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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Building, Finishing work, DIY
MATHIS, the 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, will make up the military-parade zone of the airport and is the first glulam construction to be erected in Qatar. This follows on various projects that MATHIS has worked on in the region in the past (and involving Saudi Arabia as well as the UAE).
Alan Dolléans, International Project Manager at MATHIS, explains, “Our trump card is to integrate the engineering design with the computer numerical control (CNC) fabrication machinery so that, when the elements arrive on site, they can rapidly and accurately be assembled.”
Having completed several projects, such as the extension to King Khaled International Airport in Saudi Arabia, and the creation of a 35,000m² storage building for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), MATHIS continues to expand its services in the Middle East with the first laminated timber construction project to take place in Qatar.
After two years of marketing, and having made several proposals and participated in many technical meetings in Qatar, MATHIS has seen its efforts rewarded. The company secured a contract to supply the glulam elements of a project in the military-parade zone of Doha International Airport in Qatar’s capital. The 80m x 25m structure, which is a mixture of timber and steel elements with a fabric covering, has been completed. MATHIS’ glulam-timber expertise was chosen because of its technical, aesthetic, and ecological advantages.
Alan Dolléans comments, “Our philosophy is simple: we aid and assist the architects to realise their projects with our timber structures.”
MATHIS provides all the structural calculations and drawings, carries out the fabrication of the structure, arranges the transportation from the factory to the client’s site, and monitors the erection of the frame.
The timber elements of Doha International Airport military-parade zone were shipped by sea from MATHIS’s factory in France, and then delivered to the site by lorries. The structure was erected in one week without any difficulties. The contractor responsible for the on-site execution, who is experienced in erecting steel structures, was pleasantly surprised by the ease of installation of MATHIS’ 23-metre-long beams.
Having completed this initial project in Qatar, MATHIS has successfully shown that it is possible to provide alternative forms of timber construction in the region. The company is currently in the process of studying drawings for other large-scale projects in the Persian Gulf and hopes to see further glulam projects come to light before the end of 2012.
Founded in 1875, MATHIS is one of Europe’s leaders in wood construction and glued laminated timber, and is a specialist in High Environmental Quality (HEQ) production. The company’s factory and headquarters are based in Selestat, in eastern France.
With 135 years’ experience in the timber sector, MATHIS designs and implements effective and innovative wood systems, which are economical, ecological, and quick and easy to install. The company erects the equivalent of one gymnasium per day.
MATHIS has an annual turnover of €43 million and 220 members of staff, 30 of whom are engineers.
For further information about MATHIS, please go to: http://www.mathis.eu/?lang=en
Livestock, Meat, Processed meat products
February and March tend to be busy for us, at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission in London, and this year has not been different overall, if only because there are many trade shows over the period, several of them international trade shows of reference taking place in London or Birmingham.
Despite the serious uncertainties still clouding the economic horizon across Europe, the consensus view, among many businesses I have come across, both French and British, seems to be that the economy, in the UK and in France, has started picking up, and many observers appear to believe that a sustained recovery will be on the way in 2013 — barring any crisis of a financial or monetary nature in the next few months, that is, in the Eurozone or elsewhere…
Certain sectors of activity have undeniably been affected very badly by the recession (fashion accessories, furniture and interior design, for instance), but others are showing strong growth. This is true, more particularly, of industries that are — or are perceived to be — built around the technologies of the future, such as biotechnology, IT, energy and the environment, security and defence, and a few more.
Technologies and companies that enable client entities to cut costs and/or to enhance security seem to be doing rather well. They include software providers in the field of compliance, information security and the integrity of the critical IT infrastructure; specialists in alternative forms of energy; eco-building players, and so on.
Beyond the gloomy macro-economic headlines that can dominate the front pages of national newspapers at times, there lies a more complex reality, at micro-economic level, which can come as a welcome relief.
Certain niche sectors have been left unscathed, too. I was recently talking to BEABA, a French company specialising in quality products for very young children and babies (such as feeding bottles and high chairs), and their representative in the UK explained to me that they are doing well: parents are not prepared to cut spending on what they regard as essentials for their kids.
