The coronavirus crisis has focused minds like no other crisis before it. Most importantly, it has come as a wake-up call that, amongst other things, more sustainable business practices and an increased respect for the environment must inform decision making in the future. These twin imperatives already formed the basis for the creation in 2000 of Teutoburger Ölmühle GmbH in Ibbenbüren, a former mining town in northern Germany. European Business talked to Managing Director Gerd Beilke about the company’s vision for a sustainable and organic future for cooking oil production.
‘You are only as good as the tools you use’. This saying has been around for many years and has lost none of its significance. There are many reasons why using the correct tool for the job is crucial. Every tool is designed for a specific purpose which is essential to getting a job done successfully. That is why FLEX tools are the first choice for many people all around the world. They meet the most diverse requirements perfectly – and have distinctive names such as ‘Giraffe’ or ‘Okapi’.
A fairly reliable measure of business confidence is the rate of investment in industrial real estate. For Panattoni, a turnkey developer of logistics warehouses and industrial premises, and German office of the Panattoni Development Company in the USA, its full order books indicate that general confidence levels remain high, despite the coronavirus crisis. European Business spoke to Managing Partner Fred-Markus Bohne about the importance of sustainability and a forward-looking approach to real estate investment.
Founded in Hamburg at the tail end of the 20th century, EPROFESSIONAL GmbH arrived at the start of not just a new millennium but a new age for the marketing sector. It was 1999, the year after Google was founded, and the acronym SEO had not yet become a key preoccupation of digital marketers. In the intervening two decades, EPROFESSIONAL has become a master of digital marketing and online marketing strategy, with multiple Search Engine Advertising awards and an impressive customer portfolio including household names such as L’Oréal, Vodafone and DEVK. European Business talked to CEO Thomas Nuss and CRO Tim Christiansen about navigating the wonderful world of digital marketing.
From the innovative business idea of two former school friends to a global concern: The trajectory of French women's clothing company ba&sh SAS has been phenomenal. European Business spoke with CEO Pierre-Arnaud Grenade to find out more.
T. Ottem Transport is a family company now being managed in the third generation by Torstein Ottem who shares ownership with his brother Harald. Since they took over the reins in 2010 the company has quadrupled in size thanks to a successful strategy of diversification. In addition to its core activity of providing transports for the livestock industry, it is also active in recycling and road maintenance. European Business spoke to Torstein Ottem about the secret to its phenomenal expansion.
With 17,000 experts within the fields of infrastructure, industry and energy operating on behalf of customers worldwide, AFRY is a leading international provider of engineering and design services as well as consultancy. Formed in January 2019 through the merger of Swedish engineering consultancy ÅF and Finnish competitor, Pöyry, the company looks back on over a century and a quarter of experience in technical advancement. European Business spoke to the Business Unit Director of Buildings in Denmark Martin Kjaer about the new entity’s strategic goals for the future.
With 40 years of experience in the challenging field of multidisciplinary engineering, Incico SpA in Italy has made a name for itself with numerous successfully completed projects worldwide. Its Italian team of 80 experienced engineers and technicians is complemented by a 30-strong team at its subsidiary company in India. With its sights firmly fixed on future expansion, it recently restructured its operations into three business units. European Business talked to Giovanni Monini, CEO and son of the company founder, about how the restructure fits in with his plans for the future direction of the company.
As one of the world’s leading solution providers in the field of production control and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), FORCAM GmbH delivers significant increases in productivity for its largely blue-chip client base. The innovative IIoT solution partner has, since its foundation in 2001, evolved its product portfolio into a high-performance manufacturing 4.0 platform with turnkey and fully scaleable cloud solutions plus a vital ecosystem of partner applications. More than 100,000 machines worldwide are monitored with FORCAM technology. European Business spoke to its Founder and Managing Director (CEO) Franz Gruber about how his company continues to disrupt the market.
Sensum d.o.o. transforms what used to be a manual, mundane job with efficient, precise innovation. Headquartered in Slovenia’s capital, Sensum, now entering its 20th year, is one of the premiere developers and manufacturers of automatic visual inspection systems for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies. Serving pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer, Novartis and Roche, the Sensum brand was catapulted into the spotlight at the same speed with which its machines inspect thousands of pills. Since then, Sensum has continued to experience steady growth, thanks to its technology-driven leadership.