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ON TRACK WITH The German automotive manufacturer demonstrates its expertise with intelligent mobility software solutions

FREDRIKSTAD ENERGI 36 Well positioned to drive Norwegian energy development

WEISS A/S 42 Innovating sustainability in the combat against climate change

STARCO GROUP 46 New facility reacts to increased demand for safety-critical water pumps

EUREKA PUMPS 52 Hammerfest facility a result of increased demand for safety-critical water pumps

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W E L C O M E German Engineering at Its Best

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When it comes to manufacturing and technological innovation in Europe, Germany is usually at the forefront having become synonymous with optimum levels of operational excellence. Exposing the very latest in mechanical developments in 2015, Europe Outlook takes a look this month at one of the leading manufacturers, ON TRACK WITH and one of the leading annual events, The German automotive manufacturer demonstrates its expertise with intelligent mobility software solutions to see what the world can expect over the next 12 months from the country. Continental AG is one of the globe’s most renowned automotive manufacturers, famous for its work in tyre and chassis production, as well as its pioneering research into automation and eco solutions. The latter is forming the crux of the Company’s market innovations this year, including a special focus on mobility software solutions to improve both safety and eco aspects of cars in the future. We spoke to the Group’s Head of Automotive Electronics and Advanced Development, Christian Senger about Continental’s current work and how he expects the industry to evolve as a consequence. In-keeping with this typically German commitment to advanced engineering was this year’s HANNOVER MESSE event which once again attracted the manufacturing world’s attention. 2015’s focus was on robotics, Germany’s blossoming relationship with India and Industry 4.0 as Emily Jarvis discovered. Outside of Germany, May’s company showcase assortment has a very Scandinavian feel, with the energy sector especially prevalent; kick-started by Fredrikstad Energi’s longstanding presence in Norway. Alongside Denmark’s Weiss A/S, renewable energy solutions and environmental concerns are just a couple of the issues being addressed by the two continent-wide market players, and both look set to innovate even further as industry operators fall under increased pressure to meet stringent eco regulations. Staying in Denmark, and revisiting the manufacturing domain, STARCO Group unveils its recent managerial changes, while we round off the issue going full circle back to Norway with Matthew Staff resources specialists, Eureka Pumps. Editorial Director, Outlook Publishing Enjoy the issue! FREDRIKSTAD ENERGI 36 Well positioned to drive Norwegian energy development

WEISS A/S 42 Innovating sustainability in the combat against climate change

STARCO GROUP 46 New facility reacts to increased demand for safety-critical water pumps

EUREKA PUMPS 52 Hammerfest facility a result of increased demand for safety-critical water pumps

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The company’s Chief Executive, Herbert Hainer, said that he Adidas Turnaround Plan intends to bring production back Brings Production Back to “where the main markets are”, to Europe hoping that the changes will help it make new products available with a much quicker route to In a bid to gain market share and market. rebound from a previous business Adidas hopes the initiative will plan that did not achieve its goals, help increase net income by 15 popular German sportswear firm, percent a year through to 2020 Adidas has outlined a new strategy that includes manufacturing some of and will keep rivals such as Nike its apparel in Europe rather than Asia. from eating into its market share. R E TA I L

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Golder Associates Appoints New President and CEO Golder Associates, the global consulting and engineering firm, has announced the appointment of Dr. Hisham Mahmoud as its President and CEO. With a background spanning 27 years in the global engineering and construction field, Dr. Mahmoud will oversee the Company’s future ventures in consulting, design and construction services in its specialist areas of earth, environment and energy going forward. “Hiring our first external CEO represents a pivotal moment in the history of our great company. Hisham has all the attributes we sought to take the business forward,” commented Ian Smith, Lead Board Director, Golder Associates.

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Coromatic, the leading Nordic provider of critical facility solutions, has announced its acquisition of cooling solutions provider, Christian Berg. Through this acquisition, Coromatic expands its presence in Denmark by 40 percent and strengthens expertise and geographical presence. “Christian Berg’s renowned expertise and strong brand add great value for our operations and existing clients in Denmark,” said Anders Tollsten, CEO, Coromatic Group. “With Christian Berg’s experienced team on board, we further enhance our customer proposition with cooling solutions and related services.” For Christian Berg, the agreement with Coromatic enables more solid business processes in an increasingly complex market.

2nd Russian Energy Forum Attracts More Than 100 Attendees

international energy businesses in Russia, in the current climate. For more information, visit our events page on page 65.

On 9 June, 2015 Eurasian Dynamics will be hosting the second edition of the Russian Energy Forum in London with a special focus on finance and investment. Following a successful conference in June 2014, the second edition comprises of four sessions, networking breaks and an evening gala reception. The event will bring together leading analysts, companies and government representatives to discuss the sector’s influence in the country. Attendees will engage in panel debates, special focus roundtables and will enjoy company presentations on what matters the most for

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IoT Report Reveals Huge Potential for Logistics Sector DHL and Cisco’s Trend Report estimates that there will be 50 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020 compared to 15 billion today DHL and Cisco have jointly released a new Trend Report focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), first unveiled at the DHL Global Technology Conference in Dubai. “DHL Group has held strong belief in the positive powers of global trade. Yet, as our Global Connectedness Index 2014 revealed, the overall level of global connectedness remains surprisingly limited. There is huge potential for countries to further increase their connectedness and prosper through trade, integration and technology. We believe the internet

of Things will be a primary enabler of this global transformation,” Ken Allen, CEO DHL Express and Board Sponsor Technology, said. The Trend Report, which estimates that there will be 50 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020 compared to 15 billion today, looks at the potential impact this technological revolution will have on business. For any organisation with a supply chain or logistics operations, IoT will have game-changing consequences, from creating more ‘last mile’ delivery options for customers, to more efficient warehousing operations and

freight transportation. According to Cisco’s economic analysis, IoT will generate US$8 trillion worldwide in Value at Stake in the next decade. This will come from five primary drivers: innovation and revenue; asset utilisation; supply chain and logistics; employee productivity improvements; and enhanced customer and citizen experience. “Digitisation and the expansion of the Internet of Things is a catalyst for growth, which is driving new economic models and enabling organisations to remain competitive and embrace the pace of change happening globally. This report clearly demonstrates that digitisation and the IoT will deliver long term efficiencies and growth opportunities across a wide range of industries,” commented Chris Dedicoat, president, EMEAR for Cisco. According to the report, in the next decade the logistics industry could unlock higher levels of operational efficiency as the IoT connects in real time millions of shipments being moved, tracked and stowed each day. In warehousing, connected pallets and items will be a driver for smarter inventory management. In freight transportation, tracking and tracing of goods becomes faster, more accurate, predictive and secure while analytics of a connected fleet can help to predict asset failure and to schedule maintenance checks automatically. Finally, connecting delivery personnel with surrounding vehicles and people can become a way of monetising and optimising the return trip to improve efficiency and service in last mile delivery. For customers, this means DHL can provide an even faster, more reliable and cost-effective service.

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Digital security company, Gemalto, has announced Coesys mGov, an innovative new mobile strong digital authentication solution that enables people to access online government services using a combination of their contactless national eID card and an NFCenabled phone. Accessed via a single sign on authentication process, Coesys mGov enables citizens to use their phones as an authentication and signature tool with an environment they can trust, opening the door to a rich array of eGov services. These range from social and health provision, such as family, employment or retirement, as well as driver’s license related services and health insurance benefits, to local public services and citizenship including online participation and e-voting with both security and privacy. Additionally, the product helps governments and public authorities to enhance their trusted digital schemes, and deploy a national Mobile ID scheme complementary to identity programmes.

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EU Economies Show Signs of Strengthening Economic growth in the European Union is benefitting from positive economic tailwinds, according to the European Commission’s Spring 2015 Economic Forecast, which claims shortterm factors are boosting an otherwise mild cyclical upswing in the EU. The forecast is based on a set of external assumptions concerning exchange rates, interest rates and commodity prices. “The recovery of Europe’s economies is strengthening. While this is encouraging, we have to make sure economic growth is both lasting and sustainable. This can happen by implementing the three priority approach endorsed at EU level - structural reforms, stepping up investment and encouraging fiscal responsibility, while addressing country-specific challenges,” commented Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue. GDP in 2015 is now expected to rise by 1.8 percent in the EU and by 1.5 percent in the euro area as a result.

