AOC Enables Brandenburger to Speed Up Production
Relining is the technology of choice for sewer repair, as the no-dig feature brings minimal disruption of traffic, residents and the environment. In this market Brandenburger has been supplying since many years liners for UV cure installation. CEO Tim Brandenburger explains how his company is currently reinventing itself for better servicing the Relining market and for making Relining an even more sustainable renovation solution.
Utility companies and municipalities rely on the uninterrupted operation of their sewer networks. Whenever they find a leak or a damaged pipe, they want to repair the pipe quickly so that any disturbance to the environment can be minimized. After renovation, the pipes must be strong and durable, which means the installed liners fit well in the host pipe and can resist the aggressive chemical conditions for years to come.
Brandenburger has been in operation already for three generations and at the forefront of selling UV curable liners of high quality. The company has seen a healthy growth of its business in recent years. In view of the condition of the sewers in most European cities and the continued need for renovation, Brandenburger is very optimistic about the future market growth potential.
Its new BB2.5 liners can easily follow the curves of the host pipe during installation, are expandable and therefore can easily follow sudden diameter changes. The result: a smooth and strong liner that perfectly fits the shape of the host pipe, extending the life of the combined pipe for many decades.
“But clearly we cannot sit down and relax”, says Tim Brandenburger, “The market is becoming more competitive and many more installation companies are fighting for the volume. So we need to differentiate ourselves and maintain our competitiveness.” Consequently, Brandenburger strategic objective is to provide the best service in the market, while selling liners of excellent quality.
After several years of development, the Brandenburger liner manufacturing process now has a very flexible set-up, allowing the production of liners easily within a day. Instrumental to this success was the ability to impregnate the glass fabrics with UV curable resin and achieve high levels of thickening in only 4 hours (while before, thickening could easily take a week).
“AOC has provided us with a unique technical solution that really makes the difference in our production,” comments Tim Brandenburger. “If our customer has a challenge we can react fast and provide great service, because we know we can make a tailored liner at short notice. We have been able to protect this great technology by patents, and we are very proud in passing on the benefits to our customers.”
It does happen several times per year that a contractor finds surprises underground and needs support at short notice. These surprises can include unexpected changes in diameter or an installation length slightly higher than originally anticipated. Brandenburger has the possibility to meet special customer demands within 24 hrs. and is ready to provide on-site support when required.
“AOC and Brandenburger in a way have a similar business philosophy: selling consistent products with predictable performance; providing great support for continuous improvement and cost reduction; leading innovation to push the limits of the current technology”, adds Tim Brandenburger. “I believe that for that reason AOC is a great supplier to us, as their Quality Resins and smart people help to build a healthy future for both.”