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Safe as houses

Despite recessions, financial crises and the normal up and down of economic cycles, property continues to offer a solid return on investment and reliable capital growth over the long term. The key to maximising the investment potential of property assets lies initially in choosing the right property to invest in and secondly in selecting the right company to manage it. Groupe Immobilier du Mail in Geneva, Switzerland, offers a complete service to property investors allowing them to maximise profits with minimal effort.

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We keep cargo on the move™ – a promise to our customers

In today’s modern global economy, natural resources and goods travel far and wide through the production chain to the end user. At every stop keeping the flow of goods and cargo efficient is the mission of Cargotec Corporation of Helsinki, Finland. With its Hiab, Kalmar and MacGregor daughter brands, Cargotec specialises in manufacturing handling equipment for vehicles, ports and plants, and ships. Regardless of the application or market, Cargotec has solutions to improve the efficiency of cargo handling. With its focus on improving its customers’ cargo handling and service, Cargotec is making its presence felt increasingly in global markets.

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Growing up with science and technology

Imagine a place that teaches children science with fun, helps young businesspeople build companies they can be proud of and brings professionals together to create innovative products for the next generation. These three goals are united in one Swedish foundation: Innovatum Teknikpark. Since its beginning 12 years ago, Innovatum has helped foster science and business success in people throughout Sweden and beyond. Innovatum has worked tirelessly to improve business and science education in the region surrounding Innovatum’s headquarters in Trollhättan, Sweden.

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Wastewater reuse par excellence

Environmental protection, recycling of raw materials and the efficient use of our resources will be the top political issues of the coming years. Fukushima left no doubt that our future has to be greener and that we have to act with more responsibility towards nature – otherwise there will be no safe future. The recycling market has been constantly growing in the last years, anyway. Now, the latest event gave the industry another unexpected boost. Passavant-Roediger GmbH from Hanau in Germany is a globally acknowledged player in waste and wastewater treatment and reuse. Drawing on interdisciplinary know-how, the company is ready to break new ground.

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Flexibility in the concrete industry

Though to some there might seem to be no innovation in the concrete industry, that idea is quickly swept aside by the growth and creativity found at SACAC Schleuderbetonwerk AG. This precast element plant, with its headquarters in Lenzburg, Switzerland, has been making concrete since 1946 and has even developed its own reinforced concrete material called Carbolith®. This family-owned business looks forward to making its mark in the global concrete industry.

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Experts in radial piston motors

Radial piston motors are hydraulic motors for low speed levels and high turning moments. Poclain Hydraulics GmbH from Pfungstadt in Germany, a subsidiary of the France-based Poclain Hydraulics group, is a specialist in technologically sophisticated transmission systems and a global leader in radial piston motors.

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Moving away from the magic pipes

When environmental awareness increased in the late 1980s, some shipping companies began marketing themselves as green in their operations. The truth in regards to bilge water discharge was however, different, and bypasses, so-called magic pipes, were common because the oily water separators could not handle oil in water emulsions. But Marinfloc AB from Sweden is a pioneer in the proper treatment of bilge water.

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Activation energy

Some events need an active ingredient to kick-start the processes that make them work. One Italian manufacturer has built its reputation by perfecting the formula for a successful event – pharmaceutical expert ERREGIERRE S.p.A., a producer of active ingredients for pharmaceutical use. With two U.S. FDA-approved production sites, ERREGIERRE has an attitude of excellence and a firm commitment to quality in API manufacturing as well as in custom synthesis. The chemical experts at ERREGIERRE are working actively to create the modern medicines that make life more comfortable and healthier.

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Innovating sensitive control

Floor heating is one of the most comfortable ways to keep a room at a pleasant temperature. What more could one wish for than controlling its effect with a thermostat that is intuitively easy to use. OJ Electronics A/S is headquartered in Sønderborg, Denmark. The family-owned company is specialised in developing and manufacturing state-of-the-art thermostats for electric and hydronic underfloor heating, as well as controllers and power controls for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

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In the right gear

When talk is of motors, automakers are no longer talking about merely the motors that drive their engines. Gear motors run many of the systems that make today’s cars fun to drive, great to own and cemented in our lifestyles. Manufacturers who understand how important these systems are to an all-around automobile experience call on the expertise of Unus International SpA, a premier Italian manufacturer of gear motors and one of the driving technological visionaries in its field. From its home in Rivale di Pianiga, Italy, the company is reaching a global clientele.

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The cutting edge

Doing a job well, or doing it quickly - sometimes it is impossible to choose between these because they are both vital. That is certainly true for producers in demanding fields like automobiles, medical and writing equipment, and that means they need very special machinery. Although based in Agno, Switzerland, Mikron SA Agno has become so widely known for both the high efficiency and the high precision of its systems that it is a global leader, making 80% of its revenue from exports.

