The holiday
season is just around the corner. I hope that you will be able to spend a few
fun-filled and relaxing days with your families and friends to celebrate the
season and welcome the New Year. It is important that we take the time to thank
these people for the valuable support that they provide to each and every one
of us as we do our work every day. All too often we take this for granted – be
sure to let them know how much you appreciate them.

 

When
looking back over 2017, it was a year with several difficulties and at the same
time great achievements. We started this year with the slogan “THE POWER OF
ONE” and we achieved a lot in the way we are collaborating together and in the
global HIMA Group. We align more the Asia Pacific strategy with the global HIMA
strategy. For the implementation of the initiatives most of you are familiar
with the 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX). Due to all the effort and engagement
our Asia Pacific team has received in March the HIMA Award for Dynamic Business
Development.

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Another
milestone was the launch of the new HIMA brand “Smart Safety.” during our
Regional Meeting in June in Singapore. Since then we had various internal and
customer event where we used successfully the new branding. In general we
extended our marketing activities intensively across the region. On the sales
side we had been awarded the Long-term Service Agreement by Inpex. The
game-changer in South East Asia was the breakthrough in the Railway business in
Indonesia. We are indeed making progress in achieving our vision of being the
most trusted partner for safety solutions worldwide!

 

I
appreciate all of your great work this year; it is because of you, and because
we know we can do so much more for customers and clients than anyone else, that
I have such great confidence in our future. Please enjoy some well-deserved
rest with family and friends during this holiday season!