Health, Medical devices
The Vet’Care Consult® (or VCC) service, already fully operational in the USA, is being deployed across France and Europe, and has now arrived in the UK. At a cost of about £40 per month or less, this comprehensive, innovative, and interactive service enables veterinary surgeons to explain diagnoses and illustrate treatments of pets to their owners more effectively.
VCC, developed by French-based specialist company Medi-Productions, strengthens the relationship between the client and the vet, ensuring better clinical outcomes for the animals concerned, with positive commercial ramifications at all levels for the veterinary practice.
Accessible through a computer, iPad, tablet or other terminal, the VCC service integrates a detailed, 3D multilingual encyclopaedia (illustrated by video-clips and animated items) of common ailments and injuries suffered by pets. At a later stage, the service will be available for other domesticated animals.
Medi-Productions, the company that has designed and developed VCC, presented its novel solution for veterinary surgeons at the BSAVA Congress between 4 and 7 April 2013, in Birmingham (England). [On the occasion of the BSAVA event, a detailed press pack was made available by Medi-Productions, presenting the company’s VCC service: to access the press pack, click on the link featured at the bottom of this press release.]
The Vet’Care Consult® service is a 3D animation encyclopaedia of common animal conditions describing, in an interactive and didactic mode, all the usual problems affecting the animals. There is no sound and no text. The entire content is based on the animated data sheets and the videos, with just a few text captions, since it is the vet who does the talking. This makes VCC easy to use, with the potential for a worldwide roll-out.
Several species of animals — dogs, cats, rodents, birds, reptiles, horses, cattle, etc. — will be covered by VCC and animated data sheets are to be added to the database and updated on an ongoing basis. The pet collection has been produced first.
More than 60 generic topics have been identified, divided into 22 sections. Vet’Care Consult® files include various common conditions involving all species, and also all organs and systems — eye, ear, heart, dermatology, gastroenterology, osteoarticular issues, reproduction, etc. The VCC content is available in nine languages (including English) and already used by hundreds of practitioners across Europe and North America.
Classic videos are included in the database to illustrate, for example, an actual treatment route (e.g.: video-clip of a vet technician cleaning the ears of a dog). Radiographs and ultrasound images are included when appropriate to best illustrate the various disorders that can affect the animal.
Each topic and chapter has been produced under scientific supervision and validated by certified veterinarians in order to make sure that the content is academically sound, which guarantees the quality of the information given.
The Vet’Care Consult® interface and content is accessible via a website, but also as a tablet solution (currently iPad and Windows 8 and, in the near future, Android). The VCC platform is accessible on Apple Store.
The content library is already very rich: it features over 600 pieces of animation and several hundred illustrations. The service is available on subscription, as an electronic journal, or as an online communication stream, for a sum well below the average spend for a consultation.
For the web-based or iPad version, VCC costs £41 per month (i.e. £492 for one year, in 12 instalments), and the service is delivered in the manner of a licensed software package. A discount is possible if the client pays cash up front, in which case VCC costs £410 for a year (i.e. 12 months for the price of 10). The VCC service is delivered on the basis of a one-year subscription, minimum.
The return on investment is tangible for the vet, since using VCC improves the treatment of animals (hence clinical outcomes) and facilitates the relationship with the pet owner; all of this, in turn, raises the profile of the practice and increases customer satisfaction.
The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) is dedicated to promoting excellence in small-animal practice through education and science.
For further information about BSAVA, please go to: http://www.bsava.com/BSAVACongress/tabid/74/Default.asp
Launched in the USA in the summer of 2012, Vet’Care Consult® (VCC) is now arriving in Britain. VCC has existed for 2 ½ years and is already used by hundreds of practitioners across North America and Europe. Medi-Productions is headquartered in Limoges (in central France), with an office in Cambridge (in England).
To watch the demonstration video, please go to:
www.mediproductions.com (under Vet’Care Consult®)
To download the full press pack on the VCC service, please to:
For further information about the company, please go to: www.mediproductions.com
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Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer
UBIFRANCE Press Office in London
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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
Annecy (France), 8 July 2011 — Over 70 international experts in medicine, infectious diseases, microbiology and epidemiology, coming from every continent, gathered at the Fondation Mérieux’s Conference Center in Annecy (France) between 27 and 29 June 2011 for the third World HAI Forum on healthcare-associated infections, a biennial bioMérieux initiative. The Forum’s participants warned of an impending public-health catastrophe caused by the emergence and spread of bacteria that are resistant to all antibiotics, if no action is taken.
Sommet de l’Élevage, which is the leading trade show for European livestock professionals, will celebrate its 20th year this year when it takes place from 5 to 7 October 2011 in Clermont-Ferrand (in central France). Held in the heart of the Massif Central mountain range, this year’s trade show will feature 2,000 animals belonging to 64 breeds, which will be on display for 75,000 visitors from five continents.
Over the course of three days, Sommet de l’Élevage will host about 2,000 high-genetic-quality animals, which will be on display or competing. This will include 850 beef cattle (Hall 3), 450 dairy cattle (Hall 2), 400 sheep (Hall 5) and 300 workhorses and riding horses (Hall 4).
