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Ambition Africa : 22-23 October 2018, Paris France

Ambition Africa : 22-23 October 2018, Paris France

The leading business event between Africa and France
Paris – October 22 and 23, 2018

Organized by Business France and hosted by the Ministry for the Economy and Finance and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ambition Africa 2018 offers an excellent opportunity for African and French companies to share their expertise, meet potential partners and build business relationships at conferences, thematic workshops and B2B meetings.

This event, which follows on from President Emmanuel Macron’s speech in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, aims to strengthen economic and trade links between Africa and France, and will bring together public decision-makers and business delegations from all over the African continent.

Africa: continent of the future
Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to account for 2.5 billion inhabitants in 2050, i.e. a quarter of the world’s population. Over the past eight years, the countries of the continent have recorded an average annual growth rate of 3.4 to 7%, which exceeds the global growth rate.

France, for its part, is one of the Western countries with the oldest and richest relations with Africa. Strong economic ties are linked to historical and cultural ones. The new boost given by the President of the Republic towards a more ambitious development policy also creates a positive environment for strengthening ties between Africa and France. This promising context has been emphasized by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs: “The relationship between African and French civil societies is exceptional in terms of the intensity of human, cultural and linguistic ties. Supporting the private sector in Africa is a priority for our development aid and economic diplomacy: I encourage the members of the French team to work hand in hand with our African partners to set in motion a strong and sustainable new dynamic, particularly in the run-up to the 2020 Africa-France Summit, which will be dedicated to sustainable cities.”

French companies make a significant contribution to the continent’s economic development; more than 1,000 of them are located in Africa, including all the CAC 40 companies, and they span all the key sectors of the economy. This is a position and ambition that Delphine Gény-Stephann, Minister of State at the Ministry for the Economy and Finance, has reaffirmed: “France is Africa’s leading European trading partner, and it intends to remain so, for our companies and our young people perceive the promise of opportunities on both our continents.”

With Ambition Africa, Business France wants to place Africa at the heart of the development strategy of French small and medium-sized businesses. “We want to show that the French economic ecosystem is very welcoming, and that even some of our companies that have not yet been to Africa want to meet African partners, either to do business, or to co-invest, or to bring them into their business in France,” says Christophe Lecourtier, CEO of Business France.

An event full of business meetings
More than 600 African and French economic key players will meet at the Ministry for the Economy and Finance in Paris on October 22 and 23 for the Ambition Africa 2018 forum. What’s more, nearly 250 small and medium-sized businesses, startups and large French groups, and more than 350 companies from all over the African continent are expected to attend.

The 12 thematic workshops will enable companies to understand the challenges and opportunities facing Africa. Business France will organize 3,000 qualified B2B meetings to accelerate commercial relations between French and African companies.

Ambition Africa enjoys a credibility strengthened by Business France’s expertise in its mission to support French companies abroad and in particular on the African continent. In total, Business France is able to cover, directly or indirectly, the 32 most important markets in Africa. Business France in Africa brings together 75 experts from 17 different countries.

A large number of public and private partners
Ambition Africa 2018 is supported by key institutional partners, including the French Development Agency (AFD) and its subsidiary Proparco, Bpifrance, the French Council of Investors in Africa (CIAN), Medef International, the network of French Foreign Trade Advisors (CCEF), the Presidential Council for Africa (CPA), the French Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCI), CCI International; private partners such as Bolloré Transport & Logistics, CMACGM, CFAO Group, Engie, Fidal, JC Decaux, Sanofi, Société Générale, Total, Value Pass and Air France are also supporting this major not-to-be-missed event between France and Africa.
Companies can register directly on the website: www.ambition-africa.com.

About Business France
Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France.

It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program.

Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 64 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners.

For further information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr – @businessfrance

Press Contacts
Business France
Séverine De Carvalho, Tel: +33 (0)1 40 74 73 88 – Email: [email protected]

Invitation to Participate in Global Composites Hub Mapping

Invitation to Participate in Global Composites Hub Mapping

Controlled Pyrolysis: A Robust Scalable Composite Recycling Project

The composites recycling project is an industry-collaborative effort to develop a thermal composites recycling technology founded on the process of controlled pyrolysis. Through the recycling of scrap and end-of-life (EOL) composites this pilot study is intended to create a business case by realizing a cost effective means for recycling EOL composite materials, ultimately reducing the volume of composite materials destined for landfill. The project is led by the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) with generous support from Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL), Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), Ashland LLC, A. Schulman, Owens Corning, John Deere, CHZ Technologies, and Plastics Europe (CEFIC).

