December 21, 2012

The New Year of 2013 will be great

Peikko head-office in Lahti, Finland, 21.12.2012, with a lot of snow around.

In a story a stereotypical American is saying that "this year was really good, and next year will be even better". The optimism in North America is such that many people in Europe or elsewhere just cannot understand it. And I think they are wrong, because Americans are just so much better with this respect.

In my home country in Northern Europe I can many times hear that "Pessimists will never be disappointed". Obviously this is true, but how many opportunities we are just losing when being pessimists. Probably a lot of missed opportunities.

I am the first one to admit that in our company Peikko many things are wrong, however, in general we are a very optimistic company. Based on e.g. turnover this year of 2012 we grew from 105 M€ (2011)  to some level of 112-113 M€ of sales. Not bad under the current economic circumstances. Again, we believe that next year we will grow much more. We have reasons to believe that, but we also just believe in that, just a pure belief. And it helps to reach our goals.

Because the next year of 2013 will be great, it is easy for me to wish also to you A HAPPY NEW YEAR OF 2013! Let´s be optimistic and change our world, e.g. the construction business, to be a better place.

December 7, 2012

5-star Hotel Kempinski and 5-star Peikko

Hotel Kempinski construction works, Minsk, November 2012
5-Star hotel chain of Kempinski hotels and Peikko are not having much in common. At least at Peikko we need to have so reasonable prices for our customers that we are not staying in 5-star hotels when we travel, sometimes even 3-stars are too much.  

Nevertheless, in Minsk, Belorussia Hotel Kempinski and Peikko have a lot in common. There is a new Kempinski hotel under construction in the heart of the city, and there are thousands of parts from Peikko there. Peikko BelRus LLC, our Belorussian team has been able to help various jobsites around Belorussia with their technical support. In the case of Kempinki e.g. our PSB Punching Prevention Systems were used.

Last but not least, in which hotel did I stay in Minsk in November? Actually sometimes we are so cost-conscious that we are not staying in our travel in hotels at all - I was staying in a nice and clean rented apartment 1/3 of the price of any Minsk hotel :-)  

Peikko PSB Punching Shear - this special punching prevention system enables thinner in-situ floor slabs
 and thus lighter and more convinient structures

December 1, 2012

Which country? Government debt only 6.7% of GDP in 2011


When evaluating the health of the construction market in a given country, the health of the government in that given country is a big part of the evaluation. The governments of the world are effecting the conditions of residential activity, they are great builders themselves for non-residential construction such as schools, hospitals and elderly homes, and naturally they play the major part of infracture construction (railways, roads, harbors etc.).

And when is the government able to act? When they money issues are in balance. The problem in most Western European and North American countries is the excessive debt burden that is about to sink us all: we spend more than we earn. Quite simple to undertand but still it seems hard for most governments to realize this and also act.

There is however, one nice example of the contrary. The country is Estonia, the northernmost Baltic countries with some tiny 1,3 million population. In Estonia they use what their earn and not overspend. And maybe this the reason why they are just now doing pretty well.

I had the opportunity to meet a larger group of Estonian businessmen in Finland some time ago and I must say I was impressed about their realistic views, optimism and agressive goals. It seems that at the same time when most Europeans are not understanding what to do, the Estonians have their biggest chance of lifetime to make the impact in Europe.

By the way, where is the Estonian government money now going? E.g. Peikko is involved in quoting number of Deltabeams for university expansions. Building up new universities seems at least to me a bright idea to spend money for.

My grandfather came originally from Estonia and a small version of the above flag used to be placed in the house where I grew up in Finland in 70s and 80s. I am happy that the flag can be now also used in Estonia  (in Soviet regime it was not allowed) and I wish all the best for this tiny country in the north ! I wish there would be more countries spending only the portion they earn.

November 23, 2012

The sunny future of the Czech Republic


The solar field near Prague
 Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Czech Republic and fairly close to the Prague airport I saw a mysterous sight. In this heavily foggy and rainy day there opened up hectars and hectars of solar power fields in front of me. The scale of the field was pretty amazing.

What made the experience also more odd was the rain and fog - somehow I started to feel bad for the investors already. In Europe we are pretty desperate to invent new sustainable energy sources but in that day this investment had no pay-back. But yes, I know, sun can also shine in the Czech Republic also.

