Interview with Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Racing to pole position of e-mobility

Digital transformation is changing the fundamentals of countless sectors, and the automotive industry has not been left untouched. When combined with the strive for greater sustainability, the result is the development of hybrid and electric vehicles that are less reliant on fossil fuels, if at all. In the world of automobiles, the name Porsche is often equated with jealousy-inducing, high-performance sports cars, but the company’s roots actually lie in engineering and design. With this foundation, the carmaker is well prepared to meet and exceed the challenges that digital transformation presents, as Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, reveals in an interview with European Business.

Interview with Christian Coolsaet, Managing Director Germany of Volvo Group Trucks Central Europe GmbH

When you are the boss, you must lead by example

In 1928, the first Volvo truck rolled off the production line under the name ‘Model 1’. Since then, the brand has gone from strength to strength. In Germany, Volvo Group Trucks Central Europe GmbH in Ismaning is responsible for the operative business for the brands Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks. Across Germany it has 140 dealers and service support centers. Managing Director for the company and its approximately 700 employees is Flanders-native Christian Coolsaet. In an interview with European Business, he talked about current developments within the company and the industry as well as his own personal recipe for success.

Interview with Thomas Schönen, Head of Brand, Communications, Digital and Marketing at Philips DACH

You cannot achieve agility by stewing in your own juices

Digitalization does not recognize the difference between large and small companies. They all must face the challenges of perhaps the most comprehensive change process in the economy, and that better sooner rather than later. Thomas Schönen, Head of Brand, Communications, Digital and Marketing at Philips DACH, has already packed his bags with his employees and is wending his way towards digital transformation. In an interview with EUROPEAN BUSINESS, Mr. Schönen explains why that is the right decision, how Philips intends to develop as a healthcare brand, and why it is important to cooperate with start-ups.

Interview with Gábor Vass and Balázs Kotányi, Directors of TMX Mobile Solution Szerviz Kft.

Rapid, reliable repairs

TMX Mobile Solution Szerviz Kft. provides repair services for mobile equipment, including smartphones, tablets and notebooks. It is one of the leading after-sales service businesses in Central and Eastern Europe and an authorized Samsung European Repair Center. The company is also the official service partner for many other manufacturers of mobile devices such as Alcatel, Apple, Asus, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Samsung. EUROPEAN business talked to the directors of the company, Balázs Kotányi and Gábor Vass, who both love what they do; which is developing a promising business in a fast evolving market.

Interview with Dr. Bernd Fakesch, Nintendo General Manager DACH

For 130 years: gaming fun grown from experience

For more than 30 years, a mustachioed plumber in blue overalls has been jumping, running, flying and driving through virtual worlds: Super Mario. The video game character is probably the best known “face” of the Japanese company Nintendo. It is currently shaking up the market with its new console Nintendo Switch, showing once again a company that is both technically and creatively ahead of the game. In an interview with European Business, Dr. Bernd Fakesch, General Manager DACH, explains the magic behind Nintendo, what role the Shinto faith plays and why a tolerance of mistakes can be good for the working atmosphere in the company.

Interview with Olivier Bernhard, co-founder of On AG

A cloud to enhance the running sport

Runners tend to be faithful when it comes to their shoes, which is why the market is dominated by a handful of big brands. Getting runners to change their routine and try something new takes a pretty persuasive concept. That is what On believes it has in its cloud technology. The special cushioning in the sole promises a completely different running experience. Company founder and former professional triathlete Olivier Bernhard spoke to European Business about why every committed runner should give his shoes a try.

Interview with Sofie Lindahl-Jessen, Executive Vice President for Sales & Brand Management at Fritz Hansen A/S

Nordic design with staying power

Trends in interiors come and go, but classic designs, in particular in furniture, have staying power. Some styles just never go out of fashion. Nordic design, synonymous with clean lines and muted colours, is one such genre which remains in constant demand the world over. Renowned Danish manufacturer Fritz Hansen A/S, has a long tradition in producing iconic, Scandinavian-style furniture, which it regularly updates to ensure its portfolio retains a modern twist. European Business spoke with Executive Vice President for Sales & Brand Management Sofie Lindahl-Jessen.

Interview with Juuso Klemola, Commercial Manager at KILROY Finland Oy AB

Time, meaningfully spent

Travelling broadens the mind. There is nothing new about this recognition, but the question is what you make of it: Travelling the world, studying abroad and learning about other cultures might leave a meaningful impact on one’s future life. This is exactly the approach of KILROY Finland Oy AB. The company based in Helsinki is the market leader in the youth and student travelling sector in Finland and provides a huge variety of opportunities for young people to see the world and have experiences that last a lifetime – far away from mainstream tourism. European Business spoke with Commercial Manager Juuso Klemola about travelling as a unique experience.

Interview with Erik Podzuweit, Founder and CEO of Scalable Capital

Robo Advisors to replace commission-driven banking advice

In the current times of low interest rates and high bank charges, many savers are worried. What is the best way to invest my money, and where? Erik Podzuweit provides answers to these questions with his Munich- and London-based fintech company Scalable Capital. His claim? Being Europe’s best digital investment manager. With its proprietary risk management technology, the company gives retail investors access to a risk-based investment strategy for the first time. The CEO explains to European Business how Scalable Capital wants to revolutionise financial investment and, at the same time, bring an end to commission-driven financial advice.

Interview with Peter Guse, CEO of Robert Bosch Start-Up GmbH

“We don’t look for hype which is perhaps profitable in the short term”

When start-ups meet large corporates, it is reminiscent of David and Goliath. The differences could hardly be greater, yet they can be beneficial for both. How that can work is clearly demonstrated by Robert Bosch Start-Up GmbH through its platform, grow. European Business spoke with CEO Peter Guse about the role of grow within the Bosch Group, what makes German terms such as ‘Heimat’ so special, and why start-ups are more than just a nice add-on for large concerns.

Company of the month

Balsan Moquette

For comfort and colour underfoot

There is nothing more luxurious underfoot than wall-to-wall carpet. Soft, quiet and attractive to look at, textile floor coverings offer a range of functional advantages including noise reduction, enhanced comfort and thermal insulation. They can also be manufactured in an endless variety of colours and patterns. French carpet manufacturer Balsan Moquette in Arthon designs and produces textile floor coverings that are positioned at the haute couture end of the market. With a history that can be traced back to 1751, the company is one of the most experienced industrial carpet manufacturers in the business with a worldwide customer base.


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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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