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France’s railways roll out web portal for business and innovation

Aurore Bernard - 07-avr.-2014 17:47:34
A new English-language web portal (www.French-rail-industry.com) has been launched to promote France’s railways. The launch of the portal, which went live on 21 March 2014, coincided with the signing of a partnership agreement between UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, and Fer de France, the Inter-professional Association for France’s railway industry.   The web portal, which has been launched (in English) and is accessible at www.French-rail-industry.com, aims to meet a twofold objective. In the first instance, it will help to raise awareness among industry professionals worldwide of the know-how prevalent in France’s railway sector — a widely acknowledged and greatly praised centre of excellence.   The website will promote the entire sector with sections devoted to the latest international company news. It will also list a number of exciting achievements by French-based companies outside France, as well as the year’s most important events. The events section will include information about international trade shows where France has a substantial presence, such as INNOTRANS, which will take place in Berlin (Germany) from 23 to 26 September 2014.   In the second instance, the website will help to establish connections between international buyers and French suppliers. The web portal will showcase French players in the railway sector, making it easy for potential customers based outside France to browse the profiles of any French company they choose and contact them directly through a messaging interface integrated into the website.   The French suppliers featured on the platform are broken down into eight main categories: embedded electronic systems; mechanical components fitted on rolling stock; passenger-information and ticketing systems; passenger public transport; rail-car layout; railway infrastructure; railway testing and engineering; and, finally, rolling stock.   Thanks to the expertise, technological skills and innovative ability of its companies, France’s railway industry enjoys international recognition: the country is ranked third worldwide in the sector. Within Europe, the French railway industry is ranked second only to Germany, with 1,500 companies generating over €4 billion, equating to 25% of the country’s exports in value.   About Fer de France Founded in the wake of the 2012 consultation process (Assises du ferroviaire) centred on the French-railways sector, Fer de France is the French rail industry’s Inter-professional Association. Fer de France brings together the chairpersons and CEOs of all the companies involved in the industry. Its role is twofold: to work on improving the nation’s railway system and performance, on the one hand, and to facilitate co-operation among French sector players so as to help them expand into export markets, on the other.   For further information, please go to: www.French-rail-industry.com   About UBIFRANCE UBIFRANCE is the French export-support agency. As the partner of reference for French-based companies wishing to export, UBIFRANCE offers a complete range of services based on the provision of information on export markets, on legal issues and regulations, as well as on international finance and tenders, while also supplying sectorial data.   In addition, UBIFRANCE offers export advice and targeted support to companies’ commercial activities, such as exploratory visits, partnership meetings, foreign exhibitions and international press communication.   Finally, UBIFRANCE runs the International Postgraduate Programme (VIE) for employing qualified personnel and young graduates outside France. For more information about the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk/ For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3929 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/

