We have a partly new team in place, here at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, with our new Editorial Assistant, Amal Froidevaux, who comes from Aix-en-Provence (in south-eastern France) and started with us in September, and our new Project Manager, Joanna Routaboul, who joined the department at the start of December.
Joanna, who was previously based near Agen (in south-western France), replaces Pierre Mancini, who decided to leave London and return to Paris when he was offered a job in the cultural-services sector. Joanna has a strong background in sales and marketing, and will be an invaluable addition to the team so as to develop our activity into 2013 — something which is more important than ever in these challenging times.
The September-to-December period is always a busy one at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission, here in London, if only because there are so many trade shows in September and October that are attended by French companies over the period.
(from left to right: Amal Froidevaux, Joanna Routaboul, Philip Jolly and Katherine Woods)
From 20 to 23 September, in London, 100% Design focused on French expertise and creativity in interior design. On 21 November, we had another event relating to design but, this time, it was the world of fashion, with the French Fashion Showroom, organised by our colleagues in the Consumer Goods Department at the French Trade Commission.
On 20 September, for my part, I travelled down to Southampton to meet one of our clients at the Boat Show: West Riviera Yachting is a dry-port operator that runs a well-equipped facility in the port of Tréguier, in northern Brittany, and we did some PR for them ahead of the trade show, in the summer, as you may remember.
Many British sailing enthusiasts find that congestion and high charges in ports along the south coast of England are an issue, and increasingly turn to mooring options on the Continent as a result — Brittany being an obvious choice, given the quality of the facilities on offer, their comparatively low cost, and the overall beauty of this maritime region of western France.
Gas Tech was another important trade fair I went to (8 to 11 October), and there were many interesting French companies at the EXCEL exhibition centre, which are involved in the business and technology of transporting and processing natural gas.
The picture would not be complete without some references to Food & Drink, and the Saatchi Gallery wine event at the end of October (26 and 27) springs to mind: we assisted CIV CORSE, the syndicate of Corsican winegrowers, who had a stand at the event, to better promote a range of original and high-end Corsican wines. The Saatchi event was interesting in that it combined a B-to-B dimension (aimed at trade professionals) with a B-to-C angle (intended to offer the general public an opportunity to discover new, quality wines).
We have also had a successful press trip (3 and 4 December), organised on behalf of our client, NFI, the agency for the promotion of the northern city of Lille and its surrounding region. A joint British/German press delegation (including four British journalists) travelled over to Lille in order to learn more about current developments in biotechnology in northern France.
The press trip combined field visits, meetings with industry executives and entrepreneurs, and a tour of the BioFIT event: BioFIT is an international partnering event of reference in the life-sciences sector, and it focuses on technology transfers and collaborative projects that have the potential to shape the biotech industry of the future.
Last but not least, among the events we have recently helped to organise and publicise, the docking of the Etoile du Roy tall ship, first at Portsmouth, then St Katharine Docks in London, has generated a huge amount of media interest — from regional TV news (with a report on ITV Meridian) to the trade and national press (with an article in The Daily Telegraph). The object of this interest has been the pink onion of Brittany, since the replica of a Nelson-era warship was laden with Roscoff pink onions typical of Brittany and known for their subtle, sweet taste.
The ship itself is well known to the British public: it was originally built for Hornblower, the British television series, first broadcast in the UK in the 1990s. The pink onion has a special place in Franco-British relations: in 1828, a producer from Saint-Pol-de-Léon, on the northern coast of Brittany, decided to cross the English Channel and sell his produce directly to the British consumer. Won over by the taste of the pink onion, the British welcomed the sellers that arrived each year and named them Johnnies, or Little Jeans, as Jean — or Yann, in its Breton version — is John in English.
The Onion Johnnies used to walk (or cycle) from door to door with the plaited onions on their shoulders — hence the stereotypical image of the French onion (or garlic) seller, who sports a beret and rides a bicycle up and down the country… I am told some people in Britain still think that all (or most) Frenchmen dress in the way that the Onion Johnnies used to in the 1920s and 1930s: for the sake of accuracy, it should be stressed that this is a misconception.
