Growth Benteler AG The Benteler AG is internationally active with its business divisions Automotive, Steel/Tube and Distribution. Within these highly competitive markets, the company was able to grow profitably by focussing on the right products in its line, developing innovative products for a global customer base and streamlining sourcing costs, making it more competititve. The jury also highlighted Benteler's commitment to customer service and client proximity, with its 150 points of sale in 34 countries.
  PUMA Sportswear manufacturer PUMA took home the second award in this category. Since 2001 the company has tripled its turnover and doubled the number of employees. The combination of sports, lifestyle and fashion has paid off for PUMA. The leaping cat has become synonymous with innovative product design and the development of the Sportlifestyle concept. The invention of the latter has allowed PUMA to achieve sustainable growth over the past few years. The jury praised the use of its brand strength in its core areas including football, running and motorsport, where PUMA is currently the leading supplier for Formula 1 racing. PUMA will be the dominant athletic outfitter at the football World Cup in 2010, where it will outfit the African national teams and current World Cup holder, Italy.
Europeanness FranzHaniel & Cie Group's The FranzHaniel & Cie Group's success is based on its strong European presence. Through its different companies, it is present in 24 European countries, having created 55,000 jobs across the region. Celesio, the pharmaceutical wholesale, pharmacy and pharma services company is Haniel's biggest business area within the Group. The jury complimented Haniel on its above industry growth. It also highlighted the Group's presence in growth markets in Eastern Europe, where its four other fields of activity perform particularly well.
  Vaillant Leading European heating technology group, Vaillant, was awarded the second prize in this category. The jury noted that international competition in the technologically advanced markets Vaillant is active in, such as air-conditioning systems, had pushed the company to develop a highly innovative product range. Given the company's investment into the European market with its newest solutions, expanding the business to China and other global markets would be a natural consequence.
Crossborder Mergers & Acquisitions E.ON E.ON, one of the world's leading energy companies took home the prize in this category. It was lauded for its decision to refocus its business on core activities and for achieving strong growth in the energy market, as part of its M&A activities. These amounted to a total of over EUR 100 billion over the past six years. The acquisition of PowerGen gives E.ON the foundation it needs to launch an ambitious internationalization strategy. The buy-up of Ruhrgas, on the other hand, gave E.ON a successful in to the gas market. These two strategic moves created the largest energy company in Europe, which has been similarly successful on the continent's stock exchanges.

Führungstreffen Wirtschaft 2013

Führungstreffen Wirtschaft 2013

Das Führungstreffen der Süddeutschen Zeitung zum Motto 2013:
"Strategien für mehr Wachstum"


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