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French aeronautical industry set for new heights as global demand skyrockets

Marine Juillard - 19-déc.-2014 10:51:40
The usual suspects can explain this rise in demand – change in demographics in developing economies and tastes and preferences of their emerging middle classes. Who will benefit from this near certain doubling of the market? Certainly one of the strongest cases comes from Airbus and the rest of the 3,000 French companies working in the aerospace industry. The European aviation industry (the production, maintenance and support of civil aircraft) is currently the second largest in the world, behind the Boeing-led sector in the United States. It is undeniably integral to France in producing jobs and growth, as it is the largest foreign looking sector with €22 billion in net exports. Many SMEs depend on and service Airbus and these companies will directly benefit from the impending expansion of the giant’s aircraft deliveries. For example, the A320 will increase from its current 42 to the target of 50 planes per month. Aside from Airbus’s presence, there are many smaller companies that have succeeded independently and are capturing attention abroad. For example, Mapaero produces paint for airplane interiors and exteriors, such as aircraft wheels. The company is particularly innovative as its products are in line with recent EU regulations restricting chemicals in paint. It has acquired several new airlines as clients and its attempts to limit environmental impact will also no doubt lead to a bright future. The French aviation industry is already mature, well diversified, and a world leader but what are its prospects for the future? It seems difficult to imagine that things could get much better, but it certainly looks as if they might. Brice Robin, project manager at UBIFRANCE for the aeronautical sector, explains that the industry is not lingering on its current success: “It is true that over the last 100 years France has had a strong history within aviation. This, however, is never enough and we need to look to innovation for the future. For example, French companies spend an average of 14% of their revenues on R&D.” Innovation is incredibly important for France to extend its advantage in a market that requires the utmost quality to ensure the security and longevity of very expensive products for prospective clients. Mr. Robin adds that there is an industry pressure for firms to “deliver faster, perfect parts with a high level of quality, as well as better products with new technology, such as reduced weight.” There are competitors arising in developing markets such as Brazil, China and Russia. However, it is likely that they will have difficulty in competing with France’s knowhow and complete package of services.  Mr. Robin explains, for example, that the French maintenance market provides a one-stop shop for clients, reducing costs and offering convenience. He says, “Today buyers don’t only look at the cost of aircraft, but also the maintenance and everything else surrounding the aircraft since they will look to keep the aircraft for 25 to 35 years. They will also look to renovate the aircraft interior every 5 to 10 years.” An airline doing business in France will not only purchase from Airbus but also look to other French companies, some located nearby in the Toulouse metropolitan area, that provide maintenance and other support such as refurbishment.  Mr. Robin puts this emerging competition for the French industry into perspective and explains, “Clients cannot supply all of their parts and components from a new player in an emerging market because some technologies, materials, designs, and new processes are not yet available, something which gives the French an advantage.” For example, the maintenance of certain structural parts that are produced by Airbus requires special certification that can only be found amongst French engineers. UBIFRANCE helps French companies find clients and partners abroad. For example, the company Win MS participated at trade shows in Dubai with UBIFRANCE and was able to attain contacts with local airlines. Qatar Air, the world’s second most-preferred airline according to the World Airline Awards, was very impressed by its aeronautical-maintenance equipment.  Another company to benefit from working with UBIFRANCE is Aeroform, which provides repairing equipment for composite materials, much of which can be found in the structure of modern aircrafts. The company was looking for a distributor in Spain and Germany, and with help of Ubifrance was able to attain a list of seven to ten possible suitors in each of the markets. Within three months Aeroform had signed contracts with distributors in each country and is now working with UBIFRANCE to achieve the same results on the Russian market. For further information about French companies looking to export, please go to: http://www.ubifrance.com/french-exporters-directory/companies.aspx?k=&z=&c=&ca=3&sca=75 For further information about Airbus, please go to: http://www.airbus.com/   For further information about Aeroform, please go to: http://www.aeroform-france.fr/ For further information about Mapaero, please go to: http://www.mapaero.com/en/

