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SMTC’s Dynatech® solution lightens the mood at Aircraft Interiors 2014

Aurore Bernard - 02-avr.-2014 17:23:38
SMTC, a specialist in the design and manufacturing of composite sandwich panels, has unveiled Dynatech ®, a highly innovative weight-reducing system for aircraft and high-speed-train interiors. The company will be showcasing the full range of Dynatech® products at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014, which is taking place in Hamburg (Germany) from 8 to 10 April. Christophe Jenny, CEO of SMTC, says: “With Dynatech®, a truly revolutionary technology, we proactively made a major investment in mass production with high repeatability, in order to better serve our customers’ needs regarding significant weight savings, better mechanical properties, lower total system costs, and recyclability. We see ourselves as a carrier for solutions that fulfil the needs of society and, thus, are happy to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emission, to the performance of mass transport, and to the comfort and accessibility of passengers.” SMTC will be showcasing its Dynatech® technology at Aircraft Interiors E xpo 2014, to be held in Hamburg (in northern Germany) from 8 to 10 April of this year. The company will be exhibiting on the French Pavilion, in Hall B6 of the trade fair. Dynatech® products have been developed specifically for use in light-weight and high-performance applications such as damage tolerance as well as superior fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) values. Due to the thermoplastic nature of the Dynatech® solution as a ready-to-be-formed sandwich system, Dynatech® parts can be mass-produced, within the manufacturing process of various complex-shaped parts in the interior of aircraft and trains, including doors, luggage racks, seats, side-walls, trolleys, tables, etc. Based on the use of polyetherimide (PEI) in situ foam panels, Dynatech® technology also offers better thermic and acoustic isolation, as compared to traditional honeycomb designs based on thermoset panels: ultimately, this also contributes to the comfort of the traveller. “The Dynatech® revolution is down to an entirely new way of making sandwich panels based on full thermoplastic PEI material. These panels can also be formed into a variety of shapes, with different edging options,” explains Christophe Jenny. SMTC, which formerly focused on producing aluminium-based honeycomb systems, acquired the Dynatech® solution from inventor and patent-holder FITS Technology. SMTC is now developing and investing in the technology with a view to providing a completely new thermoplastic mass-market solution. Martin de Groot, CEO of FITS Technology and inventor of the process, explains: “My goal was to achieve maximum weight reduction to improve the ecological footprint of aircraft. In comparison with traditional sandwich systems, Dynatech® is much less labour-intensive thanks to its automated processing. Dynatech® now allows for extremely short-cycle times of only a few minutes for the pressing process. It also outperforms traditional material by offering a maximum manufacturing time of 30 seconds per edge.” In the steadily growing aircraft and high-speed-train end-markets, safety, weight and space-saving become more stringent, with a growing demand for enhanced performance. Dynatech® allows aircraft and train builders to use thinner layers of sandwich material, therefore creating more space for travellers. Its unique heat-resistance properties make Dynatech® a highly desirable and long-lasting material to be used for interiors. Furthermore, Dynatech’s® unique automa ted production guarantees higher quality standards and better control possibilities, which is greatly appreciated by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Due to SMTC’s patented closed-box procedure, this system allows for the sophisticated design of the edge close-out, which actually becomes the strongest part of the unit. Dynatech® can, therefore, provide a total system-cost reduction of between 20% and 30%, as well as weight reduction of between 20% and 40%. The production of a range of pilot Dynatech® products has already started: tests are being run and the first customers have received their prototypes. Full commercial production of the Dynatech® range is expected to be rolled out in 2016. About SMTC   SMTC is a French-based company with over 30 years’ experience in the design and manufacturing of composite sandwich panels. With this expertise and innovation at the heart of its strategy, SMTC contributes to the performance of mass transportation by producing light-weight solutions for the interior parts of trains, aircraft and cruise ships. SMTC will be showcasing its Dynatech® products at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014, to be held in Hamburg (Germany) from 8 to 10 April of this year. The specialist company will be exhibiting on the French Pavilion, in Hall B6 of the trade show. For further information about the trade show, go to: www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com   For further information about the company, go to: www.smtc.fr   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3927 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/

French companies flying high at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014

Aurore Bernard - 19-mars-2014 12:52:46
