Contents German Logistics Association: Creating Knowledge. Generating Value 4 Congress Destination FRANKFURT AM MAIN 8 Central Administration of Mobile Devices from Far Closeness 12 European Commission scheme offers fully funded executive training in China 13 THE PORT OF ZEEBRUGGE 15 The University of St. Gallenâ€™s (HSG) innovative approach to Executive Education 25 Reconciliation of interests between healthcare policy and the pharma industry 26
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German Logistics Association: Creating Knowledge. Generating Value. The mission of the non-profit German Logistics Association (BVL) founded in 1978 is to act as a neutral platform to promote an awareness for the importance of logistics in industry, science and the public sphere, to systematically document logistical problem definitions, to develop methods and processes to solve these problems on an interdisciplinary and sectorfocused basis and to promote and continuously optimise the application of the relevant
and expertise that enable them to identify new trends in the early stages – and then to develop and present tailored ideas and concepts to the key current and future players in industry, politics and science with the aim of addressing key issues, helping to promote opinion formation in general and the competitiveness of BVL’s members in particular. The members of the Executive and Advisory Boards of BVL are leading figures who represent a broad cross-
existing – contacts where both members and guests can talk to each other one to one and find out about the events and services offered by BVL. In December 2008, BVL founded its first Regional Group outside Germany in Shanghai. Another one, will follow in 2009, this time in Beijing. The goal of the Research Council, a voluntary group of leading scientists and logistics experts, is to identify research deficits in the field of logistics vis-à-vis the public at large and to use the resulting insights as a basis for the development of important and necessary projects. The Promotion Committee is not itself a research body but aims to initiate, support and review key research projects. Future-oriented working groups and the 27 active Regional Groups ensure rapid knowledge transfer and facilitate personal contacts for those seeking in-depth information.
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solutions. Today, BVL has more than 9,000 members – companies and individuals from the worlds of industry, commerce, services and science who are actively involved in the business of logistics. BVL is a primarily honorary network of experts that sees its job as to support the exchange of knowledge ideas among members. At the same time, BVL consciously avoids representing corporate interests, does not act as a lobbyist and has no interests or agenda in the political field. The members and bodies of BVL possess the experience
section of logistics expertise in industry and research. BVL always has its finger on the pulse of the logistics world, ensuring a constant flow of information on the latest trends and supplying a comprehensive range of expert knowledge that benefits each and every member.
In close cooperation with BVL, the German Foreign Trade and Logistics Academy and the German Logistics Academy (DLA) promote the
The work and commitment of BVL’s 27 Regional Groups form the solid foundation of the association. At over 140 events every year, the regional groups showcase real-world and “hands-on” logistics strategies, concepts and solutions. They provide an excellent platform for establishing new – or building on
necessary further training in the logistics sector by organising a wide range of modular seminars as well as studies. By organising and staging its own events, e.g. the German Logistics Congress and the Logistics Forum Duisburg, and by providing expert support and backup for trade fairs and exhibitions, BVL promotes a general awareness for the role of logistics activities in the world of day-to-day business, commerce and society. BVL promotes holistic and integrated concepts and attitudes in logistics processes by presenting a number of highly coveted logistics awards for industry, science and the media. Together with its media partner, the DVV Media Group publishing company, BVL offers its members a multi-tier communication concept comprising a weekly e-mail newsletter (LOG.Mail), a monthly print newsletter (LOG. Letter) and a quarterly magazine (LOG.Punkt).
Turnover at the Rhenus Group tops € 3.3 billion, making it one of Europe’s leading logistics service companies. Rhenus has business locations at 230 sites and employs 15,000 people. Complex supply chains and innovative value-added services are managed in four different business areas:
Contract Logistics Rhenus provides a range of services covering every aspect of logistics across Europe. Rhenus has a long company history and focuses on using its own equipment; it combines specific customer material flow solutions with a network of logistics centers in Europe. Its services include comprehensive logistics solutions in the fields of procurement, production and distribution logistics. The company’s portfolio includes organizing and managing supply chains in conjunction with high-quality value-added services and handling complex storage tasks. Rhenus has a great deal of expertise in this field, particularly in dealing with sectors like industrial goods, the automotive and transport industry, health care, consumer goods, media and merchandise, home services, office systems and air handling.
Freight Logistics Transporting goods around the globe is an enormous challenge. This involves developing new routes and markets all the time. And Rhenus is able to make full use of every opportunity, transporting goods by road or rail, by air or sea. The company handles groupage freight and part or complete loads, standard or oversize goods, regular or express services, domestic traffic or multinational procurement and distribution logistics – and the service includes a consignment tracking system too. This all takes place at the company’s 140 business locations in Europe and Asia and with the support of partners, correspondents and agents at a further 140 sites. Rhenus Freight Logistics is part of the System Alliance network in Germany and operates within the System Alliance Europe elsewhere on the continent. 4,000 trucks take to the road every day on behalf of Rhenus. The company transports over nine million consignments every year – consisting of approx. 7.7 million tons of goods of all kinds.
Port Logistics Rhenus Port Logistics develops complete systems for its customers’ purchasing and distribution needs. Rhenus sets up, manages and operates efficient intercontinental supply chains. The company has its own facilities across Europe with its own ships, sea ports, inland ports and Intermodal terminals with interface to rail services. Rhenus is a full-service provider for transporting, handling and storing mass goods, bulk goods, heavy items and plant. Rhenus is able to provide tailor-made complete solutions and relieve companies of a wide variety of tasks: for example, Rhenus provides assembly areas for constructing plant right on the quayside or handles the internal factory logistics for the paper industry – and this even includes disposing of waste products. All-round service is the hallmark of container logistics: the inter-modal services range from transporting and transshipping goods with the company’s own facilities to providing additional services like warehousing or repairing empty containers.
