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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 - www.cancerbiosante.fr     - CAP BIO T EK  - Renens & Cesson-Sevigne: Green technologies, marine biotechnologies, agri-biotechnologies - www.capbiotek.fr/index.php/en       - EUROBIOMED - Marseille & Nice & Montpellier in South of France : Infectious , tropical diseases and emery rare and orphan diseases, medical devices and diagnostics , immunology , neurological diseases -  www.eurobiomed.org     -  LYONBIOPÔLE - Lyon and Grenoble in Rhône -Alpes : Infectious Diseases, Cancer and Immune Disorders in the ¬ eld of vaccines , diagnostics, and delivery systems biotherapies -  www.lyonbiopole.org     -  MEDICEN PARIS REGION - Paris : Translational medicine , biological tools and digital biology -  www.medicen.org          

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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:    

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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  rockymountainsnowkite.ca  (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  loic.leroux@ubifrance.fr .  

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PRESS RELEASE: WNE - The Leading Event for the Global Nuclear Energy Sector

PRESS RELEASE - 20-juin-2014 18:36:24

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. A GLOBAL MARKET WITH MULTIPLE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES An expanding global market fuelled by: More than 430 nuclear power plants in operation worldwide. -           New constructions of power plants generating a forecast -           50% increase in worldwide nuclear capacity by 2025. -           The extension of the lifespan and improvement of the safety of nuclear power plants. -           Research and Development, in particular to develop new reactors and optimize the recycling of waste. -           The dismantling of plants at the end of their lifespan (50 reactors in operation in 2010 will be decommissioned by 2025). -       Waste processing and storage. WNE will bring together all the major international players involved in decision-making and regulations for nuclear energy projects: purchasing, engineering design, research and development, operation, checks, maintenance, safety, environment, etc. Governmental organizations in charge of inspections, checks and safety, engineering  and consultancy firms, technical and research centers, higher education institutions and universities will also be invited. Please find attached information regarding about the upcoming press conference that will be held in Paris on June 5, 2014. Meet and greet Gérard Kottmann, the President of WNE and Laurence Gaborieau, Director of the Nuclear and Health Division of Reed Expositions France. This is certainly an event not to be missed leading up to the WNE event this October.

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France’s difference when it comes to Intelligent Transportation Systems

martine.joly - 20-juin-2014 12:39:12

  The trend, across cities around the world, is for ever-higher densities in urban population. Benoît Perino, UBIFRANCE’s expert on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSs), says that, once a city reaches a critical size (i.e. a population density of up to 20,000 people per square kilometre), urban mobility becomes a paramount issue. Public-sector authorities need to solve such issues as to how to manage road traffic flows, give commuters up-to-the-minute information, and run efficient back-office payment systems to make these essential services financially viable.    High tech makes a difference, and France has been a precursor in ITS technology for over 40 years now, designing and building ‘the future is now’ solutions. The ITS market in France is worth €4 .5 billion per year, generating 45,000 jobs. Naturally, Paris is the premier showcase, although every major French city displays impressive achievements in urban transportation.   In Paris, the métro is being automated and ‘traditional’ tickets are on their way out, being replaced by dematerialized Near Field Electronic paid-entry systems such as Navigo that whisk passengers through the turnstiles. Navigo will soon to be deployed across Thalys services — the bullet train serving the high-speed line between Paris and Brussels. One of the key players behind these ultra-efficient, yet complex, ticketing solutions is ERG Transit Systems SA — a specialist company capable of designing ITS ticketing systems for target groups of users ranging from 10,000 to 10 million passengers a day, in cities such as Hong Kong, Melbourne, Rome, Singapore, and maybe San Francisco soon.   Managing environmental impact and highway safety is a prime concern, and French technology has met another ITS challenge on its highways (the country’s autoroutes ), providing traffic reports and free-flow tollbooth collection (or ETC, for Electronic Tolling Collection). This complex mix of infrastructure and back-office consolidation of on-line toll collection works now in the United States, while respecting each individual state’s strenuous and complicated guidelines for toll-collection management, yet still designing a reliable, interoperable system that makes financial sense.   Systems have also been designed to identify licence plates on trucks in order to apply the eco-tax, as the vehicles pass under electronic sensory equipment. Obviously, a variant of this multi-mode system is equipment that checks for vehicles exceeding the speed limit, combined with the processing of massive volumes of data in order to properly assess fines.   French players have developed solutions that are environmentally and user friendly. Autolib , introduced by Blue Solutions, Bolloré SA’s subsidiary, has put up to 1,800 electric cars on the streets of Paris and its region (with 59 suburbs of the French capital included in the scheme) – an environmentally friendly initiative soon to be launched in Indianapolis (USA), where the scheme will be known as Speedy Car .   Any visitor to Paris has seen, or perhaps even used, Vélib’ bikes to get around. The Vélib’ scheme, launched and managed by JC Decaux SA in 2007, maintains a fleet of 17,000 bicycles used by an average of 85,810 riders every day and extends to over 30 suburbs. The running of the Vélib’ scheme requires real-time back-office management software and a convenient, yet secure payment system — always the prime ingredients for a successful ITS.   What about the role of UBIFRANCE, France’s export-support agency ? UBIFRANCE interacts with the key players in the sector, such ATEC ITS France ( www.atec-itsfrance.net ), a professional association that brings all the ITS industry together in order to shape the public debate and lobby in favour of future land-based transportation projects. Another important player is TOPOS, an association that is particularly active in the south-west of France ( www.tops-aquitaine.org ) and has a special interest in developing geo-localization in the transportation field. In fact, a highlight with an international dimension for the entire sector will be the World Congress for ITS in Bordeaux (in south-western France), to be held from 5 to 9 October 2014.   As Benoît Perino of UBIFRANCE sees it, “There is a high potential for ITS in France and internationally. There are a lot of French SMEs with great, highly advanced technologies. Our role at UBIFRANCE is to accompany them, so that they can meet local operators and authorities throughout the world and have their technology integrated into turnkey projects.”   Further information about French companies:   BMIA COMATIS LOGIROAD MIOS Other companies in the field of urban transport Other companies in the field of transportation