On 4 December, the ship reached St Katharine Docks, and it is due to set sail on 17 December to go back to France: as a result, many Londoners and others have had the opportunity to get on board and sample the pink onions on offer. On 10 December, a special event was organised, which went on from 4.00pm to 9.00pm: it gave trade professionals and members of the media the opportunity to sample some pink onions brought over by the Etoile du Roy. Mr Bernard Emié, French Ambassador to the UK, was guest of honour and made a speech. Together with a few journalists, I went for a drink in Dickens Inn afterwards — a nice way to round off the evening.
As you will see from the wide range of stories we have covered in the past few months, we continue to offer something for everyone, from flooring material for sports facilities (with Gerflor, which won several contracts for the London Olympic Games) to laminated timber (with sector leader MATHIS, making inroads into the Persian Gulf), and from exciting food products from France’s overseas territories (on display at SIAL 2012) to airbag protective jackets for motorcyclists (as designed and developed by innovative company HELITE).
Many more companies covered in this bulletin would deserve a mention, but you can discover them for yourself, such as QOOQ and its culinary tablet preloaded with 1,000 recipes or ALDEBARAN Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robots, the latest application of which is in the classroom across many schools in England. (No, you can’t order one that will do the hoovering and the rest of the housework for you yet, although I wouldn’t be surprised if such a model were available on the market before long!)
The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK will come out in the latter part of February 2013. Till then, and if you can’t wait that long, do follow us on Twitter in real time (https://twitter.com/ at @UBIFRANCE_UK).
The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE will be closed over the festive season, from 24 December to 1 January included. We wish you an enjoyable end-of-year break, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Manager — Press Office
UBIFRANCE London, the French Trade Commission in the UK
Construction and Energy
THETIS MRE keeps a-Brest in marine renewables
THETIS MRE, the only annual convention devoted to marine renewable energy (MRE), will take place from 10 to 11 April 2013 in Brest (Brittany). The convention will provide an opportunity for the sector’s major international players to gather and exchange ideas about the marine-based energies of the future.
MATHIS is glued to success in Qatar
MATHIS, a European leader in glulam-timber construction, was chosen to supply the glulam elements of part of the new Doha International Airport, in the Qatari capital. The 80m x 25m structure, which has been completed, is the first glulam construction to be erected in Qatar.
Gerflor’s Creation ushers in a new world in commercial spaces
Gerflor, a flooring specialist, has launched Creation, which is a recyclable floor-covering range specially designed for commercial spaces. This product range is made up of luxury glue-down tiles and planks for areas that must withstand a large footfall.
Engineering and Transport
CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES’ mechatronic solutions strike the stroke
CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES develops cutting-edge mini-size actuators and piezoelectric motors with a range of scientific, industrial and medical applications. One of the company’s innovations is the Linear Stepping Piezo Actuator (LSPA) motor, a linear piezoelectric micromotor with nanoscale positioning and a long stroke.
TECALEMIT FLEXIBLES’ hoses and tubes go organic
TECALEMIT FLEXIBLES, a specialist in flexible hoses for industry, has launched the innovative BBIO Universal TECALEMIT® tube, which is made from plastics of 100% biological origin. The company unveiled the tube at the MIDEST trade show, which took place from 6 to 9 November 2012 in the Paris region.
INEL’s Xsolo measures your residual stress from America to Europe
INEL, a specialist in X-ray diffraction (XRD) equipment, is to release Xsolo, a portable residual-stress-measurement system, in late 2012. The company manufactures a range of XRD equipment, used in both public- and private-sector R&D centres, as well as in industry. INEL, which is present in the USA, is seeking distributors across Europe.
HELITE airbags the market for motorcycle protective jackets
HELITE, an airbag-technology expert, launched its cutting-edge range of high-performance airbag protective jackets for motorcyclists at Motorcycle Live, which took place from 24 November to 2 December in Birmingham (UK).
Lille region’s FUTUROTEXTILES lies in CETI
The Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants (or CETI, i.e. the European Centre for Innovative Textiles) opened on 10 October in the Lille region. The opening coincided with the start of the third FUTUROTEXTILES innovative-textiles exhibition.
