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  1. Word from a client: Aseco

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    The sustainable disassemblement of cargo ships

    A look inside the process

    Freighters have a long durability. They can be used for decades before needing replacement. But even for these huge vessels there comes a time when they’re put out of commission. Getting rid of tons of steel is however no easy job. They’re often dumped and get washed ashore. Frank Geerdink, Director of Aseco Europe B.V, found a sustainable solution for this problem. 

    To make this project possible, Aseco has collaborated with CMT.  In the CMT shipyard decommissioned ships are cut up in different parts by using huge cutting wires. At the end of this extensive process, all that is left are big slices of metal. Some of these parts can be molten into steel, others get turned into recycled products. Aseco even manages to produce energy from some leftovers!

    They main advantages of disassembling ships in such a manner:

    • It’s a 100% save; for the surrounding environment, nature and people. 
    • It reduces Co2 and also reduces air and water pollution.
    • A safe environment can be created without having to disassemble a ship directly in the ocean (which often leads to pollution). 
    • It’s an automated system that doesn’t require hard and physical labour from workers. 

    Are you curious about this disassemblement process? Check the video below.

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    The challenge 

    enthusiasm by the team. Sustainability is an important pillar for Alcomex. So having the opportunity to collaborate with Aseco on such an important project fits perfectly with Alcomex. 

    Aseco required very specific pressure springs to place in between large steel pearls. The mechanical process could not function without these springs. They also needed to be dirt resistant in order to make the disassembling process economically viable. And to be able to cut straight through freighters the springs had to be especially strong. Such a complex project requires a custom solution; a service that Alcomex offers. 

    Before the project could be launched, Aseco and CMT international required approval and subsidies. Due to the complexity of the project it took several years before all requirements were met. Luckily in 2022, approval was given and they could finally start. 

    The solution 

    Before Alcomex could start their production process, a couple of NDA’s needed to be signed. Because the project was still in its first stage, confidentiality had to be assured. After signing however, Alcomex started manufacturing the specific springs required by Aseco. By installing the springs within a certain distance of one another, it was possible to cut through the ships. 

    Frank Geerdink, Director of Aseco about Alcomex. 

    The deciding factor to work with Alcomex was their way of communication. They understood in rapid time what we needed in order to run our first tests. The fact that they were able to custom make the products that we needed, exactly at the right time, is even further proof that we choose the right company to work with. 

    Are the Alcomex Springs important? Without a doubt! Even though 5 other businesses sent their springs for testing, the clear and concrete manner of communicating by Alcomex was by far superior.

  2. Alcomex expands its e-commerce product range by 900 new standard stock springs

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    Alcomex is always working on providing a better service to its customers. Not only when we are directly in contact, but also online. We work hard to continuously improve our e-commerce experience. Not only for a better customer journey in our web shop, but also to provide a better and larger product range online. Alcomex has become part of the Lesjofors Group. This partnership brings us a lot of opportunities and synergy projects. The first synergy project is the addition of 900 standard stock springs in our online shop.

    Which new standard springs are we adding?

    We are expanding our web shop assortment with more than 900 new products in the following categories:

    • Conical compression springs,
    • Vibrator springs,
    • Extension springs with turnable loops,
    • Thread fittings,
    • Double torsion springs,
    • Lockwashers Type A,
    • Lockwashers Type B,
    • Lockwashers Type C

    Moreover, we are also adding a great number of new products to our already existing torsion and disc springs assortment. With these improvements within our product range, we can provide our private and business customers an even better applicable spring for their application.

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    An optimal user experience

    To ensure that our ordering process online is as easy as can be, we have added two new functionalities in our e-commerce platform.

    Pay on account (for businesses)

    As of now it is possible for business customers (with or without an account) to pay on account. By doing so your organization will receive the products even faster than before.

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    No results? Get a custom made spring

    Are you looking for the right spring within your application, but are there no results? No problem. You now can easily create a custom made springs order via a form in our web shop. By filling the form out you will get in contact with our sales engineering team who will help you in the process of creating the right spring for your application.

