While the United States economy slowly but surely finds even footing, European markets continue to face economic pressures that threaten the stability of the continent's financial landscape. Facility managers in this part of the world have observed these trends with a cautious eye, and experts say economic difficulties may put the pressure on these professionals to deliver on new objectives and innovations.
The ongoing eurozone debt crisis – in which European countries have found it difficult to resist economic stagnation and resolve budget issues – has been made all the more challenging due to a perceived inability to coordinate a solution across the European Union. Ireland, Portugal and Greece had to be bailed out by international and regional bodies, while investors express shaky confidence in the system as a whole.
In fact, billionaire investor George Soros told a conference in Berlin this week that he believes the EU would likely be dissolved as a result of the debt crisis.
Economic instability has permeated to the business world in Europe, and experts say facility maintenance providers are just some of the professionals that have to find ways to remain productive and profitable in the face of market difficulty.
The European Facility Management Conference in Copenhagen this May seeks to bring experts together in an effort to identify challenges and find solutions. Facility managers will learn about the industry changes and innovations – including sustainability efforts, workplace mobility and technology – that could keep their business profitable in difficult times.
Conference-goers may also learn how an effective preventative maintenance software, for example, may help facility managers keep key machinery and equipment operational for longer, thus cutting down on the number of investments these professionals must make in new equipment.
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