For the second consecutive time, there will be a French Pavilion at the London Textile Fair on 23 and 24 January 2013. The Pavilion is organised by Tisslaine France Promotion, France’s national trade association for the textile industry, and is supported by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London. In January 2013, there will be 17 exhibitors on the French Pavilion, against 10 at the fair before.
The diverse French offer at the London Textile Fair will not only present a wide range of textiles — including wool, cotton, viscose, linen, silk and blends with synthetic fibres in various price ranges — from weavers, knitters and printers, but also clothing-accessory manufacturers such as SATAB RUBANS and design studios such as CREATIONS ROBERT VERNET.
The spring-summer 2014 collection (S/S 14) will feature hybrids and blends, whose features will be expressed through colours, textures and patterns. This season will explore the parallels between nature and human creation, where colour will reflect the range of natural light, from dawn to dusk.
Notable textures will range from the extra smooth to the coarse and granular. Designs and decorations will be varied, where geometric patterns will feature alongside natural materials.
Britain is the fifth largest export market for the French textile sector (2012 figures). Exports of textile goods to the UK reached €291 million in value within the first eight months of 2012 alone.
The 17 companies that will unveil their S/S 14 collections on the French Pavilion from 23 to 24 January 2013 are listed below; further details can be provided upon request.
AB CREATIONS/FABIEN DOLIGEZ
AB CREATIONS/FABIEN DOLIGEZ has two collections: Fabien Doligez and Opening. The former is a collection of plain and fancy weaves; the latter is a Jacquard collection. Opening has a six-to-eight-week lead time for a small quantity of 150 m/col.
AVELANA S.N./ROUDIERE has revived the use of wool and wool blend. The company’s S/S 14 collection contains materials with innovative coatings that make up novel garments. AVELANA S.N./ROUDIERE uses viscose in the production of the Super Comfort Luxury Legging, an original product, and has an agent based in the UK.
www.avelana.com / www.roudiere.com
BUGIS will present its original creations that mix jerseys with linen and silk. The collection also includes mini Jacquard Jerseys with Lurex yarn or Jacquard bouclés, classic or fancy quilted fleeces, Milanos and interlock combed cotton. The company has an agent based in the UK.
CREATIONS ROBERT VERNET
Founded in 1957, CREATIONS ROBERT VERNET is a world leader in textile design: the company creates over 2,000 designs per month for womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, lingerie and beachwear.
Founded in 1830, DEVEAUX is a specialist in digital printing as well as woven and knitted fabrics, whether yarn dyed, Jacquards, plains, or Dobby. DEVEAUX has agents based in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland.
DUTEL operates a vertical mill offering a large, modern and diverse collection of Jacquards and textured fabrics. The company develops bespoke designs using original textiles to suit client requirements, and can adapt current designs quickly. DUTEL offers quick-response delivery terms and has an agent based in the UK.
J. TOURNIER & FILS
J. TOURNIER & FILS’ S/S 14 collection contains fabrics with depth, thanks to the use of sophisticated yarns and feathers, for example. The tweeds are available in shades of beige and navy blue with some colourful touches. The company has an agent based in the UK.
MALHIA KENT has built its reputation on fancy tweeds and its S/S 14 collection is inspired by modern art. The company has a range of yarns, including paper yarn and transparent warp, which allows various kinds of weavings. MALHIA KENT’s Draw me a Fabric system allows designers to use their own design and/or colours.
NUANCES SARL/ELLIPSE’s womenswear collection is made of plain cotton, cotton/silk blend and linen; the textures are sophisticated and a range of colours is on offer. The company has also created a collection of printed designs developed on various materials, along with a range of modern Jacquards in various blended materials. NUANCES SARL/ELLIPSE has an agent based in the UK.
The PASTELS S/S 14 collection, which is 100% made in Europe, includes fancy, Jacquard and solid-colour-stretch woven fabrics, as well as jersey Jacquard and fancy jersey. The company also offers a wide range of organic fabrics and is able to custom-create fabrics. PASTELS is currently looking for an agent in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
PHILEA’s high-quality materials are all made in Europe. The company’s S/S 14 collection will showcase crepes and satins, with smooth and wavy aspects, crossbred techniques and unusual pattern associations that create a trompe l’oeil effect. PHILEA has an agent based in the UK.