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McDonald’s Introduces Table Service in Germany In a bid to reinvent the brand’s image as a “modern, progressive burger company”, McDonald’s is trialling table side service in Germany. Under the new Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook, the world’s biggest fast-food chain has been testing a myriad of new ideas, including kiosk ordering, all-day breakfast in the UK, custom burgers and even a completely new restaurant brand in a bid to revive slumping sales and better compete with both localised and global franchise chains, ranging from Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc to Burger King. Easterbrook, a Briton who took the helm on 1 March, 2015, is only the second non-American to take the job. His challenge is to halt a slide in O I L & G A S

UK Well Positioned to Take Advantage of ‘Global Gas Glut’ A major shift in global gas pricing in recent months has seen Asian spot prices fall to close to British wholesale levels for the first time in nearly five years, bringing more liquefied natural gas (LNG) back to the UK and leaving the country well positioned to capitalise on any further shift in global supply flows, according to Ben Wetherall, Head of Gas at ICIS. The UK was one of the only European countries to register a rise in LNG imports last year, climbing by more than a fifth to 11.50bcm. But this trend has accelerated as the UK picked up surplus cargoes. There have been 26 LNG deliveries to UK regasification

sales around the world. He announced the table side service at the reopening of Germany’s biggest restaurant in Frankfurt Airport, which has more than 500 seats and serves more than one million customers a year. The country has been a challenging market for McDonald’s, which has struggled to find the right recipe for selling to the nation’s health and cost-conscious diners.

Diners in Germany can now choose to be served at their table after placing an order at the front counter, by means of a digital kiosk or with a waiter carrying a tablet computer. McDonald’s executives have identified Germany, the United States, Japan and Australia as priority markets to rollout the waiter service.

terminals in the first three months of 2015, nearly three times as many deliveries in the comparable period last year, according to the ICIS Edge shipping platform. This additional LNG available at the margin, combined with weaker winter demand, has been a major factor in the softening of British wholesale prices over the winter, with Q1 2015 NBP

front month prices averaging around 30 percent less than last year. And with the risks of Russian gas supply disruptions to Europe this winter now beginning to fade, the expectations of a more benign global price environment over the next two or three years may provide some indications as to the future UK market direction.

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THE BEST OF EUROPE After a record number of votes from 113 different countries, European Best Destinations is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 competition, crowning Bordeaux as this year’s winner Writer: Emily Jarvis ince 2009, European Best Destinations (EBD) - a European non-profit organisation – has instigated the most important competition in e-tourism. Each year, hundreds of thousands of voters from across the world join together in search of Europe’s best holiday destination. The competition merges together both the continent’s 10 most-visited destinations on the Eurostat database, and those voted in by the public. “Europe offers a great diversity of landscapes, a variety of cultural experiences, architectural marvels and first class gastronomical offerings. We try to promote diversity and this determines our top 20 entries for the competition,” says Maximilien Lejeune, Executive Director of European Best Destinations. EDB has successfully partnered with 158 tourism offices and retains a strong relationship with local, regional, national, international and online communities who have each played their part in promoting the organisation and tourism hotspots. “The competition provides significant media coverage, placing the tourism spotlight on some of Europe’s finest locations. We show each destination in the best light possible via our website

which serves as a platform to connect tourism offices in Europe together with the world’s travellers,” explains Lejeune. For three weeks, travellers from around the world have engaged in the opportunity to vote for their favourite destination of choice and this year, the competition witnessed a record number of entries (244,282 votes across 21 days), with Bordeaux clinching the top spot.

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10. BRUSSELS, BELGIUM A P A R T F R O M being the centre of European politics, Brussels has a fascinating history that dates back to the 11th century when it began as a small dukedom the size of the current downtown area. A multicoloured heritage of the most diverse styles, Brussels - the capital for 500 million Europeans – has much to offer, with some hidden gems waiting to be explored. EBD calls the city one with “a contagious creativity tinged with surrealism and humour, a sociable and epicurean art de vivre”. The city is proud of the number of parks, known as ‘green spaces’, which are available; ranging from grand boulevards with statues and fountains to quaint parks with lakes and flowers. Furthermore, Brussels is well known for a number of historic and museum attractions including its Grand-Place, its Atomium, its Manneken-Pis, its Gueuze and its Kriek, its waffles and, of course, its chocolates.

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9. MILAN, ITALY H O M E O F Italy’s stock exchange, Milan is an industrial powerhouse and the internationally accepted arbiter of taste in fashion and design; but history lovers should know that Milan is not just about designer products. The grand Gothic cathedral, the Duomo, lies at the geographical heart of this once Imperial Roman capital, and expresses the love of beauty and power that still drives the city today. Art collections old and new, unparalleled shopping, one of Europe’s biggest trade-fair complexes, sparkling nightlife, the prestige of opera at La Scala, the mark of Leonardo da Vinci’s genius, a religious addiction to ‘calcio’ (football), and endless opportunities to eat the best of Lombard and Italian food make Milan much more than the puritanically workobsessed city it is often portrayed as.

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T H E F I F T H largest city in Austria by population, Innsbruck is the provincial capital of Tyrol. It has played host to the Winter Olympics on two occasions and was one of the host cities in the 2008 European Football Championships. The capital of the Alps is dotted with historical buildings, breathtaking scenery and of course, snow-capped mountains. This combination of urban interwoven with its long history and traditions means it is both picturesque and refreshing. Innsbruck’s spectacular cable cars, known as the Nordkettenbahnen, offer the city’s most unique experience, transporting tourists to an altitude of 2,000 metres in less than 30 minutes, providing a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding mountain scenery. This journey provides Innsbruck’s visitors with the sensuous and fascinating experience of exploring both the city and the mountains and symbolises impressively how culture and nature in Innsbruck inseparably belong together, creating the unique alpine urban lifestyle spirit of the city.

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A V I B R A N T city that is characterised by its unique historical heritage, cultural creativity, hospitality and relaxed atmosphere, Ljubljana is of a compact size that is perfect for walking around to see the sights. Even at first glance, the city seems pleasant and familiar to visitors, but at the same time interesting and different. Ljubljana has one of the bestpreserved Baroque quarters in Central Europe that blends harmoniously with the younger Art Nouveau buildings. In the first half of the 20th century, it was blessed with the talent of world known architect Jože Plečnik, who created the cosmopolitan image of his native city with his eclectic architecture. The picturesque open market is a must-see spot that provides many fresh ingredients which are the basis for culinary delights served in the plentiful downtown restaurants and inns, and to appreciate even more the local gastronomy, indulge in the discovery of excellent Slovenian wines or beers.

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6. ZAGREB, CROATIA C R O A T I A ’ S C A P I T A L is visually stunning, laced with Austro-Hungarian architecture and a culture with arts, music and gastronomy at its heart. But Zagreb is more than just a city-break destination; home to around 30 parks and natural attractions including the Maksimir Park and forest – complete with zoo – Bundek Lake and Sljeme, the highest peak of Medvednica Mountain. Today, the centre of Zagreb has many discotheques, clubs, pubs, beer halls and lounge bars, night clubs and cocktail bars, several jazz clubs, plenty of cafes and restaurants which, among other things, also offer good entertainment. Those who prefer trying their luck can have fun in the city’s casinos. If visiting in Spring, Jarun Lake in the southwest is the place to be; whereas in the colder months Zagrebians go skiing at Mt Medvednica – only a tram ride away – or hiking in Samobor.

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T H E F I R S T , indelible impression that most visitors get of the Latvian capital is its majestic skyline, as viewed from the left bank of the Daugava River. This skyline is the inspiration behind the superb aesthetics that have shaped much of the city’s architecture up to the present day and cement its position as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Baroque to Classicism, from Renaissance to Art Deco, from Romanesque to National Romanticism, Riga has a breathtaking range of architectural styles. Furthermore, Riga’s wealth of Art Nouveau buildings, complete with their fantastically ornate flourishes, stands out as unparalleled anywhere in the world. Equally unique are the many 19th-century wooden buildings that have proudly withstood the pressures of commercialisation and gentrification, retaining their place in Riga’s architectural cornucopia and currently undergoing state-of-the-art facelifts. Proud of its heritage, Riga is a thoroughly modern city with rich musical traditions, excellent opera, several world-class choirs and outstanding classical orchestras, not to mention jazz, rock and blues ensembles, plus a variety of other popular music bands performing in both concert halls and clubs.

