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An ideal school for Japan's Italy-loving students

Apr 02, 2019
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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is the perfect place for Japanese students who wish to experience Italy’s la bella vita (the good life), while acquiring a university education, learning the language and gaining work experience as an intern in one of the school’s partner companies.

Accepting students from more than 100 countries around the world, the university offers exceptional customized services for Japanese. Over the years, the school has seen a growing number of students from its Japanese partner institutions, Sophia University and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.

Founded in 1921, the university is the largest private university in Europe with four campuses across Italy — in Milan, Piacenza- Cremona, Brescia and Rome. Its students are able to choose from more than 100 programs taught both in English and Italian across 12 faculties.

Under the leadership of its rector, Prof. Franco Anelli, 13 of the school’s disciplines were among the top 300 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject and among the top 110 in the QS Graduate Employability Ranking.

With its strong international focus and genuine Italian characteristics, the university is committed to strengthening its ties with Japan by welcoming not only more Japanese students but also visiting Japanese professors.

Globally transporting luxury with an Italian touch

Apr 02, 2019
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From the city of Alessandria in northwest Italy, Ferrari Group has transported jewelry and luxury goods for many of the world’s most famous brands for the last 60 years. The family-owned logistics company has earned the trust of their discerning clientele because of its tried-and-tested security practices and customizable services.

Today, the London-based holding Ferrari Group Limited coordinates a network of 80 offices in 50 countries, with two branches in Japan, where it first opened in 2014.

“We started in Tokyo as a logistics hub for one client. After just four months, we provided

international shipments exporting and importing to and from Japan,” said Ferrari Group CEO Marco Deiana.

After almost five years of activity, Ferrari Logistics Japan serves more than 150 active accounts in the jewelry, diamond and pearl industries, providing them with a wide range of value-added services.

“Our job is to let brands focus on the creation of their valuable goods, while we solve their needs for movement and transport. Our Italian touch in business means a different approach to flexibility, fast reaction times and solution-oriented results. This is the added value that Ferrari provides. We hope Japan will become one of the leading countries for Ferrari Group in Asia,” Deiana said.

Yamaha Motor Europe: A passion for excellence

Apr 02, 2019
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In the town of Lesmo, just outside Milan, Yamaha Corp. operates within a single compound that covers all the businesses it conducts in Europe — Yamaha Motor Europe, Yamaha Research and Development center, Yamaha Motor Racing and Yamaha Music.

Yamaha's NIKEN line features a new radical look with unique leaning multi-wheel technology.

Yamaha Motor Europe Country Head for Italy Andrea Colombi is proud of the unique setup and excellent synergy that exists within the complex.

Reflective of its “Two Yamahas, One Passion” slogan, the location serves not just as an office, but also as a space where employees collaborate with the musicians and athletes the company has partnered with.

Despite the recent economic turmoil, Europe maintained its role as a tastemaker in the world of design. And Yamaha Motor Europe is capitalizing on its location in Italy, where it has built a global reputation in design, the arts, culture and motorsports.

“While the numbers may come from other regions, Europe and Italy are interesting markets. We have been developing products in our centers that eventually become available worldwide,” Colombi said.

Dealing with the fast-evolving demands in the field of mobility, Yamaha Motor Europe believes in the customer-driven direction of the company, which is always ready to provide new solutions, on any number of wheels, for any road surface. This focus on innovation and customer service is what will build the company’s extensive fan base.

“Yamaha is a leader in mobility and we have all the weapons in our line-up. While we have the best products, in the end, it’s the people that make the real difference,” Colombi said.

In the years to come, Yamaha’s compound in Lesmo will become a center that celebrates Italian and Japanese design, with their di­ffering sensibilities, but shared passion for excellence.

Offering better lives, naturally

Apr 02, 2019
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Founded more than 90 years ago, Indena is a global leader in botanical extracts for pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and personal care use with a presence in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Indena Managing Director Daniele Giavini

The wholly-owned Italian company invests heavily in research and development, and processes around 20,000 tons of raw materials every year in five production sites in Italy, France and India.

Indena Managing Director Daniele Giavini has recognized the importance of Japan ever since the company launched its operations in Asia in 2000.

“It’s a market that fits Indena because of the top standards and their appreciation for top service. We see our future in Japan with optimism and we have designed our strategy to strengthen our local affiliate,” Giavini explained.

To further strengthen its brand, Indena has stepped up efforts to educate its customers and end-users about the quality and uses of its products, through its The Life Guardian™ label and short health videos.

“Our mission is to defend quality and to increase our o­ffer proposition so that at the end of

the day, there is improvement in the quality of life of Japanese consumers,” Giavini said.

Building on knowledge gathered over nearly a century, Indena remains inspired to improve lives around the world, harnessing the power of nature.

CBC-Procos A merger for the future

Apr 02, 2019
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Founded by two young chemists in 1945 in Cameri, Italy, Procos S.p.A specializes in developing, scaling up and producing active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and advanced intermediates, as well as providing related services for the global pharmaceutical industry.

Procos CEO Enrico Zodio

In 1952, Procos received its first authorization to manufacture APIs and soon established a solid reputation among the local population for their distinctive products. The company ventured into the global market after it passed its first inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1982.

It wasn’t until after 2006 when Procos was fully acquired by CBC Group that it experienced significant growth. As a wholly owned subsidiary backed by more than 70 years of experience, CBC-Procos has doubled its market share in generic drugs over the last five years, significantly expanded its custom business while upgrading its technological capabilities and expanded its research and development and productions units.

“The growth of this company has been vertical in the last two to three years, so our focus is to consolidate this growth and diversify our products. Having the possibility to work with and inside a Japanese group has been an exciting honor,” Procos CEO Enrico Zodio said.

“The combination of our mutual strengths is evident and the results confirm the perfect synergy between Procos and CBC Group. We are able to meld our systems and cultures together. There is clear power in regards to advantage and merit belonging to a Japanese company,” he added.

Lifestyle and sustainability from Alcantara

Apr 02, 2019
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Alcantara S.p.A.’s eponymous material may have a luxurious touch and an enduring usability, but its most impressive quality is its ability to evoke deep emotion. This unique characteristic is the company’s biggest achievement and the reason it has become a popular addition to numerous fashion lines, luxury cars and consumer technology.

Alcantara Chairman and CEO Andrea Boragno

A partnership between Japanese giants Toray and Mitsui, Alcantara’s technological breakthrough took shape in Milan. The company’s brand and values reflect the reputation of those two countries for groundbreaking innovation and refined aesthetics.

“It is Japanese technology with an Italian heart,” Alcantara Chairman and CEO Andrea Boragno said.

Since the product was developed in 1972, the brand is positioned as the intersection of technology and art, a forward thinking identity that has led to its global success today.

As CEO and an environmental advocate, Boragno uses his passion for sustainability to drive Alcantara to become Italy’s first carbon neutral company. In partnership with Venice International University, Alcantara held the 5th International Symposium on Sustainability, during which it highlighted the close link between its product and the environment.

“The world now needs an acceleration of decarbonization. We will focus on how to make changes,” Boragno said.

To find new applications for its product, the company plans to expand into rival markets, gradually building itself into a lifestyle brand.

“It’s the material of the future. It is the material that matches fashion and emotion,” he said.

Anticipating further growth in demand, the company will expand its facilities in order to increase production capacity without compromising product quality.

Now globally admired and widely imitated, Alcantara remains a unique material, the full potential of which has yet to be reached.

Northern Italy 2019 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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