A survey by the international consultancy firm Mercer assesses criteria such as public services, infrastructure and the environment.
Barcelona is one of the cities in the world with the best quality of life, according to a survey by the international consultancy firm Mercer. The Catalan capital ranks 40th in the 2011 Quality of Living worldwide city rankings, up two places from 2010.
The survey assessed 221 cities and evaluated criteria such as public services, health care, infrastructure, the level of education and the environment, among other factors. New York (47th) is the benchmark against which the quality of life of cities all over the world is compared.
The ranking places Vienna, Zurich and Auckland as the three most liveable cities, in a classification dominated by European cities.
The chairman of Inditex, Pablo Isla, announced that the group is going to centralize in Catalonia the distribution of online sales of all brands of the group with the exception of Zara and Zara Home.
Inditex, which is building a logistics platform in Tordera (Barcelona) for Massimo Dutti, is going to use the old premises of this chain for Oysho and, in turn, the platform that this brand holds is likely to go to the new logistics centre for online sales.
For Isla, "2012 looks like being a year full of challenges, but where there are many opportunities." In his view, "it will be a year in which we have to be very demanding in management and of ourselves, but we cannot be pessimistic." "We aim to continue to grow, invest and create jobs", he declared.
Isla conducted a review of recent years for the Galician group "going public has been extraordinarily good for business," he said. In 2006 we opened our first store in mainland China; in 2011 we are now present in 5 continents with the opening in Australia. We have gone from 105 stores in 1990 to 5402 stores in 2010.
The Chairman of Inditex also stressed the importance of some of the features of the chain’s founder, Amancio Ortega, which have led the multinational to be as it is today: initiative, ambition, humility, and self-criticism. These values, according to Isla, have become the cornerstones of the corporate culture of Inditex.
Beter, a leading brand in Spain for beauty supplements and personal care, recently announced their intention to enter Brazil and China, according to a company statement.
This development, to take place during 2012 through strategic alliances with local partners, answers to the company’s desire to widen their international expansion, which began in 2000, in the South American market and Middle East where it is currently present in Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, UAE, Iran and Saudi Arabia, among others.
The company estimates to increase their turnover by two million euros in coming years.
Beter, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, ended 2010 with a turnover of 18 million, which represents an increase of 9% over the year before. Looking to 2011, sales are expected to continue rising and reach 18.5 million (15% from innovation in new products).
Of this amount, 88% come from the Spanish market and 12% internationally. Based in Barcelona, they have a staff of 82 employees and a portfolio of 4,000 active customers.
Beter design and distribute nearly a thousand products sold in traditional perfumery channels, selective perfumeries, pharmacies and large-scale retail, with percentages of 54%, 6%, 20% and 20% respectively.
Their constant effort for innovation in new products that will meet current market demands, and investments in R & D, about 1.4 million a year, have meant that Beter hold the lead in the Spanish market
Internationalize, innovate and evolve in the supplement market for beauty and personal care has been the foundation of their business strategy so that the Beter brand has become a benchmark for consumers, prescribers and suppliers.
Innovation has always been the main aim of the company in each of their lines: Beter-Beauty Care, designed for the perfumery channel (instruments and cosmetics for manicure, pedicure, make-up, hair accessories and toiletries), Beter-Pharmacy, with a range of products to meet the specific needs of the pharmacy channel and Beter Elite, top of the range accessories for manicure, make-up and hair care on sale in selective perfumeries. In 2005 the Llongueras by Beter large-scale retail brand was born.
Their innovation criteria are based on excellence, differentiation, and anticipation of demand, and enable them to offer consumers the most practical, ergonomic, easy-to-use and attractive products.
The company's latest releases include the Pinzette, tweezers that incorporate a light and a mirror that was a finalist in the "2009 Vogue Awards for innovation" and the Beter express manicure range, pencils that allow a perfect manicure anywhere and anytime of the day.
This year's collection also includes Viva, a wealth of own-design accessories that include make-up mirrors, make-up brushes, cosmetic sponges, manicure products, tweezers or brushes.
The number of Spanish companies that do business abroad is growing. According to a report from the international accounting network Russell Bedford in Spain that was presented at the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE) conference on foreign trade, during the first six months of 2011 the number had increased by 10% to 102,000 firms.
