Dassault Aviation, proud partner of India for over 60 years
Dassault Aviation aircraft have been an integral part of Indian defence forces for over six decades and India has been the first ever Dassault Aviation’s export client in 1953.
36 Rafales fighter aircraft has been acquired on September 23rd 2016 to equip the Indian Air Force. This new contract illustrates the strategic relationship and the exemplary partnership maintained between the two countries and represents a decisive step forward in achieving our goal of establishing ourselves in India with a view to developing wide-ranging cooperation under the “Make in India” policy promoted by Mr Narendra Modi. This common story which makes history, based on respect and confidence is magnificently illustrated by our partnership with Bonjour India marking our dedication to India’s culture and heritage.
Reliance Group, led by Chairman Sh. Anil D. Ambani, is among India’s top 5 business houses, with a leadership position in telecommunications, power, infrastructure, financial services, and media and entertainment.
In January 2015, the Group entered the Indian Defence manufacturing sector, acquired a state-of-the-art Naval Shipyard, and is rapidly developing its Air, Land and Sea Defence manufacturing capabilities in collaboration with leading global defence firms.
The Group has over 250 million customers, serving 1 in every 5 Indians, and over 8 million shareholders, amongst the largest shareholder families in the world.
The net worth of the Group is Rs 100,000 crore (US $ 16 billion), and the total asset base is Rs 267,000 crore (US $ 43 billion). It is an equal opportunity employer with 100,000 strong, highly competent workforce comprising different nationalities.
Through a robust Corporate Social Responsibility programme, the Group touches lives of millions every day.
India’s national carrier, Air India occupies a special place in the global and Indian aviation. It pioneered aviation in India and its history is synonymous with the history of Civil Aviation in India.A proud member of Star Alliance – the largest global alliance of airlines - Air India has a vast and ever growing international and domestic network. Air India flies to more than 70 stations within India and to 44 destinations abroad.
Air India’s International network includes USA, Europe, Gulf, South East Asia, Far East, Australia and South Asian Sub Continent regions. Air India flies Non-Stop flights from its hub in Delhi to 5 points in US, 11 points in Europe - bringing US and Europe closer to India than ever before. Air India has launched 3 new flights in 3 consecutive months – Washington in July, Stockholm in August and Copenhagen in September.
Today Air India flies one of the youngest, state-of-the-art fleet of aircraft comprising the twin-aisled Boeing B777s, B747s, the B787 Dreamliner and the narrow body Airbus A321s, A320s and A319s.On board comfort with best in class leg room, complimentary gourmet meals with highly competitive fares topped with traditional Indian hospitality of our cabin crew makes Air India the first choice when flying to, from or within India.
AccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,200 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe. Benefiting from dual expertise as an investor and operator, AccorHotels operates in 95 countries. Its portfolio comprises internationally acclaimed luxury brands including Raffles, Sofitel Legend, SO Sofitel, Sofitel, Fairmont, onefinestay, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman, and Swissôtel; as well as the popular midscale and boutique brands of 25hours, Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter and Adagio; the much-prized economy brands including JO&JOE,ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget and the regional brands Grand Mercure, The Sebel and hotelF1.
In India, AccorHotels operates a network of ten distinctive brands underpinned by operational excellence, while embracing its European heritage. With 53 hotels across key destinations in the country, AccorHotels is uniquely placed as the only international hotel group with brands that span across all segments from luxury to budget.
Mr. Jean-Michel Cassé is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) – India and South Asia, Accor Hotels Group
ENGIE is a global energy player and an expert operator in the three businesses of electricity, natural gas and energy services, committed to taking on the major challenges of the energy revolution, towards a world more decarbonized, decentralized and digitalized. The Group aims to become the leader of this new energy world by focusing on three key activities for the future: low carbon generation, energy infrastructure and efficient solutions adapted to all its customers (individuals, businesses, territories, etc.).
In India, ENGIE recently won a 338 MWp solar project and will reach a total capacity of 810 MWp and strengthens its leading position of a major player in competitive solar. The Group employs around 560 people in the country, in power generation, engineering and energy services. ENGIE is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of Bonjour India and wishes to further support the Indo-French cooperation, participating to the development of new renewables projects in the country.
