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Purifying the future with green chemistry

Production processes today are often extremely complex and high tech. Combined with manufacturers’ stringent demands for maximum quality, cost effectiveness and minimum environmental impact, this adds up to a significant challenge for process equipment suppliers. In operations requiring liquid separation and purification process, the French company Eurodia Industrie SA is relentless in its pursuit of innovative solutions which meet the most demanding specifications in a range of industries across the world.

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The place innovation calls home

The French city of Grenoble, situated at the foot of the Alps in southeastern France, is an important scientific center. Forbes ranked Grenoble the fifth most innovative city in the world. Since 1997, AEPI-Invest in Grenoble-Isère, France Agency has been responsible for promoting the city and its surrounding area to innovative businesses and has attracted over 465 French and foreign companies to set up in the region, creating over 10,500 jobs.

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Big in mid-caps

Mid-caps are companies with a market capitalization generally defined as between 100 million and one billion USD. Chequers Capital, managed by Chequers Partenaires, was one of the first investors to develop this specific segment positioned between the small-caps and the large-caps. Today, the French private equity firm ranks among the leading European players in the market for companies with a middle capitalization.

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Key part of the value chain

Packaging, assembly and testing are essential constituents of the value chain in the semiconductor industry. A global leader in this sophisticated market is Amkor. With its services, the US-based corporation allows its customers – the world’s largest semiconductor firms and electronics OEMs – to concentrate on their core competences: semiconductor and silicon design. The European sales and technical support teams are located in France and Germany, and provide support to customers across the continent.

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Quality-enhancing products

In France and other European countries, there are countless toolmaking businesses. But probably few like the 2MI Group. Thanks to its expertise in metrology and precision manufacturing, the medium-sized enterprise offers tooling and prototypes for function testing, geometry checking and accurate assembling of cars and aircraft parts, thus ensuring top level quality.

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Manufacturer of cosmetics

More and more men and women are attaching greater importance to their appearance, and the cosmetics industry worldwide is growing. Europe is the leading market in the global cosmetics and perfume industry, and France especially plays an important role in the production of cosmetics. Renowned brands such as Yves Rocher rely on the cosmetics sub-contractor Evaliance based in Signes in the south of France.

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...And the kitchen sink

The English expression ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ means nearly everything, whether necessary or not, but what the phrase overlooks is just how essential the sink is to a complete kitchen. Imagine washing fruits and vegetables, making tea or coffee, or doing the dishes without the kitchen sink. High quality and the right design make or break the overall style of a kitchen. Blanco Kitchen Technology recognized this fact long ago and specializes in stainless steel, SILGRANIT® composite and porcelain sinks for the kitchen, as well as coordinating taps. Its sales subsidiary in France and the French overseas departments and territories is Blanco France.

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Perfectly pure

Petroleum jelly, which is also known under the brand name Vaseline, is a mixture of solid and liquid hydrocarbons which is used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, lubricants, coatings and many other products. In France, there is only one supplier producing the highly versatile substance: Aiglon SAS. The medium-sized enterprise sets itself apart through the unparalleled purity of its products which are so safe they could even be consumed by humans.

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No waiting lists for renal dialysis patients

When we are sick, long waiting lists for treatment are an inconvenience but, in the case of serious illness, could even have life-threatening consequences. In France in the 1970s, hospital departments treating renal failure were at full capacity, so to extend the dialysis service and provide more timely treatment, private nonprofit organizations, among them the Association Régionale pour le Traitement de l’Insuffisance Rénale Chronique (ARTIC 42), were set up.

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Innovating for the digital world

The European IT industry is a highly competitive market. Only the best of the best are hired by companies to update and manage their digital systems – also referred to as digital transformation. In today’s business climate, every major industry needs experts in digital transformation, which is why companies such as Apside SA are hired to work alongside these organizations. Apside has expertise in the developmental and engineering skills needed to run a successful large business, and these skills are being recognized more and more throughout Europe.

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The right local campaign for retailers

“We have the solutions that allow our retail customers to experience an improvement in their business and their local marketing.” This short statement from CoSpirit indicates the French company’s endeavour to come up with superior strategies in local marketing in order to boost turnover in retailing. Today, CoSpirit focuses intensely on local retail marketing. Nevertheless, it has established itself as a global agency that tackles international media communication needs.

