environment.   With this unique approach, he has developed projects for customers such as Boffi, Hermès, Kenzo Parfums, Louis Vuitton, Festival des Jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire (an annual exhibition focused on contemporary garden design), the Rennes city authority (in Brittany), and the Salines Royales d’Arc et Senans (i.e. the Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans, in Eastern France).   In September 2008, on the occasion of Nature Individuelle, his highly personal exhibition at the Sabz showroom in Paris, Patrick Nadeau stressed the interdisciplinary and open character of his work. The designs emphasized the fact that Patrick Nadeau focuses on balancing living organisms (i.e. plants) with inanimate things (be they natural or created by humans).   Patrick Nadeau is the founder and leader of the Végétal Design workshop at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design (ESAD), the school for art and design, in Reims (in the Champagne region of France). He teaches at Ecole Comondo (Les Arts Décoratifs), the private academy for design and interior design in Paris, and is a member of the Observatoire des Tendances du Jardin (which studies contemporary trends in garden design), which is itself supported by the Jardiland Institute.   About Laorus   Laorus is a company specialising in garden furniture and, more particularly, in outdoor fountains made of galvanized coated steel. Laorus was created by Claire Chopitel in 2011 and is headquartered in Revin, in the region of Champagne-Ardennes (Eastern France).   Laorus will attend the 100% Design trade show at the Earls Court exhibition centre, in London (UK), from 18 to 21 September 2013. Laorus will be on the French Pavilion (Stand IP 220), or 100% France, organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London.   For further information about the trade show, please go to:  http://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/   For further information about the company, please go to:  http://www.laorus.fr/   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3869 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/  

Le Grand Atelier’s food and design pop up at Harrods in June

Joanna Routaboul - 22-mai-2013 10:56:06
Le Grand Atelier, a pop-up shop devoted to the French artisanal tradition, will showcase the finest products in food, interior decoration and design at Harrods, from 3 to 29 June 2013. The companies selected by the luxury department store, which all have the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV or Living Heritage Company) label, will showcase their high-end products in the heart of London (UK) for nearly a month. The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London and the Institut Supérieur des Métiers (or ISM, an institute devoted to artisanal and very small businesses in France) are organising a unique exhibition of luxury French products in food, design and interior decoration. All the participating French-based companies have been awarded the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) label, a distinction given by the French government. This large-scale initiative, backed by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, will promote traditional French craftsmanship throughout Harrods, in London, from 3 to 29 June of this year. Guy Cheston, Media Sales Director at Harrods, explains, "Harrods sent its senior food buyers and marketing promotions team to Paris to meet personally the French producers and designers who had been pre-selected by [export-support agency] UBIFRANCE. The final choice was based on those products which provided a combination of rarity value, uniqueness, heritage and provenance, and those which could clearly demonstrate the best examples of French flair and craftsmanship. Above all, we chose those products which we felt would most appeal to the highly discerning Harrods customer." Both Harrods’ showcases, which look onto Brompton Road, and the Food Hall will be arranged in order to display the luxury products from 34 French artisanal producers and designers specialising either in the food sector or in decorative goods. The high-end products to be displayed in the Food Hall are made from top-quality natural ingredients, using ancestral methods. The event will give members of the trade and media the opportunity to discover unique products from various French regions, such as Calissons from Aix-en-Provence (in South-Eastern France), Biscuits Roses de Reims (in Champagne), or charcuterie from Ardèche (in Southern France). The French products from high-end interior-design companies to be displayed will include handmade snowboards, pewter home accessories, restored antique furniture and bronze decorative objects. An inauguration of Le Grand Atelier will take place on 4 June 2013 at 8.30pm at Harrods, in the presence of Mr Bernard Emié, French Ambassador to the UK. Journalists are invited to RSVP to Katherine Woods, Press Officer at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK. The nine food-and-drink and 25 design companies that will be showcased in Le Grand Atelier are listed below; further information is available upon request.   • Food companies Confiserie du Roy René specialises in Provençal confectionery products. www.calisson.com/index.php?LANG=EN Giraudet has a range of delicatessen products and specialises in soups and dumplings. www.giraudet.fr/frontoffice/template/index.html Using a traditional method, JC David salts and smokes fish. http://www.jcdavid.fr/ La Maison des Soeurs Macarons specialises in confectionery, particularly bergamot sweets. http://www.macaron-de-nancy.com/boutique_us/liste_rayons.cfm?code_lg=lg_us La Maison Fossier’s speciality is the Biscuit Rose de Reims (literally, the pink biscuit of Reims). http://www.fossier.fr/ Lenôtre has a wide range of products, from onion confit to millefeuilles. http://www.lenotre.com/ Teyssier Salaisons produces a selection of artisanal charcuterie. www.teyssier-salaisons.com/uk/ Thiercelin specialises in delicatessen products that can be sweet or savoury. http://estore.thiercelin.com/index.php • Design companies ARDEN METAL France specialises in iron work. http://www.arden-metal.com/ The Atelier de la Contre Courbe produces furniture. http://www.contre-courbe.com/en/ Baguès is a lighting specialist. http://www.bagues-france.com/ Bohême produces handmade skis and snowboards. http://www.boheme.fr/ Bourg-Joly Malicorne creates ceramics for the home. http://www.bourg-joly-malicorne.com/ Candide specialises in bronze furniture and decorative objects. http://www.bronzes-candide.com/ CINABRE - Hervé Obligi specialises in sculpting stone for a range of purposes. http://herve-obligi.fr/ DAHA has a range of contemporary furniture. http://www.daha.fr/ La Maison DISSIDI restores and reproduces antique furniture. http://www.dissidi.com/ DUVELLEROY produces a collection of handheld fans. http://www.duvelleroy.fr/fr/ Emaux de Longwy creates decorative items for the home. http://www.emauxdelongwy.com/ Equ’Inox 49 specialises in stainless-steel products. http://www.equinox49.fr/ Fallon Cuir has designed a collection of cigar cases. http://www.falloncuir.com/ Henryot & Cie produces home furniture in a range of styles. http://henryot-cie.fr/ Image specialises in eco-friendly baths and taps. http://www.image-cm.com/ Jules Pansu uses tapestries to create home furnishings and accessories. http://www.jules-pansu.com/ Leblon Delienne is a specialist in modern furniture. http://www.leblon-delienne.com/ L’Orfèvrerie d’Anjou creates pewter champagne buckets. http://www.oa1710.com/en/ Ada Loumani produces decorative glass vases. http://www.loumani.fr/ Papeteries de Montsegur specialises in tissue paper and muslin. http://www.papeteries-montsegur.com/ Roland Daraspe is a specialist in pewter objects for the home. http://www.daraspe.com/ Verrerie de Saint-Just produces various items of glassware. http://www.saint-just.com/fr Orfèvrerie Liberty creates pewter accessories. http://www.liberty.fr/FR/ The Verrerie de Bréhat specialises in door handles. http://www.verreriesdebrehat.com/ THG specialises in made-to-measure taps. http://www.thg.fr/en/company.html   About Harrods At the forefront of luxury retail, Harrods offers the finest merchandise from its iconic Knightsbridge store. Unashamed grandeur, unrivalled choice and bespoke services attract loyal customers and visitors from around the world. The renowned retailer seeks to surpass continuously the desires and expectations of its customers, while offering an unprecedented shopping experience. Harrods is located at 87-135, Brompton Road, London, SW1X 7XL. (Nearest underground station: Knightsbridge.) For further information about Harrods, please go to: http://www.harrods.com/   About Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant The Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV, or Living Heritage Company) label is a mark of recognition of the French authorities put in place to reward French companies for the excellence of their traditional and industrial skills. For further information about EPV, please go to: http://www.patrimoine-vivant.com/   About Institut Supérieur des Métiers (ISM) Institut Supérieur des Métiers (ISM) provides a range of services to assist French tradecraft. For further information about ISM, please go to: http://infometiers.org/ISM   About The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London offers a wide range of services to facilitate trade development between France and the UK. The