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

Aurore Bernard - 02-avr.-2014 17:23:38
SMTC, a specialist in the design and manufacturing of composite sandwich panels, has unveiled Dynatech ®, a highly innovative weight-reducing system for aircraft and high-speed-train interiors. The company will be showcasing the full range of Dynatech® products at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014, which is taking place in Hamburg (Germany) from 8 to 10 April. Christophe Jenny, CEO of SMTC, says: “With Dynatech®, a truly revolutionary technology, we proactively made a major investment in mass production with high repeatability, in order to better serve our customers’ needs regarding significant weight savings, better mechanical properties, lower total system costs, and recyclability. We see ourselves as a carrier for solutions that fulfil the needs of society and, thus, are happy to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emission, to the performance of mass transport, and to the comfort and accessibility of passengers.” SMTC will be showcasing its Dynatech® technology at Aircraft Interiors E xpo 2014, to be held in Hamburg (in northern Germany) from 8 to 10 April of this year. The company will be exhibiting on the French Pavilion, in Hall B6 of the trade fair. Dynatech® products have been developed specifically for use in light-weight and high-performance applications such as damage tolerance as well as superior fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) values. Due to the thermoplastic nature of the Dynatech® solution as a ready-to-be-formed sandwich system, Dynatech® parts can be mass-produced, within the manufacturing process of various complex-shaped parts in the interior of aircraft and trains, including doors, luggage racks, seats, side-walls, trolleys, tables, etc. Based on the use of polyetherimide (PEI) in situ foam panels, Dynatech® technology also offers better thermic and acoustic isolation, as compared to traditional honeycomb designs based on thermoset panels: ultimately, this also contributes to the comfort of the traveller. “The Dynatech® revolution is down to an entirely new way of making sandwich panels based on full thermoplastic PEI material. These panels can also be formed into a variety of shapes, with different edging options,” explains Christophe Jenny. SMTC, which formerly focused on producing aluminium-based honeycomb systems, acquired the Dynatech® solution from inventor and patent-holder FITS Technology. SMTC is now developing and investing in the technology with a view to providing a completely new thermoplastic mass-market solution. Martin de Groot, CEO of FITS Technology and inventor of the process, explains: “My goal was to achieve maximum weight reduction to improve the ecological footprint of aircraft. In comparison with traditional sandwich systems, Dynatech® is much less labour-intensive thanks to its automated processing. Dynatech® now allows for extremely short-cycle times of only a few minutes for the pressing process. It also outperforms traditional material by offering a maximum manufacturing time of 30 seconds per edge.” In the steadily growing aircraft and high-speed-train end-markets, safety, weight and space-saving become more stringent, with a growing demand for enhanced performance. Dynatech® allows aircraft and train builders to use thinner layers of sandwich material, therefore creating more space for travellers. Its unique heat-resistance properties make Dynatech® a highly desirable and long-lasting material to be used for interiors. Furthermore, Dynatech’s® unique automa ted production guarantees higher quality standards and better control possibilities, which is greatly appreciated by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Due to SMTC’s patented closed-box procedure, this system allows for the sophisticated design of the edge close-out, which actually becomes the strongest part of the unit. Dynatech® can, therefore, provide a total system-cost reduction of between 20% and 30%, as well as weight reduction of between 20% and 40%. The production of a range of pilot Dynatech® products has already started: tests are being run and the first customers have received their prototypes. Full commercial production of the Dynatech® range is expected to be rolled out in 2016. About SMTC   SMTC is a French-based company with over 30 years’ experience in the design and manufacturing of composite sandwich panels. With this expertise and innovation at the heart of its strategy, SMTC contributes to the performance of mass transportation by producing light-weight solutions for the interior parts of trains, aircraft and cruise ships. SMTC will be showcasing its Dynatech® products at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014, to be held in Hamburg (Germany) from 8 to 10 April of this year. The specialist company will be exhibiting on the French Pavilion, in Hall B6 of the trade show. For further information about the trade show, go to: www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com   For further information about the company, go to: www.smtc.fr   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3927 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/