Transport Next Generation drives SITL 2015 to next level

Marine Juillard - 18-déc.-2014 16:03:43
This leading international event, focused on innovative transport equipment, will be held concurrently with SITL and Transport Logistics Europe from 31 March to 2 April 2015, in Paris (France). Transport Next Generation will take place from 31 March to 2 April 2015 in conjunction with SITL Paris 2015 and Intralogistics Europe. The trade shows will be held in Hall 7.2 of the Paris Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, to the southeast of central Paris. Alain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Exhibitions Transport & Logistics, organisers of SITL Paris 2015, gives his thoughts on the launch of Transport Next Generation, the new event to be launched in conjunction with the trade fair, and his expectations as to what it will bring to the transport sector and the logistics industry. How would you describe the positioning of Transport Next Generation? What is distinctive about it, and what added value does it bring to the industry? The aim of Transport Next Generation is to be an international event that responds to the expectations of supply-chain directors in industry and retailing. This new exhibition brings together, in a single space, innovative multimodal transport equipment that works to achieve the most effective transport performance for industry and retailers. As such, Transport Next Generation addresses the link between shipper and transporter. Fundamentally multimodal, it touches the five main transport segments – maritime, rail, river, road, and combined transport (both urban and temperature controlled). The programme for Transport Next Generation is based around a Steering Committee which, besides SITL’s usual partners, also has the support of the Fédération Française de la Carrosserie (FFC), the Association Française du Gaz Naturel pour Véhicules (AFGNV) and the Industrial Vehicle Rental trade council, led by Transport et Logistique de France (TLF). What solutions does Transport Next Generation provide? The common element of all the equipment exhibited at Transport Next Generation is the changing organisation and planning of transportation, as well as the emergence of a link between the shipper and the transporter. This results in multiple new challenges and new transport requirements, including reduction in travel distances; improved productivity of equipment and personnel; safety and security of goods and personnel; evolving regulation; environmental protection; development of e-commerce and urban deliveries; and optimisation of loads, etc. How does Transport Next Generation integrate into SITL Paris 2015 and Intralogistics Europe 2015? Transport Next Generation extends and completes our expertise across all transport, logistics and supply-chain activities. It is in complete synergy with SITL Paris 2015, which brings together all transport and logistics services, and Intralogistics Europe 2015, which covers handling equipment at all levels of the supply chain. For its part, Transport Next Generation provides innovative transport-equipment solutions. It will have its own dedicated space with unique signage and decoration to attract visitors. It will have its own programme of seven conferences and also its own Innovation Award which, reflecting the initial concept, is open to ‘equipment solutions that are immediately operational for shippers or transporters to add value and optimise the services of transporters in light of competition’. Therefore, between them, the three trade shows cover the full market range and expectations of purchasers. How do you see Transport Next Generation developing in the future? In 2015, Transport Next Generation will be located in a space that hosts around 30 exhibitors. Taking into account the real interest already expressed in this year’s event, as of 2016, Transport Next Generation will become a separate exhibition with its own area, its own community of exhibitors, and a specifically targeted visitor base. Our ambition is to attract transport buyers and shipping specifiers from all industry and retail sectors. In line with SITL and Intralogistics, this new event will, in due course, be rolled out internationally, as is the case with all the exhibitions we create and develop. About Reed Expositions Reed Expositions is the French subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organiser. Reed Expositions organises over 50 trade shows per year in France across a range of industries including the environment sector, marketing and communications, and transport and logistics.   Reed Expositions will be organising Transport Next Generation 2015, a new event that will run concurrently with SITL Paris 2015 as well as Intralogistics Europe 2015. All three events will take place from 31 March to 2 April 2015 in Hall 7.2 of the Paris Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, to the southeast of central Paris (France). For further information about the various trade shows, please go to: http://www.sitl.eu   For further information about Reed Expositions, please go to: http://www.reedexpo.fr    For further information, please contact :   Ms Kate Riley - Press Officer - UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP – UK - Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 - kate.riley@ubifrance.fr

