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Interview with Giovanni Monini, CEO of Incico SpA

Multidisciplinary engineering services

With 40 years of experience in the challenging field of multidisciplinary engineering, Incico SpA in Italy has made a name for itself with numerous successfully completed projects worldwide. Its Italian team of 80 experienced engineers and technicians is complemented by a 30-strong team at its subsidiary company in India. With its sights firmly fixed on future expansion, it recently restructured its operations into three business units. European Business talked to Giovanni Monini, CEO and son of the company founder, about how the restructure fits in with his plans for the future direction of the company.

Interview with Harm Blaauwgeers, Operational Director, and Lindy Leijser, Administrative Director at Trexico Logistics BV

The link between east and west

The ability to move goods swiftly from place to place has allowed the dissemination of information across the globe. As the opportunities to move goods has increased, so too has the complexity. Trexico Logistics BV has coordinated global logistics for over 20 years and has established itself as a specialized logistics expert across road, water, rail and air.


Harnessing the power of the sun for France

Europe has a reputation for taking the lead in power generation using renewable energy sources. The south of the continent, in particular, has a fondness for solar energy as it bathes in sunshine. EDF ENR supports the solar power industry with a wide selection of services ranging from conceptualization to installation and maintenance. The company will even aid customers in determining their financing options to ensure they can harness the power of the sun.

Interview with Franz Gruber, Founder and Managing Director (CEO) of FORCAM GmbH

Turn raw data into useful information

As one of the world’s leading solution providers in the field of production control and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), FORCAM GmbH delivers significant increases in productivity for its largely blue-chip client base. The innovative IIoT solution partner has, since its foundation in 2001, evolved its product portfolio into a high-performance manufacturing 4.0 platform with turnkey and fully scaleable cloud solutions plus a vital ecosystem of partner applications. More than 100,000 machines worldwide are monitored with FORCAM technology. European Business spoke to its Founder and Managing Director (CEO) Franz Gruber about how his company continues to disrupt the market.

SodaStream Nordics AB

Less waste, more sparkle

SodaStream has been putting sparkle into tap water since 1903 and continues to break new ground in the beverage market today. Its innovative approach to the problem of plastic waste coupled with a focus on healthy products are what encouraged its takeover by global soft drinks giant Pepsico in 2018. Since October of last year in Norway and in Sweden, SodaStream owners have been able to make iconic Pepsi beverages such as Pepsi, Pepsi Max and 7UP at home.

Interview with Dr. Rok Bernard, CEO and Co-Owner of Sensum d.o.o.

A vision in precision

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.


Invested in a different approach

Real estate is a vital part of any successful investment portfolio. Real estate investments can satisfy the need for long-term, low-risk equity growth as well as generate more opportunistic, shorter term gains. But more than this, bricks and mortar investments are also investments in the very fabric of society, whether it is a residential, commercial, industrial or public building. As an expert in real estate investments of all kinds, Heitman is one of only a few privately owned companies in this competitive sector. It prides itself on its transparency and respect for clients – something it calls the Heitman Difference.


LEVS designs with local spirit

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.


Smooth transaction thanks to effective change management

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.

Lemar B.V.

Above and beyond distribution

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.


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Interview with Franz Gruber, Founder and Managing Director (CEO) of FORCAM GmbH

Turn raw data into useful information

As one of the world’s leading solution providers in the field of production control and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), FORCAM GmbH delivers significant increases in productivity for its largely blue-chip client base. The innovative IIoT solution partner has, since its foundation in 2001, evolved its product portfolio into a high-performance manufacturing 4.0 platform with turnkey and fully scaleable cloud solutions plus a vital ecosystem of partner applications. More than 100,000 machines worldwide are monitored with FORCAM technology. European Business spoke to its Founder and Managing Director (CEO) Franz Gruber about how his company continues to disrupt the market.


It’s teamwork: Premium IP Management Support

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.


An established name in new technologies

Industry 4.0 and automation are causing the demand for electronic components to skyrocket. As a result, old-established companies and newcomers alike are vying for the top positions in the computer market. One of the latter is MSC Technologies Systems GmbH in Freiburg, Germany. The site has a history stretching back more than 120 years and is now in the hands of the American company Avnet, operating now under the Avnet Integrated brand.


Together, let's build the solutions of tomorrow. That's what we do with our customers

New IT solutions still requires heavy investment, but when installed, it provides extensive tangible benefits. Belgian integrator and service specialist NSI IT Software & Services SA offers to customers in its local region the opportunity to transform their IT cost into a decisive advantage for the growth of their business.


How to modernize a country

Fibre networks are the future in delivering high-speed broadband services for the Internet of Things, video streaming and other, increasingly data-intensive applications. Viken Fiber AS, a Norwegian fibre pioneer, has been laying fibre cables for the past 14 years and with its advanced technology, the company is challenging the traditional providers and enhancing Norway’s modernization.


From telecom to full IT service provider

Globalized and interconnected markets present opportunities for the democratization of technology. What does that mean? For BTC, it means bringing advanced technological solutions normally reserved for corporations, such as cloud-computing and mobile work platforms, to smaller and medium-sized firms in the Dutch market. Currently a major telecom reseller with a large client base in the Netherlands, BTC has brought in CEO Ray Kemp to mastermind an expansion into this new area. His plan has the potential to revolutionize not just the company, but small and medium-sized firms in the whole country.


Solutions for a safer world

As a result of terrorist threats, attacks and cybercrime, our society has changed significantly. Security cannot be taken for granted anymore and people are concerned about their safety. For this reason, security systems are becoming more and more important. Video surveillance systems continuously monitor the environment and access control systems make sure that people only get where they are allowed to. SIPPRO – Solutions IP Protection, with headquarters near Montpellier, France, is an expert when it comes to security systems and is on its way to becoming the market leader in this sector in France.