Food and Drink
Prince de Bretagne brings the Onion Johnnies back to Britain
Prince de Bretagne, which produces and markets the Roscoff pink onion of Brittany, chartered the Etoile du Roy, a tall ship, to transport a cargo of onions from Brittany to London, via Portsmouth. On 10 December, an event held on the ship in London proved popular with the trade, the media and the general public.
Corsican wines enrich London Experience at Saatchi Gallery
CIVCORSE, the Corsican Wine Board, represented seven estates from the French island of Corsica at The London Experience, which took place at the Saatchi Gallery (London) from 26 to 27 October. All the producers are seeking partners and distributors in the UK and Ireland.
Millésime Bio 2013 is organically yours at 20
Next year, Millésime Bio, the organic-wine trade show, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. From 28 to 30 January 2013, the trade fair will take place in Montpellier, which is at the heart of France’s leading region for organic winegrowing. The trade show is expected to attract 3,500 visitors.
French overseas territories give SIAL 2012 that tropical feel
There were 22 companies from France’s overseas territories at SIAL 2012, the international trade show for the food industry, held from 21 to 25 October at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre (near Paris). The Pavilion displayed products such as Rhum Agricole, coffee, fruit-based items and seafood from Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion Island.
Nord-Pas-de-Calais features Agroé at SIAL 2012
The Nord-Pas-de-Calais region hosted a pavilion at SIAL 2012. France’s leading region for agri-food exports focused on innovation and Agroé, its cluster of excellence within the sector.
UNOWHY’s QOOQ speaks English in the kitchen
UNOWHY has launched the English version of QOOQ, the first tablet computer that is made for the kitchen. The tablet is preloaded with 1,000 international multimedia recipes, ingredient fact sheets, and useful meal-planning tools to help gastronomy lovers in the kitchen.
Health and Services
Minasolve’s parabens substitute takes SCS Formulate by storm
Minasolve, a specialist in the personal-care and pharmaceutical ingredients markets, exhibited its new ethyl hexyl glycerine — MinaCare Hexcine — at SCS Formulate, the trade show for the cosmetics industry, held from 13 to 14 November in Coventry (England). Minasolve is seeking a distributor in the UK.
EcoVadis and CDP bring CSR to the supply chain
EcoVadis and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) have announced a partnership whereby the two companies offer an enhanced service to both EcoVadis and CDP Supply Chain’s customers. The partnership is founded on the companies’ expertise: CDP specialises in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, climate change and water, whereas EcoVadis covers all main CSR topics.
B.I.G. Talents hit the town in November
Involving both a trade show and a business convention, B.I.G. Talents is the only business event of its kind in France that is devoted to biotech, IT and greentech (B.I.G.). The event took place from 14 to 15 November in Rouen (north-western France).
E-Commerce Paris 2012 goes from strength to strength — and to China
The E-Commerce Paris trade show has reinforced its reputation as a crucial event for the e-commerce sector, with 500 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors in 2012. E-Commerce Paris 2012 ended on 20 September after three successful days focusing on changes in market trends and on innovation; a special conference session put the spotlight on China.
France is Brand Licensing Europe, from Asterix to Moulin Rouge®
UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, was organising a pavilion at the Brand Licensing Europe trade show, held from 16 to 18 October in London (UK). The Pavilion, which was supported by the French Licensing Federation (F2D2), featured 10 licensing specialists who work with The Jim Henson Company, Moulin Rouge® and Asterix, among others.
IT and Robotics
ALDEBARAN Robotics unleashes NAO on Warwickshire schools
ALDEBARAN Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robotics, has equipped over 200 secondary schools worldwide with its NAO robot. In order to increase pupil interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the company has introduced the humanoid robot into schools across Warwickshire (England).
Runware’s Runalyzer Sport Pack conquers the heart of MFi users
Runware has launched the Runalyzer Sport Pack, which combines an iPhone-compatible heart-rate monitor, chest strap and armband. The designer of innovative smartphone accessories has been certified by Apple to design devices specifically made for iPhones, iPads and iPods (or MFi devices).
Conscio Technologies meters clients’ security awareness with ISAM
Conscio Technologies, a publisher of information-security solutions, has joined forces with Hapsis, a Sensitive Security Information (SSI) specialist, to create the Information Security Awareness Meter (ISAM). The ISAM analyses the information-security culture of a company before providing a detailed action plan for improving security.
