As the world’s fifth largest economy, centrally located within the European Union, there is strong competition for market share in all French industrial and service sectors. American exporters to France generally face more competition from European companies than from Asian ones. Positioned at the heart of the world’s largest market, France offers a favorable economic environment to potential exporters.
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French Circular Economy Draft Law Affecting Manufacturers – October 2019
As Europeans concern with waste and the environmental impact of plastics in the economy grows, the European Commission has taken steps to sharply cut down the use of plastic objects and the re-use and recycling of waste through the Waste Framework Directive 2018/851, which European Member States are now implementing into their national legislations. More….French Circular Economy Draft Law Affecting Manufacturers
ROBOTICS IN FRANCE – May 2019
The French robotics industry is growing, despite the lower total number of companies operating in the space as compared to the above leading nations France ranked 18th in the world in terms of robot to employee ratio. France has 132 robots per 10,000 employees, compared to Germany which ranked 3rd with 309 robots per 10,000 employees. The United States is ahead of France, yet behind Germany, ranking 7th with 189 robots per 10,000 employees Other countries ahead of France in Europe include Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, and Slovakia. More…
3D PRINTING IN FRANCE - May 2019
The French market for metal 3D printing parts is relatively recent. Most metal 3d printers on the market are sold to R&D centers or universities. France accounts for an estimated 200 companies in AM, 60 R&D centers, and 40 clusters, innovation centers, and labs. Most are small and medium sized enterprises that focus on product development. More…
THE FRENCH RAIL SUPPLY CHAIN NUMBERS
Around 300 companies based in France work in the rail industry. The majority are SMEs.
The French government defines the direction of every major project and upgrade. French regions are entrusted with an increasing number of responsibilities related to public transport. As organizational authorities, the French regions define how the project is financed. The regions also provide part of the financing for the network within the scope of the State-Region Project Contracts… More
THE RAILWAY MARKET IN FRANCE
The French railway industry ranks second in Europe and third in the world after China and Germany. It represents more than 300 companies from infrastructure equipment, rolling stock suppliers, engineering, rail equipment, tracks to signaling equipment. The French network has nearly 30,000 km of lines including 2,600 km of high-speed lines, with 3,000 stations. Train traffic is slowed on 5,000 km of lines due to poor track conditions... More
HOW TO WORK WITH THE FRENCH NATIONAL RAILWAY SYSTEM SNCF
The SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français) has a strong international presence and is an unavoidable actor in France for rail passenger and freight activities. In 2017, the SNCF represented the European second largest railway network (length of the railway network) after Deutsch Bahn in Germany. SNCF is owned by the French state and works in tight collaboration with regional and national bodies. In 1983, the company was granted the status of EPIC: a public enterprise with industrial and commercial goals. SNCF operates, 2,032 electric locomotives, 1,756 diesel locomotives, and 365 TGVs (high speed trains)… More
Artificial Intelligence n France 4/3/2018
The landscape of the artificial intelligence (AI) community in France is dynamic and evolving rapidly. The French education system is recognized for its strengths in mathematics and sciences leading to world class universities producing prominent AI talent in the region. Accordingly, France has one of the strongest AI ecosystems in all of Europe, along with the United Kingdom and Germany. In fact, AI companies from these top three countries make up more than half of the European AI company total. France has the potential to emerge as a leader in the sector in the coming years and the French government certainly is aware of its role in helping to position France as a global leader.
French Fab: Industry innovation in France 10/24/2017
On October 2nd, the French government announced, “French Fab” – an initiative that promotes French manufacturing and sustainable development, and provides a vision for the future. For U.S. companies looking to integrate or who are already integrated in the French market, the emphasis the French government has placed on holistic and advanced manufacturing is noteworthy for companies in those sectors or looking to expand into these sectors.
Exporting Toys to France 10/23/2017
The global toy market is an $87.4 billion industry and it continues to grow by an average rate of 2.8% each year. From just 2014 to 2015, the industry saw a 4% jump in growth.
While the toy industry itself is strong and growing, the industry in France shows a similar, if not stronger, version of the same trend. France, specifically, has an important role in the toy industry. According to the French Federation of Toy and Child Care Industries, Fédération française des industries Jouet - Puériculture, France is the leading country for toy consumption in Europe. Most of these toys are also imported. In 2016 French toy imports amounted to $2.53 billion, a figure that increased 4.7% from year prior.
