The annual extravaganza that is the Eurovision Song Contest takes place this Saturday, as twenty-four European nations (and, erm, Australia!) compete to take home the trophy.
Now, you may be asking what this has to do with KOREC – very much a UK & Irish based organisation!
Well, besides the fact that Ireland have won the competition more times than anyone else (ahem, seven times!) it turns out that we as a company have European connections all over the shop.
So, to unashamedly jump on the bandwagon, here’s our rundown of KOREC’s Euro-connections across the water…
UK & Ireland
Starting from home, the UK and Ireland are obviously our home nations, with 2 offices in the UK and 1 in Dublin. We also have staff located up and down the country from the tip of Cornwall to the wilds of Northumberland, and everywhere in between. In Eurovision terms, we certainly bat above the average – Ireland won an incredible four times in the 1990s, whilst the UK was last victorious 25 years ago – Katrina and the Waves, anyone?
Nothing says Eurovision like Sweden, and for most people it conjures up ABBA’s 1975 triumph with ‘Waterloo’ – which took place right here in Brighton, UK!
Less people may know that Sweden is also home to the SX10 and SX12, the Danderyd facility just outside of Stockholm. A number of lucky KOREC customers had a visit to the high-tech facility back in 2019 to see the incredible technology behind the laser scanning total station.
Read more on this amazing facility in this write-up by Gavin Schrock in xyht magazine
As well as being one of the Eurovision ‘Big 5’ (countries that get an automatic entry thanks to their financial support) Germany is also a major player when it comes to Trimble. The nation is home not only to Trimble Rail, but also Trimble Mobile Mapping. In fact, as we speak, the KOREC Rail team are all in Germany alongside their counterparts from other Trimble dealers across the continent.
The sleepy town of Biberach, southern Germany is the rather unexpected home of Trimble’s cutting edge, mobile mapping solutions – the MX9 and MX50 – and was the venue for another one of our customer experiences in 2019!
Proud hosts of Eurovision 2022, thanks to last year’s winning entry by Maneskin, Italy is also the home of one of KOREC’s newest partners, Move Solutions. Specialising in intelligent, wireless sensors for structural monitoring, Move are headquartered just outside of Pisa – a town that knows a thing or two about structural issues!
And speaking of new additions, Christian De Stefano, who just joined KOREC in April, hails from Milan. Christian has been based in the UK for many years now, and joins us as the Regional Sales Manager for London.
Our next nation is just a short flight across the Alps which, appropriately enough, is the home of drone manufacturer senseFly. Headquartered besides the beautiful Lake Leman, senseFly have been creating robust, lightweight, market-leading drones since 2009, and KOREC have proudly partnered with them pretty much since day one.
The eBeeX is probably their most well-known drone, here it is in action with recent converts, Jacobs;
And the Rest…
As well as being home to many of our partners, a huge number of our European friends have decided to make their home right here in the UK and Ireland. Amongst our colleagues at Trimble and KOREC, we are proud to have representatives from Spain, Portugal, Norway, Hungary, Croatia, and Greece.
And whilst Trimble is of course an American company, in a European singing competition which features Australia, who knows what could happen?
Wherever you’re from and wherever you are now, we hope you have a cracking weekend and enjoy the show!
The final of the Eurovision song contest takes place this Saturday, 14th May from 8pm