Yet another edition of the Hannover Messe industrial fair, which took place in Hanover, Germany between 13 and 17 April 2015, is over.
The Hannover Messe constitutes an unusual opportunity to learn about the latest worldwide technological developments and present the visitors with the company’s offer. This year’s fair was participated by more foreign visitors than ever before – the number of guests amounted to approx. 70 thousand and the number of all visitors reached 220 thousand. Owing to the fair, Expom established business contacts with approximately thirty potential customers, which initiated ongoing talks on the cooperation.
The Fair comprised as many as ten exhibitions: Industrial Automation, Motion - Drive & Automation, Energy, Wind, MobiliTec, Digital Factory, ComVac, Industrial Supply, Surface Technology and Research & Technology. The number of exhibitors exceeded 6.5 thousand and Poland was represented by 87 companies.
Expom increases production capacity in the scope of craneage and anti-corrosion protections. This is another big project in a company specializing in the production of large-dimension steel structures for the needs of, among others, marine, offshore or power industry.
A primary goal of this project is to increase the production capacity of the company. A modern overhead travelling crane has been purchased, owing to which production craneage has increased from 10 to 30 tons. Moreover, a new sector for shot blasting, i.e. a new shot-blasting booth has been created in the painting shop, a new system of painting pumps has also been introduced - the room has been equipped with high-efficiency membrane pumps.
- The increase in the capacity at the anti-corrosion section is the key investment into Expom infrastructure due to high anti-corrosion requirements in the industries in which we develop sales – explains the President of the Management Board, Rafał Domżalski.
Two years ago Expom elaborated a cohesive investment plan. That strategy assumed, above all, the increase in the cubic volume of rooms and three-fold increase in craneage. Moreover, the following activities were planned: the change of paint coat application technology for more efficient one , the construction of another shotblaster and training the staff in the scope of Frosio and Norsok projects. All stages have been executed by the company consistently as per the adopted schedule. The last element of this long-term development plan in this area is the construction of automated, high-temperate paint chamber with the cubic volume of 500 cubic metres. This innovative equipment will be put into operation as early as in August this year and it will crown all the investments.
The total cost of outlays incurred is estimated to be above PLN 1 million. This is the biggest enterprise of Expom in recent years in the scope of development of paint section.
Paint shop's parameters:
AIR COAT, AIRLESS methods of paint layer application;
- room 1 - 50 x 20 x 10 m
- room 2 - 30 x 15 x 6 m
- room 3 - 20 x 15 x 6 m
Craneage: 30 tons;
Two shot-blasting chambers;
Modern systems of ambient parameter measurement with digital historic data recording;
Developed system of measurements with qualitative method (during painting and after painting), salinity tests;
- 25 trained painters / coaters,
- 4 persons with the license of supervision inspectors.
Expom can classify 2014 as exceptionally successful. In addition to numerous investments in machinery, completions of new orders, and participations in fairs, we experienced lots of nice events and were recognized by many distinctions, due to which this year can be considered fruitful.
Expom is a company with high growth dynamics, where 98 per cent of production is exported. For this reason investments are gradually made in the machinery park and plant modernization. The previous year’s changes in the company are a continuation of a plan started in 2013 to modernize it in the amount of nearly 1.5 million EUR. Investments last year included two overhead cranes with lifting capacity of 20 tonnes, which are the largest handling equipment purchased by the company in its history to date. The increase in production was largely influenced by the purchase of a modern HAAS EC-1600 Machining Centre. This machine allows for the quick and precise fabrication of complex steel parts. In our part of Europe, the machine model is very unique, which makes the offer of the company from Kurzętnik with a 63-year-old tradition very professional.
2014 also included lots of positive feedback from our clients about completed orders. We realized a number of spectacular projects, such as a large-size HSC 700 marine crane weighing 50 tonnes, with a maximum operating capacity of nearly 20 tonnes and 34 meter reach, made entirely in our Kurzętnik factory. During the first two months of the year, we made for one of our major foreign partners in Germany two of the largest and heaviest welded structures in Expom S.A.’s history to date, weighing approx. 50 tonnes each and measuring approx. 6.7 x 6.1 x 3.5 m. Also worth mentioning is the Knuckleboom articulating offshore crane, with a 10 tonne lifting capacity and an arm length of 13 meters characterized by a distinctive two-piece construction, which left the confines of the factory walls on a Scandinavian client’s order. During 2014 Expom gained six new clients, which brought the total number of company contractors to twenty. The diverse and constantly growing order portfolio is for the company's board the best proof of the brand’s growing recognition on the international market in this industry. Our priorities are the production of a highly processed final product, growth of our client portfolio, and consistent investment in Expom S.A. staff and infrastructure.
Minister of Economy Visit
An event that was next to impossible to ignore was the visit of the Minister of Economy, Janusz Piechociński, to the company's headquarters in Kurzętnik. The goal of the visit was to discuss opportunities for further cooperation with the marine industry and future of the energy market in Poland. The Minister had the opportunity to view our modern machine park and the recently produced HSCT 350 telescopic crane weighing 32 tonnes. - Today Expom is one of the most modern companies in the region, utilizing the most advanced technologies, thanks to which nearly 100 percent of production is exported. I am pleased that the company has its share of great trade dynamics on such demanding Western markets - said Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechociński during the meeting and emphasized the importance of the company in building Poland’s image as a country having innovative and valuable export capital.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Over the past year Expom did not forget about supporting the local community and interesting initiatives. Already at the beginning of 2014, the company signed a sponsorship deal with the local sports club Zamek Kurzętnik, thanks to which talented young athletes could continue to develop their passions. The event which served to integrate all Kurzętnik residents were the Kurzętnik Commune Days and Expom Days, during which Sylwia Grzeszczak performed.
Around 8000 people participated in these summer events. The "Scientific Picnic Under the Stars" was also an attraction, during which one could admire a model of the solar system.
Distinctions and awards
Expom S.A. is one of the largest companies in the region, which is why our work does not go unnoticed. We are pleased that the hard work of all our employees is noticed and awarded. During the last ceremonial Kurzętnik Commune Council Session on November 7, Bronze Merit Badges were awarded. Honoured with this state distinction was Rafał Domżalski, Expom President of the Board. It was a great honour for the entire company team. Expom S.A. was also awarded in the Business Gazelles (Gazele Biznesu) ranking, which is a list of the most dynamically developing small and medium-sized enterprises. The distinction is proof of the appreciation and trust in the company from Kurzętnik.