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.
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.
Waterjet cutting is a manufacturing method using a high-pressure jet of water, or a combination of water and an abrasive, to cut a wide variety of materials. It has many advantages, including high quality cutting results, no thermal impact on the material and environmental friendliness. StM Stein-Moser GmbH is a technology leader in this sector, with operations in Austria and Germany. Through constant product innovation and excellent customer service, the company is aiming to become the top supplier in Europe in this fast evolving market.
The past 30 years have seen tremendous advances in the world of electronics and automation. When the digital revolution began, many predicted that automation would eventually spell the end of employment as we know it. So far, this gloomy outlook has not come to fruition, and many believe it never will. Jack Pukal, CEO of Polish engineering company PROSTER Sp. z. o.o., is one of those who believe automation will continue to bring positive developments to the industrial workforce.
The purchase of new machinery is a huge investment for any company, and price should not necessarily be the driving factor: The cheapest isn’t always the most economical solution in the long term. One company that firmly believes in this philosophy is CAMPEN Machinery A/S in Denmark, a specialist in the production of backing lines for the carpet industry.
Technology has allowed mankind to advance to places previously believed impossible to reach. Among the amazing technologies that have grown common in the world, machines are by and large a chief contributor to progress. Isolfrance™ launched internationally in 2015, and has not looked back since. By specializing in the area of insulation (spraying, blowing, and insufflation), ISOL INTERNATIONAL has been able to emerge as the market leader within the sector in France, and a thought leader within the space globally. Through offering multiple products and product lines, ISOL INTERNATIONAL has created a recognized global standard.
Bringing fruit and vegetables to the market is a complex business. The harvest is just the first in a long series of steps involving not only transportation but also sorting, weighing and packaging, to ensure top-quality produce reaches the end consumer in perfect condition. This requires very careful, yet high-speed handling. Danish engineering concern Newtec A/S specializes in machinery which automates these processes. The company attributes its success to its ability to look both backwards and forwards in relation to partnership and innovation.
Biesse SpA, head of the internationally successful Biesse Group, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. Rather than dwelling on past achievements, the group focuses on the future. Its ‘Future On Tour’ initiative started at its headquarters in Pesaro, Italy; the Biesse Campus opened its doors to demonstrate sophisticated technologies, integrated solutions and smart automation which show how production meets efficiency. Other open-days followed throughout the year and more are planned for 2020 to show that Biesse and its partners are creating cutting-edge processing systems for wood, stone, metal, plastic and glass.
‘Simpler, Safer’: The message is in the motto. It was in 1968 when François-Pierre Hauville created the first ductless fume hood and set up his own business for the design and manufacture of laboratory filtration products. In the meantime, Erlab DFS SAS with its main seat in Val de Reuil, France, has set new standards in its field and has become the global leader in safe and energy-efficient filtered fume hoods, ductless fume hoods and filtered storage solutions.
Wherever something has to be weighed, mixed or dosed – be it chemicals, foodstuffs or paints – the name IFA Technology GmbH is on everyone’s lips. As long as it is solid or liquid, the medium-sized German enterprise can handle it. The company’s highly engineered plants and systems are used around the world, in all industrial sectors and for manifold applications. 100% committed to meeting its customers’ individual demands and technical specifications, it has become a global leader in its sector.