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    By expanding our product portfolio to almost 5.000 springs – which we can deliver directly from stock – and providing a better online customer journey. We strive to fulfil an ever-rising online demand for industrial springs with the best possible quality and a high level of service.

  3. Spring-in-spring – optimal tension springs for garage doors

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    Customer case: ConDoor

    Springs are a vital part of the perceived quality of a sectional overhead garage door. If door springs are not well balanced, the door does not run smoothly. Spring technology is a complex part of the sectional overhead garage door and a combination of factors determine the quality, life span and functioning of a spring.

    A fruitful partnership

    Alcomex, part of the Lesjöfors’ Group is a highly specialized leading supplier to the door spring market in Europe. One of Alcomex’s customers is Condoor, a major producer of insulated overhead doors for industrial and residential buildings producing more than 50,000 doors per year. Since 2017, Alcomex is the sole supplier of door springs to the company after a process of investigating, bench-marking and testing of Alcomex’s solutions. 

    Kees-Jan Honig, CEO of ConDoor, comments on the test process:

    “After running a severe testing program in our own lab, we started producing small batches of doors with Alcomex springs. When all the lights turned green in 2017, we took the next step and Alcomex became our sole supplying partner in springs. Which means that we are 100% relying on their operational excellence performance. Also our customers, the door dealers that install the door at the homeowner or industrial facility, were happy with the new quality, life span and balance as well.” 

    Innovative spring solution revolutionized the business

    Condoor is impressed by Alcomex innovative approach. Alcomex introduced a Quattro tension spring solution which brought many benefits to the table for Condoor. Earlier, tension springs were perceived as the lesser solution in the garage door business. 

    Kees-Jan Honig explains:

    “Torsion springs could be calculated exactly to the right door weight and lifting system and with tension springs people always claimed that you had to compromise on this. The Quattro system proved to be perfect for our residential doors. Thanks to the spring-in-spring solution, the system was able to comply with the tough European safety norms. Also, the construction of the spring sets proved to be very compact, using little build-in space, which made it possible for us to offer pre-tensioned hardware sets to our customers, saving them time and money on site. The next step was the availability of that system for higher door weights, meaning bigger garage doors. Nobody wants to go back to the more complex and expensive old solution now.

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    Long-term relationship

    Condoor’s experience is that it is better to develop a relationship with a supplier to a level that both parties benefit from, rather than switching frequently. A speaking example of flexibility is the direct supply that Alcomex organized from its’ factory in India to Condoor’s plants in the Netherlands.

    “Both parties have to make money and on both sides there are people working to do their utmost. But people make mistakes sometimes and for us, it is important that problems are solved without any hesitation and that our supplying partner can follow our growth. In Alcomex, we have a partner with good logistic performance, high-quality product with ongoing development and a team of people that seem to realize what we need every day”, says Kees-Jan Honig.

  4. A special edition of our Wired Magazine: 30 years Alcomex. Read it now!

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    Exceeding expectations, the foundation for the success of Alcomex.

    In the latest edition of our Wired Magazine, we proudly look back on our 30 year history. Alcomex excisis 30 years and a lot has happened.

    For us the aim is that, while we are looking back with pride to our 30-year company history, we do realize that the secret of our success should be the ongoing ambition to live up to customer expectations and, on each new day, try to even improve our performance. 30 years of growth is a great achievement, but it means nothing if tomorrow we disappoint one of our customers. For example, by late delivery, bad quality, non-competitive pricing, or a failing customer service.

    That is the reason why we have now taken the opportunity to reload the Alcomex brand, by renewing our company values, mission, vision, and culture. We would like to be known, now and in the future, as the company that always tries to exceed the expectations of customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, and local communities. While considering the impact we have on the planet we all live on. That is quite a big ambition and a major challenge. But we do know that the secret of our success lies in working with happy customers and in life-long partnerships.

    “We would like to be known, now and in the future, as the company that always tries to exceed the expectations of customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, and local communities. While considering the impact we have on the planet we all live on.”

    Alcomex going strong for 30 years

    So far, the growth of Alcomex Springs Group is above expectation. Who would have thought that we could supply door springs to the US-market? Now we do, in large quantities. We can do this thanks to a strategic decision we took 15 years ago, with the start of our presence in India. Alcomex is in a good position for further growth. This is based upon a rapidly growing e-commerce platform, significant investments in machinery and facilities, and the new people that have reinforced our international teams.

