Issue 24

Priedemann Facade Experts

Priedemann Facade Experts have adopted a unique approach to the building facade industry, specialising its services in the pursuit of vertical growthWriter: Phoebe CalverProject Manager: Tom CullumThere is a uniqueness to Priedemann Facade Experts that sets it apart from its competition, stemming from a long history of innovation and attention to detail that has built long-lasting client relationships.The Company has a focused approach to its full service work on facades, with operations specifically dedicated to its field of expertise.“We learnt early on that it is wrong to insist on your own service scope and descriptions,” explains Lars Anders, CEO at Priedemann Facade Experts. “What our clients need to be successful is a company that will listen to their needs and find the perfect solution to meet them; that is what we are able to offer.“We know that the requirements of a facade consultancy in the UK will differ tremendously from one in Nairobi for example, therefore we have founded local set-ups to ensure that we understand local needs and combine these with global expertise in order to customise our service as per the market requirements.”Central to the success of the Company since it was founded in 1993, is its focused core competence. Priedemann was created in order to meet with the construction demand in Berlin after the wall came down, placing itself right at the centre of the drastic changes being witnessed at that time.Anders continues: “There was a lot of space to fill in the new heart of Berlin and Mr Priedemann, the founder of

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Port of Namur

The Port of Namur is successfully implementing a change in mindset to businesses across Wallonia, looking to diversify its portfolio in order to adapt to the changing market requirementsWriter: Phoebe CalverIn its 40th year of operations, Port of Namur is a fully-fledged success in the Walloon region and further afield as an independent public company.The Port is not what you would typically expect when you hear its name, based away from the typical seaside expanse, it is located on the Rivers Meuse and Sambre in the south of Belgium.At present the Port manages 160 hectares of land spread along both rivers, mainly owned by the Region.“Our prime goal is to promote river transportation for companies,” Dominique de Paul de Barchifontaine, Director of the Port of Namur explains. “Approximately 98 percent of the land that we manage is bound to welcome industrial activities, therefore we are able to step in and place industries or companies on it.“We provide a hybrid-model service as we are required to abide by a selection of public rules and legislations whilst adopting private sector business practices. However, we are not operating under an administrative structure, we are a Company of public interest, managing estate located along our rivers in a way comparable to an SME.”“We have a public company structure and a management contract with the Walloon Region, defining our business’ structure and mission for a period of five years. This is quite common in our country, for example with the Belgian railways or other inland ports.”Market stabilityThere are four ports located

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Port of Tallinn

The Port of Tallinn is meeting three of the logistics industry’s key megatrends in order to become one of the Baltic sea’s most innovative national portalsWriter: Matthew StaffWith an influential history that stretches back thousands of years, the Port of Tallinn’s role as a gateway between east and west, and north and south, is as prevalent today as it ever was.Encapsulating much that is positive about the Estonian capital down the years, the growth of both the city and its leading port goes hand-in-hand with each’s development directly affecting the evolution of the other.“The Port of Tallinn has such a long history but has existed as a state-owned entity since 1991,” introduces Chief Executive Officer, Valdo Kalm. “That being said, this year we are talking about listing a third of the Company on the Tallinn stock exchange, to affirm the fact that, despite being a private entity, it is very much run as a business.”This business has expanded and diversified extensively in recent years, branching out from its traditional cargo operations to formulate a multi-faceted facility contributing to numerous strands of the Estonian economy.Kalm continues: “We were traditionally known as a cargo port but are now renowned for operations across four main business areas.“The biggest of these nowadays is geared towards passengers and cruise lines. Lines to Helsinki, Stockholm and St Petersburg are especially thriving and now contribute the biggest portion of revenue to our overall portfolio.”Domestic ferry business along local lines forms a second value-added division of the modern-day Port of Tallinn, while the optimisation