UBIFRANCE organises the French Pavilion at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014 trade show: on the pavilion, over 25 French companies and regional entities will showcase their expertise in the aerospace industry. The trade fair, a leading event for innovation in the aircraft-interiors sector, is taking place from 8 to 10 April 2014 in Hamburg (Germany). The French Pavilion is being organized by UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, in partnership with Centréco, the Midi-Pyrenees Region of southern France, and the Midi-Pyrenees Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The national pavilion will be situated in Hall B6 (Stands 6B56, 6C50 and 6D51), at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014, and will present more than 25 French-based companies and entities working in the aircraft-interiors sector. The companies on the pavilion are keen to meet international customers and partners. The trade fair is due to take place from 8 to 10 April of this year, in the Northern German city of Hamburg. The aerospace industry is the leading export sector in France and generates the highest trade surplus for the country. Indeed, France is ranked first among European countries and second worldwide in this industry. The aircraft-interiors market is ever-changing and the French companies in this sector have gained international recognition for their know-how and expertise. The companies exhibiting on the French pavilion represent the diversity and high quality found among sector players in the country. The companies that will be showcased on the French Pavilion are listed below. Further details can be provided on request. Exhibitors ADHETEC ADHETEC designs and manufactures adhesive solutions and protective films for the aerospace industry.   www.adhetec.com   AEROFONCTIONS   AEROFONCTIONS develops composite structures (cockpit furnishings, electric systems, fairings, etc.) for use in the aerospace industry.   www.aerofonctions.fr   ATTAX   ATTAX manufactures rapid-attachment solutions that meet the increasing demand for cost reductions in aircraft maintenance and on assembly lines.   www.attax.com     Chateauroux Airport   Chateauroux Airport is a transit airport, located to the South of Paris, that offers maintenance services and modification/painting solutions, as well as aircraft-preservation and dismantling services.   www.chateauroux-airport.com   Cinch Connectors   Cinch Connectors offers a wide range of electrical connectors, from the most basic to the most sophisticated, for use in the aerospace industry.   www.cinch.com   Composite Industrie   Composite Industrie manufactures a comprehensive range of composite parts and components and is a major supplier of the aviation sector (both civil and military).   www.composite-industrie.com   CRITT Matériaux   CRITT Matériaux is a laboratory that specializes in composite materials centred around three main activities: static and fatigue tests, mechanical and physical-chemical tests, and R&D projects.   www.crittmateriaux.fr   ELTA   ELTA develops and markets electronic systems and equipment for use in harsh environments.   www.elta.fr   ENIT   ENIT offers engineering services with regard to structures, interior fittings and systems.   www.enit-sarl.eu   EQUIP’AERO INDUSTRIE   EQUIP’AERO INDUSTRIE supplies composite parts and technical solutions for the interior fittings of cabins, for both business and commercial aircraft.   www.equipaero.com   ESI Group   ESI Group designs and develops virtual-prototyping solutions for aircraft seats that integrate a range of parameters in relation to the safety and comfort of passengers.   www.esi-group.com   INDUSMECA   INDUSMECA manufactures mechanical components and sub-assemblies, from high-added-value to low-cost, for use in the aerospace industry.   www.indusmeca.fr   JET CUT   JET CUT, a subsidiary of ENERGIE METAL, provides water-jet cutting solutions, as well as 3-axis and 5-axis machining for technical materials such as titanium, aluminium and composites.   www.energie-metal.fr   LISI AEROSPACE   LISI AEROSPACE designs and markets attachment systems and high-technology assembly components for the aircraft industry.   www.lisi-aerospace.com   OPTIS   OPTIS designs solutions that allow aircraft-industry professionals to simulate, visualise and validate their choice of on-board lighting and control/surveillance equipment.   www.optis-world.com   PGA Electronic SA   PGA Electronic SA is a recognized manufacturer of on-board entertainment and lighting systems.   www.pga-avionics.com   Portelli Productions   Portelli Productions supplies aircraft-industry contractors with moulded-polyurethane parts (flexible or rigid foam) for cockpit upholstery and passenger-seat equipment.   www.portelli-productions.com   PROTEC Decors   PROTEC Decors specializes in surface treatments and prestigious finishes for the decoration of business-aircraft interiors.   www.protec-decors.com   PXCom   PXCom transforms current passenger-entertainment systems into rich-media platforms. Embedded applications provide passengers with a rich selection of multimedia and interactive content.   www.pxcom.aero   SC AERO   SC AERO manufactures composite components dedicated to aeronautical maintenance and high-level mechanical sports.   www.sc-aero.com   SIMAIR   SIMAIR has been manufacturing aeronautical components for the last 30 years. It is a specialist in cabin equipment for airlines and business aircraft.   www.simair.com   SERENISEAT - ATOUT PIQUE   SERENISEAT - ATOUT PIQUE is a specialist in leather trimming and industrial upholstery; the company provides a range of services in relation to aircraft and yacht interiors, among other applications.   www.sereniseat.fr   SLTS   SLTS provides products and services in the technical sheet-metal field, including electrical boxes for cockpit equipment and lighting systems and units.   www.slts-sa.com   SMAC   SMAC provides a comprehensive range of acoustic-comfort systems for aircraft and helicopter cabins.   www.smac.fr   SMTC   SMTC specialises in the design and manufacture of composite panels used in the aerospace sector, among other applications.   www.smtc.fr   Institutional partners   CCI Midi-Pyrenees   The Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI) of Midi-Pyrenees (or CCI Midi-Pyrenees) provides companies across the Midi-Pyrenees region with business-support services.   www.midi-pyrenees.cci.fr   Centréco   Centréco is the regional agency for the promotion and economic development of the Centre-Val de Loire region.   www.centreco.regioncentre.fr   Midi-Pyrenees Expansion   Midi-Pyrenees Expansion is the economic development agency of the Midi-Pyrénées region, in Southern France.   www.midipyrenees-expansion.fr 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, in partnership with Centréco, the Midi-Pyrenees region and the Midi-Pyrenees Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is showcasing more than 25 French-based companies and regional entities at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014, on the French Pavilion (in Hall B6: Stands 6B56, 6C50 and 6D51).   Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014 will take place in Hamburg (Germany) from 8 to 10 April 2014. The Aircraft Interiors Expo trade show is one of the world’s leading events in the aircraft-interiors sector. In 2013, the trade fair welcomed 500 exhibitors from more than 25 countries and over 8,900 visitors – a rise of 12% on 2012.   For more information about Aircraft Interiors Expo, please go to: www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.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. : FTPBxxxx 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/