An area that is experiencing growth is e-health projects, since applying advanced wireless-telecommunications technology to the management and provision of health-care services can help provide patients with a better service that is also cheaper. Typically, such services are used to monitor patients in their own home, thus freeing up hospital beds. It can also apply to elderly people, who can then be kept safely at home — a solution that suits everyone.
This was the main topic covered by the press trip we organised at the end of January (26 to 27). We sent five journalists over to Paris for this press trip: three from the UK, one Swedish reporter, and one Danish editor. The press trip was a success and we are now liaising with the journalists with a view to retrieving the articles they said they would write, and send them over to our client, ParisRegion, the agency for the development of Paris and its region.
We have another press trip in the pipeline — or, should I say, on the rails — for mid-June (11 to 15), which will take a delegation of journalists from various countries (including Britain) to Northern France, and will focus on railway transport and technology. If you write about this topic, do get in touch with Katherine Woods, Press Officer, who will be happy to give you further details as soon as we have them. This press trip is organised by Nord France Invest, the development agency for Lille and its region, with which we have worked extensively in the past already.
Among the trade shows we have covered in the past couple of months, Hotelympia (26 February to 1 March) at the EXCEL exhibition centre, in Docklands (London), constituted a major event encompassing food & drink as well as interior design, furniture, etc in relation to the hotel sector.
Another key industry event, in a completely different sector — this time, marine and sub-sea technology — was Oceanology, coupled with Interspill (13 to 15 March), also at EXCEL. There were two French Pavilions, one in each trade show. Among the French exhibitors at the trade fair, we worked closely with Ecoceane, a truly innovative company that has developed a unique range of anti-pollution vessels that are highly efficient when collecting floating waste (be it debris, litter or hydrocarbons).
Ecoceane’s vessels are suited to all configurations, from the high seas to shallow harbours: they hoover up the waste in a highly effective way. The company’s ships were in action in the Gulf of Mexico, in 2010: they succeed in collecting the waterborne waste in an emulsion-free manner. Ecoceane’s WORKGLOP® 128 vessel, which was moored alongside the exhibition centre, demonstrated what it can do at EXCEL.
The Ecobuild trade show (20 to 22 March), also at EXCEL, is another important trade fair on our calendar, and the French Pavilion showcased close to 20 companies specialising in environmentally friendly construction. You can access our press release about MATHIS, a leader in glued, laminated timber frames, below: they had a stand at Ecobuild.
Last but not least, the Cercle Rive Droite wine tasting organised by our colleagues of the Food & Drink Department on 15 March at Le Méridien, in Central London, proved a great success. It enabled representatives of the wine trade and specialist wine writers to discover for themselves the 2011 vintage of the Cercle syndicate of winegrowers. Those growers, whose estates are located on the right bank of the River Garonne (i.e. north of the river and north of Bordeaux), include big names such as Saint-Emilion, Pomerol and Fronsac.
The tasting attracted many journalists, including Jancis Robinson of the Financial Times, Jane Mac Quitty of The Times, and Oz Clarke. The Cercle unveils its new vintage in three different places successively, each year: the USA, then London, and finally Hong Kong. I can confirm that the appellations of Cercle Rive Droite are second to none, having done my best to try as many of the wines on offer as was possible.
We remain eclectic at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission, as you will see from our selection of stories below, which range from mobile communications and aircraft interiors to specialist hoses for thermal-solar-energy installations, and from fruit & vegetables to the clouds (i.e. Cloud computing, to be precise).
And let us not forget YOUPIG — the name of a pre-starter feed for porkers, in case you were wondering what was meant here. We are told the pigs love it: survey upon survey of international porkers, voting with their eager snouts, has proved it, from Spain and Greece to Hungary and Romania. YOUPIG will soon be available in the UK, to the wild cheers of live, mobile tubs of British bacon on four legs.
The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK will come out towards the end of May. Till then, you can follow us on Twitter in real time (https://twitter.com/ at @UBIFRANCE_UK).
Manager — Press Office
Mission Economique UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission in London
Building and Design
French Fashion Day puts contract-manufacturing on the map
On 18 April 2012, the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London will hold a French Fashion Day in Central London for well-established contract-clothing manufacturers from France. These companies are actively seeking to develop business links with British-based designers.
