Asahi Kasei wins 2018 Altair Enlighten Award for Glass Fiber Reinforced Leona™ Polyamide 66 Pedal Bracket

Asahi Kasei wins 2018 Altair Enlighten Award for Glass Fiber Reinforced Leona™ Polyamide 66 Pedal Bracket

Asahi Kasei at Altair Enlighten Award Ceremony (Source: @Asahi Kasei)

Düsseldorf, August 7, 2018 – Asahi Kasei received the Altair Enlighten Award 2018 in the Enabling Technology category for a glass fiber reinforced polyamide 66 pedal bracket developed jointly with Mazda Motor Corporation. The award ceremony was held in Michigan, the US, on July 30, 2018.

The Altair Enlighten Award is presented by Altair Engineering Inc. in collaboration with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), media partners SAE International, and media sponsor Automobil Industrie. The award in the three categories of Full Vehicle, Module, and Enabling Technology is given to automotive manufacturers and suppliers to honor innovative achievements in vehicle lightweighting.

Asahi Kasei“s Leona™ polyamide 66 with glass fiber reinforcement was used to develop a substitute for metal brackets installed in an existing model of a Mazda vehicle. Asahi Kasei“s topology optimization technology, a kind of computer aided engineering (CAE), was used to achieve innovative design of the part, enabling an 83% weight reduction. Asahi Kasei received the Award in recognition of this remarkable development.

Asahi Kasei promotes the use of plastic as a substitute for metal parts to reduce vehicle weight for improved fuel economy. Leveraging its unique plastic CAE technology and know-how to predict processability and service life of the applied polymer, Asahi Kasei makes proposals on the optimum part shape and mold design, in addition to selecting the best resin and developing materials. Asahi Kasei Plastics Vietnam Co., Ltd. was established In March 2016 to reinforce those functions and swiftly respond to growing global demand for plastic part design.

Asahi Kasei will continue to enhance its plastic CAE technology for greater precision and speed to provide new solutions that serve various needs in the automotive industry and beyond.

About the Asahi Kasei Corporation
The Asahi Kasei Corporation is a globally active technology group that works in the three business areas of Material, Homes and Health Care. Material includes fibres & textiles, petrochemicals, high-performance polymers, high-performance plastics, consumer products, battery separators and electronics. Homes offers construction material to finished houses on the Japanese market. The area Health Care includes pharmaceuticals, medical technology, as well as devices and systems for acute and intensive medicine. With about 34,000 employees across the world, the Asahi Kasei Group supports customers in more than 100 countries.

„Creating for Tomorrow“. With this slogan, the Asahi Kasei Group refers to the common mission of all its companies, to help people across the world towards a better life and living with sustainable products and technologies. You can find further information at

Caption: Asahi Kasei at the Altair Enlighten Award Cermony (left to right):

Richard S. Yen
SVP Global Automotive and Industry Verticals Team
Altair Engineering

Yo Yamazaki
Brake & Operation System Development Gr.
Chassis Development Dept.
MAZDA Motor Corporation

Hideyuki Inaba
Asahi Kasei Plastics Vietnam Co., Ltd.

Carla Bailo
President and CEO
Center for Automotive Research

The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business sectors. Asahi Kasei distributes its innovative technologies and unique materials on markets worldwide.
With more than 30,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world.

Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH
Sebastian Schmidt
Am Seestern 4
40547 Düsseldorf
+49 (0)211 280 68 139

financial relations GmbH
Henning Küll
Louisenstraße 97
61348 Bad Homburg
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Influencer marketing in the DACH region on track to become a billion euro industry

* Goldmedia publishes landmark study on the volume of influencer marketing in the DACH region
* The influencer marketing market in the DACH region is expected to net nearly BEUR 1 (MEUR 990) by 2020, according to Goldmedia forecast

Influencer marketing in the DACH region on track to become a billion euro industry

© Goldmedia 2018, net revenue Influencer Marketing 2017-2020, region DACH

Berlin, August 07, 2018. Influencer marketing has become one of the most important areas of activity for marketers in the digital sphere and is about to evolve into a billion euro market in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH), a new study by German management consulting firm Goldmedia shows. According to the report, around 30,000 German-speaking Instagrammers, YouTubers, etc. were active in the DACH region in 2017 and generated a total net revenue (monetary and non-monetary) of MEUR 560. Over the next few years, the market is likely to experience annual growth of 20% and generate nearly BEUR 1 by 2020. Influencer marketing is therefore no longer considered to be a marketing trend; it has now become mainstream.

