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It’s plain sailing

The heart of Germany’s thriving shipping industry is the Elbe-Weser-Triangle that takes in the ports of Hamburg, Bremen, Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven, Cuxhaven, Brunsbüttel, Flensburg and Kiel. Located right at its heart in Osten is VIRTUS GmbH, which operates as a consultant and supplier to the international shipping industry, outfitting ships and boats with a range of onboard sanitation and water piping products from a who’s who of leading manufacturers.

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Solar energy is always on our minds

The exploitation of solar energy in the form of photovoltaic and solar thermal energy solutions is on the rise in Belgium. Against the general backdrop of cut subsidies and tax benefits in many areas, solar energy is still thriving. Enersol SPRL from Battice in Wallonia is among one of the providers of solar energy solutions that have benefited greatly from the positive attitude in society towards sustainable and renewable energy solutions. Today, the company has built up sound know-how and expertise, and is currently developing new solar energy related solutions in Belgium and abroad.

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Italian gelato around the globe

Italian gelato is to die for – connoisseurs around the globe are convinced that nowhere else does it taste as good as in Italy. But thanks to companies like Gel Matic Italia s.r.l., people on all five continents can nowadays enjoy this typical Italian taste of ice cream and express gelato. Gel Matic not only distributes innovative soft-serve and express gelato machines but promotes the culture of gelato production.

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Integrated service solutions

Electrical equipment requires regular servicing and periodic overhauling to both extend its life and ensure reliable operation. The Swedish company AB Elektro-Dynamo specializes in the servicing and repair of pumps, engines and motors of all sizes. With its dedicated team of experienced engineers and well-equipped workshops, no job is too big or too small for it to handle.

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Cleaning with enzymes

Today, enzymes are the most powerful cleaning agents, as they incorporate properties that help to transform organic substances irreversibly into residue that is water-soluble. The Belgian company REALCO from Louvain-la-Neuve is one of the pioneers in using enzymes for cleaning and purification products. Today, REALCO is the undisputed leader in the enzyme-based cleaning market, supplying the B2B and B2C markets worldwide.

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Innovative facades

The Golden Terraces in Warsaw, the BMW World in Munich, the Prime Tower in Zurich and the Pennfaktaren office building in Stockholm – all these buildings are renowned for their innovative architecture and modern and unique design. The glass-aluminium facades of the constructions were assembled by POKO-AL s.c. with headquarters in Gdańsk, Poland. The company, which also has a branch in Cologne, offers the professional assembly of facades and produces glass-aluminium facades as well as aluminium and PVC windows.

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For a safer sky

The sky has got limits, and modern aviation is well aware of the risk of ever-increasing air traffic, thus leading to a higher risk of accidents up in the air. However, air traffic control authorities as well as military bodies rely on modern technology to ensure the highest level of safety at any time. Indeed, air traffic surveillance has been assigned a key role in this scenario. Due to modern technology developed and supplied by ERA a.s. from Pardubice in the Czech Republic, the air has become a safer place.

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Investing in the future

Germany is renowned for its engineering expertise and solid manufacturing base. These invaluable assets have ensured that the German economy has continued to outperform the other economies of Europe despite the crisis. Such companies also offer investors a safe haven for their money at a time of financial uncertainty. MS Industrie AG, formerly GCI Industrie AG, is a publicly quoted holding company for a group of companies from Germany’s famed Mittelstand whose expertise and activities lie in the areas of engine technology and welding equipment.

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Prototyping and more

Small to medium-sized manufacturing companies often have a clear business advantage in comparison to large multinationals. They are highly flexible, while simultaneously boasting professional work results. UFM-Permec S.A.S. benefits strongly from both its high level of flexibility and its professional results when it comes to precision machining and prototyping. The French supplier of complex and advanced details for machining has become a strong supplier to the automotive and agricultural vehicle industries as well as to the public works sector.

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A fixture in fixings

The construction industry conjures up images of heavy machinery, massive building sites and burly men in hardhats. What most people do not consider, however, are all the smaller parts that hold a project together and complete the job. Excavators and concrete elements fall quickly into view, but anchors of all sizes are just as important. A major supplier is Sormat Oy, located in Rusko, Finland. For nearly half a century now, Sormat has been involved in the development of anchors and light fixings for construction and other industries.