PICHAT CHALEARD/AMATISS has created a unique selection of yarn-dyed Jacquards and fine solid fabrics, most of which have a stretch aspect. The company has an agent based in the UK.
SATAB RUBANS’ collection demonstrates the company’s savoir-faire in garment accessories, from ribbons to rickracks.
SOFILETA specialises in technical woven fabrics, including stretch knits for active-wear, swimwear and lingerie. New for S/S 14, SOFILETA has produced an extra-fine gauge knit for shape-wear. SOFILETA has an agent based in the UK.
SPRINTEX specialises in rotary and digital prints, along with combined plains and Jacquards. The company regularly offers new products and patterns, supplying fabrics that enable clients to build their own collections. The company has an agent based in the UK.
TILT-DIMATEX presents a large collection of rotary and ink-jet prints that are mixed with plains, woven or knitted fabrics, or with materials that are coated or have a crushed finish. TILT-DIMATEX supplies designers of womenswear and childrenswear. The company is looking for an agent in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
VERNE ET CLET SA
VERNE ET CLET SA produces fabric for shirts and blouses. The company creates yarn-dyed, plains, plain weaves and Jacquards for diverse garments, such as bridal-wear, city-wear or work-wear. The company is currently looking for an agent in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
About Tisslaine France Promotion
Tisslaine France Promotion is the national trade association that assists French textile companies, especially members of the French wool and cotton industries, in their export drive.
The association is organising a French Pavilion at the London Textile Fair, which will take place in London (UK) from 23 to 24 January 2013. The presence of a French Pavilion at the trade show is supported by France’s Ministry for Foreign Trade.
For further information about the London Textile Fair, please go to: http://thelondontextilefair.co.uk/.
For further information about Tisslaine France Promotion and the French textile industry, please go to: http://www.textile.fr/en.
We have had a busy summer here at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, not only preparing la rentrée, as the back-to-school season is known in French (i.e. September), but also getting on with a range of projects and events in a wide array of sectors.
Obviously, the summer was marked by the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in early June, followed by the Olympics and Paralympics between late July and early September. Contrary to what could be feared from a business and professional standpoint, the Games did not cause tangible disruption in terms of our activities. We were happy to lend our support to the French Embassy and France’s Olympic Committee, which was in charge of the Club France, in central London.
Overall, from a work standpoint, things always slow down from about mid-July until late August, but it is less and less the case, these days, if only because more and more business people and journalists continue working remotely, while away from the office, with the help of advanced, portable electronic devices (such as smartphones) that allow them to check their emails while sitting on the beach somewhere in southern Spain — just my idea of fun, I must admit!
The rail-industry press trip that took place in mid-June (11 to 14), which was centred on the city of Lille and its region, in northern France, was a success, and we have already had several articles published in the wake of it. Nord France Invest, the agency that promotes Lille and its region, was pleased that it went well: it gave journalists the opportunity to fully appreciate the very real expertise there is across Northern France in rail transport and technology.
Food & drink remains an important area of activity for us, as illustrated by the many events we have had in this field in the past few months. On 24 May in the evening, the Red Herring wine-tasting club organised an event focused on Corsican wines with Guillaume Rodet, sales representative for CIV CORSE, the syndicate of Corsican wine producers, in the UK. The wine tasting was held on the premises of the French Trade Commission, in the heart of London.
Similarly, wine online retailer Naked Wines held an event at the French Trade Commission, which resulted in its members choosing Le Clos de l’Olivier Minervois 2010 as its No1 favourite — full details are revealed below. Henri Forest, the independent winegrower based in South-Western France who won the prize, is looking forward to £50,000 worth of orders in the coming months. The judges of the prize are enlightened amateurs, who are members of Naked Wines, not members of the wine trade.