If professionalization within the industry continues and overall macroeconomic development in the Eurozone remains stable, then the influencer marketing market could be valued at more than MEUR 800 in Germany alone by 2020. This would then amount to one sixth of the net revenue generated via TV advertising in Germany.

These are some of the results revealed by the new market study „Influencer Marketing in the DACH Region: Market Structure, Size and Future Outlook“ conducted by Goldmedia, a research and management consulting group based in Germany. The study provides the first authoritative and detailed analysis of the market for influencer marketing in the DACH region.

++ Influencers generate most of their revenue on YouTube and Instagram

The Goldmedia study focuses on primary personal influencers who have at least 10,000 followers on their social media profiles. These influencers“ sources of income are diverse: in addition to receiving direct payment for sponsored photos, videos or stories, influencers also receive both monetary and non-monetary rewards, such as payments from affiliate programs, free samples of products, invitations to events, travel allowances etc. However, direct monetary compensation that influencers receive for sponsored posts is by far the predominant source of revenue.

Instagram and YouTube are the most important social media platforms for influencers, with more than half of the total revenue from sponsored posts being generated via these social media platforms (see chart below).

++ The market needs to see professionalisation in terms of stakeholder roles and standards

Influencer marketing has left the experimental phase and has instead become an integral part of an increasing number of organisations“ marketing activities. However, the parties and processes involved need to undergo further professionalisation in order to ensure sustainable market growth. This includes, but is not limited to, the influencers themselves. For example, influencers should focus on one field of interest instead of cooperating with organisations from many different industries. Furthermore, promotional content on influencers“ channels needs to be delineated more clearly and consistently, otherwise influencers risk losing their most important assets: authenticity and trustworthiness.

(The German version of this press release was published in March 2018.)

Source: Study „Influencer Marketing in the DACH Region: Market Structure, Size and Future Outlook“
This study concerning influencer marketing in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland provides market figures and forecasts for the years 2017 to 2020. It is based on an extensive scenario analysis which relies on social media analytics data, information from 1,000+ influencers and in-depth interviews with industry professionals. The market volume reported comprises all monetary and non-monetary revenue streams. The study also features a detailed description of the market structure and its players, and influencers are also categorised. Different social media channels and revenue sources are analysed in terms of relevancy for influencer marketing and success. Growth drivers are also identified.

For further information and to purchase the study, please visit:

Goldmedia is a research and management consulting group with a focus on media, entertainment and telecommunications. Goldmedia has been helping national and international clients to face challenges relating to digital transformation since 1998. Business activities include consultancy services, research, political analysis and advising staff. Goldmedia has offices in Berlin and Munich. For further information, please visit our website

Goldmedia GmbH
Dr. Katrin Penzel
Oranienburger Str. 27
10117 Berlin
+49-30-246 266-0
+49-30-246 266-66

Goldmedia GmbH
Dr. Katrin Penzel
Oranienburger Str. 27
10117 Berlin
+49-30-246 266-0

Premium Motorcycle Tours at the INTERMOT 2018 in Cologne:

The Reuthers Team surprises with great highlights

Premium Motorcycle Tours at the INTERMOT 2018 in Cologne:

Reuthers Stand at the INTERMOT

Reuthers Motorcycle ToursIt“s going to get hot. The world of the two-wheeler industry is rolling in on its wheels in Cologne for INTERMOT 2018. You can already feel pure excitement in the air. There is a smell of innovation and a lot of fun. The world’s leading motorcycle fair in Cologne opens its doors from October 3 to 7, 2018 (for trade visitors already on October 2, 2018). More than 220,000 visitors are expected at this mega-event. And the offer is absolutely awesome. Among other things, will be presented: Motorcycles, scooters, E-Bikes and… Motorcycle Tours: Truly the high-profile company REUTHER-ENTERTAINMENTS with the Reuthers Motorcycle Tours Division is also involved.

