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Each year Europe’s 500, together with its partner IESE Business School, publishes the list of the European high growth private companies, and organizes the “European Growth Summit” for European growth entrepreneurs.

We celebrate these entrepreneurs and their innovative achievements at our annual Europe 500 awards ceremony held at the European Parliament in Brussel. As Europe’s most successful listing of high growth private companies, Europe’s 500 has become the standard for recognition for entrepreneurial success.

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Emerging Tyvek Material Industry Spearheaded by Local UK Businesses

medical tyvekWhen most people think strong durable material the first thing that comes to mind is kevlar.  Kevlar and many other protective fabrics involve thousands of closely knit strings or “pieces” of cloth of fabric that when condensed form a protective shield that wouldn’t otherwise not be attainable by just using one material source.  So in other words the aggregate total of all the pieces of fabric together provide it with the strength needed to facilitate industrial applications.

Dupont, one of the leading Tyvek manufacturers described Tyvek material as, “Tyvek brand protective material is a family of tough, durable spunbonded olefin sheet products that are stronger than paper and more cost-effective and versatile than fabrics. It has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than paper, and absorbs little or no moisture” — which is true, it’s never all sweaty when I pull it out of my pocket. The site adds that Tyvek is strong and rip-resistant, as you can see when I try to rip this wallet. And believe me, I’ve really tried). It’s also made of environmentally responsible material.”

While Tyvek has been traditionally used for military and medical applications it has also become increasingly popular in commercial applications. Even clothing manufacturers have started using Tyvek technology to create clothing and protective materials that have everyday applications.  A local manufacturer in the UK started printing wallets on Tyvek material.

“Wallets printed using a laser printer are much more durable than ink-jet prints because laser printouts are essentially waterproof. Laser toner isn’t ink! It’s plastic that has been melted onto the page using heat. You can make your laser-printed wallets even more durable by sealing them in bags, laminating them, or by printing on a synthetic waterproof paper paper such as Revlar.

Ink-jet prints can be extremely delicate. The ink will fade over time, especially when subjected to bright light. Even minuscule amounts of water can cause ink to bleed so much that the printout is destroyed altogether.”

medical tyvekWhile wallets may be the first step in casual Tyvek printing the industry still has a long way to go as Doranix’s Chris Lange explains, “Tyvek applications have been traditionally limited due to the size and complexity of the printers.  The industry hasn’t adapted Tyvek printers for civilian use because up to now we have only needed to use them for medical technology and other devices. In the future we hope that we can adapt Tyvek technology for a wide assortment of civilian products providing superior products and better protection.”

From the video below you can see that Tyvek printers still need to adapt a more compact design in order to make it onto the mainstream European market.

Spotlight – Miami Based Tours and Boat Cruises

boat cruise in miami

Miami is, undoubtedly, one of America’s most unique cities, more Latin and Caribbean in its nature and culture than the rest of the country. From partying to sun-worshipping, there is so much to do in Miami.

Recently our staff at Europes500.com enjoyed a week in Miami with the highlight being an extended stay on a yacht. For more information please visit – Ankar Charters

How about enjoying the outdoors while on a relaxing cruise along Biscayne Bay and the Miami River? We have undertaken the research for you and here is our roundup of 4 affordable yacht and boat cruise tours in Miami as follows:

  • Island Queen Cruises

If you wish to see Miami’s breathtaking downtown skyline, Fisher Island, PortMiami, and the homes of the rich and famous on ‘Millionaire’s Row’, then Island Queen Cruises is the sort of daytime fun you do not want to miss. Enjoy a memorable and relaxing day on the water as you sail by Star and Hibiscus Island and take in stories from boat captains as they share tabloid-worthy secrets about local celebrity residents, including Julio Iglesias and Gloria Estefan.

Docked in Downtown Miami at Bayside Marketplace, the 150-passenger air-conditioned, double-decker boat fills its two-hour narrated tour with anecdotes, fun facts, and tidbits of history. The first tour begins at 11 am, with the last cruise departing at 7 pm.


Regular prices for sightseeing cruises are $19 for children and $27 for adults but when you have more than 20 passengers, the price drops down to $14 for children and $22 for adults.

  • Miami Aqua Tours

Renowned for its Miami Party Boat and sightseeing cruises, Miami Aqua Tours entertains people of all ages. Here, you can dance the night away to the tunes of today and yesterday while cruising down Biscayne Bay atop their signature Miami Party Boat. Departing Friday and Saturday at 10 pm and 11.30 pm, this 75-minute tour is narrated by professional guides in Spanish and English. In addition, adults each receive a complimentary beer with reservation that can also be redeemed at the cash bar.