For the sake of propriety, I hasten to add that Naked Wines is about selecting wines purely on the basis of the quality of the liquid in the bottles, i.e. without the presence of the producers or distributors of the said liquids on the day. In other words, the name does not refer to participants being in the nude in order to enhance the wine-tasting experience, interesting as the idea might sound to some…
On 14 June, the Food & Drink Department of the French Trade Commission organised a memorable event at the Roof Gardens, in Kensington (in London): A Taste of France gathered producers of high-end, exclusive food products from across France. The trade-press and other journalists who came along were rather pleased they had made the effort, as they were rewarded with fantastic food products in a truly unique setting. Even the flamingos and the ducks looked fascinated with it all. It should be stressed that they were not on the menu of the buffet: they live in the garden, on the roof. I know this may sound bizarre to readers who are unfamiliar with the venue: all is explained on the website of the Roof Gardens.
In the past few months, various trade shows featured French Pavilions and were attended by innovative players from France, such as Insight Show at the end of June (27 to 28), and the Farnborough International Airshow in mid-July (9 to 14).
In terms of trade fairs, September and October are very busy, as our readers will know. Katherine Woods, Press Officer, went to Birmingham for the day on 12 September — a special treat that enabled her to meet representatives of Pellenc, a French company we have done some PR for. Pellenc had a stand at the Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition (RWM). Katherine commented that Birmingham is exciting, but not as much as Leeds, where she comes from: as we know, it is all relative. If you would like to express a view on this, feel free to email us or to give us some feedback on Twitter.
For my part, I went to Southampton on 20 September so as to meet representatives of West Riviera Yachting, the dry port located next to Tréguier, in the north of Brittany, which we have also done some PR for. West Riviera Yachting had a stand at the Boat Show, from 14 to 23 September.
It is time for me to wrap up and I would like to encourage you to read the stories we have for you in this newsletter (below). There is something for everyone, as they say, since the fields covered range from flooring solutions (for sports facilities) and home-automation systems to interior design and textiles, and from market research and movies to fine wine and quality foods, not to forget waste management, photonics, R&D in the medical sector, information technology, ports and yachts, trains, as well as planes.
The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK will come out in the latter part of November. Till then, and if you can’t wait that long, do follow us on Twitter in real time (@UBIFRANCE_UK), thanks to Katherine Woods, our expert in all matters relating to the Twitter-sphere, here at the French Trade Commission.
Manager — Press Office
Bureau UBIFRANCE Londres, the French Trade Commission in London
Construction and Engineering
Gerflor floors the competition at London Olympics & Paralympics
Gerflor supplied various flooring solutions for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. The company provided the flooring for the volleyball, sitting volleyball and handball competitions: Gerflor was chosen to supply over 17,500 m² in Taraflex™ Sports Flooring.
Home Technology allows you to manage your home on the move
Home Technology, a specialist in hi-tech, integrated home-automation systems, offers a smart home-management gateway that improves security and comfort in the home, while reducing energy use. The system works with or without a broadband line, making it possible to manage one’s home remotely, while on the move.
TECHNOMARK® goes from MULTI4® to Flexmark™ 2-in-1
TECHNOMARK®, a specialist in permanent-marking equipment, is releasing two new product lines in 2012: the fully modular MULTI4® Third Generation and the Flexmark™ 2-in-1, the latter being specially designed to meet the needs of SMEs. Flexmark™ 2-in-1 includes a hand-held model for marking large bulky parts and a combination model (fixed and portable) for marking parts of all sizes.
Design and Services
UBIFRANCE is 100% France at 100% Design
The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCEorganised the French Pavilion, named100% France, at the 100% Design trade show, held in London from 19 to 22 September 2012.On 100% France, 10 emerging and renowned designers showcased their expertise in interior design, furniture making, etc.
Espace Textile is in Indigo Home/MoOD in Brussels
For the sixth consecutive year, Espace Textile supported a delegation of textile specialists from the Rhône-Alpes region (South-Eastern France), who were present under the French Savoir-Faire banner, at the Indigo Home Edition and MoOD trade shows. The trade fair for the interior-design sector took place in Brussels (Belgium) from 11 to 13 September.
Tisslaine revolutionizes fabric of London Textile Fair
For the first time, there was a French Pavilion showcasing 10 participating companies at the London Textile Fair on 18-19 July. The Pavilion was organised by Tisslaine France Promotion, the national trade association that assists French companies in the textile sector in their export drive.