UBIFRANCE helps French IT startups plug into global opportunities

Kate Riley - 11-déc.-2014 11:29:54
Fayssal Majid, IT project manager at UBIFRANCE, explains, “Smartphones will be the new platform for all companies. Companies will need to have a mobile application as well as a website in order to attract customers and maintain market share.” By 2020, the number of smartphone subscriptions is expected to more than double to 6.1 billion – almost the size of today’s global population of 6.7 billion. The IT sector is no longer a novelty market: companies of all sizes and in all sectors must integrate digital services into their offering or risk losing business.   France offers a mobile IT ecosystem that is leveraging the best of the country’s technology, services and infrastructure, not only to satisfy the domestic market but also to capture global customers. In fact, the domestic market which, in many ways, is a reflection of the country’s focus on technology, has been following the pattern of other developed countries in terms of internet-services consumption and mobile-telecoms usage: today, 54% of the French population uses the internet on their mobile device and 74% of smartphone users research products and services on their telephone.      Therefore, it should come as no surprise that France will be sending the largest national delegation to the Mobile World Congress, next year (2-5 March 2015), in Barcelona (Spain). The size of the delegation is undeniably linked to the quality of French engineering and the country’s well-organised R&D clusters, many at a regional level, which support the development of an array of independent projects.     A case in point is Systematic, a hi-tech cluster centred on the Paris region, which has helped to develop 379 projects and attracted €2 billion worth of investment over its brief history.  In fact, as Fayssal Majid, IT project manager at UBIFRANCE, explains, there are even further layers of organisation that benefit the start-up culture in France. He says, “There are start-ups that are very proud of their French roots but that are looking to expand globally. La French Tech, an initiative [launched] in collaboration with UBIFRANCE, helps them to achieve this goal.”     La French Tech is a collective project aimed at facilitating the growth and boosting the influence of French start-ups and of the country’s digital ecosystem: it has been behind the success of companies such as award-winning Citizen Sciences.      Citizen Sciences is a prime example of a French company that is innovating and pushing back technological frontiers. Citizen Sciences is pioneering applications in the field of the internet of things – the connectivity of everyday items for the purpose of improving usage and limiting human involvement – with a focus on clothing items. At the moment they are working on products that will gather multiples of data from athletes – from heart rate to specific movements – in order to improve their performance. The company was recognised as a winner of an Innovation Award at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (USA).      F Majid believes that Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, in spring 2015, is the perfect springboard for French businesses to reach global markets. IT has become much more of a global phenomenon and F Majid believes that French companies should not only focus on the US market but also on emerging markets in Asia, South America, and Africa. He explains, “French companies have always thought about the US, but in fact there is also a lot of interest from places such as the Middle East, South-East Asia and Africa – markets that are very large and continuing to grow.”      As a global event, Mobile World Congress provides the perfect forum for introducing French companies to prospective clients from all over the world. One French company that will be joining F Majid in Barcelona is Oledcomm. This company’s products leverage lighting networks into something many might find unthinkable – wireless communication and internet services. Another French company that will be at MWC 2015 is Famoco. This company is working on a long-sought solution to various problems affecting contactless payments.      UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, has 80 offices outside France. As the partner of reference for French-based companies wishing to export, UBIFRANCE offers a complete range of services to businesses interested in expanding across the world.      For further information about Oldecomm, please go to: http://www.ubifrance.com/french-exporters-directory/company-19013-oledcomm     For further information about Famoco, please go to: http://www.ubifrance.com/french-exporters-directory/company-14629-famoco For further information about the French Pavilion at Mobile World Congress, please go to: http://mwc.ubifrance-events.com/  or  http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/Posts-10231-french-pavilion-at-mwc-2015-to-showcase-over-100-cutting-edge-players     For further information about Mobile World Congress, please go to: http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/  

