West Pharmaceutical Services is a leading global manufacturer of high-quality packaging, containment and delivery systems for injectable drugs. Every day, more than 100 million units of the company’s stoppers and seals, syringe and cartridge components, and self-injection systems are used worldwide. European Business talked to Mike Schaefers, Vice President & General Manager, Global Pharma, at the US-based group about a market with large growth potential and the guiding principle of offering value in drug delivery.
Natural disasters, embargoes, and war: The international trade market is volatile. Even minor issues can escalate and have a catastrophic impact for traders and their suppliers. With routes worldwide, the airfreight sector is particularly vulnerable, and only those companies with a clear strategy to manage the risks will survive. CELEBI Cargo GmbH, based at Germany’s largest airport, Frankfurt am Main, is one such success story. European Business spoke with CEO Murat Bas and COO Christopher Licht about challenges and success strategies in the cargo handling sector.
Effective human health solutions: A continual quest and one for which there are many different strategies. Molecule vitalization, which turns existing molecules into new treatments is one approach. French concern Provepharm Life Solutions SAS, headquartered in Marseille, is one of the world’s leading players in molecule vitalization. European Business spoke with Founder and Managing Director Michel Féraud to find out what the term means in practice and how the world benefits from the company’s activities.
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.
Danske Hoteller A/S celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1990 by a group of entrepreneurs with the dream of starting a hotel chain in Denmark that would specialize in smaller countryside hotels where ambiance and service took priority. Today the chain numbers 23 hotels all over Denmark. Talking to European Business, Commercial Director Kenneth Hedegaard describes what motivated him to join the group and how it seeks to set itself apart in a crowded market.
Passion fosters entrepreneurial succes – this statement is the perfect opening line for our interview with Johannes Kwizda, Member of the Management Team at Kwizda Group. The Austrian company ranks among the leading conglomerates in the country with its strong focus on healthcare, agricultural products and construction materials. European Business talked to Mr. Kwizda about the continued rise of the Austrian family business and how it manages to keep the delicate balance between honouring past tradition and looking to the future.
Why do so many incompetent men become leaders? – A question that might spark many a heated discussion. For psychologist and author Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic it is also the title of choice for his current publication. European Business talked to the Argentinean-born scientist about the mistake of equating confidence with competence and the current ignorance of scientific data in public debate.
Enjoying the freedom of the open road on two wheels is an intrinsic piece of modern American mythology. No bike expresses this more than the hand-made, customized machines ARCH Motorcycle Company, which was founded on the idea of redefining the American performance cruiser. European Business talked to Gard Hollinger, joint-founder of ARCH Motorcycle Company about where he finds inspiration for his motorcycle designs, having a Hollywood star as a partner and whether he has a favourite bike in the new portfolio.
If one thing is certain in life, it is uncertainty. Things happen: Illness, fire, accidents, death and a myriad of other calamities can occur. Fortunately, humanity came up with insurance, which, while not a solution or prevention against strokes of fate, provides financial support when times get tough. AXA is one of the biggest names in the insurance sector, and among the companies under its umbrella is L’Ardenne Prévoyante in Belgium. L’Ardenne Prévoyante provides insurance to the French-speaking regions of the country, focusing on private customers as well as small and medium-sized businesses. CEO Vincent Lambert spoke with European Business about how things are changing in the insurance business and how the company continues moving forward.
With his CloudFisher, Peter Trautwein has developed a collector that can convert fog into drinking water in remote areas of the world - a device that not even strong winds can destroy. The industrial designer sells his collector through the WaterFoundation as well as via his own company Aqualonis. Mr. Trautwein spoke with European Business about the symbiosis between entrepreneurial and non-profit-making activity, the financing of his projects, and the various possibilities and limitations of his technology.