Daily Archives: 2, August 2023

Nordic Investment Bank Funds Healthcare Transformation in Estonia

(IN BRIEF) Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) has played a significant role in revitalizing Estonia’s healthcare over the past 15 years, funding six hospital-related projects with a total investment of EUR 138 million. One of the recent projects includes a EUR … Read the full press release

Wood to Provide Specialized Services for Shell’s Energy Transition Projects

(IN BRIEF) Global consulting and engineering company, Wood, has been awarded a multi-year enterprise framework agreement (EFA) to continue providing specialized services to Shell’s worldwide projects. Wood’s expertise in consulting, engineering, procurement, and project management will support Shell’s greenfield and … Read the full press release

Quantum Computing Advancement: Airbus, BMW, and Quantinuum Tackle Fuel Cell Efficiency

(IN BRIEF) Airbus, BMW Group, and Quantinuum, leaders in mobility and quantum technologies, have collaborated to develop a hybrid quantum-classical workflow. Their focus is on using quantum computers to simulate quantum systems and study the chemical reactions of catalysts in … Read the full press release

NASA-Backed Starlab Project Takes Shape with Voyager-Airbus Agreement

(IN BRIEF) Voyager Space and Airbus Defence and Space have jointly announced a transatlantic agreement to develop and operate Starlab, a commercial space station intended to succeed the International Space Station. Voyager was awarded a $160 million Space Act Agreement … Read the full press release

Airbus and Wizz Air Strengthen Partnership with New Aircraft Order

(IN BRIEF) Wizz Air, the fastest-growing European ultra-low-cost airline, has finalized an agreement for an additional 75 A321neo Family aircraft, elevating their total order for the Airbus single-aisle family to 434 and their A320 Family overall order to 565 aircraft. … Read the full press release

Vivendi Sponsors Venice International Film Festival and Showcases Original Series

(IN BRIEF) Vivendi will sponsor the 80th Venice International Film Festival, and Canal+ original series “D’Argent et de Sang” will premiere at the event. Vivendi and Canal+ Group will partner with Screens of Tomorrow to promote inclusive and sustainable storytelling. … Read the full press release

Wacker Chemie Expands Hyperpure Hydrogen Chloride Production for Semiconductor Industry

(IN BRIEF) Wacker Chemie AG has completed the expansion of its hyperpure hydrogen chloride production at its Burghausen site in Germany. The facility’s commissioning in mid-July has significantly increased overall production, meeting the growing demand from the semiconductor industry. Ultrapure … Read the full press release

Savills Completes Sale of In ‘N’ Out Centres in Cardiff for £1.35 Million

(IN BRIEF) Savills, acting on behalf of MVJ Capital, has successfully sold the In ‘N’ Out Centres, Drive Thru MOT, and Servicing Centre in Cardiff to a private property company for £1.35 million. The property, spanning 3,682 sq ft, features … Read the full press release

Navantia Seanergies and SeAH Partner for Offshore Wind Development in Asia and the US

(IN BRIEF) Navantia Seanergies and SeAH have signed a collaboration agreement to develop offshore wind energy in Asian countries, with a focus on South Korea and the American west coast. South Korea has set a target of 12 GW of … Read the full press release

Saint-Gobain Completes Sale of US CertainTeed Fence, Railing, and Decking Business to Oldcastle APG

(IN BRIEF) Saint-Gobain has finalized the sale of its US CertainTeed Fence, Railing, and Decking Business (FRD) to Oldcastle APG, a CRH Company. The FRD business had sales of approximately €60 million in 2022 and operated from two industrial locations … Read the full press release

Schneider Electric Introduces Managed Security Services to Counter Rising Cyber Risk in Operational Technology Environments

(IN BRIEF) Schneider Electric has launched a Managed Security Services (MSS) offering to assist customers in operational technology (OT) environments in dealing with the growing cyber risk related to remote access and connectivity technologies. The MSS solution, powered by Schneider … Read the full press release

Rheinmetall Completes Acquisition of Expal Systems, Expanding Ammunition Production Capacity

(IN BRIEF) Rheinmetall AG has completed its acquisition of Expal Systems S.A.U., a renowned ammunition and armament manufacturer, for about €1.2 billion. The takeover enhances Rheinmetall’s position as a key supplier for NATO armed forces, expanding its ammunition production capacity … Read the full press release

Alzheimer’s Research UK Funds University of Exeter Researchers to Advance Dementia Studies

