Mergers and acquisitions are commonplace, but while the initial proposition may seem attractive to the parties involved, what happens after the deal is done is decisive in determining its long-term success. In 2019, the KISSLING Group, a German specialist in switching solutions, was acquired by TE Connectivity to form TE Connectivity KISSLING Products GmbH. The company's subsequent focus on effective integration will ensure that this particular acquisition fulfils its potential.
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Joint progress in paper processing
‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts’. The old truth coined by the philosopher Aristotle is once more proven by industria cartaria Pieretti SpA (icP) from Marlia (Capannori) - Lucca and Cartiera dell’Adda SpA from Calolziocorte - Lecco, two Italian enterprises that have joined forces in the field of paper processing. Both companies can draw on a wealth of know-how and experience. They command a pool of expertise, resources and technologies that is virtually unique in the industry. Organized in a group supplying core board for tissue cores, industrial cores and packaging requirements, icP and Cartiera dell’Adda consider themselves well prepared for growth on a national and international level.
The future is electric
If it moves, it can run on electricity. Electrification in all product areas is one of the biggest current trends, and nowhere is this process gaining more attention than in e-mobility. For this vital technology to achieve its potential to reduce harmful vehicle emissions, the onus is on electric motor designers and manufacturers to improve the efficiency of their motors. For Came SpA, the Italian company led by Cristian and Matteo Chilese, the last two years have seen significant investments that allow it to better serve the brushless direct current electric motor market.
The engineering sector is in a state of flux: The continual emergence of new technologies and evolving customer requirements mean that no one can predict the future with any certainty. One thing is sure though; good-quality components will always be in demand, and manufacturers who produce them will always find a market. German company Micromat Spannhydraulik GmbH is a specialist in cylinder and clamping technology as well as general contract manufacturing, and takes pride in the quality and lifespan of its components and the loyalty of the staff who produce them.
Heavyweights on stage
Performance and safety are important criteria when it comes to choosing the right lifting system. At the same time, the system must be capable of being adapted to individual needs. Eurogamma Spa in Calenzano, Italy offers a range of lifting systems that is unrivalled in its breadth and adaptability. Individual customer needs can be catered to, even in the case of larger loads such as transport vehicles.
‘You can’t put a square peg in a round hole’. This traditional saying is as true for power sockets as anything else. There are many different plugs and sockets in use around the world and traveling overseas means figuring out what kind of adapter is needed in specific countries. Italian manufacturer Fanton SpA in Conselve near Padua produces plugs and sockets which meet the highest quality standards and are greatly acclaimed all around the world.
Tire solutions that never tire
About to celebrate its 60th anniversary, Italian firm Nuova CIBA S.p.A. has secured its place among the world market leaders as a major supplier in the rubber industry. From raw materials storage to transport, dosing and mixing, the company provides both semi and completely automated production line solutions for companies primarily in tire production as well as Rubber Technical Goods manufacturers and Custom Compounders. European Business spoke to Sales Director Cesare Viganò about the company’s ongoing success, long-term relations and its acquisition by the ZEPPELIN Group.
How to benefit from the IoT
It all began with lead profiles for stained glass windows over 90 years ago. Since then, the third-generation family business has developed into a leading Belgian supplier of custom-engineered plastic profiles, flooring systems and wall panels. Being highly innovative and dynamic, the Extrusion Company (Extruco) and Stillemans are currently working on integrating the Internet of Things into its products.
Punching above its weight
When it comes to punches for the leather industry, Gerdins Cutting Tech AB is a company that has been punching above its weight for some time. Founded in 1952 and still in the hands of the founding family, the company is the leading manufacturer of leather perforation tubes in the world and a leading player in the production of cutting die boards. It owes its global leadership position to the consistent quality of its products, excellent customer service and longstanding relationships with clients.
High-voltage growth for success
Mergers and takeovers are a way of life in the manufacturing industry. The big players are continually growing, and in the main, this is essential in order to remain competitive. One company for whom this strategy has proved particularly successful is the cable manufacturer TELE-FONIKA Kable SA. The TFKable Group was established in 1992 and is still growing, both through acquisitions of cable plants and the establishment of subsidiaries in Europe and the US. TELE-FONIKA Kable Central Europe GmbH is the German-based sales representative company for the Central European region.