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Smarter and greener – a clever combination

Future-oriented green solutions are more important than ever, especially in the field of technology. Deltronics, a subsidiary of Delta Electronics Inc., is a perfect example of how to combine innovative technologies with the demands of a better tomorrow. The company, with headquarters in Taiwan, provides leading electronic products and solutions that are ahead of their time.

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Stainless steel at its best from Italy

Stainless steel is a high performance material guaranteeing esthetic design, durability, top hygiene and excellent mechanical properties. Thanks to all these features, it is used for a wide range of applications and in many different industries. Steel Color from Pescarolo Ed Uniti in Italy is a specialist in coloured and textured stainless steel sheets. In Italy, Steel Color is the only company of its kind and an internationally acknowledged supplier. Yet the dynamic company is not going to rest on its laurels. Steel Color aims to double its turnover in the next five to six years.

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Wide area industrial communication at its best

Energy efficiency is an important topic today, and companies of all industries have to reconsider their energy consumption. In order to ensure total efficiency, you need continuous process control and integrated communication systems. Exactly this is the specialty of CASON Mérnöki Zrt. from Érd in Hungary, an expert in wide area industrial communications.

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Ready for takeoff

Even despite the challenging economic situation, the air traffic market has made quantum leaps in the last year. It is still growing, and experts expect a further increase and estimate that around 450,000 pilots will be needed within the next 20 years. This means that every year, approximately 20,000 new pilots have to be educated, and ALSIM from Le Loroux Bottereau in France is determined to participate in this growth market. The company is an expert in innovative flight synthetic training devices. Drawing on profound know-how and many years of experience in pilot training, ALSIM now aims to offer pilot training itself.

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Fruits of labour

Biotechnology is a field that is growing both in terms of technology for improved plant growth and plant-based chemicals. One company that is sowing its seeds in biotechnology is ABiTEP GmbH from Berlin, Germany. The firm is soon due to harvest the fruits of its labour.

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First-rate functionality

Scandinavian lifestyle, with its emphasis on health and well-being, has fans all over the world, and products that epitomize the Nordic way of living are high in demand. A perfect example is Sanka Oy. The Finnish firm offers shower and bathroom furniture of the highest quality and perfect functionality, plus Scandinavian design and traditional craftsmanship.

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Fashionable – and functional, too

France and Italy are both countries with a special feeling for luxury products of stylish design. A unique connection between the two is formed by Ambre Italia S.r.l. The privately owned Italian company is part of Montres Ambre SA and distributes the French group’s watches and jewellery in the Italian market. What makes the cross-border cooperation special is that it considers its watches primarily not as functional timekeepers but as trendy fashion accessories that, on top of that, show the time.

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Balancing virtual and real

Retailing has been altered by the advent of the Internet like few other industries. E-commerce opens new markets to the consumer, often with a product palette and prices that are hard to beat. Residents of one-horse towns are no longer forced to travel great distances to find what they are looking for, and there is not the risk of wasting time with the journey only to discover that store does not have the desired product. Harvey Norman, a multinational retailer, is learning to bridge the gap between physical retail outlets and an online presence. The company, with locations throughout the Asia-Pacific region, aims to gain market share in Europe.

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Stay on trend with printed fabrics

Printed fabrics have been all over the catwalks for the last few seasons, and their influence can be seen in the new spring collections on the high street. Alphabet prints as seen in Mary Katrantzou’s ‘typewriter dress’ are set to be the top trend being worked by fashionistas in the know. As this latest trend filters down from the catwalk to the high street, Italian-based Seride Srl is one of the companies supplying the clothing industry with beautiful, high-quality printed fabrics for the latest must-have pieces.

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Accountemps: A special name with a special meaning

Temporary staff is commonplace in many sectors and companies, which can benefit from their expertise and help in managing work peaks. A temping agency that is specialized itself is Accountemps NV. With its name being derived from a combination of the words accounting and temporary, the company focuses on placing accounting and finance profiles on a temporary basis.

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