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Interview with Philip Westman, Sales Director Subsidiaries at Väderstad AB

Making farming tools that last

Who knows what a farmer needs better than another farmer? Rune Stark, a farmer with 30 ha of land in Hårrgarden near Väderstad in southern Sweden, laid the foundations for Väderstad AB back in the early 1960s out of sheer frustration. At the start of every season, he spent considerable time making a new wooden rigid tine harrow. Understanding that for him and his fellow farmers, time was precious, Mr. Stark set out to design and produce a rigid tine harrow made from steel. His philosophy of ‘make it last’ still underpins Väderstad today, through its very strong quality and customer orientation.


A new car for Africa

When it comes to ordering a new car, everyone can rely on Transautomobile. From diplomats and businessmen who relocate abroad for work for long or short periods, as well as private customers from all continents. The Belgian company TRANSAUTOMOBILE supplies and exports all models and brands of vehicles: pickup trucks as well as SUVs, buses, trucks and special vehicles.


How to effectively fight climate change

Retreaded tyres use about 70% less rubber than new tyres, thus saving precious natural resources and harmful emissions in production. Their quality is in no way inferior to new products, and they are available at much lower prices. Having recognized their large CO2 reduction potential, Rösler Tyre Innovators GmbH & Co. KG has been offering retreaded tyres since the 1960s. It has thus been fighting climate change before it was there.


Shifting up a gear

In France, it is the undisputed market leader. Now the motorbike parts and accessories specialist Bihr is shifting up a gear by expanding its activities in rider gear. Besides France, the country where the company was created in 1975, and Spain, where it has one of its largest distribution centers, the company is now developing the German market to become a truly pan-European supplier. After completion of the targeted expansion, Bihr wants to go on developing its strengths: short delivery periods and a wide product choice that is constantly being adapted to new and changing customer demands.


In it for the long haul

Since 1952, IPSAM Technology nv has been manufacturing customized vacuum trucks for cleaning up liquid waste ranging from septic material and sewage, to fats, oils and chemicals. Based in Belgium, IPSAM trucks can be found throughout Europe, the Middle East and beyond.


How to benefit from new owners

It is a European leader in metal surface treatment services with a strong focus on the automotive sector. With operations across Europe and global ambitions, Electropoli SA is now venturing into China – with the help of its new owners, a Chinese investment platform and a French private equity fund. This way, the company is not only getting closer to its customers but also improving environmental standards in the Chinese surface treatment sector. At the same time, the dynamically evolving French enterprise is strengthening its position in Eastern Europe.


Engineering Industry 4.0

The automotive sector is at the vanguard of new technology. Topics such as electromobility or self-driving technology are never far from the headlines. But it is not just the end product that is being influenced by new thinking and new approaches. Car-makers are early adopters of Industry 4.0 so that engineering processes used in manufacturing are as cutting edge as it gets. Italian process engineering specialist C.A.A.R. SpA in Turin is one of the leading proponents of Industry 4.0-compatible design. It partners with many of the leading automotive brands to lead the way in high-tech engineering design.


Tackling the elements

Norway’s Nordic climate is no stranger to extreme weather patterns: strong winds, unruly seas, as well as heavy snow and rainfall. In order to cope with the elements, Øveraasen AS has developed a range of professional grade, state-of-the-art snow removal equipment for the freeing of streets, railroad tracks and airports following inclement weather. Its heavy-duty machinery makes easy work out of clearing in even the harshest conditions, allowing people to continue their daily lives unobstructed. Øveraasen’s snow removal systems are not only geared toward Norwegian infrastructure, but also actively serve transportation authorities in various countries across the globe, including the US, Russia and China.


Supplying professionals with the tools of the trade

Professional workers rely on professional tools to carry out their work to the highest possible standards. Meccanocar Italia S.r.l. is a trading and distribution company that specializes in the supply of tools and consumables for the automotive, truck, metalworking and manufacturing sectors. Its flexible organization and reliable logistics allow it to add value to an extensive product range encompassing more than 30,000 catalogue items.

Interview with Alexander Zosel, Cofounder and Chief Innovation Advisor of Volocopter GmbH

“Urban Air Mobility”: The future of mobility is in the air

Board the aircraft and leave traffic behind you: With Volocopter, that is not a problem anymore. It is designed to replace conventional taxis in the future and cover short distances in large cities autonomously. Why the multicopter has only been underway with a pilot so far, what Daimler has to do with the company and what exactly is behind the trend of urban air mobility – Alexander Zosel, Cofounder and Chief Innovation Advisor of Volocopter GmbH, reveals all that in an interview.