For further information, please contact :
UBIFRANCE Press Office in London
Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640
EcoVadis and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) have announced a partnership whereby the two companies offer an enhanced service to both EcoVadis and CDP Supply Chain’s customers. The partnership is founded on the companies’ expertise: CDP has in-depth knowledge of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, climate change and water, whereas EcoVadis covers all main CSR topics, providing an easy-to-use and dynamic web interface for end-users.
EcoVadis and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) have announced a partnership to offer an improved service to EcoVadis and CDP Supply Chain’s customers, while reducing the requests for companies in the supply chains of large purchasing corporations to report on how they are managing carbon.
The partnership is founded upon the complementary skills and knowledge of the two entities. EcoVadis covers all main CSR topics, supplying a dynamic and user-friendly web interface for end users, and CDP has expertise in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, climate change and water. The partnership allows responding companies to minimise their reporting by automatically transferring the information in their CDP response to EcoVadis’ system.
“Partnering with EcoVadis will mean that suppliers that have already disclosed their carbon and climate-change information to CDP will not have to duplicate their efforts in the EcoVadis system. The two systems are extremely complementary with EcoVadis providing powerful high-level data across 21 pillars of sustainability and CDP Supply Chain providing that crucial deeper dive on carbon, climate-change and water,” said Dexter Galvin, Head of CDP Supply Chain.
Having access to CDP’s detailed information will improve the quality of the EcoVadis supplier sustainability rating data. CDP Supply Chain will benefit from the EcoVadis supplier scorecards as a means to accelerate the adoption and deployment of its data by procurement managers.
“We are very happy to collaborate with CDP, which we always recognised as the leader for standardised climate-change reporting. Through this collaboration, we are willing to bring benefits to both suppliers and buying organisations. There is a growing pressure in all sectors to analyse supply-chain sustainability issues and, through this collaboration, we intend to minimise the effort for suppliers worldwide,” declared Pierre-François Thaler, EcoVadis Co-President.
About the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an international, not-for-profit organisation providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information.
CDP harnesses the power of market forces, including 655 institutional investors with assets of US$78 trillion, to collect information from companies on their greenhouse-gas emissions, along with the assessment of climate change and water risk as well as water opportunity. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate-change and water data, and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions.
For further information, please go to: www.cdproject.net
EcoVadis operates one of the largest collaborative platforms of its kind, allowing companies to assess the environmental and social performance of their global suppliers.
EcoVadis combines technology and expertise to deliver simple and reliable Suppliers Sustainability Scorecards, covering 150 purchasing categories, 21 CSR indicators, and 120 countries. The company’s ratings are compatible with the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G3) and those of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO 26000), helping businesses reduce risks and drive performance and innovation in their supply chain.
More than 60 multinational companies have selected the EcoVadis solution, including companies on the Fortune 500 list, such as Alstom, Axa, Air Liquide, Alcatel-Lucent, Bouygues, Coca Cola Enterprises, Heineken, Orange, Johnson & Johnson, Lafarge, Renault-Nissan, Schneider Electric, Shell, and Veolia.
For further information, please go to: www.ecovadis.com
Wines, Spirits, Beverages
HEINEKEN, the international brewer and Europe’s largest, has chosen the platform developed by EcoVadis of France in order to assess and improve sustainability in its supply chain. The EcoVadis platform, tailored to the needs of the brewing industry, will help HEINEKEN drive up its CSR performance, and that of its suppliers.
David Spacey, Global Procurement Director at international brewer HEINEKEN, states, “The development and rigorous implementation of sustainable procurement policies is a key element of HEINEKEN’s Brewing a Better Future agenda. HEINEKEN has a strong preference to do business only with organisations that share [its] values of respect for the planet and [its] ethical business principles. Our buyer’s discussions with suppliers have included environmental and social issues since 2005, but, after recently benchmarking against other companies’ standards, we chose to raise the bar, increasing our expectations and updating our Supplier Code.”
