There is something primeval and comforting about a real fire that means people continue to install wood-burning stoves in their homes, even though their heating needs are now more likely covered by a central heating system. Stoves are now regarded as a decorative add-on rather than a primary heat source and this change in perception presents stove manufacturers with new challenges. Managing Director of Váll-Ker Kft., István Tóth, talks about why, at 72, he is still happy to go to work.
Time never stands still and change is constant, but sometimes it is an art to step outside of time and create something unique as in the case of Cromlix Hotel, Scotland. Andy Murray - US Open, Olympic and Wimbledon champion - took over the country house close to his hometown of Dunblane. Opened in 2014, it soon became a much sought-after, five-star destination. European Business talked to Andy Murray and General Manager Norbert Lieder about the importance of home, exceeding success and the quality of the hotel’s own tennis court.
Gili Lankanfushi Eco Resort in the Maldives is located in one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is also on the frontline of climate change with rising seas threatening the pristine beaches and lush scenery that are prized so highly by visitors. European Business talked to General Manager, David Stepetic about the resort’s twin commitment to sustainability and guest comfort.
Its mission is summarized in two words: Yoki-Monozukuri. In Japanese, Yoki means ‘good’ or ‘excellent’, and Monozukuri stands for ‘development and manufacturing of products’. Tokyobased Kao Corporation is committed to providing products of excellent value, not only for consumer satisfaction, but for the wholehearted satisfaction and enrichment of the lives of people globally. European Business spoke to Herbert Tripp, President and CEO of Kao Chemicals GmbH, one of four production plants of Kao Chemicals Europe, about the group’s people-centered philosophy and how it is being implemented within the company.
The times of just buying bread and rolls at the local baker’s store are long gone. The past decade has seen the rise of in-store bakery counters which offer freshly baked bread, savoury pastries and snacks, bread, Danish pastries, buns and other specialities. Fornetti Kft. in Hungary is the leading name in in-store baking. With more than 5,000 sales points throughout Europe, the company has established a successful retail and franchise network that has gone from strength to strength. Managing Director Attila Bánhidi knows all about the world of baking the Fornetti way.
The economy is changing faster than ever before in human history. Digitization is a major driving force behind this process, and affects all industries. Cascade Europe, based in Italy and a subsidiary of the Cascade Corporation headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is dealing with the challenges in the materials handling market by focusing on both new technology and energy efficiency, as Managing Director Charlie Michelson reveals in an interview with European Business.
The Ritz London was conceived with the intention of being the ultimate luxury hotel and a home away from home for the crème de la crème of society. Today, it continues to cater to a highly discerning clientele. European Business asked General Manager Sal Gowili how The Ritz maintains the prestige of its famous name and how far it will go to satisfy its guests.
There is a unique fascination connected to boxing that other sports just cannot emulate. Besides the competitive edge, outstanding athletes had and have a major role in shaping the sport inside the ring. Among these ranks former US-boxing champion Evander Holyfield. European Business talked to him about his current entrepreneurial activities, the importance of stamina and his goals with The Real Deal Boxing.
The classic overhead projector was certainly the product par excellence that required special optical lenses as produced by ORAFOL Fresnel Optics GmbH in Apolda, Germany. Despite the era of the OHP being on the decline, the need for special lenses is as strong as ever. Microstructured polymer optical components are required in various industries such as lighting, solar power, automotive, display and image processing, according to Managing Director Jürgen Zosel when speaking about ORAFOL Fresnel Optics’s possibilities in today’s optics market.
Think of your (potential) employees as superheroes, suggests Linda Frietman. Her company IamProgrez, based in the Netherlands, has developed a unique approach to help organisations find the employees best suited to their business culture by gamifying the recruitment process. European Business spoke with Ms. Frietman about her outside-the-box idea, the challenges the European labor market will face in the near future and the most striking Bat Signal a company can display to find the best superheroes out there.