When it comes to computers, sooner or later the name Toshiba will inevitably be mentioned. The Japanese company is one of the leading players in the electronics sector, and not just as a manufacturer of notebook computers and television sets. Toshiba Europe GmbH in Neuss, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation and its European headquarters, focuses its attention primarily on an area that is growing in significance across all branches of industry: “Data security is currently one of the most pressing issues of our time,” stresses Managing Director Damian Jaume. European Business spoke to him about the changes happening in the industry.
Trade & Consumer Goods
Selle Royal Group
One of the biggest challenges our cities face is the problem of traffic; the number of cars, buses and lorries on the roads increases constantly, and congestion and pollution impact us all. For a number of years, towns have been addressing the issue by encouraging the use of bicycles and providing a network of safe cycle paths. The result is an increase in the popularity of cycling to the extent that it has, for many, become a lifestyle choice, a preferred alternative to motorized transport. Selle Royal Group, an international manufacturer of cycling product categories, supports cyclists by understanding their needs and providing exactly what they require for a perfect cycling experience.
Pandora Jewelry GmbH
Jewelry speaks a universal language and unites people in a common understanding across the world. It is a way of expressing personality, sometimes through a signature piece that is worn every day but more often through a collection of different items chosen to suit different outfits and occasions. Pandora is renowned for its range of jewelry that can be adapted to look different each day, with thousands of permutations to suit the tastes, personalities and purses of women around the globe. European Business spoke with Kate Walsh, Managing Director Northern Europe for Pandora Jewelry GmbH.
Grand Casino Brussels Viage
Winning is not the only reason for visiting one of the grand old casinos that were meeting places of the rich and powerful in the good old days. However, Grand Casino Brussels Viage has kept this tradition alive. Since 2006, the casino has had its home in Brussels, but only after its move to a newly renovated listed building in the heart of Brussels some years ago, it has been shining again in all its glory. Today, the Viage is the largest ca casino in Belgium with a 50% market share, offering a broad range of games, pleasant culinary experiences and a relaxed atmosphere for business events and private parties.
Health & Medical Industry
Dr. Babor GmbH & Co. KG
Women often talk about their beauty regime when they talk about skin care when what they should actually talk about is a health regime because only healthy skin is beautiful skin. Individually tailored skin care aimed at improving skin health is the goal of Dr. Babor GmbH & Co. KG, the leading professional skincare brand in Germany and one of the top ten beauty brands worldwide. With its precision formulations, BABOR skincare products are both highly effective and widely tolerated.
Textile Industry & Fashion
AL Duca d’Aosta SpA
World-wide, Italy is recognised as an international fashion metropole. Italian fashion is of superior quality, timeless in style and 100% authentic. Al Duca d’Aosta SpA, based in Mestre, is a family enterprise which has been contributing to the excellent reputation of Italian fashion since 1902. For many years, the company used to focus on international luxury brands such as Gucci or Yves Saint Laurent. Now, Al Duca d’Aosta is re-inventing its in-house brand Al Duca d’Aosta. With its new collection “Venezia 1902” the label returns to the international fashion scene.
Cadillac Europe GmbH
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.
Impresa Ing. Galbiati SpA
Italy’s building and construction industry makes up around 5% of the country’s GDP. The industry was deeply affected by the economic downturn in recent years; however, now there are signs of recovery. It seems that the recession has bottomed out. According to the Italian Statistics Institute, the economy is forecast to grow 1% in 2016. This is good news for companies such as Impresa Ing. Galbiati SpA. For more than 125 years, the family business has deeply influenced the building landscape in Lombardy.
Trade & Consumer Goods
FROJO SOC Horloger Joaillier depuis 1854
Often, the jewellery is the icing on the cake to your outfit. Today, the market is highly diversified and you are spoilt for choice when looking for a new piece. In addition to your individual preferences the budget always is an important selection criterion. FROJO SOC, based in Marseille, France, is a family-run jeweller following a stringent diversification concept. With different shops and brands, the company is well-established in the luxury as well as in the medium and fashion sector. Managing Director Edouard Frojo will stay true to this diversification strategy in the coming years, too.
Textile Industry & Fashion
Gaastra International Sportswear B.V.
Nautical fashion is not just for sailors: Nautical fashion has been a popular trend for more than a century now. Nautical fashion has not lost its appeal; on the contrary, it still ranks among the prevailing trends. With its exclusive focus on nautical fashion, the Dutch company Gaastra International Sportswear B.V. is well established as an international lifestyle brand for creative nautical fashion in the upper to luxury range.
Penthouse Construction GmbH
In Europe’s capital cities, living space is becoming scarcer by the day, and often it requires a new way of thinking to create new living areas. Luxurious penthouse extensions might not be the fi rst choice for everyone, but in Austria’s capital Vienna, there has been growing demand for the conversion of attics into airy apartments, often covering more than one level. Penthouse Construction GmbH is the expert for penthouse construction and renovation projects, offering customized conversion projects to a wealthy, urban clientele.
Trade & Consumer Goods
Uhrenfabrik Junghans GmbH & Co.KG
For more than 150 years, the Junghans brand has stood for quality, reliability and passion. Based in Schramberg, Germany, the long-established, independent company designs and manufactures watches that set new standards and are held in high regard around the world. Having close ties to the company’s location and being committed to the values that Junghans embodies, the owners work hard to maintain traditions and to move purposefully forward to a successful future.
Tourism & Leisure
Jacuzzi® France SAS
Due to the decreasing state funding of national health systems, we all have to take even better care to stay healthy and fit. Within the last few years, most of the national health systems in Europe have become industrial markets which are subject to economic rules and tendencies. Against this background, the fitness and wellness industries have been enjoying tremendous growth rates. Wellness equipment such as spas, saunas and whirlpools are in high demand for both private residences and public facilities. Jacuzzi® France is the French distribution arm of the US-based Jacuzzi® group, a pioneer in wellness equipment. Being well-established in the upper end of the market, the company now aims to expand into the medium market sector.
Interior & Garden
Villeroy & Boch Magyarország Kft.
Villeroy & Boch – the name stands for two families, state-of-the-art bathroom, tile and table design, and true European culture. Founded in 1748, the company has managed to maintain its identity, values and culture over the centuries. At the same time, the ceramic specialist has continuously adapted its technologies, designs and final products to changing trends and market situations. Today, the House of Villeroy & Boch is a comprehensive concept that gives consumers the freedom to create their individual home. Villeroy & Boch Magyarország Kft. based in Hódmezovásárhely in Hungary is one of the company’s production legs. Integrated into the group’s product development and drawing on a fully equipped logistics center, the company is an important pillar of the business.
Interior & Garden
Thermarium Bäder-Bau GmbH
In today’s fast-paced world, a trip to a spa is like an excursion to heaven. Sweat out your sorrows in a sauna. Let a Thai massage take away your tension. Bid your problems goodbye in a Turkish bath. But to allow visitors to soak in all the pleasures of a spa, the area has to be designed and planned with care. This is precisely the work of Thermarium Bäder-Bau GmbH. The Austrian company plans and builds spa and wellness areas to give visitors all the relaxation they deserve. It believes so strongly in its work that it supports Global Wellness Day, an initiative encouraging people to live more mindfully so that they celebrate each day for a healthier and happier life.