Biometrics: A veteran player with novel solutions

With the ever-increasing demand for improved security, the Swedish company Precise Biometrics AB has plans to deliver innovative software solutions in both consumer and commercial industries. As one of the oldest firms in the sector, Precise Biometrics has the resources, technologies, and experienced new leadership which has formed a solid foundation for growth and innovation.


IT: Thinking big for small players

Creating an effective IT infrastructure is always challenging, but particularly so for small and mid-sized organizations, which rarely have the necessary in-house expertise. With 20 years’ experience as an IT infrastructure service provider to larger French corporates, Quantic Support SAS is now turning its focus to helping smaller firms optimize their IT infrastructure.


Digital and stationary retail – two sides of the same coin

It is a relationship that is often described in absolute terms of being a choice between one or the other, but according to Retex SpA, stationary and digital retail are not mutually exclusive. According to Retex Cofounder Fausto Caprini, the two sales models should not be seen as wholly separate entities but as two sides of the same coin. He predicts that, in the coming years, 80% of retail sales will still be made in brick-and-mortar shops and that that is where the competitive advantages of personal service and digital technology will come together.


The power of the pod

Technology continues to develop at an astounding rate, and the latest best software solutions are quickly replaced by newer innovations in the industry. This fast-paced environment means that business owners and operators need a qualified IT team that is cutting edge and is invested in the client’s well-being. ACA IT-Solutions NV, headquartered in Belgium, is the answer to software success. The company is known for its high-quality consultancy, implementation and integration of individually built solutions.


IT migration:Trading old for new

Businesses have been run on computers since the 1970s. It is no wonder then that businesses that help firms move from so-called ‘legacy’ systems, to newer, more efficient platforms, are finding increasing demand. CTO Romke Wijmenga of Netherlands-based firm Asysco is leading his firm’s efforts to excel in this sector by offering an automated and guided migration process.

Interview with Robin Sho Moser, Co-Founder and CEO of eyecandylab

And suddenly Manuel Neuer is with you in your living room

Imagine how it would be if you were able to not just watch your favourite football team play on television but see all of the relevant player statistics at the same time. When Bayern Munich take to the pitch, you can read all about goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s vital statistics and use that information to score points with family and friends. With Augmented Reality (AR), the Munich-based start-up eyecandylab transforms two-dimensional information into interactive content. European Business spoke to Managing Director and co-founder Robin Sho Moser about how you can bring AR into your own living room, how it can improve the viewing experience and what the future of AR in Germany holds.


Optimizing for mutual success

As a member of the FomGroup, a worldwide market leader in aluminium and PVC working machinery, Italian company TEX Computer SRL has a solid foundation and an extensive network. Nevertheless, the supplier of solutions for industrial automation has achieved tremendous success in its own right through its innovative technology and customer focus.


The key to success: happy employees

Its customers include the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Lufthansa Systems, Budapest International Airport, Accor Hotels, T-Mobile, the US Department of Energy and many other high-profile organizations and businesses. H1 Systems Kft. is one of the most dynamically evolving enterprises in Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe. European Business talked to CEO Mihály Németh about the company’s ambitious growth plans and exceptional commitment to happy, flourishing employees.


Pioneering the tech trade

As one of SAP Full Service’s largest subsidiaries, FIS-ASP Application Service Providing and IT-Outsourcing GmbH is a comprehensive IT solutions provider, encompassing SAP software as well as data center operations, mail, banking, and human resources management for medium-sized enterprises. The company is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of SAP. With its extensive know-how in the field, FIS-ASP provides its customers with the flexibility to remain ahead of the curve in terms of superior quality IT operations and infrastructure.


Giving data a secure home

It operates one of the most advanced and greenest computing centers in Germany. ODN OnlineDienst Nordbayern GmbH & Co. KG specializes in high-performance, high-availability, high-protection data center services. The company and self-described ‘home of data’ secures its customers unrestricted access to the most precious resource of the 21st century: data – a resource that is growing in volume all the time and needs to be properly safeguarded to deliver its full potential. ODN helps its customers unleash this potential – in a reliable, individual and goal-oriented way.

Interview with Boris Kesler, Founder and CEO of MainBot

My friend, the robot

The French start-up Mainbot has developed a robot that teaches children the principles of coding and robotics in a fun way. Winky not only looks cute, but is designed to be both a teacher and a classmate for the next generations. European Business talked to Mainbot CEO and Founder Boris Kesler about a little robot that is meant to become a friend.

Interview with Heini Zachariassen, Founder and Board Member of Vivino

For Vivino, a little naiveté went a long way

Before he set up the world's largest wine community and marketplace, Heini Zachariassen knew little to nothing about wine and the food and beverages industry. But a little naiveté can go a long way in capitalizing on innovative ideas, the entrepreneur says, and Vivino’s success story as an e-commerce powerhouse seems to prove him right: With over 33 million users, Vivino is the most downloaded mobile wine app in the world today. European Business spoke with Mr. Zachariassen about his company’s unique founding history, the challenges e-commerce is facing – and why he believes that your peers will give you better advice on wine than experts.


Inspecting production with excellent vision

Inspection and quality control has always been a vital step in every production process. While historically this was undertaken manually by trained personnel with a keen eye, the advent of high-tech products and manufacturing processes means that special equipment is now necessary to inspect products to the required level of detail. Belgian company Euresys S.A. is an expert in inspection solutions for automated production processes.