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Unlocking the Future

Reinvention, Resilience and Cooperation

Season 2, Ep. 5

In the face of supply shortages and severe disruptions caused by Covid-19, many European companies reinvented themselves in truly inspiring ways. That’s why three company and industry representatives have been invited to share their stories, rich with examples of product diversification, digitalization, and transformed business models!


Cesar Araujo, Owner of Calvelex, and president of the National Association of Clothing Manufactures of Portugal

Ariadna Prats Armengol, Sant Aniol Mineral Water in Spain

Pierre Diebolt, General Director at NUVISAN pharmaceuticals in France

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