Our representative in India is Mr. Malcolm Wrigley, Country Manager
Renault, one of the fastest growing automobile brands in India has witnessed exponential growth in over 5 years of its operations in India, becoming the 7th largest automobile manufacturer at the end of the year 2016.
The year 2016 was the biggest year for Renault in India, backed by strategic measures across all key business dimensions, ranging from product, network expansion and measures to ensure customer delight. In the calendar year 2016, Renault India sold 132,235 units as against 53,847 units in the preceding year, thereby registering a growth of 146%.
Renault has a strong product offensive strategy in India led by 3 mainstream products which include Kwid, Duster and Lodgy, and has kept its product portfolio in India contemporary, reflecting evolving customer trends. KWID is a true game-changer and volume driver for Renault India, selling more than 1,75,000 vehicles since launch, and end of 2017, Renault India will launch Captur, a game changer in the SUV world.
Mr. Sumit Sawhney is the Country CEO and Managing Director at Renault India
Krishnakriti was incorporated in the year 2003 with the support of The Kalakriti Art Gallery and The Lahoti Foundation, The mission of the foundation is to promote the cause of art and culture to Hyderabad, India and beyond. The foundation conducts a number of activities towards achieving its mission.
Krishnakriti Foundation is a part of the Kalakriti Indiabrand.Kalakriti India is an umbrella brand whose mission is to acquire, preserve and promote the art of Indian origin or art that features India as the subject.Kalakriti India is formed of independent SPV companies that have unique identities and purpose, yet interconnected and working towards the common purpose set by the parent brand.
Kalakriti India comprises of fine art gallery, new art gallery, archives of rare photos and antique maps, alfresco Dining in art environment, art based premium lifestyle products retail and manufacturing facilities.
Mr. PrashantLahoti is the managing trustee of Krishnakriti Foundation & owner of Kalakriti Art Gallery
Societe Generale is one of the largest European financial services groups. Based on a diversified universal banking model, the Group combines financial solidity with sustainable growth, and aims to be the reference for relationship banking.
We customize solutions for clients across sectors by capitalizing on our worldwide expertise in investment banking, global finance and global markets. With presence in over 66 countries, we actively support clients by delivering a global perspective to complement local market insight.
Under Antoine Castel, CEO and Chief Country Officer, India, the Bank has developed significant expertise in financial advisory services and has a large corporate client base. We are pleased to be a continued partner to Bonjour India and support Indo-French relations in terms of business, innovation, culture, art, education, and sports.
Air France is a global airline of French inspiration with a strong legacy of over 80 years of flight operations. Since its inception the key priorities are to provide comfort and convenience to the passengers. To India, Air France has been operating flights for 70 years. The common ties have led the airline to become profoundly attached to India and therefore committed to adapt its product in line with Indian passengers’ expectations with a special emphasis on service à la française. Max Smits is the General Manager for Air France – KLM and is responsible for accelerating the airline’s growth in the Indian Sub – Continent. Air France currently offers daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai & Bengaluru to the world via its hub Paris, Charles de Gaulle, and is increasing its presence in India with its partner Jet Airways with the launch of the direct flight between Chennai and Paris.
Air France is very happy to be part of Bonjour India and delighted to be associated with events under themes of Culture, Innovation and Gastronomy as that blends perfectly well with our objectives and aim towards strengthening the exchanges between India and France. Find more about Air France at www.airfrance.in
Arianespace, the world leader in satellite launch services, has established an historical partnership with India for more than 35 years. This long-standing cooperation dates back to the very beginning of the Ariane adventure, with Apple’s launch in June 1981 on the third Ariane 1 flight. Since then, this fruitful relationship resulted in the signature of 22 launch services contracts between Arianespace and ISRO, the Indian Space Agency and the launch of 21 Indian satellites with Ariane launchers; they were all successful, enabling India to develop services such as telecommunications and meteorology. GSAT-11, the latest ISRO satellite, will be launched in 2018 from the Guiana Space Center.
Arianespace is proud to bring its full support to the Bonjour India initiative, which will be the best platform to strengthen cooperation in innovative areas between our two countries and to reaffirm the strategic nature of our partnership.
