Reliable partnerships inspire the courage to succeed

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Reliable partnerships inspire the courage to succeed

The long operating chain of a construction project is cooperation, partnership at its best. Many operators participate in this chain and I appreciate and respect the work they all do. I value the architects, even though the realization of their creative work sometimes causes precast producers to tear their hair. Without them, the world would be a much more colorless place to live.

I appreciate the engineers and consultants, who find solutions to the most demanding technical details in architectural plans and who open-mindedly use new materials and production technologies. I admire the researchers and product developers, who invent new construction methods and processes. It is the machines and equipment needed to carry out these that we hardware suppliers realize and deliver to our customers. Above all, I value our customers, the precast concrete producers, who implement even the most challenging projects to the satisfaction of all parties, quickly, economically, and reliably. They all belong to the partnership that is needed to succeed. In areas such as the Nordic Countries and Holland, the center point of precast construction, this partnership process works, but this is certainly not the case everywhere. I do not respect consultants, who falsely claim to know everything about precast production technologies. These consultants push their services especially to newcomers in the industry, well aware of their vulnerable situation. Often they come from countries, where the precast industry is still in its infancy. They do not understand, or at least they do not admit the benefits of, for instance, prestressing. In addition, they seldom have any experience in precast construction. They suggest the making of products, which they themselves do not dare call precast concrete components, not even on their own home ground. The products they propose are unprofitable to the manufacturer and sold, also by the consultant's reference customers, at prices not covering the production costs. For reasons unknown, they base their offers on the equipment of certain producers only, even though the tenders to be drafted are seemingly open to all bidders, as are the consultants seemingly impartial. According to these people, the "biggest plant in the world" is actually a medium size factory, which during its first six months of practice has reached an "amazing" 20 percent of the planned capacity, and even that with difficulty. And for all this - they charge you. They do not belong to a partnership. For us at Elematic, being the one-stop-supplier and concrete to the core means acting in the spirit of true partnership. We are what we say. We can provide you with what you need, when you need it. For concrete satisfaction. Leo Sandqvist Managing Director

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