Public Transport Rhenus combines its regional roots with European experience when it comes to local public transport: Rhenus represents attractive, low-priced services. If the company takes over local and regional bus services, the burden on the public budget is eased in the long term. Passengers notice a real leap in quality in local rail services once Rhenus has taken over the routes – the public benefit from a marked improvement in service for the same price. When a local public transport company is privatized, there is often considerable room to maneuver. Rhenus is able to fully exploit this potential because of its previous experience in other programs. This enables the company to develop a tailor-made, ideal solution for passengers, employees and owners.
Phone +49 (0)2301 29-1492 Fax +49 (0)2301 29-17862 email@example.com www.rhenus.com
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Rhenus AG & Co. KG Anna Ozeretskaya Corporate Communications Rhenus-Platz 1 59439 Holzwickede Germany
East: Restaurant, Bar, Lounge and Hotel The new design restaurant in the centre of Hamburg What to the initiators is “the new location for pleasure and nightlife in Hamburg” are simply “rooms that make you happy” to the architect Jordan Mozer.
All 122 rooms have large beds (king size), spacious desks, ISDN hook-ups, cable TV, telephone, minibar, safe with PC socket, shower or full bath and separate WC. Divided into five categories, the different rooms are available on five separate floors with melodious names such as Mandarine, Ginger, Jasmine, Cinnamon and Lotus, that even smell like this: Since March 2006 22 more rooms were finished. The new floor Aqua offers waterbeds, the wellness room has it’s own steam bath.
Small: EUR 150 - 170 Medium: EUR 160 - 180 Large: EUR 170 - 190 X-Large (junior suite):EUR 210 – 230 XX-Large (suite):EUR 355 – 375 Occupancy as a single or double room is always possible. Included in the price of the room is a croissant breakfast, naturally a generous breakfast buffet is also offered, available in the restaurant. Through its proximity to the trade fair site, Reeperbahn and city centre, as well as its status as a design hotel, the East anticipates a diverse array of domestic and international customers, from business to leisure guests. One thing all visitors to the east rightly have in common is the demand for an excellently operated establishment, that is not just meant for sleeping.
Food and drinks In addition to the centrepiece, the restaurant with Asian lounge and relaxation garden, and the Dedon Island in the courtyard, Yakshi’s Bar, the Colours Lounge and the
Smirnoff Lounge are available for many occasions. The east is the place to experience pleasures of the pallet and good for body and soul! The kitchen team takes its guests on a culinary and aromatic trip through the cuisine of the east with “family style” Euro-Asian food. This concept is based on lively communication while dining. In the “sharing food system” everyone can try different dishes from everyone else, you share your food and thus experience different pleasures. The bar offers unusual cocktail creations with Asian ingredients and an extensive selection of wines for different moods. Here, too surprises, the unfamiliar and exceptional highlights are the aspirations of the east.
Conferences and events Four combinable rooms of 40 – 160 m² with spacious foyer, a bar and adjoining terrace are located in a separate conference area. The latest modern conference technology, overhead projector and a fitting design are a matter of course. The meeting point on the ground floor is connected to the East via a glazed hall. During the breaks you can relax at the one of a kind in Hamburg golf simulator as well as the outdoor putting green. Yakshi’s Bar and the Colours Lounge are located in a gallery on the ground floor and entice you to informal, stylish day and evening events. You have the pleasure of being above things in the Smirnoff Lounge on the first floor with its own bar and service. An outside staircase leads into the restaurant with old arches, glass doors seven metres high and its glazed casemate area. From this level you can go
outside to the beautifully leafy courtyard, Dedon Island. The east has the best food service solution for any occasion, no matter if for a conference menu, buffet, sit-down meal, multi-course menus or finger food. Wellness For more balance, satisfaction and love of life the visitor to the east treats himself to a few hours of relaxation in the sauna, on the 40m² roof deck, in the fitness room or in the wellness area – not just for hotel guests! Round, organic shapes provide flowing energy all around. The sauna was especially designed for the east by Jordan Mozer. The east has a lot on the agenda in the area of cosmetics and wellness treatments: Different facial treatments for every type of skin, lymph drainage therapy, whole body massage and partial massage, diverse body treatments, Java Touch, Zulu and much more.
To round out the personal concept, the east offers a very special travel service. Through “boundless travel in the east” reservations for flights across the world, a special business service for business customers and individual trips to Australia or South Africa are available directly on site. east Hotel Restaurant Bar Lounge, Simon-von-Utrecht-Straße 31, D-20359 Hamburg Phone: + 49 (0)40 – 30 99 3-0 Fax: + 49 (0)40 – 30 99 3-200 www.east-hamburg.de Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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east – the new project by Christoph Strenger, 45, Marc Ciunis, 41, and Anne-Marie Bauer, 46, has opened on 28th October 2004 in Simonvon-Utrecht-Straße. It adds considerably to Hamburg’s restaurant and nightlife scene and will cause designer hearts to beat more quickly. With a fascinating location and an elaborate restaurant and hotel concept it offers a dining experience for the greatest demands. And this in the centre of the city, parallel to the Reeperbahn. “With east we are fulfilling our long held dream, the dream of the perfect combination of restaurant, hotel and nightlife. We are happy to have found the ideal location in the old iron foundry,” says Marc Ciunis. The 41-year-old Hamburg resident will be responsible for the F&B area and take over management together with Christoph Strenger. Anne-Marie Bauer will be the director of the premises and welcome the guests. As previously in the Herzblut on the Reeperbahn, the exceptional design by Jordan Mozer, who designed the rooms in close cooperation with Christoph Strenger, captivates in every premises and should attract a modern and urban public from lifestyle and business. In a construction period of 36 months an investment of approx. 3 million euros was made for interior construction and furnishings for the hotel project with attached restaurant.
