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October 29, 2015 French Tech, Innovation & Savoir-Faire Business Panel

Over 80 members of the French-American business community assembled at the U.S. headquarters of AdduXi, Inc. on October 29, 2015, to hear from a panel of representatives from Kem One, Kyyba, and IES Synergy about the unique products, services, and competitive advantages that led these companies to implant and develop their activities in Michigan.

FACC Director and CEO of AdduXi, Inc., Xavier Ovize, opened the evening with welcoming remarks and a brief history explaining why AdduXi opened their USA headquarters in Rochester Hills, Michigan last September 2014. AdduXi, Inc. is a leading precision plastic parts supplier for several prominent Tier I suppliers with a presence in Europe and North America.

We were honored to have Mayor Bryan Barnett of the City of Rochester Hills join us and say a few words about the positive economic and social impact the implantation of AdduXi, Inc. had in the local community.

Thereafter, FACC Director and Vice President of Finance for BorgWarner, Frederic Vaillant, moderated our panel roundtable that began with Jean-Francois Vautrin, General Manager of Resinoplast USA, a Kem One company based in Novi, Michigan. Mr. Vautrin explained how Kem One Innovative Vinyls is a worldwide player in the development and production of PVC compounds with its core business in the automotive industry. It made strategic sense to implant Resinoplast USA in the Motor City region with a facility which triples as a commercial office, showroom, and innovation lab for the development of slush PVC compound.

CEO of Kyyba, Tel Ganesean, followed to talk about the company's successful growth in the Southeast Michigan region.  He shared the challenges, successes, and tips learned over the years as the professional staffing and consulting company developed a profitable business in the United States and India.

Finally, we heard from Freidemann Steinbach, Vice President North America of IES Synergy, a leading designer and manufacturer of power electronics and charging devices for the electric vehicle charging solutions market. Founded in Montpellier, France in 1992, the company has expanded activities in Asia and North America since 2013 to be closer to its target markets and benefit from a better understanding of customers’ expectations. With this objective in view, IES Synergy opened its North American Technical Center in Troy, Michigan in March 2014.

After the presentations, guests and panelists mingled and networked past 9:30 pm, enjoying a special strolling menu of French cheeses, charcuterie, appetizers, and desserts served by Casper's Catering.

FACC-Michigan would like to thank our co-host, Business France, sponsor, Oakland County, and panelists from Kem One, Kyyba, and IES Synergy for partnering with us to make this event such a success!

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