Reuthers Motorcycle Tours focuses on modern agility in Hall 9, Booth B8

Reuthers Motorcycle Tours, the internationally renowned tour operator, is once again giving this year’s event the honor of delighting travel and motorcycle fans with fantastic news, competitions, discounts and charming offers. Lovers of hot bikes and dream trips are also welcome to take a first look at the new Reuthers Motorcycle Tours eCatalog 2019/2020.

Well hello there! But Reuthers goes one step further and with the refreshing Multi Media Show „LET’S RUMBLE! with Reuthers“ daily at 2 pm he conjures up gripping pictures, photos, videos and stories of worldwide motorcycle dream trips before the curious eyes and into the wide-open ears of his spectators. Hermann Reuther is already looking forward to bringing dream destinations such as New Zealand, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Europe within reach – the highlights for 2019 „Berlin-Moscow“ and the ultimate first South America tour „Patagonia“ certainly increases the anticipation for the next vacation.

More happenings to enjoy:

* Meet and greet with Hermann Reuther and the Reuthers Team.

* If you like Bingo, you should join the fun Reuthers Biker Bingo. There are vouchers in the value of 100 to 1,000 Euros waiting to be won. Attention: Each player secures a win!

* Fans of Reuthers should take notice: Reuthers is sponsoring the admission fee for visitors to the INTERMOT 2018, who visit the Reuthers Stand and register with Reuthers in advance.

* An extra treat: Visitors who book a Reuthers trip at the stand can look forward to a 10 percent trade fair discount.

The Reuthers Team of experts can be found in Hall 9 – right next to the Harley-Davidson stand.

Die REUTHER-ENTERTAINMENTS GmbH + Co. KG mit der Marke Reuthers ist eine weltweit tätige Dienstleistungs-Gruppe im Bereich Unterhaltung, Freizeit und Reisen mit Niederlassungen in Deutschland, den USA, Neuseeland sowie weltweiten Repräsentanten. Seit der Gründung im Jahr 1987 kümmert sich ein Team von Spezialisten mit viel Liebe zum Detail um die Wünsche der Kunden. Dabei kann Gründer und Geschäftsführer Hermann Reuther selbst auf über 30 Jahre Erfahrung in der Organisation von Veranstaltungen zurückblicken – von der Pike auf gelernt, wie er gerne betont. Sein Credo: „Freude erleben und weitergeben – wir kümmern uns persönlich um Ihre Träume und Wünsche“ – von der Firmenfeier, Clown Dodo beim Kindergeburtstag, dem Weltstar beim Presseball, Sales Promotions, Seminare und Trainings, das kulinarische Fest, die Neuseeland Traumreise oder die Harley-Davidson Abenteuertour auf der legendären Route 66…

Hermann Reuther
Buchenweg 13
96450 Coburg

Alexander Roth
Buchenweg 13
96450 Coburg

Best MBA Event Munich

Best MBA Event Munich

Learn how to get accepted to a top MBA Program!

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This seminar offers information about the admissions process, entry requirements, course structure and career trajectories you can expect through achieving an MBA or Master degree.

Insights from speakers who have gained admission to the world“s leading business schools such as: Harvard, MIT and Cambridge Business School, will be shared with you regarding what it takes to gain admission into world-class institutions, the application process, campus life, extra-curricular activities and future pathways available once admitted.

At the end of this seminar, attendees are encouraged to sign up for our free candidacy discussions.

Join us at the MBA and Postgraduate seminar and broaden your academic horizons!
Standort: Sheraton am Westpark
Strasse: Garmischerstr. 2
Ort: 80339 – München (Deutschland)
Beginn: 09.08.2018 19:00 Uhr
Ende: 09.08.2018 21:00 Uhr
Eintritt: kostenlos

Crimson Education hat Weltweit über 2.000 Tutoren und Berater. Jeder von Ihnen ist Dozent, Absolvent, Ex-Zulassungsbeamter oder Student der besten Universitäten der Welt. Schüler erhalten von Crimson Einzelberatung bei der Studienbewerbung, Kurs und Universitätsauswahl und damit zusammenhängend Extracurricular und Leadership-Mentoring (ECL), Karriereberatung, Beratung zur Studienfinanzierung, sowie Testvorbereitung und Interviewvorbereitung. Außerdem bietet Crimson maßgeschneiderten Einzelnachhilfeunterricht in unterschiedlichen Bereichen.

