HERITAGE VIRTUAL SCENE is a service that designs and markets high quality digital replicas created from the 3D digitisation of architectural heritage. It was developed by Memorist company Art Graphique & Patrimoine (AGP) in partnership with multiple French cultural institutions. AGP is a leader in the 3D digitisation of cultural heritage. A digital replica … Continued
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As a member of the UN Global Compact, we release this report annually to demonstrate how we are implementing the Compact’s Ten Principles in our day-to-day operations. In 2022, we were active on multiple fronts, from aiding communities affected by natural disasters to reducing the energy consumption of our vehicle fleet. Importantly, we also formally … Continued
Joining forces for better training and development. This is the idea that drove GT Logistics, GT Solutions, Poclain, Radiall, Terideal and MOBILITAS to found the Alliance for Agile SMEs (ALETIA) in 2017. United by their long-term vision, shared values like legacy and loyalty, and a desire to invest in their employees, their goal was to … Continued
How did you become part of the MOBILITAS Group? In my third year at EDHEC business school, I had no intention of delving into the international removals and expatriate market. However, an internship opportunity turned my career around. In 1998, I applied for a position at AGS, who were looking for an intern to develop … Continued
Historically, when a significant event transpired, it was common practice to document it in a register, noting the date and critical details to maintain a historical record. This practice, of linking dates and times with events, originated from the necessity to present evidence during legal disputes, to establish or prove rights or obligations. For instance, … Continued
Launched by Governor Chadchart Sittipunt in 2022, the ambitious initiative aims to plant one million indigenous Thai trees in the city by 2026. The team planted their saplings in the Lat Krabang industrial district, a stone’s throw from the AGS Thailand offices. They were joined by the Environmental Affairs Advisor to the Governor, Mr. Pornphrom … Continued
It was by chance, during a client’s move to Dakar, that Michel Giovannucci, director of AGS Senegal, met Willy Baey. The fellow Frenchman was delivering vegetables and dairy products to the same address. Willy’s produce not only looked delicious, it was also 100% organic, cultivated on his farm near the village of Bayakh. An agricultural … Continued
Eddy Nait Liman, head of three conservation centres in the Île-de-France (Paris) region, puts customer and team satisfaction and at the heart of his management style. “If someone is looking for me, I’m always in the field. I’m rarely in my office.” Eddy Nait Liman doesn’t stop. The AGS Records Management manager oversees three conservation … Continued
For the exhibition to be a success, all 260 objects first had to be safely collected from their custodians, the traditional rulers of western Cameroon. They were then flown to Paris for the three-month event before being returned home safely. The operation called for a transporter with intimate knowledge of the local terrain and the … Continued
In France, people have been thinking about organising records since 1807, when Daunou, the then Custodian of the Imperial Archives, sent a report to Emperor Napoleon. In it he explained the difficulties of managing the archives in his care and suggested various solutions. At the time, public archives were generally made up of state archives … Continued
The FAIM standard is widely seen as the gold standard of quality in the international moving industry, and Algeria branch manager Alexandre de Beauregard and his team now work at the only moving company in the country to have met its stringent requirements. The certification is overseen by FIDI, the global alliance of international moving … Continued
Tchérylène Mairet is AGS RM’s leading Data Protection Officer. Her goal is to achieve a balance between support for customer operations and the demands of privacy regulations. Having got to grips with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2017, compliance was her “state of mind” before it became her job. Since then, her mission … Continued
The agreement grants the French-owned group access to a new European market for its records management services, which will be marketed in Romania under its flagship brand AGS Records Management. “The Distristoc acquisition has opened the door to new and exciting opportunities for us,” commented MOBILITAS Group CEO Cédric Castro. “As AGS Records Management, we … Continued
In France, the term public archives is used to describe all documents produced by the state, local authorities and public institutions. It also encompasses the records of private law enforcement agencies that manage a public service or a public service mission, as well as the minutes and registers of public or ministerial officers. Public archives … Continued
