The area between the two rivers Tanger and Elbe in Germany is dominated by a huge castle hill. The old castle, which was built in the early 13th century once used to be the residency and home of the emperor Karl IV. After it was destroyed during war, the famous King of Prussia Friedrich I rebuilt the castle. Today, the beautiful historical building houses a unique hotel that unites the historical ambience of the house with modern amenities.
Huge airports can be annoying: waiting in long lines, rushing through confusing, crowded halls in search of a gate, worrying about lost luggage and struggling to find help if something goes wrong. A smaller airport can make the trip more manageable. Göteborg City Airport in Säve, Sweden, is a good example of an efficient, small airport that wants to increase not only customer traffic, but customer satisfaction. In fact, new CEO Annika Nyberg says her mission is “to bring a new strategy and make the flying experience more pleasant, more aesthetic, more personalised.” Since she took office in December 2011, she has worked to make the airport’s 120 employees friendlier and more helpful, and has added colours, flowers and improved decor to the airport’s interior, including its restaurant and pub. “We need to be more unique; there are a lot of small airports in Sweden,” Ms. Nyberg says. “Just efficiency is not enough to distinguish us from other airports.”
Machine builders, factories and processing plants across the region rely on automation and information management systems to operate efficiently, effectively and safely. Rockwell Automation provides powerful solutions for these organisations, enabling them to get the most from their manufacturing environments.
Owned by 51,000 private forest owners and a group of private companies, Södra Sweden has made its name as a high-quality producer of sawn and planed timber goods, interior products and paper pulp. One of Södra’s subsidiaries in Denmark, Södra Interiör A/S with headquarters in Åbyhøj, functions as a connector between the Scandinavian and Central European markets, and sells floorings, wooden ceilings and mouldings.
Charles Darwin roughly stated that which does not change dies. This phenomenon is evident in all aspects of life, from people to governments to nature. Rigid people fade away into obscurity, governments and regimes crumble, and nature creates natural disasters to wipe away detritus, giving the region or the planet a fresh place in which to thrive. Similar occurrences are apparent in the energy industry, where the tried, true and long-standing sources of energy are withering away due to reduced availability and cleanliness, making way for newer, evolving methods and resources. Ambiente Energia S.R.L. of southern Italy heartily embraces this spirit of change, reinventing itself from building developer to becoming a developer of renewable energy in Italy and beyond.
You open and close the trunk of your car without smashing your fingers. You adjust the height of an office chair by pressing a lever. What these seemingly simple functions have in common may just be the company that designed them. For nearly 80 years, STABILUS GmbH in Koblenz, Germany, has been developing and manufacturing gas springs, hydraulic dampers and electric drives for a broad spectrum of industries and applications, making it the world market leader.
To keep business rolling, original equipment manufacturers need dependable suppliers. They have a strong partner in the Denmark-based STARCO Group, a producer of specialised tyres and wheels for non-automotive machines and products. A family-run company since its founding, STARCO is the European market leader in some of its product segments and is motivated to supply customers with every wheel and tyre solution they need. With a network of five factories, the Danish tyre specialist is expanding beyond Europe’s borders and rolling into global markets.
There are many situations in which a thorough test of a product might be useful. Products are tested before they hit the market to make sure that they meet the requirements, and are safe and reliable. The Istituto di Ricerche e Collaudi M. Masini S.r.L., located in Rho (Milan), Italy, has an outstanding reputation in the world of certification thanks to its undisputable professionalism.
In the past decade, many European companies have experienced the enormous potential the Indian subcontinent offers to new business relationships between Europe and India. With market growth of 7 to 8% and a population of more than 1.3 billion people, India has become a rapidly developing market with a huge potential for foreign companies. However, European entrepreneurs require a negotiator and an experienced partner to make the most of their growing business relationships in India. Now, EMDI Europe S.A. has expanded its portfolio and has been providing sound consultancy services to facilitate business partnerships between the EU and India, particularly among SMEs.