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Congress Destination FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Congress Destination FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Frankfurt am Main, conveniently situated in the heart of Germany, is one of the world’s busiest traffic and transport hubs. Its airport ranks amongst the largest in Europe and is only 11 minutes from the city centre by train. Known as the "Gateway to Europe“, Frankfurt is the ideal destination for international congresses requiring highest possible standards. More than 60,000 conferences and congresses are held in Frankfurt every year, nearly a quarter of which
Frankfurt am Main, conveniently situated in the heart of Germany, is one of the world’s busiest traffic and transport hubs. Its airport are internationally oriented. Not surprising, really, with Frankfurt offering its guests such a variety of congress ranks amongst the largest in Europe and is only 11 minutes from the city centre by train. Known as the “Gateway to Europe“, Frankvenues and destination fringe programme opportunities. Frankfurt a wide range of modern conference facilities to furt is the ideal for international congresses requiringhas highest possible standards.
choose from, headed by the multifunctional congress facilities of Messe Frankfurt, the city’s famous fair and
exhibition centre. Frankfurt’s industry is equally extensive, withnearly morea than 33,000 beds available in oriMore than 60,000 conferences and hotel congresses are held in Frankfurt every year, quarter of which are internationally accommodation of every category. Better theyofare located throughout the programme entire city and ented. Not surprising,establishments really, with Frankfurt offering its guests such still, a variety congress venues and fringe opportuniits Frankfurt environshas while being easily accessible by all means ties. a wide range of modern conference facilitiesof to transport. choose from, headed by the multifunctional congress facilities of Messe Frankfurt, the city’s famous fair and exhibition centre. Frankfurt’s hotel industry is equally extensive, with more than 33,000 beds available in accommodation establishments of Frankfurt’s every category. Better still, they are located entire and its A further advantage is the close proximity of downtown locations. It takesthroughout as little asthehalf an city hour environs while the being easily accessible all means transport. to traverse city centre on foot.byMore thanof7,000 hotel rooms are available within a one-mile radius of the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt and the Frankfurt fairgrounds.
A further advantage is the close proximity of Frankfurt’s downtown locations. It takes as little as half an hour to traverse the city centre foot.metropolis More than 7,000 hotel rooms availableselection within a one-mile radiusevent of thevenues, CongressaCenter Messe Frankfurt The on Main also features anare excellent of unusual rich cultural life and and the Frankfurt fairgrounds. scenic surroundings. The greater Frankfurt Rhine-Main region has plenty of fringe programme possibilities
on offer as well. How about a theatrical showing of Swan Lake? Or do you prefer experimental dance
The Main metropolis also features an excellent selection of unusual event venues, a rich cultural life and scenic surroundings. The theatre? Philharmonic sounds or hard rock, perhaps? What about art extraordinaire at the Städel Museum or greater Frankfurt Rhine-Main region has plenty of fringe programme possibilities on offer as well. How about a theatrical showing of international variety theatre in the backstreets of Frankfurt? Or how about team-building and outdoor Swan Lake? Or do you prefer experimental dance theatre? Philharmonic sounds or hard rock, perhaps? What about art extraordiactivities? One Museum thing is or certain, the cultural Rhine-Main has for every taste. naire at the Städel international variety diversity theatre in of theFrankfurt backstreets of Frankfurt? Or something how about team-building and outdoor Four major opera houses, 15 theatres and over 100 museums combine to offer your event participants activities? One thing is certain, the cultural diversity of Frankfurt Rhine-Main has something for every taste. Four major opera entertainment of and the over highest houses, 15 theatres 100 order. museums combine to offer your event participants entertainment of the highest order. Local Information on Frankfurt Local Information on
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Weather Germany has a so-called temperate climate. Temperatures vary considerably from region to region. While the south is considered Weather very mild, thehas climate in the central highlands or in the Alps is often quite Germany a so-called temperate climate. Temperatures varyharsh. considerably from region to region. While
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the south is considered very mild, the climate in the central highlands or in the Alps is often quite harsh.
