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December 2016 - N°6
The Chamber opens the doors to...
        ...BNP Paribas
            with Pierre de Fontenay,
Head of Nordic Region

Pierre de Fontenay started his banking career in 1990 at BNP Paribas in Norway, before working for 20 years in Shipping Finance and Corporate Coverage, at Credit Agricole then BNP Paribas, in France and in the Nordic Countries. He took the responsibility of BNP Paribas’ activities in Norway in 2009 and for the Nordic Region in 2012.
Norway is going through an economic turmoil as Oil & Gas investment falls, with spillover effects on other sectors. How do you forecast the 2017 outlook and financing needs for companies?
The fall in the oil price has definitely taken its toll on Norwegian industry. Oil producers were somewhat less affected than their suppliers, as they generally have a more robust financial structure and benefit from the Norwegian oil tax cushion (78%) which dampens the impact of falling revenues on their post-tax cashflows. Oil & gas equipment & service providers, many of whom had over-invested with excessive cheap debt, were hit more severally. 
In the spotlight
Lean & efficient manufacturing
Field trip to the French Manufacturing Valley, Nantes (March 6th-8th)

Who should participate?
Norwegian industrial companies looking to optimize their production process through digital technologies and benchmark on other industries.
Main themes: Industry 4.0 / Robotics / Lean manufacturing / Standardization
This field trip to the French Manufacturing Valley will include a bilateral seminar with presentations from IRT Jules Verne (leading RT center dedicated to manufacturing innovation) and French key players from aeronautics and marine industries, as well as BtoB meetings with selected potential suppliers. You will get insight from the most innovative French players in the field of industrial digitalization and learn from other industries having evolved to adapt to high production costs.
For more information, please contact Joachim Lucas:
Opportunities for Norwegian technologies on the French maritime market
Business trip to Brest (March 27th-29th)
Who should participate?
Norwegian companies from the Ocean Space industries looking to develop on the French maritime market and find partners to do so.
Main themes: Marine renewable energy / Offshore wind / Shipbuilding and transport / Defense
The opportunities and upcoming maritime projects will be presented in a seminar by the local cluster Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique as well as key industrial players EDF-EN and DCNS, and the main maritime research center Ifremer. The trip will also include a visit of Brest's innovative industrial facilities and several networking opportunities.
For more information, please contact Joachim Lucas:
Calendar of the upcoming events
20th of January: Seminar "Electric Vehicles" organized with ALD Automotive in partnership with Renault, Tesla, the City of Oslo and Norsk Elbilforening at the Résidence de France in Oslo
2nd of March: French & Norwegian Outlook 2017, Business & Opportunities, event organized in cooperation with BNP Paribas
6-8th of March: Norwegian delegation to Nantes on the theme "Lean & efficient manufacturing"


16th of March: Next rendez-vous of our concept "Les Business Lunsj" on the topic “Travel risk - Keeping your mobile workforce safe”, in cooperation with International SOS at Festningen restaurant in Oslo 
27-29th of March: Norwegian Delegation to Brest on "Opportunities for Norwegian technologies on the French Maritime market" in cooperation with Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique


April: French-Norwegian Forum "Carbon Capture and Storage" Follow up on our North Sea CO2 Value Chain project, Paris
30th of May - General Assembly
31st of May:  French-Norwegian Oil & Gas Forum, Paris, in collaboration with INTSOK and EVOLEN, theme: "Digitalization of the Oil & Gas Industry"
May: "Les Petit Déjeuners Emploi et Entreprenariat" in cooperation with Français du monde–ADFE Norvège, Kéa Ostovany and Oslo Accueil
31st of August: «French Market» - Discover and taste a selection of our members’ products
19th of October: The 2017 French-Norwegian Day will be dedicated to Sustainable Mobility, in cooperation with the city of Oslo 
Our latest events
eZ Systems is the laureate of the Fransk-Norsk Trophée 2016
The French-Norwegian Day is an annual event organized by the French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Oslo. This day gathers the French-Norwegian business community for a conference, workshops and gala dinner. The theme this year was “Digital Transformation”. The day was divided in three parts:
·         A conference at BI Norwegian Business School in the morning 
·         Two parallel workshops in the afternoon, focusing on Smart City and Industry 4.0. (see programme here)
·         An exclusive Gala Dinner at Gamle Logen and the award of the prestigious Fransk-Norsk Trophée 2016.
When Norway meets Beaujolais, A gustative journey combining French and Norwegian know-how
The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce (CCFN) organized a Beaujolais tasting evening at Institut Français on Thursday 17th of November, with Beaujolais wines from the French producer Georges Duboeuf imported and presented by Robert Prizelius AS, and Norwegian cuisine from Abracadabramat.  
Our partner Air France-KLM offered a return ticket Oslo/Paris for 2 persons, and Atout France with a VIP voucher of 100 EUR at Galeries Lafayette in Paris.
News from our members and special offers
15% off any event bookings for CCFN members
Log in to your member account to know more about it:
CCFN members can benefit from a 10% discount on all the Executive Short Programmes proposed by BI Norwegian Business School.
See the list here >>
As a member of CCFN you get an exclusive member price by booking a standard room at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Oslo near the Royal Palace.
Log in to your member account to know morehere