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4. VALLETTA, MALTA EUROPE’S SMALLEST capital city in the heart of the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, Valletta is a dynamic city which has never ceased to change and move forward, and yet retains its original beauty and splendour. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valletta is the designer city of the 16th century built straight from the drawing-board of three men; a political leader and head of the order of the knights, Jean Parisot de la Valette, a warrior engineer Francesco Laparelli, and a Maltese architect, Girolamo Cassar. Valletta is one of Europe’s most sophisticated micro-cities with an intense concentration of baroque architecture. The scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop and with near year-round sunshine, Valletta is the place to really experience outdoor living at its best.

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H O M E O F Plato’s academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, Athens is considered the cradle of western civilization. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens and erected unique, splendid monuments - a rare historical palimpsest, evident everywhere in the city. Today, the greater urban complex of the Greek metropolis is called Attica and includes suburbs and the neighbouring city of Piraeus. Home to more than four million people it is the political, social, cultural, financial and commercial centre of Greece. Athens has a high standard of hotel accommodation, an ultra modern Metro, spotless parks and streets, a wide choice of shopping, dining and night life all serviced by some of the best hospitality that Greece can offer. The sprawling city is a must-see destination that combines urban innovation with history, culture and natural beauty matched by a modern personality complete with the right infrastructure and facilities that every tourist looks for.

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2. LISBON, PORTUGAL P O R T U G A L ’ S H I L L Y capital, Lisbon, is known for its cafe culture, luxury hotels and spas, shopping centres, soulful Fado music and views of the city’s pastel-coloured buildings all in view from the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge over the River Tagus. The almost constant presence of sunshine reflected into a watery mirror highlights the city’s unique architecture and beauty. Once the sun goes down, the vibrant nightlife continues until dawn. Overlooking Lisbon is the Castelo De Sao Jorge, a castle built in the mid11th century during the Moorish period. From here, the city views really are stunning and highlight some of the hidden secrets the city holds, such as travel by tram across the seven hills the capital was built on.

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A D Y N A M I C , cosmopolitan city that never ceases to reveal hidden excitements, Bordeaux has held its place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. Its bold modernism emanates French lifestyle and of course, as do the fruity wines that are synonymous with the region. Moreover, the Grand Theatre brings with it all the romance and traditional ideologies that are associated with France. Bordeaux is at the centre of a legendary winegrowing region, which is coupled with sophisticated gourmet from some of the world’s top Michelin star restaurants. As one of France’s most elegant cities, Bordeaux’s setting on the River Garonne has made it an important port for centuries. It is the ideal base for exploring wine châteaux of Médoc, St Emilion and Bordeaux, fringed by the largest pine forest in Europe, just 45 minutes from Arcachon Bay famous for its delicious seafood and oysters - and superb beaches. Its central location means that Spain is only two hours away, with the Pyrenean ski slopes just three hours away. There is something for both the active and passive tourist in Bordeaux.

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ON TRACK The German automotive manufacturer’s expertise in intelligent mobility is lauded worldwide, but the 11,000 engineers addressing technological innovation can’t afford to slow down as new challenges continue to arise Writer: Matthew Staff

ontinental AG is one of the most renowned manufacturers in the global automotive industry with a worldwide presence devoted to adhering to the last industry trends and developments. Complementing its obligation and necessity to keep in line with sector regulations, however, exists a similarly pivotal expectation to actually veer ahead of the industry curve, and to that end, Europe Outlook spoke to the Group’s Head of Automotive Electronics and Advanced Development, Christian Senger about the tyre producer’s latest innovations, commitment to eco-progression and forecasts for the future of the sector on a global scale. Europe Outlook (EO): Firstly, due to the demographic shifts on a global scale where populations and wealth are rising dramatically in some areas but

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dropping in others, how does Continental AG ensure that it keeps on top of regional trends? Christian Senger (CS): With more than 200,000 colleagues working all around the globe in 53 countries, we have a very good connection in our various target markets. “In the market for the market” is not only a marketing phrase. We are developing our products in Shanghai, Singapore, Auburn Hills, Toulouse, Timişoara, Regensburg, Frankfurt, Hanover, Bangalore, and many other locations. We are also in close contact with our broad range of customers. We are holding top-level management meetings together with our global customers to exchange technology roadmaps and align our development programmes. With local experts in the regions, there is a continuous exchange, combined with knowhow on the basis of our own market studies, such as the Continental Mobility Study.


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EO: Similarly, in regards to varying economies, how much of a variation is there in the types of products and services that Continental AG offers in emerging economies, as opposed to those in its native Europe, for instance? CS: We see a global trend for the democratisation of technology. What does this mean? If you look at the megatrends in the automotive industry – safety, environment, and information – these trends don’t stop at national or regional borders. Take just two examples: we see global demand based on global accident statistics. You just have to reflect on the 1.2 million people killed in traffic accidents every year worldwide. That is why we invest heavily in the availability of safety technology, in small vehicle classes, too. We also see the global need in changing the way vehicles are propelled: worldwide, around 53,000 people die because of pollution that is caused by all kind of vehicles. With our electronic Horizon (eHorizon), the engine management of a whole commercial vehicle fleet alone has saved more than 90 million litres of diesel since 2012. And looking especially at young drivers and their need to be online all the time: we are developing integrated

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smart phone solutions that will prevent the deadly “texting while driving”. And these topics are not focused solely on Europe, Japan, or North America. These are global topics. EO: Is it more important to cater for these differing regional demands, or to maintain the same, consistent offering in every operating region? CS: It is important to localise technologies in the area of HMI, the human machine interface. Whenever you have a direct interaction between the driver and the vehicle, the vehicle has to adapt in a certain area to habits, especially interaction habits. And here we have the direct opposite: an emergency brake assist can be integrated into vehicles independently of their target markets. Taking everything into account, there is the need for global technologies that can be adapted with

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“Taking everything into account, there is the need for global technologies that can be adapted with specific variations for the different markets. This allows economy of scales by fulfilling individual consumer needs”

specific variations for the different markets. This allows economy of scales by fulfilling individual consumer needs. EO: Has Continental AG earmarked further international expansion as a consequence of any particular trends, and if so, where and why? CS: We are following the global growth strategy of our customers. We support them in having the same supply chain wherever they produce their products all over the world. In addition to this, we are looking intensely into growing markets. That’s why we have 20 years of successful growth in China, for example. EO: Climate change and environmental factors have obviously played a massive part in influencing the manufacturing industry in recent years, so how has Continental AG specifically catered for

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this trend and how does the company set itself apart from competitors in this regard? CS: Innovations are also the most important factor in the field of sustainable mobility. Our goal is to reduce energy consumption, because lower consumption means lower emissions and lower costs. This is a major challenge for our industry, since we are already working at the limits of technology. This is why we are adopting at least a two-pronged approach to overcome this challenge: we are continuing to improve internal combustion engines and at the same time developing electric drives. Our 48-Volt Eco Drive mild-hybrid system, which is ready for production, combines the best of both worlds: combustion and electric technology. The 48-Volt Eco Drive system can be installed in conventional-drive vehicles. Diesel or gasoline? The type of fuel is irrelevant. This makes our solution worthwhile for vehicles in the volume sector. Large quantities provide opportunities for improving energy efficiency. Three features in particular are making a valuable contribution to this: coasting with the engine switched off during the journey, efficient recovery of braking energy, and restarting the engine again very

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quickly and conveniently. These, together with forward-looking energy management technologies, can cut fuel consumption by more than 20 percent. This helps save the environment and saves the driver money. EO: What are the key automotive trends influencing Continental AG’s growth at present, and to what extent is the Company succeeding in adapting to these trends? CS: In 2012, we presented a technology roadmap for one of the most challenging but also rewarding fields for engineers all over the world: Automated Driving. In 2016, more and more vehicles of different vehicle classes will be able to support the driver with partly automated driving functions in specific driving environments such as on highways. In 2020, the time will have come for highly automated driving on highways, and automated parking will also be available with the help of our sensors, electronic control units, and actuators. From 2025 onwards, fully automated driving will be technically possible. The driver will have the freedom to use the time in the car for activities other than driving. Along the way to automated driving, we will see a broad range of new technologies: stereo cameras that