“Acknowledging that driving our CSR [or Corporate Social Responsibility] standards into, and through, our supply chain is both about assuring current performance as well as driving improvement, we invested time in finding a CSR performance-measurement platform that could meet all our requirements. After extensive reviews of the alternatives, we have chosen to utilise the EcoVadis platform," continues David Spacey.
The EcoVadis platform allows HEINEKEN to monitor risks within the supplier base, which spans more than 100 countries, while identifying suppliers’ innovative sustainability practices. The EcoVadis platform will allow HEINEKEN buyers access to easy-to-use and reliable sustainability ratings, on a global scale. These ratings cover 21 environmental and social criteria, and measure compliance with the key elements of HEINEKEN’s Supplier Code.
At the end of 2005, HEINEKEN adopted its first Supplier Code dedicated to supply-chain responsibility. The code is aimed at sourcing products and services in a responsible manner: it obliges suppliers to operate in accordance with the principles that the code sets out.
In 2011, HEINEKEN decided to reinforce this policy through a collaborative platform that allowed for the evaluation and improvement of its key suppliers’ environmental and social performance. The company selected the EcoVadis platform for this purpose.
HEINEKEN and EcoVadis also collaborated in order to develop specific questionnaires and scoring models covering certain malt, hops and grains categories that come into the beer-making process. After a successful pilot programme covering 150 strategic suppliers in 2011, the EcoVadis solution is now being rolled out on a global basis by HEINEKEN.
“The EcoVadis solution offers an excellent combination of self-assessment, 360-degree supporting-evidence evaluation, and inter-industry competitor benchmarking. The ease of access and usability for both our large supplier base and our global procurement community was also a key factor,” explains David Spacey of HEINEKEN.
“We did not want to deploy a generic assessment, but to address the specific lifecycle challenges of each of our core spend categories. The EcoVadis platform is a great solution to support this initiative with our suppliers and with our global procurement community,” continues David Spacey.
In a study, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) stated, “Businesses should use databases like EcoVadis […] as they collect and distribute data about suppliers and they provide buyers with an integrated supplier assessment tool focused on sustainable-development indicators.”
Pierre-François Thaler, Managing Director and Co-Founder of EcoVadis, says, “We are very happy to collaborate with HEINEKEN, which is the first brewer to have engaged in such an advanced, sustainable supply-chain programme, going beyond the traditional social-compliance approaches. Through this collaborative platform, HEINEKEN and EcoVadis also wish to give the possibility to other big FMCG companies [in the sector of fast-moving consumer goods] to participate, in order to improve the environmental and social conditions of supply chains.”
HEINEKEN is an independent global brewer that employs 70,000 people, and was founded by the Heineken family. HEINEKEN is present in over 70 countries and operates more than 140 breweries, selling 214 million hectolitres of beer.
The company is Europe’s largest brewer and the world’s third largest brewer, in terms of volume. In 2011, HEINEKEN’s revenue totalled €17.1 billion and earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) stood at €2.7 billion.
HEINEKEN is committed to the responsible marketing of its 200 international premium, regional, local and specialty beers and ciders. These include Amstel, Birra Moretti, Cruzcampo, Desperados, Dos Equis, Foster’s, Heineken, Newcastle Brown Ale, Ochota, Primus, Sagres, Sol, Star, Strongbow, Tecate and Zywiec. The group’s leading joint-venture brands are Anchor, Cristal, Kingfisher and Tiger.
HEINEKEN N.V. and HEINEKEN Holding N.V. shares are listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Prices for the ordinary shares may be accessed on Bloomberg under the symbols HEIA NA and HEIO NA and on the Reuters Equities 2000 Service under HEIN.AS and HEIO.AS.
For more information about HEINEKEN, please go to: www.theHEINEKENcompany.com
EcoVadis operates one of the largest Software as a Service (SaaS) collaborative platforms, helping major companies assess their suppliers’ environmental and CSR performance. EcoVadis combines an information system and a network of CSR analysts in order to provide buyers with simple and reliable information.
The company’s solutions are currently used by 50 major international groups and cover 150 purchasing categories, 150 countries, and 21 indicators, ranging from “CO2 emissions” to “child labour”.
For further information about EcoVadis, please go to: www.ecovadis.com
July and August always constitute a slower period for us since most of our clients over in France are on holiday for at least part of the summer period — and a good few British journalists are in and out of town too over the summer months... However, I have quite a lot to talk about in this bulletin, and a few things to announce — so, please read on.
