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The French Pavilion is Back at NYNOW!

Geoffroy Thaumin - 11-août-2014 17:49:48

The French pavilion is back at the NYNOW Show August 17-20, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Center.   If you’re visiting the trade show, stop by our booths! We’ll be located in the HOME section - booths #2940 to #3057. This edition’s pavilion will feature 19 remarkable companies of high quality tableware, silverware,  decoration, furniture, home fragrances and gift product lines.   UBIFRANCE is excited to reveal home décor & gift trends fresh from France to the American retail and specialized press communities.   More information about our Pavilion and the companies in our press file or on twitter and Facebook .

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French Transport Tech Tour 2014 - Chicago & Toronto : French companies in the transportation and urban mobility sectors discover the specificities of the North American market.

Camille POYSAT - 25-juil.-2014 19:39:04

  Ubifrance North America organized a trade mission in Chicago and Toronto from June 17 th to 20 th , 2014 bringing France-based companies involved in the transportation and urban mobility sectors to discover the specificities of two key regions of the North American market (Chicago and Toronto are the 4 th and 5 th cities respectively in North America in terms of population). The delegation was composed of experts in the areas of passenger information systems, automation components and rail networks maintenance. In Chicago, they met companies such as the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority), Alstom TLS, Veolia Transportation or GE Transportation. In Toronto, the delegation was introduced to the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission), Metrolinx, the York Region Transit Agency and Thalès Canada. The visits were supplemented by information sessions about the North American transportation industry and networking receptions in both cities. This mission had many constructive exchanges and meetings in markets sometimes considered difficult to access, in particular due to issues related to public procurement procedures and local industrial benefit constraints, such as the “Buy American Act”. As seen in the video below, the French companies were very satisfied with the work done by Ubifrance North America. Some participants have already confirmed their interest in participating in the 2015 French Transport Tech Tour (location to be determined) or in pursuing their projects with Ubifrance on an individual basis. Chicago Contact: Camille Poysat Toronto Contact: Morgan Maison   Watch video below (French)    

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SAVE THE DATE - Register Now for World Nuclear Exhibition

Elise LEHY - 24-juil.-2014 18:36:28

The top platform worldwide dedicated to the entire nuclear energy sector, for sharing, sourcing and doing business on a global scale.  This event provides an opportunity for companies of all sizes to display their know-how and skills in all areas of the nuclear energy industry. A place to share experiences, with exhibition spaces, commercial workshops, networking receptions, conferences on the latest developments and visits to sites of particular technological interest. More than 400 international exhibitors are expected.  

Tags: energy, Nuclear, WNE
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RECAP: The French Delegation at this year’s BIO International Convention

Milena SALCI - 16-juil.-2014 17:37:15

UBIFRANCE was at the world’s largest BIO event in San Diego this year on June 23rd-26th to showcase dynamic French biotechnology. The French Pavilion included 85 companies and 25 partners (non- profit organizations , research institutes, universities and clusters ..).  The seven competitiveness clusters and some regional clusters were the engine of this event by bringing their businesses, all under the umbrella of the government and UBIFRANCE. Created in 2005, the clusters are responsible for collecting and supporting the main players in their area to enable the business world and develop research partnerships and technology development.  Meet five of these clusters below:    -  BioSante CANCER - Toulouse and Limoges: Cancer: Prevention , Diagnosis , Treatment, Telemedicine -     - CAP BIO T EK  - Renens & Cesson-Sevigne: Green technologies, marine biotechnologies, agri-biotechnologies -       - EUROBIOMED - Marseille & Nice & Montpellier in South of France : Infectious , tropical diseases and emery rare and orphan diseases, medical devices and diagnostics , immunology , neurological diseases -     -  LYONBIOPÔLE - Lyon and Grenoble in Rhône -Alpes : Infectious Diseases, Cancer and Immune Disorders in the ¬ eld of vaccines , diagnostics, and delivery systems biotherapies -     -  MEDICEN PARIS REGION - Paris : Translational medicine , biological tools and digital biology -          

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So French, so good! France adds zest to its gourmet exports!