Bharti AXA General Insurance Company Ltd is a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises, one of the leading Indian business conglomerate and AXA, among the global leaders in financial protection. The joint venture company has a 51% stake from Bharti and 49% stake from AXA Group. Bharti AXA General Insurance is the first organization in the GI Industry to receive dual certifications of ISO 9001:2008 & ISO 27001:2005 for its superior quality and information safety systems.
Presently, the organization has offers cashless facilities across more than 4,500 network hospitals, over 2,700 garages for motor claims and associations with 16+ TPAs pan India. The product suite comprises of a diverse portfolio for both retail and SME clients for all their business needs.
SanjeevSrinivasan – MD & CEO, Bharti AXA General Insurance
Bharti AXA Life is a life Insurance player that was started in 2006. It brings together strong financial expertise of the Paris-headquartered AXA Group and Bharti Enterprises - one of India's leading business groups with interests in telecom, agricultural business, financial services, and retail. The joint venture has a 51% stake from Bharti and 49% stake from AXA .The company launched national operations in December 2006. Today, Bharti AXA Life has a national footprint of distributors trained to provide quality financial advice and insurance solutions to the large Indian customer base.
Bharti AXA Life offers a range of innovative products and services that cater to specific insurance and wealth management needs of customers.
Rajeev Kumar, Principal Officer & CFO
Driven by a team of passionate professionals, Vicat is an international cement manufacturing group that provides effective solutions to construction players through high quality materials, products and services.
Louis Vicat invented artificial cement in 1817. A few years later, his son Joseph Vicat established the first cement factory.
Today, the group has a strong presence in 11 countrieswith more than 30MT cement capacity. Its 8,000 employees across the globe maintain the legacy of Louis Vicat with the same dedication, sincerity and hard-work.
Vicat entered the Indian market in 2008 and operates today through two cement companies under a single brand : “Bharathi Cement” . The company, headquartered in Hyderabad, owns plants in Karnataka and Andra Pradesh with a combined production capacity of 7.75 MT.
With Bonjour India, Vicat wants to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of cement inventionand recognize Louis Vicat‘scontribution to the development of society.
Markus Oberle,Chairman of Vicat India
BNP Paribas was one of the first foreign banks to establish a presence in India in 1860. This uninterrupted, 157-year old association has given BNP Paribas an unparalleled experience of the Indian economy as it has witnessed the country’s growth at close quarters.
The bank has a full-fledged presence in Corporate and Institutional Banking offering products across businesses - Fixed Income and Debt Capital Markets, Transaction Banking, Corporate Finance and Institutional Equities as well as Securities Services. It also has an award-winning Wealth Management offering that provides world class capabilities and customized solutions to its clients.In addition, the Group has a presence in personal investment services through Sharekhan by BNP Paribas, which it acquired in 2016, and an asset management company, BNP Paribas Mutual Fund as we all as a subsidiary in Fleet Management, Arval India.
BNP Paribas also has joint ventures in life insurance with State Bank of India and in home finance and securities services with the Sundaram Group.
JorisDierckx, Country Head, BNP Paribas India
“Faurecia is one of the world's largest automotive equipment suppliers, with three key Business Groups: Seating, Clean Mobility and Interiors Systems. Faurecia has a strong presence in India and has grown significantly since its inception in 1995.
Faurecia Clean Mobility is now experiencing an exciting journey of transformation. We are working to contribute to the global cause of promoting sustainable and clean mobility solutions thereby improving air quality. With full focus on “Make in India”, Faurecia Clean Mobility has state of art technological expertise in design and development and is ready for the upcoming BSVI emission norms.
Faurecia is happy to be associated with Institut Français and Bonjour India in strengthening the social and cultural ties between the two countries. We are looking forward to a plethora of events which would provide a very good platform for rich exchanges of culture, heritage and knowledge between the two great nations of India and France”.
Benjamin Thibout, Managing Director –Faurecia Clean Mobility, India
Over a century ago, a philanthropist instinctively took the unprecedented step of using business to serve society. He was the founder of the Bajaj Group, Jamnalal Bajaj. He strongly believed that, ‘common good was more important than individual gain’. His philosophy, which has stood the test of time, was successfully taken forward by his sons Kamalanayan Bajaj and
Ramkrishna Bajaj and is now spearheaded by Rahul Bajaj.