Reed Expositions predicts bumper year for Intralogistics Europe 2014

Aurore Bernard - 06-mars-2014 15:52:27
Alain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Global Transport Group (a division of Reed Expositions), organisers of the SITL Europe 2014 trade fair, reveals his expectations for Intralogistics Europe 2014. This leading transport-and-logistics trade show, which specializes in handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution, is being held concurrently with SITL from 1 to 4 April 2014, in the Paris region (France).   Intralogistics Europe 2014 will take place from 1 to 4 April of this year in conjunction with SITL Europe 2014, as well as the World Transport & Logistics Forum, Maritime Day, European Rail Freight Day and the Humanitarian Logistics Conference. The trade shows will be held in Hall 6 of the Parc des Expositions, in Paris Nord Villepinte (north of the French capital).   A lain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Global Transport Group (a division of Reed Expositions), organisers of SITL, gives his thoughts on the upcoming events as well as on current trends in the transport sector and logistics industry.   Interest in Intralogistics 2014 started to pick up pace back in November 2013. Is this still the case, with one month to go before the opening?   The enthusiasm has grown and accelerated. In November 2013, taking into account the number of reservations made and [the number of] brands expressing an interest in the Intralogistics 2014 trade show, we were forecasting 15% growth in exhibitor numbers. Today, that figure is in excess of 30% and the initial objective of 150 exhibitors has been well and truly surpassed.   Consequently, we have had to expand the exhibition’s surface area to 10,000m². Given that the trade show is only in its second year, this confirms the need for an exhibition dedicated to handling equipment and automated systems.   How has this growth reflected the three areas of interest at the exhibition?   The progression in numbers of exhibitors is even across the three areas of interest, with a strong presence of the leaders in each Intralogistics sector: Automation, Mobile (industrial trucks, lifting and handling equipment, etc.), and the Static sector (racking and shelving, storage solutions and packing). With regard to the last one of the three, several specialist providers in the field of warehouse construction and door supply have confirmed their attendance. Many exhibitors are involved in two, or even three, of the areas covered by the trade show.   For all these businesses, the Intralogistics trade show has become a central, professional event that allows them to present their innovations, products and services. The event responds to a clear market need that goes beyond its original target, which was to promote the handling equipment and automated systems that process, streamline and optimise the physical flow of supply, production and distribution.   What are the results so far of initiatives set up by Reed Expositions with regard to future visitors?   In the build-up to this year’s event, Reed Expositions has been identifying project planners, basing its search on visitors from the 2013 event; on a database of decision makers, specifiers and buyers of intralogistics solutions; and on pre-registered visitors. At this stage, the majority of these qualified visitors are interested in the fields of handling and automation, and more than 30% of the projects involve an evolution or significant changes to current handling systems.   This initiative seeks to ensure that projects are well planned in terms of agreed investment and will enable the project planners at Intralogistics 2014 to identify suppliers to partner them with in order to implement the project.   How do you ensure that the connections made at the exhibition respond to this demand?   There are several ways in which we look to establish connections with the exhibitors. In the first instance, visitors that have completed the pre-registration process are directed to the suppliers that are capable of responding to their search in handling equipment and automation.   Secondly, our teams work with the visitor to better define their project. This can be done on arrival, or can be organised by Reed at the event itself. Reed also offers this customer service on an ongoing basis, both before and after the event.   Lastly, visitors are invited to make use of a Project Planners Space, in which they can present their projects and arrange meetings with exhibitors.   How would you describe the projects that will be presented?   The projects will be wide-ranging and, in the main, come from the major players in their respective markets. The sectors that will be represented include automotive, chemicals, consumer goods, cosmetics, e-commerce, food processing, heavy industry, and multichannel distribution. Projects are led by senior-level managers that are seeking a return on investment and fast improvements in productivity. In that sense, many involve automation, with the objective of reducing production costs.   What are the other high points visitors can look forward to?   With the participation of exhibitors and qualified visitors, and led by a steering committee, a cycle of around 20 conferences and workshops is planned, with updates, testimonials, [focuses on] innovations and trends, together with actual case studies.   A particular highlight will be the first plenary conference, entitled Warehouse automation, how far?   It will be chaired by Jean-Michel Guarneri, Vice President of Supply Chain for Vente Privée (www.vente-privee.com) and member of the steering committee.   On the last day of the event, three Innovation Awards will be presented, one for each section of the Intralogistics trade show.   Exhibitors at Intralogistics Europe 2014   Below is the list of exhibitors due to take part in the trade show.   @VANCE TRANSPORT ITEMS-ACK FORANKRA-ACTEMIUM-ALSTEF AUTOMATION-ALVEY SAMOVIE-AMBAFLEX-APOLLO-APPLIED MATERIALS-A-SAFE-AUTOMATED PACKAGING SYSTEMS FRANCE-BA SYSTEMES-BAC-LAND PACK-BAK ORGANISATION-BALEA-BALYO-BAUER SUDLOHN-BMZ GMBH-BOA CONCEPT-BOPLAN-CABKA GMBH AND CO. KG-CINEO LOGISTICS-CIUCH SOLUTIONS-CRAEMER FRANCE-DOLAV FRANCE-DUPLEIX LOCASTOCK-DUWIC-EASYPACK SARL-EPALIA-ETIGO-FERALCO-FETRA-FGP-FHG IPP LOGIPAL-FIVES CINETIC-FLANDRE AUTOMATION-FRANCE FIL INTERNATIONAL-FROMM FRANCE-GEORG UTZ SARL-GETRA-HANGCHA FRANCE-HEXACOMB-HORMANN FRANCE-HU.CA CONSULTING-IMH-JUNGHEINRICH FRANCE-L-EX-LIFTEC-LIFTOP-LPR LA PALETTE ROUGE-MANITOU-MARCEAU-MARZIN SARL-MATRAFORM-MAVIFLEX-MDM-MECALUX FRANCE-MECANIC BINAIRE SERVICE-METTLER TOLEDO SAS-MOVOMECH-NERGECO-NETWORK EQUIPMENT RENTAL-NORCAN-OCS CHECKWEIGHERS GMBH-DS SMITH-PAKI LOGISTICS GMBH-PALET FACILITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTION-PROCARIST-PRODEX-QIMAROX B.V.-RAEDER VOGEL, RAEDER -U- ROLLENGEBRICK GMBH 1 CO.KG-RAJA-ROS FRANCE-SARL B-COM-SAVOYE SA-SCALLOG-SCHOELLER ALLIBERT-SDI GROUP-SMART-FLOW-SMURFIT KAPPA FRANCE-SNOX AUTOMATION BVBA-SOCO SYSTEM-SSI SCHAEFER-STOCK3P-STOW FRANCE-STRAPEX SA-SYCA SYSTEMS-SYLEPS-TENTE S A-TER SA - GROUPE YTHALES INVESTISSEMENT-TIANJIN ZERPO SUPPLY CO. LTD-TRANSITIC SYSTEMS SARL-ULMA HANDLING SYSTEMS FRANCE-VANDERLANDE INDUSTRIES FRANCE   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 sectors including the environment, marketing and communication, as well as transport and logistics.      Reed Expositions will be organising Instralogistics Europe 2014, a leading trade show on transport and logistics, which specializes in handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution. The trade show was launched in 2013.   Intralogistics Europe 2014 will run concurrently with SITL Europe 2014, as well as the World Transport & Logistics Forum, Maritime Day, European Rail Freight Day and the Humanitarian Logistics Conference. These events will take place from 1 to 4 April 2014 in Hall 6, at the Parc des Expositions, in Paris Nord Villepinte (north of Paris, in France).   For further information about Reed Expositions, please go to: www.reedexpo.fr   For further information about Intralogistics Europe, please go to: www.intralogistics-paris.com/site/GB   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3915 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/   Note to Editors   Copyright - The UBIFRANCE Press Office in London is waiving its copyright on the content included in this press release, which means that recipients are free to reproduce, modify and circulate it if they wish to do so and as far as copyright law is concerned. 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SITL Europe announces packed programme for April 2014

