Morning, Miss Semenov. Welcome to our studio.
塞门诺夫小姐,早上好 。欢迎来到我们的演播室 。
Thanks. My pleasure.
谢谢 。我的荣幸 。
OK then. Let me start by asking you how old your company is.
那么,好吧 。我先问一下你们公司有多少年的历史了 。
My grandparents started the company in 1955.
Why did they decide to open a furniture plant in Bucharest?
At that time there was a construction boom.
There was a great need for furniture and my grandparents saw a business opportunity.
Their aim was to provide quality yet affordable wooden furniture.
And this goal has never changed.
Do you still only work with wood?
That’s right. It’s what we know and what we do best.
这是正确的 。这是我们知道的，也是我们做得最好的 。
If we started trying different materials, our quality would probably suffer.
And all the wood is local?
Correct. A hundred percent of our raw material comes from Romania.
正确的 。我们的原材料百分之百来自罗马尼亚 。
Could you please outline how the company has grown over time?
What have been the main challenges and opportunities that you have faced?
Well, back in the 50s and 60s, Romania was a lot poorer than it is today. My grandfather and father did not have much capital, and our customers didn’t have much money either. So that limited growth. The big change was in 2007 when Romania joined the European Union. Suddenly, our market exploded in size and we could now sell our products all across the continent. There was also more financial investment. And, as a result, we went from having 20 employees to 200.
嗯，在五六十年代，罗马尼亚比现在穷得多 。我的祖父和父亲没有多少资金，我们的客户也没有多少钱 。所以那限制了发展 。最大的变化发生在2007年，罗马尼亚加入欧盟 。突然，我们的市场规模爆炸了，我们现在可以在整个大陆销售我们的产品 。还有更多的金融投资 。结果，我们的员工从20人增加到了200人 。
Which countries are your biggest market?
Besides Romania, our biggest market is Germany.
There is strong demand there for our traditional style of furniture.
Questions 8 to 1l are based on the conversation you have just heard.
8.Why did Semenov’s grandparents start a furniture plant in Bucharest?
9.What was Semenov’s grandfather trying to do?
10.What does Semenov say about her company’s raw materials?
11.Where does Semenov’s company sell their products？