9 French companies sign MoU with EPI

Cooperation agreements between EPI (Engineering Projects India Ltd.), a public company fully owned by the Government of India and nine French companies – Alstom Transport, CAN, Dassault, EDF Energies Nouvelles, Egis, Lumiplan, Pomagalski, Schneider Electric and Thales.

New Delhi, 24-26 January 2016

The Regional Economic Department of the Embassy of France under the guidance of H.E. Mr. François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, took the initiative of forging cooperation agreements between EPI (Engineering Projects India Ltd.), a public company fully owned by the Government of India and nine French companies – Alstom Transport, CAN, Dassault, EDF Energies Nouvelles, Egis, Lumiplan, Pomagalski, Schneider Electric and Thales.

The initiative resulted in the creation of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) between EPI and the French companies mentioned above. These MoUs have been designed to further deepen the existing economic ties between India and France, especially in the domain of the Indian government’s flagship Smart Cities Mission, and are testimony to the increasing investment of French companies in India. They also highlight the important role of French companies as technological partners to their Indian counterparts.

The MoUs would be signed on the occasion of the State visit to India of the President of the French Republic, H.E. Mr. François Hollande (24th – 26th January 2016).

A brief introduction of EPI and the participating French companies:


Envisioning and visualizing the concept of turnkey execution of projects as an effective tool to create the needed infrastructure to hasten the pace of multi-disciplinary industrial construction, EPI was incorporated in 1970 as a Government of India Enterprise under the administrative control of Department of Heavy Industry. Since then, EPI has admirably performed its assigned roles as the country’s leading Prime Contracting Company and has left its imprint not only in India but in the overseas market as well, where its past operation spread over a decade in the wake of oil boom in the Middle East. EPI successfully executed 30-odd projects valued over 782.00 million USD in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yugoslavia, Maldives, Bhutan and Thailand

EPI has executed over 532 multi-disciplinary projects in India valuing over INR 84517.972 million. Through the execution of these projects, EPI has in its own way contributed immensely in the development of the Nation and there is hardly any state in India where EPI’s pronounced presence is not visible. EPI has the rare distinction of having worked for almost all Power Sectors and Steel Plants in India in Public Sector as well as in Private Sector. EPI’s contribution in project execution for various sectors is also quite substantial.

EPI is one of the first few companies to have been awarded integrated certification for Quality Management and the Environment Management System ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 for all its areas of operation, OHSAS 18001:2007 for Corporate Office and is a "Mini Ratna" Company.


A leading promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom Transport develops and markets the most comprehensive range of systems, equipment and services for the railway sector across the globe sector. Their solutions take into account the lifecycle of each product, from design to recycling, as well as its total lifecycle cost and future environment ensuring maximum safety of passengers. Today, Alstom Transport is present in over 60 countries and employs around 28,300 people.
Alstom is a leading supplier of train control systems for metros in India. India’s fastest trains: Shatabdi and Rajdhani, use Alstom designed LHB coaches. In line with Government of India’s “Make in India” policy initiative, Alstom Transport has been investing heavily in the country in producing world class rolling stock, components, design, research and development to not only serve the domestic market, but also rest of the world.

Today, Alstom Transport is nearly 1500 member family with a footprint spread across four world-class sites in India – Noida, Bangalore, Sri City and Coimbatore. With an engineering excellence centre, R&D centre and global IS&T operations hub in Bangalore, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities at Coimbatore (for Traction Components) and Sri City (for Rolling Stock), Alstom Transport is well poised to become a key player in India’s progress.

Project reference (transport):

  • Chennai Metro: Chennai Metro Rail Limited signed a contract for 168 cars (243 million euros)
  • Delhi Metro: Alstom has supplied Converters / Inverters & Control Box, Static Inverters as per Mitsubishi Electric Corp (MELCO) design.
  • Bangalore Metro: design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of modern Signaling/Train control system for two corridor lines.
  • Jaipur Metro: Signaling
  • Kochi Metro: Rolling stock, signaling and telecommunication
  • Lucknow Metro: Rolling stock, signaling
  • Indian Railways: Design, Supply, Installation, Testing& Commissioning of Audio Frequency Track Circuits (AFTC) for zonal railways and Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd (MRVC).


CAN is an SME in the construction industry, specialised in special works:

  • Limited-access
  • Natural hazards
  • Maritime and river works since 2009

Its subsidiaries, CAN INDUSTRIE and O’CAN, develop complementary activities in the following fields:

  • Industrial and construction risks ;
  • Underwater works, in confined environments.

