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French Pavilion at Accessorie Circuit

Milena SALCI - 15-avr.-2014 17:20:34

For the upcoming  Accessorie Circuit Show in May , we will bring together  11 French brands offering a great selection of sophisticated handmade custom jewelry and accessories.  The event will be held May 5-7, 2013 at Piers 92 & 94 in New York City.   Appartements à louer  is a Parisian brand founded by Eric Lopez and dedicated to high-end fashion jewelry accessories. Besides their own collections, the company has been creating fashion jewelry for the past ten years for famous French brands.   Bonnefoy Creations  was created in 1940 by Jean-Marie Bonnefoy. His son, Marc Bonnefoy, decided to develop a limited line of fashion accessories. The company creates, manufactures and markets quality products and guarantees a 100% Made in France quality on all their line of accessories. Françoise Montague is a fashionable resin jewelry, crafted in Paris. Fried Paris started off in 1886 by crafting pieces for embroiders and fashion jewelry manufacturers. For the past 50 years, the company has been designing its own fashion jewelry collection using high quality European materials. L’indochineur has been creating for 15 years unique and high quality jewelry inspired by Japanese style drawings. All the prodcuts are crafted with natural and sustainable materials, and L’Indochineur has been involved in International Fair Trade and Sustainable Development for many years. Jean-Louis Blin  offers unique and colorful hand-made fashion jewelry, combining a vintage and a modern flair. All products are made in Paris since 1974. KMO Jewel ,  launched in 2003, creates and designs several collections per year: necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and other accessories, using special materials such as anti-allergic magnesium alloy and silver resin, to create exquisite color tones. KMO JEWEL is present in nearly every Fashion-forward country. Marie Laure Chamorel  is a brand recognized by fashion press, customers and famous Parisian stores alike, since its  launch in 2006. Marie Laure’s jewelry embodies the latest in artisanal luxury and her love for handcrafted materials. Miss Back , a Paris based designer, has always been interested in Art and gemology. She displays her new jewelry collection: stingray and leather, silver and gold. Valerie Valentine is a fashion hair accessories designer. She uses only leather and each model is made with Swarovski elements. All headbands, hairbands and clips are manufactured in their workshop located in the center of Paris, in the fashion district known as “The Marais”. Vanessa Tugendhaft had the original idea to combine the simplicity of a thread and the nobility of a diamond. Her creations convey a timeless, feminine and refined universe. The French pavilion,  booths #2950-3055  is organized by UBIFRANCE, and brought to you in partnership with Francéclat, The French Federation of Jewelry. For more information, please contact  Marine Crouzet   or visit  our website .  The tradeshow is open to trade and press only. You can order your trade visitor badge to Accessorie Circuit here: We invite you to connect via Twitter  @UBIfashion ,  Pinterest  or  Facebook. 

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Oil and Gas sector in France

Michael SALAS - 10-avr.-2014 15:22:57

Oil and Gas: France is one of the world leaders There is Total and then there are the others. That is how some people blindly underestimate the Oil & Gas sector in France. Fortunately, the French landscape for this sector is far richer than that. “What people need to know is that the French offer is positioned among the leaders worldwide,” explains Agnès Hagyak, Project Manager for Hydrocarbons at Ubifrance. France’s para-petroleum sector includes over 400 enterprises and creates 55 000 jobs that are “highly qualified at the technical and scientific level,” according to Agnès Hagyak.   In terms of exports, France even has the 2nd biggest para-petroleum sector in the world, behind N° 1, the United States. France equals Norway and the United Kingdom. French suppliers account for 90% of their total turnover in exports. Total and GDF Suez, among the major players in the world, naturally draw a lot of attention. Yet there are also many French companies that are not as well known, but who deliver high performance internationally.  “France’s para-petroleum sector includes over 400 enterprises and creates 55 000 jobs that are highly qualified at the technical and scientific level” Many of them are SMEs who display a very high level of technical expertise. These companies are a hotbed of creativity. When it comes to covering needs in technologies, in equipment and services required for exploring, producing, transporting and refining hydrocarbons, the French offer is considered as top-notch. French know-how is especially recognized in the area of offshore and deep water drilling, in fact, for any sort of high sea platform. French companies, thoroughly international, can easily position themselves on very specific niches. They are not at all afraid of customizing their solutions. Quite the contrary!  For example, there is the Bardot Group, An SME with international presence, specialized in para-petroleum equipment. In particular, it makes tooling with technical polymers and structures that are soldered by robotic equipment, along with the development of the means to attach and assemble these structures. With such expertise on this niche market, Bardot Group has managed to work on sites in Angola, Texas, Brazil and Malaysia. And BARDOT is hardly the only French company capable of such international success.   Nexans, is a specialist in making cables required by the sector. Expert in electrical engineering (automated solutions, instrumentation and command system) CEGELEC works very successfully on international projects. There are still other players in the market: Air Liquide, Bureau Veritas, Entrepose projets, Ponticelli, all renowned companies  

