Alkyds are made by modifying polyester through the addition of oils or fatty acids. The resulting alkyd resins are the most commonly used binders in the majority of commercial oil-based coatings. A leading supplier of alkyd resins to European paint manufacturers and chemical ingredients suppliers is D&R Dispersions and Resins Sp. z o.o. located in Włocławek in northern Poland.
Leather is the last word in luxury finishes. Beautiful yet hard-wearing, sophisticated yet contemporary, this natural material is the only choice for the luxury car sector, where only the best will do. The best in this case is Wollsdorf leather supplied by Wollsdorf Leder Schmidt & Co. GmbH in Austria. The leather manufacturer was declared Global Tannery of the Year in 2014 and prides itself on the quality of its products. A leading supplier to the luxury car sector, it makes no bones about its absolute focus on manufacturing a premium product. Every stage of the manufacturing process is subject to stringent quality controls, from the selection of the rawhides to approving the finished stitched part. The reward for such painstaking attention to detail is a client list that reads like a who’s who of the luxury automobile sector.
“Since Edison invented the incandescent lamp in the 19th century, BJB has been closely involved in the development and production of components for the lighting industry.” That might seem a bold statement made by Ulrich Klein, Commercial Manager and Member of the Management Board of BJB GmbH & Co. KG, but it illustrates the forefront position the German lighting expert BJB has acquired today. The company from Arnsberg in the Sauerland region is leading the way in lighting technology and has now taken on the challenge to focus on LED technology, which is about to change the lighting world for good.
Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) are mobile, driverless robots that increase efficiency and reduce costs in a growing number of applications, from raw materials and finished products handling in manufacturing and logistics businesses to material transports in the food industry. A world leader in this sophisticated market is Rocla Solutions Oy in Finland. The Scandinavian specialist provides total AGV solutions that boost customer performance, profitability and safety at work.
Quality is a must to survive and succeed in a competitive business environment. What a strong focus on quality can achieve is highlighted by firms such as TECHNAX. The French enterprise delivers quality welding solutions made to measure in accordance with the customer’s individual needs and is owned by its workforce. This raises motivation, loyalty and quality awareness.
Thermal spraying is an advanced coating technology where heated or melted material is sprayed onto a surface. It can provide thick coatings over large areas, compared to other coating processes, and covers a variety of applications ranging from corrosion protection to medical implants. A global leader in this high-tech market is Flame Spray. The Italian group masters all variations of thermal spraying and is particularly successful with its Hungarian subsidiary, the company’s center of excellence for industrial gas turbines.
In spite of efforts to reduce fuel consumption, demand continues to grow, and this is especially true in the natural gas sector. Westfalen AG, headquartered in Münster, Germany, has been an independent supplier in the field for more than 90 years. Its portfolio has expanded to include other gases, however, and they find application as much more than fuel. Thanks to its subsidiaries, such as Westfalen BVBA-SPRL in Belgium, the company can provide the entire Western European market with all the gases and corresponding expertise it needs.
From farming to manufacturing high-quality components for the water heating industry – it seems that Sole AS in Eggedal, Norway, has come a long way, but the company’s development in the past 50 years was only a logical step. Today, Sole AS is one of the leading Norwegian manufacturers of tubes, heat exchangers, nozzles and other machined components to producers of water heaters and heating pumps as well as to the offshore industry.
Tadeusz Nowicki started his professional career in the plastics industry in 1998 after 15 years in the international precious metals business with the objective to build an industrial group in Poland. Today ERGIS, the group of companies of which he is CEO and shareholder, has increased its turnover from 20 million to 150 million EUR.
In recent years, household appliances have become increasingly efficient and cost-saving. Many of these achievements are driven by innovative and technologically sophisticated control units. Experts for the latter can be found in Namysłow, Poland: Diehl Controls Polska Sp. z o.o. is a leading developer and manufacturer of control units and electronic systems for the appliance industry.
