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French mechanical engineering sector builds itself into a global leader

Marine Juillard - 21-oct.-2014 15:57:19
Véronique Cuziol, project manager at UBIFRANCE, believes that the French mechanical engineering sector showcases the best of French manufacturing. She says: “Not all French industries are in decline. Some sectors, such as the mechanical engineering industry, are successful.” So, what exactly is this stellar industry all about? Mechanical engineering firms are diverse in terms of products and services but, broadly, they service and produce valued-added products for the automobile, aerospace and railway industries. The French mechanical engineering industry has an annual turnover of €113 billion, of which €45.6 billion is exported. These figures rank France sixth worldwide and third within Europe. Overall there are over 50,000 companies in the industry, including a few large players (Air Liquide, Alstom, Areva, and Fives) and a healthy majority of smaller companies: 95% of all firms are SMEs and start-ups.   Besides the USA and China, European markets are the traditional destinations for French exports in this sector. Germany remains by far the biggest importer. Therefore, it is not surprising that a large number of French mechanical engineering companies can be found at the world’s biggest industrial fair in Germany, the Hannover Messe.   French companies, and in particular SMEs, have been exceptionally effective in leveraging the country’s research clusters – some of the best in the world – into innovative solutions. A great example is the Mont Blanc Industries cluster, which specializes in precision machining, mechatronics and other advanced industrial techniques. There is a collective, national interest in creating what is being called the ‘Factory of the Future’; disruptive investments in technologies such as energy efficiency, 3D printing, and advanced robotics that will redefine the future of manufacturing through increased efficiency and reduction in costs.   Some of these French start-ups are making a big splash with innovative products. For example, the company French Expliseat, founded in 2011, produces the ‘Titanium Seat,’ the world’s lightest seat that also offers an innovative and ergonomic design. Expliseat has recently received certification from the Federal American Aviation Administration (FAA) and is therefore able to supply the US aircraft industry.   Another example of a successful subsector is textile machinery manufacturing. French firms offer extremely targeted and innovative products as well as excellent customer service and a highly skilled workforce.   The top 100 French subcontracting companies include a number of large businesses such as the LISI Group, which has a turnover of over €1 billion. There are also a myriad of smaller, but nevertheless very ambitious, companies such as Manoir Industries which specialises in metal forging and found. Its objective is to become a world leader in the production of metals for the construction, nuclear, oil and gas, and petro-chemistry sectors.   It must not be overlooked that France is one of the most attractive countries in Europe in terms of foreign investments, ranking fourth in the world in terms of industrial FDI. This is no surprise give that foreign investors have access to the second biggest economy in Europe, third highest hourly labour productivity, excellent infrastructure, and a central geographic position. Furthermore, France ranks second in Europe for the number of patent applications, with one in ten of these patents being the result of collaboration between French and foreign companies.   UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency , has 80 offices around the world. Its role is to help French companies in marketing their products abroad, as well assist foreign companies in finding French suppliers or partners.   More information about French companies, please go to: French exporters directory of mechanical engineering  

