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Royal FrieslandCampina working towards efficient and sustainable production chains


FrieslandCampina supports the Dutch government’s 16% renewable energy target for 2020 by setting its own ambitious energy and climate targets based on the national goal. The company’s agenda is: 20 percent energy efficiency improvement; to achieve 100% green electricity consumption by 2020; to achieve climate-neutral growth; to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (based on a covenant with the government). On the right track FrieslandCampina’s CSR Director Frank van Ooijen commented: ‘We are delighted with the support we were given o... Read More »

Opening and Open Days at FrieslandCampina Workum


The expansion and efficiency improvements are part of FrieslandCampina’s corporate route2020 strategy. The company has worked hard over the past 18 months to expand its cheese production facilities and the FrieslandCampina Domo plant, which produces ingredients for infant & toddler nutrition. The cheese business has acquired a new cheese-making plant, extra production lines and a new brining tank. The project has resulted in the doubling of cheese production capacity. As a result, the company can now process 1 billion kilos of milk to give... Read More »

Plastics food packaging converters gain assurance on new regulatory compliance with updated polyolefins test information from SABIC


The new regulations involve more stringent testing on the ways migration from packaging into food is tested. As these new regulations come into force over the next three years, plastics processors and packaging companies will need to seek further assurances on compliance from their materials suppliers. EU Plastics Regulation (EU) 10/2011 (PIM) came into force on May 1, 2011, and introduces several changes to regulations embodied in Council Directive 82/711/EC, particularly with reference to testing conditions for migration of individual chemic... Read More »

Dutch insurer Achmea seizes Slovak assets


In recent weeks Achmea managed to seize substantial amounts of Slovak financial assets, lodged in various bank accounts in Luxembourg. Today’s court order takes into account the magnitude of the sums Achmea is entitled to receive from Slovakia.  Achmea was authorized to seize Slovak assets after obtaining prior court approval to enforce in Luxembourg an arbitral award rendered in Achmea's favour on December 7, 2012. The Luxembourg court based its approval to enforce the award on the 1958 Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign ... Read More »

Number of bankruptcies exceptionally high


This is the highest number since the time series started, in 1981. In April, 694 businesses and institutions were declared bankrupt. In May, the most substantial increase was recorded in the sectors trade and business services. In the construction sector, on the other hand, the number of bankruptcies hardly changed. As the number of businesses declared bankrupt in a particular month is closely related to the number of days courts are in session, it may vary considerably from month to month. Therefore, the three-month moving average is a more ... Read More »

One In Six Low-Skilled Youth Has Symptoms Of Burnout


Data comes from the National Working Conditions Survey (NEA) by TNO and Statistics Netherlands. The NEA shows that there is an increase of employees with symptoms of burnout from more than 11% in 2007 to over 13% in 2012 for the entire workforce. With a population of about 7.4 million, it is therefore nearly 1 million workers. The two decades left a very stable picture of burnout among the workforce. ... Read More »

Inflation up to 2.8 percent


According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, the inflation rate has risen to 2.8 percent in May. In April, consumer prices were on average 2.6 percent up from one year previously. The inflation increase was predominantly due to higher petrol prices. Although petrol prices were 1.9 percent lower in May 2013 than in May 2012, the price drop in April was no less than 3.7 percent on an annual basis. Food and holiday prices also had an upward effect on inflation in May. Due to the cold weather conditions in spring, pr... Read More »

ARCADIS and Witteveen+Bos positioned to win ZuidasDok contract


It is a framework agreement for a period of six years for plan development and preparatory work for the realization of the ZuidasDok. The first assignments for the combined group consist of designing, planning procedures and project management for a period of eighteen months. The total contract value for this period is approximately € 7 million, € 5 million of which will go to ARCADIS. This was announced by parties on Friday. Project ZuidasDok concerns the expansion of the road capacity between the junctions 'De Nieuwe Meer' and 'Amstel' ove... Read More »

TomTom launches navigation app for Parrot devices


TomTom today introduces a new navigation app for Parrot customers, which is available to download from the Parrot ASTEROID market. Drivers with the Parrot ASTEROID Tablet and Parrot ASTEROID Smart devices can now benefit from world-class TomTom navigation with clear voice instructions via their car stereo. "TomTom is known for creating quality navigation solutions that are easy to use" says Gerry Hinds, VP Mobile at TomTom. "Parrot customers can now experience the best navigation available direct via their ASTEROID Tablet and Smart devices. We... Read More »

GE Power Conversion helps to Build the Future of Wind Power Efficiency


PARIS—June 6, 2013—Wind turbine developers will soon have open access to a £50 million testing facility in the U.K. based on unique and leading-edge technology. The state-of-the-art facility has been specifically designed for full-scale testing of large nacelles. GE’s Power Conversion (NYSE: GE) allows them to develop and build the next generation of wind turbines that will be increasingly efficient, reliable and cost-effective. This wind turbine test platform is being built at the National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC It i... Read More »

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