Peikko is also somehow involved in the this new power field as well. We just recently delivered more than 20.000 pcs of our BSA-anchors for a solar power filed in Chile, South America. What is pretty interesting in this venture is the fact that the project in Chile is the biggest of its kind in the World, financed by the Codelco Mining, a company that owns and runs the copper mines in Chile. 

I hope the sustainable energy sources will be more in the world. Hopefully some also with Peikko anchors as well..... :-)

Peikko BSA anchor


October 26, 2012

How Nokia is changing the construction market?

I spent two weeks ago some three days at the Finnish construction exhibition, hold once in every two years, called FINNBUILD. For Peikko this is important show because the Finnish market is still very important for us: maybe not anymore because of its relative size for us but because of the demanding customers and challenging wheather conditions that force us to perform better.

The interesting thing I noted at the exhibition was the background of the people I met. There were several persons that had only limited experience from the construction business - many had years of background from telecommunications.

This has obviously a reason: the local telecom giant Nokia and its suppliers are not doing well and there has been thousands of people force to leave that company and its supplier base. And many of these people are reshaping the construction business now.

I met e.g. a director of an structural engineering company, now highly focused for international growth and product development. I met a person working in the precast company. I met a person working in the insulation materials company. I met a person bringing new innovative products into the market place. All with Nokia or Nokia supplier background.

The curse for one company may be a huge blessing for a another industry - so it seems right now on telecom and Finland.

October 12, 2012

Healthy and safe school project

Anybody interested in a model of safe construction project should visit the United Kingdom. Yes, this is my subjective opinion, but an opinion I have got via countless visits to building site all over the world. This time I was pleased to visit a school project by a construction company Laing O`Rourke, where things were very well in place.

First of all, as a visitor my outfit was 1) glasses, 2) helmet, 3) yellow jacket, 4) gloves, 5) safety boots and 6) identification batch.  It was not just about jumping into the site with normal "gear" J
Secondly, there were very well marked pathways for pedestrians, with all the nuts/bolts and other harmful nods covered with plastic. The safety postings were properly placed.
Thirdly, the site was CLEAN. And I mean really clean, there was no scrap and other materials lying around anywhere.
Last but not least, the construction was a full precast building. The components (walls, columns, beams) of the building came from a precaster factory and there were very few people at the building site – the headcount of some 75-80 would have been at least double with traditional in-situ method.
Based on my gut feeling the project must also be a productive one – and productivity means longer-run also profitability for Laing O´Rourke.






October 2, 2012

Introducing new techniques: floor joints in Turkey

New techniques, particularly in the world of construction, take a lot of time to penetrate new markets. This we face at Peikko all too often – our teams are totally frustrated when simple new innovations are not taken into use, however logical they might be.
On example where this happened in a very nice way is a recent project in Turkey we did for a large Turkish retailer. Like in many countries the retailer had had problems with the concrete floors, particularly in its warehouses. With a consultation of Peikko Turkey a flooring solution was designed for the new distribution center and the end result was very good. The investor specified the flooring, the general constructor supported the use of a new product and the flooring company responsible for the work did a excellent work – considering the fact that they used the products first time.
End result – crack-free, high-quality flooring for warehouse to be used for many years to come. The first Tera Joint project in Turkey for Peikko.
In many cases It takes at least 3 things to get new building technique into use: 1) smart investor to insist it, 2) good training and planning, and 3) quality team to use the product first time. All these three were in place in this Turkish project.
 

I hope there are many more Tera Joint projects to come not only in Turkey , but also in other countries as well.

September 21, 2012

Can you be happy with smog?

When travelling in China, the first thing that one is paying attention to is the color of the sky. It is not blue. It is not white. It is grey. First you wonder, then you start to feel sorrow and empathetic for the Chinese people. Why do they have to live in man-made smoggy conditions similar to Germany or UK some 100 years ago?  On the left you can see a picture of the "blue" sky of China, how blue the sky was this week - without any real clouds around.

The funny thing is that all the real estate commercials and advertisements have complete blue skies – so blue that it is almost feeling like a joke when you see the reality.
In my trip this week to China I saw again a lot of construction activity on-going. I was also myself visiting some construction sites – massive projects with massive number of people working there. I was also amazed about the salary levels explained to me. Particularly in the coastal areas workforce is no longer as cheap as it used to be and not as easily available. There is definitely room now for efficiency, also in the form of precast construction.  I wish the precast machinery manufacturers and their sales force are now very active in this country! Efficiency and environmental considerations are needed for construction, not only on most smog-causing coal power plants.
But to answer the question of the title, can one really be happy when not seeing really the sun? I think one can, but I still believe one can be more happy if the sky is blue. 