Average Temperatures for Frankfurt: While temperatures can rise above 30° C (86°F) during the summer months, average daytime temperatures between May and September usually lie somewhere between 15° (59°F) and 25° C (77°F) and are hence very pleasant. In winter, it can be extremely cold with temperatures as low as -10° C (14°F) or less. As a rule, however, daytime temperatures hover around the freezing point during the winter months. www.frankfurt-tourismus.de 1 Currency Germany is part of the Euro (€) zone. You may change foreign currencies into Euros at the airport, at most banks and at special exchange offices, one of which is located on Kaiserstrasse in downtown Frankfurt. Conversion Rate, feb 2008: 1 US Dollar = 0.781800 Euros 1 Euro (EUR) = 1.27896 US Dollars (USD)
Time Germany is on Central European Time (CET) and is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and nine hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time. Summer time (daylight savings) is in force from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October: Winter time (October - March): Central European Time Summer time (March - October): Central European Time + 1 hour Frankfurt Int’l Airport Accounting for more than 50 million passengers and over 480,000 take-offs and landings, Frankfurt Airport is one of the world’s premier traffic hubs. Passengers have more than 110 airlines to choose from, servicing close to 300 worldwide destinations. All major European cities are represented on the Frankfurt Airport timetable. The following U.S. cities are serviced by airlines flying out of Frankfurt Airport: Anchorage, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fairbanks, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK, New York-Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington. Frankfurt Airport is only a stone’s throw from downtown Frankfurt. It takes only 11 minutes to get from the airport to the main train station by public transport. A taxi ride from the airport to Messe Frankfurt takes approx. 20 minutes, at a cost of approx. EUR 20.00. Support As your most experienced partner in Frankfurt am Main for all matters of tourism and convention organisation, the Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board is happy to assist you in any way they can. Special room allotments for your congresses as well as overnight accommodation for all participants can be booked quickly, easily and at no charge through our congress department, along with many other services available for meeting your requirements. Should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us: Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main Convention Bureau Kaiserstrasse 56 60329 Frankfurt am Main Germany Phone: +49 (0) 69 / 21 23 87 03 or +49 (0) 69 / 21 23 03 96 Fax +49 (0) 69 / 21 23 07 76 eMail: email@example.com Internet: www.frankfurt-tourismus.de
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New venues Frankfurt Messe Turm Meetings & Events
Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 49 60308 Frankfurt am Main District: Westend Süd Tel. 0049-69- 74229200 Fax 0049-69- 74229298 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Number of conference rooms: 8 Sq/m of largest room: 170,50 sq/m Maximum capacity largest room: 150 persons
- Banqueting seating up to: 50 persons - Row seating up to: 150 persons - Classroom seating up to: 70 persons
MesseTurm Meeting & Events offers you spacious rooms with natural daylight illumination as a fitting and stylish setting for your events. The prominent position and the flexibility of our rooms will satisfy all the requirements for your event. MesseTurm Meeting & Events offers you the ideal venue with a view for your events, with 8 meeting rooms, 2 lounges and the “Emporio” bistro. After work events, meetings or parties high above the roofs of the city.
- Catering available - External catering not possible
Sankt Peter (Church)
Stephanstrasse 6 60313 Frankfurt am Main Innenstadt Tel. 0049-69-2972595100 Fax.0049-69-2972595200 email@example.com http://www.sanktpeter.com Number of conference rooms: 4 Sq/m of largest room: 340 sq/m Maximum capacity largest room / entire house: 900 / 900 persons
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- Banqueting seating up to: 240 persons - Row seating up to: 500 persons - Classroom seating up to: 120 persons
“sankt peter”, situated in Frankfurt’s city centre, is a most unusual event location. Formerly St. Peter’s Church, the venue’s interior has been completey renovated and redesigned. The operator, “jugend-kultur-kirche sankt peter”, has conceived a special utilisation plan for the venue, using it as a youth centre as well as a one-of-kind event location. Aside from two seminar rooms and a multimedia room, event organisers may also use the spacious main hall, which has been equipped with modern lighting and sound technology. The design of the church interior is very modern and thereby in stark contrast to the traditionally styled façade.
Verkehrsmuseum Frankfurt am Main (Transport Museum)
c/o Commpany Gesellschaft für strategisches Ereignismarketing mbH Rheinlandstrasse 133 60529 Frankfurt am Main District: Bürostadt Niederrad / Schwanheim Tel. 0049-6187- 909550 Fax 0049-6187- 9095555 Internet: www.verkehrsmuseum-frankfurt.de Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Number of conference rooms: 2 Sq/m of largest room: 1500 sq/m Maximum capacity largest room: 300 persons
- Banqueting seating up to: 250 persons - Row seating up to: 300 persons - Classroom seating up to: 200 persons
Tram Stop: The Frankfurt Transport Museum is a unique event location in the Rhein-Main region. Over 30 exhibits reflect the 125-year old history of Frankfurt local public transport and form an extraordinary background for outstanding events with a very special character - an inspiring location for exclusive galas, extraordinary receptions, innovative presentations and soulful concerts.
- Catering available - External catering possible
Altenhöferallee 3 60438 Frankfurt am Main Niederursel Tel. 0049-69-80086550 Fax 0049-69-80086551 email@example.com http://www.fiz-conferencelab.de Number of conference rooms: 5 Sq/m of largest room: 185 sq/m Maximum capacity largest room / entire house: 150 / 200 persons
- Row seating up to: 150 persons - Classroom seating up to: 100 persons
FIZ ConferenceLab is the central component of the research and business cluster, FIZ Frankfurt Biotechnology Innovation Center, and offers a unique atmosphere for your event in an innovative environment. Whether in our highly modern conference rooms, the open inner courtyard, or our LabLounge – FIZ ConferenceLab offers you a varied ambiance for your lectures, for focused work, and room for creativity.