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The French Tech Tour 2014 Introduces the Best Innovative Tech Companies in its 2nd Year on Tour

Anne-Laure Gervais - 03-avr.-2014 23:10:39

The French Trade Office - UBIFRANCE Hosts 10 French Startups for Packed Week of business meetings, training and events to help them to kick start their businesses in Canada Toronto and Montreal – April 3 rd , 2014 – The French Trade Office - UBIFRANCE in Canada announced today the 10 selected companies of the 2014 French Tech Tour (FTT) that will be held June 2-6, 2014. Starting Monday, June 2 nd in Toronto, 10 companies from all over France will land in Canada to attend this business acceleration program. More than 25 companies applied to be part of the Tour. The final 10 companies were selected by the Tour’s supporting companies, including Bell, Telus, BlackBerry, Air Canada, Emerillon Capital, CGI, KPMG… 10 Participants Bridging the gap between technology innovation and expertise, while fostering new alliances between France and Canada, the FTT has introduced many successful companies to Canada. This year’s class brings innovation in the fields of Big Data, Digital Marketing, Business Intelligence SaaS and Connected TV, to name a few. This year’s startups include: - Anne-Laure Gervais - +1 (416) 977-1257 Bittle is a new generation reporting platform in a SaaS mode that aimed at any kind of businesses that are looking for a complete, packaged and ready-to-use BI solution allowing to generate and easily share dashboards in an entirely secured environment. Dotscreen is a Multi-screen developer & a User Interface specialists that creates, designs and develops interactive apps for connected TV, tablets and smartphones. Followanalytics provides brands with solutions to launch, measure, optimize and extend their presence in the mobile world, in order to better identify and convert leads. DSIA is an innovative provider of supply chain technology solutions, services and consulting which develops Logistar™ , an integrated Saas solution that focuses on the management and optimization of complex supply chains.   Ivalua is a provider of web based Spend Management solutions (Ivalua Buyer) that responds to the essential needs of its users: quick access to information, collaborative work, dialogue with suppliers, real time reporting, information exchange with other systems, etc. Sentinelo develops additional traffic generation solutions for retailers and gives a global overview of all products sold locally in a given perimeter. Stardust is an expert of digital products testing by experimented testers on real devices. StarDust develops “StarDust Label”, which is dedicated to brands and developers to maximize their revenues. Pixeliris develops CopSonic, a Contactless Mobile Payment technology solution using sonic ways through speakers and microphones to exchange the secured data and is compatible with 100% of mobiles phones including featured phones. Spideo creates personalized recommendation engines that make it easier for viewers to discover and access video-on-demand (VOD) and TV content. Systancia offers software for cloud computing mobility and BYOD with total security. Systancia is specialized in virtualization, desktop applications, and cloud computing. The French Tech Tour’s goal is to prepare companies for launching onto the Canadian market. To achieve this, the tour consists of a series of one-on-one meetings with sponsors and other blue chip companies in Canada, training and advisory sessions, and evenings packed with events where the companies are able to pitch in front of business communities. This event is part of French Tech initiative brought by Fleur Pellerin (the former French Minister delegate for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy) to promote "la French Tech" in France and abroad. To learn more about the companies or attend an event to see companies pitching, visit: "Every year, it is exciting to see the new and disruptive technologies that come through the French Tech Tour. Their levels of enthusiasm as well as the maturity of their products makes them companies that our team and our sponsors think are ready to go to market in Canada. Even more so, it is great to see the lasting partnerships that grow out of the tour and tie our two tech regions together", said Stéphane Alisse, Managing Director, Technology and Services Practice for North America at UBIFRANCE. About UBIFRANCE - the French Trade Office UBIFRANCE is France’s public agency for international business development and it is represented in 70 countries by the French Trade Offices – UBIFRANCE. UBIFRANCE provide French startups with consulting and business development services, in order to promote their products/services and assist in establishing partnerships with Canadian companies. The French Tech Tour is one of our most comprehensive services, formed through a unique partnership with the business and corporate development teams of some of the largest technology corporations in Canada. The French Trade Office - UBIFRANCE Hosts 10 French Startups for Packed Week of business meetings, training and events to help them to kick start their businesses in Canada  