September 12, 2012

The country of most half-made buildings

Whenever I visit UAE I am always amazed. This little country sitting on the sand is amazing, and we at Peikko also have our little problems - like unwanted visitors at our Ras Al Khaimah factory - see below.

 Another issue is the amount of half-finished construction in the country. During the boom times huge amount of buildings were started, and sadly huge amount of building scelatons are laying around with hardly any work done for the last 4 years. One example is the this site in Ajman, which between Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah were Peikko has its UAE factory. I would not like to work for the company trying to manage and decide what to do with these half-finishes building frames !!!!


September 6, 2012

3 precasters, 3 perspectives

In the last weeks I have been happy to meet several customers – construction companies, design companies and precasters – in multiple countries. After summer it feels like “customer euphoria”:  I have really got a boost of motivation while being able to learn from the business of our customers. Here some thoughts from 3 precasters, companies that make concrete columns, beams and walls in their factories, to be later assembled at the building site.  And I was happy to visit the factory floor of each or them.
The first company had decided to build a new factory in a new country. It was very interesting to hear about how they are developing and changing the habits of making precast elements in that particular country – with new insulation materials, with new surface materials etc. The drive to develop the company by expanding geographical area and by bringing new technologies to customers – it impressed me a lot.
The second company had already invested in new machinery some years back, but now had decided to invest on processes. The LEAN philosophy was evident on the factory floor – there had been serious cleaning on-going and obsolete machinery, tooling and suppliers could not be found on the factory floor. New vendor-managed inventories had been taken into use and all equipment had special, marked places. I have never ever seen a cleaner precast factory!
The third factory I visited had invested in bringing new design methodology.  They had selected a new structural design company with roots from another country to work they detailing in a new manner – and only after that purchased several new machinery.  The company had decided to sell not only what the customer typically requests, but components with increased quality & functionality.
What made me extremely proud was that all these three companies had selected Peikko as their main supplier of connections  - see some used products in the pictures – after the visits I was really impressed not only on the customers, but also on my own local team members who had served the customers so well.
I wish I could use the teachings of these customers in our own Peikko business. When have you last time learned from your customers?

August 22, 2012

Connections between countries – the Allegro experience

When borders between countries become open, it typically increases the economic activity. And further on, when the connections between them are improved, people start to move as well. And this of course brings economic activity, also for the construction business.
I am typing this text while sitting in Allegro –train between Helsinki and St.Petersburg, a train filled with Finnish and Russian businessmen and tourists. The high speed train takes only 3,5 hours between the cities and crosses the border of Finland and Russia during that same time.  I left Helsinki at 6:12 am and will be in city center of St.Petersburg at 10:48 am – Russian time is ahead of Finland one hour.
The connection did not used to be this way. Only some years ago it took more than 6 hours, minimum one hour stop at the border. And when looking back even further back to my youth in 80`s, the border was virtually not open because in the Soviet system people could not travel abroad. The concept of “free travel” is not so new after all.
But the boosting trade and economic activity between Russia and Finland is certainly now a reality. There are numerous shopping malls, spas and hotels build in Finland that without the Russian tourists would have never ever been built. And Peikko has obviously benefitted from this, not only on our sales and deliveries in Russia itself.
After all, borders can be also closed. I hope that the politicians in Russia remain wise, although sometimes I wish my good friends in Russia could have even better leaders. Economic activity such as construction business between countries is certainly not the only tool to keep peace in the world, but it certainly helps a lot in this process.

July 26, 2012

The fight for right prices and delivery times

A famous quote from Emerson states that "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail".

At Peikko we have in recent years followed this quote, maybe even too much. In the area of manufacturing Peikko has started in just the last two years large scale manufacturing in new facilities in Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), St. Petersburg (Russia), Zhangjiagang (China) and Philadelphia (USA). These facilities are no longer small, all together there are almost 150 workers in these four facilities combined.

Why have we been doing these actions - because of our customer´s wish to buy products from us with right price and right delivery time. And this wish is naturally universal - technical good products are nice to think about, but only nice to buy if the delivery and prices are also correct. And this is now reality in the Gulf area, North America, China and Russia.

The expansion of activities has been fast and definitely there has been a lot of pain internally. Not all processes have been good enough to be "exported" from Peikko´s main factories. Not all positions have had the right persons at the very beginning. Not everything is ready now - we are fighting still every day to improve. But again, the possibilities are enormous and they make us to overcome the technical and cultural challenges - to fight for our customers.