She would become the first in a long line of inspiring women to take the group from strength to strength. Next, her four children – the second generation – took the reins: sons Alain Taïeb, today Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Serge and Gilles and daughter Joëlle Castro, members of the Supervisory Board. As the … Continued
When the AGS team went hunting for a local NGO to support towards the end of last year, they could think of none better than the Samu Social Pointe Noire. “The NGO is part of Samu Social International and we completely agreed with their vision and their dedication,” explains Amina-Sarah Moussa, a VIE with the … Continued
The French word for transfer, versement, was first used in 1273 to describe the action of pouring a liquid. In his novel Les Misérables, Victor Hugo wrote: in this prodigious expenditure of rays, in this infinite transfer of liquid gold, one felt the prodigiousness of the inexhaustible. By 1695, transfer defined the action of paying … Continued
Expected to open in summer 2023, the Laotian branch will be the final touch to the group’s Asian network. It will also complete the MOBILITAS footprint on the Indochinese Peninsula, complimenting the existing branches in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. A great opportunity When evaluating new markets to enter, Laos emerged as a natural … Continued
Given the artefacts’ great historical value, it’s no wonder that, when the custodians at the Terramar archaeological museum wanted to send a collection of them to Florida, USA, they commissioned the experienced team at AGS Bonaire to carry out the delicate task of packing and shipping. The project was scheduled for March 2023, but when … Continued
In 1947, on the other side of the Atlantic, the Hoover Commission developed the records life-cycle theory to determine the fate of the overwhelming mass of administrative documents produced during World War II. The theory supposes that documents have a lifecycle similar to that of living organisms: they are born (creation), they live (maintenance and … Continued
AGS Worldwide Movers, a global leader in international removals, is proud to announce that it has received the Atlas Word Group International’s 2022 International Agent of the Year award. Atlas® World Group International is a leading US-based global relocation services provider and subsidiary of Atlas® World Group. “As a proud Atlas Partner, we are committed … Continued
AFNOR is the French Association of Standardisation, a member of the International Organisation of Standardisation (ISO). The NF 544 certification, which is based on the NZ Z42-026 standard, specifies the conditions under which paper-based records must be digitised for the resulting digital file to be considered a faithful copy of the original document. The standard … Continued
The event gave 500 professionals from the private and public sectors the opportunity to discover Memorist firsthand. The MOBILITAS Group’s heritage division is composed of five French companies, experts in the preservation, restoration, digitisation and sharing of heritage: Arkhênum, Art Graphique & Patrimoine, La Reliure du Limousin, TRIBVN Imaging and Vectracom. The Memorist launch also … Continued
Although the martial artist, actor and director died almost 50 years ago, his legacy lives on in the streets of Hong Kong. His life-size bronze statue illuminates the city’s Avenue of Stars. Commemorating his triumphs in martial arts, it has become a must-see for tourists and expats alike. Bruce Lee is the international symbol of … Continued
The French Heritage Code defines records as “all documents, regardless of their date, place of storage, form and medium, produced or received by any individual or legal entity and by any public or private service or organisation in the course of their activity” (Article L211). But records can have different statuses depending on their usefulness … Continued
Today, the Association of French Archivists defines an archival collection as a set of documents that a person, natural or legal, has produced or received during their daily activities, collected in an organic way and preserved for future use. However, the concept of maintaining collections – of grouping records from a specific institution or person … Continued
How did you become a VIE at MOBILITAS? I studied at business school in France, and part of the programme was a work placement at Thales. At the time, I had to complete a semester of study abroad, so I lived in Shanghai for six months. I loved the experience. When I returned to France … Continued
Records management is a specialised field that requires expert attention. For this reason, the Zambian records management community, which includes banks, mining companies, local and international institutions, formed the Zambian Archives and Records Management Association (ZARMA). The association’s aim is to influence the drafting of the country’s records management regulations and ensure they meet international … Continued