French touch down at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013

Danie WONG CHON HON - 03-avr.-2013 16:21:34
On the French Pavilion at Aircraft Interiors Expo, there will be 30 companies offering a wide range of products and services. The trade show, which is the world’s largest event dedicated to the aircraft-interiors industry, will be held from 9 to 11 April 2013 in Hamburg (Germany).   Ranking second in the world, France is Europe’s leader in aerospace. This industry is also the largest export sector in France, generating the nation’s largest trade surplus.   The national pavilion organised by UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, together with Aérocentre, Centréco and the Midi-Pyrénées Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will host 30 companies.   The French pavilion will be on Stands A80, A90 and A95 in Hall 6 at Aircraft Interiors Expo, in Hamburg (Northern Germany), to be held from 9 to 11 April of this year. The diverse companies on the Pavilion are listed below; further information is available on request.   ADHETEC   ADHETEC specialises in adhesive solutions, tapes and protective films for the aerospace sector.   www.adhetec.com   AEROCENTRE   AEROCENTRE is a cluster of high-tech excellence in aerospace that includes 12 R&D entities.   www.aero-centre.fr   AEROFONCTION   AEROFONCTION processes and integrates composite structures such as air systems.   www.aerofonctions.fr   APLIX   APLIX produces hook-and-loop fasteners for insulation, seating and maintenance   www.aplix.com   ATTAX   ATTAX will display a range of new automatic quick-release fittings.   www.attax.com   BODIN-JOYEUX   BODIN-JOYEUX specialises in lambskin leather and parchment skins .   www.bodinjoyeux.com   CENTRÉCO   CENTRÉCO is the regional development agency for Centre-Val de Loire, i.e. the region of central France and the Loire Valley.   www.centreco.regioncentre.fr     CHATEAUROUX AIRPORT   CHATEAUROUX AIRPORT deals with recycling and cargo handling, among other issues relating to the industry.   www.chateauroux-airport.com   CINCH   CINCH offers both basic and sophisticated electrical interconnects.   www.cinch.com   COMPOSITE INDUSTRIE   COMPOSITE INDUSTRIE specialises in composite and hybrid metal-composite parts.   www.composite-industrie.com   CREATION & IMAGE PARIS   CREATION & IMAGE PARIS designs and produces high-end uniforms.     www.creation-image.com   ELTA   ELTA provides aerospace players with electronic solutions for harsh environments.   www.elta.fr   EQUIP’AERO TECHNIQUE   EQUIP’AERO TECHNIQUE supplies composite parts for cabin interiors.   www.equipaero.com   GERS DEVELOPPEMENT   GERS DEVELOPPEMENT is the development agency for the département of Gers (in South-Western France).   www.gascognevallee.fr   JET CUT   JET CUT water-jet trims materials including aluminium, titanium and composites. www.energie-metal.fr   LISI AEROSPACE   LISI AEROSPACE produces fasteners, primary structural parts and subassemblies.   www.lisi-aerospace.com   MIDI-PYRENEES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY   The Chamber of Commerce and Industry offers a wide range of services to companies based in the Midi-Pyrénées region of South-Western France.   www.midi-pyrenees.cci.fr   MIDI-PYRENEES EXPANSION   MIDI-PYRENEES EXPANSION is the development agency for the region of Midi-Pyrénées.   www.invest-in-midipyrenees.com   OTONOMY AVIATION   OTONOMY AVIATION is a leading company in embedded aircraft security.   www.otonomy-aviation.com   PGA ELECTRONIC SA   PGA delivers a combined entertainment and cabin-management solution.   www.pga-avionics.com   PIER AUGÉ   PIER AUGÉ is a specialist in cosmetics that has a range of exclusive offers for airlines.   www.pierauge.com   POLYQUARK   POLYQUARK has created and developed WRAPSTYLER©, a software package used to calculate 2D patterns.   www.wrapstyler.com   SAIMAP VIENNOT SAS   SAIMAP specialises in thermoplastic, thermosetting and composites for aircraft.   www.saimap-viennot.com   SARL GIRAUDEAU   SARL GIRAUDEAU provides leather and/or fabric elements for aircraft interiors.   SC AERO   SC AERO produces high-tech composites and technical parts with complex structures.   www.sc-aero.com   SIMAIR   SIMAIR provides cabin equipment for aircraft, such as security cockpit doors.   www.simair.com   SLTS   SLTS produces high-quality, technical sheet-metalwork for aerospace.   www.slts-sa.com   SMAC   SMAC provides sound- and vibration-reduction solutions for aircraft interiors.   www.smac.fr   SMTC   SMTC designs and manufactures sandwich composite panels.   www.smtc.fr   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, along with Aérocentre, Centréco and the Midi-Pyrénées Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is organising the French Pavilion at Aircraft Interiors Expo. The trade show will take place at the Hamburg Messe Exhibition Centre, in Hamburg (Germany), from 9 to 11 April 2013. The French Pavilion will be in Hall 6 (Stands A80, A90 and A95).   For further information about Aircraft Interiors Expo, please go to: http://www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com   For further information about the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3843 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/

UBIFRANCE to fly the flag of French savoir faire at WTCE 2013

Joanna Routaboul - 19-mars-2013 13:51:16
UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, will host the first French Pavilion at World Travel Catering & On-board Services Expo (WTCE) from 9 to 11 April 2013 in Hamburg (Germany). There will be 18 companies on the Pavilion, exhibiting products such as single-use crockery, caviar, frozen desserts, dried fresh produce, wines and spirits.   UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business development, is organising the first French Pavilion (Stand 2B60, Hall 2) at the World Travel Catering & On-board Services Expo (WTCE). There will be 18 French companies displaying their quality products and traditional know-how over an area of 150m² at the trade fair, which will be held at the Hamburg Messe in Hamburg (Northern Germany) from 9 to 11 April of this year.   The sweet products on display on the Pavilion will include frozen pastries and macaroons from La Compagnie des Desserts, biscuits by La Mère Poulard, cannelés, which are a speciality from Bordeaux (South-West France) produced by Aquitaine Spécialités, and La Perruche sugar from the Tereos Group.   There will also be a range of fruit-and-vegetable specialists on the Pavilion, such as Kreek’s and its premium dried fruit and vegetables; Les Vergers Boiron, which will display fruit-and-vegetable purees and fruit-based sauces; Darégal and its aromatic herbs, oils and sauces; Nature Frais and its pre-prepared fruit and vegetables; and, finally, La Ferme à Jules, which will display its snack-pack vegetables and its organic fresh-produce range.   The Vignerons de la Vicomté will showcase wines from the Languedoc region (in Southern France) and Labouré-Roi (a winery founded in 1832) will display its fine Burgundy wines (from Central France) on the French Pavilion. La Distillerie Tessendier, which has been producing cognac since 1880, will also showcase its quality products.   For its part, Piz’wich Europe will exhibit its frozen snacks, wraps and pizzas, while Traiteur de Paris’ range of delicatessen and frozen savoury products will be on display.   Clarelia’s Natâma brand of dietary and free-from products will be on the Pavilion, along with Triballat’s Sojasun brand of soy-based products, which include cream substitutes, snacks, drinks and burgers.   Sturgeon, the largest producer of French caviar, will display its Sturia high-end brand of caviar.   Finally, Comatec will exhibit its range of packaging and single-use crockery.   The exhibitors listed above are a mixture of century-old and recently founded businesses, SMEs, as well as large companies that provide quality products from leading brands, while mixing traditional know-how and innovation.         The companies and their internationally recognised brands have built up a presence throughout Europe, as well as in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Maldives, the Middle East, Morocco, Russia and the USA. Most of these French products are already available in duty-free areas at airports and in high-end hotels, and some ranges are also distributed through supermarket chains. A number of the French companies also work with specialist distributors and large catering businesses, as well as airlines and railway companies.   It is the second time that the trade fair has been organised, and WTCE 2013 will bring together companies from across the catering sector and agri-food suppliers who provide on-board services, as well as companies providing in-flight entertainment services, gifts and luxury goods, and related support services (including toys and travel products, cosmetics and perfumes, jewellery items, tobacco products, hygiene products and services, etc.).   The trade show will be held together with the Aircraft Interiors Expo, which is the leading trade fair dedicated to interiors in the aviation sector. These two complementary events form the main platform for showcasing equipment and services intended for airline companies. As such, they attract key players that supply equipment and services to the aeronautic industry and, on a broader scale, the transport, rail and maritime sectors.   Visitors to the trade show are expected to be made up mainly of delegates representing airline companies (32% of visitors), catering companies (17%), and food suppliers (12%).   About UBIFRANCE   UBIFRANCE is the French export-support agency. As the partner of reference for French 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 is organising the French Pavilion at World Travel Catering & On-board Services Expo, which will take place at the Hamburg Messe Exhibition Centre in Hamburg (Germany) from 9 to 11 April 2013. The French Pavilion will be on Stand 2B60, in Hall 2.   For further information about the trade show, please go to: http://www.worldtravelcateringexpo.com/   For further information about the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk/   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3834 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/  

UBIFRANCE UK News - March 2012

Philippe Amann - 30-mars-2012 12:10:42
February and March tend to be busy for us, at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission in London, and this year has not been different overall, if only because there are many trade shows over the period, several of them international trade shows of reference taking place in London or Birmingham. Despite the serious uncertainties still clouding the economic horizon across Europe, the consensus view, among many businesses I have come across, both French and British, seems to be that the economy, in the UK and in France, has started picking up, and many observers appear to believe that a sustained recovery will be on the way in 2013 — barring any crisis of a financial or monetary nature in the next few months, that is, in the Eurozone or elsewhere… Certain sectors of activity have undeniably been affected very badly by the recession (fashion accessories, furniture and interior design, for instance), but others are showing strong growth. This is true, more particularly, of industries that are — or are perceived to be — built around the technologies of the future, such as biotechnology, IT, energy and the environment, security and defence, and a few more. Technologies and companies that enable client entities to cut costs and/or to enhance security seem to be doing rather well. They include software providers in the field of compliance, information security and the integrity of the critical IT infrastructure; specialists in alternative forms of energy; eco-building players, and so on. Beyond the gloomy macro-economic headlines that can dominate the front pages of national newspapers at times, there lies a more complex reality, at micro-economic level, which can come as a