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Time is Running Out for Europe’s Hospital Scanners

In aviation, ageing aircraft engines can lead to lower fuel efficiency for airlines and higher prices for travelers. Patients and doctors across Europe, including many of the countries in Central and Eastern Europe face a similar issue – the implications of a rapidly ageing “fleet” of medical imaging equipment. New data from European Coordination Committee of the Radiological Electromedical and Healthcare IT industry (COCIR) has shed light on the problem and what it means for healthcare throughout Europe.

Beata Stelmach, GE

Expedition CEE, Peak Attack

The heads of states, large corporations, professional organizations and the living legends that played an instrumental part in the changes of the last 25 years in CEE are back at their base – after leaving Krynica, the “Davos of the East” after a debate-packed 3 days in Poland. The 2500 participants of 24th Kryinca Economic Forum – the most high-profile business conference for Central and Eastern Europe, according to the Financial Times – are now looking at their notes and are debriefing colleagues on what they learned in Krynica about the status and trends of CEE. Together with a strong GE team on the ground, their task was to continue the dialogue about how to make CEE more competitive. Let’s see what they share with their colleagues after the conference.


Don’t Look for the Holy Grail

Europe and CEE needs to act fast and has to make brave decisions in order to keep up in today’s highly competitive marketplace. In the most animated discussion of the 24th Krynica Economic Forum so far, politicians and business leaders shared their views on how to make Europe and CEE more competitive. The GE-initiated plenary session entitled ‘Where Should the European Economy be Heading?’, kicked off the second day of the conference with a large, and fired up audience of 400.

Opening Session at XXIV Krynica Economic Forum

It’s Time for New Leaders

The Polish town of Krynica is the current epicenter of change in the region: in the next three days it hosts government representatives, leaders of large corporations and NGOs who are able ignite crucial changes in CEE. Together with thousand of delegates and a strong GE delegation, we are reporting from the 24th Economic Forum, where you are very likely to meet legends like Lech Walesa, or talk to executives whose views shape entire industries.

Peter Stracar at the Krynica Economic Forum last year

Prosper Locally, Compete Globally

Guest post by Peter Stracar, CEO for GE in CEE

Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has been celebrating the 25th anniversary of the economic, political and social transition, which was followed by a uniquely successful transformation. The efforts of a quarter of a century have resulted in the reintegration of the region into the mainstream global economy. Significant, export oriented growth put most countries in the high income category, when comparedon a global scale. Not bad for a region with such a tough communist history, one could rightly say. Can CEE now sit back when reading positive economic forecasts about its future? Having worked in Asia and now back in CEE as GE’s CEO, I am strongly convinced that the region must stay vigilant. There is the need for a regional vision for the next phase of sustainable development in addition to thinking just on country or European levels.


Passion, Paranoia, Promotion

If you are at the start of your career or still studying, solid career advice from those who have made it is golden. If, on the other hand, you are a weathered professional, such advice can come in handy as well, but with a warning: it will leave you with a bitter feeling of regret that you could have done much better. Either way, our video with Agostino Renna, President and CEO of GE Lighting EMEA, will make you change the way you think about your career goals and rethink your path to success. It is never too late for a change. It is a must-watch for those still under the parasol, for those about to head off to a new semester and for anyone who is just about to get that very first business card.


The Sound of Science

The industrial world buzzes, whirs, thrums and beeps – sometimes audibly, at other times just out of the range of human hearing. For most of us, these noises are the background track of the modern world, but for DJ and musician Matthew Dear, there’s music in the science. Dear recently collaborated with scientists at GE’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna to gather 1,000 samples from some of the world’s most powerful machines. Armed with an hour of source material from machines around the world, Dear disappeared into his home studio and emerged with a three-minute sonic odyssey called “Drop Science”.

Europe is facing the need for profound revision – Krynica Economic Forum is the place to discuss where the region should head to

Is CEE Heading Onto a New Path of Growth?

If it is, we will to find out in one week’s time at the Krynica Economic Forum of 2-4 September, where politicians, leaders of corporations and experts will discuss the future of the region. Let’s look at how participants, including country leaders and GE’s CEO for CEE are preparing for this landmark event on which we will do extensive reporting – following our in-depth coverage of last year, 2012 and of 2011.

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Pitch Perfect Pour

People are ready to be adventurous with their appliances at home. With this in mind, GE’s collaboration with open-source innovator Local Motors aims to create innovative new refrigerators and other appliances and bring them to market quickly. GE’s first micro-factory FirstBuild allows the company to innovate faster and introduce the products consumers want when they want them. Just a few months after FirstBuild launched with a micro-factory in Louisville and an online community that can share and build digitally, the collaboration has already rolled out its first product, the Smart Pitcher.

Koala at risk - picture from GE Reports

Save Our Koalas

They are probably some of the cutest creatures on earth, but their population is endangered by cars, dogs and a disease also known to humans: chlamydia. The entire koala population, which could number anywhere between 50,000 to 100,000, is at risk; in some parts of Australia, up to 90 percent of the koala population is affected. Luckily, experts and GE Healthcare come to help.