This year, the spotlight will be on French Limousin cattle, with over 450 animals entered into the national competition. On the dairy-cattle side, the Brown Swiss breed will feature in the major EUROBRUNE competition (for European breeds), which will include cows from Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
Extending across a 150,000 m² exhibition area, Sommet de l’Élevage will also provide its 75,000 visitors with a comprehensive offer aimed at all sectors of livestock farming such as farming machinery, facilities, supplies and livestock-farming services. The trade fair will also play host to the farming-sector job forum, as it did last year, which is organised by VETAGRO SUP (an agronomy and veterinarian school) and APECITA (the Association for Farming Managers’ Employment).
Every year, Sommet de l’Élevage increases its international appeal: in 2011, 380 international exhibitors from 30 countries and 2,500 visitors from 60 countries are expected to attend the premier industry event in Clermont-Ferrand.
The International Business Club, headed by ADEPTA (the Association for the Development of International Trade in Farming Products and Techniques), will offer a VIP welcome to foreign delegations as well as guided tours of the trade fair, meetings with exhibitors, and a presentation of France’s offer in terms of livestock farming and genetics.
As part of the Year of Mexico in France, a specific reception procedure will be put in place to receive delegations of Mexican livestock-farming managers.
It will also be possible for foreign visitors to take part in a host of events at the trade show. This will include close to 20 tours of livestock farms and food-industry technical facilities such as an insemination centre, a slaughterhouse and a meat-sector research centre.
Other events will include the Franco-African Business Meetings, an event in its third year, organised by the AFDI (the French Farmers and International Development Association), which will focus on the relationship between food self-sufficiency and family farming, in the presence of the Minister for Livestock Farming of Mali (in Western Africa).
The Franco-Maghreb Forum will take place over two days around the topic of France – a partner for Maghreb countries in the development of their beef-cattle sector. This new event aimed at promoting ties between France and North Africa is organised by FranceAgriMer, in partnership with FRANCE TERRE D’ELEVAGE.
A number of visits by politicians and various international symposiums will also take place over the three days of Sommet de l’Élevage. A range of topics will be featured during these conferences, including the latest advances in genomic research, the tenderness of meat, and the impact of the rising and volatile cost of raw materials on cattle birthing and fattening.
The Sommets d’Or competition will, as always, reward exhibitors whose equipment, products or services are the most innovative in the farming industry and the breeding sector.
About Sommet de l’Élevage
Sommet de l’Élevage will take place at the Grande Halle d’Auvergne exhibition centre in Clermont-Ferrand (in central France) from 5 to 7 October 2011.
Sommet de l’Élevage is Europe’s leading trade show for European livestock professionals.
Sommet de l’Elevage is on Facebook, at: www.facebook.com/sommet.elevage
For further information, please go to: www.sommet-elevage.fr
Agricultural equipment and Food processing, Packaging
Sommet de l’Élevage, the leading trade show for European livestock professionals, will take place from 6 to 8 October 2010 in Clermont-Ferrand (in central France). The three days of the trade show will feature a unique programme of animal presentations, business meetings and conferences, with 1,900 animals on display.
Sommet de l’Élevage 2010 will gather over 1,200 exhibitors from across all agricultural sectors, with 76,000 visitors expected, including 2,500 from outside France. Clermont-Ferrand, which is located in the heart of the Massif Central (the leading European region for beef-cattle production), will be hosting the event, which is taking place for the 19th time in October 2010.
Sommet de l’Élevage 2010 will offer an exceptional opportunity to showcase the best of French livestock breeding. Over the three days of the event, 1,900 animals of very high genetic quality will be on show, both in competition and on display, including 22 cattle breeds, 26 sheep breeds and 16 horse breeds (including the nine French draught-horse breeds).
In 2010, the world-renowned French Charolais beef-cattle breed will be in the spotlight, with over 500 animals competing in the contest, which will reward the best of the breed in France. In terms of dairy cattle, there will also be a contest for the Holstein breed, featuring 150 cows from southern France.
Sommet de l’Élevage 2010 will include many new features, including a section devoted to sheep breeds, with close to 450 sheep from 26 breeds (including the Ile-de-France and Rava breeds competing in French national contests). There will also be British cattle breeds on show, with Angus, Hereford and Galloway cattle on display.
Reflecting the importance of energy issues for agricultural production, the exhibition area for the Livestock buildings and new energy sector will be twice as large as at the previous trade show, with 1,200m2 dedicated to exhibitors who offer environmental and economical solutions to breeders.
There will also be a forum on job opportunities in agriculture, organised by VETAGRO SUP (a French higher-education institute for agricultural engineers and veterinarians) and APECITA (the French Association for Executive Jobs in the Agricultural Sector).
Every year, Sommet de l’Élevage increases its international appeal. In 2010, 380 international exhibitors, as well as 2,500 visitors from close to 60 countries, are expected in Clermont-Ferrand. The international section, hosted by ADEPTA (the French Association for the Development o
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