Silver Economy experiences healthy growth in France

Kate Riley - 08-déc.-2014 15:35:08
France’s Silver Economy is turning into a precious commodity, growing at 4% over the past few years and projected to create 300,000 jobs by 2020. France’s high-value Silver Economy (i.e. the sector of the economy that comprises the production and sale of goods and services for consumers who are over the age of 65) is expected to grow healthily, providing an abundant market for French and foreign-owned businesses. However, the most striking element of this market is that it has nothing to do with metals… Silver Economy is a term that refers to the segment of the economy that produces and distributes goods and services for consumers over the age of 65, who require products and services tailored to their specific tastes and needs, from accommodation to health and leisure. According to demographic projections, 23 million French people — the equivalent to one third of the population — will be over 65 by 2030. Many other European and Western countries are experiencing similar developments in their demographics and their retirees are often looking for very specific communities across the continents that they can move into. Furthermore, wealthy retirees from countries in the Far East are also looking for lifestyles with a certain quality that they may not be able to find so readily back home.  Amina Sambou, Project Manager for the Silver Economy at UBIFRANCE, is confident that France can excel in servicing the domestic and foreign market. She says, “In France, we have a focus on health and quality of life, which has already created a market with a strong infrastructure for retirees who are interested in these areas.” Therefore, it is not a surprise that French companies are experiencing interest from consumers in countries such as Japan, South Korea and China who, according to Ms. Sambou, are “interested in the French way of ageing”.  New French companies are already popping up in anticipation of vast opportunities in this field, in the next decade. Silver Valley is France’s answer to California’s Silicon Valley, combining advanced technology and a privileged location in order to create a future for the Silver Economy. Situated less than 10 kilometres from Paris, this cluster of French businesses will create a nexus for innovation in all respects – research facilities for innovative partners, a business park for product- and service-oriented businesses, and attractive real estate for retirees.  Demographics, such as longer life expectancy, a decrease in the birth rate, and the retirement of the ‘baby boomer’ generation are certainly reasons why the market segments relating to the over-65s will become more relevant for all businesses in the next decade. However, this is not the only reason why businesses need to stay ahead of the curve: senior citizens in France represent 43% of the population’s income, 60% of real estate, and 72% of financial investments. Therefore, it is not just the size of the market, but also its focus on high-value products that make it a priority for all business strategists. And, precisely, the structures and services put in place in France in this respect are unparalleled. Six French regions have been chosen to lead the Silver Economy in France, with each one setting up its own specialist cluster or programme, similar to Silver Valley. A good example is Toulouse’s So Toulouse campaign. The fourth largest city in France has recently been praised as being recession proof – a beacon of private-sector growth in France over the last decade. Part of the success of this city and its surrounding region has been its focus on education and technological innovation. This has translated into smart services for pensioners, including smart homes, e-health services, and a hospital dedicated solely to the elderly. Also, the region’s status as the second most popular agri-food region in France does not hurt its already impressive pitch. So far, it seems that a large part of French know-how is linked to elements rooted in France itself. However, much of the French advantage is exportable, and French-based companies have been finding success in events such as last June’s Silver Economy Connection in Atlanta (USA).  Sandrine Sauvage-Mack, Senior Trade Advisor at UBIFRANCE, recounts how La Valeriane, a diversified group, was awarded two pilot programmes with two large organisations specialising in homecare and other services to the over-65s:  “After a great first impression with Leading Age, the American Federation for Ageing Populations, they were certain to add more pilots and clinical trials with American universities and research centres.”  UBIFRANCE, France’s export-support agency, will continue to promote French-based companies at events dedicated to France’s Silver Economy, in France and in other countries.  For further information about French exporting companies, please go to: http://www.ubifrance.com/french-exporters-directory/search.aspx  