Jamnalalji embodied Mahatma Gandhi’s principles to such an extent that Gandhiji adopted him as his fifth son.
For several decades now, Bajaj group has been in forefront in proactively contributing, for the improvement of quality of life of the people through various programs the Rural & Economic Development, Supporting Arts, Culture, Heritage & Sports, Awarding & Honouring people who have aligned themselves for community development based on Gandhian Values.
Bajaj Group believes in promoting Indo French Partnership & global active co-operations & therefore supports French Embassy in India.
“Service to society is at the very heart of our value system” –
Says Niraj Bajaj – Director of Bajaj Group companies and Trustee - Bajaj Group’s Charitable trusts.
Established in 1871 in France, Mane is one of the leading Flavour & Fragrance houses worldwide. Over the last two decades, Mane India Pvt. Ltd. (MIPL) has emerged as one of the fastestgrowing companies in Flavour & Fragrance space.
We enhance people's daily experiences & lifestyles through memorable tastes &sublime scents. We develop tantalising flavours for candy, chocolate, biscuit, cakes, drinks, ice-cream,chips and noodles for major food companies. We design fragrances for deodorants, soap, shampoo,cream, lotion, air freshener and many other products.
As Bonjour India partners, we seek to promote our French legacy and global expertise with a deep understanding of Indian sensibilities.We will be showcasing our ‘ Creativity ‘ & ‘ Innovation’ through unique curatorial experiences .
We would also like to connect to millennials and communicate about the exciting possibilities in the field of flavour & fragrance
Mr.SumitDasgupta is the Managing Director of Mane India Pvt. Ltd.& he can be reached at email@example.com
Naval Group is a European leader in naval defence with a strong heritage that stretches back nearly four hundred years. It is also an innovative player in marine renewable energies.
Using our extraordinary know-how, unique industrial resources, we offer our clients - products that are as ambitious and complex such as latest generations of surface ships, submarines and optimised in service support.
Naval Group in India (100% subsidiary of Naval Group since 2009) shares the similar continued commitment towards Indian Navy, Indian Shipyards and Industry in providing best in class modern technologies through creation of sustainable indigenous ecosystem while fostering 'Make in India' spirit.
People from France and India share, in their own unique ways, interest in technology, art, food and many more aspects of life. Naval Group and Naval Group in India are here to celebrate this joy of togetherness by partnering Bonjour India 2017-2018. Along with Bonjour India, we expect to promote and cherish the dynamism of the Indo-French partnership. This is the right occasion to foster innovation, culture, science, technology, and creativity while sharing the best of mutual know-how between France and India.
Mr.Bernard Buisson is the Managing Director at Naval Group in India
Find more at: india.naval-group.com
Established as an Indo-‐French joint venture by Mr.Trilochan Singh Sahneyin 1965, NRB pioneered the manufacture of Needle Bearings in India. Under the leadership of the Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Ms. Harshbeena Sahney Zaveri, NRB set up an R&D Centre and developed the capability to engineer bearing solutions for the world’s foremost mobility companies including Audi, Daimler, and Renault -‐Volvo.
NRB was selected by Forbes Magazine as one of Asia’s Best 200 Companies under US $ 1 billion. Fortune Magazine has ranked Harshbeena amongst the 20 Most Powerful Indian Business Women from 2011 to date. She was named Innovator of the Year by the International Women’s Leadership Forum in 2013 and Inspiring Business Leader of India by Economic Times in 2016. She is an ExecutiveCouncilmemberofCIIandIndo-‐GermanChamberofCommerceand PatronmemberoftheIndo-‐AmericanChamberofCommerce.
Harshbeena is a founder of Ashoka University; she strongly supports Bonjour IndiaplatformandlooksforwardtopromotingIndo-‐Frenchcollaborationin adopting disruptive technologies forgrowth.
PernodRicard is the world's co-leader in wines and spirits and holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector. The Group aims to fulfill consumers' aspirations by drawing on the most comprehensive portfolio in the industry and its strong innovation capabilities. It’s dynamic and premium portfolio is led by a wide range of international brands like Chivas, Ballantine's, Jacobs Creek, Absolut, Jameson, Martell, Ricard and Mumm as well as our Indian brands such as Imperial Blue, Royal Stag, Blenders Pride and 100 Pipers.