Coline BORDET - 19-févr.-2014 16:52:09
With six weeks to go before its official opening, SITL Europe, the international trade show for transport, logistics and freight forwarding, has announced that four new events will take place during the four-day event. The trade show will take place from 1 to 4 April 2014 at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre (north of Paris).   In addition to highlights such as the 14th annual Innovation Awards and half-day conference cycles organized around the key themes of the trade show, the four days of SITL Europe 2014 will be marked by four important new events.   On Tuesday 1 April, the World Transport & Logistics Forum will open the main international day. In association with UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, and consultancy firm Transport Intelligence, a plenary conference will be held on the theme of Logistics strategies to take advantage of global growth and will present a preview of the World Bank’s 2014 study into logistics performance. This will be followed by a debate between shippers, service providers, economists and delegates from institutions.   In the afternoon, official delegations from six countries – Algeria, Brazil, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand and the USA – in the presence of French government ministers, will debate logistics and transportation issues relevant to those markets. The World Transport & Logistics Forum will close with a conference focusing on key trends in the sector.   On Wednesday 2 April, SITL Europe will host Maritime Day, an event which has been developed in partnership with Eurogroup Consulting, with a focus on maritime and river transport. The aim of the day is to review the opportunities offered by new shipowner alliances and new innovative port/river services. The transport of containers and cereals over the waterways will also be discussed, with a presentation on developments in the Trans-European Transport Network (RTE-T). This will provide the stepping stone into Thursday’s European Rail Freight Day.   For the fifth time in a row at SITL, a European Rail Freight Day will take place during the trade show. On Thursday 3 April, in co-operation with Eurogroup Consulting, delegates will reveal the results of the 2014 barometer, which focuses on how shippers perceive the rail-services offering. The barometer is carried out amongst 100 European manufacturers and distributors and introduces a cycle of conferences on rates, rail corridors, network access and slots, which will be illustrated by concrete examples.   On Friday 4 April, which is the final day of the trade show, a new concept will be launched, whose aim is to help industry players anticipate the key trends in the supply-chain sector. Companies such as Branded Future for Logistics, Mines PariTech, consultancy firm Transport Intelligence, and ASLOG (the French logistics association) will assess many possible evolutions in the sector.   Another highlight on the Friday will be the conference dedicated to Humanitarian Logistics, an initiative of the Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA), which is the only global association in this sector. The HLA, which has 2,300 members coming from international solidarity associations, the private sector, universities and research establishments, will, for the first time, hold its general assembly at the same time as SITL Europe.   "This global summit on humanitarian logistics will enable a comparison of logistics organisations between the NGOs and business – especially in terms of their shared stocks, information-systems design, or staff training,” says Jean-Christophe Crespel, co-founder of HLA.   Intralogistics Europe, the trade show for handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution, is being held concurrently with SITL 2014 and has already exceeded its exhibitor target, with over 150 companies signed up to the event, as things stand.   Alain Bagnaud, director of Reed Exhibitions’ Global Transport and Logistics Group, says: “Of the Top 20 European logistics-services providers, 70% have already registered, including Geodis, Norbert Dentressangle and Kuehne+Nagel. To this, we can also add more than 200 transporters and logistics suppliers that are present either independently or as part of a group, such as Astre, Evolutrans, France Lots, France Benne, Pall-ex and Tred Union. This means that SITL Europe 2014 will present an exceptional offering of transport and logistics companies, proving that it can tackle the great international challenges of today.”   This strong uptake, the organisers of the trade show point out, is matched by new initiatives to assist visitors in finding projects that correspond to their activity. Assisted by a telemarketing programme, selected visitors are interviewed in order to identify projects that are under current or future development. Following analysis of the responses, the visitors are put in contact with exhibitors whose products and solutions match their needs.   For personalised programmes, visitors can go to the Project Space at the entrance to the exhibition, where they will be welcomed by a consultant who will suggest a tailor-made visit plan, including the possibility of arranging meetings with given exhibitors.   About SITL   SITL 2014 will take place from 1 to 4 April of this year in Hall 6 of the Parc des Expositions, in Paris Nord Villepinte (north of the French capital). SITL stands for Semaine Internationale du Transport et de la Logistique, i.e. the International Week for Transport and Logistics.   Intralogistics Europe, the World Transport & Logistics Forum, Maritime Day, European Rail Freight Day and the Humanitarian Logistics conference will also take place over the course of the four-day event.   For further information, please go to: http://www.sitl.eu/     For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3914 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/  

