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Lights, camera, action!

Film and television have come to dominate popular culture all around the world. With its enormous television industry, American productions travel the furthest, but there is still space in national markets for homegrown programming. The Polish production company MTL Maxfilm Sp. z o.o. has a proven track record in both television and film with several highly popular television series and cinema releases to its credit.

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Customer care going mobile

Running a business of any sort, large or small, is a complicated undertaking, made even more so by the advances in technology and processes for which many companies do not have, and do not need to have, permanent skilled staff. Mellon Poland Sp.zo.o., a subsidiary of the Mellon Group, which operates across Central and South East Europe, has ten years’ experience in providing technology solutions and outsourcing services in a range of sectors.

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Wood: a strong company foundation

Once upon a time, a little boy grew too big for his high chair. His parents did not know how to help him make the transition to a ‘big boy’ chair. Pillows on chairs, books piled on top of one another – nothing solved the problem of the child being able to sit at the table safely. So his father designed a chair that would adjust to his son’s size as he grew through childhood. Silvaapis is proud to be a supplier of this Tripp Trapp® chair for Stokke®.

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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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Can you dig it?

As researchers have discovered, there is such a thing as an ideal management culture. And it is universal: open, transparent, trusting, vulnerable – contributing to the happiness of everyone involved. This is the management culture lived at Polet Quality Products nv, a Belgian manufacturer of top-of-the-range gardening and construction tools, thus benefitting employees and customers alike.

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Cleaning in Paris and beyond

Ensuring an ever-improving level of cleanliness and consistently maintaining that standard on a daily basis are two of the most crucial challenges involved in the cleaning of public spaces. It takes the right kind of staff, a strong organisation and close customer contacts in order to guarantee high standards at all times. In and around Paris, Labrenne Sarl has established itself as the leading cleaning company specializing in public spaces, including train and metro stations, airports, hospitals and a large number of public buildings and environments.

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A taste of the Provençal sun

When Alain Combard came across Domaine Saint André de Figuière in Provence in 1992, he loved it so much that he bought it. Today, his children Magali, Delphine and François are carrying on the family wine-making tradition to produce sustainable wines full of the character of the region’s unique terrain.

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...And the kitchen sink

The English expression ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ means nearly everything, whether necessary or not, but what the phrase overlooks is just how essential the sink is to a complete kitchen. Imagine washing fruits and vegetables, making tea or coffee, or doing the dishes without the kitchen sink. High quality and the right design make or break the overall style of a kitchen. Blanco Kitchen Technology recognized this fact long ago and specializes in stainless steel, SILGRANIT® composite and porcelain sinks for the kitchen, as well as coordinating taps. Its sales subsidiary in France and the French overseas departments and territories is Blanco France.

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Committed to sustainability

In the networked office, peripheral equipment is no longer standalone but fully integrated in the wider value chain. Photocopiers, printers and scanners have long ceased to be separate entities. In the wider world, access to high image definition and high fidelity sound is no longer restricted to cameras and hi-fi systems but can be recorded on smart phones and tablet computers. Interactive multifunctionality is a trend that is here to stay. One of its pioneers is the Japanese technology firm RICOH Group. The global concern generates a quarter of its annual turnover in the EMEA market and operates five production sites in Europe. One of these is RICOH Industrie France SAS.

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Serving la signora Maria in the kitchen

There is an unspoken rule to Italian market shopping: Seek out the stall with the longest queue and wait – locals know where to buy good products. The coziness of market shopping is all part of the experience. It means placing your trust in the quality of local produce and having a friendly chat with the lively marketer at the usual time and place. But is this concept outdated in this day and age? Massimo Vezza proves it is not. His company, San Lorenzo, specializes in distributing traditional Italian foods. To him, trust and quality matter, and they can indeed be conciliated with growing markets.

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Sardinia’s power house

The Italian economy is finally growing again after a three year recession. In 2016, the gross domestic product is expected to increase by 1.2%. Against this backdrop, a company in Sardinia presents an unusual success story. SELT Srl in Cagliari, which specializes in the planning, building, assembly and maintenance of power lines and power stations, photovoltaic plants and telecommunication antennas, has continued to grow despite unfavourable economic circumstances.