- In-house catering available - External catering possible
- In-house catering available - External catering not possible
New hotels in Frankfurt/Main Gerbermühle
Gerbermühlstr. 105 D-60594 Frankfurt am Main District: Sachsenhausen-North Tel.: 0049-69-68977790 Fax: 0049-69-689777966 Internet: http://www.gerbermuehle.de Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Number of hotel rooms: 18 Number of conference rooms: 3 Sq/m of largest room: 50 sq/m Maximum capacity largest room / entire house: 30 / 50 persons
- Row seating up to: 30 persons - Classroom seating up to: 20 persons - In-house catering available - External catering not possible
Fleming´s Deluxe Frankfurt-City Eschenheimer Tor 2 60313 Frankfurt am Main Innenstadt Tel 0049-69-4272320 Fax 0049-69-37003333 email@example.com www.flemings-hotels.com
25hours Hotel Frankfurt by Levi`s Niddastr. 56-58 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Tel. 0049-69-40586890 Fax 0049-69-4058689890 firstname.lastname@example.org www.25hours-hotels.com
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Central Administration of Mobile Devices from Far Closeness Since August 2008, Acteos provides exclusively for mobile terminals the remote maintenance system “MobiControl” of the Canadian producer SOTI.
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Gilching, 18. September 2008 – Acteos, specialist for mobile data communication solutions, has contracted in August 2008 a close partnership with the Canadian software provider SOTI Inc.. With this, Acteos assumes in Germany, Austria and Switzerland the commercial agency for one of the worldwide most progressive systems for remote maintenance and control of mobile devices. For the portfolio of the SCM solution provider from Gilching near Munich, this step means a significant increase of the service degree with solutions for mobile capture and transmission of data in the environment of field service, service and logistics. For the German-speaking market, Acteos opens with this cooperation a comfortable access to the in demand software “MobiControl“ of the multiple awarded system house from Canada. The cooperation of both companies, decided in August, has to be assessed as consequent intensification of the Certified Trainer state of Acteos for SOTI software, existing since 2007. For Dr. Dieter Neumann, managing director of Acteos, “this kind of co-operation generates three winners already at the beginning “. The SOTI Inc. with headquarters in Ontario, which has attended to Europe so far directly from Canada, breaks with this step a professional distribution channel in the European market. By integration of the software “MobiControl” when using mobile data collection devices within the supply chain, Acteos can realize significant competitive advantages. The customers can reach with this new generation of device management and security solution sustainable process-related as well as
economic improvements at the handling of their mobile terminals. The success confirms this estimation: Already in the first weeks, Acteos was able to acquire with the SOTI solution key accounts like the Swiss retail giant Coop. The SOTI controlling and management solutions for mobile terminals are in great demand worldwide in contend with Microsoft and other providers. Over 60,000 customers from trade, industry, logistics, health care and other sectors already use the possibility of the central online administration of handheld devices with the help of the software of SOTI. And the need for this solution will continue to increase. In the core business of Acteos, that is consistent electronic data capture within the supply chain, more and more mobile terminals are used. They all have to be registered, maintained, supported, updated, monitored or backed up. In future, with the SOTI solution “MobiControl“, these operations can be completed from a central management console via remote access on all used devices from distance. The mobile units neither have to be collected physically for maintenance nor plugged in the cradle. The data exchange is not carried out via an ActiveSyncprocedure, but by direct transmission via WLAN or GPRS. “MobiControl“ supports all devices with Microsoft operating system, whether the scanner in the warehouse, the MDE device of the parcel service or the smartphone of the field worker. At the push of a button, software updates can be carried out in the whole device pool at the same time. So even from the distance, a scanner for delivery can also be changed to a warehouse scanner with one mouse movement. This enables a flexible, multifunctional and economic use of the mobile terminals. Acteos applies with the
SOTI solution a unique user-friendly and comfortable administration tool. The administrator can exactly see on the monitor the operator interface of the relative device and can handle this from distance live and in real-time, so as if he was on site. This accelerates the diagnostics of faults and the further use after handling errors. The applied adjustments can be recorded by video function and clearly reconstructed from each user at a later date. With “MobiControl“, Acteos increases the service level of mobile devices integrated in the processes of the customers to a level, which places a new benchmark in the sector. High safety standards, inventory management, reports of software disposition and statistics of device usage permit furthermore an extremely economic application of all mobile devices of a pool. “The advantage is obvious“, Dr. Neumann declares. “By application of SOTI, we reduce significantly the costs for implementing, operation and support of mobile devices of our customers. With a pool of 12,000 mobile units, like at our customer Coop, we need no calculator to inspire with a fast Return on Investment”. However, the economic advantage of the application of “MobiControl“,already starts at a device stock of about 15 mobile units, Hans Selberdinger, project manager of Acteos, declares. He recommends the remote administration to all companies with local application of mobile data collection devices. For implementation of the system, Acteos accelerates the time duration to hours or one day maximal by training related to practice.