(IN BRIEF) Alzheimer’s Research UK has provided £370k in grants to three researchers at the University of Exeter to support projects focused on finding new treatments, early diagnosis methods, and understanding the causes of Alzheimer’s disease. One of the projects … Read the full press release

Martijn Snoep Appointed to Van Gogh Museum’s Supervisory Board on Its 50th Anniversary

(IN BRIEF) Martijn Snoep, the Chair of the Board of the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) and former lawyer at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, has been appointed to the Supervisory Board of the Van Gogh Museum. The museum is … Read the full press release

BILD TV to Air Live Handball Bundesliga Matches Every Sunday in Cooperation with Dyn

(IN BRIEF) BILD TV, in cooperation with Dyn, will start showing one selected top match of the Handball Bundesliga live on free TV on every matchday from August 27, 2023. The kickoff will be the match between THW Kiel and … Read the full press release

ING Repurchases €20.96 Million Worth of Shares as Part of €1.5 Billion Buyback Program

ING Repurchases Nearly 1.7 Million Shares, Demonstrating Progress in Buyback Initiative

(IN BRIEF) ING has announced that it repurchased 1,588,973 shares during the week of 24 July 2023, as part of its €1.5 billion share buyback program launched on 11 May 2023. The shares were repurchased at an average price of … Read the full press release

German Financial Institutions Cautious in Loan Negotiations with Corporate Customers, KfW ifo Indicator Shows

(IN BRIEF) The KfW ifo Credit Constraint Indicator for Germany shows that financial institutions responded more cautiously to loan applications from corporate customers in the second quarter after easing credit access in the first quarter. Among SMEs, 25.6% experienced restrictive … Read the full press release

Bosch Expands Semiconductor Business with New Test Center in Penang to Meet Global Demand for Chips

(IN BRIEF) Bosch is expanding its semiconductor business to meet the increasing global demand for chips and sensors in the automotive and consumer goods industries. The company has opened a new test center for chips and sensors in Penang, Malaysia, … Read the full press release

Vodafone and Nokia Launch New Converged Charging System to Facilitate 5G Service Adoption

(IN BRIEF) Vodafone Business and Nokia have developed a new cloud-based converged charging system, Nokia’s Converged Charging (NCC) software, to enable easy adoption of future 5G services for customers and strategic partners. The platform allows pricing and packaging of new … Read the full press release

BASF to Boost Production Capacity of OPPANOL® B Polyisobutenes by 25% to Meet Rising Global Demand

(IN BRIEF) BASF, a leading chemical company, plans to increase the production capacity of its medium-molecular weight polyisobutenes (OPPANOL® B) at its Ludwigshafen site in Germany by 25%. The decision comes in response to the growing global demand for high-quality … Read the full press release

Vårgrønn and Energia Group Join Forces to Develop 1.8 GW Offshore Wind Projects in Ireland

(IN BRIEF) Offshore wind company Vårgrønn, a joint venture between Plenitude (Eni) and HitecVision, has partnered with Energia Group to co-develop offshore wind projects in Ireland. The partnership aims to deliver a total capacity of up to 1.8 GW by … Read the full press release

UK Business Confidence Declines in July Amid Economic Uncertainty and Rising Interest Rate Worries

(IN BRIEF) Business confidence in the UK fell by six points to 31% in July, mainly due to lower economic optimism, reaching a five-month low. Rising interest rates have become a major concern for businesses, and the retail sector showed … Read the full press release

Lloyds Bank Warns Football Fans of Soaring Online Ticket Scams Ahead of Premier League Season

(IN BRIEF) Lloyds Bank warns football fans about the rising threat of online ticket scams as the new English Premier League season approaches. Reported fraud cases related to football ticket purchases more than doubled last season, with victims losing an … Read the full press release

HSBC and Tradeshift Form Joint Venture to Develop Embedded Finance Solutions and Fintech Apps

(IN BRIEF) HSBC and B2B fintech Tradeshift have announced a partnership to establish a jointly-owned business focused on developing embedded finance solutions and financial services apps. HSBC will invest $35 million in Tradeshift and join its board. The joint venture … Read the full press release

EBRD Launches Youth in Business Programme in Albania, Aims to Empower Young Entrepreneurs for Financial Inclusion

(IN BRIEF) The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is launching its Youth in Business Programme in Albania, aimed at supporting young entrepreneurs’ financial inclusion. The program will provide a €1 million loan to Union Bank for lending to … Read the full press release