Crimson Education
Mona Tiesler
Josephspitalstr. 15, Excellent Business Centre 15
80331 München

Which Investment is better: Real Estate or Stocks?

In all likelihood, each one of us has already formed an opinion and an answer to this bold question. But of course, opinions are, almost always, neither the truth nor the hard facts. Since TERRA INTERNATIONAL REALTY has maintained a respectable position in the real estate industry, it is extremely necessary that every article involving statistical data and information are properly backed-up by respectable entities or institutions.

Based on an extensive study made by a team of economists from the University of California, the University of Bonn, and the German central bank, they came up with a stunning analysis from 145 years of economic data of leading authors who conducted the study (The Rate of Return on Everything, 1870-2015.). That research has reported a comparative study of returns on equities, residential real estate, short-term treasury bills and longer-term treasury bonds. The study included adjusted inflation rates, all returns, depreciation and appreciations, dividend income for equities and rental income for residential real estate.

In short, residential real estate had the best ROI at an average of 7%/annum, followed by Equities as the graph shows, then came bonds and bills with much lower returns.

Remember these are long-term averages and over many decades, there were some dramatic changes. By 1980-2015, equities performed better than real estate. Among the 16 countries studied, equities had an average annual return of 10.7% against real estate at 6.4%.

Does this mean we have to sell our real estate and buy stocks then? Of course not. First, only a few countries threw off the average returns from 1980-2015. Japan“s real estate markets collapsed due to its aging population. Germany has been in a slump for decades. Meanwhile, in Scandinavia, equities were on a rise. But, let us check the risk and volatility factor, which is a more interesting picture for an investor. And here is a quick look:

-Treasury bonds are low-risk, low -return and no one can challenge that truism
-Equities are high risk, high return. This is rather interesting since we saw how stock markets have performed for the last century. It“s up to 29% one year and down 18% the next year. This would erase the idea that equities are not risky and volatile type of investment.

That brings us back to the basic principles of economics that when the demand is low; prices go down as well. A higher demand will, naturally, bring prices up. But what if the demand was so great that it depletes the supply so fast. Therefore, the assumption is, if an asset is low-risk but high return, everybody will be going for it until it drains faster than flushing a toilet bowl. Luckily, that assumption doesn“t seem to be true for residential rental properties, which is low risk, high returns.

In recent years, residential real estate has maintained high returns with low risk, until the past ten years where real estate has become expensive. You just cannot invest $100 which you can do with buying stocks. Even if you can borrow or mortgage a property you still have to put up about 20% down plus some documentary costs and all that.

In other words, real estate investing has a stiffer requirement in terms of financing. It is also difficult to branch out to other investment scenario assuming that you need a $20,000 cash for every asset. Real estate is also illiquid, as you can“t buy it now and sell it tomorrow. It usually takes months to do either one. And that is also the reason why it is more stable than equities or stocks.

Those who did not like the look of real estate returns compared to stock returns for the past few decades should consider the Sharpe ratio which has grown stronger over time. Since 1950, this ratio had averaged an impressive .8%. It showed that the high bond yields of the 1980s were actually the problem itself, if you“ll look at bond returns over the past 145 years. There were more periods they earned negative returns. The following are a few reasons why rental properties are better investments than bonds:
-Bonds pay out for a specific period then stops paying. In other words, they expire.
-Rental properties keep paying indefinitely.
-Bonds become less valuable with their purchasing power due to inflation.
-Rental costs rise along with inflation.
-Fixed mortgage or borrowed money from banks goes down over time, until one day it“s all over while your rental cash flow keeps on multiplying.

TERRA INTERNATIONAL REALTY knows that this subject needs more space to really cover a big area left unexplored. Nonetheless, we feel that we were able to give would-be investors some significant insight about the difference between a real estate investment portfolio and buying stocks.

Founded in 1997 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, Terra International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent Real Estate Companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world.

