Daily Archives: 15, December 2023

UK-Based Redkite Joins Accenture to Enhance Data-Driven Intelligence

(IN BRIEF) Accenture has acquired Redkite, a UK-based data consultancy with expertise in data-driven intelligence and AI. The acquisition, aligned with Accenture’s strategic plan, expands the company’s data capabilities and enhances its ability to provide modern data platforms that utilize … Read the full press release

Construction Materials Giant Saint-Gobain to Boost Presence in Ecuador with IMPTEK Acquisition

(IN BRIEF) Saint-Gobain, a global leader in construction materials, has announced its intent to acquire a majority stake in IMPTEK Chova del Ecuador, a prominent player in the construction chemicals market in Ecuador known for its innovative waterproofing solutions. This … Read the full press release

EU Innovation Fund Backs Heidelberg Materials’ GeZero Initiative for Carbon-Captured Cement Production

(IN BRIEF) Heidelberg Materials has secured €191 million in funding from the EU Innovation Fund for its GeZero project, in partnership with the Geseke cement plant in Northern Germany. GeZero aims to establish a comprehensive Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) … Read the full press release

Iberdrola’s Commitment to Innovation Garners Second Consecutive Recognition from European Commission

(IN BRIEF) Iberdrola, a major energy company, has received recognition as the world’s leading private utility for investment in innovation and development, marking its second consecutive year of achievement in this regard. The European Commission’s report, ‘The 2023 Industrial R&D … Read the full press release

Digi Communications N.V. announces share transaction made by a Non-Executive Director of the Company with class B shares

Digi Communications N.V. announces the amendment of the Company’s 2023 financial calendar

(IN BRIEF) Digi Communications N.V., a European telecommunications company, announced that its Non-Executive Director, Mr. Bogdan Ciobotaru, has conducted a share transaction. On December 14, 2023, Mr. Ciobotaru sold 30,000 class B shares of the company. This transaction was reported … Read the full press release

Ericsson Secures USD 106.86 Million Loan from NIB for Groundbreaking Wireless Technology R&D

(IN BRIEF) The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and Ericsson, the Swedish telecommunications giant, have signed a seven-year loan agreement worth USD 106.86 million (EUR 100 million) to support Ericsson’s research and development (R&D) efforts in enhancing wireless technology. These investments, … Read the full press release

Finland’s Suur-Savon Sähkö Oy Partners with NIB on EUR 45 Million Energy Infrastructure Initiative

(IN BRIEF) The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and Suur-Savon Sähkö Oy, a municipal energy utility, have signed a 10-year, EUR 45 million loan agreement for investment projects from 2023 to 2024. Suur-Savon Sähkö Oy’s initiatives focus on improving the region’s … Read the full press release

Sika’s Suzhou Technology Center: A Catalyst for Innovation in Sustainable Construction and E-Mobility

(IN BRIEF) Sika, a global leader in construction and automotive solutions, has opened a cutting-edge Technology Center in Suzhou, China. This center, with a substantial double-digit million CHF investment, focuses on sustainable and high-performance technologies for the construction and automotive … Read the full press release

EIB Grants €20 Million Venture Debt Financing to The Akkermansia Company for Microbiome Health Research

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €20 million venture debt financing agreement with The Akkermansia Company, a Belgian microbiome health specialist, supported by the European Commission’s InvestEU initiative. The Akkermansia Company, originating as a spin-off from … Read the full press release

EIB Provides €18 Million Financing to Novadip for Clinical Trials of Innovative Bone Repair Treatment

(IN BRIEF) Novadip, a Belgian biotech company, has secured €18 million in venture debt financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB) with support from the European Union’s InvestEU initiative. The funds will be utilized for clinical trials of NVD-003, an … Read the full press release

EIB Provides €46 Million Loan to Ingeteam for Renewable Energy Integration Research

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Ingeteam, a Spanish company specializing in electrical engineering and equipment development, have signed a €46 million loan agreement for a two-year investment plan. The plan focuses on research, development, and innovation (RDI) … Read the full press release

EIB and NIB Finance €85 Million Mažeikiai Onshore Wind Farm in Lithuania

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) have signed a financing agreement for the Mažeikiai onshore wind farm in Lithuania, developed by Ignitis Group, a leading energy company in the Baltics. Both EIB and NIB … Read the full press release

German Bundeswehr Orders Record-Breaking 82 Airbus H145M Multi-Role Helicopters

(IN BRIEF) The German Bundeswehr has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the acquisition of up to 82 multi-role H145M helicopters, comprising 62 firm orders and 20 options. This order is not only the largest ever for the H145M … Read the full press release

Japan Airlines Receives First Airbus A350-1000 for International Routes

(IN BRIEF) Japan Airlines (JAL) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, marking a significant addition to the airline’s international fleet. The A350-1000 will initially operate on the Tokyo Haneda – New York JFK route. JAL’s A350-1000 is … Read the full press release

STMicroelectronics Unveils Advanced Time-of-Flight Ranging Sensor for Human Presence, Gesture Recognition, and Robotics

(IN BRIEF) STMicroelectronics has introduced the VL53L8CX, its latest-generation 8×8 multizone time-of-flight (ToF) ranging sensor, designed for various applications including human-presence sensing, gesture recognition, robotics, and industrial uses. The sensor features a 940nm vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL), a … Read the full press release

Linde Achieves 21st Consecutive Inclusion in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