You can BETT on French companies in London 2015

Kate Riley - 05-déc.-2014 14:31:01
The French Pavilion at the British Education and Training Technology (BETT) trade show will showcase 14 cutting-edge French companies. The trade fair, one of the world’s leading events for educational technology, is taking place from 21 to 24 January 2015 at the EXCEL exhibition centre, in London (UK).   The French Pavilion is being organised by UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, in partnership with the French Education Suppliers’ Trade Association (Afinef) and Cap Digital. The French Pavilion is also supported by the French Ministry for Education and by La French Tech, and results from collaboration with Copilot Partners. The French Pavilion will be situated on Stand C-98 at BETT 2015, and will present 14 French-based companies in the educational-technology sector. The British Education and Training Technology (BETT) trade show will take place between 21 and 24 January 2015 at the EXCEL exhibition centre, in the Docklands district of London. The companies that will be showcased on the French Pavilion are listed below. Further details are available on request. AVITICE   AVITICE has over 20 years’ experience in the distribution of high-added-value software in fields including hands-on remote support and user supervision for teaching solutions. The company has also developed complementary solutions in the protection and management of IT parks, shared digital learning spaces, and podcasting. www.avitice.com/EN/ DigiSchool   DigiSchool aims to revolutionise education through the use of digital technology. DigiSchool operates as a second school, guiding students through the learning process all the way from primary school to their first job. In light of current trends, all DigiSchool pedagogical content has been conceived and adapted for use with Smartphones. www.digischoolgroup.com/en/   Educlever   Educlever has worked alongside leading French research laboratories to develop Cartographie des Savoirs, an adaptive-learning solution designed to increase pupils’ achievement at school. This R&D project, supported by the French government, provides educators with a precise skills map to help them build a personalised, adaptive-learning strategy for each pupil. The solution is currently used by teachers and 4,000 pupils in primary schools across France. www.educlever.com   ENACO   ENACO, the first French-based online business school (ISO 9001-certified), offers e-learning diploma courses up to Master’s degree level. Thanks to its e-learning, technical, and instructional expertise, ENACO has developed eTrotter, a user-centred platform combining innovation and ergonomics. www.enaco.fr/   Immanens   Immanens develops and provides products and services in the digital-publishing sector, including books, corporate communication tools, magazines, and textbooks. Immanens works along three lines of approach: Andromede, which is a platform for the education market; Moodle Fizz, which combines tools and services for interactive classroom activities; and, finally, a digital-publishing solution based on the ePub3 standard. www.immanens.com/home/   Isograd   Isograd has developed TOSA®, the first universal-assessment test and certification for professional desktop software skills. It can be used by job seekers, recruiters, students, training organisations as well as universities, and it covers the main desktop software applications, programming languages and web-design languages. TOSA® is an online platform in SaaS mode with a powerful back office for managing and editing candidates’ data, tests and results. www.isograd.com/EN/index.php   ITOP Education   ITOP Education creates, develops and provides digital-school resources tailored to every stage of education, from primary school to sixth form. With more than four million active users, ITOP Education is the French leader in the Virtual Learning Environment market. ITOP Education’s latest project is NIPIB, a unique picture database with detailed scientific and educational indices. www.itopeducation.fr   Libcast   Libcast is an all-in-one online video platform available as a SaaS solution. The launch of online video monetization and the Dokeos plug-in are just two of Libcast’s recent achievements, proving its ability to innovate and deliver. Libcast already has prestigious clients, such as HEC Paris business school, thanks to the platform’s scalability and the support it lends to advanced projects, including Web TV and MOOC (which is a lecture-broadcasting portal). www.libcast.com/en   MASKOTT   MASKOTT has the consulting expertise that will help clients to manage the definition, planning and implementation of multimedia-equipment projects. The company offers a complete solution for digital projects with a range of hardware and software tools including interactive whiteboards, mobile classrooms, network infrastructures, personal computers, pedagogical content, podcasting, servers, software components, and tablets. www.maskott.com/ Milliweb   Milliweb’s technology turns tablets, computers and USB sticks into full-featured desktops for education. The solution includes advanced administration/customisation functionalities and, with the company’s Digital Course Manager, teachers can create their own e-learning sessions and easily transfer them over to students’ devices. Milliweb’s Millibox solution makes blended-learning sessions accessible to all, with or without internet access. www.milliweb.fr   NVIDIA   NVIDIA is a world leader in visual-computing technologies and is now bringing its unique video-gaming expertise to the education sector. Thanks to its technology, based around grid servers linked to the Cloud, NVIDIA makes serious gaming and rich content-based educational solutions available to students and teachers anytime, anywhere, and on any device (tablets, smartphones, PCs, etc.).  www.nvidia.eu   Orange Digital School   Orange Digital School is an all-inclusive, ready-to-use platform providing all the necessary equipment (carrying case, tablets, video-projector, Wi-Fi/LAN/4G router, etc.), online services, resources, training, software, and support. It gives access to an array of resources, enabling teachers to build courses and students to practise working independently and confidentially at their own pace, through personalised learning. www.ecolenumerique.orange.fr/   Streetlab   Streetlab develops digital-learning resources that provide realistic simulations of a range of visual defects, offering users a unique, innovative, immersive and playful experience, as well as a better understanding. Scenarios are based on interviews with partially sighted people as well as the expertise of the Streetlab team (ergonomist, occupational therapist, optician-optometrist, etc.). www.streetlab-vision.com/en/   Unowhy   Unowhy has created SQOOL, a complete and secure solution combining tablets and Cloud computing. Unowhy provides an integrated educational solution on a touchscreen tablet, manufactured in France and designed specifically for the educational environment. Worldline, Unowhy’s partner company, offers a Cloud-computing solution that enables the storage of educational content and students’ personal data on secure hosting sites. www.unowhy.com   About UBIFRANCE   UBIFRANCE, in partnership with Afinef and Cap Digital, with the support of the French Ministry for Education and La French Tech, and in collaboration with Copilot Partners, is showcasing 14 French-based companies at the BETT trade show, on the French Pavilion (Stand C-98).   BETT 2015, one of the world’s leading events for educational technology, will take place at the EXCEL exhibition centre, in the Docklands district of London (UK), from 21 to 24 January 2015.   For further information about BETT, please go to: www.bettshow.com   For further information about La French Tech, please go to: http://en.lafrenchtech.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 :   Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London - SW1Y 4SP – UK – Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 - KATE.RILEY@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at :www.ubifrance.com/uk  

