We have a partly new team in place, here at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, with our new Editorial Assistant, Amal Froidevaux, who comes from Aix-en-Provence (in south-eastern France) and started with us in September, and our new Project Manager, Joanna Routaboul, who joined the department at the start of December.
Joanna, who was previously based near Agen (in south-western France), replaces Pierre Mancini, who decided to leave London and return to Paris when he was offered a job in the cultural-services sector. Joanna has a strong background in sales and marketing, and will be an invaluable addition to the team so as to develop our activity into 2013 — something which is more important than ever in these challenging times.
The September-to-December period is always a busy one at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission, here in London, if only because there are so many trade shows in September and October that are attended by French companies over the period.
(from left to right: Amal Froidevaux, Joanna Routaboul, Philip Jolly and Katherine Woods)
From 20 to 23 September, in London, 100% Design focused on French expertise and creativity in interior design. On 21 November, we had another event relating to design but, this time, it was the world of fashion, with the French Fashion Showroom, organised by our colleagues in the Consumer Goods Department at the French Trade Commission.
On 20 September, for my part, I travelled down to Southampton to meet one of our clients at the Boat Show: West Riviera Yachting is a dry-port operator that runs a well-equipped facility in the port of Tréguier, in northern Brittany, and we did some PR for them ahead of the trade show, in the summer, as you may remember.
Many British sailing enthusiasts find that congestion and high charges in ports along the south coast of England are an issue, and increasingly turn to mooring options on the Continent as a result — Brittany being an obvious choice, given the quality of the facilities on offer, their comparatively low cost, and the overall beauty of this maritime region of western France.
Gas Tech was another important trade fair I went to (8 to 11 October), and there were many interesting French companies at the EXCEL exhibition centre, which are involved in the business and technology of transporting and processing natural gas.
The picture would not be complete without some references to Food & Drink, and the Saatchi Gallery wine event at the end of October (26 and 27) springs to mind: we assisted CIV CORSE, the syndicate of Corsican winegrowers, who had a stand at the event, to better promote a range of original and high-end Corsican wines. The Saatchi event was interesting in that it combined a B-to-B dimension (aimed at trade professionals) with a B-to-C angle (intended to offer the general public an opportunity to discover new, quality wines).
We have also had a successful press trip (3 and 4 December), organised on behalf of our client, NFI, the agency for the promotion of the northern city of Lille and its surrounding region. A joint British/German press delegation (including four British journalists) travelled over to Lille in order to learn more about current developments in biotechnology in northern France.
The press trip combined field visits, meetings with industry executives and entrepreneurs, and a tour of the BioFIT event: BioFIT is an international partnering event of reference in the life-sciences sector, and it focuses on technology transfers and collaborative projects that have the potential to shape the biotech industry of the future.
Last but not least, among the events we have recently helped to organise and publicise, the docking of the Etoile du Roy tall ship, first at Portsmouth, then St Katharine Docks in London, has generated a huge amount of media interest — from regional TV news (with a report on ITV Meridian) to the trade and national press (with an article in The Daily Telegraph). The object of this interest has been the pink onion of Brittany, since the replica of a Nelson-era warship was laden with Roscoff pink onions typical of Brittany and known for their subtle, sweet taste.
The ship itself is well known to the British public: it was originally built for Hornblower, the British television series, first broadcast in the UK in the 1990s. The pink onion has a special place in Franco-British relations: in 1828, a producer from Saint-Pol-de-Léon, on the northern coast of Brittany, decided to cross the English Channel and sell his produce directly to the British consumer. Won over by the taste of the pink onion, the British welcomed the sellers that arrived each year and named them Johnnies, or Little Jeans, as Jean — or Yann, in its Breton version — is John in English.
The Onion Johnnies used to walk (or cycle) from door to door with the plaited onions on their shoulders — hence the stereotypical image of the French onion (or garlic) seller, who sports a beret and rides a bicycle up and down the country… I am told some people in Britain still think that all (or most) Frenchmen dress in the way that the Onion Johnnies used to in the 1920s and 1930s: for the sake of accuracy, it should be stressed that this is a misconception.
On 4 December, the ship reached St Katharine Docks, and it is due to set sail on 17 December to go back to France: as a result, many Londoners and others have had the opportunity to get on board and sample the pink onions on offer. On 10 December, a special event was organised, which went on from 4.00pm to 9.00pm: it gave trade professionals and members of the media the opportunity to sample some pink onions brought over by the Etoile du Roy. Mr Bernard Emié, French Ambassador to the UK, was guest of honour and made a speech. Together with a few journalists, I went for a drink in Dickens Inn afterwards — a nice way to round off the evening.
As you will see from the wide range of stories we have covered in the past few months, we continue to offer something for everyone, from flooring material for sports facilities (with Gerflor, which won several contracts for the London Olympic Games) to laminated timber (with sector leader MATHIS, making inroads into the Persian Gulf), and from exciting food products from France’s overseas territories (on display at SIAL 2012) to airbag protective jackets for motorcyclists (as designed and developed by innovative company HELITE).
Many more companies covered in this bulletin would deserve a mention, but you can discover them for yourself, such as QOOQ and its culinary tablet preloaded with 1,000 recipes or ALDEBARAN Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robots, the latest application of which is in the classroom across many schools in England. (No, you can’t order one that will do the hoovering and the rest of the housework for you yet, although I wouldn’t be surprised if such a model were available on the market before long!)
The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK will come out in the latter part of February 2013. Till then, and if you can’t wait that long, do follow us on Twitter in real time (https://twitter.com/ at @UBIFRANCE_UK).
The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE will be closed over the festive season, from 24 December to 1 January included. We wish you an enjoyable end-of-year break, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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.