It is the group’s first opportunity to own premises in Uganda since beginning operations in the country in 1995. “We are proud to strengthen our ties to a country in which we have already spent so many years,” commented Alain Taïeb, chairman of the MOBILITAS supervisory board. “This acquisition, is a sign of our commitment … Continued
After studying history for five years and specialising in records management, I met Christian Chabrier, one of the founders of Arkhênum. I quickly joined the company as an operator, becoming the first employee. Over the years, I have become an expert in digitisation and have witnessed the evolution of technology and its use in our … Continued
The main cities attracting expatriates Known as the economic heart of Thailand, Bangkok is the preferred destination for expatriates looking for new opportunities. The bustling city is a world where modernity and tradition meet and home to 15.6 million people. Pattaya is the largest seaside resort in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Located in the province … Continued
As a master stonemason I worked on various prestigious restoration sites for five years before deciding to start a business in line with my values. My atypical career path led me to be crowned World Skills champion in 1991 in Amsterdam. AGP (Art Graphique & Patrimoine) was born in 1994 with the firm intention of … Continued
On 18 May, the MOBILITAS Group had the pleasure of finalising discussions with another family business, Courte & Fils, for the acquisition of Nouméa Archives and Nouméa GED. The deal follows negotiations that were conducted by both parties in a spirit of mutual trust and good will. MOBILITAS will strive to perpetuate the culture put … Continued
Why wait? Start your international career with the International Volunteers in Enterprise (VIE) programme! Available to French nationals and European Economic Area Citizens aged 18-28, this exciting scheme allows you to gain international work experience by working abroad. The family-owned MOBILITAS Group has supported the programme for many years by annually offering participants the chance … Continued
There’s a lot to consider before you move though! We’ve put together our top-10 tips to help you prepare for your move to the country the French call ‘L’Hexagone’. 1. Residency and Immigration Formalities Since the UK left the EU, it is true that moving to France has become more complicated for British citizens. … Continued
Moving to Canada is an exciting prospect, but before you do, there is an important question that needs answering. Which city will you call home? According to several quality-of-life rankings, many Canadian cities are attractive candidates. We look at the three that stand out as top picks for newcomers.
Congratulation to Sami Afankous! The AGS Movers VIE won the Performance Award on 30 March at the fifth edition of the Tunisia VIE Grand Prix. The event aimed to reward the best applications submitted by International Volunteers in Enterprise (VIE) who have been on assignment in the country since 1 January 2021. Applicants were evaluated … Continued
Of course, there are baguettes, fine wines, and ‘haute couture’… but beyond the stereotypes, French culture runs so much deeper, and the only way to understand it as an expat living in France is to be a part of it. Here is a rundown of ‘all things culture’ to help you soak it all up … Continued
The theatrical tradition pays homage to a small part of French history. Located off the coast of West Africa, the island nation of less than 200,000 inhabitants and 1,000km2 has for centuries been the shrine to France’s oldest medieval epic, La Chanson de Roland, which it revisits every year through traditional theatre, known as Tchiloli. … Continued
Who stands to benefit? The new impatriate tax regime is aimed at employees of multinational companies who are transferred from a foreign subsidiary to company headquarters in another country, in this case Belgium. These types of employees are known as impatriates. Under the new regime, two categories of impatriate employees will benefit: Employees or company … Continued
MOBILITAS again demonstrated on Friday 25 March 2022 that Côte d’Ivoire is a testing ground for the group. Vice-Chairman Paul Massardier inaugurated new state-of-the-art facilities in Yaou, in the presence of the town’s first deputy mayor, Sylvestre Toppé. Located some sixty kilometres from Abidjan, the logistics centre is constructed on an 18,000 m² plot of … Continued
Key websites British Club Bangkok Welcoming members from any country, this non-political and non-denominational association is very popular with Bangkok’s English-speaking community, helping newcomers to adapt to life in Thailand. Members can register for events and outings, participate in lunches and drinks, and benefit from special rates with the association’s partners. Bangkok accueil serves … Continued