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Cool services

In warmer climates most homes have air conditioning. For some it may be a luxury, but for many it is a necessity and an indispensable feature of their homes. These complex electromechanical systems are the result of nearly a century of engineering development in cooling, thermodynamics, controls and energy efficiency. In the year 2000 air conditioning was even named among the ten greatest mechanical achievements of the 20th century. CD SUD is a prominent French distributor of modern air conditioning systems. The company focuses on three prestigious brands to satisfy the most challenging customer demands.

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The vacuum manager

Nature doesn’t like empty spaces and does its best to fill them. This is what makes vacuum-based handling systems so strong. When the air is emptied from a suction cup, nature does its best to fill the empty space by pulling the suction cup even more tightly against the opposing surface. This is the simple principle exploited by COVAL SAS in its suction-based handling systems. The French company sees itself as a vacuum manager, producing vacuum pumps and suction cups but selling solutions to customers worldwide.

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Knitwear ‘Made in France’ at its best

Worldwide, France is acknowledged as the cradle of fashion. The country has given birth to some of the most famous designers such as Coco Chanel, Yves Saint-Laurent or Christian Dior. Often, French fashion creations are one step ahead of international competitors. In addition to its designs, French fashion is also recognized for its quality. Devernois S.A., based in Le Coteau, France, is one of the companies which built up the excellent reputation of the French fashion industry. Focusing on the design and manufacture of prêt-à-porter fashion and accessories for ladies, the company is an expert in ladies’ knitwear.

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Individual communication

Customer relationship management (CRM) has long been an effective strategy for analyzing and managing customer interactions and data with the goal of improving business relationships with customers. With the advent of social media and the proliferation of mobile devices, CRM providers were forced to upgrade services and to include new features to fully satisfy customer requirements. Paris-based Cabestan has consistently adapted its service portfolio to changing market needs. The dynamic service company is a leading specialist when it comes to successful CRM and PRM marketing campaigns.

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Unlocking business potential

From basic payroll services to health care management to human capital management, businesses face a multitude of organizational and administrative tasks beyond their actual core business. Active on a global level, ADP® is the organization specialized in increasing clients’ operating efficiency and offers professional support in meeting the challenges of the globalized market. Businesses small and large, mid-sized and multinational, can depend on ADP® solutions wherever they are. ADP® Europe SAS in Nanterre, France, is the European headquarters, headed by Senior Vice President and General Manager of ADP® EMEA Leon Vergnes.

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Conviction-based management and risk control

After the last financial crisis, investors have become more careful. They prefer partners who follow a long-term strategy. Here DNCA, based in Paris, comes into the game. The company is the market leader nationwide in European funds. In the coming years, the finance expert aims to flex its muscles still further and gain ground outside France. Following a sustainable strategy, DNCA will focus on European equities. Only recently, the company’s fund “DNCA Invest Europe Growth”, a growthoriented European equity fund, qualified for the French stock saving program PEA and was rated five stars by Morningstar on the occasion of its third anniversary. Since its public offering, the fund has been showing a performance of 59.78%.

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Attention to display

To highlight small items like cosmetics or jewellery, retailers use various display methods. French company Chaudesaigues builds high-quality showcases and stands for this purpose, mainly of bronze and brass. The company’s products can be found in large department stores in Europe and the United States. Focusing on cosmetics, Chaudesaigues works with all the big brands, including Chanel, Giorgio Armani and LancÔme. In the near future, the company will also realize projects for private individuals, such as bathrooms and unique pieces of furniture.

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Creating new space

Efficient storage solutions play a crucial role in the organization of warehouse space. They are an essential component of every material handling business. Having the right storage products and systems means having more space available for stock and equipment. Advanced storage solutions can even increase the efficiency of a company’s operations. There are many reasons why more and more industrial companies are relying on Feralco, a widely recognized French specialist for storage and shelving systems based in Sézanne.

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Keeping your cards safe

A big wallet does not always mean a lot of cash. Many of us have big wallets because we carry around a lot of plastic cards, such as our ID card, health insurance card, cash and credit card and several admission and customer loyalty cards. In order to have these important documents right at hand if needed and to protect them against damages, it is useful to put them into casings. Auxence SAS, based in Châteaubriant in northwestern France, specializes in the production of such PVC casings. The company offers a wide portfolio boasting innovative and colourful designs and personalized solutions. Recognizing a continuous trend towards dematerialization, the company is also working on completely new applications.

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