    Pyramide of succes

    Our strategy is strongly connected to the five ‘securities’ in our Pyramid of Success,  a business model that we apply consistently for a number of years now; product quality, reliability, the right price, flexibility, and innovative technical solutions. Each and every decision is taken by evaluating it against the background of these basic check points. This for us ensures that we always try to take a direction that is beneficial for our main stakeholder: the customer.

    Wired

    Wired is our magazine through which we update our employees, customers, and other stakeholders with important developments within Alcomex Springs Group. We share stories and we open the dialogue for ideas and exchange of views.

    Take your time to scroll through the eight pages below and discover all you want to know about our mission, vision, core values, and listen to what our partners and customers have to say. And more…

  5. Alcomex India: A 15-year journey with continuous improvement

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    Alcomex India celebrates their 15 years anniversary. It was with foresight that in 2005 the previous owners of Alcomex, Mr Fred Baas and Mr René Kalkhuis, started the search for a spring manufacturing location in India. The choice for India was based on the geographic location; ideal for future market developments and on the opportunity for lower production costs. It was a big adventure, since until then there had only been one production facility for Alcomex, in Opmeer (NL). After reviewing and visiting various potential locations in Ahmedabad, Chennai and Pune, the choice for the first manufacturing plant outside Europe became Pune.

    Pune is close to Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, with its deep-water seaport and international airport. With a new express road planned between Pune and Mumbai the location had all the aspects they were searching for.

    The start in Pune

    In January 2007 the first employee was appointed and together with the company secretary and a chartered accountant. After completion of all documentation and receiving approval from the Indian Government, on 7 March 2007 “ALCOMEX SPRINGS PRIVATE LIMITED” started its journey.

    In April 2007, an office and small production space on the Weikfield Industrial complex in Sanaswadi Pune was rented and in parallel the search for a plot of land was formally started. A plot of land in the proximity of the Talegaon Dhamdhere village, 30 kilometres northeast of Pune was selected. This was an agricultural area. So the land had to be developed from scratch; obtaining permits, connection to water- and power supplies and road improvements.

    In the following month small machines were bought for cutting and welding and we started to produce pallets. More machines, like presses and de-coilers, and more employees came in and the pallet production. For the local market it appeared to be a solid way to earn some money in these early days. After the first CNC coiling machines and forklift truck were sourced in October 2007. We started production of small industrial springs. The first container with pallets was shipped to the Netherlands in November and some sample springs were couriered by air. We were in business!

    Alcomex India up and running

    In April 2008, production moved from the rental location to our new (and current) factory. The factory where the team started the installation of the coiling machines, tempering oven and the shot peening & powder coatings system. Production progressed and over the years the deliveries slowly increased.

    In 2010 we bought a new coiling machine from a national supplier. Equipped to produce torsion springs up to 12 mm wire diameter. Three more of these machines were shipped to the factories in Netherlands and Poland in 2011. To increase capacity and upgrade the quality of the finishing of the torsion springs… An automatic powder coat system with conveyor belt operation was installed in 2013. In the following years we also entered the Indian spring market and started to supply loyal partners. Partners like Gandhi Automations, Avians Automations and Metaflex.

    In 2016, under new ownership, Conrad Hietink and Jelle van Vliet became the managers of the Alcomex Group. With them the company started a new journey of growth. The focus on sales and expansion-projects resulted in rapid growth of volumes in Pune. To keep up with this, HDPE fillers and endcaps were developed, produced on integrated cutting and assembly lines. In 2018 we introduced a second production shift, increasing the number of employees. In 2020 major investments were implemented. Two new plug fitting lines, two bigger furnaces, a new LPG installation and a new coiling machine for wires from 4 mm to 12 mm.

    15 years anniversary

    We proudly celebrated our 15th anniversary with the complete team on the 7th of March 2022. The complete team engaged in a day filled with sports and dance activities. After a joint breakfast, followed by some speeches highlighting the past (Sandeep Patil, Managing Director), the present (Jeroen Hosper, Managing Director Operations Alcomex Group) and the future (Nitin Wagh, architect of the new building). The new office extension was formally opened, and the project for Building “B” was formally started by a traditional ground-breaking ceremony.

