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Espion is an information technology (IT) security business located in Stillorgan in south Dublin in Ireland. The products and services it offers range from security system design to comprehensive forensic investigation and security training. The three founding directors established the company in 2001. During its first year of trading, Espion generated a turnover of approximately €500,000. Since then, the company has doubled its turnover annually and now employs 14 persons, all of whom operate from its Dublin base.
This cluster study concentrates on the respective capital cities of Finland and Estonia, namely Helsinki and Tallinn. This cluster area was chosen because of the dynamic nature of the economies located in the region. Finland has one of the most developed information and communication technologies (ICT) sectors in the western world, and is regularly cited among the world’s most competitive economies (Robert Huggins Associates, 2004).
This anticipation workshop, to be held in Helsinki on 23-24 November 2006,
will present the research findings of an EU-wide study commissioned by the
EMCC. The study analyses the main trends and key drivers of change, as well
as their impact on the structure and performance of the European Knowledge
Intensive Business Services (KIBS) industry as well as their political,
economical and social consequences. The event will bring together European
companies, social partners, policymakers and sectoral experts. Through the
use of scenario techniques and group work participants will jointly reflect
on and exchange their experiences. They will also be encouraged to identify
actions for further development, innovation and growth within the sector. The
workshop is organised by the European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC)
www.emcc.eurofound.europa.euand hosted by the Confederation of Finnish
Industries (EK) www.ek.fi.
Established in 1896 by two brothers, Percy and Edward Simmons, Simmons and Simmons is a leading international law firm with close to 2,000 employees and boasting 20 offices located in major business and financial centres throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The company is headquartered at CityPoint, a landmark building located in central London.
Mandriva is the only European-based Global Linux computer operating system editor. The French company edits and manages the Mandriva Linux System, recognised as being one of the most complete and easiest to use of the Linux operating systems. The company offers a complete range of software products and services to individuals in over 150 countries through dedicated distribution links and an online shop – Mandrivastore.com.
Increased competition, food scares and new consumer trends are among the key challenges facing the food and beverage industry in Europe. While these challenges pose a threat to some companies they can be an expansion opportunity for others. In response to these new challenges, food companies are improving competitiveness by restructuring, and intensifying the fight for market share through product differentiation and/or the development of new food products. This mapping report is part of a study of the food industry that also features four case studies, two cluster studies and four scenarios. It gives a concise overview of the food industry and identifies the main trends and key drivers of change.
Kalev, which celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2006, is the largest producer of chocolate and sugar confectionery in Estonia and the group is among the country’s largest food producers. The Kalev Group consists of seven companies, of which AS Kalev, the mother company, is by far the largest with more than half the workforce. As well as confectionery, the Kalev Group produces baked goods and milk products. The group had a turnover of 53.8 million euro in 2004–05 and has almost 800 employees.
Danish Crown is an international food company specialising in the production of meat. With 22 million pigs slaughtered per year (90% in Denmark), it is the largest pig slaughterhouse in Europe and the second largest in the world. The Danish Crown Group has a turnover of approximately 6.5 billion euro, of which 3.7 billion is exports. This corresponds to 6% of Danish exports and 56% of Danish agricultural exports. The group employs about 28,500 people. Some 11,000 are employed by the parent company, the rest by subsidiaries. Much of the turnover is created in the subsidiaries, which include production companies as well as trading companies with different specialities.