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Putting food into the limelight

Lighting plays an essential role in the retail sector and especially in food retail. We buy what we see, and well-thought-out lighting systems underline the freshness and the quality of the food. It takes a lot of know-how and experience to find the specific lighting solution for each and every product, but the German company BÄRO GmbH & Co. KG provides just that. For more than four decades now, the company has been a proven expert in sophisticated lighting solutions for the food retail trade.

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Springing ahead in frozen snacks

One of the fundamentals of running a successful business is to see potential in the market and find a way to address it. Sometimes this involves developing new products to meet the demand, but in some instances, the acquisition of an existing company which already serves that market is a better alternative. This was IZICO Food Group’s strategy when it acquired the Danish firm Daloon A/S at the beginning of 2016. IZICO was already a strong player in the supply of meat burgers and other frozen foods. The acquisition of Daloon, one of the leading international suppliers of spring rolls, provided a much-needed entry into the fast-developing market for Asian food.

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Trusted Data for the entire supply chain

Product identification has been digital for many years now. In fact, bar codes celebrate 40 years as the global language of business this year, which allows businesses to recognize products and understand their details, with up to 6,000 unique attributes that could be associated to any product. This ability is enabled by a global standard, developed and managed by the not-for-profit GS1 organizations. Today, consumers demand information on what they are buying in order to ensure family safety and make smart economic purchases to buy the best product. The biggest challenge faced is the ability to support those organizations that manage and distribute product data to consumers, to ensure that the product data that is delivered is authentic and trustworthy. 1WorldSync Holding Inc. is a company that is dedicated to improving the shopping experience for today’s connected consumer. 1WorldSync is the global leader in the distribution of product data today, helping businesses exchange the data necessary to operate an efficient supply chain via the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN).

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A maritime provider of services

The port of Fos-sur-Mer, located on the French Mediterranean coast, is a large complex that perfectly suits the needs of ships crossing major routes in the Mediterranean Sea. At this location, Sosersid from Fos-sur-Mer, France, maintains its highly successful business. The company is specialized in the loading and unloading of cargo and provides a lot of experience in the field of heavy loads and steel products.

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Focused on caring

Life expectancy around the world has increased steadily for decades, but increasing age often leads to the loss of mobility, which has a negative impact on the quality of life. People with serious limitations in mobility are less likely to feel happy and content and have fewer social contacts. For this reason, Arjo Italia SpA in Rome offers a broad array of products that help improve the daily lives of people affected by reduced mobility and age-related health issues.

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Family bank at the side of its clients

Wealth management has been the business of Banque Cramer & Cie SA since the early 1700s. The Swiss private bank caters to a discerning private and professional clientele with its personalized portfolio management and advisory and wealth services. With a new CEO on board, Banque Cramer is looking to consolidate on recent expansion from several strategic acquisitions and place its focus increasingly on new customer acquisition and sales.

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Engineering sustainable cycles

In the near future, all buildings have to be neutral in their use of energy and today we are still far away from reaching that goal. However, Belgian engineer Nicolas Vyncke sees an irreversible transition taking place in the construction sector. The field of engineering has a huge contribution to offer to this necessary progress. His company Ingenium NV is headquartered in Bruges, Belgium, and has two subsidiaries: Electrium BVBA is specialized in smart electric grids and Industrium BVBA in energy efficiency and sustainability for the industrial sector.

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First impressions count

Colour is an essential ingredient of every product and can often be the deciding factor in its success or failure. If the way a product looks doesn’t appeal to the consumer, then they are less likely to make a positive purchasing decision. Color Project European is one of the world’s leading producers of colour samples and works with producers in the car, building and manufacturing industries to provide them with perfect reproductions of their original model colours. And there’s more to the process than meets the eye.

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Metal matters

An important part of any construction process are the hundreds or even thousands of small metal components that hold materials together. Family owned since 2002 and based in northern Czech Republic, Kovosreal s.r.o. sees to it that each of these metal pieces are manufactured with the highest quality using the latest technology.

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Keeping the air and water clean

Purification of the water we drink and the air we breathe keeps us healthy and gives us an improved quality of life. Making the process biological rather than totally mechanical, also takes stress off the environment. Ekofinn-Pol Sp. z o.o., headquartered in Poland, is paving the way with better air and water treatment options.

