Mineral fillers are commonly used to impart flame retardant properties to otherwise easily flammable compounds such as rubber, paints and plastics. Non-toxic, non-corrosive alumina trihydrate (ATH) and boehmite (AMH) halogen-free flame retardant and smoke suppressant fillers are two of the most widely used compounds for this purpose. TOR Minerals International is one of the leading manufacturers of synthetic mineral fillers. Headquartered in Corpus Christi in the US, the company has subsidiaries in Europe and Asia. In Europe, sales and production are managed through TP&T (TOR Processing & Trade) B.V. which is located in Hattem in the Netherlands.
A refractory material is one that retains its strength at high temperatures. Traditionally, ceramics have performed this function in high-temperature environments and continue to do so today. Czech company Průmyslová keramika Ltd. upholds this tradition while innovating new products.
Fashion is an extremely fast-moving market. To keep pace with ever-changing customer demands, everybody involved in the industry needs to be extraordinarily flexible. TEXBROD, based in Paris, the capital of fashion, is well known for its flexibility and dynamism in fabrics. The company distributes a huge variety of fabrics, from cotton and jersey to velour and polyester, to satisfy individual customer demands. For three generations, an extraordinary passion for fashion has been the company’s main characteristic and driving force.
Housing shortages affect all of the major European capitals and Paris is no exception. As any first-year business studies student knows, where supply is lower than demand, there are opportunities for profit. However, the supply of high cost housing must be balanced with a steady supply of affordable accommodation or else the core workers needed to keep cities functioning will rapidly be priced out. PROMO GERIM SA is a property developer specializing in residential projects in priority districts in the Parisian suburbs and surrounding areas. Since the beginning of the 1980s, it has built thousands of new homes in the greater Paris region. Its most current project is the construction of 600 residential apartments, 27,000 m2 of office space and two hotels in Villejuif.
Bathroom designers must take many factors into account when creating bathroom furniture that will meet the needs of a typical family bathroom. Attractive design, optimal functionality and maximum storage are the qualities most prized by homeowners, and these are the features that the designers at Danish bathroom supplier Dansani seek to accommodate in the company’s range of contemporary bathroom furniture. It is a design style that is finding favour among customers throughout Northern and Central Europe with further expansion on the cards for the future.
As one of the pioneers in automotive development and engineering, EDAG is constantly looking for new ways of enhancing mobility by combining the rich expertise of automotive development engineers with the creativity and innovativeness of programmers, software developers and other digital natives. The latest innovation of the dynamically evolving group is trive.me, a new activity aimed at establishing Driving 4.0: the digitalization of automotive mobility by linking driver, vehicle and environment.
Maintenance services for technical equipment, such as lifts or escalators, are often difficult to follow for the customer. An innovative French company has attended to this problem and developed a unique black box which delivers objective information about the correct execution of all types of maintenance operations. Based on its success in the domestic market, the privately owned business is now aiming to expand abroad.
The realization is dawning that a circular economy is the way forward on our precious planet. Some visionaries have already been acting on this idea for quite some time. The founders and owners of Orbix NV, which is headquartered in Genk, Belgium, are among those inspiring people and have developed a CO2-binding technology that is ready to find new applications.
Concentrating on a dense urban area, such as Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm, can be a tough brief for civil infrastructure businesses. Competition is tight, and tenders are hardfought. Yet, such a model also comes with opportunities to intimately know a city and become the preferred choice on infrastructure projects. Such is the context in which Järfälla VA- & Byggentreprenad AB has found success, thanks to its CEO Fredric Kastevik.
Worldwide, France is acknowledged as the cradle of fashion. The country has given birth to some of the most famous designers such as Coco Chanel, Yves Saint-Laurent or Christian Dior. Often, French fashion creations are one step ahead of international competitors. In addition to its designs, French fashion is also recognized for its quality. Devernois S.A., based in Le Coteau, France, is one of the companies which built up the excellent reputation of the French fashion industry. Focusing on the design and manufacture of prêt-à-porter fashion and accessories for ladies, the company is an expert in ladies’ knitwear.
