Leading Irish companies announce contracts in France valued at over €5m

4th September 2015

(Seated L-R) Herve Berlioz, Rhone Alpes Assainissement; Mike Stack, Tricel; Hubert Aude, Rhone Alpes Assainissement; (Standing L-R) An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD; Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ambassador of Ireland to France; Bruno Boccard, Honorary Consul Lyon; Marina Donohoe, Enterprise Ireland UK & Northern Europe Director.

Leading Irish companies announce contracts in France valued at over €5m  

Taoiseach Enda Kenny attends high-profile Business Event in Lyon

Enterprise Ireland today (Friday 4 September 2015) announced contracts by two Irish companies responding to opportunities in the highly competitive French Cleantech and Construction sectors.

Tricel (Killarney, Co. Kerry) and Wood Energy Solutions (Cahir, Co. Tipperary), announced contracts totalling over €5m with French companies at a Business Breakfast in Lyon attended by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD as part of his official visit to France. The Taoiseach’s attendance at the event, which was organised by Enterprise Ireland’s Paris office, reflects the importance the Government attaches to Ireland’s economic and trade relationship with France.

Speaking from Lyon the Taoiseach said: “Developing a sustainable, export orientated economy is a key part of the Government's recovery plan. For this reason I am delighted to congratulate the Irish companies here today on the progress they have made in generating new and significant export opportunities in France. France is Ireland’s sixth largest market for goods exports and our 5th largest for services exports, with nearly €10bn in total exports going from Ireland to France each year. As Tricel and Wood Energy Solutions have demonstrated, the opportunities for innovative Irish companies to do business in France are real and tangible. Companies like these will help drive Ireland’s jobs recovery, and I wish them, and their partners and customers, every success for the future”.

Details of the contracts below:

Tricel, Europe’s leading manufacturer of wastewater treatment systems, today signed a contract with Rhone Alpes Assainissement, who are the leading supplier of environmental products in their region. Rhone Alpes Assainissement is made up of two companies which together provide sanitation solutions in micro and mini wastewater treatment plants and compact filters to the region: Alp Solutions Environnement, which services the Isère, Ardeche, Haute-Alpes and Drôme departments, and 2 Savoie Environnement, working in the Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Ain, Jura, Loire, Saône-et-Loire et Rhone departments in France. Tricel, who are market leaders of solutions for the wastewater industry in France, signed a supply agreement with Hubert Aude of Alp’ Solutions Environnement and Hervé Berlioz of 2 Savoie Environnement. www.ie.tricel.eu

Wood Energy Solutions (WES), based in Cahir, Co. Tipperary, manufacture biomass boilers and microCHP for the domestic and commercial sectors. Its principle markets up to now have been the UK, USA and Canada. WES announced today that it is expanding into mainland European markets through its joint venture company WOODCO (a joint venture between WES and Ecometis). WOODCO has appointed a distributor in France - Novotek - which has already signed a contract with a major French energy company for biomass boilers and microCHP biomass boilers. WOODCO also signed a distribution agreement today with their first distributor in Spain - SUGAAR.

Principals in WOODCO are Irish, Swiss and French entrepreneurs, all with vast experience in biomass heating. Resulting from WOODCO contracts signed to date, seven new jobs have been created at WES in Ireland with a further 28 new positions anticipated over the next three years at their Tipperary headquarters. www.woodenergysolutions.com

Congratulating the companies on their success, Enterprise Ireland’s Director of UK and Northern Europe, Marina Donohoe, said: “These contracts reflect Enterprise Ireland’s strategy to scale Irish exports to established markets like France. Exports of Irish-owned companies to France grew by 5% in 2014, reflecting the demand for the world-class goods and services which Irish companies have to offer. The achievements of these Irish companies clearly demonstrate that innovative and ambitious Irish exporters are performing extraordinarily well in a mature market like France where they face tough competition from both local players and other highly skilled economies”.

During the Business Breakfast the Taoiseach also participated in a product demonstration of Fleetmatics industry leading SaaS-based mobile workforce solution with Fleetmatics executives Derek Bryan, VP of Europe Sales and Alex Cuny, Director of Sales, France and co-founder of Ornicar. On February 24, 2015, Fleetmatics (Dublin), announced the acquisition of Ornicar SAS, a SaaS provider of fleet management solutions in Grenoble, France. Ornicar added approximately 15,000 vehicles under subscription to Fleetmatics’ existing installed base. Fleetmatics’ intuitive, cost-effective web-based solutions provide fleet operators with visibility into vehicle location, fuel usage, speed and mileage, and other insights into their mobile workforce, enabling them to reduce operating and capital costs, as well as increase revenue. Ornicar employees joined the Fleetmatics team and are responsible for driving sales and support in France for Fleetmatics REVEAL™, a powerful vehicle tracking and business intelligence solution designed to drive savings and improve productivity for virtually any mobile workforce. www.fleetmatics.com


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Paula Chase
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Enterprise Ireland

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