The rates for the Miami Party Boat are $12 for kids between 4 and 11 years and $22 for adults aged 21 and over. The departure location for this boat cruise is the Bayside Marketplace on the right side of the main stage.

  • Miami Pirate Duck Tours

With daily departures from SoundsScape Park in Miami Beach, this highly-rated amphibian duck tour takes visitors along Star Island, Monument Island, Ocean Drive’s Art Deco District, and the Mac Arthur Causeway. The Miami Pirate Duck Tour is an eye-opening adventure that transitions seamlessly from the land to the water as the mermaid and pirate guides share little-known facts of the area. You are guaranteed to experience the rich history of the area in a creative and fun way as you float down the Biscayne Bay.


The Miami Pirate Duck Tour should set you back $20 for kids and $30 for adults.

  • Play Time Water Sports

Experience Miami’s incredible beauty at dusk on a 2-hour White catamaran cruise courtesy of Play Time Water Sports. Here, you will cruise aboard a 50-foot catamaran to Key Biscayne with picturesque views of the Miami skyline, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and Stiltsville.

Along the way, spot the bay’s amazing wildlife including pelicans, egrets, manatees, and dolphins and if you want to watch spectacular sunsets, check out the Sunset Twilight Sail Cruise. The tour departs from Marbella Marina (Brickell Avenue) in Downtown Miami and also includes an open bar with soft drinks, wine, beer, and light snacks such as crackers and cheese, fresh fruit and veggies.


The pricing for yacht rentals where a crew and captain are provided is usually an approximation pegged on availability and seasonality. Potential clients are advised to call in beforehand in order to get the best possible offers.

Silicon Based Microprocessors

how silicon is made

Transistors, light emitting diodes, and microchips are examples of devices that are fashioned from semiconductor materials. The main raw material used in their manufacture is silicon, which is generally converted into single-crystal ingots that are more commonly referred to as boules. These boules are further converted into silicon wafers, which essentially marks the start of the integrated circuit (chip) manufacturing process. Other semiconductor raw materials include silicon carbide, gallium arsenide, germanium etc. Here, we take a closer look at these raw materials as follows:


Making up over 25% of the earth’s crust in terms of weight, silicon is the second most abundant element on earth. And while it may not be found as a free element in nature, it occurs as silicates and oxide including quartz, opal, flint, jasper, citrine, amethyst, agate, and sand. Alternatively, silicon metal is derived from the reactions between carbon materials like wood chips, coal, and coke and silicon dioxide.

As far as the major producers of silicon for wafers go, there are many suppliers not only in the U.S., but around the world as well, primarily in Oregon, California, Florida, China, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. China is acknowledged as being the largest producer of silicon followed closely by the United States.

Gallium Arsenide

This is a compound of two elements i.e. gallium and arsenic, and which is used mainly in high-speed devices. In addition, it costs slightly more than silicon and is also more difficult to form into large-diameter ingots, which in turn limits wafer diameter sizes, consequently affecting mass production. Major producers of gallium arsenide worldwide include the Ukraine, Japan, Germany, and China.


Similar in appearance to silicon, Germanium does, however, not exist as a free element in nature owing to its reactivity factor. It is mined from sphalerite zinc ores that are found in the earth’s crust and can also be extracted from copper ores and fly ash coal. Less useful than silicon due to its cost and thermal sensitivity, it is, nonetheless, still alloyed in conjunction with silicon for use in high speed devices. China leads the way in germanium production with other major producers being Belgium, Russia, Canada, and the U.S. (where IBM is a major producer of these devices).


Silicon carbide continues to be tested for use in semiconductor devices that might withstand high levels of ionizing radiation and high operating temperatures; and is also used as a raw material for blue LEDs. Further, several indium compounds such as indium arsenide, indium antimonite and indium phosphide etc. are being used in LEDs and solid-state laser diodes. Lastly, selenium sulfide is currently being studied for use in the manufacture of photo-voltaic photo cells. All of these compounds are produced mainly in Europe, China, Asia-Pacific, and the U.S.

Semiconductors are considered the foundation of most electronic devices since they allow the building of switches and gates in a circuit. It is the reason why most microchips are currently made from silicon due to its highly effective semi-conducting properties and the ease with which it is extracted from sand. However, according to Chris Lange of www.daqifi.com, materials such as carbon grapheme could represent the future of consumer electronics as research continues to show that they are able to outperform silicon.

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