VIRTUALDIVE is fully immersed at Dublin Web Summit 2014

Marine Juillard - 20-oct.-2014 17:34:31
VIRTUALDIVE of France, a start-up dedicated to the development of applications that allow internet users to discover and explore ocean depths,  will showcase its innovative technology at this year’s Dublin Web Summit, which will take place at the Royal Dublin Society in Ireland from 4 to 6 November 2014. VIRTUALDIVE is keen to meet potential investors as part of its strategy for international growth. VIRTUALDIVE has created the Ocean Connected project, which is an application that allows internet users to discover and explore ocean depths, in real-time, from their home computers, tablets or smart phones. The main objective of this global project is to overcome unawareness amongst the general public about the ocean and the vital role that it plays in the survival of life on earth. With new technologies linked to underwater robotics, virtual diving eliminates actual aquatic immersion, which is the main obstacle to traditional diving in terms of both risk and cost. Rather than being individual and secluded, virtual diving remains constantly connected with the external world and information sources. The project also adds value and offers new growth perspective to diving centres and the industry as a whole, which has been slow to adapt to a more digital environment. The Ocean Connected application is a technological breakthrough in the industry. The system links a connected and submersible mobile device, named Dolphyn, with a multisided web platform and dedicated applications, allowing two global networks to interact and generate revenue. On one side there are the underwater content producers (divers, snorkellers, yacht owners, marine reserves, etc.) and on the other are the content consumers (Internet users). For a minimal cost, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, any internet user will have the opportunity to follow a qualified diving instructor and interactively discover and study – through links to their social network – the hidden wonders of ocean. Currently, traditional diving activities are undertaken by just 0.4% of the population but, thanks to Ocean Connected, these activities now have the opportunity to attract the interest and attention of 2.5 billion internet users around the world. For the first time, a viable alternative is available to the millions of people that will never practice scuba diving but that are interested in the direct observation and knowledge of the subsea environment. This digital alternative combines virtual and augmented realities, geo caching, live video streaming, gaming, eLearning, cloud computing, and networking, to enrich the video images collected by professional divers and open up access to thousands of diving sites, coral reefs, marine reserves and historical wrecks.  VIRTUALDIVE successfully completed a six year R&D programme, which was financed by the Agence Nationale de Recherche (French National Research Agency), regional institutions and the European Commission (FP7262160). The proof of concept (POC) was approved and pre-serial industrial production was launched, leading to the first sales of the product. Usage will be closely monitored in order to gather information and feedback from customers and users.  The company, which is a family owned SME, will be exhibiting at the Dublin Web Summit 2014 and is looking to meet external investors. Fresh funds are required to enter the global market, supported by a strong digital marketing campaign and a consistent strategy for industrialisation. For the first round of funding, the company is looking for between €1.5 and €2 million over the course of 2015. These funds will be used to hire a team of executives that will manage the company during its development phase; to cover the marketing launch; to acquire the industrial technology systems; and to proceed with technical and technological improvements in line with market demand. The withdrawal of the first external investors is expected by 2020, with an investment multiplier of 10. About VIRTUALDIVE The founders of VIRTUALDIVE, Alain and Antonio Dinis are serial entrepreneurs and have over 50 years of international experience in the management of innovative technologies, combining their technical background with strong marketing competencies. They have been working together for more than 10 years and have assembled a team of five experts in different disciplines.  Furthermore, they are supported by four research laboratories and specialised SMEs that provide a platform for exponential growth of the project. For further information about VIRTUALDIVE, please go to: www.virtualdive.com VIRTUALDIVE will be exhibiting at the Dublin Web Summit, which will take place at the Royal Dublin Society in Ireland from 4 to 6 November 2014. For further information about the Dublin Web Summit, please go to: www.websummit.net         Ms Kate RILEY- Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP - UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr   View other press releases at : www.ubifrance.com/uk  

Salience maps out collaborative working at Dublin Web Summit 2014

Marine Juillard - 20-oct.-2014 16:22:50
Salience, a French startup in the field of technology consulting, will present  FeatureMap, a unique online platform for simple and effective real-time collaboration, at this year’s Dublin Web Summit, which will take place at the Royal Dublin Society in Ireland from 4 to 6 November 2014. FeatureMap is a digital board (or map) on which the user can manipulate and organise cards containing ideas, tasks and projects. Users can then share their maps with colleagues, partners and customers, allowing interaction in real-time mode. As well as their position on the map, the cards embed additional information such as time attributes, ownership, quantitative data, comments, and a modifications log. Co-founder of Salience Tristan Thevenin says: “Our vision is to help people build better products and run more successful projects with the help of great software. We are passionate about how teams develop new products. Having listened to many different stories, we decided to create FeatureMap, in order to help great ideas to turn into real products. The team is dedicated to its customers and we are constantly developing FeatureMap to fit the needs of the user, enabling them to keep their projects even more simple, collaborative and visual.” In order to achieve goals, objectives need to be set out. Illustrations are the most powerful means to convey a message, but difficult to update. Words, on the other hand, can be moved but lack visual impact. FeatureMap enables users to make the most of both by building a project map, which gives a physical shape to the bigger picture, and harnessing the power and accuracy of words. FeatureMap is widely used by both small and large companies all around the world and Salience’s clients include AXA, Ford and Sony. It was developed by Salience to facilitate the missions of product managers, entrepreneurs, marketing managers and project managers. Moreover, based on visual concepts, FeatureMap enables users to collaborate, communicate and contribute efficiently to different projects whatever their location, language or role. FeatureMap is a flexible tool that enables users to define the best solution to bring maximum value to their customers. Whether users are accustomed to using methods such as Agile Marketing, Kanban or Story Mapping, FeatureMap can be adapted to fit a variety of approaches. About Salience Salience, which is headquartered in Troyes, is a French startup providing technological solutions in the consultancy field. Founded in 2011, the company was then designated Laureate in a French national contest for innovative companies in 2012. Salience’s FeatureMap solution was designed to facilitate collaborative working by grouping together ideas, tasks and projects on a digital map. Users have a clear and organised visibility of the whole project and are able to interact, communicate and contribute in real time, no matter their location. For further information about Salience, please go to: www.featuremap.co Salience will be exhibiting at the Dublin Web Summit, which will take place at the Royal Dublin Society in Ireland from 4 to 6 November 2014. For further information about the Dublin Web Summit, please go to: www.websummit.net        Ms Kate RILEY- Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP - UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr   View other press releases at : www.ubifrance.com/uk

