Many of our readers are now probably in the middle of Christmas fever. Shopping, wrapping gifts – that is what we were all waiting for! As the festive season is also very much about cooking and eating, it was not surprising that during the GE CEE leadership meeting in Warsaw the team gathered to cook dinner for themselves at the foot of the King’s Castle. We asked them to share what they are proud of in 2014 there.
“Passion for speed, innovation and state of the art technology have always been the core of my day-to-day actions” says Andrew Lewandowski, owner of sport cars and champion in many races in Poland. An energizing passion which drove him towards even more challenging paths.
The structural problems of the Cyprus economy, which commenced as a result of the collapse of the real estate market following the European crisis, were intensified with the economic crisis and the adverse economic developments in Greece. The deterioration of the public finances together with the default of the banking sector resulted in a series of downgrades of the Cypriot economy.
Guest post by Janusz Gajowiecki Director Energy Policy, Katarzyna Lukasik, Communications Leader, Polish Wind Energy Association
The recent report from GE Energy Consulting has found that modern wind turbines could "substantially enhance" grid resilience. The study, which was sponsored by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), aimed to analyse grid response in the eastern part of the US power system to unpredictable situations, such as multiple power plants going offline.
Guest post by Stuart Thompson, General Manager – Power Equipment, GE’s Industrial Solutions business
GE’s Industrial Solutions business is investing $54 million to build a new brilliant factory with a regional customer experience center in Bielsko-Biala, Poland. The new facility will become one of GE’s first global brilliant factories with advanced manufacturing to bring products to market faster. The ground-breaking ceremony in Bielsko-Biała has just ended and Stuart Thompson, General Manager – Power Equipment, GE’s Industrial Solutions business, agreed to comment on the investment for us.
For a full year, Lufkin’s beam pumping units facility in Ploiesti, Romania, has been exporting oilfield equipment around the world, from North America to Africa. With an increase in equipment demand, the company now intends to boost production – a move made possible by the wealth of local talent and the region’s growing business potential.
How do you magnify, for example, the leg of bee and show it in a way that bursts with color, extraordinary detail, and a magical glow? Gary Sarkis, who builds scientific microscopes at GE Healthcare Life Sciences, developed Cytell – a relatively inexpensive imaging system – to do just that. Cytell features a tablet-like interface, and for fun with his daughter, Sarkis imaged the leg of a bee in fluorescent light and saw that it was “very auto-fluorescent and generated its own light.”
How can CEE countries leapfrog decades of development and open the way to narrowing the gap between East and West? One such way is via smart funding for focused investments, particularly from EU funding. But this alone is not enough. GE believes that the key to success is to incorporate long-term strategies coupled with smart funding.
Guest post by Anna Kasprzak, GE Healthcare General Manager North Eastern Europe
Yesterday I had the pleasure to join the ceremony of official signing of a contract for delivery of an ultra-high field GE 7.0T MRI scanner to the ECOTECH-COMPLEX in Lublin, Poland. At this special occasion I was accompanied by Jean Michel Malbrancq, President & CEO, GE Healthcare Europe and Beata Stelmach, GE’s CEO for Poland and the Baltics. This new technology puts Poland at the forefront of brain imaging research and also means that the region will be part of the GE7.0T community, a group which includes some of the world’s leading hospitals, universities and research institutions in the US, Europe and Asia.
Guest post by Agnieszka Jankowska, Director for Corporate Affairs and Strategic Accounts, GE
GE Renewable Energy, together with GE Global Growth Operations, recently organized ‘Wind Technology Days’ for our top Polish customers – the country’s largest energy utility companies operating in the wind energy sector. This is the second time we have organized such an event, and this year’s meeting was held at the GE Global Research Center in Munich.