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Quality and quantity in harmony

Superior product quality generally goes along with small production quantities. However as order volumes increase, quality is often compromised. The Italian company Somaschini S.p.A. is proof that high production volumes and excellent product quality are not mutually exclusive. The family-managed enterprise with a rich manufacturing tradition dating back to the early 1920s delivers first-rate, mass-produced gears for demanding customers in Europe and North America.

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Driving 4.0

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.

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Down-to-earth equipment

About 60 years ago, a young man in Finland died in a tragic tractor accident. The vehicle did not have a safety cabin. This triggered a small, neighbouring manufacturer to develop the world’s first safety cabin for tractors. Today, this pioneering business, Junkkari Oy, is a leading Nordic equipment supplier for agriculture and forestry and part of a strong, Finnish group with down-to-earth products and services.

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A French company in high gear

The department Haute-Savoie in the French Alps is well-known for several characteristics. It is appreciated for its traditional art of watchmaking; it is home to the largest ski area in the world and to a manufacturing center that specializes in the production of precision parts for the automotive industry – Kongsberg Driveline Systems SAS based in Cluses.

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Sweden and China team up for construction excellence

Worldwide, Volvo Construction Equipment is well known for its high-quality, safe and fuel-efficient machines. The company is part of the Volvo Group and develops, manufactures and markets equipment for construction and related industries under three distinct brands: Volvo, SDLG and Terex Trucks. Over the years, the company has transformed itself from an equipment manufacturer to a total solutions provider. Originally rooted in the traditional markets of Europe and North America, the company expanded its focus to the emerging markets in recent years. Thanks to SDLG, a Volvo joint venture in China 70% owned by Volvo CE, and the acquisition of the US hauler Terex Corporation, a manufacturer of off-highway rigid and articulated trucks, Volvo Construction Equipment is now able to follow a multi-brand strategy. Dr. Eberhard Wedekind, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, is positive that the new strategy will pave the way for further growth.

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Trailers with a second life

Around 77% of all goods in Europe are moved by road, and most of this amount is transported by trailer. It comes as no surprise that the Western European trailer market saw significant growth in 2014, with the UK and Germany its strongest performers. Denmark also plays a key role in this dynamic business fi eld. Krone ScanBalt A/S based in Padborg is a leading Danish supplier of new and used trailers currently making it big in the European market.

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Scrapped but not wasted

As cars age and the number of miles they have driven passes a certain point, the cost of keeping them on the road exceeds their market value. At that stage most owners decide that the time has come for a new car, and the old one is generally scrapped. Scrap metal from old cars has always had a value, but new regulations have made realizing that value much more challenging. INDRA SAS helps dealers conform to the letter of the law.

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Ford cars on the Cote d'Azur

AUTOMOTIV SAS is a large operator of independent Ford dealerships in the beautiful Cote d`Azur region of France. The company, which was founded in 2005, has four branches in excellent locations along the coast. There are two branches in Nice, one in Antibes and one in Cannes. This means that wherever you are on the Cote d`Azur, you do not have to travel very far to find an AUTOMOTIV SAS dealership. Whether you are looking for a new or used vehicle, which may be a passenger car or commercial vehicle, then AUTOMOTIV SAS will be able to supply it.

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Expand the horizon

ALD Automotive, a French company, is a worldwide player in the full service leasing and fleet management industry (#2 in Europe, # 3 in the world). ALD Automotive is convinced that good products, expert advice, competitive pricing and outstanding services are crucial elements of success and customer satisfaction.

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For a lighter future

Spheroidal graphite iron, also known as ductile iron, is a type of cast iron with superior impact and fatigue resistance thanks to its nodular graphite inclusions. It is widely used in the automotive industry for components that need to be stronger than aluminium but lighter than steel. The leading supplier of spheroidal graphite iron casting for automotive applications in Europe is Georg Fischer Automotive AG. Passionate about a lighter future, the Swiss-based company enables carmakers and commercial vehicle producers to excel in lightweight construction for lower emissions and increased fuel efficiency.

