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Allianz: Oil price collapse


Apart from the fact that it's much cheaper to fill up our cars: is this good for the global economy? The slide in oil prices will boost growth in many economies. While companies, particularly those in the manufacturing industry, will have lower costs, normal consumers gain purchasing power. They have to spend less on fuel and heating. We are forecasting economic growth of 1.5 percent across the euro zone, and 3 percent for the US. Emerging markets, who are large importers of oil, will profit from lower prices. India and Indonesia have used l... Read More »

Bertelsmann brings unique ‘Last Folio’ exhibition to Germany


The media company Bertelsmann is bringing the international touring exhibition “Last Folio – Textures of Jewish Life in Slovakia” to Germany for the first time. From April, 33 photographs by the renowned photographer Yuri Dojc will be on display in the Berlin State Library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin). Dojc repeatedly traveled to Slovakia – first alone and then from 2005 together with the filmmaker Katya Krausova – to speak with Holocaust survivors and document evidence of ancient Jewish culture in the country. Unique in their authenticity, aes... Read More »

GfK and ForwardKeys join forces to deepen insights into global travel and hospitality sector


With this partnership, GfK and ForwardKeys will address the market‘s need for more comprehensive, accurate and granular data so that their customers can make better informed decisions about planning and reaching the right audiences for their services. “In this highly fragmented industry, fact-based decision making is becoming mission critical,” said Laurens Van Den Oever, GfK’s Global Lead for the Travel & Hospitality industry. “Serving and understanding today’s (digital) traveler means our clients take more risks than ever to provide th... Read More »

BCN: Stefan Zarnic appointed Director Next Media


Burda’s central advertising marketer BCN (Burda Community Network) is expanding its management team: By 1 July 2015 at the latest, Stefan Zarnic will take on the newly created position of Director Next Media. He will report directly to manager Andreas Schilling. In Stefan Zarnic, BCN has secured a proven digital and multi-channel expert with more than fifteen years’ experience in digital marketing. The 45-year-old joins the company from InteractiveMedia (Deutsche Telekom), where he is currently Vice President Publisher Management and Member ... Read More »

ContiPremiumContact 5 wins top recommendation from ADAC, ÖAMTC, TCS and Stiftung Warentest


In the compact car size 185/60 R 14, the ContiPremiumContact 5 finished best in test with a “good” rating – the highest rating awarded The mid-range size 205/55 R 16 ContiPremiumContact 5 was also rated “good” The experts tested a total of 35 tires in the two sizes 185/60 R 14 and 205/55 R 16. The test vehicles were two Volkswagens: a Polo and a Golf VII. The test included tires from European, US and Asian manufacturers. ... Read More »

Lufthansa: New First Class experience on all long-haul flights from Munich


Lufthansa passengers can now experience the airline’s new First Class service on all long-haul flights from Munich. At the end of last week, the final Airbus A340-600 in the airline’s Munich-based long-haul fleet was retrofitted with the new First Class cabin. This winter, a total of 24 A340-600 and A330-300 aircraft will serve 22 intercontinental destinations from Munich. “Lufthansa has thus taken another major step towards its goal of becoming the first 5-star airline in the western hemisphere,” says Thomas Klühr, member of the Lufthansa Germ... Read More »

Allianz raises target for real asset based financing to 110 billion euros


Target previously at 80 billion euros Maximilian Zimmerer: “Our customers benefit from attractive returns.” Real asset based financing includes debt and equity investments in real estate, infrastructure and renewable energy. The total investment portfolio of Allianz was approximately 615 billion euros at the end of 2014. The lion’s share of investments is allocated in debt instruments. With this decision, Allianz Group continues the expansion of its investments in real assets. Recent transactions in infrastructure and real estate includ... Read More »

Lufthansa Group receives Eco-Airline of the Year award


Conducting its business in a sustainable and responsible manner is firmly embedded in the Lufthansa Group’s strategic principles. And its efforts have been recognized: US journal Air Transport World (ATW) has once again awarded the Lufthansa Group the title of Eco-Airline of the Year. In 2013, the magazine also recognized the Group’s diverse range of initiatives and innovations in the area of eco-conservation. This means that the renowned award has gone to the Lufthansa Group for the second time in three years. The award was presented to Luftha... Read More »

SAP launches initiative for women in Telco to drive workplace diversity


Studies have shown that more diverse teams lead to greater innovation, higher productivity and better business results. However, current data from SAP’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Office shows that most industries — including the telecommunications industry — are missing out on the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce. According to a report by the United States federal Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, out of more than half a million workers in the telecommunications industry, 58 percent are men and 42 percent are women, w... Read More »

Rohde & Schwarz to present a test setup today for the mobile network of tomorrow


Rohde & Schwarz, a leading specialist in electronics, will present its test solution at Mobile World Congress 2015 (hall 6, booth C40). The solution consists of an R&S SMW200A vector signal generator and an R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyzer in combination with an R&S RTO oscilloscope. When equipped with the R&S FSW-B2000 option, the R&S FSW provides an analysis bandwidth of 2 GHz. The R&S FSW67 model additionally allows signal analysis in the frequency range up to 67 GHz. The R&S FSW family is especially suite... Read More »

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