Where space is limited, the conversion of attics is the ideal solution. What is more, the rooms “under the roof,” with their sloped ceilings, have a particularly homely atmosphere – provided they are equipped with windows that admit plenty of light and fresh air. Roto is the world market leader where tilt & turn fittings are concerned and continues to develop solutions that yield maximum benefits for window installers and users. Roto střešní okna s.r.o. in Prague is the group’s base in Southeastern Europe and shares its commitment to excellent quality, professional design and superior technology.
Sunny Italy is best known for its delicious cuisine and impeccable fashion. What many people do not realize, however, is that the Italian market is second only to Germany in renewable and solar energy. The development is logical as the Mediterranean country basks in sunshine. Enerray S.p.A., based in Zola Predosa near Bologna, was founded less than ten years ago, but it is already the leading player in maintenance activities for photovoltaic systems and plays a major role in turnkey projects, having installed more than 100 MW on industrial rooftops and another 100 MW on the ground.
Against the backdrop of ever-increasing data sizes and weakening physical communications infrastructure such as cables, communication towers and data centers, the need to modernize communications infrastructure is more urgent than ever. However, many communications companies are not in a position to take on the costs. And this is where CIF (Communication Infrastructure Fund) comes in. As a leading investment fund in the Netherlands, CIF concentrates on communications infrastructure and invests in its upgrading and renovation.
With the new technologies digitalization has to offer, many aspects of people’s lives are changing. There are smart solutions for different sectors in their everyday activities, as well as in different industrial areas. The public transportation industry, too, is in a transition phase on the way to intelligent and efficient solutions. FARA AS, with headquarters in Trondheim, Norway, specializes in electronic ticketing, travel information and fleet management solutions for public transport.
A sound and stable economy can be well supported by a highly developed capital market. A well-functioning stock exchange facilitates funding for companies through equities and bonds, and will establish an additional source of funding, which has been dominated by the loans provided by the banking sector so far. In the past year, the stock exchange has strengthened its role - supported by the BSE’s main shareholder, the Central Bank of Hungary and also by other government stakeholders and market players.
Ansaldo Signalling and Transportation Systems (Ansaldo STS) S.p.A. has been a consistent global leader in the rail transport and signal-ling industry over the past century. Specializing in all aspects of railroad engineering, construction and management, Ansaldo STS is described as a turnkey railway construction, automation and signalling company which offers all related expertise and components from fittings, tunnelling and control systems to automation and signalling equipment. With offices worldwide, Ansaldo STS continues to make significant strides in the optimization of passenger and freight transit.
Small can pack a big punch, and A&A Expo International B.V. is no lightweight in the realm of trade show stand production. With a core team of 40 people, A&A Expo delivers personalized, reliable, quality solutions that turn creative vision into eye-popping reality. The proudly and distinctly Dutch firm first opened its doors in the central city of Wijk bij Duurstede, where it continues operations today. Although only founded in 1993, the relatively young production company has earned an impressive reputation among its esteemed list of clients for offering the perfect backdrop to showcase their products.
The packaging has a huge influence on the sales of a product. In particular, luxury products need to have appropriate packaging that not only protects its content, but also attracts the attention of the consumer. Promotional objects can increase brand loyalty and boost sales. Manifesto Factory, based in Paris, is a preferred partner for luxury brands in the promotional objects and packaging sector, offering a broad range of high-quality packaging solutions and customized promotional objects such as bags, purses and accessories for the luxury market.
Having the right product mix that meets customer demands is essential for establishing competitive advantage. Another major ingredient in achieving commercial success is effective customer relationship management. A company that excels in both is W.K.TEX. GmbH. The German supplier of workwear, casual wear and corporate fashion sells its products through the well-known Raiffeisen organization and serves several highly recognizable corporations, including the steel giant ThyssenKrupp and the carmaker Volkswagen.
It is truly an ambitious objective that Nickl & Partner Architekten AG in Munich has been pursuing for years. The architects have long been committed to creating empowering living environments that serve the health and science sectors. The company’s plans and projects for hospitals, healthcare facilities and scientific institutions have set new benchmarks in the architectural world. A long list of awards and honours is the reward for Nickl & Partner’s commitment and passion in design and architecture.