UBIFRANCE UK News - December 2012 - N°34

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

UBIFRANCE UK News - September 2012 - N°33

Pierre Mancini - 10-oct.-2012 15:48:01
  We have had a busy summer here at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, not only preparing la rentrée, as the back-to-school season is known in French (i.e. September), but also getting on with a range of projects and events in a wide array of sectors. Obviously, the summer was marked by the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in early June, followed by the Olympics and Paralympics between late July and early September. Contrary to what could be feared from a business and professional standpoint, the Games did not cause tangible disruption in terms of our activities. We were happy to lend our support to the French Embassy and France’s Olympic Committee, which was in charge of the Club France, in central London. Overall, from a work standpoint, things always slow down from about mid-July until late August, but it is less and less the case, these days, if only because more and more business people and journalists continue working remotely, while away from the office, with the help of advanced, portable electronic devices (such as smartphones) that allow them to check their emails while sitting on the beach somewhere in southern Spain — just my idea of fun, I must admit! The rail-industry press trip that took place in mid-June (11 to 14), which was centred on the city of Lille and its region, in northern France, was a success, and we have already had several articles published in the wake of it. Nord France Invest, the agency that promotes Lille and its region, was pleased that it went well: it gave journalists the opportunity to fully appreciate the very real expertise there is across Northern France in rail transport and technology. Food & drink remains an important area of activity for us, as illustrated by the many events we have had in this field in the past few months. On 24 May in the evening, the Red Herring wine-tasting club organised an event focused on Corsican wines with Guillaume Rodet, sales representative for CIV CORSE, the syndicate of Corsican wine producers, in the UK. The wine tasting was held on the premises of the French Trade Commission, in the heart of London. Similarly, wine online retailer Naked Wines held an event at the French Trade Commission, which resulted in its members choosing Le Clos de l’Olivier Minervois 2010 as its No1 favourite — full details are revealed below. Henri Forest, the independent winegrower based in South-Western France who won the prize, is looking forward to £50,000 worth of orders in the coming months. The judges of the prize are enlightened amateurs, who are members of Naked Wines, not members of the wine trade. For the sake of propriety, I hasten to add that Naked Wines is about selecting wines purely on the basis of the quality of the liquid in the bottles, i.e. without the presence of the producers or distributors of the said liquids on the day. In other words, the name does not refer to participants being in the nude in order to enhance the wine-tasting experience, interesting as the idea might sound to some… On 14 June, the Food & Drink Department of the French Trade Commission organised a memorable event at the Roof Gardens, in Kensington (in London): A Taste of France gathered producers of high-end, exclusive food products from across France. The trade-press and other journalists who came along were rather pleased they had made the effort, as they were rewarded with fantastic food products in a truly unique setting. Even the flamingos and the ducks looked fascinated with it all. It should be stressed that they were not on the menu of the buffet: they live in the garden, on the roof. I know this may sound bizarre to readers who are unfamiliar with the venue: all is explained on the website of the Roof Gardens. In the past few months, various trade shows featured French Pavilions and were attended by innovative players from France, such as Insight Show at the end of June (27 to 28), and the Farnborough International Airshow in mid-July (9 to 14). In terms of trade fairs, September and October are very busy, as our readers will know. Katherine Woods, Press Officer, went to Birmingham for the day on 12 September — a special treat that enabled her to meet representatives of Pellenc, a French company we have done some PR for. Pellenc had a stand at the Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition (RWM). Katherine commented that Birmingham is exciting, but not as much as Leeds, where she comes from: as we know, it is all relative. If you would like to express a view on this, feel free to email us or to give us some feedback on Twitter. For my part, I went to Southampton on 20 September so as to meet representatives of West Riviera Yachting, the dry port located next to Tréguier, in the north of Brittany, which we have also done some PR for. West Riviera Yachting had a stand at the Boat Show, from 14 to 23 September. It is time for me to wrap up and I would like to encourage you to read the stories we have for you in this newsletter (below). There is something for everyone, as they say, since the fields covered range from flooring solutions (for sports facilities) and home-automation systems to interior design and textiles, and from market research and movies to fine wine and quality foods, not to forget waste management, photonics, R&D in the medical sector, information technology, ports and yachts, trains, as well as planes. The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK will come out in the latter part of November. Till then, and if you can’t wait that long, do follow us on Twitter in real time (@UBIFRANCE_UK), thanks to Katherine Woods, our expert in all matters relating to the Twitter-sphere, here at the French Trade Commission. Philip Jolly Manager — Press Office Bureau UBIFRANCE Londres, the French Trade Commission in London   Construction and Engineering Gerflor floors the competition at London Olympics & Paralympics Gerflor supplied various flooring solutions for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. The company provided the flooring for the volleyball, sitting volleyball and handball competitions: Gerflor was chosen to supply over 17,500 m² in Taraflex™ Sports Flooring. Home Technology allows you to manage your home on the move Home Technology, a specialist in hi-tech, integrated home-automation systems, offers a smart home-management gateway that improves security and comfort in the home, while reducing energy use. The system works with or without a broadband line, making it possible to manage one’s home remotely, while on the move. TECHNOMARK® goes from MULTI4® to Flexmark™ 2-in-1 TECHNOMARK®, a specialist in permanent-marking equipment, is releasing two new product lines in 2012: the fully modular MULTI4® Third Generation and the Flexmark™ 2-in-1, the latter being specially designed to meet the needs of SMEs. Flexmark™ 2-in-1 includes a hand-held model for marking large bulky parts and a combination model (fixed and portable) for marking parts of all sizes. Design and Services   UBIFRANCE is 100% France at 100% Design   The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCEorganised the French Pavilion, named100% France, at the 100% Design trade show, held in London from 19 to 22 September 2012.On 100% France, 10 emerging and renowned designers showcased their expertise in interior design, furniture making, etc. Espace Textile is in Indigo Home/MoOD in Brussels   For the sixth consecutive year, Espace Textile supported a delegation of textile specialists from the Rhône-Alpes region (South-Eastern France), who were present under the French Savoir-Faire banner, at the Indigo Home Edition and MoOD trade shows. The trade fair for the interior-design sector took place in Brussels (Belgium) from 11 to 13 September.   Tisslaine revolutionizes fabric of London Textile Fair   For the first time, there was a French Pavilion showcasing 10 participating companies at the London Textile Fair on 18-19 July. The Pavilion was organised by Tisslaine France Promotion, the national trade association that assists French companies in the textile sector in their export drive. UBIFRANCE provided Insight Show in June   The French Trade Commission unveiled the French Pavilion at Insight Show, the market-research trade fair held in London on 27-28 June. For the fourth year in a row, and with 10 exhibiting companies in 2012, the Pavilion showcased dynamic companies from across the industry. French movie industry is on a good TRIP   France’s movie industry is prospering: in 2011, over 270 approved films were produced, which is the highest number yet. The number of co-productions with a majority non-French backing was also at its highest in 2011: 65 films were shot, as compared to 58 in 2010. The country’s appeal is due to various factors, including France’s Tax Rebate for International Productions (known as TRIP). Food and Drink Henri Forest’s Zero to Hero effort wins Naked Wines’ recognition Henri Forest, an independent winemaker from South-Western France, has secured £50,000 worth of sales and privileged access to the British market further to winning the Zero to Hero competition organised by UK-based online wine retailer Naked Wines, with the help of the French Trade Commission. Out of 240 wines, Le Clos de l’Olivier Minervois 2010, which is produced on the Villepeyroux-Forest estate, came out on top. UBIFRANCE’s A Taste of France hits the Roof Gardens On 14 June, the French Trade Commission organised the sixth A Taste of France — a speciality and fine-food networking day in the course of which 22 companies showcased a range of quality French products, including charcuterie, condiments and chocolate. The event provided buyers with the opportunity to meet the producers at Kensington Roof Gardens, in central London. Comptoir du Cacao gives chocolate flavour to A Taste of France Comptoir du Cacao, a family-run artisan chocolate factory that makes high-quality single-origin chocolates in unique flavours, showcased its products at A Taste of France, the fine-food event organised in June by the French Trade Commission. Nutraveris Online verifies your ingredients EU-wide Nutraveris is a leading scientific and regulatory consulting firm for the nutrition and health sectors across Europe, whose expertise will help industry players deal with forthcoming EU legislation. Nutraveris Online allows Nutraveris’ clients to select ingredients that have claims that are usable in Europe, allowing for the verification of the regulatory status of ingredients in each EU member state (in order to ensure full compliance with local laws and regulations).   