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Lyon weathers economic storm to post positive results for 2013

Coline BORDET - 10-févr.-2014 15:39:35
In contrast with the economic environment in the rest of France, marked by reduced levels of foreign investment, ADERLY-Invest in Lyon, the Lyon Area Economic Development Agency, is releasing an upbeat 2013 end-of-year report this week, showing even better results for the region than in previous years. This performance demonstrates the resilience of France’s metropolitan areas, with Lyon setting the example.   With 77 new companies setting up across the region in 2013 and 1,825 jobs to be created in the next three years, ADERLY, the development agency for Lyon and its surrounding area, has exceeded its goals: indeed, in 2013, the economy of the Lyon region performed better than in previous years, despite particularly tough competition and a strained economic climate across much of France and the Eurozone.   The year 2013 saw a sharp slowdown in foreign direct investment (FDI) in France, confirmed by numerous economic indicators and international reports: in 2013, FDI, in France, fell to $5.7 billion, in value, down 77% on 2012, according to early estimates by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).   Lyon did not entirely escape the recession, which affected several projects handled by ADERLY. This can be seen in certain key indicators in the report. Two strong trends were noted: the smaller size of projects and the growing presence of investors closer to home. Out of the 77 new company set-ups, 55% were backed by foreign capital, compared with 65% in previous years.   Among the foreign investors, ADERLY noted lower investment flows coming from the USA, but higher levels of investment originating in neighbouring countries — Belgium and Switzerland, in particular, with eight and four projects respectively. Levels of Asian investment remained stable.   In this context, Lyon was able to maintain strong results in terms of attractiveness: the ADERLY teams made the necessary adjustments in their approach to prospecting, which brought in a 60% rise in new projects, by highlighting the structural advantages of the Lyon urban area to best meet the needs of investors.   Lyon used its strengths in specialized areas in order to focus its prospecting activity on sectors of excellence, on projects with high value in terms of innovation, and on the advanced-services sector. The 77 new projects already mentioned include 30 in the green-tech sector — an area that is a stated priority for local authorities — the setting-up of 10 R&D centres and the launch of 27 decision-making centres.   In 2013, Lyon’s strong fundamentals helped offset a weak national economic environment, which has been decried publicly by 50 large foreign-based investors with business interests and operations within France. [See article published in French business daily Les Echos in December 2013 under the headline: 50 entreprises étrangères installées en France tirent la sonnette d’alarme, i.e. 50 foreign companies with a presence in France sound the alarm.]   Lyon’s location, its vibrant economy and, especially, its leading position in key sectors and major urban-renewal projects have helped make the metropolitan area and its region a preferred alternative to Paris. The local dynamics can also be seen in the volume of real-estate uptake for business premises in the Greater Lyon area in 2013, and in local development projects recently announced by major companies already present in the region, such as Sanofi and Manitowoc.   About ONLYLYON   ONLYLYON is a communication initiative that was launched in 2007 in order to promote a variety of aspects of the city of Lyon (France’s second biggest city) to an international audience. Lyon is the first city in France to have its own territorial marketing strategy, and the only city in the country whose initiative, in this respect, is backed by a group of almost 20 internationally renowned institutional and economic partners.   The ONLYLYON marketing strategy aims to promote the metropolitan area of Lyon and its region as a European beacon of economic excellence, capitalizing on the region’s proven leadership in sectors such as the environment, health, technology, textiles and urban transport. ONLYLYON also seeks to underline the region’s cultural attractions across sectors including heritage, history, gastronomy and tourism.   ADERLY is the economic development agency for the Lyon area and is a key member of the group of partner-agencies supporting the ONLYLYON initiative.   For further information, please go to: www.onlylyon.com   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3912 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/  

TAMI Industries brings high-tech ceramic membranes to UK market

Coline BORDET - 21-janv.-2014 16:51:26
TAMI Industries of France is a leader in filtration technology and a specialist in advanced ceramic membranes used across a wide range of industries: the company is looking for partners in the UK, where it wants to develop its business. TAMI Industries already has subsidiaries in Germany, North America, China and Mexico, with 90% of its sales coming from exports.   The ceramic membranes developed by TAMI Industries are a high-performance product with elevated permeability, wide-range selectivity, superior mechanical resistance, and high chemical/thermal stability. TAMI Industries is currently seeking partners in the UK for the promotion and the technical support of its range of products and technologies.   TAMI Industries’ R&D department is constantly working on the development of new inorganic membranes: this sustained investment in research and development on the part of TAMI Industries has resulted in the design and development of patented high-tech tubular ceramic membranes that have truly unique characteristics.   The advantage of the non-circular filtering channels adopted by TAMI Industries — channels that are geometrically shaped like petals — is that they allow for the optimization of the filtration performance. While maintaining a standard outside diameter of the membrane, the filtration surface area is thus made larger. Additionally, TAMI industries has upgraded to titanium dioxide in the fabrication of its membranes — a material that is bio-compatible, with the added benefit that it is highly resistant to a wide range of chemical agents. At present, TAMI Industries is the only manufacturer capable of producing this type of high-performance ceramic membrane on an industrial scale.   