Author Archives: EuropaWire PR Editor

Artificial Intelligence to advance research aimed at improving heart health

(IN BRIEF) The EU-funded DataTools4Heart project is launching the first platform to consolidate real-world cardiology data from millions of people across multiple European countries. The initiative, which will be coordinated by the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine lab at the University … Read the full press release

ABL Group expands offshore energy exposure with acquisition of AGR

(IN BRIEF) ABL Group ASA has announced that it will acquire AGR, a multi-disciplinary engineering, consultancy and software company, in order to expand its offering within well and reservoir consultancy, support operators’ digitalisation and decarbonisation plans, and expand its opex-driven … Read the full press release

Associated British Ports sponsors Humber Property team member’s quest for Team GB

(IN BRIEF) ABP has sponsored Paul Durrant, Property Manager (Humber), who is set to compete in three planned athletics events for Team GB in 2023. Durrant will participate in his first sprint race of the season in Poland at the … Read the full press release

EU CEOs See Climate Change Risk as Fastest Growing Threat to Businesses

(IN BRIEF) EU CEOs are increasingly concerned about the threat of climate change, with 24% believing their businesses will be highly or extremely exposed to the impact of climate change within five years, according to a new survey. The survey … Read the full press release

Renewables account for 27.5% of Italy’s electricity demand in February

(IN BRIEF) In February 2023, total electricity demand in Italy decreased by 2.2% compared to the same month in 2022. According to Terna, the company that manages the Italian electricity grid, the country’s industrial sector also decreased by 6.8% compared … Read the full press release

OncoC4 licenses next-generation anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibody candidate to BioNTech

(IN BRIEF) BioNTech and OncoC4 have entered into an exclusive license and collaboration agreement to develop and commercialize OncoC4’s anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibody candidate, ONC-392. The candidate aims to delete immunosuppressive T cells in the tumor microenvironment but spare T cells … Read the full press release

CAF wins €100m contract to supply 31 trams to Budapest and 6 trams to Seville

(IN BRIEF) CAF Group has secured two new orders worth over €100 million for its Urbos platform trams. The first order is for 31 units to be supplied to Budapesti Közlekedési Központ (BKK) in Budapest. The second order is for … Read the full press release

Pirelli’s latest P ZERO Race TLR tyre offers low rolling resistance and high puncture resistance

(IN BRIEF) Italian tyre manufacturer, Pirelli, has launched its new P ZERO Race TLR, a tubeless version of its clincher tyre for road bikes, which has been redesigned using new technologies and is produced at its Milan-Bollate plant. The P … Read the full press release

Saint-Gobain partners with French laboratories to create off-site material damage control lab

(IN BRIEF) Saint-Gobain, MATEIS and LAMCOS laboratories have partnered to establish a five-year off-site laboratory called MATILDE, which aims to control damage to inorganic materials in different environments. MATILDE will develop innovative strategies for identifying damage and designing materials and … Read the full press release

Finnvera implements updated process for assessing environmental and social risks in export financing

(IN BRIEF) Finnvera improves risk management with environmental and social risk screening of export financing applications. In 2022, the export credit guarantee provider received 371 applications, one-third of which were screened by the environmental and social risk management team after … Read the full press release

Bertelsmann expands Supervisory Board with BMG executive Nitsa Kalispera

(IN BRIEF) Nitsa Kalispera, Executive Vice President of Global Supply Chain in the BMG division, has been elected to the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann. The appointment adds to the representation of employee interests on the board, and Kalispera’s extensive professional … Read the full press release

Paper Supplier Voith Targets 90% Recycling Rate by 2030 with Innovative Pulping Technology

(IN BRIEF) Voith, the full-line supplier, is supporting a 90% paper recycling rate by 2030 as part of its “Papermaking for Life” program, through developing new fiber streams and an optimized recycling process. The firm is also creating new, innovative … Read the full press release

Finnair partners with Neste to reduce carbon emissions from flights departing Helsinki Airport

(IN BRIEF) Finnair has purchased 750 tons of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel from Neste to reduce the carbon emissions from flights departing from Helsinki Airport. The fuel volume purchased is Finnair’s single largest batch of sustainable aviation fuel to … Read the full press release