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Minafin & Minakem

The Minafin Group is renowned across the globe for its quality service, flexibility and innovation within the development and manufacture of fine chemicals Writer:Phoebe CalverProject Manager: Thomas ArnoldStarting with a fundamental dedication to fine chemical development, the Minafin Group was established in 2004 with a small team of devoted individuals who have gone onto build a true success story in the industry.Initially the Group set out to solely produce fine chemicals for the pharmaceutical market, however, over the years it has expanded its efforts into cosmetics and high-tech applications to meet the ever-changing requirements it is faced with.“The industry has changed dramatically in the 15 years that we have been in operation,” explains Frederic Gauchet, the founder and Group President of Minafin. “Our customers are continuously varying, and we need to be adaptable to meet their needs as quickly as possible, while matching the evolution of our customer base.“In order to meet these needs, we have upped the qualifications and competencies of people available to make the entire process a success; our people care intensely about their role within the Company, but also their impact of their work on the environment and the communities which host our facilities.”With its current rate of expansion, Minafin places vast amounts of trust in its staff coming from all over the world to carry out the extensive developments it is involved in.“Our customer base covers both global and international companies and therefore we are dedicated to the expansion of our global standing through the development of our worldwide company network,”

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FORD Romania

Ford is applying global experiences and expertise on a local level in Romania, via a host of market-leading products and corporate social responsibility initiatives   Writer: Matthew StaffProject Manager: Tom ArnoldThe name ‘Ford’ in the world of industry is synonymous with notions of manufacturing excellence, automotive pioneering and product quality. And while these concepts inevitably remain true throughout its Romanian operations, the name ‘Ford’ in this country also brings to mind far more all-encompassing, socially-driven connotations as well.Set up in the Eastern European nation 11 years ago virtue of an acquisition from an American enterprise – subsequently inheriting the former Automobile Craiova plant – the evolution of Ford Romania ever since has been the perfect amalgamation of traditional Ford product successes, and more community and socially-charged initiatives.Focusing on the former, the rise of the Company has been unsurprisingly rapid and expansive, kickstarted initially in March, 2008 upon the plant takeover’s completion, and followed up by almost  €1.5 billion worth of investments to transform the site into one of the most modern and advanced production facilities across the Group’s global portfolio.“Vehicle production started in 2009 with the light commercial vehicle (LCV), Transit Connect, and continued in 2012 with the launch of the 1.0l EcoBoost engine, Ford’s multi-awarded engine as International Engine of the Year for four years in a row,” the Company adds. “Also, in 2012, Ford started the production of the multi-activity vehicle, B-MAX, the most innovative product in the segment.”Due to market trends and the decline of the MPV segment, Ford ceased manufacturing the BMAX in

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2018 Flood Expo Partners with EME Outlook

The Flood Expo is simply unique; the largest flood exhibition and conference of its type showcasing the innovative products and infrastructure to help deal with an ever-increasing global threat of flooding, both natural and man-made. The show aims to both solve any problems faced by flooding, as well as highlight new and cost-effective methods for preventing and managing it, and EME Outlook is proud to be a partner of the event.EME Outlook is essential reading for all business executives looking to keep up with the latest in global news affecting European and Middle Eastern businesses across all industries. This unique digital and printed monthly magazine provides boardrooms and hands-on decision-makers with the essential information across a wide range of industries, as well as exclusive and engaging features generated from their peers. More than 2,500 visitors ranging from highway agencies and councils to private sector corporations, will flock to the 2018 expo. The show already boasts a line-up of 100 cutting-edge supplier-exhibitors, all with the aim of providing products and services to support those working where flooding is a risk.Flood Expo will be running alongside Marine and Coastal Civil Engineering Expo, Contamination Expo Series and RWM, each show offering their own line-up of extraordinary exhibitors and speakers for this year’s event.  EME Outlook is excited to be working with the Flood Expo this year and is excited for the opportunity this brings to its subscribers.Join EME Outlook and more than 2,500 industry professionals on 12-13 September at the NEC, Birmingham by registering for your free ticket here! For exhibiting