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In safe hands

Logistics companies are quite similar to their own clients. When delicate international jobs are at stake, once they have found a truly reliable partner to work with, they will entrust that partner with more and more consignments heading further and further afield. The Hungarian transportation company LIEGL & DACHSER Szállítmányozási és Logisztikai Kft., based in the town of Pilisvörösvár, has become just such a partner to the multinational DACHSER group. Having proved itself a trusty handler of shipments including rather dangerous ones, the Hungarian company has grown into DACHSER’s main partner for much of Central and Eastern Europe.

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Automotive components with added value

The automotive industry was one of the industries that was hit the hardest by the global economic crisis of 2009. Not only the OEMs and the producing companies but also the supplying industry suffered from a near-collapse of the market. Now, the situation is stabilising and the competitors are ready to re-establish their market positions. This is also true for Bebusch Hungária Kft. from Oroszlány in Hungary. The specialist for automotive components and metal-plastic applications is determined to enter new markets and to get back on track.

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Information in motion

In the world of high finance, technological stability is a key operational factor. Without it, too much is left to chance. As the financial crisis of 2008 made abundantly clear, no industry – perhaps banking most of all – is immune to major alterations in its landscape. Providing reliable IT operations and innovative cost-saving solutions regardless of the market climate, JN Data A/S prides itself on security, stability and efficiency. Based in Silkeborg, Denmark but with offices in Roskilde and Frederica as well, the company was created in part to streamline operations and consolidate the infrastructure of the two companies that merged to form it. JN Data aims to be the technological centre of Denmark’s finance sector.

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Hunting for the best

“You have to swim against the current, not with it.” This maxim might sound simple, but apparently it has helped Uwe Zirbes to become one of the leading executive search consultants worldwide. In 1997, Uwe Zirbes founded hunting heads Executive Search International, and within less than a decade his consultant institute has made it to the top in the executive search market. Relying on absolutely loyal search consultants and a uniform global structure, hunting heads has indeed become a synonym for finding the best executive staff worldwide.

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We manage IT staffing problems

Employing qualified IT specialists or software engineers has turned out to become an urgent problem to many companies throughout Europe. About 20 years ago, the Hungary-based Gamax Kft. already observed a lack of employees in some IT areas and focused on workforce leasing to Hungarian and international companies. The idea soon became a success. Today, Gamax has established itself as the prime IT workforce leasing company. Moreover, it has broadened its product and service portfolio continuously. Customer software development, software localisation and translation as well as IT consultancy are other activities which have catapulted Gamax to the top in the Hungarian IT sector.

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Material satisfaction

Few changes have altered the construction industry as powerfully as advances in building construction materials – and with good reason. Builders and their clients want sustainable products perfectly engineered, and they want them created nearby. All of this is possible for Paris-based CERIC TECHNOLOGIES, a worldwide leader and expert in the development of fired clay and ceramic construction materials. CERIC TECHNOLOGIES engineers the factories and production solutions that ensure that innovative construction is a global project.

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A full-service reliable partner for high-potency actives products worldwide

Drugs are developed to treat diseases and to heal. Today, many medications are available over the counter. Others, and in particular the so-called high-potency actives products, have to be prescribed obligatorily by doctors in order to ensure responsible consumption. OSNY PHARMA, located in the northwestern suburbs of Paris in France, is an internationally acknowledged pharmaceutical partner focusing on the development and manufacturing of these high-potency medications. Drawing on over 30 years of expertise in this pharmaceutical sector, the company is now a recognised expert in the handling of high-potent compounds such as hormones, narcotics, allergens or oncology agents.

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More power, less fuel

With the globalisation of the economy, more goods are being transported farther and more frequently across Europe. According to forecasts, road transport will further grow in the coming years and so will the impact on the environment caused by exhaust emissions. The Swedish Volvo Truck Corporation based in Gothenburg has been a pioneer in developing stronger and more efficient engines for heavier trucks. Volvo has also been at the forefront of reducing the environmental impact of its trucks by increasing the fuel efficiency of engines and exploring new technologies. Today Volvo Truck has succeeded in combing more power with less fuel in heavy-duty trucks which exceed the EU V standards.

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Fibres for protection

There has been a considerable change in the nature of fibres produced for the world market. In the past 20 years, the march of high-tech fibres has continued, and this segment within the textile industry has experienced continuous growth. High-tech fabrics can be found in the automotive, furniture and medical industries, amongst others. Moreover, technical fibres are equally applied in sensitive environments where protection even under extreme conditions has top priority. In the past six decades, one name in particular has stood out when it comes to protective and speciality fabrics for different applications. Theodolf Fritsche GmbH & Co. from the well-known textile region in Upper Franconia has become a market leader in the production of high-tech fabrics for protective clothing.

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