Last but not least, about the picture above - a semifinished Deltabeam is under manufacturing in Philadelphia, USA. Due to local manufacturing we now have received great projects from both Canadian and US customers and our autumn 2012 capacity is pretty full already - great future for Deltabeam in North America.

July 18, 2012

The Swiss building experience

I had the pleasure to visit Switzerland in June and had a nice visit at EPFL, the technical university located in Lausanne, near Geneva.

First of all, I was extremely impressed about the university as a whole. When meeting professors and seeing the labs, it was really evident how the Swiss scientists have changed the world and will change the world also in the future. The knowhow was visible, also the international touch - also due to the fact that many students were coming outside Switzerland. Back in early 90s I was also studying short while myself in Switzerland and this visit brought back many (good) memories.

Secondly, I visited the recently build center building for the university, the place where all the students meet for cafeteria and group works etc. This Rolex-building was a very interesting experience - the whole structure was just so different. The structural engineers had spend really hours to calculate the loads and to find solutions - the building was just odd shapes alltogether.

Again the Swiss have made something marvellous ! I recommend anybody interested in great architechture to visit this site. And the serving in the student coffee shop was not a bad one either :-)

June 25, 2012

The right building material

For applications near the sea Peikko is always asked about special materials. Sometimes there are acid-proof materials required, sometimes stainless steel, sometimes our own developed surface technique Eco-Galvanizing is enough - a coating equal to hot dip galvanizing. This coating is also very cost-efficient as it can be applied to a certain part of the product, such as bolt, in the area which is exposed to the tough conditions.

So steel has to be in right grade when build near sea.

When travelling in UK, namely in Bembridge in the Isle of Wight, back some weeks ago I was visiting a nice house on the sea. Yes, on the sea as the house was a station for life boats. For the sake of tides the boat house was built with a beautiful bridge on the sea.

What made me to look twice was the chosen surface material for the station, wood. The building was looking great and the selected surface was for sure architectually the correct one, however, I became to wonder how long will it take when the surfaces need to be remade. I hope I am wrong, but I think it is a matter of years in these harsh, salty and windy conditions.

Please make a visit to a beautiful island of Isle of Wight, I truly recommend it. Also the life boat station is worth a visit. But do not build yourself wooden construction on the sea - seems to be not a good idea, at least from the first look of it!

May 14, 2012

The road to Slovakia

My first real visit to Slovakia was during summer 2005. I had just joined Peikko and we had realized we need to start looking for new factory areas in the Central Eastern Europe. The long-term cost competitiveness and the potential growth around led us to look places in Slovakia. The first trips were a bit awkward – roads were tiny and not in good condition, the industrial areas by the roads were Sovjet-style and a lot of them abandoned. The country was just about to start booming, again, the boom was not yet visible.
At Peikko we did start activities in an old and bad-quality steel-cassette hall in October 2005: there were a leader and a handful of workers. That was a small start and things were for sure not under control at the beginning. But things were growing only bit by bit so it was kind of ok way. Then, in 2007 we started a construction of large-scale greenfield investment, with focus of a major Deltabeam production center for Central Europe.
Just recently I drove again to our factory site at a small community of Kralova nad Vahom from Vienna Airport. I suddenly realized how much had really changed in just less than 7 years. And moreover, the road was almost all highway now, like the road in Austrian side to Slovakia. The amount of new buildings was striking – once I was really focusing to look around me while driving.
Also, at Peikko Slovakia things lookeed different. We have almost 200 Deltabeams manufactured every week in Slovakia, with several other product lines serving the neighboring markets as well. There are almost 200 highly qualified workers in our modern offices and factory, and things are running forward. Only this year we are investing more than 1 M€ to further improve facilities and technology.
But it is so easy to NOT to notice the difference. This is the human behavior – the glass is always half-empty, never half-full. Road to Slovakia has gone through major, major improvements, so have the operations of Peikko in this beautiful country of Slovakia. 

April 30, 2012

Beams build to last

In Toledo, Spain, I had the opportunity to visit a nice restaurant, El Palacete.  http://www.restauranteelpalacete.com/ The food and surroundings were good, I can well recommend it.

The building had been made already some 900 years ago and interestingly, the current owners claim that e.g. the wooden beam that holds up the roof/ceiling structure, is the original one. Not bad work.