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JEC Americas

Milena Salci - 03-avr.-2014 22:04:28

This year, UBIFRANCE is introducing 14 companies to JEC Americas Exhibition & Conference in Atlanta, the world’s largest event exclusively dedicated to the textile composites industry. JEC Americas is the only event that brings together leaders from the full spectrum of the global composites value chain, both upstream and downstream. Among the highlighted composites sectors will be automotive, aeronautic, infrastructure. The French delegation will be present on the show from May 13th to May 15th.   CQFD   CQFD Composites is an expert company in the field of pultrusion with a strong development in reactive thermoplastic technologies. Based on advanced pultrusion technologies and material chemistries, CQFD Composites offers a new generation of structural thermoplastic composite profiles as alternatives to traditional materials including in competitive market segments like Automotive and Building. CQFD Composites operates for its customers new product developments on 4 pultrusion lines dedicated to R&D activities.   KERMEL   KERMEL is the leading European manufacturer of meta-aramid fibres dedicated to protective clothing against heat, flames and electric arc. KERMEL is a solution-provider of textile innovations made from its flame-resistant fibres : yarns, fabrics, knits, FR protective clothing are adapted to the requirements of the end-users. Fire suits for fire fighters, together with protective garments for police, swat teams, military and industrial uses, as well as underwear in high speed motor sports are some of the most popular applications.      EPSILON AMERICAS   Epsilon Americas was established in 1987 by Stéphane LULL,  founder and general manager of Epsilon Composite . At the beginning his idea was simple, yet revolutionary: to make available carbon fibre thanks to a mass production process, Pultrusion. Epsilon is the first company worldwide fully dedicated to produce tubes and profiles with Carbon fibre. Epsilon Composite subsidiaries are located Japan, Austria and Mexico.     FLAX TECHNIC   With a wealth of expertise in natural fibres and especially in flax fibre, Groupe DEHONDT® launches FLAX TECHNIC®, an innovative range of composite reinforcements. FLAX TECHNIC® exploits the intrinsic mechanical properties of long flax fibres and fills a slot in the market next to glass and carbon reinforcements. Groupe DEHONDT® is present at all stages of the production: from design and manufacturing to marketing of materials and industrial equipment. FLAX TECHNIC® is the winner of the "Sports & Leisure" JEC Innovation Award 2013.     SOPARA   SOPARA is one of the well known leaders for ultraviolet and infrared equipments furnishing, in the fields of textile, automotive, composite materials and is other industrial fields. SOPARA has its own in-house designing, ingineering departements which allow to elaborate and develop all kind of custom-made solutions including emitters, radiant panels and industrial ovens: using most adapted technologies as short –medium – long wave infrared or ultraviolet. SOPARA is also specialized in all kind of infrared thermal process, including pultrusion.   MATRASUR COMPOSITES   Matrasur Composites stands out as a provider for equipment for the manufacturing of composite parts.  The company provides stand-alone workstations or fully automated production lines for various application fields: gelcoat, chopped laminate, RTM injection, infusion, PU machines, etc… Matrasur Composites RoboMat robotic systems offer a unique programming technology that allows any operator to easily “teach” the robot a set pattern by spraying gelcoat and/or chopped laminate once. The robot then automatically copies the pattern for subsequent parts.    SAFRAN STRUCTIL   STRUCTIL, a subsidiary of SAFRAN Herakles, is dedicated to the design, production and marketing of intermediate products aimed at the high-performance composites industry. STRUCTIL is a Tier 1 supplier in Aerospace and Defence industry , but also supply Sports & Leisure sectors as well as the general industry with structural adhesives (pastes and films) and epoxy prepregs essentially based on carbon fibres. STRUCTIL offers a wide range of moulding systems and a variety of carbon/epoxy pultured profiles.     SICOMIN   SICOMIN is a leading formulator and supplier of superior, high performance epoxy systems and innovative composite. The company develops and manufactures extensive range of ‘off the shelf’ and custom made epoxy resins. With 30 years of experience, Sicomin created a new brand identity to reflect the company’s ambitious and international growth plans for 2014 and beyond. Sicomin has established a highly effective global supply network throughout the world. The company’s distribution partnership with Core Composites of Rhode Island makes them well-positioned to supply US customers with an extensive range of high performance epoxy solutions.   SOFILETA   SOFILETA specializes in the design and manufacturing of technical textiles (weaving, knitting, laminating, chemical finish…), from customer specific solutions to mass production. SOFILETA has its own fully integrated production plants and uses the most high-performance technical fibres available on the market today. SOFILETA has developed first-class expertise and tailor made solutions with a focus on quality, service, and innovation in its 3 business units (Activewear, Bodywear, Fashion / Personal protective equipment / Industry).   TIBTECH   TIBTECHis specialized in the supply of flexible conductive or electro heating yarns THERMOTECH and grids TIBGRID® for : - Composite process: to make your own heating molds - Composite functionalization : for example for De-icing, RFID, or deformation monitoring  - SMART Textiles heating pads or monitoring - high temperature withstanding or conductive sewing yarns TIBTECH also supply stainless steel contact material fabrics for glass molding or car glass forming or quenching    RESOLTECH   RESOLTECH is considered as one of Europe’s leading epoxy resin formulator. RESOLTECH exports worldwide very advanced polymers such as water based epoxy systems, fire resistant systems or water based pre-preg resins with IMO SOLAS 2000, FAR25.853 and Airbus certifications. RESOLTECH also formulates and contract manufactures for world leading chemical companies. It´s very low viscosity and High Tg resins are becoming increasingly popular in wind energy and aerospace for tooling applications. Low toxicity for users and environmental concerns are priorities in all RESOLTECH product developments.   VERDOL   Based on more than 100 years of experience in the textile machinery, gathering experience of well-known brands as ARCT, ICBT or Rieter FYT, Verdol is a process expert in Twisting, Assembling, Cabling, Covering & Winding of yarns made of synthetic, artificial, natural and mineral fibers. Today Verdol is a major player in the field of Technical Yarns Processing and is present internationally, through a wide network of agents network.   LERESCHE   Since 1854, LERESCHE manufactures industrial blades. The company specializes in the manufacture of blades for cutting Fiberglass and Chemical Fiber. It designs and manufactures blades with technical features and an unrivaled life.   R.STAT   For 40 years, R.STAT has been specializing  in static, anti-bacterial and thermal functions in technical textiles media. The company offers a full range of technical functional staple fibres and yarns dedicated to textile applications : silveR.STAT range (silver coated polyamide fibres and yarns. Electrical conductivity close to metal conductivity for safety electrostatic protection; antibacterial and antifungal properties) and R.STAT/S range (stainless steel fibres and yarns. High electrical conductivity. Resistance to high temperatures).  