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Dubai: A Global Hub

Dubai’s heritage and history is one built around trade but over recent years the Emirate has diversified away from the ports which have helped it reach its renowned prosperous status to become a regional financial and business hub.This is the analysis of renowned international estate agency, Knight Frank whose recent Hub Report continues to track the evolution of the city as an internationally significant hub.The Report focuses on benchmarking Dubai against seven other key global cities: New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney across the four key sectors of manufacturing, logistics, business and financial services, and tourism.The introduction of Free Zones - Jebel Ali Free Zone was the first of its kind in 1985 - initially allowed traditional trade barriers to be eliminated and minimised bureaucratic regulations. Over time though, the number of Free Zones in Dubai has grown to 34 and they have evolved to symbolise strategic hubs for cooperation, learning and knowledge.Operationally, companies within a Free Zone are not required to have a local Emirati partner and can therefore control 100 percent of their own business. This, combined with Dubai’s strategic location as a juncture between east and west, has meant Dubai has grown to establish itself as a regional financial and business centre.A recognised global financial centreThe domestic financial and business services sector has grown 55.6 percent over the past decade with only Shanghai (114.3 percent) outperforming Dubai.Over this time period Dubai has also seen itself become a recognised global financial centre; with The Dubai International Financial Centre recently being ranked among top 10 global financial

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Slovenia : Open Arms to Business Travel Opportunities

The Slovenian Tourist Board has strengthened its convention bureau offering, making it easier than ever for MICE organisers to establish events in the country.

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M&CCE; 2018 Reveals Renewed EME Outlook Partnership

Europe & Middle Eastern Outlook is pleased to announce its renewed partnership with the Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo. The highly anticipated event will be returning on 12-13 September and will be taking place at the NEC Birmingham, the show’s brand-new location for 2018. The Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo is simply unique. It’s the UK’s most exciting platform for global infrastructure solutions and innovative engineering concepts in coastal and marine projects. It offers an unprecedented opportunity to join the world’s leading coastal engineering companies and see the concepts changing the future of coastal and marine infrastructure; and Europe and Middle Eastern Outlook is proud to be a part of it.Europe and Middle Eastern Outlook is essential reading for all business executives looking to keep up with the latest in global news affecting European & Middle Eastern businesses across all industries. This unique digital and printed bimonthly magazine provides boardroom and hands-on decision-makers with essential information across a wide range of industries, as well as exclusive and engaging features generated from their peers.More than 2,000 visitors ranging from marine and coastal engineers, flood authorities and coastal management professionals are set to attend the 2018 Expo, with the show already boasting a line-up of more than 100 cutting-edge supplier-exhibitors, all with the aim of providing products and services to support those working on coastal and marine projects.  M&CCE will be running alongside the Flood Expo, Contamination Expo Series and RWM, each show offering their own line-up of extraordinary exhibitors and speakers for this year’s event.

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EPOCH 2019: What’s It All About?

Exploration and Production Offshore Congress Hub 2019 gathers the whole upstream value chain - E&P companies, EPC contractors, drilling contractors, service providers, and equipment manufacturers - in one place.The Congress features Mediterranean and African regions. Among Africa-related topics are:Operational Excellence: ODENL Rigs Start Up in NigeriaAiteo E & P, Growth of a Major African Oil & Gas IndependentAn integrated formation evaluation workflow for pre-salt carbonates, offshore AngolaFormats available are:Delegate participation: Access to all formats of the event, including halls with business and technical streams, exhibition area, networking area and coffee breaks &lunch zone.Exhibitor package: This package offers limited competition for a segment. It also includes printing and installation of the banner to saves your time.Speaker package: Possibility to present new technologies and successful projects in front of the leaders and decision makers of the offshore segment.Sponsorship packages: Opportunity to stand out from other participants of the Congress, make your company more visible and showcase new products before, during and after the event.For a tailor-made package, please contact the organizers +312 0808 7321 or leave a request at the website WHEN: 16-17 September, 2019WHERE: Thessaloniki, Greece 

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Will Europe Rule the World?