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    In its first 15 years, Alcomex Springs Pvt. Ltd. has exported more than 1.750 containers to eight different countries and numerous customers. This year, the first containers have been shipped to Canada and the USA. So the brand new 2.500 m2 facility, expected to be ready in the first half of 2023, is needed to keep up with the growing demand. Investment in new coiling machines, a shot peening machines, a powder coating system, waxing systems, plugging lines, forklifts and presses will ensure the needed capacity for years to come.

    On behalf of the complete Team of Alcomex Springs Pvt. Ltd. I would like to thank all colleagues, suppliers and customers for their commitment and support in the past, present and future! Let’s grow the business.

    Sandeep Patil

    MD Alcomex India

  6. Alcomex at the IDA Expo in Las Vegas

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    In the first week of April, Jan, Marco and Mirco visited the IDA EXPO in Las Vegas. The IDAExpo is the premier educational venue for those who derive their living from the door and access systems industry. The goal was to get information about the North American door market and spring specifications and to approach prospects.

    Our expectations after the IDA Expo

    We estimate 4 million garage doors and 1 million industrial doors are produced in North America. Together with a large replacement market for the enormous installed base the North American is estimated to be 3-4 times larger than the European market. 

    Although the challenge caused by the imperial system, the different wire, the used coating, colour codes, spring ID labelling, packaging and transport overseas the first containers are sold and delivered already.

    Our production

    Our production in Pune, ALCOMEX SPRINGS PVT. LTD is doing a great job adapting to the different product, packaging and handling.

    Order intake, confirmation and invoice is handled by Alcomex GmbH in Goch.

    We do realise that the success mainly is due to the scarcity on the North American spring market and that when the local suppliers have recovered, our position becomes vulnerable.Alcomex is starting a new and exciting chapter in the door spring business! Are you looking for door springs or do you want advice? Then take a look at our offer.

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  7. The way to an online “one stop shop”

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    Alcomex’s aims for a “one stop shop” which in general means that you and other customers can find the right spring for the right projects. Therefore, we help calculating the right spring configuration, forces and mounting space. In order to give you advice on which springs are the best fit.

    It is important for us to give European consumers the same one stop shop experience in our e-commerce platforms as well. We created an e-commerce platform based upon four beliefs for easy use:

    1. Find the right spring easily

    With more than 15 categories and 4000 springs in stock it is easy to get lost. Therefore it is possible to filter and sort on all spring characteristics (wire diameter, mean diameter, material, free length, spring force at loaded length). With this option you will easily work your way to the right spring for your project at any time.

    When you don’t have all the information about the spring you need or when you are still having doubts about the spring choice, our technical engineers are happy to assist you.

    2. A safe and secure platform

    In 2020 we heavily upgraded our e-commerce platforms towards Magento 2. With this upgrade you can benefit from the latest web techniques, as it is more secure and safe to store your data. On top of that the platform has also enhanced speed. Resulting in a faster response to your requests and it makes it even faster to navigate and purchase springs online. 

    3. An easy purchase route online

    With tight schedules and busy agenda’s it’s important to get springs right on time. Our online check-out method supports a quick and easy purchase. You can order the springs you need in two easy steps.

    Step 1: fill in your contact information and way of delivery.

    Step 2: select one of our easy to use payment methods (Credit card, Paypal, iDeal, Ban contact or Sofort banking. After your first purchase, we provide “pay on account” as well).

    4. An accessible platform

    Accessibility is important to us. Therefore it is always possible to order springs as a “guest” so no need to create an account. But did you know that you can create your own account in our online store without obligation or costs? This way you can easily order products from stock, view your orders and make repeat orders.

    We are happy to say we can provide customers and potential customers an online e-commerce platform in which they can easily navigate. It is easy to find the right spring for the right price. The checkout process is plain and simple, we have fast shipping and 5-days a week customer service. 
    If you have not seen our e-commerce platform yet, feel free to take a look.

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