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PRESS RELEASE: Winestar® to Bring French Wine Cans to the US Market

Geoffroy Thaumin - 03-avr.-2014 16:25:41

Winestar® is bringing a selection of award-winning wines to the US market for the first time. These wines come in high-end, elegant cans, specifically designed for optimal wine preservation. Why cans? 3 reasons 1. A response to new market needs Cans meet the demand of young adults looking for new ways to enjoy wine: at a picnic on the beach, after a walk in the woods, in a park while having a snack… Though they may not have the same consumer habits as their elders, they are just as demanding about quality. The can’s single-serve size enables consumers to control volumes consumed, avoiding waste, while allowing them to create convenient “mini-cellars” at home. The serving size also enables consumers to switch wines during a meal without fear of letting bottles go to waste. Trendy, compact and light, this packaging is designed to be enjoyed on-the-go (train, plane, ship, etc) or to be offered in luxury hotel mini-bars. 2. An innovative technology for a new kind of packaging Wine is a very delicate product. In order to protect and preserve it better, Winestar® has cooperated with Ball Packaging, one of the world’s leading aluminium can makers to develop an oxygen- and light-resistant packaging with an internal coating specifically designed for wine. It preserves the wine without altering the taste or oxidizing it. In August 2013, Winestar®’s wines participated in the CWSA International wine contest, competing against over 5300 wines. All 3 wines were awarded a medal - including a Gold Medal, making it the very first time ever for canned French wines to receive a Gold Medal. Fun fact: after the blind tasting, when the judges were informed of the wines they awarded, they could not believe that the wines came from cans. 3. Green and easily recyclable packaging Cans carry many advantages compared with glass bottles, namely that they are the most recycled packaging in the world, being 100% recyclable. Further, recycling a single can saves up to 95% of the energy required for a brand new aluminum one, directly impacting in CO2 emissions reductions. Moreover, Ball Packaging made sure to use as little aluminum as possible, making Winestar® cans as light as they are green. The brand will be attending WSWA, in Park Street Import’s booth (#305J), in the Octavius Ballroom. Winestar®’s CEO, Cédric Segal,will gladly answer any questions before, during or after the trade show. Please feel free to contact him or request a meeting Contact: Cédric Segal, founder and CEO +33 6 62 25 03 59