Health and the Environment Pellenc ST wastes no time recycling at RWM Pellenc Selective Technologies (or Pellenc ST), a manufacturer of optical-sorting machines for industrial and household waste, attended the Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition (RWM). The company exhibited its solutions designed for materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and for sorting municipal solid waste (MSW) at the trade fair, from 11 to 13 September, in Birmingham (UK). IFMAS enjoys excellence in bio-based materials IFMAS, the R&D institute for bio-based materials headquartered in the Lille region, has recently been certified as an Institute of Excellence in its field, gaining a €30.8m grant from the French government in the process. IFMAS is supported by Nord France Invest (NFI), the agency for the promotion of Lille and its region. DISTALZ is not forgotten by French/EU authorities DISTALZ, the R&D laboratory specialising in Alzheimer’s disease, has recently been certified as a Laboratory of Excellence by the French government. The laboratory, based in the Lille region, is now part of the EU’s Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND). DISTALZ is supported by Nord France Invest (NFI), the agency for the promotion of Lille and its region.   IT and Optics UBIFRANCE goes Dutch for ECOC UBIFRANCE, in partnership with Comité National d’Optique et de Photonique (i.e. France’s national committee for optics and photonics), hosted 10 optical-communications specialists on the French Pavilion at the ECOC trade show in Amsterdam (Netherlands), from 17 to 19 September. ECOC is the largest European event of its kind in the field of fibre-optic communications and technology. Conscio Technologies makes Sensiwave in software market Sensiwave, the software solution developed by Conscio Technologies, has evolved into a fully integrated internal communications system. The company’s interactive solution — originally, a digital-security platform only — can accompany any type of change within an organisation and is used to launch internal communications campaigns, such as training schemes or the general development of internal policies. Kaliop UK has Vision with Technology Web-technologies expert Kaliop has recently acquired Vision with Technology, a leading British provider of eZ Publish solutions, thus becoming the largest provider of dedicated eZ Publish solutions in Europe. Kaliop has fully integrated Vision with Technology into the Kaliop Group, renaming the company Kaliop UK. CARTES 2012 welcomes India, in the Cloud CARTES 2012 Exhibition and Conference (formerly CARTES and IDentification) will take place in Paris (France) from 6 to 8 November. The two main themes of the leading smart-technologies event will be mobile payments and security in the Cloud, with India as the special guest nation. Transport and Logistics PNA gives Ouistreham ferry port a new lease of life Under the supervision of Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), the first phase of the Ouistreham ferry terminal’s extension has been completed successfully, at a cost of €16 million. When the second phase (worth €3 million), supervised by Caen-Normandy Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is finished, the new facility will be greatly improved: it is due to be fully operational at some stage in the autumn of 2012. West Riviera Yachting extends a Breton welcome to UK yachters Representatives of the West Riviera Yachting dry port, next to Tréguier, in northern Brittany (Western France), attended the Boat Show, in Southampton (UK), from 14 to 23 September. West Riviera Yachting, which is a member of The Yacht Harbour Association, is ideally placed and fully equipped to welcome British yachtsmen and yachtswomen on the other side of the Channel. UBIFRANCE at InnoTrans 2012 with 90 winners UBIFRANCE organised the largest national pavilion at InnoTrans 2012 — the world’s leading trade show for the rail and urban-transport sector. About 90 companies showcased their innovative products and services on the French Pavilion in Berlin (Germany), from 18 to 21 September. BORFLEX’s FLAMESTOP® rubber range visits InnoTrans BORFLEX unveiled its new FLAMESTOP® rubber range at the InnoTrans trade show. The FLAMESTOP® range, designed for the rail industry, fulfils the requirements of the new EN 45545 European standard for fire and fumes safety, which will be mandatory from January 2014. DBM Technology flies to Farnborough with thermals DBM Technology attended Farnborough International Airshow (England) from 9 to 15 July; the company has recently established itself in Britain. DBM’s expertise lies in the field of insulation and high-temperature thermal protection for engines, aeronautic equipment and special industrial applications. EMBALLAGE 2012 set to pack a punch in November EMBALLAGE 2012, the international packaging exhibition, will take place in Paris (France) from 19 to 22 November. With 1,300 exhibitors (48% of whom are from outside France) and 89,000 visitors expected, the international trade event will highlight the innovative power of the packaging sector.

UBIFRANCE UK News - January 2012 - N°30

Pierre Mancini - 26-janv.-2012 19:13:50
First of all, here at the press office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, we hope that you had an enjoyable end-of-year break and that the new year has started in positive fashion for you.  Despite the widely reported travails affecting the British and European economy right now, more particularly in matters monetary, fiscal and financial, we are finding that, as in previous years, January is a busy period with many clients — existing and potential — contacting us in order to finalize their blueprints (and budgets) for PR campaigns extending into 2012.  Among our existing clients, Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), which manages and owns the French ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, has renewed its contract with us for 2012. There will be a lot to talk about in relation to PNA in coming months, if only because the port of Cherbourg has won a big contract from transport-and-engineering group Alstom , in connection with the construction of wind turbines. The wind turbines in question are due to be assembled in the region with a view to being deployed in the Channel, where several large offshore wind farms are being planned by the French and the British authorities.  Another of our key clients, CIV Corse , the syndicate of Corsican winegrowers, has also renewed its contract with us, so that we will continue to promote a range of quality Corsican wines throughout 2012. We have pledged not to miss a single wine tasting that CIV Corse may organise in the UK this year... Among our new clients, ARIANE commercialises a unique variety of apple under the same name, whose origins can be traced back to the orchards of Central Asia.  Thanks to the fact the ARIANE apple is naturally resistant to apple scab — a fungus ( Ventura inaequalis ) that attacks apple trees — the amount of chemicals needed to treat ARIANE apples can be cut by 50%, as compared to ordinary varieties. Besides, ARIANE apples, which have been on the market since 2003, are particularly tasty and keep very well. All this makes ARIANE apples very attractive to consumers.  ARIANE will attend the Fruit Logistica trade show in Berlin (in February, from 8 to 10), and the press office is going to issue a press release very shortly about the ARIANE apple, so as to alert the British media to its unique health and environmental benefits, apart from its intrinsic quality.  Closer to home, the press office is sending a total of five journalists to Paris to take part in a press trip on the topic of e-health at the end of January. The press trip, at the French end, is organised by ParisRegion , the economic development agency for Paris and its region. Three British journalists will join two Nordic ones (from Denmark and Sweden) in the French capital over two days (26 and 27 January), which will give them the opportunity to learn more about new technologies and electronic systems, as applied to the management of healthcare in the Paris region.  Among the companies that the press delegation will visit is Diabeo , a pioneer in innovative solutions that monitor diabetes, taking advantage of the most advanced web and mobile technologies that are available. Acclaimed by its first users — both doctors and patients — Diabeo aims to optimise the management of diabetes; pharmaceuticals group Sanofi has been instrumental in the deployment of Diabeo . Still in the field of technology, French companies were very much in evidence on the UBIFRANCE Pavilion at the B ETT show, held at Olympia (in London) from 11 to 14 January. The BETT show (formerly known as the British Educational Training and Technology Show) is one of Europe’s biggest trade fairs on technology applied to education, the trend being towards mobile and computerized applications, which enable you to brush up on your conversational Uzbek while on the move. (I have tried it and recommend it — conversational Uzbek, I mean.) Several other, recent trade events have been of direct interest to us at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, such as Top Drawer (15 to 17 January), which specialises in gifts, stationery items, and well-being products, or the Independent Winegrowers’ B2B event organised by our colleagues in the Food & Drink Department at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 18 January. Apart from the fantastic venue, it was hard to resist the temptation to try all the fine wines presented by the 80 French participants, whose winemaking expertise more than makes up for their lack of any knowledge of cricket. (Then again, being good at cricket would not necessarily help you produce good wines.) We will have more exciting trade events and press trips to talk to you about in the coming months, and the range of topics and sectors we cover remains broad and varied, even if this bulletin’s crop is skewed towards IT and telecommunications. Be it offshore energy in relation to the Pays de Loire region of Western France or the attractiveness of the Lille region, in Northern France, we have it in stock. Should you be interested in yaw bearings, you can turn to ROLLIX . If it is the combination of gastronomy and computing that tickles your fancy, Unowhy has the answer with its QOOQ touchpad, which can beat any celebrity chef you can think of at the touch of a screen. As for me, I am thinking of purchasing one of Aldebaran Robotics’ near-human robots: I am dreaming of a fully programmable humanoid that can do the cooking, the washing, the ironing, the hoovering, the gardening, and change the odd light-bulb, so that I may have more time to devote to worthier pursuits, such as watching TV. So, NAO Next Gen, as the latest robot is known, is here with us to stay and may soon attend the BETT show in order to brush up on his conversational Uzbek. Last but not least, the press office is proud to announce that it has launched a Twitter feed that will keep all our fans — within the media and without — informed in real time as to what the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London gets up to. Katherine Woods, press officer, herself a bit of a Twitter fanatic, will keep you updated. Indeed, she has been Tweeting non-stop of late, so as to gain ever more followers in the UK and across the globe. We already have a British MP, various interior designers, a champagne importer, and a senior American IT executive among our devoted "followers", and I would strongly encourage you to join this in-crowd: it is all happening as we speak.  