On 14 June, the biggest spectacle in sport will begin. The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup will kick-off across 12 venues in 11 cities spanning Russia’s vast landscape, with 32 of the world’s finest football nations battling to claim one of the most renowned trophies in sport.At no other time is the game so fairly represented on an intercontinental level, with the mighty South American nations of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Colombia joined by countries from Asia (South Korea, Japan); Africa (Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt); North America (Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama); and even Oceania (Australia).But what of Europe’s and the Middle East’s chances of lifting the FIFA World Cup Trophy on 15 July?EME Outlook has taken a tour through this year’s Groups to plot a path for an EME victor in Russia:GROUP ARUSSIAThe weight of expectation lingering over any host nation, in any sporting discipline, is tangible, but it’s fair to suggest that this pressure has been ramped up a notch when it comes to Russia. As a proud sporting nation, anything short of knockout round football would be deemed a disaster; which is a concern given the lack of form and quality shown across the four years leading into this tournament. The group is favourable, but their prospects aren’t.PREDICTION: Group StagesSAUDI ARABIAWhile no country simply turns up for the experience, Saudi Arabia could be forgiven for accepting that their achievement was in making it to the tournament. Anything else would be a serious surprise, but an evenly matched group and a

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eurelectric Power Summit 2018

The energy industry is at a tipping point. New players are entering the business. New products are disrupting markets. Customers and business relations are being revamped. Who knows what's next? eurelectric’s Power Summit Watt’s Next taking place on 4-5 June in Ljubljana, Slovenia is the ultimate forum where major utility CEOs, leaders of change and industry captains will challenge your mindset and shape business strategies to meet the energy future successfully. Watt’s Next will bring you this year more panels, interviews and interactive sessions with distinguished panellist and speakers. Join us and let yourself be inspired by exclusive insights from major utility CEOs, including Francesco Starace of ENEL SpA, Magnus Hall of Vattenfall, Alistair Philips-Davies of SSE and Pekka Lundmark of Fortum.To register for the Watt’s Next Power Summit, and to discover the programme and speakers, please visit WHEN: 4-5 JuneWHERE: Ljubljana, SloveniaWEBSITE:

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Global Power & Energy Exhibition (GPEX) 2018

The road to 2050, digitalisation of the energy sector, and financing the future of energy are three key themes of this year’s Global Power & Energy Leaders’ Summit, taking place at GPEX 2018, in Spain.GPEX 2018, alongside Gastech in Barcelona, Spain (17-20 September), will spearhead a more sustainable, low-carbon and smart energy system through its newly released conference programme agenda.The modernisation of the energy system is taking place simultaneously with a shift to a low-carbon economy. With the increasingly central role of digital technologies, the power and energy industries need to adapt their business models and embrace innovation, within the new energy landscape, to remain competitive, become more efficient and adapt to the growing needs and demands of their customers.70 transition experts from international power and energy business will speak, including:·         Agustín Delgado Martin, Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer, Iberdrola Group·         Neil Chatterjee, Commissioner, US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)·         Toshiro Kudama, Chief Power Development Officer, JERA Co., Inc.·         Blanca Losada Martin, Chief Technology and Engineering Officer, Gas Natural Fenosa·         Ulla Sandborgh, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Svenska kraftnät·         Thierry Lepercq, Executive Vice President in charge of Research & Technology and Innovation, ENGIE·         Andrea Strachinescu, Head of Unit, New Energy Technologies, Innovation and Clean Coal, DG Energy, European Commission·         Tejpreet S. Chopra, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bharat Light & PowerGPEX Exhibition The Summit is an integral part of the Global Power & Energy Exhibition (GPEX 2018) – which will showcase 200 exhibiting companies demonstrating the strategies and technologies needed to adapt to the energy transition.Participating companies include EDP Renevaveis, InnoEnergy, Innogy, Alternative Energy Innovations, and A.T. Kearney Energy Transition Institute.Co-located

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