Here at the press office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, we have taken advantage of the summer recess, relative as it may be, to make sure we are fully ready for the peak of activity we can expect in September-October, and into November. I can confirm that the new team at the press office is up to the mark. (So that you may picture the members of the press office’s team, and for those who have not met my new colleagues yet, we have inserted a photo.) Indeed, between the end of May and the middle of July, a completely new team — apart from the author of these lines — has replaced the previous incumbents.
The new project manager, Pierre Mancini, started on 1 June and is by now fully settled in his job. Subsequently, Marie-Aliénor Goillandeau, our trainee-cum-editorial-assistant, who is also from France, began her placement on 13 June. Since she is half-English, she has found adjusting to life in London a bit easier than other trainees did. (Pierre, for his part, has distant Russian roots and speaks the language, but this has not proved that useful, so far.)
Last but not least, Katherine Woods took over from Mary-Ann Williams in mid-July. After about a year at the press office, Mary-Ann decided to return to journalism. (She had worked as a journalist for three years before joining the press office.) Katherine, who is from Leeds and was eager to start a career in PR in London, began working with us on 18 July. She is fast adjusting to the many demands of the job, and has found that her very good French is proving more useful than ever.
Left to right: Philip Jolly, Marie-Alienor Goillandeau, Pierre Mancini, Katherine Woods
The rentrée of September is always a busy time, and this year has confirmed the rule. First of all, we have signed (or prolonged) several big contracts with companies that were keen to entrust the press office with their PR in the UK.
The Port of Normandy Authority (PNA), which owns and runs three ports on the Normandy coast, i.e. Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, has renewed its contract with us. Expect more information coming from us on what they are doing and planning in 2011-2012, some of it in relation to wind power in the Channel, as the latest press release illustrates.
Another significant and exciting contract has been signed with HUET, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of high-performance acoustic- and fire-rated timber doorsets. Founded 65 years ago, HUET, which is headquartered in Western France, produces nearly 600,000 interior doors and over 150,000 exterior doors and windows every year!
Recently, HUET took part in the multi-million-pound refurbishment of the five-star St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, near King’s Cross and the Eurostar terminal — a remarkable building if ever there was one. The French specialist company provided more than 250 of its Chorus 42 acoustic-rated doorsets, as part of the modernization of the iconic, neo-Gothic site. (Should you wish to have a look at the inside of the building, you do not need to be a guest in order to have a drink downstairs in the bar, on the ground-floor.)
In addition to being a supplier to the hotel industry, HUET designs and produces fire- and acoustic-rated timber doorsets for a wide range of buildings, including hospitals, surgeries, health/medical centres, schools, colleges, universities, and television/recording studios. The company will be at Sleep Event, the trade show for the hotel industry, which will take place at the Business Design Centre, in London, from 23 to 24 November.
If you work in the logistics press, you will have been in contact with Katherine, since we have a press trip taking place around this topic at the end of the month (26-28 September). Two British journalists, working for key logistics-sector titles, will be whisked away to Lille, in Northern France, by Eurostar — journey time: 90 minutes — and will be given the opportunity to visit various sites in and around the city.
We have one or two more press trips on the cards between October and December of this year, which will also be organised, on the French side, by Nord France Experts (NFX), the agency for the development of Lille and its region. Katherine will get in touch with you over those, if they relate to your expertise, as and when we get the pre-programme from NFX.
As you will see from our selection of news stories, we continue to cover a very wide range of topics, from marketing and retail to food and farming, and from wine or clinical research to rail transport and software development: Whatever you write about, we have something for you! (I think that is going to be our new motto for 2012, come to think of it.)
We also continue to support our colleagues at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London. Among other events, they are working on the French Pavilion at 100% Design, due to take place at Earl’s Court (in London) from 22 to 25 September. As in previous years, the pavilion will provide an opportunity to showcase the best in creative and innovative French interior design.