The team will study and test CHZ Technologies’ controlled pyrolysis system, the Thermolyzer™, which operates on a scalable basis and is capable of converting liquids, tars and oils from a resin matrix into synthetic gas for sustainable use in the recycling process, while also recovering both glass and carbon fibers for reuse and safely reducing any additives to salts. Characterization and analysis of materials both pre- and post-processing will establish the tangibility of reusing these processed fibers, applications of highest potential and the energy obtained during processing.

In order to address the needs of the diverse and multi-tiered global composites supply chain, a techno-economic analysis (TEA) for pyrolysis technology along with an industry survey on global recycling are two additional tools to help advance the state-of-the-art and adoption of composites recycling. The mechanism for deploying a survey of this magnitude is augmented through the process of mapping composites organizations, groups and institutes and establishing relationships to best understand the sources of and opportunities for scrap and EOL composites throughout the supply chain, regional proximity of materials and affiliated entities, barriers to use of repurposed fibers and market opportunities for exploration. As global cooperation begins to unfold, achieving the best logistical model for cradle-to-cradle sustainability will incorporate minimized shipping and handling fees as the survey will effectively monitor the most cost-effective pathways for returning scrap and EOL composites into industrial applications and the global supply chain, substantially downsizing the volume of materials that are directed to landfill.

About ACMA: The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is the world’s largest composites industry trade group. We serve our members and the industry by promoting the competitive advantage and versatility of composite materials. ACMA offers composites industry educational resources through our CAMX show, conferences and Certified Composites Technician (CCT®) program. We develop standards and specifications that drive preference for the use of composites in place of traditional materials. We lead advocacy efforts via legislative and regulatory channels to achieve a more viable composites industry. Together, we are shaping the future of composites. Learn more at www.acmanet.org.

About IACMI: The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), managed by the Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation (CCS), is a partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories, and federal, state and local governments working together to benefit the nation’s energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate innovative research and development in the advanced composites field. CCS is a not-for-profit organization established by The University of Tennessee Research Foundation. The national Manufacturing USA institute is supported by a $70 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, and over $180 million committed from IACMI’s partners. Find out more at IACMI.org.
Please contact Dan Coughlin, ACMA, at [email protected] if you would like to join the effort or need additional information.

The Wood-Plastic Composites Market

The Wood-Plastic Composites Market

According to the Sawmilling SA website, a new study from India-based global market research firm Markets and Markets, “Wood Plastic Composite Market Global Trends & Forecast to 2021”, The wood-plastic composites market is projected to reach US$5.84 billion, at a compound annual growth rate of 12.4% for the forecast period of  2016 to 2021.

  • North America accounted for the largest share of the wood-plastic composites market in 2015, followed by Asia-Pacific and Europe.
  • North America is one of the globe’s major producers of wood-plastic composites. Increasing investment in infrastructure projects, followed by replacement of old housing infrastructure with advanced materials, are the key drivers in this region.
  • Building & construction is the largest application of wood-plastic composites and constituted a major share of the total wood-plastic composite market by application in 2015. The growing demand for wood-plastic composites from this market segment is projected to drive the demand in coming years thanks to the superior performance benefits, durability, and low maintenance cost of these composites as compared to that of conventional materials.
  • Polyethylene constitutes the largest wood-plastic composite type, capturing over half of the total wood-plastic composite market share in 2015 among type segments. The superior molecular structure and stability makes PE type wood-plastic composites a robust, high-performing material for applications, thus creating a healthy market demand for the same, says the M&M study.

source:  http://www.timber.co.za/news/article/strong-growth-for-wood-plastic-composites

Shortcourse: Introduction to Ships and Related Functions Marine Engineering & Naval Architecture

Shortcourse: Introduction to Ships and Related Functions Marine Engineering & Naval Architecture

Duration:  4 full days 2 -5 October 2018
Venue:       MBCC 2 Oakworth Road, South End, Port Elizabeth
Speaker:    Jako Laubscher, IntPE, CEng,
MSc Naval Architect (UK), BEng Mech Eng (RSA)
10+ years related experience

About the course:
This 4-day course will provide any engineers, technologists, technicians or other considering a career within the marine and ship building industry with comprehensive introductory knowledge on Marine Engineering, Naval engineering, Naval Architecture, Ship Production and Dry Docking.

Click here to find out more