Particularly Innovative

Awarded the SME Award 2008 the Association print + media Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. (VDM NRW) is one of the most innovative and SME-friendly associations in Germany. These occupied the main price, he has now received VDM NRW for his optimal membership and customer management. Awarded the award was supported by the SME programme 2008 by the SME expert Professor Dr. h.c. Lothar Spath aims this for six years, the competitiveness of medium-sized companies, to strengthen associations and collaborations. All participants who have applied with a questionnaire and were awarded by the initiative after a thorough examination, receive prizes in the form of innovative IT solutions and services. The spectrum ranges from software solutions such as CRM, ERP, archive content management and controlling systems of DTP and Office solutions to extensive services such as search engine optimization, training, recruiting, coaching and Analysis and consulting services.

The total value of the prizes was 2008 more than 1.2 million euros. Decisive for the award of the first prize to the Association print + media Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. (VDM NRW) was among the good and stringent organization in member retention and acquisition. In the first half of 2008 alone the Association was succeeded to make around 30 North Rhine-Westphalian print – and media companies to members of the Association. Many more are nearing the entrance. Oliver Curdt, Managing Director VDM NRW: I am delighted by the award, because it is a clear appreciation of our work. But above all it shows vividly that even associations include the innovative forces in Germany, and that is not necessarily so well known at all. The Association has approximately 700 member companies pressure + media Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V.

(VDM NRW) one of the three largest business associations in the printing and media industry in Germany. Based in Dusseldorf and Lunen in Dortmund the VDM NRW for its members participates in the collective bargaining process, proves expertise to the technical, economic, ecological and efficient management of printers and media outlets and ensures the representation of the interests of members in political, Trade Union and society. Members get access to active consulting and support also from location and a comprehensive education and training program in two modern educational institutions.

Are You Ready For The Halloween Party?

As bakers, butchers, flower shops, clothing stores and other retail or craft, whether in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich or in the Ruhr area, will benefit from the Halloween hype. Trick or treat, it says again on 31 October in America when kids ring in Halloween costumes on the doors in their neighborhood. With candy, the little spirits can be usually quickly placate. The Halloween craze continues in Germany. Increasing throughout the Halloween parties,-feten and events at the weekend.

While many retailers offered coverings and decorations for the celebration of Halloween, the trend in many smaller stores is not yet arrived. But also, who sells any decoration or costumes, can benefit from the night before all Saints Day. Here are 3 tips on how retailers or craftsman get the attention of their or even new customers. Tip You scare 1: your customers! By this I mean not terrible quality or breathtaking prices, but a horrible eye-catcher in your shop window. Think about what could tear the passing people from your shopping routine! Maybe hang a portable ghost or a fearsome, bright glowing pumpkin in your storefront. Many people will surely stop and look, what extraordinary present it in your business.

Advertising, you can then place the special for the day next to the eye-catcher! Tip get the ghosts out of the basement 2:! You need to transform your business not just in a scene from Castle Frankenstein, but with few resources you can conjure up a creepy sinister atmosphere, which fits to the Halloween festival. Decorate your business day with spooky pumpkin faces, creepy ghost figures and dress yourself and your employees. Since most panels take place only in the evening, the attention is guaranteed! Tip 3: let the Pumpkins fly! Also if you no costume or decoration sale Start, could you provide some additional products or services to Halloween. You too could benefit from the Halloween hype of carved pumpkins in flower shops up to particularly eerie back particles in bakeries or special Halloween dishes in snacks, cafes or restaurants. No matter what industry you operate, think about what you today especially ghostly can offer! Have fun at Halloween and eerie creepiness! Dr. Anne-Katrin Straesser, author of “The marketing secret” PS: there’s more eerie tips in the book (www.dasmarketingheimnis.de)

Regional Strength – International Presence

Today the reality to convert the former vision of CEO Michael Lai Ward aluminum and magnesium die casting was a balancing act that required patience and lots of entrepreneurship. With just mid-20s, took over Michael Lai ward of the company founded in 1971 in the 1990s and can look back today, at the age of 42, on an exciting business development. So he managed to triple the sales with his team in the last ten years and to create 80 new jobs. The vision of healthy growth the identity of LAU Kotter casting technique involves a lot of controversy and is an example of this that opposites do not mutually. Because that constitutes a large part of the success of the company. So, the company focuses on the regional ties, which presupposes simultaneously down-to-Earth and flexibility, and on a global management to supply global companies.

