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Lucibel’s products in the spotlight at LuxLive 2014

Marine Juillard - 23-oct.-2014 16:16:48
Lucibel of France, a major player in the LED lighting sector, will be exhibiting its innovative solutions at the LuxLive trade show, which will take place at the ExCel exhibition centre in London (UK) from 19 to 20 November 2014. Lucibel will present its brand-new-generation LED panel and its new Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) concept designed for use in museums, galleries and showrooms. Lucibel, a specialist in the design and production of innovative lighting solutions based on Light-Emitting Diode (LED) technology, will showcase two of its stand-out products at LuxLive 2014. The first is its brand-new-generation LED panel, which provides the best luminosity output to power consumption ratio on the market. This product offers unparalleled energy savings, outperforming similar products, and greatly increases the customer’s ROI. Lucibel will also present its new Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) concept designed for use in museums, galleries and showrooms. For the first time, Lucibel has combined Li-Fi technology with LED lighting to transform existing LED lighting elements into Li-Fi emitters that can then remotely transmit multimedia content (sound, video, geolocation, etc.) to a tablet or smartphone. Using an indoor geolocation application on a tablet device, visitors have direct and automatic access to interactive content corresponding to the object on display. This virtual guide gives traditional visits a whole new dimension, making them more natural and intuitive. Lucibel’s solution is an integral part of the LED lighting element and requires no additional infrastructure or energy consumption. It can be featured in multiple applications, and reflects the company’s ambition to offer more than a simple lighting function, allowing customers to benefit from the many opportunities proposed by LED technology. The multiple advantages of LEDs have made them the preferred technology for new lighting sources. LED lighting efficiency reduces energy consumption by up to 80% compared to traditional technologies, increases operating life by up to 20 times, and can be controlled remotely or programmed to interact with its surroundings. Further advantages of LED technology include its homogenous, flicker-free luminous flux, excellent colour rendering, immediate illumination, lack of sensitivity to on/off switching cycles, and a wide range of integration and customisation possibilities. The company develops and produces the majority of its products in its own factories in France, selecting the best components on the market and ensuring that technical aspects are constantly being improved. Lucibel focuses on the professional market segments in which its solutions contribute maximum added value to the customer, such as hotels and restaurants, offices and industry, public authorities, and retail. As well as guaranteeing technical performance and energy efficiency, Lucibel also designs specific solutions adapted to client specifications and whose benefits go beyond lighting functions alone. Such benefits include incomparable product or site enhancement to boost customer visits and sales activity, a quality of light that improves well-being and productivity of employees, intelligent management of light sources to optimise energy consumption, and new functionalities such as the transmission of wireless data to enrich visitor experience. Lucibel has a dedicated London-based team that works closely with clients on their projects, advising and informing them about relevant applicable standards and undertaking return on investment studies. The team can also carry out studies into lighting, 3D simulations, and thermal dissipation. About Lucibel Lucibel is an innovative French company that designs new-generation lighting products and solutions based on LED technology. In 2013, Lucibel generated a consolidated turnover of €21.5 million, versus €6.3 million in 2012, equating to an 87% increase on a like-for-like basis. The company markets its products in over 30 countries and has seven international subsidiaries across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, with exports accounting for 24% of sales in 2013. Lucibel will be exhibiting its products and solutions at the LuxLive trade show, which will take place at the ExCel exhibition centre in London (UK) from 19 to 20 November 2014. The company is working to continue its growth in Europe, in particular on the UK market, and is looking to meet potential partners at the trade show. Visitors are encouraged to visit the stand to discover more about the new LED panels and LiFi experience. For further information about the company, please go to:  www.lucibel.com For further information about the trade show, please go to: www.luxlive.co.uk Lucibel is listed on the Alternext Paris equity trading market. Ticker symbol: ALUCI. Code ISIN: FR0011884378L Lucibel is eligible for the PEA PME and FCPIs.    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

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

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

World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE): First international exhibition for the civil nuclear industry in France