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are already in series production will become even better. Head-up displays will turn into augmented reality devices, which will be able to show the driver exactly what the vehicle is detecting. Haptic feedback will be used in the interior to support the driver in interacting with the vehicle. And the brakes will become even quicker to support the onset of advanced driver assistance systems. EO: What exciting new introductions to the market is Continental AG planning for 2015 and how does the company feel this differentiates from what already exists on the market? CS: One of the most important products will be the electro hydraulic brake MK C1, production of which starts in 2015. With this very compact braking module, the overall weight will be reduced. The new concept is also providing very powerful braking, resulting in reduced braking distance. EO: What do you feel the key to success will be in the automotive sector, over the coming years? CS: The key for future success lies in electronics and software, which enable more and more features in mobility. Software is the “new wheel� of the industry. Nowadays, hardly anything can turn or function without it. The

modern vehicle has up to 100 onboard electronic control systems. As the vehicle’s brain, they make pre-programmed decisions. In the future, sensors and electronic systems will work together in a network, thereby significantly increasing vehicle performance. Vehicles will then be able to communicate with one another as described via networks. Even more and better software will make this possible. Smartphones, the internet and social media have brought about a completely new dynamic; one that is radical, powerful, and demanding. The logic of the digitally connected world is having a major impact on the car and thus on mobility as a whole. Above all, we see the opportunities that this change represents. In our eyes, the contributions of the IT and internet industry are challenging and enriching alike. We are therefore open to any collaboration that creates value. Our expertise in intelligent mobility is recognised all around the world. This expertise is essential because it turns prototypes and concepts into reliable, safe production vehicles. Worldwide, we currently have around 11,000 engineers, programmers, and experts working in the field of software. They are necessary, because future challenges will only be overcome with excellent software solutions.

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India Innovation and Industry 4.0 Vision Take Centre Stage at HANNOVER MESSE 2015 This year’s HANNOVER MESSE saw India take centre stage to promote its ‘Make in India’ campaign, while the event also showcased how Industry 4.0 will unlock potential for global manufacturers Writer: Emily Jarvis

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fter five action-packed days of industrial innovation, dynamic networking and lead generation, HANNOVER MESSE 2015 - held on the 13-17 April closed after being praised by rave reviews from exhibitors and visitors. The world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology soared to new heights this year, due in part to the “Integrated Industry - Join the Network” keynote theme which struck an inspirational note among exhibitors and attendees from industry, business and government. The show placed major emphasis on the digitisation of manufacturing as well as on humanmachine collaboration, innovative subcontracting solutions and intelligent energy systems, all of which are hot topics in the industry. More than 220,000 trade visitors - 70,000 of whom came from outside Germany found the event invaluable to catch up on the latest technologies and make

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key investment decisions. “HANNOVER MESSE 2015 has made it unmistakably clear: Industry 4.0 has arrived, and is sweeping every sector of industry. Digital integration is becoming a key aspect of modern manufacturing, and this trend is set to continue at a rapid pace,” commented Dr. Jochen Köckler, member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe. “Throughout the course of the event, some 6,500 companies from 70 countries have showcased technologies for tomorrow’s production plants and energy systems. And India has made a real splash as this year’s Partner Country, creating a truly impressive showcase to promote its ‘Make in India’ campaign,” added Köckler.

Smart factories

Under the motto of ‘Integrated Industry - Join the Network’, HANNOVER MESSE 2015 gave tangible shape to the vision of the ‘intelligent factory’. In the factory of the future,

“HANNOVER MESSE is not just the world’s leading industrial trade fair – it’s a place where you can experience tomorrow’s global megatrends and innovations first-hand” - Gernot Hein, Head of Marketing & Communication, Press Officer, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Industrial Technology division

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Industry 4.0? According to Siemens, Industry 4.0 is a vision for tomorrow’s manufacturing value chain, whereby products find their way independently through the production process. In intelligent factories, machines and products communicate with each other, cooperatively driving production. This means reduced costs, greater speed, larger scale and improved efficiencies to create smarter products and services.

information will be seamlessly exchanged between machines and products, ensuring optimal results and peak efficiency. According to Köckler, “HANNOVER MESSE 2015 has demonstrated that ‘Industry 4.0’ is far more than an inspirational buzzword, it is a reality. For the first time, the smartfactory solutions advertised here can be bought for direct implementation at customers’ plants”. Robots also figured prominently at the fair, drawing keen visitor interest with their captivating demonstrations of speed, precision and power. HANNOVER MESSE 2015 also revealed a new trend in this field, with protective barriers no longer separating robots from people, but robots taking their rightful place alongside human coworkers as versatile team players handling monotonous and physically demanding tasks. “Robots have been uncaged and can now directly support production crews,” said Köckler. But integration is not confined

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to mere production operations, as energy systems also rapidly become intelligent, driving the transition to renewable forms of energy. An increasing number of decentralised power generators - including wind, solar, hydroelectric and biogas plants are being hooked up to the grid. “The challenge of combining all these forms of energy generation into a single intelligent power grid, and distributing this power adequately to consumers, has been impressively addressed by the many exhibitors showcasing their pioneering solutions for the energy sector at HANNOVER MESSE. “Around the globe, there is a lot of debate about whether Germany is not only a leading industrial nation, but also a leader in terms of Industry 4.0. A quick look at the show’s attendance figures says a lot about this,” remarked Köckler. As mentioned earlier, of the more than 220,000 visitors at HANNOVER MESSE, 70,000 were from abroad, which set a new record. “From rank-and-file SME employees to

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the CEO of industry giant Foxconn, all of them came to Hannover to explore the opportunities for more integrated, faster, more individualised production. That means they are in the market for leading-edge technology - that is, for Industry 4.0. And they know that Germany is already far down the 4.0 path, and this why they turn to HANNOVER MESSE for the related expertise,” he explained. The pulling power of Industry 4.0 was also highly evident in the strong demand for guided tours, forums and events addressing the topic at the fair. According to Köckler, “The 4.0-related guided tours for visitors were booked solid. So was the Industry 4.0 forum. And we ran out of copies of the Industry 4.0 visitor guide in the first few hours. The supporting programme of panel discussions and events also proved highly popular”.

Make in India

HANNOVER MESSE visitors were delighted with India’s confident, innovative and fresh presence as


“Year after year HANNOVER MESSE reflects the current state of German and international industry. Everyone who’s anyone is here. For us as a supplier of high-quality locking technology, this means that we can reach a broad target group at the Industrial Supply show that is in line with our group’s international dimensions and wide variety of products” - Friedhelm Runge, Owner and CEO of EMKA Beschlagteile GmbH & Co. KG, Velbert, Germany

this year’s Partner Country. India succeeded in positioning itself as an up-and-coming industrial nation, with more than 400 companies displaying their goods and services at the show. India’s objective was to encourage foreign companies to set up shop there, and to encourage Indian enterprises to form even closer partnerships with German business and industry. “India put in an impressive performance, here in Hannover and throughout Germany, making ideal use of the opportunities generated by the Partner Country showcase. It has set new standards for partner countries at HANNOVER MESSE,” remarked Köckler. Anupam Shah, Chairman of EEPC India (Engineering Export Promotion Council of India) gave his feedback on the event as follows: “Hannover Messe 2015 has been a tremendous success for India in every respect. As the Partner Country at one of the world’s largest engineering fairs and under the dynamic leadership of the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi and Commerce & Industry Minister, Shrimati Nirmala Sitharaman, Indian companies were

Catching up on the latest technologies

Machine collaboration is a hot topic at present

able to showcase their technical skills, engineering capabilities and human resources before a global audience. “EEPC India, which is the lead agency for India that brought 350 companies of diverse economic scales to display their engineering competence, is truly proud of having undertaken this mammoth task successfully under the guidance of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and other agencies.” He continues: “Major Indian companies such as Roots India and HEC, to name a few, signed MoUs with their German counterparts. EEPC India also signed an MoU with BVMW,

the leading German association of SMEs with 270,000 members. EEPC India expresses its sincere gratitude to German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel, Vice Chancellor Mr Sigmar Gabriel, Minister-President of Lower Saxony, Mr Stephen Weil and other senior officials for their support in making India’s participation a grand success. EEPC India pledges to build this relationship for mutual benefit in the years to come.” The next HANNOVER MESSE will be staged from 25-29 April, 2016 and promises to bring even more excitement and industry innovations to the world of business.