Cordia showcases fire-safety solutions at Expoprotection 2014

Marine Juillard - 17-oct.-2014 12:56:54
Cordia of France, a major player in the fire-safety sector, will be exhibiting on a 100m² stand at the Expoprotection trade show, which will take place in Paris – Porte de Versailles (France) from 4 to 6 November 2014. Cordia provides an extensive range of fire-safety solutions and technologies and will present them at the trade fair. The 100m² stand will be divided into several thematic sections, including wireless fire alarms, extinguisher-servicing equipment, and training material. The latter will be dedicated to live demonstrations of the entire Intelligent and Tactile range of innovative fire training products, including Satellit flame generators, Opacit smoke generators, and Stressit stress generators. The company would be delighted to invite journalists to visit Stand F37 (Pavilion 1) at Expoprotection to discover more about the products and services it offers.                           Expoprotection is the only event in France that brings together top international specialists and the most innovative equipment and solutions, combining conferences and meeting areas. Expoprotection covers the two complementary universes dedicated to Risk Prevention and Management.  Cordia has been a key player in the industry for over 25 years, and the company’s innovations have contributed towards a radical modernisation of the fire-fighting equipment that is available on the market. As the inventor of the flame generator and of the first wireless fire alarm, Cordia is constantly looking to introduce new solutions aimed at improving fire-fighting equipment. With the launch of the English version of its comprehensive online catalogue, the company is seeking to expand internationally and, more particularly, in the British market. Cordia will be exhibiting on Pavillon 1 – Stand F37 at Expoprotection, which will take place 4 to 6 November 2014 in Paris – Porte de Versailles (France). For journalists wishing to visit Cordia at the exhibition, please register for your free badge by clicking here . For further information about the company and the trade show, please go to: www.myfiresafetyproducts.com For further information, please contact :    Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP – UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr