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Renting without risk

More and more companies consider renting equipment and machines to be the ideal alternative to buying. Especially in times of economic crisis, the equipment rental industry is flourishing. Avesco Rent SA from Puidoux gives a good example of the rental business. The Swiss company is a specialist for renting a broad palette of machines.

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Tools and parts

With operations in almost 50 countries worldwide and a workforce of more than 79,000 employees, Schaeffler is one of the largest familyrun industrial enterprises in Germany and the whole of Europe. In the Czech Republic, the globally operating automotive supplier has three locations: in the capital Prague as well as in Lanškroun. INA Lanškroun s.r.o. has a particularly important role in the Group’s comprehensive manufacturing network: the company supplies all other production facilities with custom-engineered tools and high-quality plastic parts.

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Moving forward

Life is about opportunities, to see a chance and make the right decision at the right moment. Most companies were started because one person had the right idea, as well as the will and knowledge to make it reality. Scarabel SpA is one of those companies. The car dealer, founded by the right person at the right time for the right reasons, is nowadays one of the biggest sellers for Audi and VW in Italy. This year, the company reached a milestone since it is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

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An airy solution

Suspension systems are an essential part of the automotive sector and mechanical engineering. Experts for air suspension systems can be found at Freno AB from Piteå in Sweden: The company currently serves as market leader in custom chassis systems for light transport vehicles in Sweden.

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King of the road

Tyres provide the point of contact between motor vehicles and the road, cushioning the ride and ensuring a good grip. Advancements in automotive technology have not neglected this vital component, and today’s tyres offer outstanding performance in all conditions. One of the top ten tyre manufacturers in the world is the Korean company Kumho Tire Co., Inc. Its European headquarters, Kumho Tire Europe GmbH, are located in Offenbach/Main, Germany.

Volvo Trucks launches driver gear inspired by the new Volvo FH series

Volvo Trucks launches driver gear inspired by the new Volvo FH series

Inspired by the design of the new Volvo FH series, Volvo Trucks has produced a collection of clothing and accessories ideal for truckers and admirers of Volvo trucks. Take the distinctive design of Volvo's new FH truck and turn it into a collection for truck drivers. That was the brief the truck designers behind the new Volvo FH and FH16 received when they set out to make ‘Volvo Trucks Driver Gear - Travis'.

The Volvo FH16 stands out from the crowd

The Volvo FH16 stands out from the crowd

The Volvo FH16 has for many years been the first choice for hauliers with extra high demands on performance, efficiency, power and comfort. With the new Volvo FH16, the bar is raised to an entirely new level.

New Volvo FH challenges the truck industry and boosts haulage firms’ profitability

New Volvo FH challenges the truck industry and boosts haulage firms’ profitability

With its new Volvo FH series, Volvo Trucks is ‘pushing the envelope’ in re-defining what a premium truck can offer. Fuel economy, reliability, ergonomics, superior handling, active and passive safety, and time-saving features - the Volvo FH is a truck built with the driver in mind and with the focus on improving the operator’s profitability.

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A new approach to drive technology

Low-emission combustion and sustainable drive technology concepts to cut fuel costs are prerequisites for future vehicle technology. Scientists and car manufacturers alike are focusing strongly on the development of new, alternative solutions which bring forward new, environmentally friendly ideas. One company in particular has been standing out in this process and has contributed significantly to the implementation of alternative drive concepts for cars and trucks. For the past six years, ZEICOM GmbH from Regensburg has been working hard on the introduction of a new system that enables diesel-fuelled vehicles to run on LPG and CNG.

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Quality you can see (through)

A car is only as good as its parts, and no one knows that better than Saint-Gobain Sekurit Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG. Located in Herzogenrath, Germany, this glass specialist produces front, side and rear windows for motor vehicles, serving a number of the world’s biggest car manufacturers.

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