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Fredrikstad Energi has more than a century of experience to fall back on as it continues to evolve Norway’s position in power Writer: Matthew Staff

redrikstad Energi has been one of the leading lights in Norway’s energy evolution for more than a century and remains as driven as ever to capitalise on the latest trends and technological breakthroughs to develop both the business, and the wider country, to new levels of eco sustainability. The Norwegian power company operates out of Hvaler and Fredrikstad; the latter municipality claiming a 51 percent stake in the company alongside Fortum who own the remaining 49 percent. Since 1986, Fredrikstad Energi has stayed one step ahead of the sector under different names and guises, growing as a consequence of acquisitions and business ventures to culminate in being one of the most industrysignificant businesses in Scandinavia. The business model which has proved so successful over the years

now results in the Group owning companies within networks spread across several locations in the country. The three main divisions comprise Fredrikstad Energi itself, its distribution subsidiary, Nett and the recently acquired MAIK which has formed the crux of its recent developments. Complemented by a series of acquisitions of privatised power grid operators and power distribution companies including Energi 1, Røyken Energiverk, Askøy Energi, and Hvaler kommunale elverk, the Company is now in as strong a position as it has ever been, but can attribute the rise to prominence to a journey which began in the 1800s. “Fredrikstad Energi has a long and rich history that spans more than 100 years. The first light bulb in Norway was lit at Lisleby Bruk in 1877. A couple years later, not far from Lisleby Bruk, Fredrikstad Energi started its story. The Group has been present in the

Fredrikstad region for more than 100 years, and over the years various events of different magnitude have helped shape Fredrikstad Energi to the business it is today,” the Company recalls. “The forerunner to Fredrikstad Energi AS, Fredrikstad Gas & Electricitetsværk, was constituted and began operations in 1896.”

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Fast-forward to the turn of the current century and Fredrikstad Energi’s influence was turned up another notch, incorporating an initial rebranding and period of acquisition from 2002, leading into major changes occurring between 2003 and 2006. The Company adds: “Several businesses discontinued and/or merged into larger units. One of the most significant changes was organising all Fredrisktad Energi subsidiaries concerning assembly and

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installation into one unit, Nettpartner, in 2006. “During the same period, all service functions, with the exception of real estate-owned properties, were gathered under the subsidiary, MAIK AS.” A further rebranding in 2013 completed the cycle of development, introducing not only a new logo, website and purchasing of an electrical vehicle within Fredrikstad Energi, but a similar overhaul of its key MAIK subsidiary. Using AMS - smart metering technologies - MAIK develops, conducts and evaluates requests for installation and equipment, acting as a turnkey solution across the entire project; from administrative facets to the core operations ensuring optimisation of power usage. “The measures department aims to ensure efficient collection of meter readings and quality control of these. This can be from different energy sources such as electricity, water, gas and district heating. In the value chain, collection includes the following activities: automatic collection of concentrators; validation and control of the collection result; reporting discrepancies; transmission of measurement values to customers,” the Company explains. “MAIK can take responsibility for an AMS project

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or we can offer one specific service to a customer. “Our concept is based on the customer choosing how much they want to do and how much they want us as a supplier to do.” This extensive experience coupled with high levels of flexibility to suit the customers’ needs has led, via its customers, to carrying out meter data management for 102,000 end customers, providing significant economies of scale and setting its stall for future collaborations and evolution.

Subsidiaries network

The acquisition of MAIK has been pivotal to Fredrikstad Energi’s growth in recent years, being able to address all grid operations and industry operators via the subsidiary. Being able to provide customisable services to varying customers and

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industries, all in search of more efficient power generation, has been further compounded by the Company’s array of complimentary subsidiaries all in place to provide electricity to private customers and businesses throughout Norway. The Company continues: “Today, we serve a distribution network of more than 90,000 customers, with sales of electricity coming through companies; Askøy Energy power sales, Follo Energy and e20. “Askøy Energi Kraft Sales offers favorable power contracts for private customers and businesses with power consumption billed in arrears. For customers of Askøy, we have shared billing with the network company, Askøy Energi. “Follo Energy supplies cheap electricity to individuals and businesses where we provide tailored electricity agreements and deal with Energi 1 Follo/Røyken AS on joint billings of electricity and network tariffs.” The final subsidiary, e20 has just one goal; to limit the amount of power used to as little as possible, in an attempt to not only save customers money, but to play a key role in the preservation of the environment.

Environmental responsibility

As a certified Eco-Lighthouse, Fredrikstad Energi’s devotion to environmental concerns is paramount, with the process in attaining EcoLighthouse accreditation indicative enough of the trend’s importance.

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Environmental areas: • Broken environmental circuits • Acidification • Sustainable development • Air pollution and noise • POP’s • The ozone layer • Radiation • Eutrophocation • Heavy metals • The Greenhouse effect

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“Eco-Lighthouse is Norway’s most widely used certification scheme for enterprises seeking to document their environmental efforts and demonstrate social responsibility,” the business explains. “Being an Eco-Lighthouse means taking environmental responsibility on a daily basis. To meet industry requirements for certification we have implemented a more environmentally friendly operation and focus on a good working environment. “Enterprises wanting to become an Eco-Lighthouse undergo a certification process lasting between three and six months. In collaboration with an authorised Eco-Lighthouse consultant, the enterprise establishes an internal environmental group and completes an internal environmental analysis.”

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This, in turn, promotes a more positive external image, which has similarly been enhanced by the Company’s involvement in numerous corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. Its ‘Heroes for Tomorrow’ and ‘Tall Ship Races’ involvement in Norway highlights the Company’s philosophy to enrich the wider Norwegian population, while its continuous drive to raise power consumption awareness is epitomised by its ‘Stream Today 2015’ initiative. Ongoing education and marketing will help ensure this level of understanding in Norway continues to grow, while the Company itself also plans the next stage of its own progression. “The business has more acquisitions planned for this year and is also planning on increasing staff levels across its grids,” it states. “Through involvement in projects like Smart Energy Whales, Devid, various R&D projects and cooperation with Esmart Systems, Fredrikstad Energi is attempting to have a proactive relationship with technology and customers’ behaviours. This means

we’re always in a position to seize business opportunities that arise.” Fredrikstad Energi concludes: “The future is exciting. As a society, we are facing many challenges associated with managing the growing number of power-consuming electrical appliances and equipment. The number of electric vehicles is increasing, inductionpowered stove tops are becoming more widespread and much of society’s awareness of power means that we replace installations that use electricity for a long time, to appliances that are energy efficient, but power consuming. This requires prudent investments in our infrastructure. “There are new challenges and opportunities being created in our industry in the next transition period to 2019 which will see AMS meters replace conventional electricity meters. The possibilities here lie in finding how we can leverage off this technology to better equip the infrastructure, plan investments and develop services related to smart grid technology. “We are always a step ahead making sure we are well positioned to help drive this development forward.”

Addressing Fredrikstad Energi’s impact in areas of energy, waste, transport, procurement and the work environment, the Company’s attainment of the certification has put it in a prime position to leverage its already thriving reputation and with the accreditation reviewed every three years, clients are assured that the Company’s commitment to the cause cannot afford to waiver in the future.

Driving development

Decisions to participate in initiatives such as Eco-Lighthouse are made by Fredrikstad Energi’s parent company who also ensure that synergies are achieved between the various activities of the Group’s overall operations; incorporating internal procedures such as HR, IT and finance.

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Green Weiss A / S has been one of the continent’s leading pioneers in optimising renewable energies for the best part of a century, bringing the best in efficiency to Denmark and beyond Writer: Matthew Staff candinavia’s leading manufacturer of incineration plants is adapting alongside continuous industry progression and innovation to ensure that it’s offering the very best turnkey energy solutions across an everexpanding European footprint. Weiss A / S has built a vast amount of experience over the years in optimising companies’ eco status via renewable energy, by streamlining combustion and the usage of each client’s internal utilities; addressing pressing environmental concerns as a consequence. As EU regulations regarding green processes become more stringent on a seemingly annual basis, the pressure on manufacturing and construction enterprises to optimise this area of operations and to become as efficient

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as possible has led to a big influx in business for companies like Weiss, and with the Company able to leverage its own production facilities and R&D capabilities, it is well set to capitalise on the trend even more substantially in the future. “Weiss A / S is a green profile company, with longstanding experience in environmental efficiency and optimising combustion,” the business confirms. “We specialise in waste and biomass combustion solutions with our history dating back decades. “We deliver all over Europe and often enter into a close dialogue with customers already in the preliminary design phase, so that our longstanding experience finds solutions for the good of their company.”