The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK will come out towards the end of March. Till then, and if you can’t wait, please log on to and follow us at @UBIFRANCE_UK   in order to be kept informed of the manifold activities of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in Britain and the companies that we promote. Philip Jolly Manager — Press Office Mission Economique UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission in London Business and manufacturing Vialog starts contract-manufacturing revolution out of Normandy Contract-manufacturing specialist Vialog is a collaborative group of 13 companies, based in the region of Dieppe, in Normandy. Providing a combination of industrial services and manufacturing capabilities, while covering related areas such as logistics, Vialog is the partner of choice for any international player keen to subcontract and outsource industrial production at the heart of Europe. For further information, please go to:   To get the full story click here Lille region given thumbs up by 85% of foreign investors International auditing firm KPMG has confirmed the appeal of the Lille region for non-French investors. According to the independent survey conducted by KPMG and published in November 2011, 85% of respondents, representative of the 1,077 subsidiaries of foreign-owned groups established in Northern France, recommend the region.  For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here Engineering and robotics Aldebaran Robotics’ latest humanoid robot says ’hello’ Aldebaran Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robotics, has released its latest version of the NAO robot — NAO Next Gen , a new fully programmable humanoid robot that has the most extensive worldwide use. For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here ROLLIX finds its bearings with Alstom offshore turbines ROLLIX, a key player in the French offshore wind-turbine sector, has developed pitch and yaw bearings for the new Alstom Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine — the largest offshore wind turbine manufactured to date. For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here Pays de la Loire blows away EWEA OFFSHORE 2011 The Pays de la Loire region was present at the EWEA OFFSHORE 2011 trade show in Amsterdam (in The Netherlands), between 29 November and 1 December. The French region’s pavilion provided visitors with the opportunity to better understand its offshore-energy sector. For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here Software and IT security WALLIX is €2m better off and joins the big league WALLIX, a European IT-security company, has finalised an increase in share capital of €2 million to be carried out with Thierry Dassault Holding (TDH), the personal holding group of Thierry Dassault, and Auriga Partners, a venture-capital firm. As part of the deal, Thierry Dassault will acquire a stake in software developer WALLIX, which is to become a public-limited company. For further information, please go to:   To get the full story click here   WALLIX buttresses Admin Bastion with WAB 3.0 WALLIX has announced the launch of version 3.0 of the Wallix Admin Bastion (WAB) , a security solution for information systems. WAB 3.0 enables companies to conform to the highest of standards, whilst observing the regulations that are in force. For further information, please go to:   To get the full story click here CARTES & IDentification attracts 20,000 from 145 countries CARTES & IDentification 2011, held in Paris in mid-November, attracted close to 20,000 visitors, positioning itself as a key global event for digital security and smart technologies. The CARTES team has already announced the dates of the next trade show, i.e. 6 to 8 November 2012 in Paris. For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here Software and telecommunications France BETTs on its educational know-how For the fifth year running, there was a French pavilion at the British Education and Training Technology (BETT) trade show, a key event for educational technology. The pavilion showcased 10 cutting-edge French players from 11 to 14 January 2012, in London. For further information, please go to:   To get the full story click here Generix Group directs Carrefour’s 60 million Generix Group’s on-demand exchange platform has processed 60 million messages from 20,000 suppliers across 14 countries for the Carrefour Group over the past 12 months, thanks to Carrefour Group’s decision to outsource its international electronic data interchange (EDI) and B2B workflow management on Generix Group’s shared data-exchange platform. For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here AddOnMail goes for V 3.5 After publishing Microsoft Outlook plug-ins for several years, AddOnMail has announced the arrival of the latest version of its leading product, PSTStation Corporate for Outlook — the PSTStation Corporate 3.5 , which is V.3.5 of the product in Exchange 2010 .  For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here France goes further in Near Field Communication The card-and-identification market is expanding fast in France. Specifically, Near Field Communication (NFC), the technology used for contactless identification and transactions, experienced rapid growth across the sector in 2010-2011. For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here Target Skills makes planning and scheduling mobile Target Skills is the publisher of PlanningPME ©, a scheduling software suite that is available in seven languages. Target Skills is launching its PlanningPME© mobile application — PlanningPME© Mobile . For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here Unowhy unveils QOOQ celebrity chef in Las Vegas QOOQ, the first touchpad of its kind in the field of gastronomy, which has been developed by Unowhy, was launched in the English-language market at the 2012 International CES®.  The trade event, the largest international consumer-technology trade show of its kind, took place from 10 to 13 January in Las Vegas (USA). For further information, please go to: To get the full story click here

UBIFRANCE UK News - September 2011 - N°28

Pierre Mancini - 21-sept.-2011 15:50:30
July and August always constitute a slower period for us since most of our clients over in France are on holiday for at least part of the summer period — and a good few British journalists are in and out of town too over the summer months... However, I have quite a lot to talk about in this bulletin, and a few things to announce — so, please read on. Here at the press office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, we have taken advantage of the summer recess, relative as it may be, to make sure we are fully ready for the peak of activity we can expect in September-October, and into November. I can confirm that the new team at the press office is up to the mark. (So that you may picture the members of the press office’s team, and for those who have not met my new colleagues yet, we have inserted a photo.) Indeed, between the end of May and the middle of July, a completely new team — apart from the author of these lines — has replaced the previous incumbents. The new project manager, Pierre Mancini, started on 1 June and is by now fully settled in his job. Subsequently, Marie-Aliénor Goillandeau, our trainee-cum-editorial-assistant, who is also from France, began her placement on 13 June. Since she is half-English, she has found adjusting to life in London a bit easier than other trainees did. (Pierre, for his part, has distant Russian roots and speaks the language, but this has not proved that useful, so far.) Last but not least, Katherine Woods took over from Mary-Ann Williams in mid-July. After about a year at the press office, Mary-Ann decided to return to journalism. (She had worked as a journalist for three years before joining the press office.) Katherine, who is from Leeds and was eager to start a career in PR in London, began working with us on 18 July. She is fast adjusting to the many demands of the job, and has found that her very good French is proving more useful than ever. Left to right: Philip Jolly, Marie-Alienor Goillandeau, Pierre Mancini, Katherine Woods The rentrée of September is always a busy time, and this year has confirmed the rule. First of all, we have signed (or prolonged) several big contracts with companies that were keen to entrust the press office with their PR in the UK.  The Port of Normandy Authority (PNA), which owns and runs three ports on the Normandy coast, i.e. Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, has renewed its contract with us. Expect more information coming from us on what they are doing and planning in 2011-2012, some of it in relation to wind power in the Channel, as the latest press release illustrates. Another significant and exciting contract has been signed with HUET, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of high-performance acoustic- and fire-rated timber doorsets. Founded 65 years ago, HUET, which is headquartered in Western France, produces nearly 600,000 interior doors and over 150,000 exterior doors and windows every year! Recently, HUET took part in the multi-million-pound refurbishment of the five-star St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, near King’s Cross and the Eurostar terminal — a remarkable building if ever there was one. The French specialist company provided more than 250 of its Chorus 42 acoustic-rated doorsets, as part of the modernization of the iconic, neo-Gothic site. (Should you wish to have a look at the inside of the building, you do not need to be a guest in order to have a drink downstairs in the bar, on the ground-floor.) In addition to being a supplier to the hotel industry, HUET designs and produces fire- and acoustic-rated timber doorsets for a wide range of buildings, including hospitals, surgeries, health/medical centres, schools, colleges, universities, and television/recording studios. The company will be at Sleep Event, the trade show for the hotel industry, which will take place at the Business Design Centre, in London, from 23 to 24 November. If you work in the logistics press, you will have been in contact with Katherine, since we have a press trip taking place around this topic at the end of the month (26-28 September). Two British journalists, working for key logistics-sector titles, will be whisked away to Lille, in Northern France, by Eurostar — journey time: 90 minutes — and will be given the opportunity to visit various sites in and around the city. We have one or two more press trips on the cards between October and December of this year, which will also be organised, on the French side, by Nord France Experts (NFX), the agency for the development of Lille and its region. Katherine will get in touch with you over those, if they relate to your expertise, as and when we get the pre-programme from NFX. As you will see from our selection of news stories, we