Enjoy a traditional Norwegian christmas meal at Østmarkseteren with a Julelunsj! For two people or for a group, from Monday to Friday from 12:00 to 14:00 until the 22nd of December
Visit the website: here 
Do you work with French speaking partners? Learn professional French language and culture! Members of CCFN get 10% discount
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Special offer for the members of CCFN: A first meeting free of charge to identify your specific needs and to build the most customised program for you and your company; then 10% on the first coaching session and 5% on the first workshop. 
Kéa Ostovany proposes a blend of customized services (consulting, coaching, workshop) to make you reach your goals through an effective communication. 
More information : 



Join the Young Chamber Club to participate to our monthly Afterworks
The Young Chamber Club gathers a network of young professionals, entrepreneurs or students between 25 and 35, living in France or Norway. The registration is free and will allow you to participate to monthly afterworks, conferences or seminars organized throughout the year, invitation for FNCC's events with special prices...
More information in French or Norwegian
Useful information
Meeting and conference rooms for rent in the heart of Oslo
The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce can provide you with several meeting rooms for rent in our premises located at Oscarsgate 27, in a prestigious area. These rooms are fully functional and have recently been renovated. Our conference room can host up til 50 persons and our meeting rooms can host from 6 to 12 persons. These rooms can be rented hourly, for half a day or for an entire day. Our members get a significant discount.
You can also outsource the whole organization of your events to the CCFN.
Contact us for more information (
New Members
Armand Guillemot (Manager)
Connect House 133-137, Alexandra Road
United Kingdom
Tel.: (44) 20 87 80 86 48
With over 40 years of MICE Experience, Meetings & Events by Club Med runs over 900 events per year across six continents, making us experts in organising all types of events from a 20 person board meeting close to Nice to a 800 person car launch in China. 
With 66 beautiful resorts worldwide: exotic beach destinations, charming ski resorts in the Alps, peaceful countryside retreats and even a five-masted sailing ship, we can help find the perfect venue for any type of event. 
Our all-inclusive package means one up-front cost: Premium accommodation, gourmet meals, open bar, wifi access, an array of land and water sports and evening entertainment are all included in the package. Know what you pay upfront without any hidden extras. 
Absolutely everything you need is under one roof to ensure every aspect of your programme is taken care of: Accommodation, meeting rooms, restaurants, bars, cocktail receptions, gala dinners, sports and team building all on-site. We provide on-going support from start to finish, from booking the event to assisting you with your transport needs. With just one point of contact for all your event needs and a dedicated team on-site, rest assured your event will be in safe hands.
Meeting & Events by Club Med is also the specialist in exclusive hire. Why book a meeting room when you can book a resort? We give you the keys and you choose how you want to run it giving you the most bespoke event possible. 
Contact for new requests:
Phone: +44 (0)20 8971 9049
Muriel Weyrich (Assistant to Oliver Paccard, Engineering)
5 av Gustave Eiffel 
Tel.: (33) 2 37 88 17 17
PAKER has since its origin in 1985 gained extensive experience in machines for cardboard packaging and accessories.
With qualified engineers and technicians, providing PAKER for consideration of the totality of the business: study of packaging and equipment, implementation, commissioning and service location. We create the packaging that is best suited: be it bottles, cans, trays, glass jars, plastic jars, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. We build all kinds of machines Multipack Flexibles at a rate ranging from 20 to 450 packages per minute. We take responsibility for cardboard specifications so you can buy paper from your supplier and be sure that it is compatible with our machines.
Claudia Hirsch (Contact person)
Auf der Alm 28
Tel.: (49) 780 7957 090