CAN’s activity is present in France and throughout the world.

CAN’s attractiveness can be found at various levels:

  • The projects undertaken by CAN are technical, in fact very technical where the know-how is of the highest level. In CAN’s specific area of activity, some projects are exceptional, even for the profession, due to their size, technical nature, innovation, geographical situation, the site (high altitudes).
  • CAN is an SME that is always quick to react. Decisions are made quickly, its members need to work autonomously and have a direct influence on the economy and the image of the company. Employee training and safety are its top priorities.
  • CAN has developed throughout France (several offices), in the overseas territories and abroad. CAN is able to offer its employees important opportunities for professional development, at every level of the Company.


Dassault Systèmes is the world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. The 3DEXPERIENCE product development software enables 3D Design, Engineering, 3D CAD, Modeling, Simulation, Data Management and Process Management. In India, Dassault has combined under 3DPLM all R&D activities, in Bangalore and Chennai.

Project reference:

  • Dassault Systemes India is a leading supplier of Mining & Natural Resource Optimization solution to approximately 100 mining companies including TATA Steel.
  • A sustainable innovation project at Jindal Hydro on Hydropower for developing a detailed Project Report through 3D Experience as a media to democratize innovation and create public awareness regarding the project viability & feasibility using Dassault Systemes solution.
  • The company, at present, is the solutions provider for the new-age reactors of the Department of Atomic Energy, both at Kalpakkam and Mumbai.
  • The company has started implementing the solution for power projects in India, and with L&T on some infrastructure projects. With its catalog-based 3D technology solutions, Dassault expects a project-wise growth of 30-40 per cent in India.


Egis is an engineering and consulting group specialized in transport infrastructure and systems (road, railway, air and urban), urban development, water and the environment. In India, Egis has been present for 15 years in most infrastructural market sectors – urban rail, urban development, roads and highways, water and environment. The Company is headquartered in Delhi NCR and has regional offices in North, South, East and West of India, with a team of around 1,600. The Company is the nodal body for all business interests of the Egis Group in India. In addition, Egis in India has also been mandated with operating in the three neighboring countries of Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

Project reference:

  • Preparation of Preliminary Design Report for Roads and Services/Utilities of Town Planning Scheme-2 (East) at Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR), Gujarat, India
  • Preparation of Development Plan for Greater Mumbai (2014-2034)
  • Design of the Bangalore Mumbai Economic Corridor (BMEC)
  • Roads: widening and strengthening of state roads and bridges in UP, 4-6 Laning of NH7 in Tamil Nadu, Bangalore-Chennai Expressway Project.
  • Water & Environment: impact evaluation of projects of UP Water Sector Restructuring Project, Flood Vulnerability Assessment of Four Major Cities in Gujarat, Consultancy Services for the Orissa Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project (JBIC Funded).
  • Railways: Delhi Metro - Independent Safety Assessment, Delhi LRT - Techno-Economic Feasibility Study, Consultancy - Kolkata East-West Metro Rail project.
  • Urban Dev: Shillong City Development Plan, Master Plan BTK, Itanagar City Development Plan
  • Airports: Consultancy and detailed design related to ground access to Terminal-3 at Delhi International Airport, Techno-economic & Financial Feasibility Study for setting up heliports in Mumbai. Globally Egis operates in 100 countries.


Lumiplan provides innovative IT Solutions for Public Transport Organizations and large scale Information Systems for Smart Cities. Lumiplan commitment for Smart Mobility is focused on Citizen’s experience as well as Operator’s profitability. Globally, Lumiplan is operating in 20 countries.

Project reference:

  • In 2012, Lumiplan achieved a successful project for KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, operating more than 8000 vehicles) in Mysore city for implementing a “Planning and Scheduling” Solution with major results in terms of operational optimizations. As reported by the Times of India and The Hindu, Mr N. Manjunatha Prasad, IAS, Managing Director, KSRTC: “The bus schedules had been reworked on an experimental basis. Despite taking out buses from the pilot routes, there was no impact on the services. In fact, the fleet carried more number of passengers.’’.
  • In 2013, Lumiplan was awarded a World Bank Project in Karnataka for city bus services study (Comprehensive Service and Operational Analysis, CSOA), with major results in terms of route optimization and process rationalization.
  • In 2014, Lumiplan was awarded the “Planning and Scheduling” Project for Bangalore bus System (BMTC), for a fleet of around 6500 vehicles, in course of implementation. Major optimization results have been demonstrated during the first phase of the project.
  • In 2015, Lumiplan has been empaneled by ASRTU for providing “Planning and Scheduling” solution for all STU’s in India. Several projects will start soon all over India for providing better Public Transport Services to the Citizens and optimizing the costs of the operations.


