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Change is good

Change can be a frightening thing, particularly when applied to a company. However, change can also be the only thing that will help a struggling company turn its fortunes around. Managing change so that it is a positive force is the speciality of French management consultants Kea&Partners. Since its foundation in 2001 the company has helped numerous clients successfully transform their businesses for the better.

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Invest in the future

The recent decision by the German constitutional court not to block the European Stability Mechanism has given the equities markets a much needed fillip. This is welcome news for investors and the banks that rely on their business. Jyske Bank (Schweiz) AG, a subsidiary of Jyske Bank in Denmark, specialises in investment products for wealthy individuals. After a challenging few years, there is again light at the end of the tunnel.

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Experience combined with results

The financial crisis of the past few years has forced many companies to take a hard look at their organisations in order to find ways of optimizing efficiency and cutting costs. Those that have not been able to adapt in time have gone to the wall. Simply muddling through does not cut it in a credit crunch. Often it takes someone on the outside to identify the weak points in an organisation and suggest strategies for improvement. In the industrial sector, that someone is frequently TARGUS Management Consulting AG.

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Together in real estate

Cofinimmo SA from Brussels, Belgium, is the leading listed Belgian real estate company specialising in rental property. Focusing on shareholders’ value and close client relationships, the company is continuously optimising its portfolio. Following a sustainable strategy, the company has many future projects in the pipeline.

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A scientist and artist of sound

Sound is not just sound, and music is not just music. We all know that. The listening or hearing experience depends highly on the equipment you use. The joy of listening to a classical concert, for example, differs greatly depending on your loudspeakers but also on the recording equipment used. How does hearing actually work? What really happens in your ear when you hear? These questions are the basis and starting point of all new developments coming from the Sennheiser Group. The company calls itself a scientist and artist of sound with the brand motto “the pursuit of perfect sound.” The company is a specialist in transforming sound waves into electrical signals without losing anything and reconverting digital signals back to analogue, giving you the highest quality listening experience possible. Today, Sennheiser offers individual solutions for every important aspect of the recording, transmission and reproduction of sound, and is constantly working on the improvement of its products. “All our innovations are made with regard to sound quality, followed by aspects of comfort, user-friendliness and design,” says Hans Kortenhorst, managing director of Sennheiser Benelux in Almere. “We not only want our clients to hear all aspects of sound but enable them to feel and experience them, as well. Almost 70 years of experience, innovations and German engineering make this possible.”

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Trading up

Staple foods and raw materials are ideal commodities to trade in as they are largely recession-proof. This may not have been the reason behind the choice of rice and rubber as the key products traded by Sawex Sp. z o. o. in Poland, but it has helped the company grow significantly from its humble beginnings in a box container in 1989 to its current position as a leading trading company with a multimillion EUR turnover.

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Invisible but effective

Sometimes it is just the small thing within that makes all the difference – well, it certainly does for Suomen Helakeskus Oy from Finland. In its home country Finland, the company is one of the big players when it comes to fittings and accessories for kitchen manufacturers and the construction industry. The company’s products are to be found inside kitchen cabinets and in door and window frames alike.

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In the world of fireplaces and ovens

Can there be anything cosier in winter but sitting in front of a fireplace, sipping a nice glass of wine or hot drink and cuddle up in a soft blanket. No wonder, that especially in those countries that are not blessed with a long and warm summer a fireplace or an oven is a must, not only to heat up the house but also to create a well-being atmosphere. Goldkamin Kft. based in Kisújszállás in Hungary is a specialist in fireplaces and ovens. Recognizing the growing awareness for responsible energy consumption, the company continuously works on innovations. At present, water-heating register systems are a key issue at Goldkamin.

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A good location

Finding a suitable location to set up a chemical factory is no easy task. However, for companies operating in energy and wastewater-intensive sectors, such as processing industries like chemistry and food producers, the ideal infrastructure is available at the Oberbruch industrial park. Conveniently located equidistant from the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf and Aachen in Germany’s industrial heartland, the park is owned and operated by NUON Energie und Service GmbH.

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Sights set on the retina

If you have ever had your retina checked, you know what a ‘pleasure’ it can be: The eye doctor uses drops to dilate your pupils, then shines a shockingly bright light into your eye to conduct the examination. Hours later you are still unable to read, drive or be in sunlight. Many eye care professionals offer an alternative to dilation using new equipment from Optos. Supported by extensive clinical evidence, strategic acquisitions and new office locations, Optos is building the retina company and expanding the global reach of its diagnostic and treatment technologies.