opening event for Le Grand Atelier will take place on 4 June 2013 at 8.30pm in Harrods. Journalists are invited to RSVP to Katherine Woods, Press Officer at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE, as the guest list has a limited number of places. For further information about Le Grand Atelier, please go to: http://www.ubifrance.com/medias/document/mkt0073-french-brochure-final-lowres_20_5_2013_53_48.pdf For further information about UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/   For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3857 Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 katherine.woods@ubifrance.fr   View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/      

Le Grand Atelier’s food and design pop up at Harrods in June

Joanna Routaboul - 21-mai-2013 18:33:51
  Le Grand Atelier, a pop-up shop devoted to the French artisanal tradition, will showcase the finest products in food, interior decoration and design at Harrods, from 3 to 29 June 2013. The companies selected by the luxury department store, which all have the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV or Living Heritage Company) label, will showcase their high-end products in the heart of London (UK) for nearly a month.   The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London and the Institut Supérieur des Métiers (or ISM, an institute devoted to artisanal and very small businesses in France) are organising a unique exhibition of luxury French products in food, design and interior decoration. All the participating French-based companies have been awarded the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) label, a distinction given by the French government.   This large-scale initiative, backed by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, will promote traditional French craftsmanship throughout Harrods, in London, from 3 to 29 June of this year.   Guy Cheston, Media Sales Director at Harrods, explains, "Harrods sent its senior food buyers and marketing promotions team to Paris to meet personally the French producers and designers who had been pre-selected by [export-support agency] UBIFRANCE. The final choice was based on those products which provided a combination of rarity value, uniqueness, heritage and provenance, and those which could clearly demonstrate the best examples of French flair and craftsmanship. Above all, we chose those products which we felt would most appeal to the highly discerning Harrods customer."   Both Harrods’ showcases, which look onto Brompton Road, and the Food Hall will be arranged in order to display the luxury products from 34 French artisanal producers and designers specialising either in the food sector or in decorative goods.   The high-end products to be displayed in the Food Hall are made from top-quality natural ingredients, using ancestral methods. The event will give members of the trade and media the opportunity to discover unique products from various French regions, such as Calissons from Aix-en-Provence (in South-Eastern France), Biscuits Roses de Reims (in Champagne), or charcuterie from Ardèche (in Southern France).     The French products from high-end interior-design companies to be displayed will include handmade snowboards, pewter home accessories, restored antique furniture and bronze decorative objects.   An inauguration of Le Grand Atelier will take place on 4 June 2013 at 8.30pm at Harrods, in the presence of Mr Bernard Emié, French Ambassador to the UK. Journalists are invited to RSVP to Katherine Woods, Press Officer at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK.   The nine food-and-drink and 25 design companies that will be showcased in Le Grand Atelier are listed below; further information is available upon request.       • Food companies   Confiserie du Roy René specialises in Provençal confectionery products.     www.calisson.com/index.php?LANG=EN   Giraudet has a range of delicatessen products and specialises in soups and dumplings.     www.giraudet.fr/frontoffice/template/index.html   Using a traditional method, JC David salts and smokes fish.     http://www.jcdavid.fr/   La Maison des Soeurs Macarons specialises in confectionery, particularly bergamot sweets.     http://www.macaron-de-nancy.com/boutique_us/liste_rayons.cfm?code_lg=lg_us   La Maison Fossier’s speciality is the Biscuit Rose de Reims (literally, the pink biscuit of Reims).     http://www.fossier.fr/   Lenôtre has a wide range of products, from onion confit to millefeuilles.     http://www.lenotre.com/   Teyssier Salaisons produces a selection of artisanal charcuterie.     www.teyssier-salaisons.com/uk/   Thiercelin specialises in delicatessen products that can be sweet or savoury.     http://estore.thiercelin.com/index.php        

