How is it possible to give all the services for an office a digital charge? Service Partner ONE has given a clear answer to this question for two years now. Using its specially developed online tools, the company based in Berlin supports processes in office management. What role Silicon Valley plays in it and what we should make of the term ‘start-up’ - CEO and Cofounder Sven Hock explained that in an interview.
A board and four wheels – that has been Titus Dittmann’s world for the last 40 years. Nearly no other name is so closely tied to the skateboard scene in Germany. Titus Dittmann is considered both a pioneer and an entrepreneur. Since 2010, he has focused on his initiative skate-aid, founded the previous year. In an interview with European Business, he described what that means for him and what role social entrepreneurships can play in society in the future.
“Live without thinking about tomorrow” is perhaps the best description of attitude of the German economy, which so far has had a rather laid-back reaction to Donald Trump’s politics and Great Britain’s official application to exit the EU. “This impression is deceiving,” Economist Dr. Daniel Stelter emphasizes in an interview with Wirtschaftsforum and is at no loss for words about the populist developments in Europe just before the presidential elections in France.
David Hogg, CEO of S.A.G. Solar GmbH & Co. KG has spent 30 years working in the solar industry on three continents. The Australian-born engineer participated in the development of thin-film crystalline solar technology as Business Manager at the University of New South Wales between 1985 and 1995, before successfully spinning the technology off into a company, Pacific Solar Pty Limited, and raising 100 million AUD in capital investment. In 2004, he brought the business to Germany, setting up a production site near Leipzig before it was taken over by Suntech. After a period in China as COO of Suntech’s European business, he returned to Europe in 2011 and was asked to take over the reins at S.A.G. Solar by Suntech’s new owner, Shunfeng International Clean Energy Group, in 2014. European Business talked to Mr. Hogg about the future of the solar industry.
Since it was founded in 1946, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has become the largest and most beloved basketball league in the world, achieved through fantastic competition on the court, combined with intelligent marketing. We spoke with Benjamin Morel, Senior Vice President and Managing Director EMEA at the NBA, about the fascination with basketball and what managers can learn from the sport.
This ambitious goal was the vision of Maximilian Tayenthal and Valentin Stalf when they founded their fintech start-up under the name Number 26 in February 2013. Soon, the business run by the dynamic entrepreneurs prospered and became one of the best known fintech companies nationwide. Also, the new company made the established banks and financial institutions nervous. Now, four years later, the company has been renamed N26. It has its own banking license, has more than 300,000 customers and enables international banking in 17 countries worldwide. Nevertheless, expectations of its two company founders are still high. European Business talked to Maximilian Tayenthal about his experiences of the last years and the future plans for N26.
No one knows the hidden champions of this world and their success stories better than management thinker Professor Hermann Simon, who celebrated his 70th birthday in February 2017. High time, therefore, to discover something about his own success story “Made in Eifel”. In an interview with European Business, Professor Simon talks about his own, sometimes challenging, path to success. He also discusses how hidden champions can stay on top, even in times of major geopolitical upheaval.
Cadillac is the American premium car brand. Thanks to its rich history of iconic cars, it has inspired several artists and songwriters. The famous US-band Hot Chocolate even praised ‘Heaven is in the back seat of my Cadillac’. In Europe, the brand is looking back on a changing history. Two years ago, the parent company GM decided to establish Cadillac Europe as an independent entity. A new premium brand strategy was implemented. Since then, the company has been enjoying increasing brand awareness. European Business talked to Vice President Felix Weller about the new brand strategy.
Organic farming methods are not just confined to food production. Crops such as cotton can also be grown in accordance with organic standards, and the clothes it is used to make, produced completely without chemicals. The market for organic cotton is growing as chemicals are increasingly blamed for various health issues. Swiss company Remei AG is a leading trader of organic cotton. European Business spoke with CEO Helmut Hälker about organic trends and social responsibility.
Acute breathing problems are often the result of chronic diseases, with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) being the most common lung disease many patients suffer from. It takes an effective oxygen therapy to improve shortness of breath. After a long stay in hospital, patients are often eager to return to their normal environments, where their oxygen therapy is to be continued. This is where VitalAire GmbH comes in. The company is the specialist for home oxygen therapy and has taken on a vanguard position in respiratory health care in Germany.
Most people know the name Airbus from its commercial airplanes, but Airbus Defence and Space is another division within Airbus whose ‘Intelligence’ business cluster offers a comprehensive range of geospatial data and services and provides some of the world’s professional grade imagery. The intelligence unit operates out of its 18 offices across ten countries on five continents and a headquarter located in Toulouse, France.
In this issue: Hatteland – Increase efficiency, increase performance / Vattenfall Eldistribution AB – Superior electricity service in Sweden / Volvo Entreprenørmaskiner A/S – Equipment for every construction project / Pilgrim Export Aps – Made by hand from the heart
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