In order to create residential areas that feel pleasant for a long time to come, every urban planning project requires a dedicated approach. One has to enter into a relationship with the local people and surroundings, in order to find the optimal sustainable solution. The project teams of LEVS architecten are always looking for specific answers that suit a particular situation. They work on residential and urban planning projects in The Netherlands and other Western European countries as well as in Russia and rural Africa. The company is based in a former harbour area in Amsterdam and has 40 employees.
Mergers and acquisitions are commonplace, but while the initial proposition may seem attractive to the parties involved, what happens after the deal is done is decisive in determining its long-term success. In 2019, the KISSLING Group, a German specialist in switching solutions, was acquired by TE Connectivity to form TE Connectivity KISSLING Products GmbH. The company's subsequent focus on effective integration will ensure that this particular acquisition fulfils its potential.
Companies in the EU have had the benefit of an integrated European market for decades now. It has provided many opportunities to take products that have been successful in one market, and transplant them in new, untapped markets. To make this happen, you need a company willing to help you break in, like Lemar BV, a distributor of responsible food brands in the Netherlands.
Everybody is talking about hygge these days, but only a few are familiar with fika, the Scandinavian way to take a coffee break. Surprisingly, people in the Nordic countries drink more coffee than anyone in the world, even the Italians. Good coffee and good coffee machines are of utmost importance for a relaxed fika – coffee machines from Jura Sweden AB for instance.
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.
Teamwork, cross-functional activities and a sense of wide-ranging responsibility – these are assets that are both expected and characteristic of the Unycom team. Founded in 2000, the company based in Graz, Austria, has increased its staff from four to 90 and developed its product range accordingly. Today it offers a broad spectrum of IP Management solutions and additional services for companies all over the world. A member of the CPA Global Organization since 2019, Unycom GmbH ranks as the premium software provider for IP experts in Europe, and a trusted partner who helps to solve the specific challenges of corporate IP departments.
Energy & Environmental Engineering
It is no secret that one of the most widely debated topics is the progression of human activity and the degradation of the planet we call home. While many companies remain ignorant about the importance of caring for the natural environment, some make special efforts to coexist with it. Others have made it their mission to preserve the planet as we know it, understanding that our ecosystems are not individually functioning segments but a truly connected whole. Polish company SEEN Technologie sp. z o.o. fights for this universal whole through its business and its measures to protect the beautiful environment we have been given.
More and more players enter the renewable energy market. Governments issue national and European regulation to support more sustainable developments, while adjusting their directives over time. For companies and public organizations that want to increase their sustainability, it is ever more difficult to find their path in a web of regulations, products and certificates. Nvalue AG acts as a renewable energy wholesaler and supplies renewable energy through a broad range of Certificates to energy distribution companies and corporates across Europe, together with several services to lead the way forward.
We have all seen the news report images of plastic piling up along beaches, and many different solutions have been attempted to incentivise its cleanup. This has often taken the form of plastic recycling schemes, but more recently, there have been attempts to harness market forces to solve the problem. Norwegian company Infinitum AS is one of the most successful models of this kind of enterprise, and now, under the leadership of Managing Director Kjell Olav A. Maldum, it is undertaking an ambitious expansion strategy.
Italy’s natural gas market is the third largest in Europe. Over recent years, the country has invested heavily in new infrastructure. At the same time, Italy is experiencing increasing demand for electricity generated from renewable sources. The Sime Group in Crema successfully operates in this competitive and challenging market. The energy provider considers diversification as one key to success.
The scientific community is sure about one thing: Rising CO2 levels in the air heat up the planet and endanger the survival of mankind. The Swiss company Climeworks wants to be part of the solution by removing CO2 from the air – either to store it underground or to sell it down the supply chain to beverage and fuel manufacturers. European Business spoke with Climeworks’ Communications Director Louise Charles about the impact she foresees for her company’s technology, its business applications and her optimism in the fight against the climate crisis.
Although deregulation of the energy market has allowed consumers to shop around for their electricity and gas supplier, the infrastructure through which that energy is supplied remains a regulated monopoly. In the city of Brussels, the operation and maintenance of the electricity and gas distribution infrastructure is the responsibility of Sibelga, a public company in the shared ownership of the 19 municipal communes that make up the Belgian capital.
There is no denying that alternative energies are the key to our future, but harnessing their power proves difficult at times. Haffner Energy, based in Vitry-Le-François, is the kind of innovative company that will master the challenge and pave the way into that future. The energy expert engineers and produces plants that create hydrogen from biomass.
With all the advantages the digital age has brought us, there are also challenges we need to handle. One of them is the environmental impact of big data centers. Norway has always been at the forefront in terms of sustainability and living in harmony with nature. Thus, it is no surprise that it is here where Green Mountain AS came to life. The company, based in Rennesoy in the southwestern part of the country just outside Stavanger, was founded in 2009 and offers ‘green’ data centers – green in the way that they provide sustainability in respect of being a truly carbon neutral data center, with renewable power and highly energy-efficient solutions.
Agriculture has left an indelible imprint on the landscape, transforming formerly wooded areas into open fields and pastures where modern monocultures have had a detrimental effect on biodiversity, fertility and environment. Are we sure this is the only feasible model to be followed? NeoruraleHub has demonstrated in Italy that biodiversity can exist alongside agricultural production and a return to a natural landscape is possible. By partnering the rural areas with urban development, it is possible to create synergies to transform agricultural suburbs into environmental services providers for the cities, where energy is recovered, waste recycled and the resulting enjoyable environment can become the place for promoting innovation and start-ups. NeoruraleHub has created the first real-scale project just 18 km away from the center of Milan.
The onshore and offshore wind industry is one of the most demanding markets, requiring solutions that can withstand the most extreme weather conditions. One of the most experienced suppliers and a global market leader in the sector is PolyTech A/S. The Danish company is particularly strong in polyurethane processing and lighting strike protection, and covers the entire value chain, thus enabling its customers to leave their challenge with them.