Thanks to such technological advances, it is possible to cut energy costs while reducing exploitation and maintenance costs too. In addition, the dimensions of the membranes developed by TAMI Industries are compatible with all existing installations equipped with ceramic membranes, which allows for the easy upgrading of existing industrial plants: this can be done through the replacement of the existing membranes, or thanks to a retrofitting process.   Among the industrial processes of separation, the use of ceramic membranes has become more and more common in recent years. In spite of accounting for only 10% of the crossflow filtration market worldwide, ceramic membranes are often in competition with organic membranes. However, ceramic membranes have the advantage that they ensure improved performance and durability. It should also be stressed that ceramic membranes have a high resistance to many corrosive chemical solutions and superior tolerance to an array of temperatures and pH values, while providing excellent mechanical resistance to pressure.   Key applications for TAMI Industries’ ceramic membranes can be found across a diverse range of sectors. In the food-and-drink industry, ceramic membranes can be used in the cold debacterialization of milk as well as the fractionation, standardization and concentration of milk proteins and lactoserum (WPI/ WPC). Such membranes are also used in the clarification of juices (made out of fruit or vegetables), wine, cider and sweet juices.   In the pharmaceuticals and bio-industrial sectors, ceramic membranes are essential in the clarification of fermentation broths — for the production of organic acids, antibiotics, enzymes, vitamins, etc. — and in the production of natural extracts from plants, including seaweed.   Finally, in the environmental sector, ceramic membranes are key in the treatment of industrial effluents and, also, in the separation of oily water emulsions. Other applications include the treatment of laundry wastewater and the processing of effluents generated by paper mills, ink-printing processes and the textile industry, among others.   About TAMI Industries   TAMI Industries designs, develops and manufactures industrial inorganic filters (known as membranes) for the separation of molecules contained within liquids by way of fine ultra-filtration, ultra-filtration, and microfiltration. TAMI Industries controls the whole of the filters’ production process, from membrane design to the manufacturing of supports and the application of active filtration layers.   TAMI Industries, which is headquartered in Nyons (South-Eastern France), is a global player in the field of filtration, with 90% of the company’s turnover coming from export markets. TAMI Industries currently has four subsidiaries outside France: in Canada, China, Germany and Mexico. The company is keen to develop its activities in the United Kingdom.   For further information, please go to: http://www.tami-industries.com/       For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3891 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/  

Barrisol® inspires with innovative Artolis® range

Joanna Routaboul - 26-nov.-2013 17:11:58
Barrisol Normalu SAS of France is the world leader in innovative stretched fabrics for walls and ceilings: the company’s new Artolis® concept features printable fabrics, using the latest digital-printing techniques. Artolis® offers seamless technical and aesthetic solutions for interior walls and ceilings. Artolis® can also incorporate acoustic solutions and lighting systems to provide a superior interior finish.   Using high-definition digital printing (1,200 dpi) over a large surface area, the Artolis® range of fabrics can be colourful and vibrant, allowing interior spaces to be transformed.   Clients are able to define the printed images from their personal collection. Barrisol® also offers an extensive range of designs from its own collection, as well as a selection from exclusive partnerships with the Museum of Printed Textiles in Mulhouse (France) and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux (France’s organisation for national museums). Available in five-metre widths free from any seams, Artolis® is easily adaptable for use in any interior space. Available in lengths of up to 50 metres in one continuous piece, Artolis® offers an innovative decorating solution for a variety of environments including residential properties, cinemas, theatres, hotels, retail spaces and exhibition premises.   The quick installation process achieves a clean and flawless finish with minimal installation and environmental impact. All Artolis® materials are 100% recyclable and installations can be easily updated to cater for changing designs and fashion trends.   Barrisol® recognises the importance of acoustics and ambient lighting when designing interior spaces and has applied its Acoustic® and Lumière® concepts to the Artolis® range in order to create two additional versions of the product.   Artolis Acoustic® is a range composed of materials which provide excellent acoustic properties. The acoustic system is available in depths from just 10mm to 40mm, allowing for a sleek finish. Artolis Lumière® uses backlighting, which creates a perfectly balanced lighting effect to enhance the printed surface and interior spaces.   About Barrisol Normalu SAS   Founded in 1967, Barrisol Normalu SAS is based in Kembs, in Alsace (France).   The company holds 80 patents across its wide product range (the first one was filed in 1975). Established in over 150 countries through a 1,200-strong distributor network, Barrisol Normalu SAS is the world’s Number One in stretched materials and framing systems.   The company belongs to the World Export Leaders Club. Acknowledged worldwide, Barrisol Normalu SAS has received more than 30 awards since it was founded, including the Innovation Trophy, a special mention by the Batimat Jury, and the INPI Trophy.   Many designers, such as Ross Lovegrove, as well as world-renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid and the Manuelle Gautrand architectural consultancy, have chosen Barrisol® products in their outstanding projects.   Barrisol Normalu SAS has been involved in the following projects, among many others: the Enzo Ferrari Museum, the London Aquatic Centre, Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport, the Bugatti showrooms, and Citroën Champs-Elysées.   For further information, please go to:  www.barrisol.com   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3890 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 savoir faire in furnishings to shine at Proposte 2013

