History-Proven Gateway to Europe, Normandy Leads in Logistics and High Tech

    NEW YORK, June 6 /CNW/ - Normandy Development, the one-stop-shop and
business gateway to expand successfully business activities into Europe,
commemorates the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944 - the largest logistics
operation at the time. Even today, Normandy continues to propose advantageous
logistics and supply chain access to the European continent with regular
connections from the UK, the USA, Africa and Asia.
    Today, 50% of France's maritime foreign trade passes through Normandy -
with outstanding transit-time and at low operating costs. Featuring one the
highest concentrations of logistics facilities in France, Normandy is
strategically located near Paris. Major logistics companies in Normandy are:
ABX Logistics, Daher, DHL, Federal Express, Gefco, Geodis, Hyundai, ProLogis,
Schenker, Wallenius.
    The region also hosts the Secure Electronic Transactions competitive
cluster focusing on innovative near field communication applications for
secure m-(obile) and e-(lectronic)-transactions from authentication,
interoperability, cryptography, to contactless solutions. Under the Normandy
Living Lab project, in the city of Caen, real-life product and service
m-logistics, m-payments, m-health, m-tourism, m-marketing and m-citizenship
applications are in field-testing.
    The cluster reunites major corporations like Atmel, Atos, BNP Paribas,
Bouygues Telecom, Bull, France Telecom R&D, Gemalto, Ingenico, NXP, Oberthur
Card Systems, RATP, Sagem, SFR, Silicomp, SNCF, Societe Generale, Thales,
Veolia Transport, numerous SMEs as well as research and educational
institutions. 1,500 companies, 26,000 jobs, 35 laboratories and more than one
hundred postgraduate training courses are linked through the cluster.
    "Normandy's agency for business development attracts and supports set-up
and growth of business and manufacturing operations with a unique competitive
positioning" says Jean-Jacques Foignet, Executive Director for International
Operations at Normandy Development. "In Normandy we provide free experience
and development assistance for potential industrial projects in all sectors."

    About Normandy Development:

    Normandy Development is a business accelerator backed by the Regional
Councils of Upper and Lower Normandy with 20 specialists in 4 offices.
Focusing on international economic development, it supplies business
consulting services to medium and large enterprises. Normandy is an
international gateway with a potential reach of 200 million consumers in less
than 48 hours by truck.
    More information: http://www.normandydev.com/ and

For further information:

For further information: Dirk Hinze, 150 West Communication, Phone:
+33-614-77-4229 (France), dirk@150west.com

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