Qucit makes life easier at Dublin Web Summit 2014

Marine Juillard - 16-oct.-2014 18:46:07
Qucit, a prize winner at the Worldwide Innovation Challenge in July 2014, offers predictive analysis tools to optimise urban mobility, diminish pollution and improve the well-being of citizens. The company will be presenting its solutions on the UBIFRANCE FrenchTech pavilion at the Dublin Web Summit, which will take place at the Royal Dublin Society from 4 to 6 November 2014. Founder of Qucit Raphaël Cherrier explains: “Our aim is to use the strength of real-time data, predictive analysis and machine learning to help improve the development of attractive and more sustainable towns, in terms of consumption of raw materials (energy, time and water). The company’s flagship product – which is a world first – is a prediction motor integrated with the Bonne Station system from Keolis Bordeaux that analyses the use of self-service bicycles in urban areas.   Over recent years, a number of conurbations have developed systems of self-service vehicles, the majority of which are bicycles. This new transport option is growing rapidly, both in terms of the number of participating towns and cities as well as the number of users. An additional 200 towns worldwide are currently equipping themselves to enable their inhabitants to benefit from self-service vehicles. One of the main problems encountered with self-service bicycles involves the restocking of docking stations. Restocking is essential to ensure a balance of available vehicles and empty docking points in any one station at any one time. Many stations are often badly balanced, with a lack of vehicles in some and a lack of parking places in others. At present, restocking is carried out by lorries that travel across town centres from station to station. This exercise creates pollution and congestion and has considerable room for improvement. There are numerous benefits to Qucit’s application, including facilitated network growth, service reliability and improved equipment quality. Statistical analysis allows for better breakdown detection and Qucit’s predictive analysis makes it possible to modify the use and control of the network of shared vehicles for a fraction of the current cost and without CO2 emission. Mr Cherrier adds: “We do not restrict ourselves to bicycles. Qucit’s next projects involve the extension of the self-service bicycle tool to other uses linked to the prediction of urban mobility (parking, public transport, etc.).” About Qucit Qucit was founded in May 2014 by Raphaël Cherrier, a former Lecturer at Arts et Métiers Paris Tech (ENSAM), a specialist engineering university in Paris. It currently has five employees but envisages rapid international growth. Qucit specialises in the development of real-time big-data analysis and predictive analysis tools that can be used to optimise mobility, lower pollution and improve the well-being of citizens in towns and cities across the world. These award-winning analysis solutions have been developed over a three-year research period as part of is an ongoing project in partnership with the LaBRI (Bordeaux Laboratory of Computer Research) and the IMB (Bordeaux Mathematics Institute). For further information about Qucit, please go to: http://www.qucit.com/ Qucit will be exhibiting on the UBIFRANCE FrenchTech pavilion at the Dublin Web Summit, which will take place at the Royal Dublin Society in Ireland from 4 to 6 November 2014. For further information about the Dublin Web Summit, please go to: http://websummit.net/   Ms Kate RILEY- Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP - UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr

Domoscio knows how to succeed at Dublin Web Summit 2014

Marine Juillard - 13-oct.-2014 16:59:46
Domoscio of France, a specialist in the field of educational technology (EdTech), will showcase its expertise at this year’s Dublin Web Summit, which will take place at the Royal Dublin Society in Ireland from 4 to 6 November 2014. Domoscio is keen to meet potential partners and investors as part of its strategy for international growth. Domoscio’s CTO Benoit Praly says: “Lack of knowledge can be costly. Domoscio is an adaptive-learning solution based on the consolidation of knowledge. We encourage businesses and training organisations to address issues surrounding efficient learning processes and to measure the relevance of training programmes.” By linking cognitive studies with adaptive algorithms, Domoscio acts as a personal assistant for more rapid learning and longer information retention. To achieve this, Domoscio calculates optimum revision periods and topics for each user according to their learning abilities. In fact, the solution tends towards short revision periods that gather together several key principles. CEO of Domoscio Ivan Ostrowicz explains: “It is easy to see the advantages. At a time of free and accessible content both for and by all, it is essential to re-invent the acquisition and use of knowledge. For example, e-learning must no longer be the simple delivery of knowledge and information, but assimilation and mastery of know-how.” From the first evaluation of the user’s competencies to the implementation of acquired knowledge (based on the structuring of knowledge), Domoscio pilots an adapted and personalised revision programme by sending messages (aides-memoires) by smartphone notification or by email to each user. Furthermore, Domoscio provides individualised and detailed analysis of each learner’s level of knowledge. Mr Ostrowicz adds: “Domoscio helps to pilot and measure the effectiveness of training schemes. It allows e-education providers and training specialists to improve and personalise training methods, enabling users to learn more by optimising effort.” Users become more efficient and regain the taste for learning. For example, to help a student achieve 100% rather than 60% in their history test, Domoscio sends personalised messages by smartphone notification or email that focus on areas of knowledge that had not previously been retained by the user. For example, the message will recap the three countries that took part in the Yalta conference if the user was only previously able to recall two of them. Domoscio can be used by business managers to monitor their employees’ progress in terms of acquisition and practical implementation of knowledge. With this information, the employer is able to adapt programmes to suit personal training needs as well as measure the adequacy of their training plan. Training centres can also benefit from Domoscio’s solutions. With the help of personalised statistics, it is easy to evaluate and enhance current training programmes as well as develop new services. Domoscio’s solutions conform to IT norms (interfaces and plug-ins), making them compatible with all information systems. About Domoscio Domoscio, which is headquartered in Paris, is a French start-up providing technological solutions in the fields of education and training. The solution uses a statistical algorithm based on best practice in cognitive sciences and neurosciences in order to anchor knowledge and enable the user to progress their studies at their own rhythm. Domoscio’s aim is both to improve the skill level, through increased knowledge retention, of all users (students, trainees, etc.) as well as help parents, teachers, trainers or managers in their roles as educators, mentors and tutors, giving the trainee a desire to learn and pleasure to succeed. For further information about Domoscio, please go to: http://www.domoscio.com/home_en/ Domoscio will be exhibiting at the Dublin Web Summit, which will take place at the Royal Dublin Society in Ireland from 4 to 6 November 2014. For further information about the Dublin Web Summit, please go to:   http://websummit.net/       Ms Kate RILEY- Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP - UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr  