Danie WONG CHON HON - 15-avr.-2013 11:52:33
Thanks to organisers Espace Textile, 10 family-run, high-end textile companies will exhibit at Proposte, showcasing the best of France’s savoir faire in the furnishings-textiles industry. Exhibitors at the trade fair are French-based companies that specialise in fabric for furniture and interior decoration. Proposte, the international trade show dedicated to the sector, will take place from 7 to 9 May 2013 near Como (Northern Italy).   French savoir faire will be in the spotlight at international trade fair Proposte, in Northern Italy, in early May of this year, thanks to trade association Espace Textile: the best of the sector, in France, will be on display at the trade show.   For the second consecutive year, Espace Textile, the organisation which assists French-based textile manufacturers, will host a pavilion at Proposte. The trade show — the 21st trade fair of its kind — is due to take place in Cernobbio, near Como (Northern Italy).   The B2B event only showcases European companies making high-end and luxury textiles that are subsequently used in the manufacturing of furnishing fabrics, curtains and trimmings. The French exhibitors on the pavilion are known to fulfil the highest requirements of interior designers and luxury brands from all over the world, whether long-term contracts or one-off projects.   Espace Textile is organising the pavilion in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of Northern France, with the support of France’s Ministry for Foreign Trade and the Rhône-Alpes region of South-Eastern France.   The textiles on display have been inspired by various French styles including the age-old jacquard techniques that were invented in Lyons (South-Eastern France) at the beginning of the 19th century. The materials reflect current manufacturing techniques as well as technological innovation, i.e. the successful combination of tradition and modernity that characterizes the sector.   The 10 well-known textile manufacturers that have a strong international presence are listed below; further details are available on request.   ALBERT GUEGAIN & FILS   ALBERT GUEGAIN & FILS manufactures embroidered fabrics, offering both ready-made and bespoke patterns, with archives that date back to 1904. The company will present its creations in tulle, silk, cotton and linen. ALBERT GUEGAIN uses various techniques, such as plaiting, laser cutting, appliqué work and broderie anglaise, among others.   ▪Stand 49, Ala Cernobbio   BAYART-VANOUTRYVE   BAYART-VANOUTRYVE was formed in March 2013 from the takeover of the Franco-Belgian weaver Vanoutryve by the French furniture-fabric specialist Bayart Textile. The company designs, manufactures and distributes a range of high-quality textiles for furniture through an international network. Vanoutryve, a family-run SME founded in 1860, specialises in quality velvet and jacquard for furniture items.   ▪Stand 92, Pad Centrale – www.vanoutryve.com     BERGEROT   Founded in 1854, Bergerot is a family-owned business that designs and produces medium-range to high-end plain fabrics, tapestries and jacquards for curtains and seating. Bergerot’s textiles are mainly made from natural fibres such as cotton, linen and wool, but artificial materials, including Kevlar®, acrylic or flame-retardant Trevira CS, can be used upon demand. The company exports 50% of its production to Europe and the USA.   ▪Stand 90, Pad Centrale – www.bergerot.net   BUCOL HTH   In 2000, BUCOL, which has developed quality fabrics for high-fashion brands since 1924, took over Holding Textile Hermes (HTH). Today, BUCOL HTH also produces furniture materials for international designers and often collaborates with clients on bespoke projects. BUCOL HTH pays particular attention to the choice of yarns —whether natural (such as silk) or synthetic (such as Trevira CS) — as well as the design, the colour selection and the finish of the fabric.   ▪Stand 86, Pad Centrale – www.bucol.com   MATISSE   Established in 1999, MATISSE designs and develops new fibres and fabrics from high-quality materials, including thick, light or iridescent linen, polyester twills, intermingled yarn, jacquard, and dévoré fabrics. The company also embosses materials, as well as incorporating embroidery and appliqués into fabrics. MATISSE’s expertise in weaving underpins the development of elaborate own-brand creations. MATISSE has a showroom in Paris (France), as well as its own design studio.   ▪Stand 91, Pad Centrale – www.matisse.fr   MUGUET   MUGUET, which was set up in 1906, is a jacquard weaver that produces high-range material for furniture. The company has a range of fabrics for seating and curtains in natural silk, viscose linen, and acrylic treated for the outdoors, as well as flame-retardant polyester for the luxury hotel market. MUGUET’s export business accounts for 75% of the company’s sales of fabrics in furniture textiles: the company has clients in Europe, Asia and the USA.   ▪Stand 87, Pad Centrale – www.muguet.fr   TASSINARI & CHATEL   TASSINARI & CHATEL is the longest standing manufacturer of Lyons silk and has supplied the royal courts of Europe since the 17th century. The company is also regularly chosen to provide decorative fabrics (made from Trevira CS or non-inflammable polyester) for prestigious hotels, such as The Ritz-Carlton in Dubai (UAE). TASSINARI & CHATEL has developed new designs under the QUENIN brand, especially for the Proposte trade fair.   ▪Stand 96, Pad Centrale – www.tassinari-chatel.fr   TADL   Founded in 1929, TADL creates fabrics destined for high-end furniture and is led by Jean-Michel Clairet, the grandson of TADL’s founder. The company works with some of the most prestigious international designers and specialises in narrow or wide silks, jacquards and plain fabrics. Fabric can be provided in both natural and artificial materials. TADL combines traditional techniques with cutting-edge manufacturing technology: its weaving mill is equipped with high-performance machinery.   ▪Stand 97, Pad Centrale – www.tadl.fr   TISSUS D’AVESNIERES   TISSUS D’AVESNIERES was set up in 1881 and designs, prints and finishes furniture fabric, linen and textiles for leather goods. The company accompanies both designers and manufacturers of furniture fabrics (such as Brunschwig & Fils) at all the stages of production. A family-run business with a unique savoir-faire, TISSUS D’AVESNIERES was labelled Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (or Living Heritage Company) by the French Ministry of the Economy and Industry in 2009.     ▪Stand 88, Pad Centrale – www.tissus-davesnieres.fr   VELOURS BLAFO   Created in 1905, VELOURS BLAFO is France’s leader in decorative fabrics made from velvet. The company produces other decorative fabrics including silk and mohair, often providing Trevira CS textiles for public places. Focusing on quality control, the company has a strong standing with its international clientele of interior-design architects, decorators and furniture manufacturers. VELOURS BLAFO has previously worked with the Shanghai Opera House (China) and the Bolshoi Theatre (Russia), among others.   ▪Stand 43, Ala Cernobbio – www.velours-blafo.com     About Espace Textile   Espace Textile offers a range of services to assist French-based textile manufacturers internationally, from the creation to the marketing of their products and services in the clothing, furniture and technical-textiles industries.   The Proposte trade show, devoted to textiles for interior design and decoration, will take place in Cernobbio, near Como (Northern Italy), from 7 to 9 May 2013. All the companies listed in this press release will be exhibiting at the trade fair, under the Espace Textile banner.   For further information about Proposte, please go to: http://www.propostefair.it/en   For further information about Espace Textile, please go to: www.espacetextile.com       Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP - UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 katherine.woods@ubifrance.fr   View other press releases at : www.ubifrance.com/uk  

French fabrics to be unveiled at the London Textile Fair 2013

Amal Froidevaux - 07-janv.-2013 17:52:54
For the second consecutive time, there will be a French Pavilion at the London Textile Fair on 23 and 24 January 2013. The Pavilion is organised by Tisslaine France Promotion, France’s national trade association for the textile industry, and is supported by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London. In January 2013, there will be 17 exhibitors on the French Pavilion, against 10 at the fair before. The diverse French offer at the London Textile Fair will not only present a wide range of textiles — including wool, cotton, viscose, linen, silk and blends with synthetic fibres  in various price ranges — from weavers, knitters and printers, but also clothing-accessory manufacturers such as SATAB RUBANS and design studios such as CREATIONS ROBERT VERNET. The spring-summer 2014 collection (S/S 14) will feature hybrids and blends, whose features will be expressed through colours, textures and patterns. This season will explore the parallels between nature and human creation, where colour will reflect the range of natural light, from dawn to dusk. Notable textures will range from the extra smooth to the coarse and granular. Designs and decorations will be varied, where geometric patterns will feature alongside natural materials. Britain is the fifth largest export market for the French textile sector (2012 figures). Exports of textile goods to the UK reached €291 million in value within the first eight months of 2012 alone. The 17 companies that will unveil their S/S 14 collections on the French Pavilion from 23 to 24 January 2013 are listed below; further details can be provided upon request. AB CREATIONS/FABIEN DOLIGEZ AB CREATIONS/FABIEN DOLIGEZ has two collections: Fabien Doligez and Opening. The former is a collection of plain and fancy weaves; the latter is a Jacquard collection. Opening has a six-to-eight-week lead time for a small quantity of 150 m/col. AVELANA S.N./ROUDIERE AVELANA S.N./ROUDIERE has revived the use of wool and wool blend. The company’s S/S 14 collection contains materials with innovative coatings that make up novel garments. AVELANA S.N./ROUDIERE uses viscose in the production of the Super Comfort Luxury Legging, an original product, and has an agent based in the UK. www.avelana.com / www.roudiere.com BUGIS BUGIS will present its original creations that mix jerseys with linen and silk. The collection also includes mini Jacquard Jerseys with Lurex yarn or Jacquard bouclés, classic or fancy quilted fleeces, Milanos and interlock combed cotton. The company has an agent based in the UK. www.bugis.fr CREATIONS ROBERT VERNET Founded in 1957, CREATIONS ROBERT VERNET is a world leader in textile design: the company creates over 2,000 designs per month for womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, lingerie and beachwear. www.vernet.net DEVEAUX Founded in 1830, DEVEAUX is a specialist in digital printing as well as woven and knitted fabrics, whether yarn dyed, Jacquards, plains, or Dobby. DEVEAUX has agents based in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland. www.deveaux.com DUTEL DUTEL operates a vertical mill offering a large, modern and diverse collection of Jacquards and textured fabrics. The company develops bespoke designs using original textiles to suit client requirements, and can adapt current designs quickly. DUTEL offers quick-response delivery terms and has an agent based in the UK. www.t1textiles.co.uk J. TOURNIER & FILS J. TOURNIER & FILS’ S/S 14 collection contains fabrics with depth, thanks to the use of sophisticated yarns and feathers, for example. The tweeds are available in shades of beige and navy blue with some colourful touches. The company has an agent based in the UK. www.jules-tournier.com MALHIA KENT MALHIA KENT has built its