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Decoration, Interior Design
Gerflor, a French-based flooring specialist that provides solutions across all markets, has launched Creation, which is a new, stylish and 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.
Today’s floor coverings used in retail outlets, hotels, leisure facilities, offices and reception areas are subject to a large amount of traffic, which is a potential source of deterioration. To respond to this problem, as well as architects’ and designers’ requests for stylish products, Gerflor has designed Creation, a new range of stylish luxury-vinyl glue-down tiles and planks designed for service-sector spaces that attract an important footfall.
Specifically designed for busy commercial spaces, the aesthetically appealing Creation range features more than 90 realistic wood and mineral finishes in a wide array of formats, grains and colours. Many of the planks and tiles have a bevelled edge for an extra-realistic finish.
The Creation range provides improved hygiene and is easy to maintain, thanks to PUR+, a polyurethane-surface treatment. The flooring also has a wear layer of 0.7mm, with an overall thickness of 2.5mm for added durability, yet it is 100% recyclable, making it an environmentally friendly option.
Gerflor’s modern flooring solution is based around three decorative stylistic trends that are split into seven unique design effects, enabling clients to create stylish interiors, which will enhance any new or existing commercial building.
The three trends are named Urban, Authentic and Nature. Urban draws its inspiration from the unique atmosphere of London, New York, Paris and Tokyo. The trend includes conventional, structured, rodded and bush-hammered concrete, as well as a new concept — concrete strips in contrasting hues. Ideal for commercial outlets and offices, the Urban trend consists of square (or rectangular) tiles and planks in 23 different finishes that give a city-like feel to a commercial space.
Authentic is a sober trend that focuses on the essentials, illustrated by the use of woods such as oak, beech and walnut. The Authentic range consists of square (or rectangular) tiles and planks in 32 different finishes to equip various types of professional premises, especially retail outlets.
The Nature range gives priority to the stark Scandinavian look, using mineral and plant materials, and playing with marble and aged-concrete effects, such as weathered painted wood, which creates an understated and timeless stylishness. The Nature line is based on 34 different finishes with square (or rectangular) tiles and planks that enhance any type of commercial space.
The seven design effects of the Creation solution include Creation Mix, which provides planks (available in three different widths) for a realistic parquet effect; Creation Paint, which uses raw wood for a natural effect; Creation Jean’s Spirit, which creates a denim finish on a wooden plank; Creation Contrast, which shuns uniformity; Creation Concrete, which brings concrete to the forefront; Creation X-tra Long Effect, which features more than 1,300mm of realistic-finished flooring; and, finally, Piano Finish, which provides a glossy effect.
Founded in 1947, Gerflor is a world leader in indoor flooring. One of the company’s latest projects was in connection with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (in the UK), where over 50,000m² of Gerflor flooring was installed throughout the different venues.
For a free sample and information pack about Gerflor, please contact the relevant Gerflor representative, as indicated below.
•In the UK and Ireland
Nav Dhilon, Marketing Manager.
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•In The Netherlands
Peter Vandenbogert, Marketing Manager.
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•In Nordic countries
Lene Lillejord, Marketing Manager.
Tel.: (0047) (0) 90 63 02 81
For further information about Gerflor, please go to: www.gerflor.com
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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.
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.
Tourism, Hospitality, Sport
Gerflor has supplied a global flooring solution for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The company has provided the flooring for the volleyball, sitting volleyball and handball competitions, as well as for temporary structures for spectators and for 100 double-decker buses across London. Thanks to recommendations from Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB, the International Volleyball Federation) and the International Handball Federation (IHF), Gerflor was chosen to supply over 17,500 m² in Taraflex™ Sports Flooring for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Altogether, 50,000 m² of Gerflor flooring has been installed for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
For the 10th consecutive Olympic Games, taking place this summer in London, Gerflor has provided its Taraflex™ Sports Flooring. This has involved the installation of 10 volleyball courts in four different venues, eight handball courts in three venues, and five sitting-volleyball courts in two venues.
There are two crucial conditions to be selected as a sports-equipment supplier for the Olympic Games. The first is to be recommended by international federations that are aware of, and therefore highlight, the products’ merits to the local Olympic Organising Committee. The second is to be chosen by that organising committee by providing a global and tailored solution.
Following several months of discussions with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) in order to determine specific requirements, Gerflor developed a truly tailor-made offer: Taraflex™ Sport M Evolution Eco-Fit™.
This free-floating Eco-Fit™ system is both economical and ecological. The system reduces the use of adhesive and volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions by 80%. The material used is easy to recycle when it is no longer needed, saving up to 50% of resources, in comparison with a standard solution.
Gerflor was called upon to provide a complete solution from manufacturing to delivery, installation, technical assistance and dismantling for all volleyball, sitting-volleyball and handball competitions at London 2012.
Gerflor has also provided 30,000 m² of Tarasafe flooring for the temporary structures and grandstand seating for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Additionally, Gerflor has supplied 6,000m² in Tarabus Helios NT flooring for 100 double-decker buses. A special colour has been developed specifically to equip these buses.
Since 1947, Gerflor has installed 40 million m² of indoor sports flooring, making it the world’s leader. The company is once again providing its know-how and experience to serve the world’s greatest sporting event. Altogether, 50,000 m² of Gerflor flooring has been installed for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Founded in 1947, Gerflor is a world leader in indoor sports surfaces that are suitable for use in handball, volleyball, badminton and table-tennis courts.
Over 50,000m² of Gerflor flooring has been installed, thanks to the company’s agreement with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This is made up of more than 17,500m² of Taraflex® Sports Flooring, 30,000m² of Tarasafe Flooring and 6,000m² in Tarabus Helios NT.
For further information, please go to: www.gerflor.com
avril 25, 2012
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