SGL Carbon Trainee Named National Best in Outstanding Performance

(IN BRIEF) SGL Carbon trainee Janine Nanette Kretzschmar has been awarded the national best honor by IHK, recognizing her outstanding performance during her vocational training as a process mechanic in fiber composite technology. Her fascination for carbon as a material … Read the full press release

EnBW and DLR’s research project on drone operations in offshore wind farms funded by German Federal Ministry

(IN BRIEF) EnBW is presenting its research project on the use of transport drones in the maintenance of offshore wind farms and calling on drone manufacturers and service providers to enter the “Offshore Drone Challenge” at Amsterdam Drone Week 2023. … Read the full press release

EnBW opens solar park with battery storage system in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

(IN BRIEF) EnBW has opened an open-field solar park with a connected battery storage system in Brandscheid, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany to help achieve the country’s aim of renewable energy sources supplying 80% of the country’s electricity needs by 2030. The solar … Read the full press release

ProCredit Holding welcomes EBRD as new core shareholder following share purchase agreements

(IN BRIEF) The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has signed two share purchase agreements with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to become a core shareholder of ProCredit Holding AG & Co. KGaA (ProCredit Holding), replacing the IFC. Under … Read the full press release

HPE to leverage OpsRamp’s AIOps technology for hybrid digital operations management

(IN BRIEF) Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced its acquisition of OpsRamp, an IT operations management (ITOM) company that monitors and manages IT infrastructure, cloud resources, and applications for hybrid and multi-cloud environments, including hyperscalers. The ITOM market is estimated … Read the full press release

Experian’s digital employment and income verification service now covers 77% of UK employees

(IN BRIEF) Experian has partnered with The Access Group to allow UK employees who use Access Group’s payroll software to digitally share their payroll information through Experian’s Work Report™, the UK’s first digital employment and income verification service. This allows … Read the full press release

Study finds widespread species benefit from anthropogenic changes, while narrowly distributed species decline

(IN BRIEF) A new study published in Nature Communications reveals that widespread species tend to benefit from anthropogenic changes, increasing the number of sites they occupy, while more narrowly distributed species tend to decrease. The study was conducted by researchers … Read the full press release

ORLEN Group’s LNG and pipeline deliveries from new suppliers account for over 50% of imported gas

(IN BRIEF) The ORLEN Group’s diversification of natural gas supplies has helped enhance Poland’s energy independence and strengthen fuel and commodity security in the region. In 2022, LNG and pipeline deliveries from new suppliers in Norway and Lithuania represented more … Read the full press release

New research project explores sports arenas as sites of cultural dynamics and relations

(IN BRIEF) The University of Freiburg is leading a German-French research project on the significance of sport arenas as spaces for cultural dynamics and relations, as well as socioeconomic and political conditions. The project involves six researchers from the fields … Read the full press release

Dutch Construction Giants Join Forces to Save Greenery

(IN BRIEF) The Struikroven Foundation, which aims to make the conservation and reuse of existing greenery a standard part of demolition, renovation and redevelopment projects in the Netherlands, has signed a cooperation agreement with six Dutch property developers: Heijmans, Vesteda, … Read the full press release

Vesteda achieves world’s largest residential certification under new BREEAM-NL In-Use Homes guideline

(IN BRIEF) Dutch real estate investment firm Vesteda has achieved BREEAM certification for almost its entire residential portfolio of 27,500 homes according to the new BREEAM-NL In-Use Homes guideline. It is the world’s largest ever residential certification achieved in one … Read the full press release

Professor Sir Philip Cohen receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Scotland’s Life Sciences Awards 2023

(IN BRIEF) Professor Sir Philip Cohen, founding director of Dundee’s MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at Scotland’s Life Sciences Awards 2023. The ceremony, which took place at the National Museum of Scotland, recognized … Read the full press release

Accenture to bolster finance and risk management capabilities with Optimind acquisition

(IN BRIEF) Accenture has announced plans to acquire Optimind, a Paris-based consulting firm that specializes in offering advisory services and solutions for the insurance and banking industries. Optimind provides consulting services to help its clients overcome major challenges in areas … Read the full press release

Gartner Positions Ricoh in Magic Quadrant for Outsourced Digital Workplace Services Worldwide

(IN BRIEF) Ricoh has been included in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Outsourced Digital Workplace Services Worldwide report for 2023. The report evaluates 17 providers of remote support to end-users, end-user device support, PC provisioning, and AI-based automation, among other services. … Read the full press release

