I am always surprised to find that the Internet is stre- amlining my property – but I also need a lot of acces- sories for that. Everywhere it is propagated that digitisation offers great opportunities for people and companies. How- ever, I would like to point out that the opportunities are accompanied by major challenges: For example, how do you find a compromise between my 10-year- old daughter's view and my “reasonable” user expec- tations for YouTube, Facebook, etc.? It is clear that much about digitisation is wonderful. There's more room on the shelves now. CDs, DVDs and books can be disposed of in boxes. The Duden, street maps, huge dictionaries – all gone. The EU Commission's Digitisation Index 2017 sums it up– for Austria to point 0.57. This is 10th place among 28 EU countries. The Scandinavian coun- tries are the leaders. Austria ranks 14th in the inte- gration of “digital technology” with e-commerce – a decline of four places from 2016 to 2017. This is precisely where we as the EGLO Group want to take an intensive approach and have essential and promising projects in planning and implementation in various areas of the company.
Light should be “changeable” – during the day, at night, depending on the season. Not only new lu- minaires are important for retailers, but increasingly new control technologies and innovative concepts. This means that digitisation extends the benefits of luminaires for our customers. If you read this issue, we are already moving into the last quarter of the year. There are still many important projects to work on and successfully complete.