Marine Juillard - 03-oct.-2014 11:14:21
.A unique, business-oriented, meeting Platform .Over 400 exhibitors already signed up .Broad industry coverage .7,000 international experts and managers expected .Ambitious content led by high-level speakers… .…backed up by numerous associated events Launched in response to an initiative by AIFEN, the Association of French Nuclear Industry Exporters, the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE), the new biennial event, will run from 14 to 16 October of this year at Paris Le Bourget with the aim of allowing participants in a high-added-value industry to meet each other, forge partnerships, find new suppliers or expand their export business.  A SECTOR DESTINED FOR LONG-TERM GROWTH There are 430 nuclear power plants in operation around the world and new ones being built will result in a 50% increase in nuclear capacity between now and 2025. Such growth, coupled with life extensions and safety improvements for operating plants, fuel cycle, waste processing & storage or the decommissioning of plants at the end of their life, shows just how great WNE’s potential is. AN EXHIBITION THAT COVERS EVERY LINK IN THE ADDED-VALUE CHAIN OF THE CIVIL NUCLEAR INDUSTRY The entire industry will be represented from the fuel cycle to waste management, including components, operations, safety, radioprotection, decommissioning, robotics, training, and medical applications. Over 400 exhibitors have already announced their presence at this October’s WNE with a view to presenting their expertise to over 7,000 professionals from Europe/Russia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, or America. The big names include: ALSTOM, ALTRAN, ANDRA, ARCELOR MITTAL, AREVA, ASSYSTEM, BOCCARD, BOUYGUES CONSTRUCTION, BUREAU VERITAS, CEA, COFELY ENDEL, DAHER, DCNS, EDF, GDF SUEZ, LEMER PAX, MITSUBISHI, ONET TECHNOLOGIES, ROBATEL, ROLLS ROYCE, ROSATOM, VALLOUREC, VEOLIA/ASTERALIS, VINCI, WESTINGHOUSE, and ZETEC. And they will be joined by a very large number of SMEs. AN EQUALLY AMBITIOUS PROGRAMME Five round tables moderated by the directors of major groups and international experts will be focusing on subjects such as NPP Operation, Safe & Proven Technologies for Reactors and Fuel Cycle, Future Technologies, Dismantling & Waste Management, Training Human Resources for Nuclear Programmes, and Nuclear Technologies for Medical. Finally, in order to keep everybody informed about what is going on at WNE and to highlight major events such as the signing of contracts and partnership agreements, a show daily, the WNE Tribune, will be distributed, and TV Channel will broadcast proceedings in real time. Alongside the exhibition, a visitor programme including a number of international events for industry professionals and site visits will mean that WNE is a major fixture in the nuclear industry.   WNE – World Nuclear Exhibition – Aims: To become the leading international exhibition for the civil nuclear industry Go to www.world-nuclear-exhibition.com for further information Get your press accreditation here Press Relations : CR Communication An AIFEN event: www.aifen.fr Organized by : www.reedexpo.fr For further information, please contact :  Quote ref. : FTPB3948 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr  

