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SIVAL grows with expanded plant-sector event in Jan 2015

Marine Juillard - 24-nov.-2014 11:26:52
SIVAL, a leading European trade show for the crop-production sector, will be held from 13 to 15 January 2015 at the Angers Exhibition Centre, in Angers (Western France). As the foundation for Plants Week, this year’s show will once again be the key event in plant excellence for all sector professionals, welcoming more than 600 exhibitors and hosting a range of events. Plants Week consists of a week of events and conferences devoted to the plant sector, including Rencontres du Végétal (Plant Sector Meetings), the SIVAL trade show, the Vegepolys Symposium, and the new Vegepolys International Business Event (or VIBE). SIVAL will host several conferences, meetings and symposiums, whilst the SIVAL Forum will provide a platform for industry experts to give presentations on a variety of topics and address issues such as plant protection, evolving practices, and environmental, social and economic challenges. Vegepolys is a world-class cluster of excellence that brings together plant-sector professionals specialising in aromatic and perfumed plants, cider production, market gardening, medicinal plants, mushrooms, seeds, tobacco, tree farming, and winegrowing within the Pays de la Loire region. VIBE, the new event organised by Vegepolys, will take place on 12 and 13 January 2015, as part of the trade fair. This event is designed to bring together managers of innovative projects and international buyers, fostering dialogue during tours of the area and meetings with exhibitors and members of the Vegepolys cluster. The decision to host this event supports SIVAL’s strategy to establish itself internationally, both as Europe’s primary trade show for all plant production and as a leader in the fruit-and-vegetable sector. The SIVAL d’Or Contest, a competition to reward the most innovative projects in the field of plant-production techniques, is changing its name to the SIVAL Innovation Contest. From now on, this competition will incorporate a new Zoom Innovation (or Focus on Innovation) section, which will introduce candidates that have been preselected for the SIVAL Innovation Contest, as well as the winners of the Innovafood Contest, start-up companies in the plant sector, school and group projects, and more. Finally, the SIVAL Job Dating event will help to bring together applicants for jobs in the plant sector with the companies looking to fill the numerous vacancies that exist. Apart from the Vegepolys Symposium (already mentioned), meetings and conferences organised at the SIVAL trade show, next year, will include wine-tourism meetings organised by Interloire, the DEPHY-Ecophyto conference, the Euroviti symposium organised by the IFV, a Légumes de France conference, a conference on Winegrowing Engineering organised by ATV49meetings, and an Export/Market conference organised by the Anjou Winegrowing Federation and the region’s International Chamber of Commerce & Industry. A detailed programme, listing further events, will soon be available on the SIVAL website. About ANGERS EXPO CONGRES The City Authority of Angers is the main shareholder of ANGERS EXPO CONGRES, a locally based public-private partnership that has the status of a company (in French, Société Anonyme d’Economie Mixte Locale, or SAEML). It is chaired by Mr Jean Claude Bachelot, Deputy Mayor of Angers.   The role of ANGERS EXPO CONGRES is to manage and operate the Congress Centre and the Exhibition Centre in the city of Angers. These two sites are able to accommodate up to 600,000 visitors. The company organises over 300 events per year, including B2B and B2C trade shows, business meetings and conferences, in order to facilitate the region’s economic expansion. ANGERS EXPO CONGRES generates between €35 million and €40 million in economic benefits for the region. SIVAL, a leading European trade show for the crop-production sector, will be held from 13 to 15 January 2015 at the Angers Exhibition Centre, in the city of Angers (Western France). Further information about this year’s programme of events and conferences is available on the SIVAL Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information about the SIVAL trade fair, please go to: www.sival-angers.com For more information about ANGERS EXPO CONGRES, please go to: www.angers-expo-congres.com  For further information, please contact :   Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP – UK - Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 KATE.RILEY@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : www.ubifrance.com/uk