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French interiors cater to Hotelympia’s needs
The French Trade Commission accompanied seven French companies at Hotelympia 2012 in the Interiors and Technology, Table Top, and Catering Equipment halls. The trade show took place in London from 26 February to 1 March.
French players EXCEL at Ecobuild in March
The French Trade Commission presented 18 companies on the French Pavilion at Ecobuild, the world’s leading event for construction, sustainable design and the built-environment sector. The trade show took place in London, from 20 to 22 March.
MATHIS puts Ecobuild in the timber frame
MATHIS, a specialist in glued laminated timber-frames, took part in Ecobuild from 20 to 22 March. The trade show focuses on environmentally friendly construction.
IFT takes hose innovation to the sun
With the Sunnyflex, IFT has diversified further its range of hoses, this time coming up with a product specifically tailored to the needs of the thermal-solar-energy sector. IFT, part of Omerin Group, is a specialist in hose manufacturing.
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IT and Telecommunications
French IT innovators in Infosecurity limelight
The French Trade Commission will present 12 innovative companies on the French Pavilion at the Infosecurity trade show, which will take place in London from 24 to 26 April. These companies will showcase their proven expertise in IT security.
UBIFRANCE is largest of nationals at MWC 2012
For the sixth year running, UBIFRANCE ran a French Pavilion at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona (Spain). The trade show, devoted to mobile telecoms, took place from 27 February to 1 March. The French Pavilion hosted close to 130 companies — the largest national pavilion at the event.
UBIFRANCE does its CeBIT for French innovation
UBIFRANCE presented 20 companies at CeBIT, where they showcased their innovative digital products on the French Pavilion. The trade show, the digital-industry’s biggest event, took place in Hanover (Germany), from 6 to 10 March.
CARTES in Vegas leads the field when the chips are down
The first CARTES in North America trade show brought companies specialising in smart technologies and m-commerce, digital-security authorities, as well as leading technology providers to Las Vegas (USA), from 5 to 7 March.
Natural Security goes from Vegas to Hong Kong
Natural Security, a specialist in authentication technology, unveiled the first payment and ID application it has developed at CARTES North America in Las Vegas and CARTES Asia in Hong Kong, in March 2012. Natural Security’s solution is based on biometric recognition and a secure-technology element.
France’s computing market heads for the Cloud
Cloud computing has been growing fast in France — a sector that has been given the backing of the government’s National Investment Program. The market is expected to have surpassed the €2 billion mark in France in 2011, and may make up over 6% of the domestic software and IT-services industry in 2012.
Food & Drinks and Farming
Cercle Rive Droite puts in 2011 vintage performance
Le Cercle Rive Droite de Grands Vins de Bordeaux, an association of winegrowers from the Right Bank, in Bordeaux, presented an exclusive preview of the 2011 vintage in London, on 15 March. The event gave a unique opportunity to sample wines from 33 châteaux from South-Western France.
UBIFRANCE occupies the Zone at Hotelympia
The French Trade Commission accompanied six French companies in the Food & Drink Zone at Hotelympia, the trade show devoted to foodservice and hospitality. The trade show took place in London from 26 February to 1 March.
ARIANE is apple of Fruit Logistica’s eyes
ARIANE is a unique variety of apple that is resistant to apple scab, which enables growers to reduce considerably the use of chemicals needed to grow the apples. The ARIANE apple, developed by Pomalia, was available for tasting at Fruit Logistica 2012, in Berlin (Germany), from 8 to 10 February.
VEGEPOLYS rewards Melkior of Fleuron d’Anjou
The VEGEPOLYS competitiveness cluster, the organisers of the SIVAL trade show, and fresh-produce magazine Réussir Fruits et Légumes of France have launched a major Europe-wide competition to encourage varietal innovation in fresh produce. The 2012 competition has rewarded Fleuron d’Anjou with the Gold Prize for its Melkior organically certified shallot seedlings.
YOUPIG seduces international porkers
YOUPIG, the piglet pre-starter feed made by InVivo NSA, is moving further into the international arena. The product has already gained strong market positions in France, Greece, Hungary, Romania and Spain. YOUPIG will be showcased at Eurotier 2012 and Space 2012.