OCEASOFT unveils Emerald™ wireless temperature tracker for cold-chain monitoring

Coline BORDET - 10-févr.-2014 16:40:21
  OCEASOFT, a French leader in temperature monitoring, has released OCEASOFT Emerald™, a wireless temperature tracker that connects to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth™ Smart and has applications in cold-chain management, in the agri-food sector, and in life sciences. OCEASOFT designs and develops solutions for monitoring temperature and environmental parameters in connection with goods in storage or transit.   Laurent Rousseau, president of OCEASOFT, explains: “Emerald™ solves a long-standing temperature-monitoring challenge for the cold-chain industry. With temperature-sensitive goods transported by many different means, notably in trucks, airplanes, and refrigerated containers of all kinds, it is difficult to track temperature conditions and have access to the information during transit.”   Laurent Rousseau continues: “Emerald™ leverages today’s widespread use of smartphones to read temperature data and push it to the Cloud. This provides a point-by-point tracking solution similar to those offered by national and international shipping services, without the need for any heavy infrastructure or dedicated equipment.”   Slightly larger than a wristwatch, OCEASOFT Emerald™ monitors temperature-sensitive goods during transit and in storage: it is a smartphone-connected, wireless temperature recorder and tracker for cold-chain monitoring. Emerald™ stores up to 4,000 temperature readings and does not require any dedicated computer equipment or complex installations in order to be deployed. Emerald™ has a wide range of applications — from cold-chain management and food safety to the life sciences.   OCEASOFT’s free EmeraldView™ application for smartphones connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to program Emerald™ devices and to view data. An additional option makes it possible to upload the information — including geo-location data provided by the smartphone — to the Cloud, where authorized parties can check the latest status in just a few seconds.   OCEASOFT Emerald™ supports temperatures ranging from -- 40°C to + 80°C and integrates Bluetooth Smart technology for low-power devices. The specialist company will start deliveries of the product to customers in the first quarter of 2014.   OCEASOFT has produced a short video-clip presenting its Emerald™ solution. To watch the video-clip, please go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_k8Si9nnVs   About OCEASOFT   OCEASOFT designs and develops wireless data-logging systems for the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries, as well as for cold-chain management. The specialist company is based in Montpellier (Southern France).   Founded in 1999, OCEASOFT offers customers the benefit of its extensive experience in monitoring and tracking temperature and other physical parameters across a range of sectors including health, food and life sciences. By providing complete and fully integrated solutions, OCEASOFT enables customers to meet regulatory requirements and reduce sanitary/safety risks. The company has customers around the world, supported by dedicated service technicians and local representatives.   OCEASOFT’s flagship Cobalt™ wireless monitoring modules, sensors, and control software help clients protect biological samples, vaccines, blood and blood components, food products, and other sensitive items during storage and delivery, with alerts sent by email, voice-mail, fax and text message, if and when needed.   Leading companies around the world use the solutions developed by OCEASOFT in order to monitor mission-critical temperature, humidity, CO2, voltage, and differential pressure conditions. OCEASOFT’s customer references include Aventis Pharma, INRA, Danone Research, Nestlé Waters, Institut Pasteur, GSK Biologicals, Sanofi-Pasteur and Merck, among many others.   Created and designed for laboratories, clinics, storage facilities and transportation platforms, OCEASOFT’s products are available in all major geographical regions through a qualified distribution network.   OCEASOFT has been granted ISO 9001 – Version 2008 Certification by Intertek (Certificate No.2009042315).   For further information about the company, please go to: www.oceasoft.com   For further information, please contact :    Quote ref. : FTPB3911 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/  