PELLENC ST installs another 23 waste-processing optical sorters in UK

Marine Juillard - 01-sept.-2014 16:50:15
PELLENC Selective Technologies (PELLENC ST) of France, a manufacturer of optical sorting machines for the processing of waste, has announced that it will supply 23 optical sorters (on stream from 2015) to equip four new facilities in the UK. The specialist company, which has considerably strengthened its presence on the British market, will showcase its latest solutions at the RWM trade show, to be held in Birmingham (England) from 16 to 18 September 2014. Following the company’s successful expansion into the British market, PELLENC Selective Technologies (or PELLENC ST) has announced that it will, once again, be an exhibitor (Stand 5R130) at the RWM trade show, which will take place at the NEC, in Birmingham (England), between 16 and 18 September of this year. PELLENC ST, a recognised specialist in its field, designs, manufactures and installs optical sorting machines for the recycling and processing of waste.   The contract to equip four new facilities in the UK, which will be in operation as of 2015, represents the strongest growth PELLENC ST has ever known on the British market, where its current installed stock is of about 80 units. The new facilities equipped with PELLENC ST optical sorters will all be dealing with Municipal Solid Waste (MSW).   The PELLENC ST systems will be used for two main purposes: first of all, to recover valuable materials from the stream (such as plastics) and, second, to monitor the quality of the Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) and Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) fraction produced.   RDF monitoring units are attracting ever more interest in the UK as many large-scale Energy from Waste (EfW) projects have recently come to the fore. The current trend indicates that there is a bright future for this application in Britain. Thanks to experience gathered from its related work elsewhere in Europe, PELLENC ST has acquired proven expertise in this field and has been served, in this respect, by the high levels of accuracy that its technology achieves.   PELLENC ST has developed dedicated software programs in order to improve the monitoring of the sorting lines, which enables the company to better meet the specific needs of the municipal solid-waste market. In most cases, the waste is destined to be burnt and used as RDF: as a result, data about the quality of the stream — its humidity level or its degree of contamination, for example — is very useful.    The Lower Heating Value (LHV) should be monitored and should meet a range of parameters in order to ensure that the machine operates properly. Humidity is an important factor for the optimal operation of incineration plants. In fact, too much humidity not only leads to a potential drop in production, but can also activate fermentation in the storage of RDF — the ultimate risk being one of explosion and fire in the storage tank.   The final parameter to be considered is the level of chlorine in the RDF: the chlorine content is calculated on the basis of the volume of material containing PVC that is present — something that the machine is able to detect.   PELLENC ST proposes a solution with four groups of indicators that enables users to benefit from the performance of optical sorters and the data they produce. Optical sorters analyse the stream of waste passing through them, combining every available indicator: contaminants, energy, humidity, and stream.   The Statistic Pack, PELLENC ST’s new software suite, can be customised by selecting the most appropriate indicator for the sort configuration. With this pack, users can monitor even more closely the changes in waste types. Data is stored in files that are compatible with standard data-handling software and available over local networks using a web browser. On request, the teams at PELLENC ST are able to study the flow and fine-tune indicators in order to suit the product stream.   In addition, with a view to meeting specific measures introduced under the amended Environmental Permitting Regulations, the technologies developed by PELLENC ST offer not only complete monitoring of the waste stream, but also comprehensive monitoring of the sorted products. The software solution developed by PELLENC ST allows for improved recycling quality from Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs): this is essential to achieve high-quality recycling and makes sense from an economic, environmental and technical standpoint.   About PELLENC Selective Technologies (PELLENC ST)   Founded in 2001, PELLENC Selective Technologies (PELLENC ST) is headquartered in Pertuis, in the Lubéron region of South-Eastern France. The company opened a London office in 2011.   PELLENC ST is a pioneering company in the automatic sorting of household and industrial waste. The specialist company has a turnover of €21 million and employs over 100 staff, with 15% of all personnel working in the in-house R&D department. As part of its international expansion, PELLENC ST has installed over 1,000 of its machines in more than 45 countries across the world.   PELLENC ST will be at the RWM trade show (Stand 5R130), which will take place at the NEC, in Birmingham (UK), between 16 and 18 September 2014. RWM is the European event of reference for resource-efficiency solutions and the waste-management sector. Established in 1967, the trade fair is highly regarded in the recycling-and-waste industry as a leading event in its field.   For further information about the trade show, please go to:  www.rwmexhibition.com   For further information about the company, please go to: www.pellencst.com     For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB 3940 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 sports-events companies keep on winning

