Two trade missions in Vancouver for French entrepreneurs
Ubifrance North America, the French agency for international business development, organized two trade missions in late November of this year: one regarding ready-to-wear fashion and the other regarding the construction of ships.
In 2011, clothing represented a 22.9-billion dollar market in Canada. Most major French brands are well represented in the middle and upper ranges of the industry.
On November 30th, the Bay store in Vancouver opened its doors to a delegation representing France’s fashion industry. There were no fashion shows on the agenda; rather it was an occasion for individual meetings between industry representatives and prospective Canadian partners. Read the full article here.
According to Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), 78% of the large vessels in the Canadian Coast Guard’s fleet will soon be reaching the end of their projected operational lives. In this respect, the NSPS plans for the construction of 116 new small vessels.
French companies, as expert shipbuilders (France is ranked 6th in the world), aim to play a full role in this developing market.
France is ranked 6th in the world in the shipbuilding industry.
Seaspan, one of the contractors selected, signed an umbrella agreement with NSPS on February 14th. This agreement will introduce the first phase of this 3-billion-dollar contract: 3 Offshore Fishery Science Vessels (OFSV) and 1 Offshore Ocean Science Vessel (OOSV). Construction of the OFSVs and OOSVs will begin in 2013 and 2015, respectively. This first phase will be complete in 2023. The second phase, which deals with 2 or 3 Joint Support Ships (JSS) and 1 Polar Ice Breaker (PIB), will begin in 2016 and 2018, respectively.
Seaspan will work with other subcontractors on this project, such as STX Canada Inc, Imtech Marine, Thales Canada...
The call for bids regarding the first vessels began in August 2012 (engineering, mechanical, electronic, on-site development...). The list of selected companies will be announced in the first quarter of 2013 as work begins. A delegation representing French shipbuilding companies visited Montreal, Halifax, and Vancouver in late November with a focus on this bid tendering process.
The full article is available here.