UBIFRANCE provided Insight Show in June
The French Trade Commission unveiled the French Pavilion at Insight Show, the market-research trade fair held in London on 27-28 June. For the fourth year in a row, and with 10 exhibiting companies in 2012, the Pavilion showcased dynamic companies from across the industry.
French movie industry is on a good TRIP
France’s movie industry is prospering: in 2011, over 270 approved films were produced, which is the highest number yet. The number of co-productions with a majority non-French backing was also at its highest in 2011: 65 films were shot, as compared to 58 in 2010. The country’s appeal is due to various factors, including France’s Tax Rebate for International Productions (known as TRIP).
Food and Drink
Henri Forest’s Zero to Hero effort wins Naked Wines’ recognition
Henri Forest, an independent winemaker from South-Western France, has secured £50,000 worth of sales and privileged access to the British market further to winning the Zero to Hero competition organised by UK-based online wine retailer Naked Wines, with the help of the French Trade Commission. Out of 240 wines, Le Clos de l’Olivier Minervois 2010, which is produced on the Villepeyroux-Forest estate, came out on top.
UBIFRANCE’s A Taste of France hits the Roof Gardens
On 14 June, the French Trade Commission organised the sixth A Taste of France — a speciality and fine-food networking day in the course of which 22 companies showcased a range of quality French products, including charcuterie, condiments and chocolate. The event provided buyers with the opportunity to meet the producers at Kensington Roof Gardens, in central London.
Comptoir du Cacao gives chocolate flavour to A Taste of France
Comptoir du Cacao, a family-run artisan chocolate factory that makes high-quality single-origin chocolates in unique flavours, showcased its products at A Taste of France, the fine-food event organised in June by the French Trade Commission.
Nutraveris Online verifies your ingredients EU-wide
Nutraveris is a leading scientific and regulatory consulting firm for the nutrition and health sectors across Europe, whose expertise will help industry players deal with forthcoming EU legislation. Nutraveris Online allows Nutraveris’ clients to select ingredients that have claims that are usable in Europe, allowing for the verification of the regulatory status of ingredients in each EU member state (in order to ensure full compliance with local laws and regulations).
Health and the Environment
Pellenc ST wastes no time recycling at RWM
Pellenc Selective Technologies (or Pellenc ST), a manufacturer of optical-sorting machines for industrial and household waste, attended the Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition (RWM). The company exhibited its solutions designed for materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and for sorting municipal solid waste (MSW) at the trade fair, from 11 to 13 September, in Birmingham (UK).
IFMAS enjoys excellence in bio-based materials
IFMAS, the R&D institute for bio-based materials headquartered in the Lille region, has recently been certified as an Institute of Excellence in its field, gaining a €30.8m grant from the French government in the process. IFMAS is supported by Nord France Invest (NFI), the agency for the promotion of Lille and its region.
DISTALZ is not forgotten by French/EU authorities
DISTALZ, the R&D laboratory specialising in Alzheimer’s disease, has recently been certified as a Laboratory of Excellence by the French government. The laboratory, based in the Lille region, is now part of the EU’s Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND). DISTALZ is supported by Nord France Invest (NFI), the agency for the promotion of Lille and its region.
IT and Optics
UBIFRANCE goes Dutch for ECOC
UBIFRANCE, in partnership with Comité National d’Optique et de Photonique (i.e. France’s national committee for optics and photonics), hosted 10 optical-communications specialists on the French Pavilion at the ECOC trade show in Amsterdam (Netherlands), from 17 to 19 September. ECOC is the largest European event of its kind in the field of fibre-optic communications and technology.
Conscio Technologies makes Sensiwave in software market
Sensiwave, the software solution developed by Conscio Technologies, has evolved into a fully integrated internal communications system. The company’s interactive solution — originally, a digital-security platform only — can accompany any type of change within an organisation and is used to launch internal communications campaigns, such as training schemes or the general development of internal policies.
Kaliop UK has Vision with Technology
Web-technologies expert Kaliop has recently acquired Vision with Technology, a leading British provider of eZ Publish solutions, thus becoming the largest provider of dedicated eZ Publish solutions in Europe. Kaliop has fully integrated Vision with Technology into the Kaliop Group, renaming the company Kaliop UK.