No one really likes to clean the house. Yet it is a necessary evil that emits a sense of pride in oneself and one’s surroundings, prevents disease and brings peace of mind. Not everyone, though, has the time, energy or physical capacity to keep his or her home a sparkling castle. Professional life requires modern workers’ waking hours, while personal demands such as children and family consume what little time remains. Some of the world’s elderly or physically challenged lack the strength and stamina necessary to keep dirt and grime at bay. In Belgium, residents no longer need to fret about filth. Proxiservice scrl FS supplies superior private household cleaning and management services regardless of a customer’s financial means.
Looking at the transport market in Hungary today, one name stands out like a radiating beacon that has defined transportation and logistics standards in the former Communist country. During the 1990s, at a time when the transport business was in a transition stage, the entrepreneur György Wáberer grasped the chance to make his dream of a leading international transport and logistics company come true. Today, his group of companies, including Waberer’s International Zrt., has made it to the absolute top in the market and has earned a reputation as the leading logistics service provider in Hungary and in the whole of Central and Eastern Europe. In addition, the group’s large fleet of trucks is at home on all major European roads, both in Western and Eastern Europe.
Fire and theft prevention protects people and property. In Belgium, a unique organisation takes responsibility for this important duty: ANPI helps businesses and institutions in Belgium and abroad keep fire, theft and other threats under control, by providing a complete portfolio of services ranging from test laboratories and inspections to audits and certifications.
A family business founded in 1971, Nuova Tecnofibra srl is located in Carbonate near Como in Italy and unites the best of both worlds of non woven textiles: its extensive experience in the development and production of wadding and needle punch felts, and the flexibility of a dynamic private enterprise. Certification according to Oeko-tex 100 confirms the high level of manufacturing quality and responsibility. Nuova Tecnofibra srl is a company clients can rely on.
Modern business moves at the speed of light. To stay on top or ahead of the competition, all companies and organisations need consultants who keep them informed of the most recent corporate ideologies and trends, and the latest in business solution software used to execute new occupational operation methods. While many firms develop cutting-edge software and others provide premium consulting services, few combine the two disciplines to offer a one-stop shop that can help a company update its image, infrastructure and operational software seamlessly. proALPHA Software Austria GesmbH is one such rare enterprise, supplying customers with business solutions in the way of its integrated proALPHA software and superior consulting that help industrial, commercial and service operations maintain their competitive edge.
The textile industry has always been a very competitive market. At present, the players are facing several new challenges at a time. Besides growing competition from low-cost countries, more and more retailers, such as IKEA, to mention but one, are taking on the production and design of their textile articles themselves. NedSense NedGraphics B.V. from Vianen in the Netherlands, a wholly owned subsidiary of NedSense Enterprises N.V., is the world leader in software programs for the textile industry. Thanks to the outstanding functionality of the products and continuous product improvement and development, NedGraphics is the premier choice of renowned players across the globe.
Sustainable, green, environmentally friendly: These are the buzzwords of the 21st century. Companies want green buildings powered by renewable resources. What many enterprises forget, however, is that plants are a great way to neutralise carbon emissions. Mobilane bv, nestled in the woods in Leersum, the Netherlands, is an expert in this field. The company specialises in innovative green solutions that go far beyond the average potted plant.
Blanking is a shearing process used in a wide range of manufacturing sectors, from the automotive industry to medical technology. A special form of blanking is fineblanking, an advanced technology where there is no fracture zone when shearing. Compared to conventional blanking, there are several advantages, including superior precision, excellent dimensional control, perfect repeatability though a production run, parts with clean, right-angled cut surfaces, and little need to machine details. The world market leader in this high-tech processing method is Feintool Technologie AG. Providing its customers with the deciding difference, the Swiss company is the only global supplier that covers the entire value chain in fineblanking, from engineering to tool design through to serial production.
Long gone are the times when an open lorry full of scrap used to strive through residential neighbourhood looking for scrap. Of course, you may still find some of them in remote areas. Today, the trading of scrap is an international business directly connected to the stock exchanges of the world. Gemini NV Corporation based in Antwerp, Belgium enjoys an excellent reputation world-wide for adding added value to the raw material business. The company is the world’s largest scrap dealer acknowledged for quality, reliability and social commitment.