I have kept the best bit for the end, since I know where the heart of our readers is: please make a note of 23 November, because, on that day (from 6.30pm), we will be organising our Christmas party for the media. There will be food and there will be drinks, and we won’t even inflict a lengthy speech or a dull Power Point (or two, or three) on you; or expect you to write an article about the event afterwards; or demand that you interview someone or other; or check that you have taken some notes as you are leaving the venue; or complain if you do not Tweet non-stop right through the evening about the cocktail party, as opposed to actually taking part in (and enjoying) it…
No, all we are asking you to do is to turn up, so that you may enjoy the press office’s end-of-year bash. It is our way to say ‘thank you’ to all the publishers, editors, journalists, staff writers, and freelancers who, whether they are in the trade press (in print and/or online) or in other media, work with us on an ongoing basis and appreciate what we do, just as we value what they do.
Full details will be sent to you shortly, and all you need to do is confirm your attendance by email to Katherine Woods, press officer. The party will also give you the opportunity to meet the new team at the press office and, more particularly, Katherine herself, and that is another reason why we hope you can make it.
The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK News will come out sometime in late November, after our Christmas party. See you on the 23rd!
Manager — Press Office
Mission Economique UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission in London
Business and Marketing
French retail marketing solutions stand out at In-Store
The French Trade Commission in London unveiled the French Pavilion at the In-Store Show, the retail marketing trade fair, held in London on 29-30 June 2011. For the second consecutive year, the French Pavilion showcased dynamic French companies from across the industry.
For further information, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk
French Pavilion provides both at Insight Show
The French Trade Commission unveiled the French Pavilion at Insight Show, the market-research trade fair, held in London on 29-30 June. For the third consecutive year, the French Pavilion showcased dynamic French companies from across the industry.
For further information, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk
Northern France consumers sit pretty within 300km radius
Experian pH, a specialist in information and marketing services, has conducted a detailed study that shows the city of Lille and its region to be at the heart of the wealthiest consumer centre in Europe within a 300-kilometre radius.
For further information, please go to: www.investinnorthernfrance.com
Energy and Environment
ONET and BRADTEC DECON are an item
ONET TECHNOLOGIES, which operates in the civil nuclear industry, has strengthened its presence in the UK further to the takeover of BRADTEC DECON TECHNOLOGIES LTD, a company specialising in decontamination procedures. ONET wanted to boost its operations in Britain.
For further information, please go to: http://www.onet-technologies.com/
ONET ventures jointly into India with PCI Ltd
ONET TECHNOLOGIES has decided to invest in India’s civil nuclear industry by setting up an engineering joint venture with PCI Ltd (part of PRIME Group of India), to be called ONET TECHNOLOGIES INDIA. ONET holds 70% of the shares in the joint venture and PCI Ltd the remaining 30%.
For further information, please go to: http://www.onet-technologies.com/en/
Overkiz makes Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi vision reality
Overkiz has developed a multi-protocol software and hardware platform making possible the remote running and diagnostics of domestic equipment and appliances. The package offered by Overkiz consists of a secure plug & play gateway installed on the end-user’s premises – the kiz box.
For further information, please go to: www.overkiz.com
EcoVadis ensures RENAULT’s suppliers evince CSR
EcoVadis has been selected by RENAULT to set up an innovative platform in order to assess the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance of the car manufacturer’s suppliers. In a recent report, the United Nations Environment Programme recognised the validity of the tools offered by EcoVadis to help companies integrate Sustainable Development criteria into their supply chain.
For further information, please go to: www.ecovadis.com
Engineering and Transport
Northern France moves to Belgium for Transport & Logistics
The Chamber of Commerce of Nord-Pas-de-Calais is hosting the Northern France pavilion to showcase the region’s logistics expertise at the Transport & Logistics 2011 trade show, in Antwerp (Belgium). The trade fair is expected to attract 300 exhibitors between 20 and 22 September.
For further information, please go to: www.cci-international.net
RAILENIUM firmly on track with €550 million boost
RAILENIUM, the European Institute for Technological Research in Rail Infrastructure, has been selected by the French government as a leading investment project and has been awarded €550 million in funding. This major European and international project will be based in and around Lille.
For further information, please go to: www.i-trans.org
Legrand’s prefabricated cable pits are not
Legrand, a manufacturer of prefabricated cable pits made from recycled composites, has developed cable pits that represent a lighter alternative to their concrete equivalent. The patented device offers many other advantages. Legrand is one of SNCF’s preferred suppliers.