Marine Juillard - 29-juil.-2014 10:30:48
While the men’s French football team had its last kick in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, many French companies continued their successful campaign at the world’s premier sporting event. Rio de Janeiro was the host of the final of the World Cup and one could see signs of French business presence almost everywhere.   GL Events of Francemanaged Rio Centro, an exposition park that was the site of FIFA’s organization committee and press centre. Nearby sits a 306-room hotel that was used by many of the FIFA delegates: it was built by French construction group Bouygues and designed by French-born architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Each day, when officials arrived at the state-of-the-art Maracana stadium, the renewable energy powering the stadium was supplied thanks to a pilot project run by French energy group EDF and its partners.   French-based companies have a long history of winning contracts for the supply of products and services at major international sporting events. According to Viviane Silberstein, Project Head at UBIFRANCE, much of the winning know-how of French businesses is acquired in their domestic market: “When French companies go abroad, they have to adapt to other markets, but domestic experience already gives a reference and an image, like Roland Garros or the next European football championship, and this is very important for an organizing committee.”   France has proven experience in handling international sports events: the country has hosted various Winter Olympics (Chamonix, Grenoble and Albertville), the 1984 UEFA European Championship, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Every year, France organizes the Tour de France cycling event. Roland Garros is another key international sporting event organised in France, and the country will host the 2016 UEFA European Championship.   GL Event’s performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics helped the company to launch a successful bid for contracts during this summer’s Football World Cup in Brazil. GL Events was responsible for the design and installation of 25 indoor and 15 temporary outdoor sites across London — a contract that represented €21 million. However, even before this sizeable addition to its portfolio, GL Events had been managing a range of international events in Paris for years.   In 2014, the Winter Olympics — the most expensive in history, at a total cost of $51 billion — took place in Sochi, in the Russian Federation: 12 French companies won a total of €100 million in contracts.   A 2013 survey of the Rhône-Alpes region in South-Eastern France found that there are 300 locally based companies involved in the management of the winter-sports industry, bringing in approximately €1 billion in revenue per year. After all, France ranks third worldwide in winter-sports tourism, after Austria and the USA…   French companies, building on their track record, have been successful domestically and internationally in this field. Innovative companies, which offer new products and technologies, find opportunities to showcase their solutions and grow . Seat Advert is a very young company that is revolutionizing the sporting experience: its small screens, as installed in stadiums, allow viewers to peruse ads and access real-time information, including game statistics. Seat Advert’s innovative solution has already found new clients in Mexico, with plans to expand into South America. The company has recently been awarded a contract for this year’s World Equestrian Games in Normandy, in North-Western France.   Esportec Eco-Industriel is yet another young innovative company developing natural and ecological surfacing solutions for outdoor spaces. ECO’STABIL®, its patented material, is made out of waste and can be combined with other recycled products. While many of the uses of this and other products are not entirely recreational, they can be used to create cycle tracks, equestrian paths and footpaths. Currently, the company exports to Morocco, Benelux countries and Switzerland: the potential for expansion of this eco-friendly material in export markets is considerable, as more and more international sports events require contractors to pay attention to environmental considerations.   Ms V Silberstein of UBIFRANCE explains that French companies are not afraid to take on the biggest challenges and, with their many successes, it is not surprising that, “They are approaching the market based on the biggest business opportunities, and these are the biggest international events, international football events, and Olympic Games. The criterion is not francophone and country specific and, now, UBIFRANCE is working with companies on all events.”   International opportunities will continue to grow, with the $100 billion in new investments expected at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, $15 billion at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and $30 billion for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.   Apart from the biggest prizes over the next decade, there is a diverse set of opportunities that can sustain a business in the coming years. For example, there are smaller but lucrative events that French companies can target through UBIFRANCE, including sales expositions in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and preparatory events in Saint Petersburg (Russia) for the 2018 World Cup, all in the next 12 months.   Furthermore, existing markets are always in a state of flux and French companies with good products and services are being rewarded with new contracts. Bodet , an equipment manufacturer specializing in scoreboards and video screens, is a prime example. Even though this French company has been present in the Middle East for more than 30 years, it recently acquired new business from Al Jazeera Sport Studios and in relation to stadiums in Abu Dhabi and Kuwait City.   While Ms Silberstein admits that, “The international sports-event market is extremely competitive,” it is also clear that many French companies, encouraged by expertise gained in their domestic market, are more than ready for the challenge. Besides, as she points out, “New opportunities and existing national markets will only grow over the next decade, with contracts that are so big that, if you have a small percentage of this contract, it is worth fighting for it.”   In conclusion, it is clear that French-based companies are poised to continue with their off-the-pitch success in this competitive market.
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