John Scott
The Lee Garden 1, 33 Hysan Ave 1102/ F
N/A Hong Kong
+852 5808 0333

Power of attorney can constitute a valid will

Power of attorney can constitute a valid will

Power of attorney can constitute a valid will

It is possible for a power of attorney to constitute a valid will. That was the verdict of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Hamm, the Higher Regional Court of Hamm, in a ruling from May 11, 2017 (Az.: 10 U 64/16).

A will should always be clearly recognizable as the testator“s final wishes to prevent disputes from arising among the heirs. We at the law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that it will ideally have an unambiguous heading such as „my will“ or „my final wishes“. That being said, even personally prepared documents that, for instance, feature the heading „Vollmacht“, i.e. „power of attorney“, are capable of constituting a valid will. That was the verdict of the Oberlandesgericht Hamm in a recently published ruling.

In the case in question, the testatrix had drafted a testamentary disposition featuring the heading „Testament“ (will) in which she provided that her two sisters were to inherit half of her detached house each. Only a few days later, the testatrix prepared another document with the heading „Vollmacht“ in which she granted her niece power of attorney in relation to her savings contract with a building society, her checking account, savings book and financial investments beyond her death and to have the balances paid out to her.

There was no disagreement regarding the fact that the testatrix had designated her sisters as co-heirs to half of the estate each as per the will, as the house represented the testatrix“s main asset. The probate court issued a certificate of inheritance accordingly.

What was disputed, however, was whether the testatrix“s niece was entitled to inherit. The latter argued that her aunt had allocated the balances to her as legacies and that the second document was not merely a power of attorney but rather a will. The OLG Hamm found in the niece“s favour, concluding that the power of attorney granted constituted a valid will. The Court went on to say that it had been personally written and signed by the testatrix, and thus met the formal requirements for it to be a will. Moreover, it was possible to identify a serious intention to make a will; the fact that the document featured „Vollmacht“ as its heading did not, according to the OLG, count against this, because it was already clear from the will that the testatrix was not familiar with the usual wording associated with a testamentary disposition. It could therefore be assumed that the testatrix had wanted to bequeath the balances to her niece.

A will should always be clearly worded to ensure that testamentary dispositions are in fact capable of being implemented in accordance with the wishes of the testator. Lawyers who are experienced in the field of succession law can offer advice.

GRP Rainer LLP is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
+49 221-27 22 75-0
+49 221-27 22 75-24

IBC 2018: Draka shows UHD series for transmission of 4K signals

Cable manufacturer Draka at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam, Hall 12, Booth

IBC 2018: Draka shows UHD series for transmission of 4K signals

The Coaxial Cable UHD50 for transmission of 4K video signals. (Source: Draka)

Cologne, August 2nd, 2018. Draka presents the UHD cable series for the transmission of 4K signals at this year’s IBC. The cable manufacturer will also be exhibiting the entire range of coaxial cables for the 1080i, 720p and 1080p transmission standards. The international trade fair for media, entertainment and technology will take place from 14th to 18th September in Amsterdam.

Draka presents the broadcast standard of the future at IBC 2018 with its UHD series for 4K applications. According to SMPTE ST 2082, the format transmits 4K video signals with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and a data stream of 12 Gbit/s. This corresponds to a half clock frequency of 6 GHz. The standard also provides for a maximum allowed attenuation of 40 dB. Draka has developed coaxial cables for 4K applications based on these specifications.

For example, the new UHD series includes the UHD50 and UHD100, which Draka designed with the needs of OB truck manufacturers in mind, such as compliance, with outer cable diameters of 4.5 and 7 millimeters. Draka has achieved this through higher dielectric foaming and a silver-plated, size-optimized, inner conductor.

„A discussion is currently taking place on the market about higher data streams. 4K is playing an ever-increasing role in this. Currently, 4K transmissions in Quad Link (4 x 3 Gbit/s) are carried out for technical reasons. In practice, however, this proves to be uneconomical. A single link transmission at 12 Gbit/s is desirable“, explains Marc-Oliver Hentschel, Product Manager Broadcast at Draka.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to find out about the entire portfolio of coaxial cables for 1080i, 720p and 1080p video signals. For example, via the 0.6/2.8AF cable, which is typically used in the infrastructure of OB trucks and enables a cable length of up to 90 meters.