And with a high degree of professionalism and commitment. The LAU Kal draws technological innovation spirit until today only from the requirements of the customers. Last but not least led to the pioneering decision to enter new markets with the pressure casting technology. A real parent elixir of life in the economic crisis, the LAU Kotter strengthened was out. Today, the company can look back on a wide range of customers from the electrical, motorcycle and automotive industries as well as renewable energy, medical technology and engineering. Technology efficient growth means for LAU Kakar of the continuous investment in technology and staff.

As a genuine customer value and competitive advantage, LAU Kotter combines the technological edge with the efficiency in the manufacturing process. LAU Kotter customers get to already in the development phase feel. Where expertise and skills are in demand, advises on the selection of aluminum or magnesium material LAU Kotter, constructed the device – if desired – and plans the production process with all of its vertical integration This saves time and costs.

Linsenhofen Frank Hummel

If we succeed but, that to many households and Companies supply largely self-taught with energy and consume less power, then billions of euros can be saved here. The energy transition would much faster and cheaper to implement.” The companies from Frickenhausen-Linsenhofen is, however, a major hurdle for the craft in the region: the already acute lack of specialists and trainees. The issue of training is becoming increasingly important. We employ almost 20 years trainees regularly to get enough qualified staff. Although, for example, the profession of electrician has become very versatile and challenging in the past few years, our industry among young people has not the best image,”explains Frank Hummel. Here must be applied strictly.

Currently we are looking desperately new employees to meet the great demand.” One problem is the image of the trade according to the Managing Director of the Hummel system House. There is now no longer the classic electrician. Innovative building and Communications, IT and the area of renewable energy have massively modernising our profession and upgraded”, so the Master electrician. I hope that this gets around to the schools in the District of Esslingen, because in many local craft businesses with a future, which last but not least get also a great social importance by the turn of the energy jobs.” The HUMMEL House is in the region of Stuttgart, Esslingen and Nurtingen is one of the leading companies in the fields of electrical and building technology, IT and communications technology, and renewable energy technology. For 40 years the company from Frickenhausen-Linsenhofen relies on precision, expertise and comprehensive service. in 1993, Frank Hummel took over the family business. Contact: Hummel Systemhaus GmbH & co. KG in the TV fields 13 72636 Frickenhausen-Linsenhofen Frank Hummel (CEO) phone: 07025/91271-0 telefax: 07025/91271-118

3A Composites Commissioned Bpi Solutions

Successful cooperation is extended: 3A composites, formerly known as Alcan Composites, is since December 1, 2009 an independent division of Schweiter technologies based in Horgen, Switzerland. The company employs worldwide approximately 3,000 employees at locations in Europe, North and South America and Asia. The Group manufactures and markets composite materials for architecture, Visual communication, transport, industrial and wind energy markets. Leading brands such as ALUCOBOND, DIBOND, ALUCORE, HYLITE, FOREX, GATOR, KAPA, FOAM-X, FOME-COR and AIREX BALTEK were invented by 3A composites. The German activities of worldwide 3A composites are the 3A composites GmbH group of companies grouped together in the locations of singing and Osnabruck. The German company develops, produces and markets high-quality aluminium composite panels, structural composites, plastic and light panels for more than 40 years for the fields of architecture, display and transport & Industry. The 3A composites GmbH has opted for dg hyparchive. There is dg hyparchive at 3A composites in Osnabruck in use since 1997.

The existing archive solution now also replaced at the site of singing: the evidence and documents were removed from the old archive, included in dg hyparchive migrated and in the SAP System. Bpi with the in-house developed solution Goliath for SAP R/3 performs bpi solutions direct indexing of data with the SAP link table. Deposited plausibility mechanisms take the parallel alignment with the SAP DB. Parallel, the solution to more scan jobs will be expanded to the migration. The 3A harmonised composites GmbH with the use of dg hyparchive at the site of singing the archiving. The solution completely covers the requirements and also allows that the SAP documents are independently searchable in dg hyparchive.

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