About Acteos GmbH & Co. KG Acteos GmbH & Co. KG, wholly owned subsidiary company of the quoted Acteos S.A., is specialising in solutions for mobile
collection and transmission of company specific data, which enable a processing in real time afterwards. The SCM solution provider was founded in 1982 in Gilching near Munich. In the year 2000, the union with the French Acteos group took place. The company provides solutions along the complete supply chain as well as appropriate technical components if required, and comprehensive services from the project management up to support and maintenance. The Acteos group employs about 140 workers, thereof about 35 workers at Acteos Germany. For further information see www.acteos.com
SOTI Inc. develops industry leading technology that solves the unique challenges involved in deploying, managing, securing and supporting remote mobile and desktop computing devices. SOTI works closely with the top manufacturers of Windows Mobile hardware and software, and has strategic relationships with companies such as Microsoft, Motorola, Intermec, Palm, Psion Teklogix and Hand Held Products. SOTI’s world class technology is second to none, and is licensed by top mobile device hardware & software brands. SOTI is an independent software vendor; its products are developed in-house by a highly skilled development team. Press contact: Acteos GmbH & Co. KG Silke Riedel Talhofstr. 30a 82205 Gilching Tel.: +49 8105 38 51-0 Fax: +49 8105 38 51-12 email@example.com www.acteos.com
European Commission scheme offers fully funded executive training in China Application period ends January 4, 2009. METP, the official EU-China Managers Exchange and Training Programme, offers executives the possibility to train as China experts Beijing, December 10, 2008 Executives from EU-based companies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have the opportunity to apply for a fullyfunded training scheme that will qualify them as China experts in 2009. Applications for the EUChina Managers Exchange and Training Programme (METP) can be submitted until January 4, 2009. The joint programme sponsored by the European Union and China supports EU-based SMEs in their China business by offering a high-level training scheme. The EU-China Managers Exchange and Training Programme (METP) enables companies and non-governmental organisations to build up or further strengthen their business activities in China. The programme offers SMEs the possibility to train their employees for ten months to become experts on the Chinese market and Chinese business culture.
Besides the organisation of the whole stay, the EU will cover all tuition fees. METP will provide participants with a monthly living allowance (about 1.000 Euros). All graduates receive an official diploma signed by the EU Ambassador to China. METP is a four-year initiative of the European Commission and the Chinese Government and is divided into four intakes, each lasting ten months. The application phase for METP 4 ends on January 4, the programme will begin in May 2009. Applicants should have no or only very limited knowledge of the Chinese language. While the priority of METP is on providing support to EU professionals from small and mediumsized companies, applications from candidates employed by larger firms can be considered, subject to space available. For further information about application modalities, download instructions for the application dossier and for general information about METP visit www.metp.net.cn or contact the METP hotline at +49 69 15402 638. The EU-China Managers Ex-
change and Training Programme (METP) is a four-year intergovernmental cooperation project between the European Commission and the Government of the People’s Republic of China. Placed within the dynamic context of continuously evolving relations between the EU and China, the non-profit programme is designed to enhance business expertise by developing European and Chinese human resources. METP aims to train and financially support internships for 200 Chinese managers in the EU and 200 European managers in China. The programme is implemented by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade from 2006 to 2010, and total funding from the EC and the Government of China is 23 million Euros. Enquiries: PUBLICIS Consultants | Deutschland Sarah von Hauenschild, Tel.: +49-69-15402-367, Fax: +49-6915402-270 E-Mail: sarah.von.hauenschild@ publicis-consultants.de
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Long-term objective of METP is to enhance and to sustainably improve the EU’s relationship with China through exchange and economic cooperation. Stefan Hell, Team Leader in Beijing: “The main prerequisite for business success in China is a profound knowledge of economy, culture
and business ethics. And this is what METP offers applicants. At the same time the programme functions as a platform where Europeans and Chinese meet and build long-term relationships – the basic foundation for successful business in China.”
European applicants sought for training scheme in China European applicants sought for training scheme in China Deadline for applications January 4th/ 10-month programme focussing on language skills and Chinese business culture
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European applicants, especially executives from Small and Medium Enterprises and professionals working for NonGovernmental Organisations, are invited to apply for slots in the coming batch of the EU-China Managers Exchange and Training Programme (METP). A joint initiative of the European Commission and the government of China, METP aims at managers and professionals from all EU member states interested in gaining China expertise. Built within the dynamic context of continuously developing relations between the EU and China, the programme will enhance business expertise by developing European and Chinese human resources. METP offers European companies, especially SMEs, the possibility to train their employees to become qualified experts for the Chinese market. Ideally, these experts will utilise their newly acquired skills and contacts needed to conduct business with China. Long-term objective of METP is to enhance and to sustainably improve the EU’s relationship with China through exchange and economic cooperation. The whole programme encompasses
• Two weeks of intercultural training with Chinese managers in China • Seven months of full-time Business Chinese language training at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, attend specially tailored seminars and workshops on cultural and business issues • Three month internship to gain work experience in a Chinese environment Besides the organisation of the whole stay, the EU will cover all tuition fees. METP will provide participants with a monthly living allowance (about 1.000 Euros). All graduates receive an official diploma signed by the EU Ambassador to China.
METP is a four-year initiative of the European Commission and the Chinese Government and is divided into four intakes, each lasting ten months. Application deadline for fourth training intake, which will start in May 2009, is January 4th 2009. Applicants should have no
or only very limited knowledge of Chinese language, should be between 26 and 40 years of age and must have a minimum of five years work experience. In addition to credible academic qualifications the candidates have to present a compelling business plan for their stay in China. For further information about application modalities, download instructions for the application dossier and for general information about METP visit www.metp. net.cn or contact the METP hotline at +49 69 15402 638.
THE PORT OF ZEEBRUGGE In recent decades, the Port of Zeebrugge, located on the North Sea coastline, has been among the fastest-growing ports in the Hamburg-Le Havre range. Due to its modern infrastructure, developed to meet the rise of roll-on/roll-off vessels and containerization, combined with excellent road and rail connections, the deep-draft facility has become a major multifaceted port, handling unit loads (trailers and containers), new cars, conventional general cargo, “high & heavy” cargoes, dry and liquid bulk, and natural gas.