The IBC International Broadcast Convention

With around 1,700 exhibitors and over 59,000 international visitors, the IBC International Broadcasting Convention Amsterdam is one of the most important events for radio, film and television. It combines all forms of electronic media content and covers the entire spectrum of media creation, management and provisioning. The conference of IBC from 13 to 17 September will also present the latest state of the art in broadcasting technology and provide an opportunity for networking, knowledge and experience exchange.

Visit Draka at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam, Hall 12, Booth C31.

Prysmian Group is the world market leader in power and telecommunications cables and systems. With more than 140 years of experience, sales of over 11 billion euros (pro forma as of December 31, 2017) and around 30,000 employees in 50 countries and 112 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and supplies a highly comprehensive range of products, services, technology and know-how. In the energy sector, Prysmian Group is active in underground cables and deep sea cabling and systems, special cables for applications in many different industrial sectors and medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure industry. For the telecommunications sector, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for the voice, video and data transmission industry and offers a complete range of optical fibers, fiber optic and copper cables as well as connection systems. Prysmian is a Milan listed company listed in the FTSE MIB Index.
More information:

Draka/Prysmian Group
Marc-Oliver Hentschel
Piccoloministraße 2
51063 Köln
+49 (0)221 6770

epr – elsaesser public relations
Sabine Hensold
Maximilianstraße 50
86150 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 4508 7917

Breach of duty by management – Special audit in cases involving a GmbH

Breach of duty by management – Special audit in cases involving a GmbH

Breach of duty by management - Special audit in cases involving a GmbH

If there is reason to suspect that management has breached its duties, the shareholders of a GmbH, a type of a German private limited company, can request that a special audit be carried out.

We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that the responsibilities of the shareholders of a GmbH include approving the annual financial statement as well as scrutinizing and monitoring management. In a judgment from December 14, 2017, the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) München, the Higher Regional Court of Munich, ruled that the right to scrutinize and monitor management also encompasses the right to appoint special auditors (Az.: 23 U 1481/17).

According to the OLG München“s ruling, a special audit is only impermissible if the application for its implementation is unlawful and constitutes a breach of a fiduciary duty by the shareholder filing the application. Moreover, the implicated shareholder has no voting rights in relation to the preparatory actions and decisions taken in respect of a special audit.

If shareholders of a GmbH are concerned that management has breached its duties, they can request a special audit. For the purposes of adopting a resolution, a simple majority is sufficient. In the case before the OLG München, two families with equal shares in a GmbH & Co. KG, a type of limited partnership with a GmbH as general partner, as well as a Komplementär-GmbH, a.k.a. a general partner GmbH, had fallen out. One of the families filed for a special audit and later voted in favour of this measure, whereas the other family voted against it. The managing director was not entitled to vote and the resolution concerning a special audit was passed.

The managing director then raised a legal complaint against this. However, the lawsuit was largely unsuccessful. The OLG München held that the shareholders of a GmbH are entitled to appoint special auditors. It ruled that in order for this to happen it is necessary for a tangible cause informed by the facts and circumstances to be presented to the general meeting of the shareholders. The Court noted that the suspicion of a breach of duty by management must follow from these facts and circumstances. Furthermore, the special audit must prove to be expedient in the form in which it was specifically requested. The Court went on to say that a special audit is only impermissible if the application is unlawful and constitutes a breach of a fiduciary duty by the shareholder filing the application.

Disputes among the shareholders of a GmbH are a regular occurrence. If these differences of opinion cannot be cleared up, lawyers who are experienced in the field of company law can offer advice and recommend targeted resolutions.

GRP Rainer LLP is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
+49 221-27 22 75-0
+49 221-27 22 75-24

Deep-draw specialist STÜKEN receives Innovation Award 2018

According to a study by Focus Money and Deutschland Test, STÜKEN is one of Germany’s most innovative companies.

Deep-draw specialist STÜKEN receives Innovation Award 2018

STÜKEN has been awarded first place in an independent study by business magazine Focus Money. The world leader in precision deep-drawn parts is among the winners of the Innovation Award 2018 in the category „metal industry“, making it one of Germany’s most innovative companies.

In its survey, the „Deutschland Test“ institute, with the scientific support of the International School of Management (ISM), evaluated data from Germany’s 5,000 biggest companies. The evaluation was based on the following criteria: innovation, investment, research & development, new products and technology.