POMA is a company born in the heart of the French Alps. It was founded in 1936 in Grenoble by Jean POMAGALSKI. Now an intermediate-sized company, POMA has become one of the global leaders in the construction of ropeway transportations systems which include surface lifts, chairlifts, gondola lifts, MiniMetros®, funicular railways, inclined lifts, aerial trams, Ferris and Giant wheels, and industrial ropeway transports. They create innovative transportation technologies for snow sports, tourism, science, industry and urban transport sectors.

The company has worked in over 73 countries and have installed more than 7,800 projects. They are well recognized throughout the world for their experience and expertise in all phases of ropeway transportation systems, from development, to design and construction, through operation and maintenance. Some of their most exemplary recent community and civic projects include the Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro, the Metrocable in Medellin, the Aerial Tramway in NYC or the MiniMetro at the Cairo International Airport, and the urban aerial tramways in Algiers, Algeria.

Project reference:

  • TOURISM GONDOLA LIFT BHALLEYDHUNG / SIKKIM signed in August 2014 (under construction)
  • GONDOLA LIFT N°1 (1990), GULMARG, Jammu & Kashmir
  • GONDOLA LIFT N°2 (1990), GULMARG, Jammu & Kashmir
  • SKI LIFT (2009) , AULI (OCWG 2009), Uttarakhand
  • GONDOLA LIFT (2010) SOLANG / MANALI, Himachal Pradesh
  • CHAIR LIFT (2011), KANGDORI / GULMARG, Jammu & Kashmir
  • Several ski lifts in ski areas


Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, is focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green. It offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments such as Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries, Buildings, Data Centers & Networks, Smart Grids, and Access to Energy. The group’s 170,000 plus employees achieved sales of 25 billion Euros in 2014 through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.

Schneider Electric India Pvt. Ltd is a 100% subsidiary of Schneider Electric Industries SAS. It has a large presence in India with presence in major markets and has a force of over 17,000 employees. The company has won several awards in energy efficiency and sustainability at the National and International Level, such as the National Energy Conservation Award and Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. Schneider Electric celebrated 50 years of operations in India in 2013-14.

Schneider Electric, one of the leaders in management of Smart Cities, has helped develop concepts such as Smart Energy, Smart Water, Smart Integration, Smart Buildings, Smart Data Centers and Smart Public Services and builds trust through deft management of constituents that are integral to the Smart City concept – a dream India wants to translate into reality.

Project references:

  • Bharati Airtel Data Centre, NOIDA (project size 30 000 square feet): complete end-to-end data centre solution for energy management.
  • North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL): Long-Term Maintenance Contract (LTMC) covering preventive maintenance plan, 24/7 emergency assistance, routine maintenance and spare parts availability.
  • West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL): Detailed energy audit of 19 Thermal Power Stations under WBPDCL including energy efficiency training, thermal imaging services, etc.
  • Heavy Water Board (HWB), Kota (Rajasthan): Provided a highly reliable and proven Automation System, which safely works in the hazardous H2S gas environment.
  • Lodha Bellisimo, Mumbai: Completely integrated Home Automation Solution.
  • Integrated solution (BMS, PA & FAS, MV/LV power distribution, lightening protection, earthing, VDI and switch & sockets, UPS) for Max Hospital, Mohali (Mumbai).


Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 61,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €13 billion in 2014. With over 20,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

Present in India since 1953, Thales currently has over 300 employees working with its entirely-owned Indian subsidiary, Thales India Pvt. Ltd. Thales has played an essential role in India’s growth by sharing its technologies and expertise in the Defence, Transport and Aerospace markets.
In Defence, Thales and Dassault Aviation are upgrading the Indian Air Force’s Mirage 2000 fleet. In Transportation, Thales provides different urban systems (ticketing, passenger information, signalling systems) for New Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Jaipur, Hyderabad and Bangalore. In Aerospace, Thales has been selected by IndiGo to manage the avionics maintenance of its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.
In the Smart City domain, Thales looks forward to bringing its global expertise to India, capitalizing on key references such as Mexico City’s urban security and Auckland’s regional ticketing system that allows multi-modal travel with a single pass.

