A So­cial Fo­cus

EME Outlook - - Welcome - Matthew Staff Ed­i­to­rial Di­rec­tor, Out­look Pub­lish­ing

Back in Novem­ber, 2017 EME Out­look took great pride in pro­fil­ing the UK op­er­a­tions of in­ter­na­tional au­to­mo­tive heavy­weight, Ford. Six months on and we’ve been in­vited back into the man­u­fac­tur­ing gi­ant’s world, this time en­ter­ing Ro­ma­nia, and the Com­pany’s ground-break­ing Craiova plant.

For the past 10 years, Ford Ro­ma­nia has evolved to be­come one of the Group’s most re­fined and fastest-grow­ing op­er­a­tions, but its suc­cess hasn’t solely re­volved around prod­uct sales and show­room foot­prints as you might ex­pect. Rather, the Com­pany has made its name in the coun­try via a host of so­cial en­rich­ment ini­tia­tives that em­brace not just the busi­ness’s man­u­fac­tur­ing acu­men, but its in­vest­ment power across driv­ers in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, health, safety and skills up­lift­ment.

Work­ing in con­junc­tion with nu­mer­ous lo­cal in­sti­tu­tions and as­so­ci­a­tions, the global en­tity now has a very lo­cal feel about it, and with the help of for­mer Ford Craiova Plant Di­rec­tor, John Old­ham, EME Out­look looks to help the Com­pany cel­e­brate its 10-year an­niver­sary in the coun­try.

“Craiova is a world-class Ford plant, build­ing world-class ve­hi­cles and en­gines. And most im­por­tant is that peo­ple who work here are world-class too, de­liv­er­ing mar­ket-lead­ing tech­nol­ogy prod­ucts at a high-qual­ity level; and I would just like to thank each and ev­ery one of them for all their hard work,” Old­ham notes.

Our sec­ond port - or should I say ‘Ports’ - of call this month take us to Na­mur and Tallinn, and each’s role as a gate­way to South­ern Bel­gium and Es­to­nia’s cap­i­tal, re­spec­tively.

The lat­ter in par­tic­u­lar has a his­tory that goes back thou­sands of years in fa­cil­i­tat­ing cargo and pas­sen­ger in­fluxes to the coun­try, but is fo­cus­ing more on fu­tur­is­tic ap­proaches in the present day. The op­ti­mi­sa­tion of ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies, as well as con­certed ex­pan­sion plans con­tinue to place Es­to­nia as a key Euro­pean cross­roads for trade and tourism.

Step­ping away from busi­ness briefly, one of the sum­mer’s key talk­ing points across both Europe and the Mid­dle East will be the im­mi­nent FIFA World Cup in Rus­sia. Jump­ing on any ex­cuse to dis­cuss one of the world’s big­gest sport­ing spec­ta­cles, I an­a­lyse each of EME’S prospects in the build-up to the tour­na­ment. En­joy the is­sue!

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