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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
If one thing is certain in life, it is uncertainty. Things happen: Illness, fire, accidents, death and a myriad of other calamities can occur. Fortunately, humanity came up with insurance, which, while not a solution or prevention against strokes of fate, provides financial support when times get tough. AXA is one of the biggest names in the insurance sector, and among the companies under its umbrella is L’Ardenne Prévoyante in Belgium. L’Ardenne Prévoyante provides insurance to the French-speaking regions of the country, focusing on private customers as well as small and medium-sized businesses. CEO Vincent Lambert spoke with European Business about how things are changing in the insurance business and how the company continues moving forward.
The cashless society: Is it a global aspiration or rapidly becoming a reality? Either way, it’s a situation which could be achieved in the not-to-distant future. While some countries are still predominantly cash driven, many governments and businesses are working hard to change through the wide-scale introduction of digital payment or prepayment solutions. One such company, and a specialist in the field, is epay Italy, based in Milan. A subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide Inc and part of the global epay business, the Italian firm has the expertise, experience and instinct for innovation which is helping drive the conversion to digital payment services in Italy.
“What does a brand want to say? What does it stand for? How can we develop it further or realign it?” Bent Rosinski of Hamburg based advertising agency Lukas Lindemann Rosinski GmbH talks to European Business about how his agency thrives in an industry swamped by competitors and changing mediums, and how such questions drive its creativity.
The opportunity to shape your own working day with activities that you enjoy, the chance to build a successful business on your own terms: the attractions of working on a freelance basis are abundant and diverse. Less appealing however, is the huge amount of administration involved, and the lack of financial security in the case of sickness or unemployment. Freelancers working in Belgium are reaping the benefits of a highly effective solution. Tentoo Payroll Services BV takes the pain out of financial management for freelancers, leaving them more time to earn money and enjoy their work.
The transition from printed to online media over recent years has impacted not only the traditional newspaper and magazine industries, but every sector which historically used printed forms of advertising, both for their business and their recruitment needs. Recruitment departments in particular have suddenly discovered that they no longer have the skills in-house to undertake effective hiring in an increasingly digital world. Headquartered in Stuttgart, KÖNIGSTEINER GmbH is an expert in both recruitment and digital media, and combines the two to help its clients achieve efficient and effective hiring outcomes.
Being among the top three providers in its field of temporary staffing and recruitment makes Trenkwalder a.s., Czech subsidiary of the Trenkwalder Group, a major player in the business. Yet, the company does not rest on its laurels – it has ambitious plans for the near future concerning both the numbers of recruits as well as the implementation of various new products to its portfolio.
Even for experienced seafarers, the ocean can be unpredictable and, at times, treacherous. Equally, the seas themselves are often put in danger due to catastrophes such as oil spillages and other types of contamination. Polish maritime search and rescue service Morska Służba Poszukiwania i Ratownictwa rescues and protects both sailors and the sea.
Video content gains more and more importance in our lives, not only in private but also for businesses. The times of hiring an agency for video production are over. The German company Recordbay developed VARYCON, a tool that makes producing videos simple and intuitive. We talked to CEO Lars Reinartz and found out how VARYCON works, why video communication is of major importance and how TV and film production might change.
Some insurances are compulsory, some are not. You must insure your car because of the damage you might cause to others, and you need to insure your home because of the damage due to some external circumstances (e.g. fire) or financial risks a mortgage involves. Yet nothing is more important than your own life, your ability to make a living and to look after your loved ones. In the end there will be a whole number of insurance needs you wish to be covered; Komerční pojišťovna, a.s. in Prague in the Czech Republic can meet them all. Life, loan, travel, accident or special insurance for children – you name it, they have it.
The arts have a special way of bringing people from many different cultures and tastes together. Arguably, one of the best arts that builds a sense of togetherness is music. Attending a concert with family, friends or business contacts will surely create a lasting memory. The Sportpaleis Group, headquartered in Merksem, offers customers eight different venues in four cities. These venues range from smaller theaters that host dramatic productions for 1,000 visitors up to large halls that can house 18,000 people and play host to global superstars and large sporting events.
Work-related stress is a major variety of stress and has escalated progressively in recentt years. Unfair treatment at work, unmanageable workloads, a lack of support, bullying, unreasonable deadlines – there are many different reasons why more and more are people getting sick at work. French Psya Groupe in Puteaux near Paris is an expert when it comes to unhealthy work-related stress and knows how to deal with its consequences.
The need for good people is higher than ever before. They are the basis for the success of a company. For this reason, human resources has become an important part of the strategy of every successful business. Intys HR S.A. based in Brussels is an HR specialist focusing on operational consulting and people development.
Endel has recently made headlines, when the app’s founders signed a deal with Warner Music to release more than a dozen albums this year, even though they wouldn’t call their service music. Instead, they prefer the term “functional sound”, which, when played in the background, helps its users relax, sleep or focus. European Business spoke with the company’s founders Oleg Stavitsky and Vlad Pinskij about the thin line between science and art, their ambition to use big data to improve their users’ lives and not sell them ads, and why their service has garnered much greater traction abroad than in the company’s native Germany.
A recruitment consultancy bridges the gap between employee and employer. It helps companies find the right candidate for a vacant position and thus, in the ideal case, enables both to grow. This, in combination with HR consultancy and talent management, is exactly this philosophy that forms the business model of Finders SA. The Swiss company has a highly committed team, listens to its clients and uses the latest tools.
Today, the terms big data and artificial intelligence are on everyone’s lips, however, the proportion of companies that truly use the insights and advantages big data can confer to inform their strategic planning is still relatively small. Most pay mere lip service to the trend by buying the relevant software and equipment but then failing to interpret and analyze the resulting data correctly. Founded in Paris in 2006 by four university friends, Ekimetrics was set up with the aim of bringing big data to the front office. The intention was to gather information that could be used as the basis for effective market strategies.
The moment is everything for marketing specialist Uniplan. Its metier is the creative and the delivery of spectacular brand experiences; its drive is to embody the multidisciplinary nature of today’s creative industry. The new purpose ‘All for the moment’ encapsulates an approach that brings people to the fore. Each project should appeal to and be put in motion by people.
When looking for a new product or service, around 80% of potential customers consult a search engine first. According to SEO experts, if your company is not on the first results page, you are nowhere. But digital marketing is about more than just gaming SEO algorithms. Italian expert Sembox S.r.l. brings a whole other box of tricks to the table.
They are true European superheroes – small and medium-sized companies, companies with 5 to 250 employees. Compared to other European countries Italy has a high rate of SMEs for its level of industrialization. However, there are difficulties in being small. AVM Gestioni brings SMEs together, aims to join forces to enhance their competitiveness.
Do you sleep seven to nine hours per night, as recommended? If you sleep less than six hours per night you have a problem. Sleep deprivation is a widespread problem all over the world. European Business talked to sleep expert Els van der Helm about the importance of sleep, what employers can teach their employees and how you can be sure you get a good night’s sleep.
For countless companies worldwide, one software solution has been an absolute godsend: SAP. It structures and streamlines company processes, no matter the area of business or the size of the company. Due to SAP’s market presence over the last four decades, other companies have been developing in line with it to support SAP users with advice and customized solutions. One such company is 2BM A/S, headquartered in Copenhagen. Since its establishment in 2000, 2BM has grown to become the largest privately owned SAP consulting business in Denmark, but SAP is not the only feather in 2BM’s cap.