Conviviality gives PernodRicard its distinctive character as a Group and the concept of 'createurs de convivialite' serves as a call to action. It is a model which places consumers at the center of our entire strategic approach. Our endeavor is to position each of our brands in order to transform every consumption moment into a convivial experience – a shared moment of celebration, a genuine and authentic encounter. Partnership with Bonjour India is a step in that direction and we look forward to creating many such moments of celebration and togetherness.
Mr. Guillaume Girard-Reydet is the Managing Director at PernodRicard India
Building on pioneering success story of High Street Phoenix (www.highstreetphoenix.com) & Palladium at Mumbai (www.thephoenixmills.com), Phoenix Mills Limited is at the cutting edge of developing retail-led mixed-use destination assets. As an iconic retail-led mixed use property that has set new benchmarks in India, Phoenix Mills Limited has carved a leadership position for itself in the Retail-Led Mixed-Use format in Asia. The Phoenix Marketcity brand currently exists in four cities: Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Bangalore.
'Phoenix Marketcity Chennai' is a joint venture of Phoenix Mills Ltd & Crest Ventures Pvt Ltd. The Marketcity is a concept born out of a bold vision to offer India’s urban consumers a place where they can find the best brands, fantastic entertainment options, superlative dining and an overall exciting experience.
As partner for the this indo French- Moment known as “Bonjour India” we are pleased to support Indo-French relations in terms of business, innovation, culture, art, education, and sports.
Thales has been present in India since 1953 and has been playing an essential role in India’s growth story by sharing its technologies and expertise in defence, transportation and aerospace sectors.
At a time when the strategic partnership between France and India is getting stronger, it is natural that these bonds be translated into more in-depth relations by collaborating in various fields, from culture to science.
Bonjour India is acting as an associative platform aiming at forging long lasting Indo-French collaboration, and Thales is proud to be part of this new adventure and to be associated to the promotion of not only art but also creativity and innovation in India. Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, VP & Country Director – India, Thales www.thalesgroup.com
AXA Business Services is a 100% subsidiary of AXA, the number 1 insurance organization globally by brand and revenues. We are well positioned as a strategic innovation hub to leverage the value proposition that India as a market place presents to provide sustained value to our global partners and employees. We are at the forefront of driving transformation across all of AXA’s business lines: life savings and health, property & casualty, and asset management. We see ourselves as change agents for radical innovations spanning big data, risk modeling, robotic automation, process and people transformation. Our employees are at the heart of our business and together we move forward in a culture of trust, such that our employees are in charge of the future.
Marie-Louise Elhabre – Chief Executive Officer
Saint-Gobain in India
Saint-Gobain entered India in 1996, and has achieved strong and profitable growth since then. Today, it is a leader in all its major businesses, has 20 manufacturing sites and more than 5000 employees in India. For Saint-Gobain, India and the region present huge opportunities for growth. Two large entities, Grindwell Norton Limited (GNO), a publicly traded company, and Saint-Gobain India Pvt Ltd (SGI) house Saint-Gobain’s businesses in India, which include: Glass for Architectural, Automotive and Solar applications, Abrasives, Ceramics (including, Silicon Carbide, High Performance and Fused Refractories), Performance Plastics, Crystals, Gypsum Plasterboard and Plasters (Gyproc) and Industrial mortars and tile adhesives (Weber).
More at: www.saint-gobain.co.in
Saint-Gobain Glass in India
Saint-Gobain’s Glass business in India, manufactures a wide variety of flat glass products and solutions. It started operations in the year 2000 with the commissioning of its first float glass plant. Since then it has rapidly expanded, invested over Rs 3500 crores and deepened its presence in the Indian Flat Glass Market. Today Saint-Gobain is considered as a strong Technology and Market Leader shaping the industry with wide range of advanced products and solutions with a unique pan-India manufacturing footprint with plants in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan (greenfield investment started in March 2014), Jhagadia, Gujarat (acquisition in May 2011) & Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu (started in May 2000). Saint-Gobain pioneered several Product, Marketing, Manufacturing, Application, Sustainability and Human Resources Innovations that helped in the emergence of product differentiation, segmentation and knowledge / skill development in what was seen as a commodity industry.
More at: www.in.saint-gobain-glass.com