continue to cover a very wide range of topics, from marketing and retail to food and farming, and from wine or clinical research to rail transport and software development: Whatever you write about, we have something for you! (I think that is going to be our new motto for 2012, come to think of it.) We also continue to support our colleagues at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London. Among other events, they are working on the French Pavilion at 100% Design, due to take place at Earl’s Court (in London) from 22 to 25 September. As in previous years, the pavilion will provide an opportunity to showcase the best in creative and innovative French interior design. I have kept the best bit for the end, since I know where the heart of our readers is: please make a note of 23 November, because, on that day (from 6.30pm), we will be organising our Christmas party for the media. There will be food and there will be drinks, and we won’t even inflict a lengthy speech or a dull Power Point (or two, or three) on you; or expect you to write an article about the event afterwards; or demand that you interview someone or other; or check that you have taken some notes as you are leaving the venue; or complain if you do not Tweet non-stop right through the evening about the cocktail party, as opposed to actually taking part in (and enjoying) it… No, all we are asking you to do is to turn up, so that you may enjoy the press office’s end-of-year bash. It is our way to say ‘thank you’ to all the publishers, editors, journalists, staff writers, and freelancers who, whether they are in the trade press (in print and/or online) or in other media, work with us on an ongoing basis and appreciate what we do, just as we value what they do. Full details will be sent to you shortly, and all you need to do is confirm your attendance by email to Katherine Woods, press officer. The party will also give you the opportunity to meet the new team at the press office and, more particularly, Katherine herself, and that is another reason why we hope you can make it. The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK News will come out sometime in late November, after our Christmas party. See you on the 23rd! Philip Jolly Manager — Press Office Mission Economique UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission in London Business and Marketing French retail marketing solutions stand out at In-Store The French Trade Commission in London unveiled the French Pavilion at the In-Store Show, the retail marketing trade fair, held in London on 29-30 June 2011. For the second consecutive year, the French Pavilion showcased dynamic French companies from across the industry.  For further information, please go to: French Pavilion provides both at Insight Show  The French Trade Commission unveiled the French Pavilion at Insight Show, the market-research trade fair, held in London on 29-30 June. For the third consecutive year, the French Pavilion showcased dynamic French companies from across the industry. For further information, please go to: Northern France consumers sit pretty within 300km radius Experian pH, a specialist in information and marketing services, has conducted a detailed study that shows the city of Lille and its region to be at the heart of the wealthiest consumer centre in Europe within a 300-kilometre radius. For further information, please go to: Energy and Environment ONET and BRADTEC DECON are an item  ONET TECHNOLOGIES, which operates in the civil nuclear industry, has strengthened its presence in the UK further to the takeover of BRADTEC DECON TECHNOLOGIES LTD, a company specialising in decontamination procedures. ONET wanted to boost its operations in Britain. For further information, please go to: ONET ventures jointly into India with PCI Ltd  ONET TECHNOLOGIES has decided to invest in India’s civil nuclear industry by setting up an engineering joint venture with PCI Ltd (part of PRIME Group of India), to be called ONET TECHNOLOGIES INDIA. ONET holds 70% of the shares in the joint venture and PCI Ltd the remaining 30%.  For further information, please go to: Overkiz makes Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi vision reality Overkiz has developed a multi-protocol software and hardware platform making possible the remote running and diagnostics of domestic equipment and appliances. The package offered by Overkiz consists of a secure plug & play gateway installed on the end-user’s premises – the kiz box . For further information, please go to: EcoVadis ensures RENAULT’s suppliers evince CSR  EcoVadis has been selected by RENAULT to set up an innovative platform in order to assess the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance of the car manufacturer’s suppliers. In a recent report, the United Nations Environment Programme recognised the validity of the tools offered by EcoVadis to help companies integrate Sustainable Development criteria into their supply chain. For further information, please go to: Engin eering and Transport Northern France moves to Belgium for Transport & Logistics  The Chamber of Commerce of Nord-Pas-de-Calais is hosting the Northern France pavilion to showcase the region’s logistics expertise at the Transport & Logistics 2011 trade show, in Antwerp (Belgium). The trade fair is expected to attract 300 exhibitors between 20 and 22 September. For further information, please go to: RAILENIUM firmly on track with €550 million boost  RAILENIUM, the European Institute for Technological Research in Rail Infrastructure, has been selected by the French government as a leading investment project and has been awarded €550 million in funding. This major European and international project will be based in and around Lille. For further information, please go to: Legrand’s prefabricated cable pits are not Legrand, a manufacturer of prefabricated cable pits made from recycled composites, has developed cable pits that represent a lighter alternative to their concrete equivalent. The patented device offers many other advantages. Legrand is one of SNCF’s preferred suppliers. For further information, please go to: RONIS interlock systems can free you from security concerns RONIS has developed a full range of interlock systems designed specifically to ensure the safety of users and equipment during work on medium- and high-voltage machines and electrical installations. The systems developed by RONIS can be tailored to each company’s specific needs. For further information, please go to: APLIX gets to grips with inter-mold® in hook and loop  APLIX, a specialist in self-gripping fasteners, has developed the inter-mold® technology, making it possible to offer a new generation of fasteners for the hook-and-loop industry. Inter-mold® fastening technology allows hooks to be injection-moulded directly into plastic parts. For further information, please go to: TIFLEX printer stamps its mark on traceability  TIFLEX has unveiled the HRP 1000 R3 , its new Very High Resolution inkjet printer, which was designed to meet traceability requirements in industrial-product logistics using the GS1 128 bar code. With the HRP 1000 R3, bar codes (and other data) can be stamped easily, straight on to a range of substrate materials. For further information, please go to: Food and drinks   So French So Good , says French Trade Commission in London   Mr Pierre Lellouche, France’s Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, has launched a campaign for export promotion — So French, So Good — to showcase France’s food-and-drink sector and the country’s gastronomy. French gastronomy was recently added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.For further information, please go to: Sommet de l’Élevage celebrates 20 years in beefy style    Sommet de l’Élevage, the leading trade show for European livestock professionals, will celebrate its 20th year, when it takes place from 5 to 7 October in Clermont-Ferrand. This year’s trade show will feature 2,000 animals belonging to 64 breeds.   For further information, please go to:      VEGEPOLYS and SIVAL to reward those with breeding — in plants   VEGEPOLYS, the international plant cluster of excellence based in Western France, has launched a major European competition in plant-variety innovation in association with the SIVAL trade show (in Angers). The 2012 competition will be open to European plant breeders, whether they are exhibitors or not.   For further information, please go to:   Domaine de Trévallon builds on its 18/20 mark In 2011, winegrower Eloi Dürrbach has, once again, unveiled an outstanding Domaine de Trévallon red wine. The 2008 red vintage, which is recognised by French specialists for its subtle taste and fruitiness, was given marks ranging from 18 to 20 (out of 20) by Vins de France magazine.   For further information, please go to: Healthcare and Consumer goods   ONET supplies hot cells for ALGETA’s ALPHARADIN   ONET TECHNOLOGIES UK Ltd has agreed to manufacture specialised hot cells for the commercialization of ALPHARADIN. Developed by ALGETA SAS of Norway, ALPHARADIN is a highly targeted alpha-pharmaceutical, currently under clinical evaluation, intended to improve survival in patients with advanced cancer.   For further information, please go to:   BORDEAUX CLINICAL RESEARCH NETWORK accelerates French healthcare   BORDEAUX CLINICAL RESEARCH NETWORK (BCRN) is the first public/private R&D accelerator for the healthcare industry to be set up in France. BCRN fulfills increasing CRO and industry sponsor requirements to boost patient inclusion rates and speed up Phase I-to-Phase IV tests.   For further information, please go to:   MINE4SURE irons out parents’ back-to-school season angst   With the MINE4SURE School Pack , school uniforms and personal belongings are sure to find their way back home: offering a combination of personalised iron-on labels and stickers, the MINE4SURE School Pack is an easy-to-use, long-lasting and affordable way to identify children’s belongings.   For further information, please go to:     IT & Telecommunications   UBIFRANCE’s virtual trade show is for real   UBIFRANCE, France’s export-support agency, has launched a virtual trade-show platform, which will consist of six pavilions covering various industries such as fashion, health, infrastructure, transport, food and new technologies. In mid-June, the first virtual trade show took off, focused on the food industry and the So French So Good promotional campaign.   For further information, please go to:   Paris Chamber of Commerce accompanies 34 French players over Amsterdam weekend   The French Pavilion at IBC, the trade show for the electronic media, presented 34 companies from across the sector: IBC was held in Amsterdam (in The Netherlands) from 9 to 13 September. The French Pavilion was organised by the Paris Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCIP), in partnership with France Broadcast.   For further information, please go to:   E-Commerce Paris welcomes 30,000 visitors in the flesh   E-Commerce Paris is in its eighth year, and 30,000 visitors from across Europe were expected at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, in Paris, for the trade show, taking place from 13 to 15 September.   