The three-stages theory is a fundamental principle of modern archival science. Archivists sort, file and process records to ensure their preservation and safe keeping. To do this, they classify each record into one of three stages, depending on its lifespan. The three stages of records management Electronic files or physical documents that are newly … Continued
During the early stages of the pandemic, many companies rearranged their offices to comply with public health regulations, spacing out employees’ desks or investing in new furniture. “We experienced a real boom in our office relocation and records management activities,” says Régis Serrière, PELICHET’s strategic development director. “Companies needed help managing both their offices and … Continued
Management consulting firm McKinsey and Co. coined the term the global ‘War for Talent’ more than two decades ago to describe the talent shortage that multinational corporations in the USA and Europe faced as baby boomers began to retire. Thanks to the lower birth rates of younger generations, there were just not enough workers to … Continued
Comprising high mountains, open prairies, boreal forests and arctic tundra, the diversity of the Canadian landscape is no coincidence. As the second largest country in the world, Canada’s many regions are shaped by dramatically contrasting weather conditions. It is impossible to settle in Canada without considering how the four seasons will impact your daily life. … Continued
Through its heritage division, the MOBILITAS Group is stepping up its work in preserving and promoting cultural, artistic, and historical heritage. During a visit to the French National Assembly in February 2022, Alain Taïeb, Chairman of the MOBILITAS Supervisory Board, confirmed the group’s support for the developments in the Eure-et-Loir department. In a first for … Continued
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Considered by the BBC World Service to be one of Africa’s best, the festival combines music, dance, and theatre to promote Swahili culture in all its diversity. Sauti za Busara, which means ‘Sounds of Wisdom’ in Swahili, showcases diverse genres, from taarab, the most popular form of music in Zanzibar, to hip-hop. Every summer, the … Continued
Ses grands espaces naturels, le dynamisme de ses villes, sa poutine ou sa météo… Le Canada constitue un pays où il fait bon vivre et à la qualité de vie exemplaire. Mais avant de vous installer là-bas, mieux vaut bien connaître ce qui fait aujourd’hui l’originalité de cette Nation.
The southern African nation is home to half the continent’s elephants, almost 130 000, tens of thousands of which entered the country from neighbouring Angola during its 27-year civil war which ended in 2002. A safe passage home In recent years, increasing conflicts with farmers and shortages of food and water have led the Botswanan … Continued
Shortly after he arrived in Prague, Czech Republic, French ex-semi-professional footballer Andrew Argent founded League5. Borrowing from a similar concept in France, the company specialises in organising sporting events around the city. A uniquely local touch is the expat kids football club that Andrew runs on Sunday mornings. “Our aim is to increase the children’s … Continued
By investing in the Aix-based company, the MOBILITAS Group has given new impetus to the growth of its physical and digital records management division. The objective is now to turn the French gem into an essential player in geospatial data. At the Aerosud trade fair, Diginove took part in a round table on how to … Continued
Titled Art for the Arch, the black-tie affair raised funds through the auction of works donated by esteemed South African, Namibian, Zimbabwean and UK artists. As a partner in the event, the French Embassy of South Africa called on the French-owned AGS Group to ship the pieces from Johannesburg to the foundation’s Cape Town headquarters, … Continued
Against a backdrop of sand dunes, the International Sahara Festival celebrated its 54th edition from 25 to 28 December 2021. Set in the town of Douz, on the edge of the Sahara, it is a celebration of the Mrazigs, a nomadic desert tribe synonymous with the Arab-Berber cultures in Tunisia. The festival began in 1910 … Continued
How did you come to work for AGS? After completing my studies in business administration, accounting, and finance in London in 2009, I started working in SMEs, doing auditing and accounting. When I returned to Guinea-Bissau in 2017, I wanted to take on both an operational and managerial role. I submitted my CV to a … Continued
The preservation and promotion of our heritage is the number one mission of the MOBILITAS Group’s heritage division. On the occasion of a masterclass, organised at the end of November, Alain Taïeb, Laurent Onainty and Gaël Hamon reminded us of this during a journey to the heart of the often unknown and hitherto unexploited treasures of French heritage.