Sometimes structures work for a long time! I wish some of the 7000 buildings now done with Peikko´s Deltabeam still exist year 3000, and somebody is looking at them and wonders how they are still working after 900 years...

April 17, 2012

Business can be very windy

I am this week visiting EWEA exhibition, an event organized by the European Wind Energy Association in Copenhagen, Denmark.

It is interesting to see the type of companies and organizations working in this sector.

First, I am totally amazed about the amount of governmental money involved. There are many stands where some regions are promoting themselves to be the best one ever for an investment location. Please come to our area, it is very windy here! Please come to our area, we have nice harbor for your off-shore platform repair ships to park! Please come to our area, I do not really know why, but please come anyway because I am paid to say so!

Secondly, it is nice to see so many companies that have just started in this area of wind. The CEO of the company had made a decision that the company brochures needs some wind towers in it - it looks very good - and that is why the company needs to be in this sexy wind business. To my surprise Peikko is already a very experienced player, only being less than 5 years in this business!

Thirdly, the best visitors are the private investors. It is just awesome to see some person that have done some farming business before and are now coming to the exhibition stand developing their hectars in a bit different way - getting wind farms on-going. They are not men in black suits, they are persons with passion. Great !

Last but not least, I am happy about Peikko and our offering. It seems that we are one of the very few companies to provide a real solution for the wind tower foundation. Our solution is unique and it is just so nice to meet a customer at the exhibition stand to thank us for what we have done. This is the reason to be at the exhibitions, hear genuine thanks from customers! This shot of energy drink lasts weeks!

Have a look at Peikko´s solution at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7k-ayGWfh4&context=C4e31628ADvjVQa1PpcFNkw3QNxutpuy30xkdThbClDkp_fBLnUqY=

April 11, 2012

Trip in the ghost town of Sesena




During the Easter time I had the opportunity to visit the Spanish capital Madrid for vacation. For the fun of it I also visited a nice monument of the boom 2006-2008 – a ghost town of Sesena about 25 minutes south of Madrid.
Built by one rich man (supposedly now not anymore so rich) it is symbol of the boom – more than 80% of the apartments are still empty.  And oh dear, the statue of the man with his wife was cute, reminded so much of Lenin statues of the Soviet era. All best for Francisco and Hernando !
I felt sorry for the Spanish people, however, this kind of case can happen in any country. Two weeks before I had seen a similar area in Dubai. The difference there was that no house had been finalized whereas in Spain the buildings had been at least made ready.
Want to buy an apartment in Sesena? Will be very cheap and I can quarantee  one thing - neighbors will not bother you.

April 1, 2012

Even the best ones can go bankrupt; if business in wrong country

Construction business is in many ways a volatile business because it is entirely based on investments: somebody is investing to build something. If it is residential, somebody has to invest in houses.  If it is hospital, government is investing in public health. If it is new factory, somebody is investing in new production. It is investment related business. And in many parts of southern Europe we see that nobody is investing – not people, not government, not companies.  
Peikko has had in one European country a very good customer for almost a decade. This precaster has been technologically advanced, open for new solutions and looking for new ideas to develop the industry. It has been run by a family which has acted modestly, putting money into business and not on fancy cars. The factories have been running efficiently. The sales and marketing has been effective and well-managed. And yet, this company is about to be closing down now.
Why? If e.g. the cement consumption of this given country is this year of 2012 in the level of 1967, something is fundamentally wrong - there is just no commercial activity in this sector. And one single company just cannot do anything for it. Period.
What could be the message to the owners of this company? You have done a good job, but fighting against windmills is impossible.  Remember to have an American view, bankruptcy is merely an opportunity to learn for the future. Let´s not act in a “normal” European way where failure in business is making a bad mark for the persons involved rest of their lifes.
To see companies to bust without any reason of their own makes me angry. But this is the life of construction in certain countries in Europe at the moment.  

March 23, 2012

The great Lehrling-practice of Germany

Some time ago I had the opportunity to meet customers from a big-sized German precast element factory. The people which I met were fairly young, in their early 30s, but were in key positions in that company. Because of knowing the titles prior our meeting I had expected to meet a couple of older fellows, however, it was a pleasant surprise to see persons that had been given responsibility in such a young age.
After some discussions with them I understood clearly why they had the tasks they had. Both of them had already more than 10 years of experience within this company and were extremely committed to the values of the company, had worked in several positions already and seemed to know all the functions of this big company.
Why did they have such an experience and such commitment? Because they had joined the company already during their studies and had been "forced" to work in all departments. The German Lehrling-system, where students are partly working, partly studying a for certain amount of time, had been really working for the benefit for this company.
Peikko is working in the field of construction, which is often not the most attractive field of business for people.  To get committed and experienced persons is many times the bottleneck to grow. We do have many students working in this way in our Peikko Deutschland GmbH ourselves, again, things have to be done also in other countries towards this direction.
I must say the meetings with customers are always good, but this one was a very special one – made me really to learn and think myself.