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Support around the clock

2016 was a year to celebrate for Elcotech GmbH Deutschland, as the company could look back on 20 successful years in business. 20 years full of commitment to electrotechnical system assembly – quite an achievement in a market that is subject to rapid changes and continuous development. By adding repair and maintenance services to its portfolio, Elcotech has manifested itself as a versatile player in project planning that also serves its international clientele 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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The efficiency alternative

Many manufacturers these days appreciate outsourcing as a cost-efficient alternative. The fact that the Hungarian metal processing business Bognár és Társa Kft. exports 80% of ist products confirms its world-class manufacturing standard. Its 10,000 m2 plant in Szolnok operates in compliance with ISO 9001, ISO 3834-2 and ISO 14001, and accommodates the most advanced production machinery and equipment.

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Industrial cleaning systems

The cleaning of components and parts is an important part of the manufacturing process in a wide range of industry sectors. For over 50 years, Laborex BVBA in Belgium has operated on the international stage as a producer of industrial cleaning systems and blast cabinets for integration into industrial production lines. More recently, the company has landed a major contract for a vacuum wastewater cleaning system from the Belgian national railway worth 50 million EUR over the next eight years.

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Speaking is 7 times faster than typing!

It used to be a key secretarial skill – the ability to take a dictation. Modern technology has largely dispensed with the secretarial pad and pencil as dictation devices in conjunction with external transcription services as well as speech recognition software have taken their place. The leading expert in dictation solutions worldwide is Speech Processing Solutions GmbH which is headquartered in Austria and active throughout the world.

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Making the world a cleaner place

The cleanliness of the work environment plays a vital role concerning health and well-being as well as absenteeism and productivity. Indeed, its maintenance is an investment, but Jette Clean, a key player in big building services, can reduce these costs through its professionalism, allowing you to focus on your core business. The Belgian company takes care of the cleaning for factories, shopping malls, offices, schools and other commercial and professional settings that need a good scrubbing.

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Optimizing logistics

IFCO Systems is a leading provider of optimized delivery systems that address the growing problem of disposable packaging and food waste. Because of their convenient design and ecological focus, IFCO’s patented reusable plastic containers (RPCs) have become a mainstay for producers and retailers of fresh food products worldwide. IFCO Systems’ range of innovative logistical products and solutions has revolutionized the field of foodstuff distribution and has launched the relatively young company to the global stage. The company now works with the world’s top retailers to provide environmentally sustainable alternatives for the shipping and handling of consumable goods. European Business spoke to CEO Wolfgang Orgeldinger.

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Greater than the sum of its parts

When a new company achieves the feat of establishing itself in a saturated market within just a couple of years, it must be doing something right. Admittedly, Labor Berlin – Charité Vivantes GmbH did not start out completely from zero when it was established in 2011. It was founded through the merger of the laboratory services of the two leading hospital providers in Berlin, Charité and Vivantes. It was thought that the merger of the erstwhile competitors could create favourable synergies and allow the new entity to open itself to the external market. This vision has already become a reality and Labor Berlin is now one of the biggest providers of laboratory diagnostics in Germany.

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From vision to reality in one full package

In the competitive world of construction, where contractors have to fight hard for every single piece of work, any genuine distinctive characteristic is a huge competitive advantage. Slovakian building firm XENEX, s.r.o. has created a niche for itself, not only as a reliable construction company, but one which can also provide a full interior design service too. XENEX is very flexible, offering different degrees of involvement in a project, according to clients’ requirements.

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Power to the people

The German energy transition is on everyone’s lips. Also referred to as the Energiewende, it serves as a showcase that switching to green energies is not just wishful thinking. In fact, it is both ecologically and economically highly reasonable. German company VSB develops innovative renewable energy concepts, providing jobs as well as green energy to secure a greener future for its customers and our planet.

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