The report emphasizes that Spanish companies in general have advanced the process of international expansion in such a way that their exports and investments aboard have increased by 20%, to around € 122 billion, in the first half of the year.
The Russell Bedford report does however show that there is still work to do, especially in small and medium sized companies that, unlike the larger firms, have less resources to assist the progress of their expansion.
In fact, the majority of Spanish business abroad is in the hands of 1% of the companies, mainly multinationals. Scarcely 1,000 firms are responsible for 67% of sales in foreign markets.
By the end of 2011, the Port of Barcelona will have handled 2.65 million cruise passengers, representing an increase of about 13% over 2010.
The good performance of the traffic is also a reflection of the importance of the cruise industry for the Catalan capital, as Sixte Cambra, president of the Port of Barcelona, highlighted on Wednesday during the “X Nit de Creuers”, an event that brought together over 240 industry professionals.
During the meeting, Cambra recalled that one of the sectors that has made it possible to support consumption not only in Barcelona but also in Spain is tourism "and cruise ships have a very important role here." The president of the Port of Barcelona thanked all the professionals for their dedication as the success being reaped in the enclave with cruises "is due to a job well done, making it one of the few sectors that are growing."
On Thursday, December 15, Barcelona-El Prat airport was visited by a group of representatives of the city council of the district of Ota, Tokyo. The group toured the facilities of Terminal T1, visiting the Airport Management Centre (CGA), the check-in area and the Sky Centre shopping area, among others. This visit is part of a series arranged by the airport in order to raise awareness of the infrastructure worldwide.
The Catalan company Samar’t, world leader in the manufacture of license plates, will build a production centre in the South of Brazil next year, namely in Florianópolis, according to the marketing director of the company.
Currently, a market survey is being conducted and the licenses to homologate the product in this country are being processed.
The arrival of Samar’t in Brazil is part of an expansion plan which also includes opening factories in Morocco and India. In the North African country, the company already has a trade delegation and some land in Casablanca to boost their project to build another production centre.
Samar’t is also considering the possibility of building a factory in India, but this is an option that depends on solving the red tape with the country’s Administration.
The Catalan company is the only one in Catalonia to manufacture license plates; there are only three more in the rest of Spain. The evolution of the plates consists above all of improving their strength and safety.
Samar’t is a family business which was founded in 1942. License plates are the company’s main product, although they also manufacture other car accessories, garage plates, post boxes and street lights.
Barcelona Portproduced a turnover of 54,700 million euros last year, enabling the Catalan dock to close the year with a profit of 56 million. This represents a decrease of 31% over the previous year, when the profit reached 81.4 million.
Operating income was 60 million euros and the turnover stood at 158 million euros, 6% less than in 2010. However, the president of the Port Authority, Sixte Cambra, considers this a positive outcome; because it must be considered within the context of the policy of subsidies for port fees promoted by the organization, lower costs for operators and falling revenues from ship waste management, causes that reduced all the revenues by 4 million euros. The cash flow of the dock reached 78 million euros, 17% less than last year.
These figures make the Catalan Port the leader in the State by revenues, generating 16% of the total port system, profit for the year, 24% of Spanish total, and cash flow, 18% of all ports in the state.
Regarding the debt of the Barcelona Port Autorithy (APB), it exceeds 486 million euros, as a 25-year loan, which does not limit the investment capacity of the port as it is "very balanced with respect to the ability to generate resources for the port" upheld Cambra. The president of the APB also explained that at the beginning of last year 8 million of the long term debt was repaid.
In this regard, Cambra explained that the APB has set aside the amount of 193 million euros for investment in infrastructure mainly destined to the Prat dock (60.5 million), road and rail access to the Prat dock (32 million), renovation of docks (31 million) and berthing works (10.5 million), among others. Another 826 million pending execution by the private sector is to be added to this public investment.
The president also stressed that this year the policy of subsidies for port fees will be maintained, which in 2011 meant "allocating discounts to companies worth 14 million euros, which is the maximum allowed by Port Law"; and discounts "that help business competitiveness" will be increased by the application of unique subsidies, targeted at port terminals and which will provide reductions of up to 5 million euros.
