Press releases from RELINEEUROPE29.08.2019
“We’re ready for the future!”
RELINEEUROPE celebrated its 10th anniversary with customers, partners and employees
These annual "anniversaries" have developed into a wonderful tradition at RELINEEUROPE. Since its foundation ten years ago, the system provider for UV-curable liner technologies has been inviting customers and partners to Rohrbach in the Southern Palatinate region in early July to celebrate together, learn about new developments and exchange experiences at the RELINECONFERENCE. The celebration of the first big anniversary this year demanded a little something more. A stage and large tent were set up on the company site. State Secretary Andy Becht from the Ministry of Economics, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate congratulated the young company together with district administator Dietmar Seefeld and the mayor of the association of municipalities of Herxheim, Mrs. Hedi Braun and the mayor of Rohrbach, Mr. Peter Feser. The event was celebrated with the employees and many customers and partners from Germany and Europe, Japan, China, India and the USA.
RELINEEUROPE President Ludwig Allmann
RELINEEUROPE President Ludwig Allmann recalled that the founding in 2009 came "in the midst of the biggest economic crisis of recent history". The banks' willingness to support start-ups with loans tended to zero. Only the local savings bank and later also the investment and structural bank of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate believed in the company and the entrepreneurs, according to Allmann. "These ten years have been dynamic, eventful and above all successful, so we’re very happy to look back over this period," said fellow President Christian Noll, "and we’re ready for the future!"
The party was celebrated on the company site in the industrial area Große Ahlmühle in Rohrbach, because "this is where we started from scratch and built everything on our own," Ludwig Allmann recalled. It began with ten employees back in 2009, and in just ten years, this figure grew to almost 200 jobs including temporary workers. Before you could move into the offices, you had to paint, wallpaper and lay the flooring yourself. Initially they worked on used office furniture, which had been purchased cheaply from insolvency.
Within just half a year, the production facilities were built in the halls, which had previously been used by a freight forwarder, so that series production of the Alphaliner GRP pipe liner began on 1st January 2010. None of this worked "out of the box", but was the result of a "brilliant performance by all employees, looking for their equals", Christian Noll emphasized.
RELINEEUROPE President Christian Noll
Five million metres of Alphaliner manufactured since the start of production
The courage of the founders and their employees must pay off. In the first year of production, RELINEEUROPE manufactured 180,000 metres of the Alphaliner pipe liner. In the following year, they had already passed their competitors in terms of quantity, who went from "the hunter to the hunted". With growth, more office space was required. Since financial resources should primarily be invested in further expansion of production and further development of products and systems, RELINEEUROPE initially rejected an expensive office building construction. Hence, a “container office landscape" established itself on the company premises, in which working on hot summer days was almost impossible and in winter the snow and rain made it more than uncomfortable. It was only possible to construct a new building after four years and in 2014 the offices were moved into the current administration building.
State Secretary Andy Becht (2nd from the right) and District Administrator Seefeldt (right) talking to Ludwig Allmann and Christian Noll
Steady market growth and increasing global demand for UV-curing liner technologies helped to steadily expand production and sales. In 2018, 650,000 metres of Alphaliner was output from three different production lines. Since January 2010, the employees in Rohrbach have produced almost five million metres of Alphaliner in a wide variety of models and diameters, professionally packed in wooden transport crates and delivered to construction sites in 53 countries around the world to renew ailing sewers. Today, the company supplies around 120 customers worldwide, and Alphaliners are shipped from Rohrbach all the way to construction sites in New Zealand. Service technicians have also travelled countless kilometres to train customers on all continents and support them in their projects. More than 3,800 customers have been trained in RELINEACADEMY training courses to ensure the quality of their renewal work. From the beginning, Total Quality Management (TQM) has been a key component of its success. Today RELINEEUROPE works in a three-shift operation at full capacity. "We certainly need to expand our systems again in the future," said Christian Noll at the ceremony.
Thomas Hitschler (MdB), District Administrator Dietmar Seefeldt, State Secretary Andy Becht, Mayor Hedi Braun, President Ludwig Allmann, Lord Mayor Peter Feser, Jens van der Walle, Managing Director of Werner Vollert Tiefbau GmbH and President Christian Noll
Alongside the Alphaliner pipe liner, RELINEEUROPE also began developing and manufacturing UV-curing technology right from the start. With the REE4000 UV-curing system, the company today also offers the most powerful and efficient technology, in particular for the renewal of large diameters up to DN 1800. In the first decade, nearly 100 UV-curing systems were delivered. From the mobile version to the expansion of complete renewal and service vehicles, which are individually manufactured in Rohrbach according to the customer's requirements. Investment was also made in new business areas. Together with Pipetronics GmbH and Co. KG, RELINEEUROPE offers intelligent pipe robot systems. RELINE APTEC GmbH is also active in the field of pressure pipe and drinking water pipe renewal.
The Palatine entertainer Christian "CHAKO" Habekost, who specialises in regional accents, interviewed employees and the first customers
"We have created outstanding product development in ten years and are proud to offer a high level of innovation. This means we can say, with all due respect but also some degree of pride, that we’re a leader in this industry,” said Noll. But it isn’t good to rest on your laurels. "We are perfectionists, crazy about details, we believe that a good idea can change everything". Work is conducted with several universities on research projects and to support students during their master thesis. Great value will continue to be placed on innovation in the future, together with investment in novel markets and business areas in order to address new potential and secure the companies for the future. Its founding in times of crisis has not been forgotten at RELINEEUROPE.
The celebration under the large marquee on the premises of RELINEEUROPE
"It is thanks to many people, but above all to our customers and our employees, that we have achieved all this in the relatively short period of 10 years," said Noll. "Alphaliner customers have given us a huge show of confidence right from the start, and our employees have invested all their strength and knowledge in the company. Without all of them, our successful development would not have been possible."
The next step for the company is to keep growing the RELINE UV® brand into a global brand for trenchless sewer renewal. In recent years, cooperation agreements have been signed with partners from Japan, China, India and the USA, and joint ventures have been established. In addition to the site in Rohrbach, Alphaliner GRP pipe liners are already being produced in Japan and the USA. The first Alphaliner will leave the factory in New Delhi later this year. The production facilities were shipped from Rohrbach to India. As the 10th anniversary party showed: RELINEEUROPE is ready for the future!
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