For further information, please go to:   VAD e-commerce is 15 in Lille in October   The 15th VAD e-commerce trade show will take place from 18 to 20 October in Lille. Since its creation, this event has offered a multichannel approach for traditional distance-selling companies, established players and, more recently, retailers in the e-commerce sector.   For further information, please go to:   CARTES & IDentification 2011 has Turkey before Christmas   CARTES & IDentification will be held from 15 to 17 November in Paris. The event covers digital security, smart technology and contactless payments. This year’s CARTES & IDentification, which will welcome 450 companies, will place the spotlight on Turkey.   For further information, please go to :   Taliance provides the perfect package for Internos’ assets   Taliance, a software provider for the investment-property market, has developed FinAsset , which is an asset-management software suite. Fund-management company Internos Real Investors has chosen the FinAsset system. For further information, please go to:   XandMail delivers solution via Parallels Plesk Panel 10   XandMail, a provider of internet and mobile applications, has announced that its Web 2.0 Communication Solution is now available through Parallels Plesk Panel 10 . The solution offered by XandMail enables service providers to increase revenue and to cut customer churn.   For further information, please go to:   TalentSoft takes talent management to Windows Azure Cloud   TalentSoft, a provider of integrated SaaS talent-management solutions, has teamed up with Microsoft to deploy TalentSoft’s solutions worldwide, using Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform. Thus, TalentSoft has become the first talent-management solution to be optimised for Microsoft’s Cloud.   For further information, please go to:   France investment in data centres worth a billion The Invest in France Agency (IFA) has supported 26 data-centre investment projects in France since 2006. Major multinational companies, including IBM and Equinix, have made investments in the French market, worth an estimated €1 billion per year, while the digital economy now accounts for nearly 5% of France’s GDP. For further information, please go to:

UBIFRANCE UK News - June 2011 - N°27

Pauline Bogacz - 22-juin-2011 14:24:59
We were probably busier between January and the end of March than over the April-to-June period: things slowed down at the start of the second quarter, also because of the string of bank holidays that there always is, in France and/or in Britain, from Easter onwards and well into May — not to mention the Royal Wedding. The level of activity has still been sustained and encouraging since the April issue of UBIFRANCE UK News and, as far as the press office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London is concerned, up on the same period in 2010 and in 2009.   Trade shows are a major aspect of what we do, and there have been several key ones in the past few weeks, notably Infosecurity in London (19 to 21 April), which focuses on IT security; Internet World, also in London (10 to 12 May), which is centred on internet technologies and services; IFSEC in Birmingham (16 to 19 May), which is about security in the broad sense; and, finally, Railtex in London (14 to 16 June), which has just taken place and covers the railway industry.   In every case, the French presence was tangible and appreciated, the French exhibitors having been assisted in their participation by our colleagues in the relevant sector-based departments within the Trade Commission.   The Trade Commission also organises B-to-B events, such as the French Fashion Day at the Méridien hotel on Piccadilly (in central London) on 20 April, or the Foodservice Networking Event at the Royal Geographical Society (also in central London) on 11 and 12 May. The former gave contract-clothing manufacturers based in Western France the opportunity to showcase their expertise and meet British buyers and designers.   The latter focused on the food-service sector and attracted British-based food buyers and importers. Delicacies to be sampled included ham and sausages, terrines and pâtés, dips and chutneys, lemon meringues and chocolate cakes, and many, many more. Mary-Ann Williams, press officer, and myself did our bit for France and tasted as many of the food products on offer as we could, when we went along to meet the French exhibitors and British journalists on the second day of the event: it was a tough assignment, but we managed…    Press trips are back on the agenda and we have just organised a three-day press trip in the field of nutrition for Nord France Experts (NFX), the agency in charge of promoting the city and region of Lille, in northern France (14 to 16 June). The press trip coincided with NutrEvent, which takes place every two years and brings together key players in science and industry, as well as experts and officials from the regulatory agencies, around a single theme, i.e. R&D projects in health and nutrition. About 1,500 participants were expected to take part in the 2011 event.   Our three journalists stayed in the splendid Crowne Plaza Hotel, which has the advantage that it is situated right outside the Eurostar terminal at Lille. The northern French city may not be an obvious tourist destination if you are thinking more along the lines of sea-sun-sand locations, such as Nice on the French Riviera. Having said this, it is an attractive city, with a pedestrianized central district. The old part of town is about 15 minutes on foot from the Eurostar terminal, across a bridge or a park, and it is undeniably full of charm.   Given the fact Lille is 80 minutes by train from King’s Cross Saint-Pancras (in London), it is actually perfectly feasible, if you are based in South-Eastern England, to go over there for lunch and be home in the evening. In fact, the journey time is probably shorter than going from Richmond to Barking. Then again, you might ask, who would want to go from Richmond to Barking on a Saturday, or a Sunday? Or on any day, for that matter.   We have other press trips scheduled for NFX in the autumn (to be confirmed): one in September in the field of recycling and ‘eco-activities’; and the other in October, in logistics. So, if you are involved in recycling or in logistics — and, better still, if you write about both logistics and recycling — watch this space, as they say, and you can be sure to hear from us before long with the prospect of an interesting trip over to Lille and its dynamic region.   The June issue of UBIFRANCE UK News is bound to be of interest to you, since there are few industries we have not covered in the past few months. Indeed, you will find stories on soap (Savonnerie de l’Atlantique and the famous Marseille soap) and essential oils (CAMYLLE), but also on design and clothing (with 3D-measurement technology, as developed by TELMAT).   The French film industry features among this bulletin’s stories and you will learn that gasification technology is about more than hot air. Solar-powered appliances (IDCOOK SAS) are on the list, which goes to show that we are doing our bit to save the planet. Trains (with Railtex 2011), planes (with INDRAERO SIREN) and automobiles (with EQUIP AUTO) are all on the menu, not to forget information technology, packaging and much more.   If none of this tickles your fancy, you can dream about Corsican wines, which are on offer at VINEXPO, the leading wine trade fair taking place in Bordeaux right now (19 to 23 June): for those journalists and wine writers privileged enough to attend, CIV CORSE, the syndicate of Corsican wine producers, was planning on a wine-tasting session on the Corsican Pavilion, followed by a traditional Corsican-style lunch.   The meal was due to entail the consumption of a free-range calf to be spit-roasted whole over a wood fire (using wood from wild olive trees from Corsica), the beast being cooked by three chefs, two of whom are Michelin-star-rated. We were not told, at the Press Office, whether the animal would be slaughtered in front of a crowd of amazed onlookers or not, but our assumption was that the bovine is indeed dead by the time it is carted in to be skewered.   The translation of the invite proved a bit tricky, since we did not want to give the impression that a mere portion of veal would be served on a plate, of the kind you get at a restaurant near you. Since we had not specified it was a beef calf we were talking about, alarmed journalists enquired as to whether the calf would indeed be of the bovine kind: some of them appeared to believe that, in Corsica, elephants roam freely in the island’s hinterland, across the rugged scrubland known as le maquis, and that, as a result, the said calf might be — horror of horrors — a young elephant on a spit.   I want to reassure all concerned readers: it is a young bovine we were referring to, not any other kind of mammal — whole or part.   Now that this weighty matter has been duly clarified, it is time to conclude this editorial and to wish you an enjoyable summer break, since we hope, here at the Press Office, that you will have the opportunity to take some time off between now and September. The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK News will come out sometime in mid-September.   Philip Jolly Manager — Press Office Mission Economique UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission in London       Biotechnology and Cosmetics   bioMérieux and Labor Berlin team up in excellence and lab diagnostics   Labor Berlin (Charité Vivantes GmbH) and bioMérieux have announced the signature of an agreement to create a Centre of Excellence for microbiology and enhanced laboratory automation in Berlin (Germany). The bioMérieux/Labor Berlin partnership in laboratory diagnostics will help design solutions to improve patient care.   For further information, please go to: www.     Savonnerie de l’Atlantique takes 100% soap to PLMA   Savonnerie de l’Atlantique, a specialist in organic soaps, perfumery soaps and home-care products, attended the PLMA trade show in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) from 24 to 25 May 2011. The company remains the only industrial soap maker in France to implement the Marseille method, synonymous with 100 % on-site saponification, 100 % soap, and 0% preservatives.   For further information, please go to:   CAMYLLE heats up the market for essential oils   LABORATOIRES CAMYLLE has established itself as a reference in enhancing humid zones in spas through the use of aromatherapy, while relying on 100% pure and natural essential oils as the base for treatment.   For further information, please go to:     Energy and the Environment     Gasification Asia Pacific 2011 set to deliver a lot more than hot air   Gasification Asia Pacific (GAP) 2011, the international conference on gasification, took place in Beijing (China) from 8 to 10 June. GAP 2011 played host to technology workshops and plenary sessions, where heads of companies and institutions gave a range of presentations.   