reputation on fancy tweeds and its S/S 14 collection is inspired by modern art. The company has a range of yarns, including paper yarn and transparent warp, which allows various kinds of weavings. MALHIA KENT’s Draw me a Fabric system allows designers to use their own design and/or colours. www.malhia.fr NUANCES SARL/ELLIPSE NUANCES SARL/ELLIPSE’s womenswear collection is made of plain cotton, cotton/silk blend and linen; the textures are sophisticated and a range of colours is on offer. The company has also created a collection of printed designs developed on various materials, along with a range of modern Jacquards in various blended materials. NUANCES SARL/ELLIPSE has an agent based in the UK. PASTELS The PASTELS S/S 14 collection, which is 100% made in Europe, includes fancy, Jacquard and solid-colour-stretch woven fabrics, as well as jersey Jacquard and fancy jersey. The company also offers a wide range of organic fabrics and is able to custom-create fabrics. PASTELS is currently looking for an agent in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. www.pastels.fr PHILEA PHILEA’s high-quality materials are all made in Europe. The company’s S/S 14 collection will showcase crepes and satins, with smooth and wavy aspects, crossbred techniques and unusual pattern associations that create a trompe l’oeil effect. PHILEA has an agent based in the UK. PICHAT CHALEARD/AMATISS PICHAT CHALEARD/AMATISS has created a unique selection of yarn-dyed Jacquards and fine solid fabrics, most of which have a stretch aspect. The company has an agent based in the UK. SATAB RUBANS SATAB RUBANS’ collection demonstrates the company’s savoir-faire in garment accessories, from ribbons to rickracks. www.satab.com SOFILETA SOFILETA specialises in technical woven fabrics, including stretch knits for active-wear, swimwear and lingerie. New for S/S 14, SOFILETA has produced an extra-fine gauge knit for shape-wear. SOFILETA has an agent based in the UK. www.sofileta.com SPRINTEX SPRINTEX specialises in rotary and digital prints, along with combined plains and Jacquards. The company regularly offers new products and patterns, supplying fabrics that enable clients to build their own collections. The company has an agent based in the UK. TILT-DIMATEX TILT-DIMATEX presents a large collection of rotary and ink-jet prints that are mixed with plains, woven or knitted fabrics, or with materials that are coated or have a crushed finish. TILT-DIMATEX supplies designers of womenswear and childrenswear. The company is looking for an agent in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. www.senszogroupe.fr   VERNE ET CLET SA VERNE ET CLET SA produces fabric for shirts and blouses. The company creates yarn-dyed, plains, plain weaves and Jacquards for diverse garments, such as bridal-wear, city-wear or work-wear. The company is currently looking for an agent in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. About Tisslaine France Promotion Tisslaine France Promotion is the national trade association that assists French textile companies, especially members of the French wool and cotton industries, in their export drive. The association is organising a French Pavilion at the London Textile Fair, which will take place in London (UK) from 23 to 24 January 2013. The presence of a French Pavilion at the trade show is supported by France’s Ministry for Foreign Trade. For further information about the London Textile Fair, please go to: http://thelondontextilefair.co.uk/ . For further information about Tisslaine France Promotion and the French textile industry, please go to: http://www.textile.fr/en . 

UBIFRANCE UK News - December 2012 - N°34

Amal Froidevaux - 18-déc.-2012 10:37:28
We have a partly new team in place, here at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, with our new Editorial Assistant, Amal Froidevaux, who comes from Aix-en-Provence (in south-eastern France) and started with us in September, and our new Project Manager, Joanna Routaboul, who joined the department at the start of December. Joanna, who was previously based near Agen (in south-western France), replaces Pierre Mancini, who decided to leave London and return to Paris when he was offered a job in the cultural-services sector. Joanna has a strong background in sales and marketing, and will be an invaluable addition to the team so as to develop our activity into 2013 — something which is more important than ever in these challenging times. The September-to-December period is always a busy one at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission, here in London, if only because there are so many trade shows in September and October that are attended by French companies over the period. (from left to right: Amal Froidevaux, Joanna Routaboul, Philip Jolly and Katherine Woods) From 20 to 23 September, in London, 100% Design focused on French expertise and creativity in interior design. On 21 November, we had another event relating to design but, this time, it was the world of fashion, with the French Fashion Showroom, organised by our colleagues in the Consumer Goods Department at the French Trade Commission. On 20 September, for my part, I travelled down to Southampton to meet one of our clients at the Boat Show: West Riviera Yachting is a dry-port operator that runs a well-equipped facility in the port of Tréguier, in northern Brittany, and we did some PR for them ahead of the trade show, in the summer, as you may remember. Many British sailing enthusiasts find that congestion and high charges in ports along the south coast of England are an issue, and increasingly turn to mooring options on the Continent as a result — Brittany being an obvious choice, given the quality of the facilities on offer, their comparatively low cost, and the overall beauty of this maritime region of western France. Gas Tech was another important trade fair I went to (8 to 11 October), and there were many interesting French companies at the EXCEL exhibition centre, which are involved in the business and technology of transporting and processing natural gas. The picture would not be complete without some references to Food & Drink, and the Saatchi Gallery wine event at the end of October (26 and 27) springs to mind: we assisted CIV CORSE, the syndicate of Corsican winegrowers, who had