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Turnkey solutions

Weiss develops energy and heating solutions across process steam, hot water and heat production, adopting both a customisable and turnkey approach as part of a flexible business model. “We offer both simple component supply as well as full turnkey solutions where cooperation occurs from early concept and design stage, through to the final delivery of fully-assembled systems,” the Company explains. Also incorporating areas of district heating, electricity and cooling under its service portfolio, across systems ranging from 500KW to 30MW,


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Weiss’ experience in the industry across Europe is unparalleled, as seen through the sheer volume of projects completed. The Company adds: “Weiss has delivered more than 1,000 energy power plants over the past 90 years; most of them as ready-to-use turnkey projects. By choosing a turnkey solution, everything is planned from start to commissioning, and unforeseen costs are minimised as much as possible. “We supply our plants to customers all over Europe and are happy to enter constructive dialogues from the initial stage to place our experience base at your disposal.”

Sustainable innovation

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The comprehensive array of services and solutions offered by Weiss further enables the Company to take a flexible bespoke approach to finding solutions for customers, but its end goals remain the same in addressing climate change issues and finding more efficient ways to operate. The Company’s district heating plants help achieve this through the refined distribution of heat from a centralised location to be applied to space or water heating appliances in commercial and residential buildings. “The growing focus on climate change is forcing a search for new sustainable solutions and district heating plants operating on biomass are an excellent, highly efficient solution to this,” Weiss explains. “Energy recovered from biomass fuels substantially reduces CO2 emissions into the atmosphere while incinerating biomass waste also vastly helps to reduce the demand for landfills. “Weiss district heating plants based on biomass combustion technology are a state-of-theart designed and well tested turnkey solution fitted to clients’ specific expectations.”

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Biomass forms the crux of Weiss’ activities as a profitable solution where heating processes require large amounts of energy, and the business has worked tirelessly since the turn of the century to refine and introduce new technologies to capitalise fully on the potential that biomass has. “Up to 70 percent in fuel costs can be saved by using biomass - straw, wood chips, waste from crops, etc – and Weiss designs energy plants tailor-made to customers’ needs and requests,” the Company continues. “By using biomass instead of gas or other fossil fuels, you not only reduce energy costs, but also plan against future rises in energy costs with a more reliable, fully-automated solution.”

distribution process across a national or local network.”

Products and projects

To fulfil these offerings, Weiss has developed, over the years, a substantial range of products aimed at achieving the levels of energy savings required to be an industry leader in Scandinavia and an operating company on a continental scale. These products span mobile combustion plants, a mobile pump plant and a steam boiler plant, but its Combicrat Boiler 1-4MW product is arguably the most indicative of the overall Weiss range. “Weiss Combicrat is a unique biomass compact boiler designed for combustion of a variety of homogenous dry biofuels with a maximum moisture content of 30 percent,” the Company describes. “Due to its compact design it is easy to fit into facilities of limited space, including schools, hotels, warehouses, farms, wood yards and factories. The system’s benefits include its ease of installation and operation, its reliability and durability, the extent of additional equipment and, most

BioWarmteCentrale - Biomass plant

Further proving Weiss’ commitment to blue-sky thinking and introducing innovation to the continent, its adoption of cogeneration technology has been similarly popular among customers looking to prepare for future regulations and energy stipulations. Weiss states: “CHP or cogeneration technology enables simultaneous production of heat and electricity, producing energy locally and giving the benefit of saving around seven percent of the energy that would normally be lost throughout the transmission and

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importantly, the low emissions attached with utilising the boiler. Systems such as these are regularly adopted across numerous sectors in Scandinavia’s industrial domain and, in some cases, have attracted extensive press coverage given the significance and prominence of the technologies involved. Noted as “groundbreaking” in Aabybro, the introduction of Weiss’ wood-fired district heating plants were unveiled by the Municipality’s mayor, and described as a “visual landmark” for the region. Similarly, a new boiler installed in Purmerend, in the Netherlands, lured the attention of King Willem Alexander to open the four chip-fired lines. The Company’s continental influence has also been seen most recently in Norway through a 7.5MW bio-heating plant; once again emphasising the rate in which Weiss A / S’s solutions are infiltrating the wider industry, as it remains as prepared as ever to react to future global energy developments.


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Recent changes to senior management have dictated STARCO’s focus, in a move to further strengthen both the daily management of the company and its strategic future development Writer: Emily Jarvis amily-owned STARCO Group has evolved to become Europe’s largest supplier of tyres, tubes and wheels for both the aftermarket and OEMs. Upholding a passionate and trusting relationship with all of its suppliers, partners and customers, the Group has continued to grow from strength to strength as it enters its 53rd year of business. Working out of five manufacturing units, STARCO is a well-established brand in Europe that is gaining traction around the world as it implements a global strategy to accommodate further market growth in order to gain a significant footprint on the world map. “Our vision is to become the global market leader in special wheels,” the Company added. This year, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and majority shareholder for 25 years, Peer Ejlersgaard, handed over the executive responsibility for the STARCO Group to Richard Todd and Karsten Petersen. Ejlersgaard remains a working part of the senior team, becoming Chairman of the board. He will be joined by a new board of exceptionally-qualified directors in a

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move to further strengthen both the daily management of the company and its strategic development for the future. “Under the leadership of Peer Ejlersgaard, the board of directors will support and guide the new management and focus on the long-term business strategy of the company,” says the company website. With Todd as CEO and Karsten as Chief Financial Officer at the helm, the new strategy for 2015 promises to keep focus on core business areas and activities, with the goal to harness and harvest the considerable investment in human, engineering and infrastructural resources that STARCO has made in recent years. By aligning the whole Group to these core activities, the two senior officers demonstrate their long-

term commitment to the Company.

Moto Park 2015

After appearing at the Moto Park trade show in Moscow earlier this year, STARCO proved just how many applications its products can have. “With the company’s strong presence in regional markets, combined with comprehensive product ranges backed up by specialist engineering and sales expertise, STARCO customers may be forgiven for assuming that we are a specialist company serving their segment alone,” highlighted the Company. “But, as events such as the Moto Park 2015 trade show demonstrate, STARCO - given the company’s global manufacturing, purchasing and long-

Industrial machinery

Fork-lift trucks Container handlers Termonal tractors Telehandlers dumpers Dump trucks Skid steers & small loaders Backhoes Wheel loaders Wheeled excavators Graders Compactors Moto Park trade show in Moscow earlier this year

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established engineering expertise - is able to serve the needs of a wide range of applications worldwide, without losing the ability to offer specialist knowledge, service and availability to all customers.” Requests for STARCO wheels have been known to come a little out of the ordinary, with Polish cinema camera crane manufacturer MOVIEBIRD selecting its wheels for a mission-critical cine-production application that has delivered mobile cinematography for a selection of Hollywood’s awardwinning international feature films.

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Domestic lawnmowers Tool carriers / Pro-turf Single-axle tractor Gold carts

“By closely working with manufacturers of machinery, we want to show that we are an innovative company that defines the standards in our markets and to this end, we will leverage the knowledge, creativity and leadership within the STARCO Group to benefit our customers,” confirmed the Company. Besides this somewhat niche market, the Company normally services five key market segments: internal transportation such as wheel

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Whether you are a customer, supplier or partner, you have access to more than 30 STARCO assembly and distribution companies throughout Europe and Central Asia, our manufacturing facilities worldwide, and five decades of experience and understanding of the special wheel and tyre market

barrows; horticultural machinery from domestic lawnmowers to golf carts; agricultural machinery; trailers and caravans; and industrial machinery. From the smallest wheelbarrow tyre to the largest agriculture or industrial wheel, STARCO keeps a high level of stock on demand for immediate delivery.