„We are delighted to receive this award. It is proof that our work generates value for our customers. As a technology leader, we continuously work to further improve our products and processes,“ Nils Petersohn, Managing Director of Hubert Stüken GmbH & Co. KG, comments the award. „We regularly launch innovations on the market. Our latest research and development work is a process with which titanium can be formed in a particularly efficient deep-drawing process. The multi-stage cold forming process has made entirely new geometries possible, including long and slim tubes. This creates real benefits, especially for our customers in medical technology, for whom titanium is an important material“.

Founded in 1931, STÜKEN today is considered the world´s leading supplier of precision deep-drawn parts made of metal. Stampings and injection-molded parts as well as complex assemblies complete the range and guarantee customers finished products of highest quality. The products can be found in countless applications from domestic appliances and fittings to computers, mobile phones, insulin pens and automobiles. The family-owned company is headquartered in the German city of Rinteln on the river Weser. In 2017, the STÜKEN group with its 1,255 employees and subsidiaries in the United States, the Czech Republic and the People´s Republic of China achieved sales of 187 million euros.

Hubert Stüken GmbH & Co. KG
Sandra Göhner-Baake
Alte Todenmanner Straße 42
31737 Rinteln

ProCall Web Communication and Mobility Services for an easy start-up

estos UCConnect: hybrid cloud building blocks for communication across company boundaries

ProCall Web Communication and Mobility Services for an easy start-up

Starnberg, 1/8/2018

With immediate effect, estos facilitates the launch of ProCall Enterprise features beyond the company’s own internal network. This includes working while on the road or connecting from the workstation at home, as well as communication via websites including audio/video chat. On the cloud platform UCConnect, developed for this purpose, estos resellers or end-user companies can choose online services for themselves or their customers. Companies can use these services with little resources and minimal technical know-how. The portal not only simplifies setup but also reduces any adjustments needed to the customer infrastructure. „As soon as there is a connection between the internal company network and outside, the software setup becomes more complicated,“ explains Raphael Bossek, product manager at estos. „For example, the firewall must be bridged without creating a security risk. Different possibilities are available here. The simplest solution for our customers is to use our UCConnect services.“ The software procured via the cloud portal is permanently up-to-date with the latest technology and any respective security requirements.

estos divides UCConnect into two hybrid cloud components. ProCall Web Communication Services help companies get started with the contact portal and multimedia business card in ProCall Enterprise: The multimedia business card can be sent as a link, added to the e-mail footer or printed on a business card. It refers to a personal web-based profile page on the internet with availability and contact information as well as all contact possibilities. The contact portal presents selected employees via the website and additionally provides presence information and contact options. Visitors reach a suitable contact person via text, audio and audio/video chat. ProCall Mobility Services facilitate the setup for working out of office and at home. With the ProCall Mobile apps or working from home, users can access unified communications features. These include, for example, presence management, important data on business contacts, video chat or the integration of softphone functions.

Availability, requirements and further information
The hybrid cloud building blocks ProCall Mobility Services and ProCall Web Communication Services are now available. Companies that are interested can first test the online services for 45 days before switching to live-operation. This requires an activation key, which is ordered via estos, resellers or the distribution outlet. To activate, an account must be set up and registered in the UCConnect portal. More information can be found at

estos – enables easy communication
estos GmbH is an independent manufacturer of innovative building blocks for unified communications. Since 1997, estos has been developing professional standards software for small and medium-sized companies, thereby improving their business processes in communication-intensive areas. As a technology leader, estos has demonstrated its expertise in the area of Computer Telephony Integration (CTI), Unified Messaging Software (UMS), SIP, XMPP, LDAP and WebRTC-based applications that enable uncomplicated audio/video communication. estos has constantly invested in research and development helping to create innovation and ensuring their products are the forefront of genuine trend-setting technology. The core markets of the company are Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux and Italy. estos GmbH is headquartered in Starnberg, close to Munich, and operates a Knowledge Center Messaging in Olching, a development office in Leonberg, an office in Berlin and branches in Udine, Italy and Doetinchem, in the Netherlands.

estos GmbH
Susanna Heine
Petersbrunner Str. 3a
82319 Starnberg
+49 8151 36856-122