Grand Prix VIE UK 2014 prize winners rewarded at French Embassy

Marine Juillard - 06-nov.-2014 17:17:18
Ms Sylvie Bermann, Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom, presented the prizes at the Grand Prix VIE UK 2014 awards ceremony, which took place on 4 November at her Residence in central London. This competition, which is now in its fifth year, was sponsored by the Committee of French Advisors for Foreign Trade in the UK (CCEF) and organised by the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK. Ms Sylvie Bermann, French Ambassador to the United Kingdom, underlined the fact that the UK is, year on year, the third or fourth destination worldwide in terms of the number of young VIEs in post. Today, there are more than 700 VIEs employed in 215 companies throughout the country. The VIE Programme, which is run by French export-support agency UBIFRANCE, gives young graduates from across the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes all EU countries, the opportunity to spend up to two years on an assignment outside France, working for the local subsidiary of a French-based business. The young VIEs must be under the age of 28 and posted in a country other than their country of origin. The VIE programme offers a range of advantages to companies; through the scheme, companies are able to source talent and recruit future executives. The candidates for the Grand Prix VIE 2014 in the UK were asked to present the mission and the projects that had been assigned to them over the course of their contract. Each candidate submitted a written file and those who were shortlisted were asked to present their work to a jury, which then chose two overall winners. Olivier Morel, President of the Committee of French Advisors for Foreign Trade in the UK (CCEF), outlined the quality of the candidates, who all had an impressive array of competencies and showed initiative, creativity, enthusiasm and strength of character, making the final decision a difficult one for the members of the jury. Lauren Prigent, Risk Assessment Engineer at GDF SUEZ E&P UK, was awarded First Prize in the Large Corporates Category. In the same category, the jury decided to award a Special Mention Prize to Shairah Djouma of Sanofi UK. First Prize in the SME Category went to Andrea Ghezzi who, as part of his contract with the trade association for the promotion and development of mechanical industries in France, carried out commercial prospecting for three companies — AHG, Lathuille Hudry, and Mure et Peyrot. In the same category, the Special Mention Prize was awarded to Farah Cohen for her work at Amiral Holding, a French SME. Olivier Morel believes that the diversity of the assignments undertaken by the prize winners underlines the variety of projects entrusted to VIE employees. Other projects presented to the jury included risk analysis in hydrocarbon production, marketing in the health sector, commercial development for three SMEs in the mechanical sector, and the management of airport spas. Thanks to the generosity of the members of CCEF, as well as Air France, Brasserie Blanc, Cirque du Soleil and Renault Trucks, the winners also received a selection of prizes alongside their trophies. For further information about the VIE scheme and its advantages for both young graduates and the companies that employ them, please do not hesitate to contact Hervé Ochsenbein, Director of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK.   Hervé Ochsenbein, Director of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK

French Pavilion at MEDICA COMPAMED 2014 to showcase 170 innovative companies

Marine Juillard - 31-oct.-2014 12:57:50
      UBIFRANCE is organising the French Pavilion at MEDICA COMPAMED 2014, with close to 170 companies gathered under the banner of the French export-support agency. MEDICA COMPAMED is the world’s largest international medical-technology exhibition and congress. This year, the trade fair will take place from 12 to 15 November in Düsseldorf (in Western Germany). With more than 70 countries represented, leading companies in the medical sector from all around the world will exhibit their innovative technologies, medicines and treatments, covering every area of the sector, at the MEDICA COMPAMED trade show, due to take place in Düsseldorf between 12 and 15 November of this year. UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, is organising the French Pavilion, which will gather a delegation of 168 companies over half a dozen thematic exhibition areas. The following topics will be covered: electromedicine and medical technology (Hall 17); disposables, commodities and consumer goods, including textiles (Hall 7a); physiotherapy and orthopaedic equipment (Halls 4 & 5); laboratory equipment and diagnostics (Hall 3); and, finally, COMPAMED — a trade fair focused on the supply chain and on product development in the medical field (Hall 8b).   In 2013, MEDICA COMPAMED attracted more than 132,000 trade visitors from 120 countries across all continents (53 % from countries situated outside Europe) and over 4,600 exhibitors from 66 countries. The exhibition area was of approximately 116,000 square metres. To find out more about France’s offer in relation to MEDICA COMPAMED and the industry, please download the MEDICA COMPAMED 2014 Catalogue and go to the internet portal, Meet the French Health Industry. For more information about the trade show, please go to: http://www.compamed-tradefair.com/ For more information about France’s health/medical sector, please go to: http://business.ubifrance.com/france-healthcare  

