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Automotive Engineering


Making life easier

It is in a rather traditional line of business but among the fastest evolving competitors in the sector: Oy Karleby Limetec Ab aims to grow by 40% this year and by another 30% in 2020. The Finnish manufacturer of trailers and related transport solutions has ambitious growth plans and is increasingly expanding beyond Scandinavia to the rest of Europe. Its strengths lie in genuinely customer-specific vehicles and special solutions that make life easier, such as doors that open to the side or roofs that can be opened by remote control from the driver’s cabin.


Strong basis for growth

Samvardhana Motherson Group (SMG) is one of the most dynamically evolving automotive suppliers in the world. In the last ten years alone, it has more than quadrupled its turnover. The India-based Group has been able to sustain strong growth through horizontal and vertical integration across its various businesses, augmenting the Group’s ability to become a fullsystem solutions provider.

Interview with Jona Christians, Founder and CEO of Sono Motors GmbH

Range anxiety – a common prejudice

How can long charging cycles be avoided and the range of electric vehicles extended? The Munich-based company Sono Motors wants to solve the problem by using integrated solar power modules. European Business spoke to Founder and CEO Jona Christians about his innovative vehicle, the advantages of cooperation with established players – and the conscious decision not to jump immediately on the self-driving bandwagon.


A trailer for every transport mode

With transport demands soaring and more and more truck traffic on Europe’s roads, individual solutions for special trailers are required to manage the transport of goods. SVAN Chrudim s.r.o. designs and manufactures individual trailers and chassis for various transport modes, producing about 300 units per year that facilitate the transport of various road cargo, timber, construction and industrial machinery, cargo containers and agricultural machinery, and demand has been gaining momentum.


Italian passion for German cars

Italy is not only synonymous with the most tempting pasta und exquisite fashion but also with cars, as it is home of such famous names as Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. A love of cars is almost mandatory among Italians. Calogero Pedalà would probably completely agree with this statement. Being a veritable car aficionado, he founded L’Auto SpA. This way he got the opportunity to do what he does best and what he loves most: dealing with cars – German cars.


How a smile leads to success

The customer is king. This simple yet true motto has led many companies to success. However, especially in the retail sector, many firms and their employees forget how important it is to be friendly and to show customers a genuine smile that makes them feel welcome. Renord S.p.A. based in Sesto San Giovanni and Milan has always put its customers first, developing from a small workshop to a leading car dealer in the Province of Milan. The company represents the brands Renault, Nissan and Dacia at five retail shops and has become a preferred partner of its clients due to its close attention to the demands of customers.


Where rubber meets the road

Choosing the right tyre for your geographical location and one that fits you as a driver can lead to hours of research. If you choose wrong, your vehicle may not operate optimally and your safety could be compromised. Nokian Tyres s.r.o., based in Prague, has over 100 years of experience in the tyre business. Let them help you get the best tyre for your individual needs.


Moving people for faster takeoff

Flying has never been more popular, and more passengers than ever pass through airports all over the world every day. While this is great news for airports and airlines, planes only make money when they are in the air. This poses a significant challenge for those whose job it is to get travellers from check-in to their airplane seat in the shortest possible time. COBUS INDUSTRIES GmbH, based in Wiesbaden, Germany, has the solution to this problem, at least for the journey from the terminal to the aircraft or vice versa. Its renowned passenger transfer buses are in daily use around the world.


Breaking all records in no time

Today the most renowned Korean car brand worldwide, the history of Kia began in 1944 when the company was founded as a moped manufacturer and later turned to producing cars for the local market. More recently, Kia entered the worldwide market and became a global player within an incredibly short space of time, which Michael Cole, COO of Kia Motors Europe GmbH, Kia’s Frankfurt-based subsidiary and European business headquarters, recognizes. “The company continues to develop at a phenomenal rate,” he enthuses. For good reason: With a great price-performance ratio, excellent customer service and award-winning design, Kia is on its way to achieving a top position, and not only in the European market.

Interview with Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Racing to pole position of e-mobility

Digital transformation is changing the fundamentals of countless sectors, and the automotive industry has not been left untouched. When combined with the strive for greater sustainability, the result is the development of hybrid and electric vehicles that are less reliant on fossil fuels, if at all. In the world of automobiles, the name Porsche is often equated with jealousy-inducing, high-performance sports cars, but the company’s roots actually lie in engineering and design. With this foundation, the carmaker is well prepared to meet and exceed the challenges that digital transformation presents, as Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, reveals in an interview with European Business.