Project reference:
India represents a significant market for Thales in both civil and military sectors.
The Group’s defence business is recognised as a reliable partner in all three branches of the Indian Armed Forces.

  • In July 2011, Thales and Dassault Aviation signed a contract for the upgrade of the Indian Air Force’s Mirage 2000 fleet. The acceptance ceremony of the first two Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 I/TI was held at Istres, Dassault Aviation’s Flight Test Centre, under the high patronage of HE Ambassador Arun K. Singh, the Indian Ambassador to France, on 25 March 2015.
  • Other major contracts include Avionics & INGPS (Inertial Navigation and Global Positioning System) for military aircraft such as Mirage 2000, MIG-21 and 27, SU-30; electronic warfare systems, long-range surveillance radar, anti-submarine warfare sonar systems & mine-hunting solutions to Navy; radars and systems such as FLYCATCHER Mk1, optronics like Hand Held Thermal Imagers and Catherine Thermal Imagers for Army, among others.
  • As a long-standing partner of public transport systems in India, Thales’s references in the country which include ticketing systems for New Delhi and Gurgaon metros, Communication and Supervision systems for New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Hyderabad and Bangalore metros, and advanced signaling CBTC for the Hyderabad metro.
  • In main line, Thales provides Digital axle counters throughout the Indian Railways network and is also supplying a train protection and warning system (European Train Control System) for the Southern Railway.
  • Thales is also present in the civilian aerospace sector with many successful references. In 2015, IndiGo, India’s fastest-growing low-cost carrier, extended its long-term maintenance agreement with Thales for its growing fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. The contract covers avionics maintenance for a fleet of up to 250 aircraft, including the A320neo.
  • Thales looks forward to bring its global expertise and experience in Smart Cities to India. In Mexico City, Thales and telecommunications operator Telmex implemented a solution for urban security while in Auckland, Thales supplied the multi-modal travel pass to make it easier for passengers to travel around the city, on trains, buses and ferries, with just one single ticket. A city-wide traffic control system was also delivered by Thales in Strasbourg that regulates traffic flow and is also linked to the city’s operations support and passenger information system.


Linked to 394 major French conglomerates, there are now 1051 establishments or French entities in India, which are subsidiaries of either the companies or the groups based in France. These numbers are undergoing a constant increase as the research data is from the year 2013, which actually reflects the data of 2012, and gives us a list of 750 establishments linked to 350 parent companies. According to current estimates, French companies in India today employ around 3,00,000 people (2,40,000 in the year 2013), have a turnover of more than 20 billion USD (18.5 billion USD in the year 2013) and have a minimum stock investment portfolio of more than 20 billion USD (17 billion USD in 2013).

In the next five years, the 400 main French companies that have already invested in India plan to invest another 10 billion USD in India. They contribute to the training and education of more than 5,00,000 Indians in the country every year. French companies are fully in line with the “Make in India” and the “Skill India” policy and are strongly involved in the Smart Cities Mission in India.

Practically all the big French groups are now present in India: 38 of the CAC 40 groups are also present in India, many since a long time. The only two big groups that are either not present in India, or do not have significant operations in India are Kering (formerly Pinault-Printemps) and Unibail-Rodamco.

Since 2000, SMEs have also started establishing themselves in India, with their number today standing around 50 to 70. They are mostly present in the mechanical (AESA, ATS, Dosatron, Euroslot, PKB, Rabourdin, SEEB), electronics (Elno, Icape, NSE, SELP, Sicame) and pharma-chemical (ATC, Aptar, Charabot, Fiabila, Kermel) sectors. In order to successfully establish themselves in India, these SMEs require a competitive advantage in a challenging market, and sufficient means to overcome the challenges faced during the starting phase.

Since 2003, 10 to 30 new French establishments are being set up every year in India. These new companies are usually specialists in one line of business; sometimes they are very specific and thus help in the growth of the Indian market. The share of SMEs in these new establishments is increasingly significant as they covered 50% of the new establishments in 2013. As far as stocks are related, they are yet to contribute in a significant way.

There is an ever-growing presence of independent French entrepreneurs in India. The group’s size stood at 180 according to a study commissioned by the Regional Economic Service of the French Embassy. Small in number, they are mostly engaged in consultancy, hotels and restaurants.

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