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Translog Connect 2013

Taking place on 27-28 November 2013 in Budapest, Hungary for the third time, it offers exclusivity, most up-to-date market insights, pre-scheduled business meetings and superb networking opportunities for Central and Eastern European businesses in the Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain Management sector.
The Events Group together with the European Logistics Association announces the first Central Eastern European Logistics and Supply Chain Excellence Award in 2013, recognising the most innovative logistics and supply chain management improvements.
The award was brought to life to recognise and promote outstanding logistics and supply chain management methods and to encourage professionals to constantly raise standards and come up with innovative and flexible solutions, contributing to the development of the rapidly growing CEE region. Manufacturers, retailers and solution providers from all industry sectors are welcome to apply.

Applications will be evaluated by an independent jury. Jury members include Jos Marinus, President of the European Logistics Association, Stefan Putzlocher, Director Logistics at Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kummer, Head of the Institute of Transport and Logistics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Miguel Suarez, Director Supply Chain Centre of Business Excellence at Swarovski and Rogier van Zon, Head of Global Warehousing and Distribution at TP Vision.

Applications will be evaluated by their level of innovation, transferability, sustainability, cost-effectiveness and customer value-contribution. Winners of the Award will be announced on the 27th of November during the cocktail reception on the first day of the annual TRANSLOG Connect Congress taking place at the Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal in Budapest, Hungary. Awarded applicants will have the opportunity to present their projects to the top logistics and supply chain management professionals at CEE’s most important logistics and supply chain management summit.
TRANSLOG Connect 2013 is the ultimate setting for local and international solution providers from numerous industries such as automotive, electronics, oil & gas, heavy industry & steel, retail, food & beverage, FMCG and energy to present their products and services directly to key decision makers. It assures the highest relevance of the conference programme with the most up-to-date market insights into the areas of Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Production, IT, Transportation and Warehouse Management related topics. It is organised by TEG The Events Group and will be held in the five-star Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal, bringing together more than 500 senior decision makers.


Expo Traffic, the 4th Edition

World Trade Center will house on the 7th and 8th of November a fare addressed to the road infrastructure industry, Expo Traffic. Companies representing Romania, Bulgaria, Belarus, Norway and Italy will be attending.
Expo Traffic is formed by two main sections, an exposition meant for public administration and road building specialists and a section of themed presentations. The goal of the event is to help the meeting between the supply and the demand, whether they are public or private institutions.

The fact that there are multiple companies attending the event since the first edition, supports the idea that Expo Traffic is beneficial and offers, besides straight business opportunities, a good level of publicity.
From the visitors’ point of view, Expo 24 Romania is using a tested method which helps attracting the best specialists in their fields, yet the success of a company is still closely related to its product, its qualities and also to the board’s capability of adding all those together in a professional presentation.

Rafting in Romania

There are very old writings that attest to Romanians navigating the Danube and the Black Sea. The simplest way to float on rivers was the tree log. Documents support that rafting in Romania has been practiced even since the dacian age, on rivers like Mures, Siret, Olt, Moldova, Prut, Somes, Vaser, Gurghiu and even more so on Bistrita. They used to transport by rafts mostly wood used for construction. Huge quantities of wood used to float downriver on Bistrita, then on Siret all the way to Galati, according to the Turkish records. While The Turkish Empire held under occupation Moldova, they managed to get all their necessary wood for construction and fire from the province. The rafts had two main rudders and a few spares and were able to navigate with speeds between 6 and 12 km/h. Rafting was done mostly and spring time when all the snow was melting and water levels were high and at summer time when water levels were raised artificially by building dams. After 1877 there was a great increase of wood exports through the Galati harbor, but not only to Turkey but to all the Europe. By the end of the 19th century, Romanian tree logs were crossing the Atlantic and reaching Central America, where it would be then used at the construction of the Panama Canal. After the industrial revolution rafting was no longer efficient so in short time it was abandoned and became history.