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King of the road

Tyres provide the point of contact between motor vehicles and the road, cushioning the ride and ensuring a good grip. Advancements in automotive technology have not neglected this vital component, and today’s tyres offer outstanding performance in all conditions. One of the top ten tyre manufacturers in the world is the Korean company Kumho Tire Co., Inc. Its European headquarters, Kumho Tire Europe GmbH, are located in Offenbach/Main, Germany.

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Engineering your success

Product excellence is a must for every industrial supplier. Yet in order to stay competitive in the long run or to become a leading name in the industry, you have to meet the highest expectations in service and technological know-how. One of the companies that managed to become a synonym for excellence in its industry is Parker Hannifin. The US-based concern is the world’s unchallenged manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems. Its Belgium-based subsidiary Parker Hannifin BeLux SPRL is responsible for the group’s sales business in Belgium and Luxembourg. With several development projects in the pipeline, Managing Director Frans Heirbaut is positive about the future of the Belgian subsidiary.

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An indispensable ingredient

Anodes are electrodes that are used for a wide variety of applications, for example for batteries, galvanic cells or semiconductor diodes. Anodes are indispensable when it comes to the manufacture of aluminium. Acting as electrical conductors, they are vital for the smelting process. Specialised in anodes for aluminium smelters, the Dutch company Aluminium & Chemie Rotterdam B.V. has developed into the largest stand-alone anode manufacturing plant worldwide, well-known and highly reputed for high-quality bespoke anodes.

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Nicely done

Building automation technology has become much more prevalent in recent years, and automated systems can be found in a growing number of private homes where they are installed to remotely operate gates, garage doors, awnings and blinds as well as wireless alarm systems. One of the leading suppliers of products for the home automation market is the Italian company Nice S.p.A. It generates global sales of more than 229 million EUR and operates in more than 100 national markets around the world. In the French market, it is represented by the sales subsidiary Nice France.

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Bringing Attila’s Empire to life again

Attila, more frequently referred to as Attila the Hun, was the ruler of the Huns from 434 until his death in 453. He was the leader of the Hunnic Empire, which stretched from the Ural River to the Rhine River and from the Danube River to the Baltic Sea. Many sagas and legends entwine around Attila and his people. Now, János Kocsi, owner of Kincsem Lovaspark Kft. from Tápiószentmárton in Hungary, aims to reawaken ancient times and create a new Attila empire for tourists.

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Streamlining the workplace

More than ever, technology helps us accomplish all that needs to get done so that we can then do more work. From the home office to the boardroom, processes, tasks and meetings have to be scheduled, tracked and followed up on to ensure that everything is completed and nothing is forgotten. To carry out these feats, we often rely on specialised organisational and planning software. Ingentis Softwareentwicklung GmbH provides such individualised applications that meet any customer’s computer-based administrative and human resource-related need.

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We invent the virtual world

Products can only work flawlessly when they have undergone thorough testing and simulation. In particular, high-tech systems as used in military organisations must stand the test at any time before they hit the market. In the highly specialised simulation segment, MSE Weibull AB from Sweden has captured a strong position, supplying intelligent and modular simulation and training hard- and software. Customers from the military and civilian markets appreciate its advanced system solutions.

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Specialised in speakers

Choosing the right speaker for business events such as jubilees, annual meetings or product launches is crucial for the success of the event. Well established as an agency for speakers, hosts and coaches for all types of events, the Finnish company Speakersforum Finland Oy is a proven partner for finding the speaker best suited to engage the audience of customers’ events.

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Rostock calling

Tuning in to a radio station in communist-era East Germany was a different affair from listening to a show in today’s united republic. Besides not being restricted to official state broadcasts, present-day residents can buy radios from whichever world-leading producer they wish. But when the devices need repairs, its possible that the owners turn to the same company as a quarter-century ago. And despite having grown beyond recognition, that company, Bentwisch-based Service Center Baumeister GmbH & Co. KG, is still led by the same person.

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Ariadne’s thread for digital assets

Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos of Crete, fell in love with Theseus, the son of King Aegeus of Athens. Theseus came with the seven Athenian boys and girls who were sent to Crete as a tribute to be sacrificed to the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull monster living in a labyrinth. Ariadne gave Theseus a ball of thread to unwind on his way through the labyrinth and, after killing the Minotaur, Theseus found his way out. Today, the Norwegian FotoWare a.s. provides an ‘Ariadne’s thread’ system for companies to find the way through the labyrinth of their digital assets, quickly and easily.

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