a stand at the event, to better promote a range of original and high-end Corsican wines. The Saatchi event was interesting in that it combined a B-to-B dimension (aimed at trade professionals) with a B-to-C angle (intended to offer the general public an opportunity to discover new, quality wines). We have also had a successful press trip (3 and 4 December), organised on behalf of our client, NFI, the agency for the promotion of the northern city of Lille and its surrounding region. A joint British/German press delegation (including four British journalists) travelled over to Lille in order to learn more about current developments in biotechnology in northern France. The press trip combined field visits, meetings with industry executives and entrepreneurs, and a tour of the BioFIT event: BioFIT is an international partnering event of reference in the life-sciences sector, and it focuses on technology transfers and collaborative projects that have the potential to shape the biotech industry of the future. Last but not least, among the events we have recently helped to organise and publicise, the docking of the Etoile du Roy tall ship, first at Portsmouth, then St Katharine Docks in London, has generated a huge amount of media interest — from regional TV news (with a report on ITV Meridian) to the trade and national press (with an article in The Daily Telegraph). The object of this interest has been the pink onion of Brittany, since the replica of a Nelson-era warship was laden with Roscoff pink onions typical of Brittany and known for their subtle, sweet taste. The ship itself is well known to the British public: it was originally built for Hornblower, the British television series, first broadcast in the UK in the 1990s. The pink onion has a special place in Franco-British relations: in 1828, a producer from Saint-Pol-de-Léon, on the northern coast of Brittany, decided to cross the English Channel and sell his produce directly to the British consumer. Won over by the taste of the pink onion, the British welcomed the sellers that arrived each year and named them Johnnies, or Little Jeans, as Jean — or Yann, in its Breton version — is John in English. The Onion Johnnies used to walk (or cycle) from door to door with the plaited onions on their shoulders — hence the stereotypical image of the French onion (or garlic) seller, who sports a beret and rides a bicycle up and down the country… I am told some people in Britain still think that all (or most) Frenchmen dress in the way that the Onion Johnnies used to in the 1920s and 1930s: for the sake of accuracy, it should be stressed that this is a misconception. On 4 December, the ship reached St Katharine Docks, and it is due to set sail on 17 December to go back to France: as a result, many Londoners and others have had the opportunity to get on board and sample the pink onions on offer. On 10 December, a special event was organised, which went on from 4.00pm to 9.00pm: it gave trade professionals and members of the media the opportunity to sample some pink onions brought over by the Etoile du Roy. Mr Bernard Emié, French Ambassador to the UK, was guest of honour and made a speech. Together with a few journalists, I went for a drink in Dickens Inn afterwards — a nice way to round off the evening. As you will see from the wide range of stories we have covered in the past few months, we continue to offer something for everyone, from flooring material for sports facilities (with Gerflor, which won several contracts for the London Olympic Games) to laminated timber (with sector leader MATHIS, making inroads into the Persian Gulf), and from exciting food products from France’s overseas territories (on display at SIAL 2012) to airbag protective jackets for motorcyclists (as designed and developed by innovative company HELITE). Many more companies covered in this bulletin would deserve a mention, but you can discover them for yourself, such as QOOQ and its culinary tablet preloaded with 1,000 recipes or ALDEBARAN Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robots, the latest application of which is in the classroom across many schools in England. (No, you can’t order one that will do the hoovering and the rest of the housework for you yet, although I wouldn’t be surprised if such a model were available on the market before long!) The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK will come out in the latter part of February 2013. Till then, and if you can’t wait that long, do follow us on Twitter in real time ( https://twitter.com/   at @UBIFRANCE_UK). The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE will be closed over the festive season, from 24 December to 1 January included. We wish you an enjoyable end-of-year break, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Philip Jolly Manager — Press Office UBIFRANCE London, the French Trade Commission in the UK  Construction and Energy THETIS MRE keeps a-Brest in marine renewables THETIS MRE, the only annual convention devoted to marine renewable energy (MRE), will take place from 10 to 11 April 2013 in Brest (Brittany). The convention will provide an opportunity for the sector’s major international players to gather and exchange ideas about the marine-based energies of the future. http://www.thetis-emr.com MATHIS is glued to success in Qatar MATHIS, a European leader in glulam-timber construction, was chosen to supply the glulam elements of part of the new Doha International Airport, in the Qatari capital. The 80m x 25m structure, which has been completed, is the first glulam construction to be erected in Qatar. http://www.mathis.eu/?lang=en Gerflor’s Creation ushers in a new world in commercial spaces Gerflor, a flooring specialist, has launched Creation, which is a recyclable floor-covering range specially designed for commercial spaces. This product range is made up of luxury glue-down tiles and planks for areas that must withstand a large footfall. www.gerflor.com   Engineering and Transport CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES’ mechatronic solutions strike the stroke CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES develops cutting-edge mini-size actuators and piezoelectric motors with a range of scientific, industrial and medical applications. One of the company’s