CARTES 2012 welcomes India, in the Cloud
CARTES 2012 Exhibition and Conference (formerly CARTES and IDentification) will take place in Paris (France) from 6 to 8 November. The two main themes of the leading smart-technologies event will be mobile payments and security in the Cloud, with India as the special guest nation.
Transport and Logistics
PNA gives Ouistreham ferry port a new lease of life
Under the supervision of Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), the first phase of the Ouistreham ferry terminal’s extension has been completed successfully, at a cost of €16 million. When the second phase (worth €3 million), supervised by Caen-Normandy Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is finished, the new facility will be greatly improved: it is due to be fully operational at some stage in the autumn of 2012.
West Riviera Yachting extends a Breton welcome to UK yachters
Representatives of the West Riviera Yachting dry port, next to Tréguier, in northern Brittany (Western France), attended the Boat Show, in Southampton (UK), from 14 to 23 September. West Riviera Yachting, which is a member of The Yacht Harbour Association, is ideally placed and fully equipped to welcome British yachtsmen and yachtswomen on the other side of the Channel.
UBIFRANCE at InnoTrans 2012 with 90 winners
UBIFRANCE organised the largest national pavilion at InnoTrans 2012 — the world’s leading trade show for the rail and urban-transport sector. About 90 companies showcased their innovative products and services on the French Pavilion in Berlin (Germany), from 18 to 21 September.
BORFLEX’s FLAMESTOP® rubber range visits InnoTrans
BORFLEX unveiled its new FLAMESTOP® rubber range at the InnoTrans trade show. The FLAMESTOP® range, designed for the rail industry, fulfils the requirements of the new EN 45545 European standard for fire and fumes safety, which will be mandatory from January 2014.
DBM Technology flies to Farnborough with thermals
DBM Technology attended Farnborough International Airshow (England) from 9 to 15 July; the company has recently established itself in Britain. DBM’s expertise lies in the field of insulation and high-temperature thermal protection for engines, aeronautic equipment and special industrial applications.
EMBALLAGE 2012 set to pack a punch in November
EMBALLAGE 2012, the international packaging exhibition, will take place in Paris (France) from 19 to 22 November. With 1,300 exhibitors (48% of whom are from outside France) and 89,000 visitors expected, the international trade event will highlight the innovative power of the packaging sector.
For the first time, there will be a French Pavilion showcasing 10 participating companies at the London Textile Fair on 18 and 19 July 2012. The Pavilion is organised by Tisslaine France Promotion, the national trade association that assists French companies in the textile sector in their export drive: Tisslaine supports the creation of collections by arranging meetings to discuss trends in fashion and in consumer behaviour.
"The autumn-winter [A/W] 2013/14 season has three principal colour groups: subtly coloured winter pastels, saturated dark colours and bright tones wakened by spots of colour. This season makes the link between the expression of contemporary fashion and the references to the past, with rich influences from Asia and Latin America," explains Anna Franquesa, Stylist at Tisslaine.
Anna Franquesa continues, "Amongst the strongest trends from the French textile producers are geometric patterns. These patterns create a feeling of depth by giving perspective to discreet shapes like houndstooth or small tie patterns that are reinterpreted using a feminine twist and ethnic inspirations, often resulting in the extravagant. The black-and-white duo makes its comeback and has been altered to create a sense of movement and a new appeal."
Tweeds and mottled/smudged designs are also at the forefront of the A/W 13/14 season’s collection, incorporating strokes of colour, thin yarns and thick fluffy yarn, creating a rich macramé effect. Often, these fabrics include metallic fibres, which make for a lavish Baroque-like piece.
Additionally, this season will use soft, supple materials that imitate suede and leather, such as Duchess Satin, along with brilliant Jacquards and brocades, as well as grained materials, including crêpes. Designs contain reptile and wildcat motifs, patchwork effects, and reshaped squares and stripes.
Britain is the sixth largest export market for the French textile sector (2011 figures), with exports of textile goods to the UK reaching €420 million (up by 2% in 2011 on 2010) : it is a very important market for the companies that Tisslaine assists in their export drive.