“Fresh out of university, I read The Millennial Project, by Marshall T. Savage. The first chapter proposes self-sufficient floating islands to house the growing global population, and I was fascinated by the idea,” he remembers. “It started me on a career focused on self-contained sustainability.” But, as Jon soon realised, ensuring sustainable supplies of water, … Continued
Tahiti in May, Côte d’Ivoire in September, in the space of a few months the MOBILITAS Group has begun to develop its international heritage division, the group’s new strategic target. The expansion further diversifies our global service offering and complements our other strategic activities, namely removals, records management, and relocation. The heritage division brings together … Continued
The challenges of working for a family-owned company may differ from the challenges at other companies. Therefore, the needs of employees are also different. This was the starting point that led to the creation of the ALETIA training organisation (Alliance des ETI Agiles). Six family-owned and operated French companies wanted to offer their employees training … Continued
Pelichet, the removal’s specialist for goods and people, recently won the prestigious Silver Award in the Logistics category of the International Trade Council’s Go Global Awards. The award recognises the company’s achievements, from its creation 130 years ago in Switzerland to its global expansion.
Hanoi is known to be very welcoming of foreigners and benefits greatly from its geographical location and proximity to China. The city is overtaking Bangkok, Singapore, and Hong Kong, which have become too expensive for many. It also provides direct access to all regions of the country and is increasingly establishing itself as an economic … Continued
Arkhênum, one of the leaders in heritage digitisation in Europe, has reached a new milestone. Based in Bordeaux since 1999, the company is now heading for the international market. It recently opened new permanent preservation and digitisation centres in Geneva and Berlin. “Our wish is to better serve heritage wherever it is,” says Laurent Onainty. … Continued
After receiving the Légion d’Honneur in 2019, this accolade from IAM is another acknowledgement of Joëlle Castro’s unique career. Beyond her professional activities, which led her to hold numerous positions within the family-owned MOBILITAS Group and to be a member of its board of directors since 2016, she is above all a woman dedicated to … Continued
When we talk about the largest city in the world, it is important to be specific: the largest by surface area or the largest by number of inhabitants? While Eeyou Istchee James Bay (Canada) seems to be the winner in terms of surface area, covering no less than 335,818 km2, Tokyo wins in terms of … Continued
This distinction is an achievement for the Executive Relocations’ team, who for more than 30 years has managed employees’ domestic and global mobility on behalf of companies worldwide. In France, Executive Relocations benefits from a local network of 10 regional offices with over 200 expert consultants. Internationally, a network of 300 certified partners across 55 … Continued
For more than a century, the southwest county has hosted the Cheese-Rolling Festival, a unique competition set atop Cooper’s Hill, in Gloucerstershire, that attracts thousands of spectators. The principle is simple: on the last Monday in May, a wheel of six-month-old Double Gloucester, 30cm in diameter and weighing almost four kilos, is rolled from the summit. … Continued
Electronic records management is not to be confused with an IT management solution, nor a computer backup; it is a records management solution. Indeed, digital records management preserves the legal value of digital files, from their creation until the end of their retention period. Far from data storage or backups, electronic records management is an … Continued
The word digitisation might be of very recent origin; it is nonetheless becoming more and more essential to the management of information and records.
When AGS Togo driver Lambert retired after 24 years of unbroken service, it was the first going away party Branch Manager Emilie Ducert had had to organise in a long time
Work is almost complete on the new records management centre commissioned by the AGS Group for construction just outside the Rwandan capital, Kigali.
As son and grandson of the founders of the MOBILITAS Group, Alain Taïeb and his nephew, Cédric Castro, were invited to speak at the latest Family Business Network (FBN) event, held virtually on 17 September 2020
Digitisation can give new life to archives that once lay dormant on shelves
AGS Records Management has teamed up with a non-profit to support children and upskill women from disadvantaged backgrounds.
AGS Tanzania and AGS Germany teamed up to transport an unusual and unique cargo from Tanzania to Germany.
