France - UIC
Written by Nick
09 Oct 2013

Summary: The Union des Industries Chimiques (UIC) is the mouthpiece for the French chemical industry, a major economic force in France. Learn more about our partner in France.

logo_uic.jpgThe UIC helps to develop and enhance the competitiveness of the chemical industry and its applications in France. It takes action at regional, national and European levels, bringing stakeholders together and actively driving the chemical industry's sustainable development in France.


The UIC's five commitments are to:

  • provide its members with the best possible services regardless of their size and liaise with the authorities to promote and defend their interests;
  • unite the chemical industry's activities, applications and associated sectors and establish strategic partnerships with downstream sectors to expand the industry as a whole;
  • help to improve the competitiveness of the industry and make France more attractive;
  • manage the industry's industrial relations policy, revive dialogue with all the parties concerned and implement an industry employment/training policy; and
  • enhance the image of the chemical industry in France.

 The three challenges facing the chemical industry in France are:

  1. competitiveness,
  2. sustainability,
  3. attractiveness.

2012 key figures:

  • turnover: €88.9 billion
  • 155,740 employees
  • exports of €55 billion with a trade balance of €4.4 billion
  • 2nd largest producer in Europe, after Germany
  • 6th largest producer worldwide

Visit the UIC website

For all matters relating to SPiCE³ in France, please contact:

Yves Lenain - Energy & climate change expert

Phone: +33 1 46 53 11 12
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yves_lenain.jpgYves chairs the Energy and Climate Change Committee and the Demand Side Response Working Group in UIC. He is in touch with all organisations, ministries and institutions to discuss the evolution of the energy market and greenhouse gases regulation. He is also in charge of the joint work with the ADEME, the French Energy and Environment National Agency, on both energy efficiency and greenhouse gases emission reporting.

Formerly, Yves had significant experience of the energy market and CO2 taxation by working in several consulting firms. He has evaluated the impact of regulation evolution at every step of the energy supply chain. He has also worked on innovation in the energy field: heat recuperation, robotisation, rare raw material substitution, ...

Yves has degrees in Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development from the Ecole Polytechnique and ENSTA (Advanced Technics National School of Engineering).


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