Passion fosters entrepreneurial succes – this statement is the perfect opening line for our interview with Johannes Kwizda, Member of the Management Team at Kwizda Group. The Austrian company ranks among the leading conglomerates in the country with its strong focus on healthcare, agricultural products and construction materials. European Business talked to Mr. Kwizda about the continued rise of the Austrian family business and how it manages to keep the delicate balance between honouring past tradition and looking to the future.
Bioprocess Pilot Facility B.V. in the Netherlands puts its clients’ scale-up trials to the test. Unique in its sector, BPF scales chemical and biotechnological processes from the lab to precommercial scale and even further. But it is not just the company’s services that set it apart: it is its unique approach. Eric Goossens, Managing Director of BPF, explains more.
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.
A long tradition in steel-making and a passion for innovation: The history and structure of Italian manufacturer Acciaierie Bertoli Safau SpA (ABS) created the perfect foundation for the company to develop a unique ability to meet the needs of the most demanding markets around the world. As one of the leading players in steel production, ABS prides itself on the quality of its products and services, and is striving to further enhance its competitive edge with a three-pronged focus on sustainability.
Why do so many incompetent men become leaders? – A question that might spark many a heated discussion. For psychologist and author Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic it is also the title of choice for his current publication. European Business talked to the Argentinean-born scientist about the mistake of equating confidence with competence and the current ignorance of scientific data in public debate.
Enjoying the freedom of the open road on two wheels is an intrinsic piece of modern American mythology. No bike expresses this more than the hand-made, customized machines ARCH Motorcycle Company, which was founded on the idea of redefining the American performance cruiser. European Business talked to Gard Hollinger, joint-founder of ARCH Motorcycle Company about where he finds inspiration for his motorcycle designs, having a Hollywood star as a partner and whether he has a favourite bike in the new portfolio.
For 700 years, water has bubbled up from an underground spring and cascaded through the Tamina Gorge in Switzerland at a constant temperature of 36.5°C. How kind of nature to supply bathing water at the perfect temperature for human enjoyment. Although it was first discovered by huntsmen in 1242 and bath houses were first erected in 1350, it was not until the railway first reached Ragaz further down the valley that “taking the waters” there really took off. Today, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz AG presides over a portfolio that includes a 5-star hotel, health spa, casino and medical centre; all of which are only here today because of a 700-year-old thermal spring.
Transport & Logistics
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Logistics for fresh and perishable goods are by their nature extremely time sensitive. The window of peak freshness is short and closes quickly. The structure of the fresh food supply chain means that these goods often cover large distances from producers to consumers. Ensuring that they reach their destination in optimal condition is the area of speciality of SIGR d.o.o. in Slovenia. The vastly experienced freight forwarding company has grown alongside growth in international supply chains so that its area of operations extends beyond Slovenia throughout Europe.
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.
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.