Online apparel sales are continuing to expand. 9/28/2017
The last consumer survey of the French Institute of Fashion (IFM) has indicated that the sector’s annual sales revenue exceeds 5 billion Euros in a global clothing market estimated at 28 billion Euros. This is approximately 18% of the market share. However, the expansion of online sales has not offset the deterioration of store sales.
Ms. Christelle Carlotti, consultant at IFM, has indicated on a textile trade magazine article dated September 26, 2017 two important parts of the clothing market: the big players of the apparel industry and a multitude of small independent sites. There is huge potential to bring new players to the market. Further, she also reported that today France has the largest fashion market, followed by the United States.
Women are helping the large, growing French fashion market propel, especially for sales online. They remain the largest consumers of online clothing, with a majority of purchases being for themselves and then for their children. Women’s clothing sales represent 49% of the market in value, but of the 49% of women’s clothing purchased, 55% are bought online. In addition, women aged 15 to 24 are spending more online (113 Euros) than men of the same age (72 Euros). These statistics show that younger women are buying online more frequently and spending more than men of the same age group.
Article taken from the Textile Newspaper (Journal du Textile September 26, 2017)
Cyber Security in France Market Brief 4/13/2017
Recent high-profile cyber intrusions, new legislation and perceived vulnerabilities arising from the fast growing use of connected devices are all boosting the cybersecurity sector in France. Currently filling 40,000 jobs, the French cybersecurity industry is expected to grow at a rate of 10% per year and reach €2 billion in size in 2017. Although the market is open, a small number of almost exclusively French companies currently commands a dominant market share…
The French Market for Toys and Games 4/13/2017
The French market for toys and games is a large and dynamic market made up of many diverse segments. In 2016, the market generated a turnover of 3.4 billion Euros (3.67 billion USD). The market experienced a growth of 1% in 2016, which is less than the 3.4% growth seen in 2015. In 2015, the average expenditure on toys reached 321 Euros (345 USD) per child. Expenditure per child in France is 60% higher than the European average.
The French Market for Technical Textiles 03/2017 https://build.export.gov/build/idcplg?IdcService=DOWNLOAD_PUBLIC_FILE&RevisionSelectionMethod=Latest&dDocName=eg_fr_109786
Technical textiles are an innovative and high value-add sector. Any textile, fiber, material, or support material that has been designed to serve a functional purpose rather than an aesthetic one is considered to be a technical textile. Technical textiles are carefully designed to have certain properties such as lightness, durability, strength, filtration capabilities, fire-retardant, conductivity, insulation, flexibility, absorption, and many more.
Smart Grid Report 01/2017 https://build.export.gov/build/idcplg?IdcService=DOWNLOAD_PUBLIC_FILE&RevisionSelectionMethod=Latest&dDocName=eg_fr_109787
France continued to invest in Smart Grid technology in 2016, rising from 13th to 10th in a world Smart Grid infrastructure market estimated to be worth 65.42 billion USD in 2021. In 2016, France was considered to be a “Smart Grid Procurer” alongside Japan and China. Attributes of a procurer include a growing Smart Grid investment, major procurements and deployments underway, and advanced metering infrastructure
Smart City opportunities in Greater Paris Region 01/2017 https://build.export.gov/build/idcplg?IdcService=DOWNLOAD_PUBLIC_FILE&RevisionSelectionMethod=Latest&dDocName=eg_fr_109789
Valérie Pécresse, President of the Île-de-France region, which includes Paris and the surrounding suburbs and has a total population of over 12 million has prioritized the implementation of smart city technology stating that she wants to lead the number one “smart region” in Europe by 2020. In 2017 alone, the regional budget allocated 2 billion euros for investments, a large portion of which will finance smart and sustainable programs.
French Book Market in France 01/2017 https://build.export.gov/build/idcplg?IdcService=DOWNLOAD_PUBLIC_FILE&RevisionSelectionMethod=Latest&dDocName=eg_fr_109791
France is a dynamic market, boasting 5,000 publishing houses, 3,000 of which are commercially active. Large companies with revenue exceeding one million euros are generally involved in all editorial categories and take advantage of strong distribution networks.
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