Swedfund to invest $5m in Somali SMEs through NHAO fund

(IN BRIEF) Swedish development finance institution Swedfund has committed $5m to the Nordic Horn of Africa Opportunities Fund (NHAO), which invests in small and medium-sized Somali firms. The fund aims to provide financing for companies with around or less than … Read the full press release

Skanska to build mixed-use development in Norway’s Helgerudkvartalet for NOK 410M

(IN BRIEF) Construction company Skanska has announced a NOK 410 million ($48.5 million) contract to build a mixed-use building in the Helgerudkvartalet urban development project in Sandvika, Norway. The building will include 8,500 square metres of housing and 8,200 square … Read the full press release

Staffordshire Extends Highways Partnership with Amey for £30m Investment

(IN BRIEF) Staffordshire County Council has extended its contract with highways’ partner Amey for another five years, with an extra £30m for the next two years to invest in the county’s highways network. As part of the contract extension, Amey … Read the full press release

Thales to provide upgraded anti-forgery and cybersecurity features for Finnish identity documents

(IN BRIEF) Thales, a French multinational company, has won a contract to produce electronic travel and identity documents for Finland, including passports, identity cards, residence cards, and resident permit cards. The new Finnish electronic travel and identity documents are set … Read the full press release

TÜV Rheinland now an accredited partner with CDP to support sustainability reporting by companies

(IN BRIEF) TÜV Rheinland has become an accredited partner with CDP, a non-profit organization that collects data on environmental impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption from companies and local authorities. With the new accreditation, TÜV Rheinland can … Read the full press release

Neste’s Renewable Diesel to be More Widely Available in the Netherlands through Partnership with Catom

(IN BRIEF) Neste has entered into a partnership with Catom, a Dutch company engaged in fuel and lubricant trade, distribution and sales, to increase the supply and distribution of Neste MY Renewable Diesel™, a product that can reduce greenhouse gas … Read the full press release

Infineon and Infinitum collaborate to drive decarbonization and energy efficiency in industrial applications

(IN BRIEF) Infineon Technologies has partnered with Infinitum to provide semiconductor components for the latter’s Aircore EC motor. Infineon will provide silicon carbide (SiC) CoolSiC MOSFETs, which help to optimise the motor’s power and energy savings. The Infinitum Aircore EC … Read the full press release

Former Heineken executive to take the helm at FrieslandCampina

(IN BRIEF) Dutch dairy cooperative, Royal FrieslandCampina, has announced the appointment of Jan Derck van Karnebeek as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective June 1, 2023. Van Karnebeek will replace Hein Schumacher, who will depart to become CEO of Unilever … Read the full press release

Volkswagen’s battery company, PowerCo, begins building new Spanish cell factory

(IN BRIEF) PowerCo, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, has started building its second cell factory, called Gigafactory Valencia, in the Spanish region of Valencia. The cell factory is expected to start production in 2026 and will have an initial production … Read the full press release

Eni Discovers More Than 200M Barrels of Oil Offshore Mexico

(IN BRIEF) Italian energy company Eni has made a new oil discovery on the Yatzil exploration prospect in Block 7 offshore Mexico. Preliminary estimates suggest that the discovery may contain around 200 million barrels of oil in place. The Yatzil-1 … Read the full press release

Eni’s Open-es initiative welcomes UniCredit as strategic partner in enhancing ESG performance

(IN BRIEF) Eni and UniCredit have announced their partnership around Open-es, an initiative aimed at enhancing cross-business collaboration and supporting companies in measuring and improving their ESG performance. Launched by Eni in 2021, Open-es is a digital and innovative platform … Read the full press release

FIM Enel MotoE™ World Championship 2023 officially launched with new era of electric competition

(IN BRIEF) The FIM Enel MotoE™ World Championship officially launched for 2023 with new status, rounds, and a new manufacturer. The event saw the likes of Enel CEO Francesco Starace, Ducati Motor CEO Claudio Domenicali, and Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo … Read the full press release

Arkema launches “ChemArt Green Innovation Class” to support sustainability in China

(IN BRIEF) Arkema has announced its plans to enhance its corporate social responsibility (CSR) brand in China, under a new theme – “Green Life for a Sustainable Future”. The company aims to broaden stakeholders’ outreach and promote local CSR efforts. … Read the full press release