For further information, please go to:   IDCOOK turns your BBQ into a solar-powered experience   IDCOOK SAS has developed a comprehensive range of innovative, high-tech solar-powered appliances, including solar barbecues. The company, part of SUNITED, a group specialising in solar power, is seeking importers and distributors, more particularly in the UK and Northern Europe.   For further information, please go to:     Engineering and Transport   EQUIP AUTO 2011 is 70% booked up   EQUIP AUTO 2011, the biennial international exhibition for automotive parts, systems and equipment, will take place at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition centre (France) from 11 to 15 October. Over 70% of the floor space for exhibitors has been booked already.   For further information, please go to:   French shipbuilding steams ahead to Oslo for Nor-Shipping   UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, presented a dozen innovative French companies on the French Pavilion at the Nor-Shipping trade show, which took place in Oslo (Norway) from 24 to 27 May.   For further information, please go to:   French Pavilion on track and on time for Railtex 2011   The French Trade Commission unveiled the French Pavilion at the Railtex trade show, held in London from 14 to 16 June. The French Pavilion showcased seven innovative companies from across the railway sector.   For further information, please go to:   French innovation is sky high at Aircraft Interiors and Aerospace Testing   UBIFRANCE presented innovative French companies on the French Pavilion at the Aircraft Interiors and Aerospace Testing trade shows, which were held in parallel in Hamburg (Germany) from 5 to 7 April.   For further information, please go to:   INDRAERO SIREN takes aeronautical expertise to Aircraft Interiors   INDRAERO SIREN, a specialist in the design, production and integration of aeronautical systems, took part in the Aircraft Interiors exhibition in Hamburg.   For further information, please go to:     Food and drinks   Corsican wines charm VINEXPO with insular beauty   As part of the Corsican Pavilion, Corsican wines from seven estates — Clos Canarelli, Clos Culombu, Clos Santini, Domaine Cordoliani, Domaine de Tanella, Domaine Sant’Armettu, and Domaine Vico/Clos Venturi — are being showcased at the VINEXPO trade show in Bordeaux (in south-western France) between 19 and 23 June.   For further information, please go to:   Foodservice Networking Event goes geographical   The French Trade Commission invited members of the press and trade to attend its Foodservice Networking Event on 12 May at the Royal Geographical Society in London. This event was the perfect opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the food-service industry from experts in the field, while meeting French producers and British buyers.   For further information, please go to:     Logistics and Packaging     PACCOR extends product shelf life at ROSUPAK   PACCOR has launched a new barrier packaging solution, which is made up of multi-layer structures. PACCOR unveiled this innovation at the ROSUPAK 2011 trade show, which took place in Moscow (Russia) from 14 to 18 June.   For further information, please go to:   CLARANOR packs a punch at INTERPACK 2011   CLARANOR, a provider of sterilisation solutions for packaging products, took part in the INTERPACK trade show, which took place in Düsseldorf (Germany) from 12 to 18 May.   For further information, please go to:   Kermel Insulright® turns up the heat at CWIEME in Berlin   Kermel, a manufacturer of heat- and flame-resistant aramid-fibre protective clothing, has launched Kermel Insulright®. Kermel presented this new thermal and electrical insulating paper at the Coil, Winding, Insulations and Electrical Manufacturing Exhibition (CWIEME), which took place in Berlin from 24 to 26 May.   For further information, please go to:     IT & Telecommunications   Conscio Technologies makes Sensiwave with software solution   Conscio Technologies has released Sensiwave, which is a software solution available in Saas mode. In only a few days, Sensiwave enables users to optimise the communication of projects and to raise awareness among stakeholders.   For further information, please go to:   Axiatel brings faxing into the 21st century with Fax to Email   Axiatel has released the new features of its Fax to Email online service, which meet the requirements of SMEs. With no set-up costs and attractive packages on offer, Axiatel’s customized, VoIP-based solution makes faxing easier, greener and cheaper.   For further information, please go to:   EfficientIP is ‘promising’ in DDI market, says Gartner   In its new MarketScope report on the DDI market, Gartner, the international consultancy firm, has rated EfficientIP as ‘Promising’. EfficientiP is a software developer delivering DDI solutions (DNS, DHCP services and IP-address management) worldwide via a premium-partner network.   For further information, please go to:   CARTES in Asia 2011 is on the up and up   CARTES in Asia, the trade show on digital security and smart-card technology, which took place for the second time in Hong Kong, between 29 and 31 March, attracted over 3,000 visitors from 61 countries — an increase of 8% on 2010.   For more information, go to:  

Ubifrance UK News - April 2011 - N°26

Pauline Bogacz - 18-avr.-2011 18:32:46
We have been very busy at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London since the February edition of this bimonthly newsletter, as the list of press releases dealt with by the Press Bureau’s team illustrates (see below), with the topics covered ranging from residential rentals and holiday homes to fashion and interior design, and from counter-terrorism and the IT sector to port development and fine wines, among many other areas of interest involving French know-how and technology.    We have continued to issue press releases (and press packs) on behalf of our ongoing clients, more particularly Wallix, a specialist in IT security that is fast expanding into the British and US markets; Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), which owns and runs the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, and is keen to develop closer ties with Portsmouth and other southern English ports; and CIVCORSE, which represents Corsican wine growers and promotes Corsica’s quality wines on export markets.    There were many B2B events and trade shows that involved the French Trade Commission in London between late February and now. As in previous years, Ecobuild, the trade show devoted to environmentally friendly construction and sustainable building (1 to 3 March), was a success for the French participants.    French interior design was centre stage on 15 March with the one-day French Design Forum held at Chandos House, in the heart of London. Two days later (17 March), fine wines were in the spotlight, with a wine tasting that took place in, of course, Le Cercle, the well-known restaurant situated near Sloane Square, in central London.    For the third consecutive year, the French Trade Commission, in partnership with Association Cercle Rive Droite, the syndicate of winegrowers from the north bank of the River Gironde in south-western France, organised the Cercle Rive Droite, Bordeaux en primeur event.   For the owners of the châteaux, this was an opportunity to present their wines to British professionals — buyers, importers, restaurant owners, consultants and wine writers — who were given an exclusive insight into the 2010 millésime. A total of 30 wines were on display, put forward by 14 winegrowing estates.     The general view which is emerging, from what I have heard, is that the 2010 harvest has resulted in a very interesting vintage; some commentators predict a very good millésime, to be revealed in due course and after some ageing of the liquid in the cellars of the Bordeaux region… I can confirm that Mary-Ann Williams, press officer, has been on the case, doing her best to test as many of the fine wines in question as she could on the day. I, myself, never fail to support France’s winegrowing sector through determined and sustained personal effort, A.K.A. drinking.   On 7 April, it was the turn of Champagnes de Vignerons to be celebrated: the independent winegrowing sector, in the Champagne region of eastern France, has a wide range of authentic and quality products to offer.    The French Trade Commission may celebrate the country’s wines, but it cannot ignore its food products either: on 24 March, a French Speciality Food day was organised by our colleagues in the Food & Drink Department. I was intrigued by the output of one exhibitor, TRADITION GASCONNE, which makes a range of delicious terrines, pâtés and confits, all produced in south-western France.    The lady who runs the company was able to offer pâtés made out of exotic meats, including snails: she admitted that, in order to make one small pot of the delicacy, she has to slaughter rather a large volume of the molluscs. She assured me that they are all bred for the purpose of being canned — hence fatter than your average, wild snail — which is a comforting thought. They are not known to squeal or complain about their fate anyway — and they can’t do a runner either, when the end is in sight, which is handy. Not so with the ostriches, I suppose, since ostrich pâté was also on offer, as I found out. Both tasted fantastically good, which reminded me of the Chinese proverb to the effect that, ‘If it has four legs, eat it — except tables and chairs.’ (Apologies to vegetarians: if they have not fainted yet, they may continue reading.)   There also was a French pavilion at the Natural & Organic Products trade show on 4 April, which covers not only food products, for that matter. I do not know whether organic snail (or ostrich) pâté was on display or not, however.   All the same, French expertise should not be reduced to fine eating and drinking, important as they may be: we have had two key trade shows in the field of transport and logistics. Ocean Business, in Southampton (5 to 7 April), focused on maritime transport and technology, while Multimodal, in Birmingham (same dates), also covered other segments of the transport and logistical industries, including haulage.    On 7 April, I could have chosen to stay in London in order to sample some of those remarkable vigneron champagnes. Alternatively, I could have travelled down to the coast for Ocean Business, in Southampton. I am proud to say that, instead, I decided to head for Birmingham and go to Multimodal. Indeed, it is a very interesting trade fair, easily accessible by train from London, and one does not even need to go into Birmingham to reach the trade show — sadly, or not, as the case may be.    We have more fun and games in the pipeline, including the French Pavilion at Counter Terror Expo (19 to 20 April) — a growth industry these days, as we all know. In the high-tech field, still, there will be French Pavilions at Infosecurity (19 to 21 April) and Internet World (10 to 12 May), and we are assisting our colleagues at the French Trade Commission with the promotion of these events.    