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WORLD LG Electronic’s Thinq app uses Google Assistant’s voice recognition to allow users to control their smart home appliances.

Washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, robotic vacuum cleaners, air conditioners and air purifiers can all be controlled through the app. The app will also display real-time information about connected LG appliances allowing a user to monitor their activity even from outside the home. The app will also inform when maintenance is required. A user need only ask questions such as ‘How does the auto function in the air purifier work?’ or ‘What does the yellow light on the refrigerator mean?’ “With the voice capable mobile app, we have created the ultimate smart home ecosystem that puts convenience first,” says Alice Ryu, the head of the smart home business division in the LG home appliance & air solution department. The Thinq app will be available in Europe from next year.

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Investment & finance

ROMANIA Romanian investment shakes off sluggishness

schedule 07 August 2020
Nathan North
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Around EUR 408 mln was transacted on Romanian in H1 2020 – an 18 pct y-o-y increase, despite the pandemic, according to Colliers International’s latest Romanian market update.

Office & mixed-use development

HUNGARY Skanska to begin H20ffices in Budapest

schedule 07 August 2020
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Skanska has announced that it will be starting work on its H2Offices development in central Budapest this quarter.

Office & mixed-use development

POLAND BGK finds the right Alchemia

schedule 07 August 2020
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Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK) has leased 550 sqm of office space for its new regional office in the Aurum building in the Alchemia complex in Gdańsk.

Warehouse & industrial

POLAND Polish warehouses in record-breaking form in H1

schedule 07 August 2020
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The Polish warehouse market maintained its robust momentum with a record 2.38 mln sqm leased on the Polish warehouse market in H1, according to Axi Immo’s ‘Polish Warehouse Market in H1 2020’ report.

Investment & finance

ROMANIA Floreasca Park taken by the Chinese

schedule 07 August 2020
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Chinese investment company Fosun has bought the Floreasca Park office building in northern Bucharest from German investor GLL Real Estate, according to local media reports.

Investment & finance

ROMANIA AFI and NEPI finally seal portfolio deal

schedule 06 August 2020
Nathan North
deputy editor

AFI Europe has concluded its on-off deal for the acquisition of a portfolio of four office projects in Romania from Nepi Rockcastle.

Investment & finance

POLAND Kajima and Savills IM buy Łódź park

schedule 06 August 2020
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Kajima Properties Europe and Savills Investment Management have acquired Panattoni's interest in the 144,880 sqm Łódź City VI logistics park.

Investment & finance

POLAND CBRE GI buys near Bielsko-Biała again

schedule 06 August 2020
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CBRE Global Investors, on behalf of its Logistics Venture Fund (LoVe), has acquired building C of 7R Park Beskid I, a newly developed 15,000 sqm logistics warehouse in Czechowice-Dziedzice in the southwestern Bielsko-Biała region of Poland from 7R.

Warehouse & industrial

POLAND Masks from Mińsk

schedule 06 August 2020
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Surgical mask manufacturer TW Plast has leased 8,000 sqm in Panattoni Park Mińsk Mazowiecki.

Office & mixed-use development

POLAND Shared offices with added spice

schedule 06 August 2020
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Chillispaces.com, a new brand of serviced offices, is being launched in Poland.

Residential

CZECH REPUBLIC Penta given go-ahead for Nuselský Pivovar

schedule 06 August 2020
Nathan North
deputy editor

A planning permit has been issued for Penta Real Estate’s The Residence Nuselský Pivovar development in Prague’s Nusle district.

Investment & finance

CEE REGION Atrium to speed up repositioning

schedule 05 August 2020
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Atrium European Real Estate has managed to maintain a stable occupancy for its shopping centre portfolio in the region of 95.4 pct (down by only 1.6 pp) through its “focus on pro-active management” during the pandemic, according to an announcement of the company’s H1 figures

Office & mixed-use development

POLAND TriCity for the tenants

schedule 05 August 2020
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The TriCity office market is likely to become a tenant’s market soon due to the changing market environment, according to ‘Occupier Economics: the Office Market in the TriCity in H1 2020’ report by real estate advisory firm Cresa Poland.

Investment & finance

ROMANIA EUR 80 mln loan for Hermes

schedule 05 August 2020
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Atenor has received an EUR 80 mln financing loan from Pbb and Erste Bank for its Hermes Business Campus in northern Bucharest.

Warehouse & industrial

BULGARIA Bulgaria ideal for near-shoring - Colliers

schedule 05 August 2020
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Sofia’s modern industrial and logistics stock grew by 3 pct in the first six months of 2020, reaching almost 1.097 sqm at the end of June, according to Colliers International.

Warehouse & industrial

ROMANIA Four new faces for Eli Park 1

schedule 05 August 2020
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Four new tenants have been secured for the recently completed second phase of Eli Park 1 on Bucharest’s north-western outskirts.