Renexpo® South-East Europe

The most important Romanian event for renewable energy and energy efficiency will take place 20-22nd of November and Exporom, in Bucharest. Renexpo is one of the best ways to start new business in the renewable energy market.
Since 2008 Renexpo® is offering the ideal platform for developing new business connections in the Romanian energy industry. And now since they reached the 4th edition, they want to reinvent the perspective on energy conferences, by approaching a less conservative view and creating new sub-brands like Renexpo® Solar, Renexpo® Wind, Renexpo® Hydropower and Renexpo® Bio&Co. The event aims to show investors the challenges in today’s Romanian energy market, the existing potential and to inform about profitable investments. The meetings during the event are meant to inform new business owners as well as existing ones on how to problem solve and eliminate risks in a constant changing environment.
A raise of 15% in sponsors and participants is expected for this year. The organizers are expecting to house a number of 160 sponsors and 4,500 specialized visitors on a 6,000 square meter private area. Right now, the event will host over 100 sponsors from 12 countries on two different countries, among them: CINK Hydro-Energy k.s., Egnatia Rom SRL, ENERCON GmbH, Energobit Group SA, ENERGOVOLTAIC GROUP SRL, Espe RO, Inversolar Energy SRL, Global Hydro Energy, Hydro Engineering SA, Turboden srl, Voith Hydro SRL, Wartsila Hungary Kft.
During the fare specialized conferences and connected events are going to take place on subjects like solar energy, wind energy, hydro energy, bio-energy, biogas.

Tarom News

The air company introduced a new route Bucharest-Geneva-Bucharest as well as new frequencies between Bucharest and Belgrade, Dublin, Chisinau, Sofia and Vienna. The prices for return flights start from 99 euro.
Starting with the 26th of November there will be direct flights between Bucharest and Geneva, at prices starting at 99 euro for return flights, with all tax included. The tickets are already available, the price offer for the Bucharest-Geneva-Bucharest being available for the return flights as well with all tax included when buying from www.tarom.ro and it is subject to special terms and conditions. According to Christian Heinzmann CEO and Accountable Manager, during the winter schedule for  the Bucharest-Geneva route the ski gear under the 23 kilograms mark will be shipped for free. During the winter schedule Tarom will also increase the frequencies for the following destinations:  Belgrade getting to 7 flights a week, Vienna – 16 flights a week, Sofia – 11 flights a week, Chisinau – 15 flights a week and Dublin – 4 flights a week.

Air France, 80 years since first flight

French company Air France had on the 7th of October their 80th anniversary. It was founded in 1933, being along with KLM one of the very few flight companies that came to life before the Second World War. At its very core, Air France is made up out of five different French companies Air Union, Air Orient, Societe Generale de Transport Aerien (SGTA), CIDNA and Aeropostale, which since 1933 united under the same roof.
At the moment the company owns a fleet of 246 aircrafts, which is constantly renewed and updated, the average operating age of their crafts being 10 years. Daily, the company operates 1,500 flights to destinations around the world, Air France reaching 243 destinations and 103 countries.
In 1938, after only 3 years of activity Air France had the 3rd biggest global network and was flying over 100.000 passengers. The company was then nationalized in 1945, suffering major changes. In 1949 more than 14,000 people were hired by the company, the first woman – flight attendant among them. Air France got in 1956 to the 6th place in the global passenger transportation business, placing after the big American companies, but being one of the first companies to order Boeing aircrafts. In 1976 the French added the Concorde airship to their fleet. “The beautiful white bird” flew between Paris and Dakar, Rio de Janeiro, Caracas, Washington, Dallas, New York. At the end of the 80s, Air France was occupying the 3rd place in the market which paved the way to buying UTA in 1993, the major stock holder in Air Inter. In 2000 Air France got in the SkyTeam alliance, which has at the moment 19 air companies, and in 2004 it formed the Air France – KLM Group for its perfect synergy with the Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schipol hubs. In 2012 Air France KLM transported over 77 million passengers and over 1.4 tones of cargo.


MOL’s program for collecting used vegetable oil

MOL Romania collected in its first year since launching the program over 3,000 liters of used vegetable oil. It is the first program of selected collecting of used vegetable oil ever launched by a network of gas stations in Romania.
The initiative was followed locally by other institutions or organizations which launched their own programs of collecting waste.

“The results of the program can be seen in the quantity collected and sent to recycling as well as in the growing grade of awareness in this important matter. The students that live in one of the dormitories belonging to a university in Cluj collected 30 liters of used oil which they brought to one of the MOL stations, and following that the university integrated collecting used oil in their own recycling program”, declared Kinga Daradics, CEO and Country Chairman of MOL Romania.
In the month of august 2012, MOL Romania became the first network of gas stations that started a program for collecting from the population of the used vegetable oil. The company made use of its logistic capacities and its employees to benefit the community, using 30 gas stations of its total. The company biofilter Romania supplies the recipients for collecting and transportation to a logistic facility, where the used oil is stored and purified, pending recycling. Due to the public’s obvious positive feedback, MOL decided to increase the number of gas stations implicated in the project from 30 to 46 in 12 different cities.

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