Milena SALCI - 15-juil.-2014 16:14:29

Interview : Christophe MONNIER, the expert for the Gourmet sector at UBIFRANCE What else could you expect from France, where gastronomic quality is so vital? Yet cultivating taste buds the world over also pays off in economic terms; French Gourmet as a sector is worth 7 Billion Euros, covering 250 categories, amounting to 16% of the French food industry’s total exports. 1200 companies, 90% of them SMEs, are actively seeking and opening up export markets. What French people consider as “typical”, the rest of the world perceives as symbolizing culinary art that can only be “Made in France.” Christophe Monnier, the expert for the Gourmet sector at UBIFRANCE, describes a high-end market with a broad range of dynamic diversity. He starts with baked goods, biscuits and chocolate, accounting for 50% of French gourmet exports. In the vast feast of consumables to be delighted in, two characteristically French trends stand out. First, there is an absolute respect for authentic flavor and tradition – neatly summed up by the French word terroir. Each gourmet product has its unique story, and that is how they need to be marketed. Secondly, with health concerns and awareness coming to the fore, carefully prepared organic and eco-friendly brands coming from France engender recognition and trust all around the world. Major players in the gourmet sector like Valrhona (high quality chocolates),  Rougi é  (famous French foie gras), Bridor (French bakery), Boiron Frères (fruit and vegetable coulis) and many other French companies are learning to be more reactive in providing service for their foreign accounts, to be more organized in responding to demanding foreign markets, in following up on orders quickly. Reliable logistics is the name of the game. Experts at UBIFRANCE like Christophe Monnier help up to 830 prospecting companies leverage their efforts in such programs as Saveurs de France, where French exporters demonstrate their know-how in new markets, such as in Latin America or in Asia. He also sets up highly selective – and profitable -- encounters with Purchasing Agents. Naturally, French suppliers devote their greatest effort to the French domestic market, eventually moving on to satisfy demand in French-speaking zones. Yet growth in 2013 was hard to come by in countries such as Switzerland (0.4%) and Belgium (4.2%), which offer relatively saturated outlets. Encouraged by the French emigration to London, more intrepid companies crossed the channel to the UK (8.9%). The companies in the know moved beyond these traditional markets. This is where double-digit sparks fly, with Austria (17.1%) and Russia (13.5%) providing substantial growth in 2013. In fact, the further exporters go, the bigger the rewards are. In Asia, China weighed in at 33.3%, Singapore at 14.3% and Hong Kong at 12.8% growth. As far as the Middle East is concerned, companies marketing gourmet to Dubai and Saudi Arabia were rewarded by a growth rate of more than 20%. According to Mr. Monnier, there are three prestigious showcases for French talent. He mentions SIAL and EUROPAIN known to be  venues where deals get done, especially for consumer products. The ultimate culinary event has to be the Cuisine Summit at SIRHA in Lyon. All the French know-how is mobilized to create an exceptional experience in 40,000 square meters, capped by the prestigious prize, the “Bocuse d’Or”, a televised cooking competition among the world’s most renowned chefs representing their countries. Only creative excellence, fabulous ingredients and culinary brio stand a chance of winning! Further information about French companies – Gourmet Sector : > Bakery, Grocery, Baked Goods, Miscellaneous  

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RECAP: The French Delegation at this Year’s French Tech Tour 2014

Michael SALAS - 11-juil.-2014 17:09:20

The 10 French companies that landed in Toronto and Montréal this past June saw a very busy week of business meetings, networking events, and pitching sessions in front of key players in the tech sector in Canada. Bridging the gap between technology innovation and expertise, while fostering new alliances between France and Canada, the French Tech Tour introduced many successful French companies to Canada. This year’s class brought innovation in the fields of Big Data, Digital Marketing, Business Intelligence SaaS and Connected TV, to name a few.    Meet the French delegation below:    

Tags: canada, startup, tech
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France’s expertise in Oil and Gas at the Global Petroleum Show 2014 in Calgary

Milena SALCI - 26-juin-2014 15:51:42

France’s expertise in Oil and Gas was showcased  in Calgary at Global Petroleum show, June 10-12.  Canadian Oil and Gas and international actors from the industry had the opportunity to : • Get individual B2B meetings with our delegates including leading EPC services firms, HSE solution providers, innovative equipment suppliers, production software provider • Attend a cocktail-conference and networking event, attracting more than 60 Oil and Gas executives from Suncor, Shell, Talisman, Total, etc. • Attend a the VIP reception of the Calgary Economic Development Council, sponsored by Suncor and Amec   Under the slogan “Reach new heights with French companies”, a raffle led  3 lucky Calgarians to win : -a snowkite offered by  Rapace  (value=1500CAD) -a learning session offered by  (value=500CAD) -a snowboard bindings (value=600CAD) ( PLUM )   Again, thank you to all our sponsors  mentioned above as well as Vermilion and law firm Miller Thomson, for their financial support. To see all the pictures from the mission, click on  this link .   Keep in mind that UBIFRANCE – The French Trade Commission in North America - can help your company  source potential vendors based in France upon your criterias/requirements and calendar. Ubifrance do organize “ French sourcing days” on a regular basis for major North American players   If you want to be informed of the next Oil and Gas actions in Canada, and get the list of participating companies and inquire about a meeting with them, please contact .  

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