The organisation supporting France’s nuclear team
AIFEN is also known under its English name as the French nuclear industry. It was established out of the wish of the French nuclear stakeholders. By partnering together, they intended to enhance abroad the French nuclear team’s exposure.
Founded by the French government in July 2011, the French nuclear governmental Steering Committee (known by its French acronym CSFN) pointed out the urge to rely on a better coordination as to promoting the French nuclear know-how at an international level. The CSFN Export task group promptly identified the need to gather the wide scope of businesses representing the French nuclear team abroad and specifically its Small and Medium-sized Entreprises (SMEs).
On 4 July 2013, AIFEN was established by the CFSN with the means to reach out to its high ambition: to support the French nuclear team abroad and to become the entrance gate for French industrialists towards their international business development. To depict this gateway, AIFEN designed the Nuclear Expertise from France logo, which is a tailored brand illustrating the French nuclear team. And of course, the AIFEN’s main achievement is to organize, every two years, the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE), the meeting point of the global nuclear community.
The expertise of AIFEN members spans the full range of nuclear activities: from the front-end to the back-end of the fuel cycle including R&D, design and construction, engineering, manufacturing, operations and maintenance, waste management, decommissioning & dismantling, and nuclear standards. As experts of their technology in the nuclear field, their knwow-how leads them to supply other cutting-edge sectors such as medical applications, aeronautics, aerospace industry, defence, I&C, shipbuilding, virtual reality and so on.
France’s third-largest industry, the nuclear industry has a unique know-how, worldwide renowned for its quality and the mastering of the full nuclear value-chain. And AIFEN’s mission is to support this expertise to the international nuclear community. AIFEN gathers French companies of all sizes and coordinates the international actions of its member organizations (GIIN, PFCE, PFME, and PNB). The Board members who are in charge of AIFEN’s strategy are:
Nuclear Expertise from France
AIFEN created the Nuclear Expertise from France logo to give France’s nuclear team a standard-bearer and a specific marker for its brand. The logo brings together French nuclear companies of all sizes and in every nuclear fields through the use of a single slogan under a unique visual identity.
The label harmonizes the visual identity of French expertise. And strengthens the visibility of the French nuclear team worldwide. Whereas French nuclear large groups are easily identified abroad and work hand in hand with major institutions, SMEs and mid-market companies, which indirectly contribute to the French nuclear large groups’ recognition, require a stronger ongoing export strategy.
AIFEN’s members and those of partner organisations (GIIN, NUCLEAR VALLEY, PFCE and PFME) are entitled to use the Nuclear Expertise from France logo in order to market their roots as part of the French nuclear team.
The World Nuclear Exhibition
Nuclear technology is a cutting-edge field and deserved an international arena to gather the worldwide industry in order to showcase its expertise. Therefore, AIFEN created the World Nuclear Exhibition to support the global nuclear community every two years (even-numbered years).
WNE has become the key meeting point of nuclear industrialists for promoting their business development. Bringing together the industry’s worldwide actors, this exhibition represents the wide scope of skills significant to the nuclear sector and specfically those of the Small, Medium-sized Entreprises (SMEs) and mid-market companies. As an international and business-oriented event, WNE covers the full scope of civil nuclear activities. The exhibition hall is the keystone of these international meetings. And the event also features a programme of high-level discussion panels, exhibitor’s workshops, and rewards the best practices through the WNE Awards ceremony.
The first edition took place in October 2014 and figures of the second edition held in June 2016 reveal the instant success of WNE: 678 exhibitors, over 20,000 professionals (visitors and exhibitors) originated from 63 countries attended the three-day exhibition, and 17 national pavilions. International participation rose by 50%. The success of WNE 2016 confirms its position as the key event to showcase the diversity of the global nuclear industry’s cutting-edge expertise.
The French nuclear governmental Steering Committee
France’s third-leading industry, the nuclear supply chain gathers over 2,500 French companies and is met by a world-renowned know-how. With regards to this background, the French government set up the CSFN (Comité Stratégique de la Filière Nucléaire – the French nuclear governmental Steering Committee) to coordinate the actions of the French nuclear stakeholders in the following unifying themes: innovation, training, exports, etc.
France’s nuclear industry has achieved globally recognised excellence over the years. Here are some key figures:
- Nearly 220,000 employees.
- Over 2,500 companies.
- Yearly turnover of over €46 billion generated by nuclear activities and a value added reaching €15 billion.
- R&D investment ranking it 4th amongst innovative industries.
- Over 2/3 of the companies export their know-how, with growth perspective.
The industry’s commitments organised around 4 main stakes
The industry’s four main goals and commitments revolve around:
- Structuring the supply chain
- Developing the supply chain
In the 1970s, France’s nuclear industry emerged to foster the country’s energy independence. In February 2011, the Nuclear Policy Council decided to set up the CSFN (Comité Stratégique de la Filière nucléaire— the French nuclear governmental Steering Committee), which aims to strengthen ties and partnerships between the different bodies, including:
- The Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN)
- The public authorities and the related governmental Departments
- Nuclear operators and research institutions (EDF, CEA, AREVA, and ANDRA)
- The suppliers of nuclear technologies
- Certification and qualification bodies
- Associations, organisations (AIFEN), and regional groups (NUCLEAR VALLEY, PVSI, etc.)
- Trade groups and labour unions.
For more information, download the French brochure Cartographie de la filière nucléaire enquête sur la situation 2010 – CNI – Filière nucléaire