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Biotechnology in France

Michael SALAS - 01-avr.-2014 17:25:01

Even though biotechnologies may be a recent sector of business activity, France has succeeded in developing real know-how that is gaining international recognition. When it comes to biotechnologies, the French are cutting edge. According to Leeme, the federation of French medical companies, today France numbers 388 biotechs in the health field in France. Biotech France, another French association for biotech companies, indicates that a third of these companies have been in existence for over 10 years. Yet the number of creations in this field is exponential. To get an idea, 50 companies were started in 2012. Unheard of! Proof that there is a real entrepreneurial effervescence when it comes to this research in France. Young start-ups for the most part, French biotechs are mainly Small Medium sized companies. Only 4% of them have over 100 employees. On average, they employ 22 people. As to the type of activity, most of the French companies specialized in human sciences with therapeutic products are concentrated on cancer treatments. “The French have developed a full-fledged know-how on cardio-vascular devices, infectious diseases, dermatology, blood diseases and for surgery,” explains Yves Germani, Ubifrance’s manager for the health sector in North America. French enterprises don’t just do research; they discover! Altogether, the French biotech industry generated 261 Million Euros in turnover in 2011, compared with 186 Million in 2010. As for companies on the stock market, they generate 369 Million Euros in turnover. Concerning the pipeline, the expression used to indicate the number of molecules being developed, France is 4rth, behind the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland and Israel. Quite a solid ranking, but which should nevertheless be improved. When their results are examined in detail, we see that depending on the stage of development, French companies create more products in the pre-clinic phase, in other words, all those that have been carried out before the clinical trial with patients, which is completely logical. Between the start of development on a new medicine, a molecule and its release on the market can sometimes take up to 10 years. Unfortunately, the consequence of this is that a number of products fall by the wayside. To be noted, however, is one undeniable fact: since 2008, French companies have sold more and more products. To put it another way, as Yves Germani points out, French companies don’t just do research; they discover!” An increase of 63% in investment Even more impressive than all the rest, French biotech companies tend to have smaller R&D budgets than their European and international competitors. Fortunately, the culture of venture capital is developing very quickly in this sector. To give the general picture, the funds raised by French biotechs have increased by 63,1% from 2009 to 2012, reaching 178 Million Euros. Since the year 2000, they have managed to raise 2.920 Billion Euros. Today, French companies are naturally turning towards international opportunities to find new partners and new financial leverage. The proof is that such Small Medium companies as Affilogic, MedinCell, Interactive Biosoftware, Imabiotech or even O4CP all have one thing in common: they all are reaching out with confidence to mature markets like the United States, Canada and Western Europe.


PRESS RELEASE: Winestar® to Launch its Premium French Wines in Cans at WSWA

Geoffroy Thaumin - 28-mars-2014 17:09:47

For the first time, Winestar® is bringing a selection of award-winning wines to the US market. These wines come in high-end, elegant cans, specifically designed for optimal wine preservation. Ecological and affordable, this unique new format provides a handy alternative to bottles for modern consumers. Awarded with the SIAL innovation 2012 award, Winestar® was inaugurated at the Vinexpo 2013 trade show in Bordeaux and is now seeking distributors in the US. Their products are already recognized and sold in many countries in Europe, as well as the Middle East, China, Korea, and Japan. A range of premium wines from an award winning producer The 3 wines selected by Winestar® are produced by Pol Flandroy of Chateau de l’Ille, an independent Languedoc winemaker who has received more than 200 medals for his wines. Winestar®‘s current range includes the following wines: - red wine : « Cuvée Andréas », a full bodied and fruity wine that pairs well with meat and cheese. It is a blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Grenache. - white wine : « Cuvée Emilie », a fresh wine with pineapple and grapefruit notes. This wine is a blend of Malvoisie, Rolle and Grenache blanc. - rosé wine:   « Cuvée Alexandre », a wine defined by red fruits notes, and a balanced taste. It is a perfect blend of Syrah and Grenache. In August 2013, Winestar®’s wines participated in the CWSA International wine contest, competing against over 5300 wines. All 3 wines were awarded a medal - including a Gold Medal, making it the very first time ever for canned French wines to receive a Gold Medal. Fun fact: after the blind tasting, when the judges were informed of the wines they awarded, they could not believe that the wines came from cans. The brand will be attending WSWA, in Park Street Import’s booth (#305J), in the Octavius Ballroom. Winestar®’s CEO, Cédric Segal,will gladly answer any questions before, during or after the trade show. Please feel free to contact him or request a meeting Contact: Cédric Segal, founder and CEO   / +33 6 62 25 03 59      

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