Combilift signs €1M contract with Aprolis / Kingfisher group in France

16th March, 2017

Announcing details of Eur1M contract were (l-r) Combilift CEO Martin McVicar, Minister Varadkar, Marc Tenart, CEO Castorama (part of the Kingfisher Group), Leo McAdams, Enterprise Ireland and Ambassador Geraldine Byrne-Nason. © Guillaume Murat.
  • Seven Enterprise Ireland client companies sign agreements with French partners during trade visit to France led by Minister Varadkar

Combilift, the Irish manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts based in Monaghan has signed a contract with Kingfisher, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer worth an additional €1m to deliver 50 Aisle-Master forklifts to the company during 2017.

The contract signing was witnessed by Leo Varadkar Minister for Social Protection and Geraldine Nason-Byrne, Ireland’s Ambassador to France during an Enterprise Ireland trade visit to France today.

A further six Enterprise Ireland clients – Novareus, Transpoco, Ding, Vigitrust, Xintec and Gaelectric – will sign contracts with French partners later today and tomorrow.

One of these partnerships is notable because it is between an Irish start-up Novareus which provides an infectious defence system for indoor facilities and French company Azelies which is also a start-up company. The contract will see Novareus equipment deployed in French healthcare facilities in the coming year.

Dublin Based leading provider of fleet management solutions Transpoco will sign a contract with Ecowash a French start-up specialised in waterless car wash. and Ding, the world’s largest mobile top-up network will sign a contract with Sigue France, a leading global money transfer company. Vigitrust will sign a contract with MONEXT which is a major player in the e-payment market in France and Xintec, the Dublin based provider of fraud management and revenue assurance solutions to the telecommunications industry will sign a contract worth €150k with Araxxe which is headquartered in Lyon.

Tomorrow, 17th March 2017, Irish renewable energy group Gaelectric will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with French offshore wind company Ideol to develop floating offshore wind energy projects in Irish waters. Leo McAdams, Enterprise Ireland’s Director of International Sales and Partnering said; “This trade visit is an important initiative towards achieving Enterprise Ireland’s strategic goal of increasing indigenous Irish food and non-food exports of goods and services to France which were valued at €0.91BN in 2015. Post Brexit, France is a critically important market to our clients and offers great potential for sustained export growth and 2016 figures are expected to reflect continued growth."


Conor O’Donovan

Head of Communications & Marketing

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Grace Labanyi

Senior Executive - Communications & Marketing

Enterprise Ireland

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