Pollutec 2014 in Lyons focuses attention on environmental tech and services

Philip Jolly - 03-déc.-2014 13:42:12
Pollutec, a leading international trade show for environmental equipment, technologies and services, will take place from 2 to 5 December 2014 at the Eurexpo Lyon exhibition centre in Lyons (in South-eastern France). The event, which is the 26th of its kind, brings together professionals from around the world to discuss innovative solutions that reduce the impact of human activities on the environment in sectors that include manufacturing, the services industry, and local government. The event is taking place for the 26th time; it will be held across more than 100,000m² of exhibition space and is expected to attract over 65,000 trade visitors. With more than 2,200 exhibitors, 400 conferences and 200 innovations presented across eight sectors, Pollutec is the event of reference for professionals in the environment and energy sectors. Throughout the event, visitors will be able to get information and discuss subjects in further detail at the Partner Villages. Hosted in partnership with a professional organisation, the villages and expertise clusters are designed to bring together, in a common dedicated area, companies specialising in a specific field. There will be Partner Villages in the following six specialist areas. ASBESTOS • Visitors will have the chance to meet specialists in asbestos removal. Besides, they will be able to review the latest developments regarding asbestos regulations and the latest trends in the eradication industries. • This Partner Village is organised in partnership with Réso A+. ECOTECH NETWORK • The Ecotech Network will be highlighting the advances in shared-research projects. • This Partner Village is organised in partnership with the clusters of excellence in the Ecotech network. ENGINEERING EXPERTISE • Visitors will have the chance to meet engineering practices and design offices specialising in environmental engineering, as part of the Engineering Expertise specialist area. SITES AND SOILS • Pollutec Horizons will shine the spotlight on the current technical and regulatory situation in the soil remediation business. • This Partner Village, focused on Sites and Soils, is organised in partnership with UPDS. SPACE APPLICATIONS • In the Space Applications Partner Village, organisations promoting the use of space for the environment will present the many advantages that space technologies offer for the implementation of sustainable development. TRENCHLESS TECHNOLOGIES • The Trenchless Technologies specialist area will feature products and services for the inspection and renovation of existing networks. • This Partner Village is organised in partnership with the French Scientific Association for Trench-Free Technologies (FSTT). For more information about the trade show, please go to: http://www.pollutec.com/GB.htm For more information about France’s environment and energy sectors, please go to: http://business.ubifrance.com/vivapolis-en