Logistics and packaging
UBIFRANCE beats the jams on way to Intertraffic Amsterdam
UBIFRANCE is organising the first French Pavilion of its kind at Intertraffic Amsterdam. The trade show, in the road-transport sector, is taking place in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) from 27 to 30 March 2012.
SITL Europe transported to Paris
SITL Europe, the trade show devoted to transport and logistics in Europe, is taking place at Paris Nord Villepinte, north of Paris, from 27 to 30 March. The event was due to host over 100 conferences and workshops run by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
UBIFRANCE is Packaging Innovations in Birmingham
The French Trade Commission presented six innovative packaging-technology companies on the French Pavilion at Packaging Innovations 2012. The trade show took place in Birmingham (England) from 29 February to 1 March.
Transport and Engineering
Ecoceane’s WORKGLOP® 128 hoovers up at Interspill
Ecoceane, which makes vessels that collect floating debris and hydrocarbons, presented its new ship at Interspill 2012 — the WORKGLOP® 128. This unique anti-pollution vessel was moored alongside the EXCEL exhibition centre in London (UK) from 13 to 15 March.
PNA sails successfully close to the wind in 2011-2012
The Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), which owns and manages the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, has released encouraging 2011 results. Various projects in 2012 — including Alstom and EDF’s use of PNA facilities as a hub for assembling wind turbines — are set to strengthen PNA’s place in cross-Channel trade.
France’s aircraft flair flies into Hamburg
UBIFRANCE, Centréco and the Chamber of Commerce of the Midi-Pyrénées region are jointly organising the French Pavilion at Aircraft Interiors Expo. The 23 companies present on the pavilion are showcasing their products and technologies at the trade show, being held in Hamburg (Germany) from 27 to 29 March.
AÉROCENTRE airs expertise at Aircraft Interiors Expo
AÉROCENTRE is a cluster of aerospace excellence in the Centre region of France and specialises in cabin interiors: it is exhibiting at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. The cluster is seeking new customers and partners.
Nanolane’s Sarfus Mapping Lite leads the optical revolution
Nanolane, a specialist in the development of optical solutions for characterising nanomaterial systems, has launched Sarfus Mapping Lite — an innovative measurement solution that fits with any optical microscope set-up functioning with reflected light.
Public works, Roads
MATHIS, a leading European glued laminated timber-frame producer, will take part in Ecobuild at the ExCeL exhibition centre, in London (UK), from 20 to 22 March 2012. The trade show, which is the UK’s largest construction event, focuses on sustainability within the sector.
Throughout the course of its 135-year history, MATHIS has acquired outstanding experience in wood-working, and is now a European leader in glued laminated wood frames. The company continuously strives to enhance this expertise by developing new ranges of products and construction systems.
MATHIS will take part in the Ecobuild trade show at ExCeL, in London, from 20 to 22 March of this year, as it looks to develop business relationships with industry players seeking economical, ecological and easy-to-implement construction systems.
MATHIS provides highly innovative solutions for various facilities, including office real-estate, industrial buildings, logistics facilities, as well as sports and educational sites. All the construction systems and timber frames are designed, cut, manufactured and installed by the company, which is based in France.
The products and construction systems provided by MATHIS are all environmentally friendly, such as its standard and bespoke glued laminated beams for buildings. This product, which leaves a large space, as required, beneath the roof poles, is resistant to fire and aggressive chemicals, and can be fabricated using any wood in the range — Acerlam, Ecolam, Redlam and Coloram. These woods all feature specific benefits and characteristics, including Ecolam, which is from a sustainable source and is naturally resistant, thus not requiring chemical preservatives.
MATHIS also produces AZUREL, a range of high-performance structural panels made of wood. They are especially suitable for quick construction on poor-quality ground, and their insulation has been designed for use in severe climates.
BBS is another of MATHIS’ products. This is an innovative construction system which is made up of cross-laminated timber panels that can be used for floorboards, walls, or roofs. This system has outstanding mechanical properties that make it appropriate for usage in multi-storey constructions and in buildings located in seismic zones. The material used for the BBS range is also highly fire resistant.
