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Giving data a secure home

It operates one of the most advanced and greenest computing centers in Germany. ODN OnlineDienst Nordbayern GmbH & Co. KG specializes in high-performance, high-availability, high-protection data center services. The company and self-described ‘home of data’ secures its customers unrestricted access to the most precious resource of the 21st century: data – a resource that is growing in volume all the time and needs to be properly safeguarded to deliver its full potential. ODN helps its customers unleash this potential – in a reliable, individual and goal-oriented way.

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Signalling top technology on European railways

Business success is rarely achieved only on the basis of a great idea. A number of factors normally combine, working hand in hand to create a prosperous venture. As the basis of its overarching vision, SIGNON Deutschland GmbH, a Berlin-based company specializing in technology and communication solutions for the rail and industrial sectors, has identified four fields of action that it considers critical for its long-term future. These underpin the company’s business strategy for the coming years, and its goal of becoming the leading all-round supplier of track-side technology.

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Making fuel from waste

Industrial activity creates waste, of which a large proportion can be recycled to make products with a high calorific value. N+P International BV specializes in recycling industrial waste residues to produce high-quality fuels and raw materials for the ceramic industry, the cement industry and power generation. It is a highly specialized and profitable niche, generating turnover for the Dutch company of 80 million EUR this year with a 25% increase expected in 2017.

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Strong as concrete, despite crisis

Europe-wide, the building and infrastructure markets were hit hard by the crisis in 2008/2009. This is also true for Hungary. For several years now, investments and major projects have been postponed or cancelled. Now, Zoltán Vass, managing director of Ferrobeton, based in Dunaújváros, Hungary, sees light at the end of the tunnel. Specializing in prefabricated reinforced concrete and concrete elements, the company made major investments in the last years and is now ready for growth again.

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A calculated risk

Investing money should not be confused with gambling. It is not about throwing some money on a random number, hoping against all odds that the ball will end up in the right field. It is about carefully analyzing opportunities, assessing risks and possible gains before making a thoughtful decision. How good an investment firm is at its job can be seen by its track record. The Degroof Fund Management Company has a knack for setting up the correct investment strategy. The Belgian firm is known for working systematically and yielding good results.

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Verifications to trust in

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.

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Discover the sparkle

Prosecco is a famous sparkling wine from Italy, which people often use to celebrate. Prosecco has become famous around the world for its unique sparkle and taste. However, there are significant differences between the qualities of the sparkling Italian wines, depending on its origin. Foss Marai S.P.A. has been producing Prosecco spumante for six generations, with a focus on quality, traditional craftsmanship and passion.

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A culture of service in printed circuit boards

Cooperation with customers in design, development and production of printed circuit boards rather than mass commodities, tailor-made solutions instead of catalogue supplies – that is what Eleprint Srl is all about. The PCB specialist from Montevecchia is a member of the globally operating Elemaster Group, a leader in high-tech electronic equipment. From double-sided circuits to circuits with up to 28 layers, Eleprint masters all PCB types and is able to handle all materials.

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Ultrafast sisters

Since its advent in the 1960s, laser technology has rapidly conquered all fields of public, commercial and private life. And yet the potential of laser technology is far from being fully exploited. Over the past decades ultrafast lasers have opened up new dimensions, and the French sister companies AMPLITUDE TECHNOLOGIES and AMPLITUDE SYSTÈMES are leading the way as an innovative force in making ultrafast lasers available for a wide range of highly specialised applications from research to industry and medical therapy.

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Extraordinary environments are our daily business

In all industries, the reliability of machines and equipment is an important issue. When it comes to difficult environments, for example extremely low or high temperatures or strong weathers, you need special know-how and equipment to ensure continuous production. Selektro A/S from Møldrup in Denmark specializes in the manufacturing of industry electronics for demanding environments. Only founded in 2009, the company has been continuously on the rise within the last few years. CEO Karl-Peter Andersen who took over the majority of the company shares by the end of 2013, aims to reach the 30 million EUR limit in the next ten years.