The 10 companies that will unveil their A/W 13/14 collections on the French Pavilion, which represent the key segments of the industry, are listed below; further details can be provided upon request. For the full catalogue, please follow this link.
AB CREATIONS/FABIEN DOLIGEZ
AB CREATIONS/FABIEN DOLIGEZ has two collections — Fabien Doligez and Opening. The former is a collection of plain and fancy weaves, playing with co-ordinated colours; the latter is a Jacquard collection, with fancy yarn-dyed fabrics.
AVELANA S.N. is unveiling its A/W range of unique designs, made in wool and blends, the stress being on refined fabrics for the modern woman. The collection has a range of technical finishes, including the new carbonium fibre, which combines valuable fabric performance with style. AVELANA’s stretch fabrics are easy-care, crease-free, stain-resistant and washable.
The company has an agent in the UK.
DEVEAUX is a specialist in digital printing, as well as the fabrication of a range of woven and knitted fabrics, be they yarn-dyed, Jacquards, plains, or Dobby. The company can offer textile confinement as part of the production process.
DEVEAUX has agents in the UK and the Irish Republic.
DUTEL operates a mill offering a large, modern and diverse collection of Jacquards and textured fabrics, ranging from classic designs to trend-driven fabrics for womenswear. The company develops original designs using specific textiles to suit client requirements; it can also amend current designs quickly.
DUTEL offers standard European eight-week delivery terms and has an agent in the UK.
MALHIA KENT has an in-house creative team that fabricates its woven fabrics for haute couture and top-of-the-range womenswear. The fabrics, including fancy tweeds, open-work fabrics, sequined materials and Jacquards, are 100% manufactured in France.
The company’s A/W range has various sources of inspiration, including animal fur, blurred landscapes, extravagant mixtures, raffia, graphic design, hand-woven crafts and used metal.
PHILEA creates high-quality innovative plain, prints and Jacquard-woven materials that are made in Europe. The A/W collection includes a variety of deep colours and winter pastels. Granite-like materials, plain or chiné wools, silky fabrics with a subtle sheen and dark Jacquards that mix contrasting finishes have been developed. Patterns are inspired by reptile designs, Asiatic influences, and abstract paintings, and include new unstructured squares.
PHILEA has an agent in the UK.
SOFILETA specialises in functional stretch knits, ultra-fine knits and technical wovens, as well as new fabrics for down jackets and technical fabrics with digital prints.
SOFILETA has an agent in the UK.
SPRINTEX specialises in rotary and inkjet prints, along with combined plains. The company regularly offers new products and patterns, supplying fabrics that enable clients to build their own collection, be it in womenswear, childrenswear or menswear.
SPRINTEX is seeking a UK agent.
J. TOURNIER & FILS
J. TOURNIER & FILS specialises in both mid-range and high-quality fabrics for ladies’ jackets and coats using alpaca, angora, cashmere, mohair and wool. Multicolour tweeds, glossy sections and geometric designs in Jacquards on a mohair-brushed base are features of J. TOURNIER’s range, which uses strong colours.
J. TOURNIER has an agent in the UK.
VELCOREX SINCE 1828
VELCOREX operates a mill specialising in dyeing and finishing, as well as in the fabrication of corduroy fabrics. VELCOREX produces elaborate corduroy, flats and sportswear fabrics using natural fibres. The company has proven expertise in pigment dye, two tones and coating.
Tisslaine France Promotion is the national trade association that assists French textile companies in their export drive.
The association is organising the first French Pavilion to feature at the London Textile Fair, which will take place in London (UK) from 18 to 19 July 2012. The presence of a French Pavilion at the trade show is supported by France’s Secretary of State for Foreign Trade.
For further information about the London Textile Fair, please go to: http://thelondontextilefair.co.uk/
For further information about Tisslaine France Promotion and the French textile industry, please go to: http://www.textile.fr/en or contact Katherine Woods, Press Officer of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London.
avril 25, 2012
UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business developement, comes under the aegis of France's Ministry for the Economy, Industry & Employment. UBIFRANCE lies at the heart of France's public-sector export support framework.