I hope you will enjoy reading the April issue of UBIFRANCE UK News. The next issue of our bulletin will come out in mid-June, before the summer break.    Philip Jolly Manager — Press Office Mission Economique UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission in London Commerce and Services Maileva leaps from snail mail to hi-tech hybrid mail Maileva, the leading hybrid-mail solution in France, was launched in the UK in March, and it promises to change the way UK-based businesses send and manage their office mail. Maileva is a comprehensive and integrated hybrid-mail solution that enables business users to send post directly from their PC.   ALTAVIA’s retail solutions take EUROSHOP by storm ALTAVIA is a leading European partner for retailers. ALTAVIA showcased its solutions at the EUROSHOP trade fair, which took place in Düsseldorf (Germany) from 26 February to 2 March 2011.   MPV 2012 woos EUROSHOP attendees Marketing at Retail (MPV), the biennial trade show dedicated to marketing solutions for the retail sector, had a stand at the EUROSHOP trade fair.   Cegid’s retail solution takes up vertical software challenge at EUROSHOP Cegid, a provider of enterprise and vertical software solutions, showcased its products for the first time at the EUROSHOP trade show.   ATC property rentals branch out into reforestation ATC is a property-development company that provides a wide range of residential rentals, holiday homes and hotels throughout Europe. The company pledges to plant one tree for every booking made, which means that its customers are in a position to contribute towards the reforestation of the planet.   France’s arbitration reform seduces foreign lawyers International law firms find France a choice market. More particularly, international arbitration in France has proved, over the years, advantageous and cost-effective, and the reform introduced in January 2011 by the French government is set to improve the framework further.         Design and Construction French Fashion Day puts a contract on clothing expertise On 20 April, in partnership with the Association for the Promotion of Clothing Manufacturers in Western France (APHO), the French Trade Commission held a French Fashion Day at Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel for 10 well-established contract clothing manufacturers.   French Design Forum puts Gallic crafts in the limelight The French Trade Commission, in partnership with Rabih Hage, the architect and interior designer, presented 15 bespoke craftsmen from France at the Design Forum — a unique event held in central London on 15 March.   Marbrerie Rouillon’s success is set in marble at French Design Forum Marbrerie Rouillon took part in the French Design Forum. The event was organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK. The company specialises in high-end interior design and construction involving stone, marble and granite.   ERCUIS & RAYNAUD is the jewel in the crown at French Design Forum ERCUIS & RAYNAUD took part in the French Design Forum on 15 March. The company specialises in tableware (silversmith items and porcelain) as well as jewellery.   NOVIDIS carves out leading position in architectural mouldings NOVIDIS, a specialist in architectural mouldings and artworks, took part in the French Design Forum, on 15 March.   Kerneos buttresses European Coatings Show with dry-mix mortar Kerneos, a provider of chemicals for use in construction, has announced the launch of TERNAL ® EV and TERNAL® RG-S, which will provide dry-mix mortar manufacturers with two new technical solutions. Kerneos showcased these innovations at the European Coatings Show in Nuremberg (Germany) in late March.   Engineering and Security French IT know-how secures pride of place at Infosecurity The French Trade Commission will present nine innovative French companies on the French Pavilion at the Infosecurity trade show, which will take place in London from 19 to 21 April.   French players do their bit at Counter Terror The French Trade Commission will unveil the French Pavilion at the Counter Terror Expo, to be held from 19 to 20 April in London. Counter Terror Expo is the largest international event focusing on counter-terrorism and specialist security. Kermel ensures that police and military are stretched Kermel, a manufacturer of protective clothing, has developed Stretch Kermel® to meet the needs of military and police personnel. This textile base provides the right balance between comfort, safety and aesthetics, while offering a high level of technical performance.   Laselec goes to the aluminium wire with laser marking process Laselec has developed a marking process specially designed for aluminium wire. Produced at the request of international aerospace group Airbus, this patented process involves pre-marking spots with laser.     Food and Drink REUNIPECHE sets sail for Reunion on European Seafood REUNIPECHE, a company specialising in the fishing, carving and distribution of large pelagic fish caught in the vicinity of Reunion Island (in the Indian Ocean), will take part in the European Seafood Exhibition trade show in Brussels (Belgium) from 3 to 5 May.   French Speciality Food Day is all of that The French Trade Commission invited members of the press to meet French producers of selected speciality foods on 24 March at the Royal Garden Hotel, in Kensington (central London).   Corsican wines spice up Speciality French Foods Corsican wines from seven estates — Clos Canarelli, Clos Culombu, Clos Santini, Domaine Cordoliani, Domaine de Tanella, Domaine Sant’Armettu, and Domaine Vico/Clos Venturi — accompanied  the  French Speciality Food Day organised in London by the French Trade Commission.   Champagnes de Vignerons in bubbly mood upon return to London Following on the success of the 2010 event, Les Champagnes de Vignerons, the trade body that represents champagne producers and co-operatives of growers in that region, presented its members’ know-how and production at an exclusive B2B event held in central London on 7 April.   Cercle Rive Droite gives full marks to 2010 Bordeaux vintage The French Trade Commission presented Cercle Rive Droite, Bordeaux en primeur, an event featuring châteaux from the Bordeaux Right Bank, on 17 March in central London. The event gave trade professionals and journalists the opportunity to taste the 2010 vintage.   INNOVIN’s WineFair 2011 acquires a taste for 3D On the strength of the success enjoyed by its first event, in 2010, INNOVIN is holding its second 3D online international trade fair devoted to wines and spirits on , between 14 and 18 March.   Millésime Bio 2011 grows organically by almost 20% The 18th Millésime Bio organic-wine trade show, which was organised by the AIVB-LR (Languedoc-Roussillon Organic-Wine Trade Association), was successfully held in Montpellier (in southern France) from 24 to 26 January.       IT & Telecommunications French hi-tech has four pavilions to itself at CeBIT UBIFRANCE, the French government agency for international business development, was in charge of four pavilions hosting 30 French companies in the ICT field at CeBIT, in Hanover (Germany), between 1 and 5 March.   EfficientiP sets up shop in the UK EfficientiP, a leader on the DDI market (DNS/DHCP/IPAM, IP-address and DNS & DHCP services management), has announced the opening of two new offices, in the UK and Germany respectively. The decision follows on the successful opening of an office in Spain in 2009.   Wallix’s WAB 2.2 reinforces the AdminBastion WAB 2.2, the latest version of the Wallix AdminBastion (WAB) software suite, developed by Wallix, has been unveiled: it brings to IT-security managers a comprehensive solution for access management and the traceability of operations carried out on information systems.   CLICDATA’s is an INFINIS business-intelligence software solution INFINIS is a business-intelligence software solution that has been released by CLICDATA, which allows users to analyse data and to easily create dashboards independently of IT-support departments.   BetAdvisor’s sports predictions liven up your iPhone BetAdvisor is the first European platform for the distribution of sports predictions, and the service is now available as an iPhone application.   Kapsys unveils smartphone navigation tool for visually impaired Following the success of the first-ever entirely voice-driven GPS navigators, developed by Kapsy, the company has released a smartphone-based navigation solution specifically intended for the visually impaired, which was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona (Spain), in mid-February.   CARTES in North America goes to Vegas in 2012 CARTES & IDentification, the global event for digital security and smart technology, has announced the launch of a new event — CARTES in North America — which will take place from 5 to 7 March 2012 in Las Vegas (USA). Logistics and packaging French logistics expertise proves it is Multimodal The French Trade Commission organised the French Pavilion at the Multimodal trade show, for the second consecutive year. Multimodal, the industry’s key event for transport and logistics, was held at the NEC in Birmingham from 5 to 7 April.   PNA and Portsmouth meet up in Caen Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), the body owning the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, intends to work more closely with Portsmouth (in the south of England). PNA’s managers welcomed their English counterparts, who came to Caen on 26 January.   Saint-Omer sits in England’s backyard at Multimodal Saint-Omer Développement, the regional development agency for St-Omer, in northern France, took part in Multimodal 2011, between 5 and 7 April. St-Omer has the potential to become a key logistical hub for southern England.   French technology makes a splash at Ocean Business The French Trade Commission showcased the best of French ocean technology at Ocean Business 2011. Ocean Business, which is held every two years at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, took place from 5 to 7 April.   GEPPIA packs the best of French at INTERPACK GEPPIA, the French Partnership for Processing & Packaging Equipment Manufacturers, will be taking part in the INTERPACK trade show in Düsseldorf (Germany) from 12 to 15 May.   Serac is ready to Roll N Blow at INTERPACK Serac, a manufacturer of filling and capping machines, will be taking part in the INTERPACK trade fair in May, where it will showcase French start-up Agami’s Roll N Blow thermoforming machine.   SOLUTRANS 2011 roars ahead from Lyons to the future SOLUTRANS, the international transport-solutions trade event, will take place from 29 November to 3 December 2011 at the Parc des Expositions EUROEXPO exhibition centre, in Lyons. SOLUTRANS covers all areas of haulage.   SITL 2011 supplies the right combination for key logistics players SITL Logistics Solutions 2011, the trade show for products and services dedicated to procurement, distribution and the supply chain, took place from 29 to 31 March at the Parc des Expositions, in Paris (France).                                     

