Today the most renowned Korean car brand worldwide, the history of Kia began in 1944 when the company was founded as a moped manufacturer and later turned to producing cars for the local market. More recently, Kia entered the worldwide market and became a global player within an incredibly short space of time, which Michael Cole, COO of Kia Motors Europe GmbH, Kia’s Frankfurt-based subsidiary and European business headquarters, recognizes. “The company continues to develop at a phenomenal rate,” he enthuses. For good reason: With a great price-performance ratio, excellent customer service and award-winning design, Kia is on its way to achieving a top position, and not only in the European market.
Creative ideas and innovative approaches have led to many solutions that have made people’s lives easier. Thanks to top-performing engineering firms, many production processes have been optimized. Vortex Hydra S.r.l. with headquarters in Fossalta di Copparo, Italy, is among those companies that have helped customers save time and costs with innovative ideas in the design and development of products, machinery and plants. This year, the Italian firm is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Wind power is one of the most promising renewable energy sources in Europe and the rest of the world. There are many wind farms in the north of Germany, which contribute significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. However, to ensure that the wind power plants maintain their high-performance levels, the rotor blades have to be serviced and repaired on a regular basis. WKA Blade Service GmbH with headquarters in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, offers professional repair and maintenance services for wind power plants. With innovative equipment, skilled employees and a commitment to quality, the company works for leading wind turbine operators.
Affordable and acceptable accommodation is one of the basic rights of every citizen. Wohnstätten Sindelfingen GmbH, Sindelfingen’s communal housing organization, feels committed to the realization of this right. As in many other German towns, there is a lack of accommodation in Sindelfingen, especially where rental apartments are concerned. With more than 4,000 homes owned by the long-established housing company alone, Wohnstätten Sindelfingen is able to improve the situation substantially and provide accommodation for many of the town’s residents.
In this issue: Gleeds France SAS – Your partner for your building / D. Carnegie & Co AB – Refurbishment formula for safer suburbs / SLM Solutions Group AG – True child of digitization / Hast Retail, s.r.o. – Shopfitting as art / Hyundai WIA Europe GmbH – Banging the drum for Korean machine tools
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