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STARCO’s ethos is to create value so the Company can maintain its desired market-leading position and by understanding the market through the provision of innovative, betterperforming products, the Group hopes to maintain the trust and confidence of customers; and in turn, enhance its assembly line and logistics capabilities. Moreover, the Group has utilised its base in Western Europe to extended operations into Eastern Europe and Central Asia in recent years. “Whether you are a customer, supplier or partner, you have access to more than 30 STARCO assembly and distribution companies throughout Europe and Central Asia, our manufacturing facilities worldwide, and five decades of experience and understanding of the special wheel and tyre market,” said the Company. Given that the Group is committed to building its assembly operations as close to customers as possible – or even within the customer’s own manufacturing facilities – there are immediate benefits and logistical advantages to working with

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STARCO. “For OEMs, no order is too large; and for the aftermarket customer, no order is too small. We guarantee an efficient supply of goods along with comprehensive logistics solutions; two elements that are as much a part of the service as the wheel components themselves,” emphasised the Company. Those looking for a more bespoke wheel can rely on the Company’s in-house engineering team, who meet specification requirements in the most efficient way possible as the Company further explained: “Often, the optimal design does not already exist – therefore, we develop new solutions that will suit the customers’ needs and add even more value to the final product. “Not only do we develop the product, but we also develop fitting machines and logistical systems to satisfy even the most stringent supply chain requirements.” In line with this comes an openminded attitude to innovation and a focus on re-evaluating and improving product safety and reliability in the future. “Innovation implies finding new solutions to old problems. The perfect wheel has not yet been invented...but there’s no harm in trying! Through our tried and tested methods and materials, we remain critical of our own efforts, and we strive to continually develop and improve our products,” the Company concluded.

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Geographical Eureka’s safety-critical water pumps and generators provide an end-to-end solution for some of the world’s largest oil & gas players Writer: Emily Jarvis orwegian pump supplier, Eureka Pumps, has been able to utilise its strong pull in the oil & gas industry to expand geographically in 2015, starting with a brand new service facility in Hammerfest, which opened in April. Supported by an eight-part ‘Decision Gate’, the Company ensures an endto-end solution is in place to guide contractors through the planning and execution phases of any project, right up to the client take-over. With more than 35 years of experience in the oil & gas sector, Eureka Pumps is a market leader among companies operating on the Norwegian continental shelf. In addition to its head office in Oslo, the Company is able to guarantee timely delivery of safety-critical water pumps and generator sets through strategic placement of branch offices along the Norwegian coast; with additional offices in St. Johns, Houston, Busan, Kuala Lumpur and Perth to grow its international footprint.

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DRY MOUNTED SEA WATER PUMP The pump is a single stage, double suction, double volute, axially split pump. It is designed for continuous duty and is particularly adaptable for the sea water application for offshore. It is available both in vertical and horizontal execution. Multiple flange combinations are available. Balancing of the resulting forces on the rotor ensures optimum thrust bearing lifetime. The reduced thrust forces on the pump minimise any material fatigue.

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Cost and weight efficient solution. Capacity range is from 800-4000 m3/h and head up to 250 mlc.

Proud to have already delivered more than 150 fire water pump systems to the offshore oil & gas industry, the Company is also responsible for the supply and maintenance of each device, and optional upgrading, modification, equipment testing, installation and commissioning services. Eureka Pumps represent wellrecognised pump manufacturers in the Norwegian market and the surrounding areas. “In combination with the Eureka and the EPTEC ranges, we are a total pump supplier for the domestic market and cover all pump applications on upstream oil & gas installations,” the Company detailed.

ALIGN Group of Companies

As one of the five companies comprising the ALIGN Group - a leading supplier of process-critical equipment and safety-critical products and solutions - Eureka Pumps is able to leverage years of vast industry knowledge and experience from a name synonymous for bringing quality products to the oil & gas industry. Owned by Converto Capital and Hitec Vision, ALIGN is a supplier of technical safety and total firefighting solutions for the global oil & gas industry. Its market-leading brands provide expertise in safety automation, pump systems and fire fighting technology. The Group is a result of the demerger of Bjørge A/S,


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monitoring, ALIGN’s closely integrated brands, including Eureka Pumps, serve to reduce the number of costly and complicated interfaces for clients by providing an end-to-end solution from a name you can trust.

ALIGN services aim to maintain continuous oil & gas production, a perspective that safeguards optimal operations and lower life-cycle costs

Hammerfest service workshop

In April of this year, Eureka Pumps opened a brand new service facility in Hammerfest municipality, Norway. The workshop is fully-equipped with the latest tools, machines, trucks and cranes with a safe working load (SWL) of up to 10 tonnes. It also comprises balancing, welding and grinding facilities together with lathe, milling and drilling machines. “Establishing ourselves in Hammerfest is a result of the Frame Agreement awarded from ENI Norge A/S on the Goliat FPSO which will arrive EUREKA PUMPS AS is a Norwegian pump supplier with more than 35 years of experience in the oil and to Rypefjord outside Hammerfest gas industry, offering a range of pumps and generator sets that covers a majority of applications. | 0086

which was carried out in December 2010. The Group further explained: “ALIGN services aim to maintain continuous oil & gas production, a perspective that safeguards optimal operations and lower life-cycle costs. “Through our integrated businesses, we manage international greenfield and brownfield projects, covering the whole process from study through to engineering, procurement, assembly, installation, commissioning and documentation. “Our market leading brands, Eureka Pumps, Fire Protection Engineering, Sontum Fire and Safety and Origo Part of Solutions, provide the resources to cover every major discipline in the global technical safety and total Part of firefighting solutions chain.” Equipped with the necessary tools for HSE, QA, planning and project

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DECISION GATE medio April. In addition, we will use our existing Frame Agreement with Statoil on the Snøhvit LNG plant at Melkøya in Hammerfest. Both agreements comprise service and repairs of pumps and rotating equipment, onshore and offshore service, spare parts, training, modifications and upgrades,” said the Company. Ole Fredik Randgaard has taken up the position as the Eureka Site Manager in Hammerfest and has extensive experience with the Company, previously holding the position as Workshop Manager at the assembly and test facility in Sørumsand.

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In order to manage the business and its offerings, Eureka utilises a staged process to guide the planning and execution of projects from the start all the way through to the take-over by the client. Each stage is passed through a ‘Decision Gate’ (DG1-DG8), typically in the form of a meeting, to assess either the quality or the completeness of activities to date. This process provides a mechanism for Eureka to verify quality and readiness to move from one stage of the project to another in a systematic manner and to demonstrate due diligence checks and balances are applied during execution.

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Accompanying the Decision Gate strategy is a safety-conscious attitude that runs throughout the delivery, operation and maintenance through to production of Eureka’s safetycritical solutions. “At Eureka we strive to lead in the invention, development, production and services of the industry`s most advanced pumping systems for large offshore


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Direct Driven Fire Water Pumps: The most reliable offshore fire water pump system today

Diesel Electric Fire Water Pumps The flexible fire water pump system

installations. We translate these advanced pumping systems into value for our customers through our professional solutions and services,” highlighted the Company. In line with its comprehensive service offerings, Eureka has implemented a zero injury philosophy as part of its continuous improvement strategy, and this philosophy holds a central position in all work carried out

Essential Generator: Custom engineered & manufactured in-house, fully tested

Custom engineered & manufactured in-house, fully tested according to NFPA110

by the Group; representing both a goal to strive for and a new way of thinking as the Company explained: “There is no work so urgent that it cannot be carried out in a safe manner. Our strategy involves a search for methods, systems, technology and competence that enable us to run our activity without inflicting injury to ourselves or others and without loss of human life, or damage to the environment.”

With proven experience in fire protection for all offshore and onshore applications, a track record for enforcing some of the best safety practices in the industry - all accomplished alongside partnerships with some of the world’s biggest oil & gas players - Eureka Pumps is well positioned to grow its service offering and build on its reputation as a leader in safety-critical solutions.

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Denmark’s Medical As the flagship hospital for the capital region of Denmark, Rigshospitalet will continue in its efforts to remain the preferred choice for patients in need of highly specialised treatment Writer: Emily Jarvis • Project Manager: Eddie Clinton

igshospitalet is perceived as a modern, patient-oriented and state-of-the-art facility, highly specialised in key medical areas. As Denmark’s leading hospital, it is known as the flagship for research and development, innovation and sustainability which are at the heart of the organisation. In close collaboration with other hospitals in the capital region, and with enterprise and knowledge institutions

such as MD Anderson Cancer Centre and Copenhagen Science City, Rigshospitalet serves as a power centre for research in healthcare and medical science. Among the 10 best research hospitals in Europe, Rigshospitalet offers education and training programmes at a high level and holds the highest productivity rate among specialised hospitals on the continent. “Competent and dedicated employees who cooperate to provide the best

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quality for patients is just one of our visions and goals we uphold as part of our vision 2020,” said the hospital.