The retention of company records is not a choice, it’s a requirement. Throughout the world, governments require corporations to keep their accounting records for specified periods, in some cases up to 10 years, but that’s only half the story. Whether or not a company is required by law to retain documents, the ability to retrieve … Continued
We offer our deep support and solidarity to you and your family during these unusual times. At AGS, the health and safety of our colleagues, our clients, our partners and the communities we live in have always been a priority. As governments around the world put measures in place to contain this global health crisis, … Continued
Victor Roussel, a Volontaire International en Entreprise (international corporate volunteer) at AGS Douala in Cameroon, won the Performance and Integration category of the Grand Prix VIE Award for Central Africa on 26 November 2019. The Awards ceremony was held at the Consul General’s residence in Douala. (picture : From left to right: Pascal Louchelart, Vice-Chairman of … Continued
AGS Morocco was selected by the Foundation for Development of the Contemporary African Culture (FDCCA) to transport artworks as part of a travelling exhibition of contemporary art across the African continent. AGS Morocco was selected by the Foundation for Development of the Contemporary African Culture (FDCCA) to transport artworks as part of a travelling exhibition … Continued
Victor Roussel, a VIE, Volontaire International en Entreprise (International Corporate Volunteer) at AGS Douala, together with other VIEs in Cameroon, completed the half-marathon of the Douala International Marathon on 27 October 2019. The VIE programme enables young French graduates to go on a professional assignment in French companies and organisations around the world. The mission … Continued
As part of the exhibition “The black model, from Géricault to Picasso”, AGS Guadeloupe was tasked to take charge of the transportation of works of art from the airport to the Memorial ACTe. The Caribbean Centre for Expression and Remembrance of Trafficking and Slavery (Memorial ACTe) in Guadeloupe is welcoming an awe-inspiring exhibition dedicated to … Continued
Ten members of AGS Paris teamed up to compete in the Paris 10K road race in the heart of the French capital. A team from AGS Paris took part in the 9th Paris 10K on Sunday, 9 June 2019. Sponsored by Adidas for the second year in a row, this ten-kilometre race takes place right … Continued
The AGS Polish branch installed an inflatable truck for the delight of children at this year’s French high school party in Warsaw. AGS Warsaw participated in the year-end party of the French Lycée of Warsaw, under a beautiful early summer sun. The party, which took place on 29 June 2019, is a very popular … Continued
AGS Paris supports associations that help families of children with rare diseases as part of its partnership with the French military Cross-country Championship. As a partner of the French military, AGS Paris recently participated in the Cross-country Championship which took place at the Beynes Camp in Yvelines. The event gathered the 250 best … Continued
More than thirty AGS Paris staff members, supported by branch managers from the French Overseas Territories, were present at the Foire de Paris 2019. AGS Paris has once again risen to the occasion and represented the group at this year’s Foire de Paris. This major European exhibition celebrated its 14th year and was held at … Continued
Steve Jordan interviews Jöelle Castro, France’s newest Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. On 22 October, Jöelle Castro, Director of Mobilitas, the group that embraces such iconic industry names as AGS, Stuttafords and Pelichet, was presented with the award Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by the French government. I was keen to learn … Continued
Pickfords Port Elizabeth is proud to be one of the main partners of a new campaign to collect everyday essentials in aid of the poor and marginalised in the city. The campaign, which is organised by Love Story, a local relief organisation, will take place over the next four months. Established in 2012, … Continued
In a recent article published in The Mover Magazine, MOBILITAS Group Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Alain Taïeb discussed the group’s continued focus on asset acquisition, price competition and the competition of online companies. MOBILITAS started as a small moving company named AGS in 1974 and has since grown to become one of the … Continued
Over the last few years, the outsourcing of physical and digital archiving has been trending. What are the reasons behind the enthusiasm shown by public and private entities?
Samuel Mergui, the international manager for records management in the Mobilitas Group, enlightens us.
After Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar, AGS is preparing itself for the deployment of its project in Laos. Thus, by covering the entire Indochinese peninsula, AGS will be the sole service provider in South East Asia to offer unrivalled relocation and record storage services for private individuals and companies. The group is currently booming.
Present in the continent’s 54 countries since 2016, the group has invested in, recruited, trained and developed, country after country, region after region, speciality after speciality.
A removal company at the beginning, Mobilitas is pursuing its objectives and is investing today for tomorrow in its new activities, relocation and physical and digital storage of documents and archives.