welcome relief. Certain niche sectors have been left unscathed, too. I was recently talking to BEABA , a French company specialising in quality products for very young children and babies (such as feeding bottles and high chairs), and their representative in the UK explained to me that they are doing well: parents are not prepared to cut spending on what they regard as essentials for their kids. An area that is experiencing growth is e-health projects, since applying advanced wireless-telecommunications technology to the management and provision of health-care services can help provide patients with a better service that is also cheaper. Typically, such services are used to monitor patients in their own home, thus freeing up hospital beds. It can also apply to elderly people, who can then be kept safely at home — a solution that suits everyone. This was the main topic covered by the press trip we organised at the end of January (26 to 27). We sent five journalists over to Paris for this press trip: three from the UK, one Swedish reporter, and one Danish editor. The press trip was a success and we are now liaising with the journalists with a view to retrieving the articles they said they would write, and send them over to our client, ParisRegion , the agency for the development of Paris and its region. We have another press trip in the pipeline — or, should I say, on the rails — for mid-June (11 to 15), which will take a delegation of journalists from various countries (including Britain) to Northern France, and will focus on railway transport and technology. If you write about this topic, do get in touch with Katherine Woods, Press Officer, who will be happy to give you further details as soon as we have them. This press trip is organised by Nord France Invest, the development agency for Lille and its region, with which we have worked extensively in the past already. Among the trade shows we have covered in the past couple of months, Hotelympia (26 February to 1 March) at the EXCEL exhibition centre, in Docklands (London), constituted a major event encompassing food & drink as well as interior design, furniture, etc in relation to the hotel sector. Another key industry event, in a completely different sector — this time, marine and sub-sea technology — was Oceanology , coupled with Interspill (13 to 15 March), also at EXCEL . There were two French Pavilions, one in each trade show. Among the French exhibitors at the trade fair, we worked closely with Ecoceane , a truly innovative company that has developed a unique range of anti-pollution vessels that are highly efficient when collecting floating waste (be it debris, litter or hydrocarbons). Ecoceane’s vessels are suited to all configurations, from the high seas to shallow harbours: they hoover up the waste in a highly effective way. The company’s ships were in action in the Gulf of Mexico, in 2010: they succeed in collecting the waterborne waste in an emulsion-free manner. Ecoceane’s WORKGLOP® 128 vessel, which was moored alongside the exhibition centre, demonstrated what it can do at EXCEL . The Ecobuild trade show (20 to 22 March), also at EXCEL , is another important trade fair on our calendar, and the French Pavilion showcased close to 20 companies specialising in environmentally friendly construction. You can access our press release about MATHIS , a leader in glued, laminated timber frames, below: they had a stand at Ecobuild . Last but not least, the Cercle Rive Droite wine tasting organised by our colleagues of the Food & Drink Department on 15 March at Le Méridien , in Central London, proved a great success. It enabled representatives of the wine trade and specialist wine writers to discover for themselves the 2011 vintage of the Cercle syndicate of winegrowers. Those growers, whose estates are located on the right bank of the River Garonne (i.e. north of the river and north of Bordeaux), include big names such as Saint-Emilion, Pomerol and Fronsac . The tasting attracted many journalists, including Jancis Robinson of the Financial Times , Jane Mac Quitty of The Times , and Oz Clarke. The Cercle unveils its new vintage in three different places successively, each year: the USA, then London, and finally Hong Kong. I can confirm that the appellations of Cercle Rive Droite are second to none, having done my best to try as many of the wines on offer as was possible. We remain eclectic at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission, as you will see from our selection of stories below, which range from mobile communications and aircraft interiors to specialist hoses for thermal-solar-energy installations, and from fruit & vegetables to the clouds (i.e. Cloud computing, to be precise). And let us not forget YOUPIG — the name of a pre-starter feed for porkers, in case you were wondering what was meant here. We are told the pigs love it: survey upon survey of international porkers, voting with their eager snouts, has proved it, from Spain and Greece to Hungary and Romania. YOUPIG will soon be available in the UK, to the wild cheers of live, mobile tubs of British bacon on four legs. The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK will come out towards the end of May. Till then, you can follow us on Twitter in real time ( https://twitter.com/   at @UBIFRANCE_UK). Philip Jolly Manager — Press Office Mission Economique UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission in London   Building and Design   French Fashion Day puts contract-manufacturing on the map   On 18 April 2012, the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London will hold a French Fashion Day in Central London for well-established contract-clothing manufacturers from France. These companies are actively seeking to develop business links with British-based designers.   www.ubifrance.com/uk/ To get the full story click here   French interiors cater to Hotelympia’s needs   The French Trade Commission accompanied seven French companies at Hotelympia 2012 in the Interiors and Technology, Table Top, and Catering Equipment halls. The trade show took place in London from 26 February to 1 March.   www.ubifrance.com/uk To get the full story click here   French players EXCEL at Ecobuild in March             The French Trade Commission presented 18 companies on the French Pavilion at Ecobuild, the world’s leading event for construction, sustainable design and the built-environment sector. The trade show took place in London, from 20 to 22 March.   