Video Games World Cup to start on 10 November 2014

Marine Juillard - 08-oct.-2014 13:33:56
The first ever Video Games World Cup (VGWC) will be launched on 10 November 2014 and run until the World Cup Final, which will take place in New York between 3 and 5 July 2015. More than 100 countries and 20 million competitors are expected to take part in the tournament, which offers avid gamers and video-game enthusiasts worldwide a new, international and technologically advanced forum in which to play. Stéphane Cosse, Founder of VGWC, explains, “As a pioneer in organising events in the video-gaming sector, and after three years of planning and development of the VGWC, I felt that it was important to create a system that matches the scope of the video-gaming industry: there are one billion gamers worldwide! Video games are so often criticised but never appreciated for their true worth. This is the dawn of a new era for the video game: we are giving it a new playing field.” A total of 20 million gamers are expected to take part in the first VGWC and participants will have the opportunity to win cash prizes. Should the maximum subscription of 128 players per week, per country and per game be achieved, the world champion, for each game, stands to receive a cheque worth more than US$1 million. Each continental champion will receive a cheque for over $100,000, while the national champions will receive a cheque for over $10,000 each. Additionally, cheques for over $1,000 will be awarded each week, per country and per game, to the weekly tournament champion. Each week, competitors will have the chance to qualify for the national finals in one of two ways. Players can either qualify directly by winning one of the weekly national tournaments or by topping the national game ranking during the regular season, which will run for a total of 29 weeks from its launch on 10 November 2014 to 31 May 2015. Different national competitions will start each week, beginning on a Monday and ending on the Sunday of the same week. Players will compete against each other online using their own consoles and computers, and save their sessions once completed. Only 128 competitors may take part per week, per country and per game. There will be a maximum of 32 teams for multi-player games. The registration fee is $30 for a qualifying week and 40% of the funds collected (of which $12 will be withheld at source upon registration) will be paid as bonuses. At the end of the 29-week regular season, the winners will be invited to compete in the national finals, to be held in each country between 1 and 21 June 2015. The final rounds will be composed of 32 players in eight pools of four teams each, i.e. 29 winners, together with the best player of the regular season and two wildcards. The overall national winner in each country will be awarded a cheque for over $10,000 (as already mentioned). National champions will compete in the continental finals from 22 to 28 June 2015. One player per continent and per game will be crowned the continental champion and will receive a cheque for over $100,000 (as outlined above). All continental champions will compete in the World Cup Final to be held from 3 to 5 July 2015 at a prestigious venue in New York with all air fares and hotel costs covered by the organisers. The venue for the final will be announced by 1 January 2015. About Video Games World Cup (VGWC) The Video Games World Cup (VGWC) will be launched on 10 November 2014 and run until the World Cup Final, which will take place in New York between 3 and 5 July 2015. More than 100 countries and 20 million competitors are expected to take part in the tournament. VGWC was founded by Stéphane Cosse with the intention of providing a new, international and technologically advanced forum in which gamers can interact in a way that is both entertaining and competitive. For further information about the tournament, please go to: www.vgwc.net   For further information, please contact : Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London - SW1Y 4SP – UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 - kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : www.ubifrance.com/uk
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