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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.

EDF ENR

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

Interview with Christopher Licht, COO, and Murat Bas, CEO of CELEBI Cargo GmbH

Ups and downs in air cargo handling

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.

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Reaching dizzy heights in storage

The world is growing taller: If a lack of suitable land means you can’t build outwards, why not build upwards instead? A logical solution, which many companies have adopted. Storage facilities in particular are often over 10 m high, which demands special equipment to lift and transport goods. WEP-Weisshaupt GmbH is a specialist in the production of individually optimized lifting mechanisms and other equipment for efficient and effective storage.

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In it for the long haul

For longer distances, flying may get you where you want to go faster than taking the bus, but you will invariably miss out on a lot on the way. And, in this age of flight shame, bus travel beats flying hands down from an environmental perspective. Italian bus company Inter Saj Srl has been offering passenger services since 1925, and believes there is still plenty of mileage in its business model.

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Flourishing in adversity in freight forwarding

From one small lorry to a large fleet of vehicles: Despite the extensive challenges that the transport industry has experienced over the past 40 years, resulting in many insolvent companies, Italian freight forwarder Ceccarelli Group. has bucked the trend and proved that it can adapt to changing demands and trends. European Business spoke to Luca Ceccarelli, Commercial and Branch Manager at the family enterprise, to find out about the significant changes he has seen in the industry, and how the company has continued to flourish in the face of adversity.

Interview with Nicklas Romell, CCO at Port of Helsingborg

Swedish gateway to the cargo world

As the country’s second-largest container port, Helsingborg is a key rail and road freight hub for Sweden and its international trade. Located on the strait of Öresund, the local waterways are among the busiest in the world. European Business spoke with Nicklas Romell, CCO at Port of Helsingborg, to find out about the port’s activities and success, and its approach to current hot topics such as sustainability and digitalization.

Interview with Paolo Maderna, Managing Director of Unitransports SpA

Building bridges in the air

In today’s global trade markets, transports do not stop at national borders, and neither do customer contacts. Global trade relies on global relationships. This is something that Italian logistics company, Unitransports SpA, recognized early on. It revels in the international nature of its business and thrives in the high-pressure, tightly scheduled world of international air freight. Managing Director Paolo Maderna talks to European Business about what it takes to be successful on the international stage and how to maintain long distance personal relationships.

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A chain of added value in aircraft maintenance

From an economically challenged state-operated company to a privately owned enterprise benefiting from heavy investment and ambitious plans: Business is booming for JOB AIR Technic a.s. The aircraft maintenance specialist, situated in the Czech Republic, has experienced a true renaissance over the past three years, and is having to significantly expand its workforce to cope with the influx of contracts from clients in Europe and further afield.

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Prepared for the seaways of today and tomorrow

Brexit: A word which generally strikes fear and frustration into the hearts of businesses across the European continent and for many companies in the UK too. Danish ferry services provider DFDS Seaways, however, which services numerous routes from mainland Europe and Scandinavia to the UK for passengers, cars and heavy goods vehicles, is prepared. In particular, its French subsidiary, DFDS Seaways SASU has the challenging theme of post-Brexit customs arrangements well under control.

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How to perfect an ancient technology

It is a principle already used by the ancient Egyptians to build the pyramids: roller conveying. Since these early times, the highly effective and energy-efficient technology has been constantly refined. A trailblazer for innovative developments in this sector is the Japanese ITOH DENKI Corporation. Committed to ‘driving the future of intralogistics’, the company pioneered brushless DC 24V motors in rollers. The Group’s European head office is based in eastern France, not far from the Swiss border.

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Almost 50 years of maritime transport services

Cargo vessels and ships have made globalization possible. Today, the container ships transport about 90% of non-bulk cargo worldwide and there is no alternative to sea freight. Arriva Shipping AS, with headquarters in Ølensvåg, Norway, is a family-owned shipping company, providing flexible and reliable maritime transport services.

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Driving the wheels of warehouse automation

Planning a new warehouse or refurbishing an existing one is a complex task. Rows of racking and a few fork-lift trucks are no longer enough; warehousing today is a sophisticated business. Automation offers a multitude of opportunities, and manufacturing industries in particular are keen to take advantage and optimize their warehouse facilities and operations. Weland Solutions AB in Sweden is a leading supplier of warehouse management and logistics solutions. Its expert staff develop customized systems which help its clients streamline not only inventory management and logistics, but their entire production process.

