Often costs of building projects go adrift – prices are too high and innovative solutions often turn out to be out of touch with reality. Then it is high time to call in an expert who has a strong grip on the entire building project and a close eye on all costs involved. Gleeds France, part of the global Gleeds group, has emerged as the leading independent property and cost management consultant. At its Paris headquarters, the company can fall back on an international team that knows the exact requirements of its customers in construction, property and related sectors.
The 1960s and 1970s saw a boom in residential housing developments across many parts of Europe. Today, many of those properties are in dire need of renovation, which often renders whole apartment blocks uninhabitable for a significant period of time, causing disruption for tenants and loss of income for owners. D. Carnegie & Co AB, a Stockholm-based property developer, has established a more efficient and profitable way of managing such projects and now owns over 18,000 properties around the Greater Stockholm area.
SLM Solutions Group AG is upending centuries of established metal manufacturing practices with its introduction of state-of-the-art 3D metal printers, which have the capacity to create incredibly intricate components quickly and efficiently. With an SLM printer also comes indepth consulting services, giving operators the ability to effectively translate a design concept into a finished product. Suitable for all industrial sectors, the versatility of SLM 3D metal printers has launched SLM Solutions Group AG to the forefront of additive manufacturing. European Business magazine met with SLM Solution’s VP and Head of Global Marketing & Communications, Stefan Ritt, to learn more about this revolutionary technology.
In many ways, shop design has been elevated to an art form. A huge amount of thought goes into designing the perfect display – one that shows products to their best advantage and maximizes sales. Hast Retail, s.r.o. in the Czech Republic is a full service shopfitter, offering everything from design to manufacture and installation. Over the past ten years, it has carved a leading position in a competitive niche.
The name Hyundai is synonymous with quality cars made in Korea, which are becoming increasingly popular in the European market for their robust construction and reliability. Less well-known is that Hyundai also manufactures machine tools which are used not only in the automotive industry but in many other industries where metalworking is a core function. Hyundai WIA Europe GmbH, headquartered in Offenbach near Frankfurt in Germany, provides customers across Europe with complete machine tool solutions of the impressive quality which is widely associated with the name Hyundai.
Even though there has been a push toward using more renewable resources within the last few decades, many of the machines and technology the world depends on still run on fossil fuels. Without this energy source, many of us could not drive our cars, cook our food or heat our homes. Since so many rely on either personal vehicles or public transportation to get around, having a fast, easy and safe fuel retailing solution is important and helps keep everyone moving. Tokheim Belgium B.V., a member of the larger Dover Fueling Solutions, provides top-of-the-line fuel dispensers, systems and payment options, service, and project management to its customers.
It is a highly diversified family business with activities in logistics, IT, automation, manufacturing, e-commerce, temporary employment, tenancy and facility management. And it is both looking backwards and forwards. LB GmbH is committed to sustainable, long-term development of the company and keeping tried-and-tested family values alive. At the same time, the successful, medium-sized enterprise is focused on digitalization, and seizing the vast opportunities offered by this persistent trend which is affecting all areas of life – for its customers and for itself.
One hard and heavy, the other lithe and lightweight – INPOL-KRAK Sp. z o.o. distributes both steel and film products. The Krakow-based company is particularly strong in precision-welded tubes and polyester film and is continuously developing its range further, with a distinct focus on highly engineered, value-adding products and longterm partnerships with both customers and suppliers.
A product is only as good as the tools that made it. Their quality is reflected not only in the finished product, however, but also in the production costs: The longer the tools last, the cheaper production – and thus ultimately the product itself – is. That is why GCT GmbH in Weingarten, Germany, specializes in the diamond coating of tools, in particular for the electronics industry. Once mocked for its ideas, today the company is the largest manufacturer of diamond-coated tools in the world.
The only seat covering material considered luxurious enough for a highend automobile is leather. Even cars at the lower end of the price spectrum often have a leather steering wheel. Leather is hard-wearing, durable and pleasant to the touch. As a natural product, it is also extremely beautiful, especially when dyed. SlovTan Contract Tannery, s.r.o. in Slovakia carries out the contract tanning of hides for customers in the luxury goods, automotive, aviation and shoe industries and is known for the high quality of its work and its strong environmental record.