(IN BRIEF) Linde, a global industrial gas and engineering company, has announced its 21st consecutive inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), along with its inclusion in the DJSI North America. The DJSI World represents sustainability leaders … Read the full press release

Outokumpu, ZWILLING, and STAHL KREBS Collaborate to Reduce Carbon Footprint of Stainless Steel Knives

(IN BRIEF) Outokumpu, a global leader in sustainable stainless steel, has partnered with ZWILLING, a leading supplier of high-quality kitchen products, and steel trading company STAHL KREBS to reduce the carbon footprint of stainless steel knives. The collaboration involves the … Read the full press release

Boliden’s Climate Targets Validated and Approved by Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)

(IN BRIEF) Boliden, a pioneering mining and metals company, has achieved validation and approval for its climate targets from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), making it one of the first companies in the industry to do so. Boliden’s ambitious … Read the full press release

ANDRITZ Secures Major Conversion Project for Suzano’s Limeira Pulp Mill

(IN BRIEF) International technology group ANDRITZ has been awarded a significant follow-up order from Suzano, a leading Brazilian pulp and paper producer, to undertake a major conversion project at the Limeira pulp mill. The project aims to expand Suzano’s eucalyptus-based … Read the full press release

ANDRITZ Announces Resignation of Domenico Iacovelli from Executive Board

(IN BRIEF) ANDRITZ, a leading international technology group, has announced the amicable resignation of Domenico Iacovelli, effective December 31, 2023. Iacovelli, who played a crucial role in overseeing the Metals business area, will be stepping down from the Executive Board. … Read the full press release

Kapsch TrafficCom and OCTA Unveil Cutting-Edge I-405 Express Lanes System, Transforming Commuting in Southern California

(IN BRIEF) On December 1st, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) celebrated the opening of the I-405 Express Lanes system, a pioneering infrastructure project designed and built by Kapsch TrafficCom. The state-of-the-art system, featuring FasTrak® transponder technology, offers commuters an … Read the full press release

DNV Continues to Lead Hydrogen Pipeline Research with NGT’s Expansion of FutureGrid

(IN BRIEF) DNV is at the forefront of advancing hydrogen pipeline research through its partnership with National Gas Transmission (NGT) in the expansion of the groundbreaking FutureGrid project. NGT, supported by DNV and other collaborators, secured two Strategic Innovation Funded … Read the full press release

Dassault Aviation Expands Use of 3DEXPERIENCE Platform for Enhanced Fleet Maintenance

(IN BRIEF) Dassault Aviation has extended its utilization of Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, hosted on a sovereign cloud, to enhance the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) processes for its Rafale aircraft fleet serving the French Ministry of Armed Forces. The … Read the full press release

bp and BWT Alpine F1 Team Join Forces to Boost Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

(IN BRIEF) bp and BWT Alpine F1 Team have announced a partnership focused on enhancing energy efficiency and sustainability at the Alpine F1 Team’s Enstone facility in Oxfordshire. The collaboration leverages bp’s advanced data measurement and analysis tools, including DIGBOX®, … Read the full press release

TotalEnergies Agrees to 5% Salary Increase and Value Sharing Bonus for French Employees

(IN BRIEF) TotalEnergies has signed a wage agreement for 2024 with majority approval (71%) from the CFE-CGC, CFDT, and CAT trade unions. The agreement covers approximately 14,000 employees in France who fall under the Common Corpus of Employee Relations Agreements … Read the full press release

Equinor to Acquire Shell’s Stake and Operatorship of Linnorm Discovery in Norwegian Sea

(IN BRIEF) Equinor has reached an agreement to purchase Shell’s equity stake and operatorship of the Linnorm discovery in the Norwegian Sea. This acquisition will grant Equinor a 30% interest in PL 255, which covers the Linnorm discovery, subject to … Read the full press release

CUPRA and Wilson Introduce Revolutionary LT Padel Racket Inspired by UrbanRebel Racing Concept

(IN BRIEF) CUPRA, in collaboration with Wilson Sporting Goods Co., has revealed the innovative CUPRA Wilson LT Padel Racket, the third racket developed under this partnership. Designed entirely by CUPRA and crafted by Wilson, the racket draws inspiration from CUPRA’s … Read the full press release

Claudia Cordioli Appointed as Zurich Insurance Group’s New CFO

(IN BRIEF) Zurich Insurance Group has announced the appointment of Claudia Cordioli as Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective from March 1, 2024, pending regulatory approval. Cordioli will also become a member of the Executive Committee. She will succeed George … Read the full press release

Orange Acquires Treasury Shares for Long-Term Incentive Plans

(IN BRIEF) Orange has announced its purchase of treasury shares as part of its 2023 share buyback program. These shares have been acquired to fulfill obligations related to long-term incentive plans designed for corporate officers and senior employees. These incentive … Read the full press release

European Payments Initiative (EPI) Completes Successful Account-to-Account Instant Payment Transactions with wero

(IN BRIEF) The European Payments Initiative (EPI) has achieved a significant milestone by successfully completing its first account-to-account instant payment transactions using its newly developed solution, wero. In a proof of concept conducted between Sparkasse Elbe-Elster in Germany and Banque … Read the full press release

Groupe BPCE Announces Key Leadership Appointments to Drive Growth and Transformation

(IN BRIEF) Groupe BPCE has made significant senior executive appointments to strengthen its leadership team. Corinne Cipière has been named the Chief Executive Officer of BPCE Assurances, responsible for life & personal protection insurance and non-life insurance. Philippe Setbon has … Read the full press release