Ubifrance UK News February 2011

Pauline Bogacz - 21-févr.-2011 11:43:38
No one is going to pretend that the economic picture is rosy across Europe, including the UK, but, on the other hand, here at the press office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, we have noticed an increase in the level of activity in January and February 2011, as compared to the same period in 2010 and 2009. Like everyone else, we hope it marks the beginning of an upturn in the economy, which may be beneficial to companies and consumers alike.   The first quarter of the year is a good indicator, all things considered, because that is when companies based in France, which we deal with, look into their promotional budgets and plan their PR campaigns for the rest of the year. In practice, public-relations operations tend to be defined and budgeted for in the first three months of the year, unless this was done in December of the year before. The execution of the contracts is spread between March and early July, and again between September and November, as a rule.   As a result, the volume of requests for quotations and related feasibility studies that we experience at the press office is a good yardstick of the anticipated level of activity for the months ahead. I can say that we have had far more requests for quotes in the first two months of 2011 than a year ago, and two years ago. Many of the quotes we have given have already resulted in contracts being signed, and several rolling contracts from last year have been renewed or prolonged. Optimism may thus be a realistic option, for a change.   The sector that stands out at the start of this year is food and drink, with several press packs on wine in the pipeline, metaphorically speaking. We assisted our colleagues in the Food & Drink Department at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the promotion of the Independent Winegrowers event, which was held at Lord’s Cricket Ground (in London) on 17-18 January. The venue is rightly famous, and 85 independent winegrowers from the four corners of France were present, to showcase the best that the many terroirs of France can produce.   I cannot confirm whether any of the 85 winegrowers play cricket in their spare time, but, as we know, in our globalized world, nothing is impossible — and attending an event at Lord’s might have tempted some of our vignerons. Indeed, there are estates that are run and/or owned by British people who have relocated in France, so that cricket may, at some stage in the near future, become the dominant sport in south-western France, as opposed to football — or, should I say, rugby. Watch this space, as they say.   Cricket or no cricket, January is a very busy month for the wine industry, with events and trade fairs taking place virtually every day, promoting the wine of a string of countries. There is no doubt, however, that, in terms of authenticity, quality and diversity, few nations can line up such an outstanding selection as the Independent Winegrowers were able to put forward.   Still in the wine sector, we have two events coming up that will be of interest to wine writers and journalists specializing in the wine sector. The first one will take place in central London and will unveil the 2010 vintage (millésime) for wines of the north bank of the River Gironde, in the Bordeaux region of south-western France. The winegrowers belong to the Cercle Rive Droite Grands Vins de Bordeaux, which includes domaines coming under various world-famous appellations, including Pomerol, Fronsac, and Saint-Emilion.   The aim of the event is to give wine professionals and members of the media the opportunity to taste for themselves the 2010 vintage. Michel Rolland, the Bordeaux-based wine expert, says, “This vintage is the younger brother of that of 2009; it will yield a smaller production, but it is delightful and shows excellent potential.”   On 7 April, another event will promote Champagnes de Vignerons, following on last year’s event held in London.   I must stress the fact that drinking wine and champagne is not enough to get invited to the events above: you also need to write about wine in a professional capacity in order to qualify for an invite. I know this will exclude a good few of you, who receive this newsletter, but such is life.    We do not spend all our time, at the press office, tasting fabulous wines from France, however, and other sectors of activity recently covered or to be covered in the coming weeks include fashion and design, with the French Pavilion at the PURE trade show in London, which has just ended (12 to 15 February); environmentally friendly construction, with Ecobuild, also in London (1 to 3 March); and marine technology, with Ocean Business in Southampton (5 to 7 April). If any of these areas falls within your competence, do get in touch with us and Mary-Ann Williams, press officer, will be delighted to assist you and provide you with additional information.   The diversity of industries we cover is reflected in the range of press releases featured in this bulletin, as you will see, from R&D and interior design to winter sports, and from port development and motorsports to biotechnology and smart cards.   Whether you would like to buy furniture that combines wood (elm and oak) with a concrete finish (La Boissellerie); next-generation ski equipment (French Mountain Group); a float-level switch with internal ballast in relation to you water-treatment needs (ATMI); car parts of various kinds (EQUIP AUTO); a high-performance infrared panoramic-vision camera (VIGISCAN);  or the latest in wireless devices (Mobile World Congress) — we can find it for you, here at UBIFRANCE UK. I am not sure even Harrods has all of the above in stock, come to think of it: I must admit I have not asked them.   I hope 2011 has started well for you, and that you will enjoy reading the February issue of UBIFRANCE UK News. The next issue of our bulletin will come out in mid-April.   Philip Jolly   Manager - Press Office Mission Economique UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission in London Biotechnology & Research French biotech expertise featured at Genesis 2010 – and beyond The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE showcased five innovative companies from the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors at the Genesis Conference, which was held on 9 December 2010 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, in London.   To get the full story, click here     INDICIA Biotechnology tames the protein biomarkers INDICIA Biotechnology, a specialist in immunotechnology, combines its expertise in three key areas – sample bio-analysis, assay development and IVD test production – into one complete service. The company is keen to expand its operations across Northern Europe, including the UK. To get the full story, click here   France’s R&D centres have tax-credit scheme up their sleeve According to Ernst & Young’s annual Attractiveness Survey (June 2010), in 2009, France was the second most attractive country in Europe for foreign R&D centres, and the leader in terms of the number of jobs created. France’s success in this respect has been underpinned by the country’s tax-credit scheme and innovation clusters. To get the full story, click here      Commerce & Leisure UBIFRANCE goes to EUROSHOP in Düsseldorf   UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, will showcase 26 companies on the French Pavilion for the first time at EUROSHOP, the global trade fair for retail solutions and equipment. The trade show will take place from 26 February to 2 March 2011 in Düsseldorf (Germany). To get the full story, click here   French Mountain Group on top of the world at ISPO 2011 From 6 to 9 February, about 30 companies took part in the ISPO trade show in Munich (Germany), under the French Mountain Group banner. The Savoie Chamber of Commerce and Industry supported exhibitors for the eighth year running, in partnership with French competitiveness cluster CIM /Sporaltec. To get the full story, click here     Design and Fashion French Pavilion to showcase Pure Gallic design UBIFRANCE showcased 10 companies at the Pure London trade show, held from 13 to 15 February. The French Pavilion is presented dynamic French companies from across the fashion-accessories sector. To get the full story, click here SOFADI’s interior-design solutions light up the way to Düsseldorf SOFADI, a specialist in interior fittings and layout that has worked in partnership with designers for the past 50 years, will present its novel solutions at the EUROSHOP 2011 trade show in Düsseldorf. To get the full story, click here La Boissellerie cements its furniture expertise at Interiors 2011 La Boissellerie, a furniture manufacturer, has launched four collections which marry wood (elm and oak) and concrete finishes. These collections were showcased at the Interiors trade show, which took place in Birmingham (UK) from 23 to 26 January. To get the full story, click here     Energy and the environment UBIFRANCE shows that the French can Ecobuild UBIFRANCE will showcase 15 companies on the French Pavilion at Ecobuild, the world’s leading event for the sustainable design, construction and built-environment sector. The trade show will take place in London from 1 to 3 March. To get the full story, click here Greencity business convention goes Europe-wide and sustainable The international Greencity business convention, which was held in Paris from 20 to 21 January, welcomed companies from across Europe, including the Mediterranean basin, for a series of B-to-B meetings.  To get the full story, click here Delta Dore makes your heating-control technology wireless Delta Dore, a specialist in smart, reliable and eco-friendly heating-control technology, has developed a new range of wireless thermostats under the TYBOX brand, which are now available in the UK through H&V Controls. To get the full story, click here ATMI makes a splash with its AQUA XL float-level switch ATMI has launched the AQUA XL, an innovative float-level switch with internal ballast for the water-treatment sector, which is perfectly adapted to the requirements of pumping stations treating either clean or residual water. To get the full story, click here   Engineering and Transport PNA confident it is full steam ahead in 2011 Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), i.e. the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, has released its 2010 results, which point towards an improvement in overall trading conditions, more particularly with regard to traffic to (and from) Portsmouth and the Irish Republic. Simultaneously, the implementation of a range of key projects in 2011 is set to strengthen the position of PNA ports. To get the full story, click here   PNA and Le Havre mull maritime container shuttle service PNA and the Port of Le Havre have signed a partnership agreement with a view to setting up a maritime container shuttle service between PNA ports and Le Havre. To get the full story, click here   PNA to boost links with Rouen in all-Norman venture The Port of Rouen and PNA have announced that they will take part in a joint development study in order to identify opportunities for collaborative port activities. To get the full story, click here   French pavilion roars ahead at Autosport International The French Trade Commission in London showcased six motorsport-technology companies at Autosport International 2011 – an annual pre-season motorsport trade show which was held at the NEC in Birmingham (UK) from 13 to 14 January. To get the full story, click here   EQUIP AUTO 2011 to rev up automotive parts industry EQUIP AUTO 2011, the biennial international exhibition for automotive parts, systems and equipment, will take place at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre (France) from 11 to 15 October 2011. To get the full story, click here   BERNARD CONTROLS has Master Station fieldbus at hand BERNARD CONTROLS, a specialist in electric actuators and control technologies for the automation of industrial valves, has launched a novel range of explosion-proof actuators and a new Master Station fieldbus solution and control system. To get the full story, click here   HGH Infrared System’s VIGISCAN is a favourite of France’s MoD VIGISCAN, a high-performance infrared panoramic-vision camera, was given the Innovation Prize at the 2010 Euronaval trade show in October 2010. The Minister of Defence of France awarded the trophy to HGH Infrared Systems, which has developed VIGISCAN. To get the full story, click here     Food and Drink French Independent Winegrowers rally round the temple of cricket in January Introducing the French Association of Independent Winegrowers was an exhibition for trade professionals which took place on 18 January at Lord’s Cricket Ground, in London. The event gave 85 independent winegrowers from all over France the opportunity to present their unique wines. To get the full story, click here   Nord-Pas-de-Calais companies go Fruit Logistica in Berlin Under the Welcome to Northern France – the Lille Region banner, 23 French companies from the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region exhibited at the Fruit Logistica 2011 trade fair, which was held in Berlin (Germany) from 9 to 11 February. To get the full story, click here     IT & Telecommunications UBIFRANCE launches iPhone application with the gift of tongues UBIFRANCE has launched the first multi-lingual iPhone application devoted to the international development of French-based companies. To get the full story, click here   UBIFRANCE and 125 players are off to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress UBIFRANCE is showcasing more than 125 companies on the French Pavilion at the fifth annual Mobile World Congress, being held in Barcelona (Spain) from 14 to 17 February. To get the full story, click here   STE makes Europe-wide software testers’ recruitment less testing Software Testing Europe (STE) is the first European website that is entirely devoted to the recruitment of software-testing professionals. After an initial version of the specialist job board in French, STE has launched the English version, for the UK and the rest of Europe. To get the full story, click here CARTES & IDentification 2010 is 25 and proud of it With close to 19,000 visitors, over 430 exhibitors and more than 140 countries represented, CARTES & IDentification 2010 positioned itself as the key global event for digital security and smart technology in Europe. The trade show took place in early December, in Paris, and was organised by Comexposium. To get the full story, click here  
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