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Hailing the convenience of mobile auto repairs

You know the feeling: Your car is washed and polished to perfection, and then it rains. Annoying yes, but no damage is done. However, when the weather plays really rough, it is often a different story. In Germany, hailstorms cause damage to an average of 100,000 cars every year. Getting the dents repaired – dealing with the insurance company, finding a workshop, coping without your car while the repairs are carried out – is laborious and time consuming. Hagelschaden-Centrum Douteil® GmbH makes it simple; it brings its hail-damage repair workshops to customers across Germany, France and Benelux, and takes care of the details.

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Optimum rail freight performance

Rail traffic helps to relieve the overburdened road network and provides an efficient, environment- friendly alternative for the transportation of large freight volumes. Wiener Lokalbahnen Cargo GmbH in Vienna, Austria, proves that these well-accepted advantages can be combined with exceptional service and safety standards. The subsidiary of Wiener Lokalbahnen AG has seen rapid and successful development that reflects its growing appreciation in the European logistics world.

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From computer game to a whole new universe

Almost every business owner claims to have a passion for his or her particular line of work. Sometimes, to the uninitiated, the reasons for this enthusiasm are perhaps hard to grasp. In the case of Ankama SAS, however, they are clear to even the most cynical observer. The highly creative French company is a developer of massive multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG), and its founders and staff alike share a passion for computer games that has led them to create one of the world’s most successful games and subsequently develop a whole universe of related multimedia products.

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Making a dream a reality

In today’s increasingly hectic and stress-inducing work and general life environment, health and wellness techniques and practices are becoming more of an essential than a luxury. Too much stress leads to a multitude of health issues, so reducing it as much as possible is important to leading a full life. LEMI, headquartered in Italy, is dedicated to helping health and wellness professionals reduce as much stress and discomfort from their patients’ lives as possible.

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The beautiful colours of leather

Leather is one of the most versatile materials used for clothing, shoes, furnishings and upholstery. However, it requires the right tanning and finish materials to let the leather shine in all its glory. Ikem Srl is the address for a total portfolio of products that support leather processing and finishing. The family company has built up a sound reputation in the global market, serving leather processing industries as far away as South America and Asia.

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Building the perfect brand store

The shop interiors of prominent fashion brands always impress with the wonderful clothing on display. However, the image of a brand is not only reflected in its products but to an even greater extent in the environment it chooses to present the brand. Imagebuilders BV knows all about the creation of the perfect sales setting, as it is the first address manufacturers like Tommy Hilfiger, Scotch & Soda, Levi`s or Lee turn to when a new shop interior has to be brought to life. The apeldoorn-based company has created fascinating solutions that appeal to its customer base time and again.

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Complete creative communications

In the media world, there are many specialized suppliers focused on either the creative side or the technical side. Freestudios SA is different. The Swiss media firm covers the entire audiovisual value chain, from the development of creative ideas to state-of-the-art media production through to advanced post-production services tailored to meet any kind of audiovisual request from their clients, from advertising to any form of corporate communication.

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Halal and organic

Across Europe, demand for halal food is developing strongly. The European Union market for foods and beverages that comply with Islamic dietary principles, including permissible meat slaughtered in a ritual way, has an estimated annual growth of around 15%. This persistent trend is benefiting companies that meet the stringent quality requirements of this fast-evolving food market segment. One of the market leaders in France is Bibars SAS, which not only specializes in halal food but also in organic products.

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More than just a shirt

When a brand becomes a synonym for a certain product, it is without doubt a clear sign of success. A German family company has long gained this success: Seidensticker is synonymous with finest quality shirts. At the same time it is more than just a brand. Textilkontor Walter Seidensticker GmbH & Co. KG, located in Bielefeld since its foundation, sticks to its philosophy to think global, to act local and to always keep the customer in mind.

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