Interview with Aat van der Meer, Managing Director Benelux

Fast delivery: “Who knows how fast we can ship within 10 years?”

DACHSER Benelux is part of the family-owned company DACHSER SE, founded in 1930. DACHSER, headquartered in Kempten, Germany, is one of the leading logistics providers and has its mission to create the world's most intelligent combination and integration of logistics network services. The DACHSER business model comprises transport logistics, warehousing, and value-added services in two business fields: DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics and DACHSER Road Logistics. We talked to Managing Director Benelux Aat van der Meer about cultural differences, technical developments and how logistics will look like in ten years.

Interview with Anne Mellano, Co-Founder and Vice President of Operations at Bestmile SA

Seamless mobility for every mile

Bestmile is sure it can deliver an optimal vehicle-agnostic transportation solution to every logistics problem, be it a taxicab company or a delivery service – and in so doing, the firm provides a glimpse into the future of traffic itself. European Business spoke with the company’s Co-Founder and Vice President of Operations Anne Mellano about the most common inefficiencies her service encounters and fixes, how Bestmile keeps its data safe from intruders, and what major changes the near future will hold in store for the transportation sector.

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Train travel for rural riders

It is no secret that traveling by train is better for the environment than every passenger driving their own individual car and is often a much cheaper option than owning and maintaining a personal vehicle. However, convenience still plays a big factor in why many travelers choose to get around with their own private form of transportation. Tag i Bergslagen AB, located in Sweden, has tried to tackle this problem and aims to be the most convenient method of travel for the public. Partnerships with the Swedish Transport Administration and IKEA have helped the firm offer the best services to its customers.

Interview with Lauri Jouhki, Managing Director of Metz mecatech GmbH

E-scooter: moover scoots to new heights at Metz

For a long time, Metz mecatech was known for its camera accessories. Today, however, the medium-sized company is making a name for itself with an e-scooter that aims to provide its users with clean, uncomplicated and independent mobility in metropolitan areas. European Business spoke with Managing Director Lauri Jouhki about the key developments in the company's history, the potential uses of his electric scooter, and why, despite his ambition, he does not want to replace the bicycle.

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Fluid movements

If the chemical industry moves dangerous goods by road, it has to meet the strict transport regulations which apply to packing and transport. For the transportation of liquids, chemical companies team up with the transport specialist Franz Fischer Spedition GmbH in Nienburg in the north of Germany, who supports their needs in handling hazardous goods. The freight forwarding company is familiar with even the most challenging transport classes for hazardous goods and keeps a close eye on environmental and cost aspects at all times.

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International transport at its best

The international transport sector in Europe is facing serious challenges. Finding excellent drivers is an issue for any company focussing on road transport. On top of that, the European Commission is undertaking actions to make mobility safer and cleaner, leading to new regulations and a CO2 emissions standard for heavy-duty vehicles that will affect every transport company from a cost perspective. KOIMEX S.A. is based in Świebodzin in Poland and specializes in international road transports along the axis France – Germany – Poland. The company is well equipped to meet the new European regulations.

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Customer-focused transports

When it comes to moving goods long distances, rail transportation is rightly seen as the most environmentally friendly solution. A train pulling 20 wagons can transport the equivalent of 40 lorries’-worth of goods. Every extra wagon pulled by a freight locomotive means several fewer heavy goods lorries on the roads. The environmental aspect is just one of the reasons Stefano Ghilardi, General Director of Pol-Rail S.r.l., a joint venture between the Italian and Polish state railways, believes that greater investment in rail infrastructure is long overdue.

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Much more than pallets in, pallets out

In recent years, many large and even global enterprises have discovered the advantages of locating operations in Central and Eastern Europe. A good location, and a skilled yet relatively low-cost workforce are just two of the benefits that postal and logistics concern DHL hoped to leverage, when the company established DHL Supply Chain in Slovakia, a subsidiary of the supply chain division of the German company which is owned by Deutsche Post DHL Group.

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