Leading car port
A major ro-ro center
Zeebrugge is a major European port for unaccompanied roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) traffic. There are, for example, 13 fixed services to 14 different UK ports with up to 20 departures a day, including seven to London. Other services include line sailings to Scandinavia and countries in southern Europe, such as Spain and Portugal, and further afield to Turkey. Zeebrugge has 23 berths for ro-ro vessels, providing a total loading and discharge capacity of 3,500 trucks every 24 hours, or more than a million a year. Nearly 12 million tonnes is shipped with roro vessels annually.
Growing container port
In 2008 more than 2 million TEU were handled at the port of Zeebrugge. Deepsea container lines like CMA-CGM and Evergreen call weekly at the Ocean Container terminal Zeebrugge whereas the newly created APM Terminals Zeebrugge caters for the calls of Maersk Line and The New World Alliance. Cargoes come from the Far East, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean ,The containers are subsequently transported via rail, road, with feeder vessels or via the inland waterways. Zeebrugge’s container future is looking bright with a third large container terminal currently under construction in the Albert II Dock.
Company facilities at Zeebrugge include the StoraEnso distribution terminal, which handles around two million tons of paper a year, dispatching newsprint, for example, on specially designed trains. Another major facility at the port is the European distribution center for Bridgestone where some nine million tires are shipped annually. SeaPark organizes global distribution of agricultural machinery while a number of major companies, including the New Zealand Zespri (kiwifruit) Marketing Board, are active at the port’s fresh-fruit terminals. Tropicana’s new fruit-juice processing facility in Zeebrugge’s inner port is the company’s largest European production unit.
In 2008 Zeebrugge handled a total of 42 million tons of cargo, with a modal split of 64% road, 8% sea, 3% inland waterway, 8% pipeline and 17% rail. Ongoing investment at the port is further developing its roll-on/roll-off and container capacities and providing additional areas for logistics operations. Further information is available at www. portofzeebrugge.be
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Zeebrugge has become the world’s leading port for the transhipment of new cars and in 2008 handled over 2,000,000 units. The SeaRo, Wallenius-Wilhelmsen Lines, ICO, Toyota and CdMZ terminals together have a capacity of 175,000 cars a day on a surface area of approximately 300 ha. There are also 5 centers providing quality control, pre-delivery services and assembly of options according to the customer’s needs. In addition to the Toyota Vehicle Logistics Center, car-makers using the port include DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes, Volvo, BMW, Citroën, Peugeot, Rover, Jaguar, Vauxhall, Renault, Suzuki and Mitsubishi, for example. All large car makes have placed their trust in Zeebrugge, not only for transporting the final product, but also for carrying components and spare parts between several assembly plants in Europe.
Paper to fruit juice
World Class Arbitration Do not settle for less Arbitration is a way to resolve a dispute without going to court but still get an award that is binding and can be enforced (which is difficult if not impossible if you have a decision from a court in another country than the country you are seeking enforcement in). Better still, the process is faster and the outcome more accurate than that of ordinary court proceedings.
The disputes may
To ensure an efficient and reliable process and an enforceable decision, the SCC recommends this clause to any contract: â€œAny dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or in connection with this contract, or the breach, termination or invalidity thereof, shall be finally settled by arbitration administered by the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (the SCC) and in accordance with its rules.â€?
is easy to access and offers modern conference facilities and comfortable hotels, the courts are arbitration friendly and have a high degree of respect for the autonomy of the arbitral process. The legal system is comprehensive. The local lawyers are multilingual and experienced in international arbitration. If you opt for Stockholm, the SCC Rules may also be used in London, Nice, Frankfurt, Baku, Tokyo or anywhere else in the world where you and your business partner can agree to meet. For more information, vistit our website, www.sccinstitute.com, or call us at +46 8 555 100 50
Stockholm has been one of the major arbitration centers since international commercial arbitration arrived in the 1970s. Besides the advantage of international neutrality Stockholm is also attractive in many other ways. Stockholm
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The SCC (the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce), based in Stockholm and a part of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, has been efficiently facilitating arbitral proceedings in international disputes since 1917. The current SCC Rules, adopted in 2007, are modern and up-todate. The dispute is resolved by an arbitral tribunal consisting of one or three persons of your choosing. The process is flexible and you may meet anywhere in the world and use any language you prefer.
concern cooperation agreements, joint ventures, sales contracts, e.g. sale of machinery and equipment, construction and engineering contracts and licensing of knowhow. About 60 per cent of the cases concerns cross border relations.
EFOS Flight School – Charter AG
CEO, President and founder of EFOS, born in Switzerland in 1946, Konrad F. Schutzbach is married and worked as an apprentice locksmith in his early days. At age 19, he started training to become a pilot, and ultimately a flight teacher. His experience in Africa and Europe includes being a spray pilot in the Sudan, a humanitarian pilot for the Red Cross, Oil rigs platform pilot in Lybia, not to mention a safari pilot in West Africa with focal point in Cameroon. He founded EFOS. Totalling 20,000 flight hours and 120,000 landings as a pilot, he has trained more than 1,000 pilots. Schutzbach is also a member of the Schwei zerischen People’s Party SVP.