Hotels

POLAND Sofitel Wrocław Old Town falls victim to the pandemic

schedule 04 August 2020
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Polish hotel operator Orbis has decided not to re-open the Sofitel Wrocław Old Town after its closure due to the pandemic.

Office & mixed-use development

POLAND Sollers strolls into Officyna

schedule 04 August 2020
Nathan North
deputy editor

Sollers Consulting has opened its fourth Polish office – in the Officyna complex in Gdańsk.

Warehouse & industrial

HUNGARY NIPÜF to build hall for Raben in Inpark Pécs

schedule 04 August 2020
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NIPÜF has announced the development of an 11,000 sqm warehouse in its Inpark Pécs industrial park in southwest Hungary.

Hotels

ESTONIA First Estonian Citybox opens its doors

schedule 04 August 2020
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The first Citybox hotel in Estonia and outside Norway was opened on August 1st in the Porto Franco quarter of Tallinn’s passenger port area.

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schedule 20 July 2020

Symbiotic and smart for BP in Agora

HB Reavis has introduced its Symbiosy smart office system into petro-giant BP’s new global businesses services unit in the Agora building in Budapest.

schedule 29 June 2020

Investment set to rise in home office tech

As many as 88 pct of EMEA occupiers intend to invest more in technology designed specifically to aid home working, according to CBRE’s 2020 EMEA Occupier Flash Survey.

schedule 25 June 2020

Pandemic to speed up digitalisation

During the pandemic digitisation has become fundamental to business development and stability, according to the findings of the “Omnichannel – from evolution to revolution. A look at the pandemic” report by Colliers International.

schedule 28 May 2020

Colliers installs Office App in Poland

POLAND Colliers International is to introduce the Dutch smart office system Office App to the office buildings it manages in Poland.

schedule 29 April 2020

Smart roofs for 7R

POLAND Polish warehouse developer7R is to introduce the Smart Roof system, developed by Sense Monitoring, to one of its parks.

schedule 15 April 2020

Echo recruits Aurelia for home sales

POLAND Echo Investment has launched a virtual customer assistant, Aurelia, for residential consultations.

schedule 24 March 2020

Automated warehousing by MW

POLAND MW, a company that is 60 pct owned by M.B.B Logistics and 40 pct owned by Wing Sing Supply Chain, has created a robot management system, which uses machine learning to improve its order processing operations over time.

schedule 18 March 2020

Keeping tabs on the tenant

POLAND The Renteye sensory system has been launched on the market.

schedule 16 March 2020

Digi-feely future

WORLD The global market for AI-based human emotion recognition systems is set to grow each year by 32.3 pct over the next four years, according to Deloitte in its ‘Tech Trends 2020’ report.

schedule 16 March 2020

Algorithms sweet algorithms

POLAND Kraków-based residential estate agent engine Obido.pl has received a PLN 1 mln EU subsidy for the development of an artificial intelligence laboratory.

schedule 16 March 2020

Blåkläder hires more robots

Swedish workwear manufacturer Blåkläder has now added ten more robots to its AutoStore cube storage automation system in its main warehouse in Svenljunga.

schedule 11 March 2020

Budimex researches roads that repair themselves

POLAND General contractor Budimex, together with the Warsaw University of Technology is developing a self-repairing road surface with a PLN 2.5 mln grant from the National Centre for Research and Development. The research is to be completed at the end of December 2022.

schedule 09 March 2020

Bank Pekao goes digital

POLAND Bank Pekao has introduced new digital communication systems in its branch at ul. Krucza 50 (the Cedet building) in Warsaw city centre.

schedule 11 February 2020

Żabka moves into Nowy Rynek

POLAND The new HQ of convenience store chain Żabka in Poznań has been designed specifically to encourage creativity.

schedule 11 February 2020

Fuzja of man and machine

POLAND Echo Investment has unveiled the hi-tech systems that will feature in the apartments in its Fuzja project in Łódź. These are being installed in cooperation with such tech companies Samsung and ABB, among others.

schedule 11 February 2020

Żabka moves into Nowy Rynek

POLAND The new HQ of convenience store chain Żabka in Poznań has been designed specifically to encourage creativity.

schedule 03 February 2020

Logistics innovations from Warsaw and the US

WORLD C.H. Robinson has launched its Robinson Labs innovation incubator for the development of systems for the logistics sector.

schedule 30 January 2020

Building site digitisation from Hungary

POLAND In February Hungarian tech firm Bauapp is to launch a mobile app onto the Polish market designed for developers and general contractors that manages the work done on construction sites.

schedule 30 January 2020

Puccini conducted by Comarch

POLAND A year after introducing the Comarch ERP Altum system, leather goods retailer Puccini, a manufacturer of travel luggage, handbags, has increased its sales by 190 pct.

schedule 28 January 2020

Maxima goes digital

LITHUANIA The Maxima grocery chain is introducing systems based on machine learning to help manage its stores.

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