Rail infrastructure is a growth industry as many countries are improving their networks and tracks. At the same time, it is a varied business involving a multitude of activities, from basic construction and earthwork to sophisticated signaling work and high-voltage installations. One of the few specialists in this area is Aarsleff Rail A/S. The Danish company does everything related to rail and is benefiting from Denmark’s determination to strengthen public transport and establish a modern high-speed rail network.
In the production industry, it is a question of corrosion resistance and fatigue strength to keep production machinery running without substantial downtimes. As a consequence, the demand for extra hardened stainless steel, widely used as a main material for production machines, is up all the time. In Eindhoven, one of the leading heat and surface specialists has been operating for more than six decades. Heat & Surface Treatment B.V. provides a wide range of heat treatment services, including high temperature brazing as well as vacuum brazing.
For most people, a warm and dry indoor climate has utmost priority at offices, schools, theatres, hospitals, industry complexes, nursing homes, government buildings, museums as well as in sport facilities. Climate control is the buzzword in this context. When it comes to creating ideal living climates, Van Galen Service & Onderhoud Rotterdam B.V. is the perfect address to turn to. For more than 40 years, the company has been focusing on the installation, maintenance and repair of climate control systems and cooling systems. In theatres, hospitals, nursing homes as well as in private homes, Van Galen, consisting of five related companies, aims to create the right climate at any time.
In general, a valve is characterized as a device that regulates, directs or controls the flow of a fluid, for example gases, liquids, fluidized solids or slurries, by opening, closing or partially obstructing various passageways. Experts in valves are found in PIBIVIESSE S.r.l. from Nerviano, Italy. The company specializes in the design, manufacture and marketing of valves for the oil and gas industry.
Seals are crucial elements of many types of machinery as they act to block or separate fluid within specific applications. CARSTEN HOLM A/S from Ringe, Denmark, is a real expert for all needs associated with gaskets and seals for hydraulic and pneumatic applications.
It plays a crucial part in safety on wintry roads, it tastes delicious – added in small quantities – and it helps to boost health and wellness. In addition, various industries make use of it in order to manufacture products that would not be the same without it: Salt is such a versatile material that life would be tasteless without it. In Switzerland, Schweizer Rheinsalinen AG, headquartered in Pratteln, guarantees the continuous supply of salt throughout the country. Today, the company’s saltworks produce about 320,000 to 550,000 t of salt every year.
Manufacturers in any industry know that rising manpower costs need to be compensated with more strategic production processes in order to remain competitive in their market. As a result of extensive research and investment, Centrum Group now boasts Europe’s most efficient precast reinforced concrete pile manufacturing facilities incorporating a number of bespoke automated systems.
Saint-Gobain Seals originated in Garden Grove, California, USA, in the fifties. “In 1983, a subsidiary in Belgium was established,” explains Geert Vanthienen, product manager for sealing solutions Europe of Saint-Gobain Seals and with the company for 1.5 years. “In its beginning, it operated with four employees under the name ‘Fluorocarbon’ and changed its name to ‘Furon’ in 1990. Nine years later, in 1999, Furon was taken over by Saint-Gobain. Ever since, it underwent continuous expansion. Amongst others, the head office was extended in 2002, 2008 and in 2013.”
Vexve and Naval are now one strong family. The most comprehensive district heating and cooling valve family was born on 31 March 2014 when Vexve Oy acquired Naval Oy from the US based Flowserve Corporation. Acquisition to concentrate top expertise
Health and safety in the workplace is governed by strict requirements laid out in a range of European Union directives designed to prevent workplace accidents. They put the onus on employers to ensure that their employees are adequately protected while carrying out their duties. As well as stipulating the implementation of safe operating procedures, they also regulate minimum standards for protective workwear. French manufacturer DELTA PLUS has been innovating, designing, manufacturing and distributing personal protective equipment for over 35 years and is now rightly seen as one of the leading experts in this important market.