February 23, 2012

Quebec City – the city of white tents

Hundreds of years ago, when the first French settlers arrived to the riverside of Quebec in eastern Canada, they faced serious problems. After the first winter most people had died of various sicknesses, mainly due to improper housing conditions.  The French had build their houses just like at home from stones and without insulation, however, the way houses were build in France did not give the right protection during the tough winter times. Adaptation to the local nature was hard, again, it did not take many winters when the settlers looked at how Indians lived and figured out how to build houses that function also during winter. The key was the adaptability on local conditions.
What paid my attention last week when visiting Peikko office in Quebec City in Canada, was again conditions for construction. In today´s economy the construction is done 12 months/year and the way how the Canadian builders have to face the weather conditions is very unique. Canada, a land of extremes has summer temperatures up to + 40 C and winter temperatures down to -40C. How the building sites have to tackle with coldness and snow is extreme. Distances to places are long by any measurement, affecting material flows to the building site. All in all, things could be easier.
In order to survive one has to adapt to the environment. I hope we at Peikko can do that, by presenting the right set of products  to our customers in the right way. Looks like we have been successful, e.g. this spring we are delivering Deltabeams for a high-rise building in London, Ontario. This is the highest ever building to be made by Deltabeam in Peikko´s history.
And talking about snow, here is picture how every driveway in front of houses in Quebec City looks like – cars have white tents during the winter time. When there have been half a meter of snow during the night time, it is so much easier to go for work, without using the snow-remover.  Canadians are creative and can adapt – there are many things for us to learn !

February 21, 2012

The curse of Eurocodes, energy saving and seismically safe buildings

Why is the European construction materials industry lacking drive and innovation? This I have discussed with many from the industry, from various countries. When asking about great innovations during the last 5 years there are not many that people can mention. From the European perspective, there are at least three things to blame why companies seem to be slowing down with their R&D, at least in the fields related to building frame construction. And these drivers are very real.
Firstly, it takes forever for companies to work with Eurocodes. Individual products need new calculations; there are new requirements for CE-markings, new types of lengthier processes for product approvals, such as the famous and almighty ETAs (European Technical Approvals). Luckily Europe is becoming one market place; nevertheless, the price of it is a huge burden for R&D personnel.
Secondly, energy efficiency is the focus of today. This is fully understandable - heating and air conditioning is major driver for energy usage and many concepts need to be adapted because of this. And companies are eager to fulfill these demands, sometimes so eager that they waste their money on needless consulting studies offered by companies that do not even know themselves what they are doing. But it certainly sounds fantastic and eco-friendly.
Thirdly, there are now earthquakes everywhere. Again, nothing bad to update the norm and norms to be update with new information has to be done. But why is e.g. some city in North-West Russia belonging all of a sudden to some seismic zone, when the area is in all seismic maps whiter than white – not red like New Zealand?  There are certainly cases were politicians have overreacted, thus putting the focus of the companies in slightly, or in some cases totally, to wrong direction.
I am pro unified European market, I am pro energy efficiency, and I am pro safe structures for seismic areas. But how to combine all that and to keep the industry dynamic with new innovations? Sorry to say, I do not have an answer for this difficult formula.

January 26, 2012

First Deltabeam project in USA !

To introduce a product in a new market can be tricky. It usually takes a lot of effort, for Peikko to get real Deltabeam projects on-going it took more than 3 years - and a massive amount of efforts.

For our North-American team it took a lot of time to sort out the required certification issues, start the marketing of the product, convince customers and finally to agree on the first deliveries. Not to forget the fact that production was also started simultaneously by ourselves in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The success for the first project in USA was of course helped by the fact that there had already been multiple larger projects on-going in Canada - it took us only about 2 years to get projects there.

Please see the site pictures of our customer, Mid-States Concrete Industries, at flicker at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/63983855@N04/6715139293/in/set-72157628913309151

The project is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The project is called Dwell Bay View, a mixed residential and commercial space.