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UBIFRANCE Silver Economy Connection 2014

Michael SALAS - 17-juin-2014 23:49:00

This year, UBIFRANCE launched the French Silver Economy Connection USA 2014.  For the first, a range of promising French companies providing innovative health service are set to meet big players of the American Silver Economy, with the likes of Brightstar, Orange Healthcare, the incubator Georgia Tech and the American association for elderly care LeadingAge.  The French Silver Economy Connection USA 2014 will take place on June 25-27 in Atlanta.                                 Meet the Delegation below:   CERELAB CERELAB®, Research and Development Center is specialized in the cereal sector and developed the G-NUTRITION® brioché bread, the first brioché bread to prevent and combat malnutrition. Compared to the other ONS available on the market, this brioché bread contains almost twice as many proteins for a similar volume of product and also combines vitamins and minerals suited to the elderly’s needs.    DYNSEO   Dynseo develops cognitive stimulation applications to improve and diversify the animations dedicated to seniors. Their programs allow users to have fun while being monitored through a web platform:  • Playful cognitive stimulation adapted to seniors  • Cognitive testing available to caregivers  • Web platform for adapted monitoring  Dynseo is addressed to both seniors with their full abilities (prevention) and seniors with mild to significant disorder (accompanying / monitoring). La Valeriane La Valeriane is developing and selling E-Health technologies and services dedicated to maintain and improve health capital. The web-based service ESAPAD allows to coordinate Homecare and health. It is an evaluation table identifying Senior needs and care at home. It considers autonomy in all daily needs at home: moving inside or outside, cleaning and grooming, feeding, following and managing health, psychology… It also provides a journal to report all important events, alerts, and decisive health parameters, or simple profile data.   Invest in Toulouse ‘Invest in Toulouse’ is a governmental agency that helps foreign companies to expand their R&D and business in France. They offer a free package of services: finding offices, recruitments, fundings, housing, schools for kids...The Gerontopole of Toulouse was created in 2007 to respond to the challenge of elderly’s dependence. First of its kind, this institution is fully dedicated to the Elderly, from clinical assays to domotic projects. TREENITY At Treenity we think that people deserve more and we can build a better life for them. We build a new way of life by creating the first CO-OPERACTIVE residence and social innovative workshop that allows senior citizens as well as their families to combine housing and services while developing social relations and autonomy.   Audencia Nates School of Management Established in 1900, Audencia Nantes School of Management is one of the most prestigious French Business Schools and is recognized worldwide. In September 2013, the school was ranked 31st by the Financial Times for its Master’s in Management program. In February 2015, Audencia will open an MBA specialized in Silver Economy. This program is designed for a small group of students with at least 8 years of professional experience       For more information on the Silver Economy Connection, please contact Sandrine Hart.

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