STAR partner companies

Becker Plastics GmbH, 45711 Datteln, Germany

Bolenz & Schäfer GmbH, 35216 Biedenkopf, Germany

EHA Composite Machinery GmbH, 35239 Steffenberg, Germany

Roth Kunststofftechnik, 35232 Dautphetal, Germany

Roth Umwelttechnik, 01877 Bischofswerda, Germany

Roth Werke GmbH, 35232 Dautphetal, Germany

Schlesinger Maschinenbau GmbH, 35099 Burgwald, Germany

Roth Nordic, 3550 Slangerup, Denmark

Roth Nordic, 21600 Parainen, Finland

Roth France, 77465 Lagny sur Marne, France

Roth UK, Taunton, Somerset TA4 2 RL, Great Britain

Roth Nordic, 1306 Baerum, Norway

Roth Nordic, 21235 Malmö, Sweden

Global Plastic, 31500 Tudela, Spain

Roth Industries, Inc., Watertown, New York 13601, USA

Country profile

The Federal Republic of Germany lies in central Europe and, with 82 million inhabitants, is the European Union's most populous nation. Measured in terms of gross domestic product, Germany has the third biggest national economy in the world. Germany has one of the world's leading economies and is one of the largest exporters. Germany is often known as the "land of poets and thinkers". Germany has produced world-class philosophers, musicians, architects, poets and painters who have consequently left their mark on this country of poets and thinkers. Germany's official language is German and the national currency is the euro.

France is the biggest country in western Europe with a population of 60.9 million people. Its capital city, Paris, is the economic and cultural heart of the republic and is a real international metropolis with immense cultural diversity. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre are just some of the famous Parisian landmarks and monuments. The city itself is home to 2.3 million inhabitants.

The French are famous for their great sense of national pride, which is also reflected in various aspects of their lives and in their language. Products are not allowed to have foreign names if there is also a French term for them. France has one of the world's leading economies and the country is the fifth biggest exporter after Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and the USA. The currency used in France is the euro.

The United States of America (USA) is made up of 50 states stretching across the entire North American continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific. It also covers areas with special statuses like the capital, Washington D.C., and the US territories. The USA is the third biggest country in the world with around 291 million inhabitants. It is a diverse nation full of contrasts and contradictions. Technological progress and the "American way of life" contrast with a conservative approach to life as a consequence of religious upbringing.

In this "land of unlimited opportunity", it is the bustling metropolis of New York City that many believe is the place to be. The Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building are a couple of its most famous monuments. From an economic point of view, the USA is one of the world's leading industrial powers and its national currency is the US dollar. English is the official language, although Spanish is gaining in importance in Florida and across the entire southern part of the country.

The United Kingdom
The UK is the fifth biggest trading nation in the world. Its national currency is the British pound. The country has around 60 million inhabitants, the vast majority of whom live in England. The island nation is "very British" and maintains its own traditions and customs. A popular gathering place for young and old alike is the pub, in which the drinks are generally ordered directly at the bar. The weather is always a popular topic of conversation. The climate is shaped by Atlantic lows, which frequently result in the notorious British drizzle. In terms of landscape, the UK is a land full of contrasts. England offers impressively picturesque villages and historical market towns, whereas the Scottish highlands are characterised by rugged mountains.

Sweden, with a surface area of 450,000 km², is the third biggest country in western Europe. The 9 million Swedes are proud of being one the world's leading countries for innovation, especially in the technological areas of biotechnology and wireless communication. Swedish food remains characterised by local delicacies such as salmon, herring and other fish as well as game and fungi. Sweden boasts exceptional economic diversity, with a number of large international businesses and many small enterprises. IKEA, H&M, Volvo and Wasa are its top companies and products. The currency is the Swedish krona and the official language is Swedish.

The Kingdom of Spain extends over an area of around 505,000 km². It has 45 million inhabitants and Madrid is the most densely populated area with 650 or so inhabitants per km². The capital city is situated right in the middle of the country and presents itself as a multicultural, dynamic part of Spain. Spain's second largest city, Barcelona, is a vibrant Mediterranean metropolis. The overwhelming majority of Spaniards are members of the Catholic faith. Folklore and dances such as the Flamenco are typical features of the country. The official currency is the euro. The pillars of the economy include tourism, industry, mining, agriculture and fishing. Basque, Galician, Aranese and Catalan are formally recognised as independent official languages alongside the national language of Spanish.

5.5 million inhabitants live in the Kingdom of Denmark in an area of around 43,000 km². 504,000 or so Danes live in Copenhagen, the capital city. Danish cuisine mainly consists of fish dishes. Denmark is a highly industrialised country: more than three quarters of its exports are industrial goods or machines. Agriculture also plays a big role. For example, Denmark is the leading producer of pork products. The official currency is the Danish krone and the official language is Danish.

Finland only gained independence in 1917, having previously belonged first to Sweden and then to Russia. Approximately 5.3 million inhabitants live in Finland, which covers an area of 338,145 km². The country's official languages are Finnish and Swedish. The landscape of modern Finland was radically shaped by the last Ice Age. Finland is the most densely wooded country in Europe: 86 percent of the country is covered in forest. Hunting and fishing are popular pastimes for the Finns. Agriculture plays a significant role in Finland's economy and society. Today, Finland is one of the wealthiest countries in the EU. The country is leading the way in the production of microelectronics and mobile telephones. Finland's largest company is the electronics group, Nokia. The official currency of Finland is the euro.

The Kingdom of Norway spans an area of 385,000 km². The population of around 4.7 million is spread out across the countryside as well as being concentrated in the biggest cities. Alongside the capital city Oslo, three other Norwegian cities have populations of over 100,000: Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger. Norwegian is the official language. Norway has one of the highest standards of living in the world. The Norwegian economy is mainly driven by oil extraction and tourism. Norway is the seventh biggest producer and third biggest exporter of oil in the world. And every year, the spectacular landscape draws several thousand tourists to the country. The North Cape and the Geirangerfjord are amongst the most popular attractions. The official currency is the Norwegian krone.