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/  

THETIS organises two major renewable-energy events

Coline BORDET - 18-nov.-2013 16:05:28
THETIS is organising two landmark events focusing on the role of renewable energies. The first, THETIS MRE, is a convention to be held in Cherbourg (North-Western France), on 9 and 10 April 2014. The second is THETIS PACIFIC, a convention to be held in Papeete, the capital of Tahiti (French Polynesia), on 10 and 11 July 2014.   THETIS MRE is the annual European convention on marine-based forms of energy and will take place from 9 to 10 April 2014 in Cherbourg (North-Western France). THETIS MRE 2013, held in April of this year, in Brest, was a resounding success.   Cherbourg — one of the regions of Europe with the greatest potential for marine energy — has been chosen to host THETIS MRE. Organised by THETIS and devoted to marine renewable energy (MRE), THETIS MRE is an annual event of reference in the sector and across Europe.   The convention will be an opportunity to take a comprehensive look at the situation that the sector is currently in, and to emphasise the role of marine renewable energies. Turbine technologies, wave and tidal power, and floating wind power (offshore and anchored) will be at heart of the debates and presentations.   This annual event, organised by THETIS under the patronage of the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport, Housing and Energy, aims to create (or consolidate) links between contractors and manufacturers, on the one hand, researchers and universities, on the other.   The 2013 convention was attended by 2,000 participants, 170 international exhibitors and 30 speakers, and helped to set up 600 B2B meetings. Indeed, THETIS MRE 2013, last April, was a clear success: 98% of participants indicated that the convention had met or exceeded their expectations, with all of them recommending next year’s event (THETIS MRE 2014).   For the first time in the constantly and rapidly changing field of renewable energy, THETIS has scheduled an event that will focus on renewable energy in the heart of Polynesia and across the Pacific. THETIS PACIFIC will take place in July 2014 in Papeete, in Tahiti (French Polynesia).   The THETIS PACIFIC convention will take the form of an exhibition area, B2B meetings, lectures and several workshops led by eminent specialists, who will highlight the considerable importance of renewable energy in tropical environments. They will also take stock of the latest technologies suited to isolated and fragmented regions: those technologies include, for example, Sea Water Air Conditioning (or SWAC), which is particularly relevant to the needs of these territories and already in the process of being used in hospitals and hotels.   The events organised by THETIS are supported by the industry’s main associations and high-technology clusters.   About THETIS   THETIS organises the annual European forum on marine energy known as THETIS MRE, with the next event due to take place from 9 to 10 April 2014 in Cherbourg, in Normandy (North-Western France).   Under the auspices of France’s Ministère de l’Ecologie, du   Développement durable, des Transports, du Logement et de l’Energie (the ministry in charge of ecology, sustainable development, transport, housing and energy), THETIS MRE aims to gather all the key players in the sector and foster strong links among them — be they major contractors, SMEs, manufacturers, universities, or R&D facilities.   THETIS is also organising THETIS PACIFIC, a convention to be held in Papeete, the capital of Tahiti (French Polynesia), on 10 and 11 July 2014, which will be devoted to energy in the heart of Polynesia and across the Pacific.   For further information, please go to:   www.thetis-emr.com  www.thetis-pacific.com     For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3872 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/  
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