All the products developed by MATHIS are certified by both the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). They are particularly suitable for all projects certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) mark of excellence.
Every day, MATHIS designs, manufactures and installs the equivalent of a sports-hall-sized construction site somewhere in the world.
MATHIS is one of Europe’s leaders in wood construction and glued laminated timber, and is a specialist in High Environmental Quality (HEQ) production. The company’s factory and headquarters are based in Selestat, in eastern France.
With 135 years’ experience in the timber sector, MATHIS designs and implements effective and innovative wood systems, which are economical, ecological, and quick and easy to install.
MATHIS will take part in Ecobuild at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London (UK) from 20 to 22 March 2012.
MATHIS is a member of the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA).
For further information about Ecobuild, please go to: http://www.ecobuild.co.uk/
For further information about TRADA, please go to: http://www.trada.co.uk/about/index.html
For further information about MATHIS, please go to: http://www.mathis.eu/?lang=en
The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London will present 18 companies on the French Pavilion at Ecobuild — the world’s leading event for construction, sustainable design and the built-environment sector. The trade show takes place at ExCeL, in London, from 20 to 22 March 2012. The Pavilion will showcase innovative companies in the field of environmentally friendly construction.
France’s government has set similar low-carbon objectives to the UK’s, but with the added challenge of meeting the requirements of the country’s eight different temperature zones. The size and climatic diversity of France have ensured that French-based companies offer a range of flexible products and services with a global reputation for quality and adaptability in the field of eco-construction.
The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK is organising the French pavilion at Ecobuild, in London, from 20 to 22 March of this year; the pavilion will occupy stands N1220, N1230 and N1320.
The companies on the French Pavilion at Ecobuild are listed below. Further information on each of the exhibitors is available upon request.
Airwell designs and produces every type of air-conditioning equipment in Europe. It covers the residential, commercial and industrial markets.
Amytis specialises in sustainable living walls, which are covered in plants — a concept applicable to both interior and exterior walls.
Atacama engineers and distributes products dedicated to generating photovoltaic energy.
AXUN is a manufacturer of solar-electric materials, and distributes both photovoltaic inverters and kits.
A producer of textile broadloom carpets and carpet tiles, BALSAN provides personalised, aesthetic and functional answers to all carpet requirements.
Dimos specialises in roofing equipment and accessories.
Développement Chanvre is a manufacturer of hemp blocks that are used for home insulation, hemp being a natural product that is ideally suited to this purpose.
Faseo designs offices for construction sites, providing support from the analysis of project feasibility through to the design-and-specification stage.
KdB Isolation produces ultra-thin reflective, yet sustainable, insulation products. The specialist company has created a new way of looking at home insulation.
Mathis is a European leader in wood construction and glued laminated timber. It manufactures innovative, yet economical, wood-based systems for the construction industry, which are of a high environmental quality.
Putzmeister develops, produces and distributes technically advanced, high-quality service-orientated machines, including truck-mounted and stationary concrete pumps, stationary placing booms, and related accessories.
RayCREATIS has developed ArchiWIZARD, a software solution for energy-efficiency simulation.
A specialist in energy monitoring, Rtone® develops software solutions to remotely monitor energy consumption and to detect anomalies. Applications exist for individual, group-housing, and industrial-level projects.
Seguin manufactures stone fireplaces, cast-iron inserted fireplaces, and wood stoves.
Strawtech SAS produces compressed straw panels that are used for the construction of walls, floors and ceilings in housing.
TBPL manufactures woodturning products for the home, including for the stairs, furniture, and kitchen accessories.
With eight manufacturing sites in France, Tramico has been a major supplier of polyurethane foam for almost 50 years. The company manufactures and converts cellular materials for various industries, including the construction sector.
Vesta-System develops energy-efficiency software solutions to ensure users have an optimal comfort-to-cost ratio.
Vivréco designs, manufactures and installs renewable-energy heating systems, including geothermal, solar and wood-based solutions.
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UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business developement, comes under the aegis of France's Ministry for the Economy, Industry & Employment. UBIFRANCE lies at the heart of France's public-sector export support framework.