Challenges are familiar to Kalzip, as our specialist projects often require bespoke solutions. Our wide range of sophisticated products and systems means we can provide the right solutions for most project requirements as we successfully transfer technologies and designs from special projects into our standard product range to make them a market-ready solution. We are able to do this because we have our own in-house machine development facilities, in which we design, manufacture and maintain our machines involved in the production process.
Thanks to our knowledge transfer , the lessons learned from the Chernobyl sarcophagus can be applied to a new product range.
Similar to the cutting edge engineering derived from Formula One or space technologies, we can develop materials and systems for extreme conditions. The knowledge we gain is later incorporated into our product portfolio, for example the “Vario LB” system for refurbishment, which recently won the Plus X Award, features many components from the Chernobyl application. It is precisely these synergies that benefit Architects, Contractors and clients for public buildings such as hospitals, care centres, schools and commercial properties. Knowledge gained from applications such as international sports stadiums, airports and even the new sarcophagus at Chernobyl ensure that any construction project utilising the Kalzip system will be long-lasting and sustainable.
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All in all, the issue of sustainability takes on a completely different dimension here. While the ecological perspective of our clients usually focuses on material parameters, energy efficiency and environmental compatibility, for the Chernobyl project, manufacturing quality, durability and structural performance also played significant roles.
The containment of the reactor certainly challenged Kalzip – but not in areas that were uncharted territory for us. We simply rose to the challenge, and have been able to showcase the competencies that already play an important role in our corporate culture and product quality. In this way, we were able to incorporate the extreme project requirements into an extremely good product solution.