www.ubifrance.com/uk/ To get the full story click here   MATHIS puts Ecobuild in the timber frame   MATHIS, a specialist in glued laminated timber-frames, took part in Ecobuild from 20 to 22 March. The trade show focuses on environmentally friendly construction.   www.mathis.eu/?lang=en   To get the full story click here   IFT takes hose innovation to the sun   With the Sunnyflex, IFT has diversified further its range of hoses, this time coming up with a product specifically tailored to the needs of the thermal-solar-energy sector. IFT, part of Omerin Group, is a specialist in hose manufacturing.   www.flexibles.com To get the full story click here   IT and Telecommunications     French IT innovators in Infosecurity limelight   The French Trade Commission will present 12 innovative companies on the French Pavilion at the Infosecurity trade show, which will take place in London from 24 to 26 April. These companies will showcase their proven expertise in IT security.   www.ubifrance.com/uk/ To get the full story click here   UBIFRANCE is largest of nationals at MWC 2012   For the sixth year running, UBIFRANCE ran a French Pavilion at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona (Spain). The trade show, devoted to mobile telecoms, took place from 27 February to 1 March. The French Pavilion hosted close to 130 companies — the largest national pavilion at the event.   www.ubifrance.com/uk/ To get the full story click here   UBIFRANCE does its CeBIT for French innovation             UBIFRANCE presented 20 companies at CeBIT, where they showcased their innovative digital products on the French Pavilion. The trade show, the digital-industry’s biggest event, took place in Hanover (Germany), from 6 to 10 March.   www.ubifrance.com/uk/ To get the full story click here   CARTES in Vegas leads the field when the chips are down   The first CARTES in North America trade show brought companies specialising in smart technologies and m-commerce, digital-security authorities, as well as leading technology providers to Las Vegas (USA), from 5 to 7 March.   http://en.comexposium.com To get the full story click here   Natural Security goes from Vegas to Hong Kong   Natural Security, a specialist in authentication technology, unveiled the first payment and ID application it has developed at CARTES North America in Las Vegas and CARTES Asia in Hong Kong, in March 2012. Natural Security’s solution is based on biometric recognition and a secure-technology element.   www.naturalsecurity-news.com To get the full story click here   France’s computing market heads for the Cloud     Cloud computing has been growing fast in France — a sector that has been given the backing of the government’s National Investment Program. The market is expected to have surpassed the €2 billion mark in France in 2011, and may make up over 6% of the domestic software and IT-services industry in 2012.   www.investinfrance.org To get the full story click here   Food & Drinks and Farming     Cercle Rive Droite puts in 2011 vintage performance   Le Cercle Rive Droite de Grands Vins de Bordeaux, an association of winegrowers from the Right Bank, in Bordeaux, presented an exclusive preview of the 2011 vintage in London, on 15 March. The event gave a unique opportunity to sample wines from 33 châteaux from South-Western France.   www.cerclerivedroite.com To get the full story click here     UBIFRANCE occupies the Zone at Hotelympia   The French Trade Commission accompanied six French companies in the Food & Drink Zone at Hotelympia, the trade show devoted to foodservice and hospitality. The trade show took place in London from 26 February to 1 March.   www.ubifrance.com/uk To get the full story click here   ARIANE is apple of Fruit Logistica’s eyes   ARIANE is a unique variety of apple that is resistant to apple scab, which enables growers to reduce considerably the use of chemicals needed to grow the apples. The ARIANE apple, developed by Pomalia, was available for tasting at Fruit Logistica 2012, in Berlin (Germany), from 8 to 10 February.   www.pomme-ariane.com/en/ To get the full story click here   VEGEPOLYS rewards Melkior of Fleuron d’Anjou The VEGEPOLYS competitiveness cluster, the organisers of the SIVAL trade show, and fresh-produce magazine Réussir Fruits et Légumes of France have launched a major Europe-wide competition to encourage varietal innovation in fresh produce. The 2012 competition has rewarded Fleuron d’Anjou with the Gold Prize for its Melkior organically certified shallot seedlings.   www.vegepolys.eu To get the full story click here   YOUPIG seduces international porkers   YOUPIG, the piglet pre-starter feed made by InVivo NSA, is moving further into the international arena. The product has already gained strong market positions in France, Greece, Hungary, Romania and Spain. YOUPIG will be showcased at Eurotier 2012 and Space 2012.   www.invivo-nsa.com To get the full story click here   Logistics and packaging     UBIFRANCE beats the jams on way to Intertraffic Amsterdam   UBIFRANCE is organising the first French Pavilion of its kind at Intertraffic Amsterdam. The trade show, in the road-transport sector, is taking place in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) from 27 to 30 March 2012.   www.ubifrance.com/uk/ To get the full story click here   SITL Europe transported to Paris     SITL Europe, the trade show devoted to transport and logistics in Europe, is taking place at Paris Nord Villepinte, north of Paris, from 27 to 30 March. The event was due to host over 100 conferences and workshops run by PricewaterhouseCoopers.   www.sitl.eu/ To get the full story click here   UBIFRANCE is Packaging Innovations in Birmingham   The French Trade Commission presented six innovative packaging-technology companies on the French Pavilion at Packaging Innovations 2012. The trade show took place in Birmingham (England) from 29 February to 1 March.   www.ubifrance.com/uk/ To get the full story click here   Transport and Engineering   Ecoceane’s WORKGLOP® 128 hoovers up at Interspill   Ecoceane, which makes vessels that collect floating debris and hydrocarbons, presented its new ship at Interspill 2012 — the WORKGLOP® 128. This unique anti-pollution vessel was moored alongside the EXCEL exhibition centre in London (UK) from 13 to 15 March.   