Making waves - For retailers selling the right brands, sportswear and sports equipment sales are booming. In a crowded market, there are some brands that have become synonymous with their sport. Such is the case for Speedo, which is indelibly associated with swimming and highly regarded as the top brand in the sport. All Sport Benelux NV has been distributing Speedo products to retailers in Belgium, Luxembourg, France and the Netherlands for the past 50 years. It has played a significant role in the success of not just Speedo but also of other leading sporting brands such as Nike.
An Italian revival: Tribute to sportive fashion - For people who grew up in the 1980s, flashing the name of a label was a natural thing to make a fashion statement. Some labels were flashier than others though, and a few brands were a bit more subtle, or rather: Classy. Flashing labels is very much en vogue again today, but just like in the old days, so is subtle understatement. A brand that subscribes to this category is Conte of Florence. Established in 1952, the fashion brand grew popular in Italy and Europe in particular in the 1970s and 1980s and today, thanks to its new President and CEO, Carlo De Carolis, Conte of Florence outfits have been chosen by celebrities as diverse as Michel Platini or Victoria Beckham.
The sun does not send an invoice - The storage of energy generated by solar power plants for personal consumption instead of feeding it into the public electricity network is growing more and more popular due to reduced feed-in tariffs and more efficient storage technology. One of the trailblazers in this fast-evolving market is actensys GmbH. Already offering smaller-scale storage systems for private homes, the photovoltaic pioneer from southern Germany is now pressing ahead with higher-capacity solutions for commercial and industrial customers – because the sun does not send an invoice.
Polished to perfection - In line with its specialist area of activity, Lapmaster Wolters GmbH in Rendsburg, Germany, will in future operate under the new umbrella brand of Precision Surfacing Solutions. The specialist supplier of lapping, polishing, honing and grinding machines, and metallographic products and services, which has belonged to the US-headquartered Lapmaster Group Holdings LLC since 2014, also acquired Elb-Schliff Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH in Aschaffenburg in 2017. This new acquisition has its own subsidiary company, aba Grinding Technologies GmbH. Managing Director of both Lapmaster Wolters GmbH and Elb-Schliff Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH is Matthias Mantel: “It is important for us going ahead that we create a unified brand that represents the core activity of all the companies in the group.”
Engineering on a grand scale - The name says it all – Grande Meccanica S.p.A. in Italy does things on a larger scale than most. Its product range comprises pressure vessels and reactors that can be as big as 10 m in diameter and 100 m in length. Steel construction on this scale takes a particular set of skills and the relevant experience, both of which Grande Meccanica possesses in plentitude. The company’s competence is much in demand around the world and more than 90% of the contracts it wins are for foreign customers.
Keeping out of the cupboard - How many kitchen gadgets are bought with good intentions and, after a short time, are left to collect dust in the cupboard? Research shows that once a kitchen aid is put away in a cabinet, the likelihood of it being used decreases dramatically. Customers of Ankarsrum® Kitchen AB, the Swedish manufacturer of the renowned Ankarsrum® Assistant, are not only proud to display the machine in their kitchen, they are also enthralled by its capabilities.
Secured interconnectivity - Today, the world is more interconnected than ever before. In order to keep pace with the continued advancements in technology, NEOTION has developed a spectrum of media solutions, taking a proactive approach to guarantee the secure connectivity of its clients. Partnering with broadcasters, mobile and telecom operators, NEOTION ensures that both providers and end-users enjoy reliable, cost-effective and secure access to the digital TV services.
Making visions a reality - Lighting is a crucial part of interior design because it has a huge influence on the atmosphere in the building and its identity. In addition, it can also offer technical features that are needed in industrial applications. ES-SYSTEM S.A. with headquarters in Krakow is the leading supplier of lighting solutions in Poland. Working closely together with architects, lighting designers and investors, the company is able to provide lighting for the most demanding projects. Based on its success in the Polish market, ES-SYSTEM is now ready to conquer the international market.
Building a family legacy - Founded in 1990, Crea Haus Constructions is a family-owned and operated company that specializes in building and renovating homes and residences in the heart of Luxembourg. The business had humble beginnings as a local property office, but quickly evolved into the full-service development enterprise that it is today. Crea Haus Constructions now employs 40 employees and builds around 40 free-standing houses and up to 80 apartments annually. Regardless of the style or specifications, Crea Haus Constructions has the capacity to realize a broad spectrum of dwellings, each individualized to fit the needs of its customers.
A life-saving discipline - We take a lot of things for granted, especially when it comes to the functions of our body. Our heart beats. Our lungs breathe. Our blood flows. But however young and healthy we seem, the day may come that our body will show that there is some kind of trouble. We go to the doctor’s office or even have to check into a clinic. And the diagnostics start to analyse what is wrong with us. What we do not see is all the lab efforts going on behind the scenes to arrive at a solid diagnosis. Enter Stago, a French company whose expertise is bloodwork.