innovations is the Linear Stepping Piezo Actuator (LSPA) motor, a linear piezoelectric micromotor with nanoscale positioning and a long stroke. http://www.cedrat-technologies.com/ TECALEMIT FLEXIBLES’ hoses and tubes go organic TECALEMIT FLEXIBLES, a specialist in flexible hoses for industry, has launched the innovative BBIO Universal TECALEMIT® tube, which is made from plastics of 100% biological origin. The company unveiled the tube at the MIDEST trade show, which took place from 6 to 9 November 2012 in the Paris region. http://www.tecalemit.fr/ INEL’s Xsolo measures your residual stress from America to Europe INEL, a specialist in X-ray diffraction (XRD) equipment, is to release Xsolo, a portable residual-stress-measurement system, in late 2012. The company manufactures a range of XRD equipment, used in both public- and private-sector R&D centres, as well as in industry. INEL, which is present in the USA, is seeking distributors across Europe. www.inel.fr HELITE airbags the market for motorcycle protective jackets HELITE, an airbag-technology expert, launched its cutting-edge range of high-performance airbag protective jackets for motorcyclists at Motorcycle Live, which took place from 24 November to 2 December in Birmingham (UK). http://helite.com/ Lille region’s FUTUROTEXTILES lies in CETI  The Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants (or CETI, i.e. the European Centre for Innovative Textiles) opened on 10 October in the Lille region. The opening coincided with the start of the third FUTUROTEXTILES innovative-textiles exhibition. http://www.ceti.com/   Food and Drink Prince de Bretagne brings the Onion Johnnies back to Britain Prince de Bretagne, which produces and markets the Roscoff pink onion of Brittany, chartered the Etoile du Roy, a tall ship, to transport a cargo of onions from Brittany to London, via Portsmouth. On 10 December, an event held on the ship in London proved popular with the trade, the media and the general public. http://www.prince-de-bretagne.com/?language=en Corsican wines enrich London Experience at Saatchi Gallery CIVCORSE, the Corsican Wine Board, represented seven estates from the French island of Corsica at The London Experience, which took place at the Saatchi Gallery (London) from 26 to 27 October. All the producers are seeking partners and distributors in the UK and Ireland. Millésime Bio 2013 is organically yours at 20 Next year, Millésime Bio, the organic-wine trade show, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. From 28 to 30 January 2013, the trade fair will take place in Montpellier, which is at the heart of France’s leading region for organic winegrowing. The trade show is expected to attract 3,500 visitors. http://www.millesime-bio.com/ French overseas territories give SIAL 2012 that tropical feel There were 22 companies from France’s overseas territories at SIAL 2012, the international trade show for the food industry, held from 21 to 25 October at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre (near Paris). The Pavilion displayed products such as Rhum Agricole, coffee, fruit-based items and seafood from Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion Island. Nord-Pas-de-Calais features  Agroé at SIAL 2012 The Nord-Pas-de-Calais region hosted a pavilion at SIAL 2012. France’s leading region for agri-food exports focused on innovation and Agroé, its cluster of excellence within the sector. UNOWHY’s QOOQ speaks English in the kitchen UNOWHY has launched the English version of QOOQ, the first tablet computer that is made for the kitchen. The tablet is preloaded with 1,000 international multimedia recipes, ingredient fact sheets, and useful meal-planning tools to help gastronomy lovers in the kitchen. www.qooq.com   Health and Services Minasolve’s parabens substitute takes SCS Formulate by storm Minasolve, a specialist in the personal-care and pharmaceutical ingredients markets, exhibited its new ethyl hexyl glycerine — MinaCare Hexcine — at SCS Formulate, the trade show for the cosmetics industry, held from 13 to 14 November in Coventry (England). Minasolve is seeking a distributor in the UK. http://minasolve.com/ EcoVadis and CDP bring CSR to the supply chain EcoVadis and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) have announced a partnership whereby the two companies offer an enhanced service to both EcoVadis and CDP Supply Chain’s customers. The partnership is founded on the companies’ expertise: CDP specialises in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, climate change and water, whereas EcoVadis covers all main CSR topics. http://www.ecovadis.com/website/l-en/home.aspx B.I.G. Talents hit the town in November Involving both a trade show and a business convention, B.I.G. Talents is the only business event of its kind in France that is devoted to biotech, IT and greentech (B.I.G.). The event took place from 14 to 15 November in Rouen (north-western France). http://www.big-talents.eu/ E-Commerce Paris 2012 goes from strength to strength — and to China The E-Commerce Paris trade show has reinforced its reputation as a crucial event for the e-commerce sector, with 500 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors in 2012. E-Commerce Paris 2012 ended on 20 September after three successful days focusing on changes in market trends and on innovation; a special conference session put the spotlight on China. http://www.ecommerceexpo.co.uk/ France is Brand Licensing Europe, from Asterix to Moulin Rouge® UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, was organising a pavilion at the Brand Licensing Europe trade show, held from 16 to 18 October in London (UK). The Pavilion, which was supported by the French Licensing Federation (F2D2), featured 10 licensing specialists who work with The Jim Henson Company, Moulin Rouge® and Asterix, among others. http://www.brandlicensing.eu/   IT and Robotics ALDEBARAN Robotics unleashes NAO on Warwickshire schools ALDEBARAN Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robotics, has equipped over 200 secondary schools worldwide with its NAO robot. In order to increase pupil interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the company has introduced the humanoid robot into schools across Warwickshire (England). www.aldebaran-robotics.com/en Runware’s Runalyzer Sport Pack conquers the heart of MFi users Runware has launched the Runalyzer Sport Pack, which combines an iPhone-compatible heart-rate monitor, chest strap and armband. The designer of innovative smartphone accessories has been certified by Apple to design devices specifically made for iPhones, iPads and iPods (or MFi devices). http://www.runware.com/ Conscio Technologies meters clients’ security awareness with ISAM Conscio Technologies, a publisher of information-security solutions, has joined forces with Hapsis, a Sensitive Security Information (SSI) specialist, to create the Information Security Awareness Meter (ISAM). The ISAM analyses the information-security culture of a company before providing a detailed action plan for improving security. http://www.conscio-technologies.com/   For further information, please contact : UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 contact.ftpb@ubifrance.fr    