DIAS is a German SME founded in 2001 specializing in the provision of industrial technical services. DIAS is now a leading player in Europe within installation, modification and industrial maintenance equipment.
Catherine Rambaud
19 Route du Pont d'Arthaud
Tel.: (33) 4 78 45 65 65
Citylone offers public lighting solutions tailored to the needs of cities or towns which meets the following requirements: improve the quality of urban lighting, ensure the safety of citizens, while maintaining an eco-friendly approach enabling energy savings.
Cyril Gouttebel (Daglig Leder)
Brochmanns gate 6
0470 OSLO
Tel.: (33) 98 10 07 38
Oslo-based private chef specializing in edible insects. I spent more than 12 years as a chef between Germany and Scandinavia. I started my own catering company in 2014 offering the concept of "French bistro at home based on edible insects". I prepare private dinners, wedding, and other events. For reservations, purchases of edible insects or further information please visit my website 
Helene Libæk (Brand Manager)
Oscarsgate 27
0352 OSLO
Tel.: (47) 92 02 23 33
ALLDIS AS is the exclusive distributor in the Norwegian market for several leading French cosmetics and beauty brands.
Marc Le Borgne (CEO / Founder)
Kapt. Gløersens vei 33
Tel.: (47) 95 12 92 81
Kervelo Bike & Gearhub designs and produces bicycles and tricycles with optimal ergonomics while minimizing maintenance (no chain). Kervelo has developed an innovative bicycle architecture where the pedal axle and gearbox is placed in the front wheel. This architecture also allows to develop different rear extensions for specific needs for light and compact transport. The front of the frame remains the same for all variants of the bicycle. Our bikes are designed for everyday use, for both leisure, work and cycle tourism. With excellent ergonomics and comfort, people with physical difficulties get back to the joy of cycling, and thus increase their autonomy. We also have bicycles and tricycles with electrical assistance as well as rain protection for tricycles. We expand in countries where demand for economically and ecologically mobility is high.
Mathias Kaminski (Area Manager)
Oscarsgate 27
0352 OSLO
Tel.: (33) 6 25 63 67 38
Freyssinet is a French company specialized in civil engineering and construction. Founded over 70 years ago by Eugène Freyssinet, the inventor of prestressing, Freyssinet brings together an unrivalled range of skills in the specialist civil engineering sector, offering integrated technical solutions in the fields of construction and de la réparation des structures.Freyssinet is involved in numerous projects across five continents, making it the world leader in its specialist areas of:
· prestressing
· cable-stayed structures
· construction methods
· structural accessories
· structural repair and reinforcement
· structural maintenance.
These activities are performed on a wide range of structures, including civil engineering structures, buildings, skyscrapers, industrial installations, power production plants, offshore platforms, transport and sporting infrastructure, and more.
Carl Åge Bjørgan (Managing Director)
Drammensveien 165
0277 OSLO
Tel.: (47) 92 84 81 40
As a promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom develops and markets systems, equipment and services for the railway sector. Alstom manages the widest range of solutions in the market – from high-speed trains to metros and tramways – customised services (maintenance, modernisation,…) and infrastructure and signalling solutions. Alstom is a world leader in integrated railway systems. It recorded sales of €6.9 billion and booked €10.6 billion of orders in the 2015/16 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 31,000 people today.
Karen-Sofie Stenzel (Company Manager)
Thomas Heftyes gate 42 A
0264 OSLO
Tel.: (47) 99 35 06 72
Reisetønnen proposes customized stays in the Cognac and Bordeaux districts for individual persons or companies. Whether you are a group of 8 or 200, we arrange programs to suit you or your company, or wine clubs, cognac clubs, sales meetings, team building, or other events you should wish to organize.
With Sverre Braastad as great grandfather and a mother who has grown up in the Cognac district, I spent all my summers and other holidays in this lovely district. With this background, I established Reisetønnen with the goal of providing unique and personal experiences, that both the district and my family may offer.
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