commercial operations include a flight school, a flyer club with members from all parts of the economy and business sectors and a department that operates freight/cargo flights. EFOS became a flight school for the first time in 1996 and got certified in Switzerland, and got its European certification as an FTO (Flying Training Organization) in 2002 with a “JAA Approval Certificate.” With this certification, EFOS supplements the basis program for the education of private pilots with the continued education on European acknowledged level to occupation pilots and line pilots with instrument flight. As a flight school, it is known worldwide, thanks to its pilot training program, and is viewed as an elite flight school. The company also rents its airplanes to private pilots and businesses as part of its business operation. The flyer club makes supporting the new generation of pilots one of its priorities. The Air taxi department completes the program. EFOS is the only flight school in Switzerland that runs flight
training program and simultaneously operates a flyer club and Air taxi services. The flight school’s profit is generated by its private pilot training program, its flyer club, the FTO, its Air taxi service, and the training of new generation pilots, because many beginners at the flight school choose EFOS so they can complete their entire curriculum there [offers later and the business in the area flyer club and Air taxi its pilots Exclusively out of the firm inclined flight school]. EFOS offers its students the possibility to enter, after their training, the firm, namely its flyer club and Air taxi service, under the supervision of a learned captain, to gather their first professional experiences and be able to work while looking for employment at charter or airline companies. This program has been very successful and has helped jumstart the careers of many well known pilots in the Swiss Aviation industry today.
EFOS employs momentarily 6 flight teachers, 4 pilots and 3 administrative assistants. There are 8 more employees behind the scenes. Many firms gain a part of its yields as a supplier for the EFOS. The flight school has in its long history trained more than 1,200 pilots so far, from Switzerland and the rest of the world. Its students pass regularly the BAZL conclusions tests with excellent results. In almost all flight business of Switzerland and many foreign airlines out of five continents former EFOS students are found who ply their trade as occupational pilots. The flight school and flyer club/Air taxi service has to this date no record of any accidents, which is excellent.
EFOS controls a fleet of six
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single and double-engine airplanes. One of the planes is used for private pilot training and six others for advance training, which is intended for those who want to become qualified career pilots.
The firm was founded in Zurich on 29.11.1984. It is headquartered at the Zurich airport and is equipped by the federal bureau for civil aviation with a (industry operations) (gewerbmässigen) permission. EFOS started with exclusive safari flights to Cameroon and expedition trips to other parts of the world. The company’s
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Reconciliation of interests between healthcare policy and the pharma industry The recent political debate in the Swiss Parliament on the decision concerning the system establishing the exhaustion principle in patent law – which, together with the decision in favour of unilateral regional exhaustion excluding products with administered prices, i.e. specifically medicines, will lead to Switzerland taking what we regard as an incomprehensible and problematic go-it-alone approach – illustrates clearly the conflicting demands of healthcare policy and the pharma industry. Influential interest groups – largely comprising the statists and health insurers – want to make the regulations governing the approval of medicines on the Swiss market and the reimbursement thereof under basic insurance even more stringent, in some cases even with the aim of rationing the supply of some medicines or at least being able to purchase the medicines at the lowest possible prices in Europe. This development has become more critical in recent years, although the prices of medicines in Switzerland are now at the level of those in economically comparable European countries, with a tendency to be even lower, and the pressure will con-tinue to increase. This means that, even now, with the pressure exerted on healthcare costs at national level, innovative medicines, for example cancer drugs, are approved after substantial delays in some cases and under enormous price pressure, which means non-privately insured patients are unable to benefit quickly or sufficiently from the huge strides made by pharma research. Industry, on the other hand, is committed to ensuring that innovative medicines with demonstrable added value are approved rapidly and also paid for under compulsory health insurance. In order to finance their high research and development costs and their high-risk business model, the pharma industry must ensure that it is permitted to charge economically justifiable prices. If we are to preserve the business model of a research-intensive pharma industry, it is also vital to protect intellectual property. The innovation protection for a new medicine is of limited duration and scarcely sufficient to redeem the high development costs. Unfortunately, the aforementioned recent decision by the Swiss Parliament to revise the Patent Law has signalled a potential undermining of patent protection. Such a development is particularly risky for
Switzerland given that innovation is this country’s most important asset and that the pharma industry plays a leading and key role in the economy as a creator of value and major driver of Swiss exports. The pharma market in Switzerland is highly regulated compared with those of other European countries. A variety of challenging hurdles have to be cleared to be able to introduce a new medicine. The responsibility for the scientific assessment of a medicine falls to Swissmedic, which has battled for years to improve its efficiency and approval procedures so as to be able to compete with the European authority EMEA and the American FDA. The prices of the medicines which are paid for under compulsory health insurance are checked by a different federal agency, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, in accordance with the legally stipulated criteria of efficacy, usefulness and cost effectiveness. No other activity in the Swiss healthcare system is subject to a similarly protracted quality assessment as are medicines. In the near future, the prices of medicines will be regularly re-viewed at three-year intervals using a comparison with prices in other countries and a comparison across different therapies. By undertaking this comparison with prices in other countries, Switzerland will import a mix of the most diverse foreign financing and reimbursement systems, thereby systematically stifling the competitiveness of reimbursable medicines. It is the task of vips, the Association of Pharmaceutical Companies in Switzerland, in consultation with the various exponents of healthcare policy and using suitable measures, to help ensure that acceptable framework conditions are put in place for pharma companies to operate in an entrepreneurial and plannable manner in Switzerland. Walter P. Hölzle, Managing Director vips
The vips Association of Pharma Companies in Switzerland was founded in 1950 under Swiss law. It brings together Swiss branches of foreign pharma companies and Swiss pharma manufacturers as well as distributors. Its member companies have a share of around 70% of the Swiss pharma market, which makes vips the largest Swiss pharma association. vips aims to: – preserve and promote the interests of its members, – help create a liberal, innovationfriendly environment in which research and the protection of intellectual property are highly valued, and – help create high quality standards in healthcare provision, medicalpharmaceutical training and drug safety.