Lille region opens European Centre for Innovative Textiles (CETI)

Amal Froidevaux - 24-oct.-2012 16:38:13
The Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants (or CETI, the European Centre for Innovative Textiles) opened on 10 October 2012 in the Lille region (northern France). The opening coincided with the start of the third FUTUROTEXTILES innovative-textiles exhibition, highlighting the development of the long-standing textile industry of Lille and its region. As technical textiles develop, the functional and flexible nature of new fibres makes them the solution for countless innovative applications in a range of industries. The Lille Region (northern France) has long been associated with this industry and has made the sector one of its priorities. Today, the region’s textile industry is supported by cutting-edge facilities such as the new Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants (or CETI), i.e. the European Centre for Innovative Textiles, which opened on 10 October of this year in the city of Roubaix (part of the Lille metropolitan area). Such facilities will assist the growth of the Lille region’s textile sector, which is forecast to expand by 21% between now and 2017. The opening of CETI attracted some of the top players in the textile industry, including Mr Arnold Wilkie from US-based Hills Inc., along with Mr Hideki Hoshiro from the Japan Chemical Fibers Association. The event also included some top-level round tables, shedding light on the most innovative materials. CETI is the most recently founded research facility and prototyping centre of its kind, which is dedicated to new textile applications. As the only such platform in Europe, CETI offers cutting-edge technologies to support the development of new intelligent-textile applications internationally. CETI is unique in its use of creative techniques in order to accelerate the innovation process, developing textile solutions by first identifying possible requirements or uses. CETI is in Phase 1 of its configuration and is currently comparable to the Nonwovens Institute in Raleigh (USA), which combines contributions to innovation from over 60 major companies that develop new textile materials. Throughout this Phase, the focus will be on CETI’s high-tech spinning tool (of which there are only four similar examples worldwide), supporting the development of the new, high-performance fibres of the future. Advanced fibres will be indispensable in relation to medical devices, but will also have applications in acoustic-insulation and ultrafiltration equipment. Additionally, the centre’s DRYLAID tool uses new combinations of technologies in order to develop high- tech industrial solutions, such as the Calander, which provides thermal consolidation of nonwovens by combining temperature and pressure. Phase 2 of CETI’s configuration, scheduled for 2013/2014, will focus on the manufacturing process, primarily for the composite- and technical-textile markets, including knitting, weaving and plaiting. The developments brought about by CETI’s progression to Phase 2 will underpin the centre’s originality in gathering such an array of technological equipment and cutting-edge research projects in a single location. The opening of CETI coincided with the launch of the third FUTUROTEXTILES exhibition, allowing both textile-industry professionals and the general public to learn more about the sector. After touring the world for six years, from France to China, via Spain and Indonesia, FUTUROTEXTILES has come to CETI for its third event. FUTUROTEXTILES is an exhibition that brings together science, technology, design, fashion and art, all based around innovative textiles. The event aims to raise public awareness about technical textiles, the latest innovations in the field, and the main challenges the sector faces. The exhibition, which has focused, this year, on the theme of ultra-lightness, displays the results of juggling cloud-like materials and experimenting with fabrics made from coffee, while showcasing micro-encapsulated lace and never-before-seen materials. Helen Storey’s Catalytic Dress, Elisa Strozyk’s wooden garments, Jum Nakao’s paper-and-lace dresses, and Janaïna Milheiro’s Angel’s Coat are exhibited alongside such objects as a violin made from flax fibre and an inflatable surf board. About Nord France Invest Nord France Invest is the publicly funded investment-promotion agency for the Lille Region. The agency helps businesses to develop and assists them in making the most out of their move to northern France. Drawing on expertise across a wide range of fields, Nord France Invest and its network partners offer personalised and fully confidential services to investors, free of charge, from the initial decision through to the launch and follow-up. In pursuing these aims, Nord France Invest relies on the skills of its own staff, combined with expert input from an extensive network of regional and international partners. For further information about FUTUROTEXTILES, please go to: http://www.lille3000.com/ For further information about CETI, please go to: http://www.ceti.com/ For further information about Nord France Invest, please go to: www.nordfranceinvest.fr   For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3784 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/  
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