July 30, 2013

Greenfield of Peikko Germany

The overview of Peikko Germany, a real GREENFIELD investment over the last 7-8 years. Please note the solar panels on the top of the factory halls !
 I am getting frequently news from recent investment projects cited on various newspapers to my e-mail account. It is very rewarding to read through this information, because even in Europe there is a lot of developments on-going. One can not be pessimistic after reading all these to-be projects.

Surprisingly, I was last week caught with a surprise - there was article about Peikko and in fact all the details were correct ! A German magazine had explained our investments in Germany, see the article at http://www.hna.de/lokales/korbach-waldeck/fester-halt-waldeck-verbindungselemente-hochbau-3004450.html
Yes, we are investing in machinery, and yes, we are also investing in Germany.  We believe our Höringhausen site is long-term beneficial production place and we have been lucky to get excellent persons to work there.

I hope through these investments we can support our Central European customers even with better lead-times and be even more cost-efficient with our services !

July 23, 2013

Deltabeams – want to buy a copycat?

Picture:  Fake Deltabeams on their way to a building site – likely to be re-painted at the building site there with expensive fire-coating.
The goal to cut costs is sometimes strong, so strong that costs are cut by ignoring safety issues, or not to care somebody´s intellectual product rights.

In the recent case a large contractor bought steel beams from a smaller steel fabricator who realized that the fire-painting would cost a lot. In the standard, general HQ-beam structure the beams require fire-protective painting in order the building structure not to collapse during the first 2-3 hours of fire.  In order to save costs this steel fabricator decided to make the beams Deltabeam look-a-likes, as Deltabeams have a proven behavior under the situation of fire WITHOUT fire-protective coating.
OOPPSSS, what went wrong?
First of all, the steel fabricator naturally broke Peikko´s patents and got a nasty “warning letter” from Peikko´s lawyers. Why would Peikko put a lot of efforts on fire tests, and then give everybody the right make copies? A law suit will follow.

Secondly, the beam design was such that the steel fabricator needs to anyway fire-paint the beams – the project will be for sure a loss-making one for the company.
What is the learning from this incident?To do things right first time might cost less.