French mechanical engineering sector builds itself into a global leader

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

Domoscio knows how to succeed at Dublin Web Summit 2014

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

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

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

French Tech showcases 11 winning start-ups at Dublin Tech Summit

Marine Juillard - 29-sept.-2014 15:39:51
France will have a strong presence at this year’s Dublin Web Summit, which is taking place in Ireland from 4 to 6 November 2014. Having been selected to take part by a panel of expert judges, a total of 11 innovative French start-ups will be exhibiting on the UBIFRANCE pavilion. In 2013, over 10,000 people attended the Dublin Web Summit. This year, the organisers are expecting 20,000 visitors from over 100 countries, 1,000 exhibiting start-ups and 500 speakers, making the Dublin Web Summit an unmissable event in the technology sector. French Tech is an initiative of the French government that brings together the French start-up community and aims at increasing its visibility and attractiveness internationally. As part of the French Tech initiative ( http://en.lafrenchtech.com ), the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in Ireland is hosting a French Tech Pavilion at the Dublin Web Summit 2014. A professional jury has selected 11 start-ups from France, which are due to exhibit at the event taking place in the Irish capital from 4 to 6 November of this year. The French Tech community will also be gathered on 4 November for the French Tech Night, a networking drinks reception taking place at the Residence of the Ambassador of France in Ireland, in Dublin. This year’s competition for the chance to exhibit on the French Tech pavilion at the Dublin Web Summit was a huge success, with over 25 innovative start-ups applying to take part in the selection process. The Panel of Judges comprised a successful entrepreneur, a technology journalist, two investment managers, a venture capitalist, and the head of the New Technology department at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in Ireland. The panel singled out 11 projects as the best on offer, taking into consideration the companies’ level of innovation, their potential on the international stage, and their progress in terms of finance, organisation and recruitment. The 11 French start-ups selected by French Tech to exhibit at the Dublin Web Summit are listed below.  Further details are available on request. Airdoc Solution Airdoc Solution relies on the latest technology to provide exhibitors at trade shows with more targeted communications and a more effective follow-up in the prospecting process. http://www.airdocsolutions.com/ (website in French, with English version to be launched shortly) Authentication Industries Authentication Industries invents, develops, and supplies innovative authentication solutions for the Secure Track & Trace and Big Data markets. The company’s solutions are based on AiCode®, an invention patented by Authentication Industries. http://www.authenticationindustries.com/ Azendoo Azendoo is a teamwork application that leverages Cloud collaboration apps, syncs all data, and provides a new, interactive take on team task management. Several Cloud services allow users to store and share knowledge within teams, but these are not always designed with teamwork and productivity in mind. Azendoo makes it easy to share tasks and files across teams and to stay in sync on projects. The application is free to use and unlimited premium features are available to business users. https://www.azendoo.com Bonitasoft Bonita BPM, a high-tech solution developed by Bonitasoft, is a platform for connecting people, systems and data to process-driven applications that improve business efficiency. http://www.bonitasoft.com/ DreamQuark DreamQuark develops innovative data-analysis software and deep-learning-based applications for the healthcare and insurance sectors. http://nicolasmeric-chretie.wix.com/dreamquark (website in French, with English version to be launched shortly) Linkfluence Linkfluence develops and edits Radarly, a SaaS SMI solution considered today as one of the leaders in its field. Radarly enables users to monitor and measure the performance of social-media accounts as well as engage with online communities. http://linkfluence.com/en/ PriceMatch PriceMatch aims to make revenue management more easily accessible to all hotels with its data-driven, user-friendly, Cloud-based application. https://www.pricematch.travel/en/ Qucit Qucit’s technology allows real-time analysis of large amounts of environmental data (weather, traffic, sport events, etc.) in order to anticipate mobility patterns and forms of cultural behaviour. The startup offers predictive analytics tools and helps to minimise the waste of natural resources such as energy, time, and water. http://qucit.com/ Salezeo Salezeo aims to re-invent sales prospecting with Europe’s first crowdsourced database of decision makers. http://www.salezeo.com/fr/ (website in French, with English version to be launched shortly) Stereograph Group Stereograph Group offers a set of innovative 3D tools for architectural visualisation and infrastructure management. With over seven years of experience and extensive expertise, Stereograph has worked with some of the biggest firms in real estate, architecture and the construction industry. http://www.stereograph.fr/ Uplike Described by users as "the perfect blend of Pinterest and Instagram", Uplike is an app designed to let users share and discover common interests with friends and other users around the world. Uplike already has 1.50 million users. It is free to download and is available both on Android and iOS platforms in six different languages. http://uplike.com/ About the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in Dublin facilitates trade development between France and the Republic of Ireland. UBIFRANCE offers a wide range of services to French-based companies, so as to assist them in their business activities within the countries where it operates. As such, it organises B2B events in the form of conferences and networking opportunities French Tech was created in 2013 by France’s Ministry for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy with the aim of bringing together members of the French start-up community and to increase its visibility and attractiveness internationally. The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in Ireland is organising a French Tech pavilion at the Dublin Web Summit, which will take place at the Royal Dublin Society from 4 to 6 November 2014. A total of 11 innovative start-ups from France will be exhibiting on the French Tech pavilion. For further information about the Dublin Web Summit, please go to: http://websummit.net/ For further information about the French Tech initiative, please go to: http://en.lafrenchtech.com/ For further information about UBIFRANCE in Ireland, please go to: http://www.ubifrance.com/ie/    For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3938 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr  
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The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London:  The partner of choice of the French Export Team The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, which is based in central London, is a French government organisation that comes under the aegis of the Secretary of State in charge of Foreign Trade.  UBIFRANCE assists French-based companies seeking potential partners and new markets within the United Kingdom, and, more generally, promotes Franco-British trade relations. Our team can help UK-based companies to identify potential French suppliers. The UK is a mature and demanding market, but it is also full of potential and opportunities: over 15,000 French businesses already sell their goods and services in Britain. In 2011, UBIFRANCE UK made a difference by helping French-based businesses across the board - UBIFRANCE UK organised 35 trade missions and trade shows for French exhibitors - UBIFRANCE UK accompanied and assisted 600 French-based

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