Karawan Authentic brings the East to Natural & Organic Products 2013

Joanna Routaboul - 04-avr.-2013 11:34:06
Karawan Authentic, a specialist in natural products for the well-being, fashion and décor sectors, opened an office in London (UK) in March 2013. The company is set to build on its presence in the UK by exhibiting at Natural & Organic Products Europe. The trade fair will take place at the Olympia exhibition centre, in central London, from 7 to 8 April 2013.   Having opened an office in central London (UK) in March 2013, Karawan Authentic is attending Natural & Organic Products Europe, the trade show devoted to natural and organic products. The company, which has a wide range of natural, ecological and artisanal products in the fashion, well-being and décor sectors, will exhibit at the B2B fair from 7 to 8 April at the Olympia exhibition centre, in London (UK).   Karawan Authentic’s London-based representative will welcome visitors on Stand 2080 at the trade show, where the company’s most recent collection of products will be displayed. This collection includes a range of Ayurvedic soaps made from coconut oil and plant extracts, presented in eco-friendly banana-leaf packaging; jewellery inspired by traditional Turkish lace work; vibrant hammam towels in organic cotton; handmade bath accessories in glass and horn; and, finally, a home/garden range made from recycled tyres.   Although exports already account for 30% of Karawan Authentic’s turnover, the company aims to develop further its presence in the lifestyle sections of large stores across Britain, as well as in specialist boutiques.   Karawan Authentic’s products represent a fusion of modern eco-design and artisanal techniques, which reflect the places of origin of the designers and craftsmen concerned. The company promotes lasting connections with a network of artisans along the Silk Road, initiating and supporting art-and-craft systems that stem from an exceptional savoir-faire.   Karawan Authentic upholds an economically sustainable and fair-trade approach in India, Morocco, Nepal, Syria, Turkey and Vietnam and, therefore, supports local craft industries and farming.   The company’s online catalogue, available at http://www.karawan.fr/boutique/en/content/43-interactive-catalogs, displays three ranges of products inspired by an Eastern art de vivre. All three collections feature natural ingredients and rich textures, and each authentic product is hand-worked with great attention to detail.   The bath and well-being range contains products influenced by the hammam tradition (i.e. the Arab/Turkish steam-bath tradition), such as eucalyptus black soap, rhassoul clay, and natural sea sponge. Another influence is that of the Ayurvedic system of treatment, as found in the Hindu tradition. Karawan Authentic also has a range of Aleppo soaps in this product category.   Beauty accessories make up the second range of products offered by Karawan Authentic, from hand- or machine-woven stoles (in cashmere, silk and cotton) to hair accessories, which are made of horn. This product category also features jewellery fabricated in glass, crocheted lace with beads, and silver.   The third set of products makes up the home range. Inspired by the nomads’ art of hospitality, this collection is made from natural or recycled materials with rich textures, and has various items made from recycled tyres, recycled glass and natural fibres, such as bamboo. The range also includes cushions unique to Karawan Authentic that are made of nettles from the forests of the Himalayas and silk. The cushion fabrication has an eco-design approach and supports the local area and its farmers through a micro-development programme. Moreover, the home range contains a tinned copper collection, including a Turkish bath bowl and an antique soup dish.   About Karawan Authentic   In 2004, ethnologists and photographers Christine Delpal and Marc Carbonare created Karawan Authentic. The founders of the company were inspired by the aesthetics and the art de vivre of the East.   Karawan Authentic cultivates strong relationships with producers, while respecting both the artisans and the environment in the countries concerned.   Karawan Authentic will exhibit on Stand 2080 at Natural & Organic Products Europe at the Olympia exhibition centre, in central London (UK), from 7 to 8 April 2013.   For further information about the trade fair, please go to: http://www.naturalproducts.co.uk/   For further information about the company, please go to: http://www.karawan.fr/boutique/en/   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3842 Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 katherine.woods@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/
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