Deco Party UK extends the invitation with launch of website for UK/Ireland

Marine Juillard - 25-nov.-2014 17:19:22
Christian Fabrications of France has launched www.deco-party.co.uk , an English-language e-commerce web portal selling a range of high-quality party decorations at affordable prices. Following success in France and at high-profile events in Britain and across Europe, Deco Party UK products are now available to B2B and B2C customers in the UK and Ireland. Deco Party UK products are already widely distributed in France and the company has supplied decorations for high-profile events across Europe and Britain. Most notably, Deco Party UK supplied confetti products for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2011 (in the UK), for the final of the Football World Cup in Berlin in 2006 (in Germany), for the Sotchi Olympic Games in 2014 (in Russia), for the parades at Disneyland Paris (in France), and for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 (in Azerbaijan). All Deco Party UK products are made in France to high standards and the company prides itself on their high quality, as well as its innovative and original designs. The products are sold directly from the manufacturer to the consumer, meaning that prices are attractive and affordable; electronic payments can be made via the website in pounds sterling and in euros. Another advantage to producing the articles on site is that stock is replenished on an ongoing basis and orders can be dispatched without delay. The Deco Party UK product range is suitable for private events (held for friends and family), corporate functions (such as company Christmas parties), and public events (such as those described above). The company operates in a flexible manner, so that it is able to supply both small and large volumes of goods at short notice, and can customize orders to the buyer’s requirements. Deco Party UK products include bunting, hand-held flags, hanging decorations, room decorations, street decorations, and table decorations for use in a variety of settings from birthdays, marriages and Christmas parties to concerts, nightclubs and sporting events. Also part of the range is a specially fireproofed silk paper, which is ideal for florists when wrapping bouquets of flowers, for wine merchants when packaging and protecting wine bottles, or simply for wrapping birthday and Christmas presents. Needless to say, Deco Party UK products are fully compliant with all regulations in the industry, including fire-prevention regulations, which is an obviously important point. Deco Party UK produces a large range of confetti in over 20 different colours and a variety of shapes including butterflies, hearts and rectangles. Carnival confetti and hand-held confetti guns are also available and are ideal for use at anniversaries, birthdays, sporting events, and weddings. Every weekend, three or four products in the Deco Party UK range are chosen to feature in a 15% discount promotional offer. Further information about this promotion can be found on the Deco Party UK Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/decopartyuk ). New products are created every fortnight, offering a greater range and choice for the customer. About Christian Fabrications SARL Christian Fabrications SARL is a French-based family-run specialist business that was founded in 1992 by Christian Challancin. The company has been managed by his wife, Chantal, and their children, Jean-Paul and Céline, since 1998. Christian Fabrications SARL is based in the Drôme area of south-eastern France. Deco Party UK is a division of Christian Fabrications SARL specialising in the manufacture of party goods (bunting, confetti, table decorations, etc.). The company has recently launched an English-language e-commerce website ( www.deco-party.co.uk ) with the intention of expanding its business in the British and Irish markets. Under the Deco Party UK name, Christian Fabrications SARL already sells its products to consumers based in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland. For further information, please go to www.deco-party.co.uk     For further information, please contact :    Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP – UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : www.ubifrance.com/uk
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