For further information, please go to: www.btp-legrand.com
RONIS interlock systems can free you from security concerns
RONIS has developed a full range of interlock systems designed specifically to ensure the safety of users and equipment during work on medium- and high-voltage machines and electrical installations. The systems developed by RONIS can be tailored to each company’s specific needs.
For further information, please go to: www.ronis.fr
APLIX gets to grips with inter-mold® in hook and loop
APLIX, a specialist in self-gripping fasteners, has developed the inter-mold® technology, making it possible to offer a new generation of fasteners for the hook-and-loop industry. Inter-mold® fastening technology allows hooks to be injection-moulded directly into plastic parts.
For further information, please go to: www.aplix.com
TIFLEX printer stamps its mark on traceability
TIFLEX has unveiled the HRP 1000 R3, its new Very High Resolution inkjet printer, which was designed to meet traceability requirements in industrial-product logistics using the GS1 128 bar code. With the HRP 1000 R3, bar codes (and other data) can be stamped easily, straight on to a range of substrate materials.
For further information, please go to: www.tiflex.com
Food and drinks
So French So Good, says French Trade Commission in London Mr Pierre Lellouche, France’s Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, has launched a campaign for export promotion — So French, So Good — to showcase France’s food-and-drink sector and the country’s gastronomy. French gastronomy was recently added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.For further information, please go to: www.sofrenchsogood.com
Sommet de l’Élevage celebrates 20 years in beefy style
Electronics and IT
Paris, 14 July 2011 — EcoVadis of France has been selected by RENAULT to set up an innovative platform in order to assess the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance of the international car manufacturer’s suppliers. In a recent report, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has recognised the use and validity of the tools offered by EcoVadis, in order to help companies integrate Sustainable Development criteria into their supply chain.
Telecommunications and Space
The solution developed by EcoVadis will now be used by Bouygues Telecom, France Telecom-Orange and SFR in order to assess Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance among their suppliers worldwide. EcoVadis has announced that the three leading telecoms operators have selected its technology as part of a project focused on Sustainable Supply Management and led by the Fédération Française des Télécoms (FTF, the French telecoms-industry association).
“The development of sustainable buying policies shows there exists a genuine, substantial momentum. We have included a CSR suppliers’ charter and clauses relating to sustainable development within our calls for tenders or contracts. But we want to go further, still, by supporting our suppliers and sub-contractors in an approach towards ongoing improvement in their Sustainable Development performance,” declares Richard Lalande, Chairman of the FTF’s Sustainable Development Commission. “The EcoVadis platform seemed to us to be an excellent solution in reinforcing this approach.”
Pierre-François Thaler, EcoVadis Managing Director and co-founder, adds, “This agreement with the FTF allows us to deploy our platform with all operators, and it demonstrates the relevance of our shared model. Such standardisation is key to fostering change in the practices used within supply chains. French operators have highly structured policies in terms of Sustainable Development, and we are proud to be part of this initiative.”
EcoVadis SP® is a new, integrated solution offering businesses a platform for assessing and monitoring ethical, environmental and social performance among their key suppliers in over 120 countries. Thanks to the EcoVadis solution, operators can access their suppliers’ evaluations in relation to 21 key environmental, social and ethical criteria, taking into account specific issues in 150 business sectors. At this point in time, over 30 major international groups (and close to half the companies listed on the CAC40 index, on the Paris Bourse) already use EcoVadis to assess their suppliers’ CSR performance.
Companies in the Fédération Française des Télécoms (FTF), the French trade association for the telecommunications industry, have pledged to contribute to France’s range of commitments in the environmental field. More particularly, the telecoms companies are keen to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. At national level, this was expressed through a charter that was signed on 22 July 2010 with Chantal Jouanno, France’s Secretary of State for Ecology.
Telecoms operators are thereby committed to having an exemplary approach towards their partners and suppliers through the implementation of responsible buying policies. To that end, the telecoms operators have decided to establish a common standard in terms of their suppliers’ CSR performance assessment, which will help provide reliable information and facilitate the work
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.