The results of traffic at the Catalan dock were linked to export growth. The port channelled a total of 744,000 TEUs to foreign markets, up 7% over 2010, which allowed an increase of container traffic by 4% to 2.1 million TEUs. For the current year, the president of the Port Authority expects the opposite trend to last year, with a fall in the first half to go up in the second half due to the containers and export of new vehicles, which are expected to exceed 2008 figures. In addition to the impetus of container traffic by rail, whose share is expected to rise to 13-14%.
Source: El Vigia
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Barcelona Air Route Development Committee promotes Barcelona Airport intercontinental flights.
It will close 2011 with a turnover of 114 million, 2.3% more than expected
Fira de Barcelona has opted to export fairs through agreements with local partners, a strategy which is in keeping with the fact that Hostelco have their own pavilion in the Asian hotel equipment fair, Hotelex, to be held in Shanghai in April. Likewise, in July, the first edition of the Construmat China show will be held in Beijing, all thanks to the agreement between the Catalan fair institution and the Chinese organism CCPIT.
On the other hand, Fira has also reached an agreement with the Asian organizer MPI, based in Singapore, to study food and fashion projects, most notably the Savour event, devoted to Spanish cuisine and catering, which is held in the Wine for Asia exhibition to be held in November.
The institution is considering new projects in Asia and Latin America, which could come to fruition between 2012 and 2013.
Its president, Josep Lluís Bonet, wants "to continue to work with imagination and talent," because the entity "is no stranger to the difficulties of the credit crunch." The result: this year the turnover will reach 114.1 million euros, exceeding the original budget by 2.3%, while EBITDA stands at 11.1 million, in line with expectations.
Income diversification is the key, according to its director general, Agustín Cordón. In this sense he highlighted that 30% of turnover comes from foreign customers, and it is expected that over the next five years another third will come from fairs the institution will hold elsewhere.
Both Bonet and Gordon indicated that one of the objectives of Fira is to enhance the internationalization of SMEs, so this year they have given four million euros’ worth of credit to over 200 small and medium enterprises.
Forecast for 2012
The income forecast for 2012 is also around 114 million euros, with 55 fairs, compared to 65 this year. These include the Mobile World Congress (Barcelona has been declared the mobile world capital until 2018), Alimentaria, Hostelco, Hispack/Bta, Smart City, Liber, EIBTM and The Brandery, among others.
For next year it is also expected to hold a new hospital management fair, MIHealth; Seafood, for the fishing industry; and Expomóvil comercial, thereby entering the automobile spare parts industry; as recorded by Europa Press.
The French group, which includes luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Loewe, have opened a 3,000 square metre factory in Girona to produce leather handbags and wallets.
It is a 3,000 square metre plant with a capacity of over 500 workers. The centre will focus on manufacturing leather goods including bags, purses and wallets.
The new factory is located near Girona and currently employs 70 people. Company representatives explained that the construction of the plant responds to the organic growth of the group and that it intends to take 30% more work each year. Within seven or eight years, depending on market demand, the plant could reach between 500 and 600 employees, the company said.
The building represents an investment of close to ten million euros not counting the cost of the land, which is rented.
LVMH owns three other factories in Catalonia, all in Barberà del Vallès (Barcelona). Two of these, opened in 1990 and 2002, are also involved in manufacturing small leather goods and are fully operational. The new plant will ensure that Catalonia can continue to receive orders for these products.
In 2006 the group opened its third Catalan centre, where it centralized its worldwide production of belts last year. Overall, LVMH Catalonia employs over a thousand people. Yesterday, the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Barcelona awarded LVMH's commitment to Spain, carried out despite the difficult economic situation. The industrial director of the group, Emmanuel Mathieu, received the twelfth Pyrénées Prix from the hand of the vice president of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Joana Ortega.
The French giant has eleven factories in France, four in Spain and two in California (USA), which produce all of its collections with the exception of some components, such as zips, which are manufactured in China.
Despite the crisis, LVMH was able to increase its turnover by 19% in 2010 to 20,320 million euros, and has drawn up an intensive plan of international expansion to expand its network of shops, consisting of over 450 stores. The French giant closed 2010 with an attributable profit of 3,032 million euros, 71.2% more than the previous year.