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Cold copies

Standard photocopying machines create a copy by attaching toner particles to the paper by means of heat. The Japanese RISO Corporation, by contrast, uses cold printing technology that consumes 80% less energy. What is more, it offers unrivalled speed and outstanding cost effectiveness, which makes it ideal for high-volume printing jobs. The French subsidiary in Lyon is the group’s principal operation in Europe.

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A driving force

Conveyor belts and drive systems and components are needed in many different industries. The food and beverage industry, the engineering sector as well as all producing companies with automated production processes need means to transport their products. In the Netherlands, Noten B.V. from Belfeld is a pioneer in the conveying industry. With roots dating far back to 1925, the company, which already is a household name in its field, is now getting ready to enhance its position in the market and to become the undisputed market leader within the next five years.

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Top-notch aluminum castings

Competition in the aluminum casting industry is intense, and some companies may be tempted to cut corners and use cheap machinery and materials to keep costs low. Reboldi Angelo srl, however, invests its time and profit into ensuring high-quality end products through the use of up-to-date machinery, materials and techniques.

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Key part of the value chain

Packaging, assembly and testing are essential constituents of the value chain in the semiconductor industry. A global leader in this sophisticated market is Amkor. With its services, the US-based corporation allows its customers – the world’s largest semiconductor firms and electronics OEMs – to concentrate on their core competences: semiconductor and silicon design. The European sales and technical support teams are located in France and Germany, and provide support to customers across the continent.

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Quality and quantity in harmony

Superior product quality generally goes along with small production quantities. However as order volumes increase, quality is often compromised. The Italian company Somaschini S.p.A. is proof that high production volumes and excellent product quality are not mutually exclusive. The family-managed enterprise with a rich manufacturing tradition dating back to the early 1920s delivers first-rate, mass-produced gears for demanding customers in Europe and North America.

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A Viking goes global

Ask anyone on the street what they associate with the Nordic countries, and the word ‘Vikings’ is bound to come up. While these seafarers were known for their raids, there are also many positive traits connected with them, such as their strength and their savvy in trade. The company Carmo A/S is a modern Viking. The Danish company builds on the strengths of its heritage while maintaining a global perspective in trading its injection-moulded plastic and PVC components.

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The best venues of Warsaw

Today, Warsaw is one of the most important traffic, economy and trade hubs in Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to this, the capital city of Poland also boasts several universities, theatres, museums, historical monuments and other tourist sights. Located right in the heart of Warsaw’s thriving business district, the Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre is both the ideal venue to do business and to relax after a stressful day. The hotel and convention centre is owned by the Atlas Group, a dynamic investment company focusing on real estate investments in Central Eastern Europe, particularly Poland, and is managed by the Hilton Group. The Atlas Group owns and manages several prestigious properties in Warsaw of which the Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre is just one highlight.

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High and heavy – fast and flexible

Many truck manufacturers want their vehicles to arrive at the distributor with zero mileage. This is where G.M. De Rooy & Sons comes into play. The family-owned Dutch enterprise is specialized in high and heavy transports and makes sure that new trucks and tractors get from the production plant to the distributor without a scratch. The company serves all truck and tractor manufacturers with factories in Europe and distinguishes itself through its outstanding flexibility, exceptional customer focus and sophisticated timing with a minimum of empty drives.

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Growing business

Obtaining financing is often one of the major obstacles to growth for small and medium-sized companies. What they need is a locally based investor that understands both their needs and the challenges they face at a regional level while offering them the means to expand their horizons. This is precisely the support offered by iXO Private Equity, which is based in Toulouse in southwestern France and specializes in investing in companies based in the region.

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Clearly focused and perfectly adaptive

Standard IT solutions often do not meet the specific needs of the user. And standard IT service providers often do not meet the requirements of the customer. Netlution GmbH is a notable exception in the IT industry. The company not only provides customized solutions perfectly adapted to individual needs. The privately owned IT firm also has a clear specialist, enterprise and regional focus: on advanced data centers, end-user computing applications and cloud computing for large enterprise customers with similar IT infrastructures in Germany’s south-west for maximum customer proximity.

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