www.ecoceane.com To get the full story click here   PNA sails successfully close to the wind in 2011-2012   The Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), which owns and manages the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, has released encouraging 2011 results. Various projects in 2012 — including Alstom and EDF’s use of PNA facilities as a hub for assembling wind turbines — are set to strengthen PNA’s place in cross-Channel trade.     www.pna-ports.fr To get the full story click here   France’s aircraft flair flies into Hamburg   UBIFRANCE, Centréco and the Chamber of Commerce of the Midi-Pyrénées region are jointly organising the French Pavilion at Aircraft Interiors Expo. The 23 companies present on the pavilion are showcasing their products and technologies at the trade show, being held in Hamburg (Germany) from 27 to 29 March.   www.ubifrance.com/uk/   To get the full story click here   AÉROCENTRE airs expertise at Aircraft Interiors Expo   AÉROCENTRE is a cluster of aerospace excellence in the Centre region of France and specialises in cabin interiors: it is exhibiting at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. The cluster is seeking new customers and partners.   www.aero-centre.fr To get the full story click here   Nanolane’s Sarfus Mapping Lite leads the optical revolution   Nanolane, a specialist in the development of optical solutions for characterising nanomaterial systems, has launched Sarfus Mapping Lite — an innovative measurement solution that fits with any optical microscope set-up functioning with reflected light.   www.nano-lane.com To get the full story click here  

France’s aircraft flair flies into Hamburg in March 2012

Philippe Amann - 19-mars-2012 16:48:19
UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, Centréco and the Chamber of Commerce of the Midi-Pyrénées region of Southern France are jointly organising the French Pavilion at Aircraft Interiors Expo. The 23 companies present on the Pavilion will showcase their innovative products and technologies at the trade show, to be held in Hamburg (Germany) from 27 to 29 March 2012. Aircraft Interiors Expo is the global trade fair of reference for the aircraft-interior sector, as well as for services to airlines. The trade fair is taking place at the end of March of this year, in the Northern German city of Hamburg. The French businesses present at the trade show, on the French Pavilion, will display their products and services in Hall 6 (Stand 6B56) and in Hall 7 (Stand 7B40). A list of the companies that will be on the French pavilion is supplied below; a detailed catalogue is available on request. ADHETEC ADHETEC is a specialist in adhesive-film technology, which is used in masking, marking, assembling, bonding, surface protection, technical cutting and decoration. www.adhetec.com    AÉROCENTRE AÉROCENTRE is an aeronautical cluster based in the Centre region of France. Across the region, the sector encompasses nearly 220 companies, 12 research laboratories that work in partnership with the major players in the industry, and an airport dedicated to freight transport and aircraft maintenance. www.aero-centre.fr Aérofonctions A composite specialist, Aérofonctions provides aircraft interiors for the cockpit and the cabin, such as coat racks, VIP panels, partitions, armrests and other seat components. The company also manufactures structural products and equipment. www.aerofonctions.fr Air Support Air Support has become an authority in the field of aircraft-component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), and is certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). www.airsupport.fr ATTAX For 20 years, ATTAX has designed and manufactured aircraft seat-attachment fittings for major aircraft seat makers. The company is introducing a new range of standardised, easy-operated fittings. www.attax.com CabinExpAir CabinExpAir is a specialist in cabin retrofitting. The company’s modular approach to manufacturing cabin products optimises planning and retrofit costs. www.cabinexpair.com Châteauroux-Centre Airport Châteauroux-Centre Airport is an industrial airport located South of Paris. Covering 40 hectares, it is dedicated to cargo transportation, pilot training, aircraft storage, maintenance, dismantling and recycling. www.chateauroux-airport.com Composite Industrie Composite Industrie designs and manufactures structural composite parts designed for both the cockpit and the cabin of all aircraft types. It also proposes MRO and repair services for every composite part. www.composite-industrie.com Decomatic Decomatic will present its new manufacturing capabilities in small and medium lots of bolts, screws, nuts and other machine parts that are used in manufacturing for the aerospace industry. EADS COMPOSITES AQUITAINE EADS COMPOSITES AQUITAINE designs and manufactures high-performance composite materials, particularly for the aeronautic sector. www.composites-aquitaine.com ELTA ELTA, a subsidiary of AREVA TA & OHB Technology, proposes safe and accessible electronic solutions for use in harsh environments. The company is a leader in automatic and survival emergency locator transmitters (ELTs). www.elta.fr EQUIP’AERO   EQUIP’AERO Industrie is a group composed of two entities: Equip’Aero Technique and Equip’Aero Services. The former is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) involved in the design and manufacturing of aeronautical embedded equipment for air, fuel and hydraulic systems. The latter acts as a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility for aeronautical embedded equipment. www.equipaero.com JCB Aéro JCB Aéro has been creating prestigious cabin interiors for more than 20 years, taking charge of refurbishment and aircraft-interiors projects from the design to the finishing stage. www.jcbaero.com Le Moulin Gau With almost 150 years’ experience in the textiles industry, Le Moulin Gau provides highly specialised textiles. The company delivers fabrics dedicated to the aircraft-interiors market and the transport industry, more generally, including fireproof upholstery. www.moulingau.com LISI AEROSPACE CREUZET – INDRAERO SIREN LISI AEROSPACE CREUZET – INDRAERO SIREN is