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2014, Our Great Year

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.

Allied for Cyprus: Cleopatra Kittis, Senior Managing Director EMEA, FTI consulting; J Keith Eliot,Senior VP Eastern Mediterranean Noble Energy, USA; Philippe Barill, President & COO, TECHNIP, France; Efthyvoulos Paraskevaides, Chairman, The Paraskevaides Group; Roberto Bocca, Senior Director, Head of Energy Industries World Economic Forum, Switzerland;Gaetano Massara, CEO GE Global Growth & Operations South East Europe, Italy; HE The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades;John Andrews Author, Consultant Editor at The Economist, UK;Shelly Porges, Co-Chair Ready for Hillary 2016, former Director GEP Department of State, former CMO Bank of America, USA; John Georgoulas, General Manager Cyprus, The Economist Events, Senior Advisor to The Paraskevaides Group; Peter Nathanial; Partner Impala Partners, former CRO Royal Bank of Scotland, forner Managing Director Citigroup, USA.

Cyprus: Investment for Growth

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.

Examples of wind farms in Poland (Source: PSEW)

Wind Farms Could Stabilise US Grid

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.

The brilliant factory will be operational by the end of 2015

Breaking Ground on Brilliant Factory and Customer Experience Center in Bielsko-Biała, Poland

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.

An alien invader? No, the leg of a bee – as seen from GE’s Cytell machine

Honey, I Didn’t Shrink The Kids: Amazing Adventures in the Microworld

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.”

Signing the contract between ECOTECH-COMPLEX and GE

First in CEE 7 Tesla MRI Scanner Will be Delivered to Poland

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.

Innovation is the key to success and our customers know it very well (photo by Agnieszka Jankowska)

The Munich Meet-Up: Thinking of the Customer

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.