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French Pavilion is the Ocean Business 2013 in Southampton

The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London will showcase the best of French ocean technology on the French Pavilion at Ocean Business 2013. Ocean Business, which is held every two years at the National Oceanography Centre, in Southampton (England), will take place from 9 to 11 April 2013.

A total of eight sea-technology companies from France will be exhibiting at the Ocean Business trade show as part of the French Pavilion (Stand T5), which is being organised with the backing of the French Trade Commission in the UK and UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency.

The French companies, from across the sector, will present their innovative products and advanced technological solutions in sea technology in order to reinforce their professional contacts with British partners and to provide mutually beneficial business opportunities.

Ocean Business 2013 is expected to attract 300 exhibitors and 4,000 visitors from over 50 countries across a dockside exhibition area that has tripled in size since 2011. Ocean Business is a hands-on exhibition incorporating presentations and on-water demonstrations and training sessions, with a wide range of networking opportunities for visitors and exhibitors.

Ocean Business is held every two years in Southampton, on the south coast of England, and is due to take place between 9 and 11 April of this year.

Companies on the French Pavilion are listed below; a catalogue with further details on each of the exhibitors is available upon request.


ACSA specialises in undersea robotics and positioning systems. The company has launched the long-range and high-endurance autonomous underwater SeaExplorer glider, which gathers physical, chemical and biological data in a highly cost-effective manner.


Both an integrator and distributor, Cadden specialises in electronic measuring systems for geopositioning and oceanography, and offers products and services for hydrography, oceanography, trajectory and guidance applications. The sensors include GNSS receivers, PPU, inertial motion sensors, etc.

Cadden will hold a demonstration of its new product range — integrated hydrographic packs R2Sonic and Elac, lightweight bathymetry GEOD BALI and GEOD PPU — on 11 April from 3.00pm to 4.00pm in the Student Centre (Room 121/11).


Ifremer, France's research institute dedicated to sea exploitation, contributes, through studies and expert assessments, to knowledge about the ocean and its resources, to the monitoring of marine and coastal zones, and to the sustainable development of maritime activities. To these ends, Ifremer designs and operates observational, experimental and monitoring tools and facilities; the specialist institute manages the French ocean research fleet.

In Vivo

In Vivo provides marine, environmental and oceanographic consultancy services; the firm was created in 1997. In Vivo carries out site surveys (geophysics, marine wildlife and flora, and acoustic noise) and regulatory studies (environmental impact assessment) for offshore construction works. The company has recently worked on several offshore wind farms, tidal-wave turbines, and other wave-energy projects.

In Vivo will hold a demonstration centred on R&D innovation for marine-renewable-energy products on 9 April from 9.30am to 10.30am, in NMFD Meeting Room 1.

NKE Instrumentation

NKE Instrumentation provides solutions for in situ measurements. For the purpose of oceanography and challenging environments, NKE provides autonomous data loggers for the monitoring of physicochemical parameters in marine environments and for ultra-depth sediment monitoring, as well as radio-networked sensors embedded in fishing vessels. NKE also provides automated system networks for the monitoring of estuarine waters, instrumented buoys, and subsea observatories. Finally, NKE is a specialist in Provor, Arvor, Argo and specific profiling subsurface floats.

NKE will hold a demonstration of its profiling monitoring solutions on 11 April from 1.30pm to 2.30pm in the Student Centre (Room 121/11).


SBG SYSTEMS manufactures motion-sensing solutions. SBG is a leading supplier of miniature, high-performance and cost-effective MEMS-based Inertial Navigation Systems (INSs), which accept aiding sources from GPS/GNSS, DVL, USBL, etc. SBG's INSs are ideal for Sonar, Lidar and Buoy orientation and positioning, as well as ROV and AUV control, camera stabilization, antenna tracking, etc.

SBG will hold a demonstration as to how the MEMS INS provides accurate measurements and smart integration on 10 April from 3.00pm to 4.00pm in NMFD Meeting Room 1.


SEA TECH WEEK is an international marine-science/technology event that will take place in Brest between 13 and 17 October 2014. The Brest Métropole Océane city council is organising the ninth consecutive SEA TECH WEEK. Brest, in Brittany (Western France), is setting a benchmark worldwide in the field of oceanographic research and marine technology, and has created an event that brings together, every two years, leading experts in various marine-related disciplines. In 2012, SEA TECH WEEK attracted 1,200 conference goers. SEA TECH WEEK is a partner organization of the Oceans Europe Conference: each partner entity holds its event in alternate years.

Subsea Tech

Subsea Tech specialises in a range of marine and underwater technology. Subsea Tech is an engineering company and an expert in underwater intervention-and-instrumentation systems. Subsea Tech markets a range of mini-ROVs, as well as remotely operated catamarans and underwater camera systems. The company can provide inspection services and bespoke equipment in the fields of wireless underwater communication, 3D real-time sonar image reconstruction, and long-range underwater robotics.

About the Trade Commission of the French Embassy in the UK

The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London facilitates trade development between France and the UK. UBIFRANCE offers a wide range of services to French-based companies, so as to assist them in their business activities within the UK. As such, it organises B2B events in the form of conferences and networking opportunities.

The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London is organising a French Pavilion at Ocean Business 2013, from 9 to 11 April 2013. The Pavilion will be located on Stand T5 at the National Oceanography Centre, in Southampton (England).

For further information, please contact Ms Magali Pialat, Trade Development Advisor, or Ms Katherine Woods, Press Officer of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE.

Ms Magali Pialat
Trade Development Advisor
The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London
Industry, Transport & Energy Department
Tel. (direct line): 0207 024 3620

For further information, please contact :
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Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer
UBIFRANCE Press Office in London
Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640

Katherine Woods | UBIFRANCE
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