a manufacturer of equipment for the aerospace industry. The company works in partnership with designers, contractors, aircraft manufacturers, airlines and MRO companies. www.iaosi.fr Mecabess Mecabess manufactures mechanical parts and subassemblies for use in the aeronautical, industrial and medical sectors. www.mecabess.com PGA ELECTRONIC PGA ELECTRONIC offers fully integrated all-in-one motion and lighting system solutions controlled by in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) and cabin-management system (CMS) touch screens. www.pga-avionics.com SANDOW TECHNIC        SANDOW TECHNIC produces custom-made shock cords such as bungee cords (2mm to 30mm thick) and straps (8mm to 120mm thick). The company’s shock cords are used for fastening, stowage, propulsion, damping, shock absorption and suspension applications. www.sandowtechnic.com SIMAIR SIMAIR is a cabin-equipment specialist, dedicated to single-aisle aircraft. The company produces commercial galleys, privacy compartments and monuments, stowage equipment, dividers, partitions, and security cockpit doors. www.simair.com SMAC SMAC is a specialist in noise-dampening solutions for aircraft interiors. It is organised around four core markets: SMAC AERO, specialising in the acoustic improvement of aircraft interiors; SMAC SPACE, providing pyro-shock and micro-vibration apparatus; SMAC DEFENCE, producing high-performance shock absorbers for defence applications; and, finally, SMAC RACING, focusing on high-performance bump-stop equipment for racing cars. www.smac.fr SWI SWI acts as a subcontractor and service provider, mainly for the aeronautics and defence sectors. It creates upholstery and manufactures a range of leather and fabric seat covers, as well as armrest stuffing, fuselage and panel trim. www.swi-entreprise.com Techno Logistique Techno Logistique specialises in seat refurbishment, cabin refurbishment, and the supply of spare parts for seats. www.technologistique.fr Yellow Window Yellow Window is a design consultancy offering a full service, from idea generation to concept development and industrial design, for aircraft interiors and equipment. www.yellowwindow.com   About UBIFRANCE UBIFRANCE is the French export-support agency. As the partner of reference for French 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 is showcasing 23 French companies at Aircraft Interiors Expo, which will take place in Hamburg (in Germany) from 27 to 29 March 2012. The companies will be in Hall 6 (Stand 6B56) and Hall 7 (Stand 7B40). For further information about Aircraft Interiors Expo, please go to: http://www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com/   For further information about the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk/

AÉROCENTRE airs aeronautical expertise at Aircraft Interiors Expo

Philippe Amann - 14-mars-2012 17:49:33
AÉROCENTRE is a French cluster of aerospace excellence that was created in May 2009 in the Centre region of France and specialises in cabin interiors: it will be exhibiting at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg (in northern Germany) from 27 to 29 March 2012. The cluster is seeking new customers and partners in presenting its services and know-how at the trade show. Regional association AÉROCENTRE, which will be present at Aircraft Interiors Expo at the end of this month, was founded in 2009 in order to sustain, develop and structure the aeronautical industry in the Centre region. The cluster now has 45 member companies, employing a total of 4,500 people. The region has an airport dedicated to freight and aircraft maintenance, as well as 12 research laboratories that work in partnership with the sector’s major players. AÉROCENTRE has been a member of Groupement des Industries Francaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS, The French association for the aeronautic and space industry) since January 2010. The cluster of excellence concentrates a range of skills, including cabin-equipment engineering, precision manufacturing relying on advanced technology, and high-quality production harnessing the expertise of the luxury-goods industry. As part of various collaborative projects involving other players in the sector, AÉROCENTRE also provides services in relation to engineering and certification as well as contract manufacturing, and in the field of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO). AÉROCENTRE’s products include ready-designed and certified cabin equipment. The cluster also has a new AÉROCENTRE engineering department made up of experts with over 20 years of experience in equipment conception for cabin modification. This department provides R&D and design solutions according to clients’ specific needs, while creating products that are certified for aeronautical use. Regarding MRO, AÉROCENTRE proposes maintenance solutions for many types of commercial and business aircraft. Additionally, AÉROCENTRE offers contract-manufacturing solutions that allow its clients to reduce the number of partners and suppliers they require: this is achieved through offering a unique interface covering both parts and equipment subcontracting needs. AÉROCENTRE supplies precision mechanical components, subassemblies and systems. AÉROCENTRE has a wide range of clients, including Atcom Télémétrie, a specialist in radio and infrared data transmission, and Ric Environnement, which deals with industrial recycling. AÉROCENTRE has also worked for PGA AVIONICS, LISI AEROSPACE CREUZET INDRAERO SIREN and THALES AVIONICS, among many others. About AÉROCENTRE AÉROCENTRE is a French cluster of aeronautical excellence that specialises in cabin interiors for aircraft. It was created in May 2009 in the Centre region of France. The cluster has 45 member companies, which employ 4,500 staff. In the Centre region, a total of 220 companies (including the 45 companies that belong to the cluster) employ 16,000 people in all. AÉROCENTRE will be present at Aircraft Interiors Expo (Hall 6 B56C), which takes place from 27 to 29 March 2012 in Hamburg (northern Germany). For further information about Aircraft Interiors Expo, please go to: http://www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com/   For further information about AÉROCENTRE, please go to: www.aero-centre.fr  
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