Award-winning patient care

Being one of the region’s largest workplaces, with a good national and international image, Rigshospitalet attracts a wide range of employees and students from around the world, who contribute actively to developing the Copenhagen Science City North, while remaining the preferred choice for patients in need of exceptional specialised treatment. Divided into six treatment centres and two interdisciplinary centres, each centre has a number of clinics and departments, 12 of these key areas have been awarded The Global Excellence award including physiology, dementia and haematology. The award is presented based on leading results within basic research, studies and treatment, education, or clinical or translational research, which fits with the organisation’s overall vision to be internationally regarded as Denmark’s best hospital. “Treating a critically ill patient will be in the hands of many different

The Global Excellence Award Below are just some of the departments that have received The Global Excellence award over the years:

Department of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine Last year the department examined more than 30,000 patients and it produced more than 70 scientific publications and dissertations. By developing new trace elements and methods of scanning, the department is working to better prepare physicians in the struggle to combat cancer.

Danish Dementia Research Centre Denmark is the future innovative and active co-player in international work and the research centre is working to improve Denmark’s opportunities by participating in large, international solutions. In the research area, the research centre has identified new mutations of dementia diseases, and it has examined the effects of giving early psycho-social support to patients and relatives living with Alzheimer’s.

Department of Haematology The department is the largest department in Denmark within this field, and is unrivalled within new and more effective treatments targeting the cancer cell. In addition, it covers the whole spectrum from research in normal cells to research in cancer cells and testing new medicines.

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professionals and specialist groups. This requires excellent international cooperation as well as with other hospitals involved in the patient’s overall course of treatment,” stated the hospital, which has a number of external stakeholders that make a contribution to its vision 2020 goals.

New developments

Righospitalet is one of Denmark’s largest workplaces, comprising of approximately 8,000 employees broken down into more than 50 professional groups. Moreover, the hospital is one of Denmark’s largest educational institutions with medical science programmes. “A large number of staff in the rest of the Danish national healthcare system have been wholly or partly trained or further educated at Rigshospitalet,” says the hospital. As the leading Danish institution introducing new, highly specialised treatments, new development of the hospital site is essential for the betterment of international research and treatments. Back in 2008, the hospital’s departments underwent a merger and relocation


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A true Sample to Insight laboratory

“Most people I meet are surprised by the extent to which genomics has already changed healthcare”, said Professor Finn Cilius Nielsen, head of the Center for Genomic Medicine at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. His laboratory, founded in 2010, has quickly evolved to be one of the world’s leading institutions in driving genomic technologies into routine clinical applications. The center runs up to 3,500 genetic tests a year, mostly on advanced next-generation sequencing (NGS) and microarray technologies. “We are applying these technologies to clinical practice more quickly than anyone anticipated,” Professor Nielsen said. Most are used to improve cancer treatments. To ensure access to the latest technologies, the center maintains close relationships with leading technology providers, including QIAGEN. The two

organizations recently entered a formal partnership that further strengthens their collaboration. The agreement is centered on QIAGEN’s “Sample to Insight” solutions for NGS, with a focus on cancer, and covers full workflows including reagents, instruments and advanced bioinformatics. The Center’s research and development programs led by Dr. Thomas van Overeem Hansen are the first to use new QIAGEN technologies. One program focuses on hereditary breast and colon cancer using QIAGEN gene panels, which require smaller tissue volumes than existing methods, a critical advantage when working with scarce tumor samples. QIAGEN technologies also enable minimally invasive liquid biopsies to monitor patient response to cancer treatments. CLC Genomics Server and Ingenuity bioinformatics solutions help to analyze the vast amounts of data produced by NGS.

“We are very happy to use QIAGEN’s NGS solutions because we know we receive good quality results,” Professor Nielsen said. Initial data obtained from the plasma of nearly 80 cancer patients who did not respond to first line treatment looks very promising, for example, and the team hopes that it can soon transfer these findings into clinical practice. “We truly are a Sample to Insight laboratory,” said Dr. Lars Jønson, head of the NGS center. “As a result, we are bringing greater understanding to a wide range of important medical issues, particularly in cancer.”

For more information on QIAGEN’s Sample to Insight solutions, please contact

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to Rigshospitalet in order to extend the possibilities for expansion. “The mergers and other changes as a consequence of the hospital’s plan for the capital region of Denmark made it necessary to build a new wing and renovate the existing buildings of the hospital in order to better cater for patients’ needs,” commented the hospital. Over the next five years, Rigshospitalet will continue to utilise its partnerships and reputation as the hospital’s guiding principle up to 2020. The institution will continue as the flagship hospital for the Capital Region of Denmark, and will continue its efforts to remain the preferred choice for patients in need of highly specialised treatment. “Our world is becoming ever more connected, and this applies in the health sector too. We must learn from and cooperate with the best international hospitals in order to uphold our status as a hospital that offers the best treatment and the best research in Denmark,” concluded the hospital.

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Working in close collaboration with... MD Anderson Cancer Centre On June 30 2014, Rigshospitalet established an official collaboration agreement with the largest cancer hospital in the US; the MD Anderson Cancer Centre. Officially a sister institution, Rigshospitalet is now part of a global network comprising 24 other cancer hospitals. As a result of this partnership, the hospital has also become part of the Global Academic Programme (GAP), which provides access to a global research network and thereby more rapid access to the latest technology and clinical frontline research. Research and treatment collaboration includes child cancer, radiotherapy, accelerated patient pathways, gynaecological cancer and palliative medicine.

Copenhagen Science City

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Science City where business and knowledge institutions can create, share and utilise knowledge. As part of the Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet participates in research and development projects at an international level and trains many thousands of health students at both pre-graduate and post-graduate levels. Together with University of Copenhagen,

the Panum Institute and the Metropolitan University College, Rigshospitalet is a significant part of Copenhagen Science City. The Science City encourages close and informal collaboration with the private sector as well as the public sector. This collaboration makes it easy for businesses to establish links to researchers, students and other companies in the area.

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POWER-GEN Europe THE POWER-GEN EUROPE and Renewable Energy World Europe 2015 conference and exhibition will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 9- 11 June, 2015. Since its inception in 1993, POWERGEN Europe has established itself as the leading power event in Europe, with the 2014 edition in Cologne attracting more than 11,000 power industry professionals, 435 exhibitors and more than a 1,000 conference delegates. Power industry experts gathered from more than 100 countries with more than 40 percent of attendees being from either senior or middle management positions. In conjunction with Renewable Energy World Europe, these two events uniquely integrate all aspects of the power generation sector, combining strategic and technical presentations with the largest trade show exhibition of power equipment and services.

Always at the cutting edge of information provision and market developments, the event this June will highlight the many aspects of the energy change in Europe and focus on the opportunities arising right across the sector for innovative and flexible businesses. The transition in Europe’s power sector is a radical and permanent one. The traditional method of supplying electrical energy to customers from central power plants via a one-way system is facing a challenge. The drastic change in the power sector caused by the move towards a green society requires new approaches, new products and new skills. For power industry professionals, this presents an opportunity for innovation and new ways of operating, all of which will be discussed and debated at POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe this year.

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Russian Energy Forum THIS YEAR’S RUSSIAN ENERGY FORUM promises a full day of activity comprising four sessions, networking breaks, a hot lunch and evening gala reception. Following a successful Russian Energy Forum 2014, Eurasian Dynamics is happy to invite you to join us in the 2nd conference edition in London. With the presence of 100+ speakers, experts, energy and finance companies, professional services firms and distinguished government and VIP guests, this is a not-to-miss senior level forum and opportunity to meet, in person, the leaders moving the Russian energy sector forward. Attendees will engage in panel debates, special focus roundtables and will enjoy company presentations on what matters the most for international energy business with Russia in the current climate.

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Russian energy: a year under sanctions. A change in companies’ strategies, governments’ visions and international cooperation. Financing in the current climate: mid and long-term possibilities and risks, sources of liquidity and transaction opportunities. Russia-China energy relations update: progress with the gas deal and possibility for strategic partnership. Russia-Europe energy relations: Turkish stream, Ukraine’s position and gas trading dynamics in the region. Join 40+ attending companies from energy, finance, legal and government organisations. To receive an exclusive five percent discount, please quote FuturePowerTech5. Seats are limited and early registration is advisable.

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