Acotec – a weighty advantage for light walls
Elematic's new Best Walls Concept reaches all the way through a building, from the façade right down to the partition wall. If you want to take success to the very highest in wall making, you will include the Acotec-module in your production. It is the fastest method to produce non-load bearing partition walls and provides a multitude of advantages. More than 40 Acotec lines have found their way all over the world, of which the latest have gone to Russia and China. Here in Finland, Rakennusbetoni- ja Elementti Oy has built success with Acotec for the past twenty years. The Finnish precast company Rakennusbetoni- ja Elementti Oy was founded in 1966. In the early years, the company produced façade elements in addition to partition walls, but during the recession of the 1990's, they decided to concentrate solely on non-load bearing partition walls. The first investment in Acotec production technology was made in 1990 and a year later, the first Acotec-walls were presented at a construction fair in Lahti, Finland. There the product was awarded first prize as best innovation. Greatly encouraged by this, Rakennusbetoni- ja Elementti Oy started to market the Acotec-wall with enthusiasm and determination. In addition to the wall itself, they developed a special Aco-glue for the fastening of the wall element and offered customers a complete service that included the installation work. This service separated them from the competition, which usually sold just elements.
Acotec isolates moisture as well as sound
"It took us some five years to really launch the Acotec-wall and make it so well-known that we did not need to persuade builders anymore, they already knew about the advantages", describes Mr. Esa Konsti, Managing Director of Rakennusbetoni- ja Elementti Oy. "Acotec-walls are excellent for spaces with a high degree of moisture, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and shower rooms", he continues. "But thanks to their very good sound insulation properties, they are increasingly used as partition walls in other places as well, such as apartments, hotels, and schools. Some buildings have a double Acotec-wall, which further improves sound insulation. We deliver walls to St.Petersburg in Russia, for example, where the regulations on the sound insulation properties of walls are very strict. We have also developed the connection details in cooperation with VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland, and it was really an extensive and successful project for us."
Quick to install
Acotec-walls are quick to install and no highly skilled labor is needed: they can be built six times faster than traditional brick walls and twice as fast as block work. These excellent partition walls are light, economical, safe, moisture resistant, sound and fire proof as well as fully recyclable. In addition, the wall hollows work as natural conduits for electrical wires and other piping - another place to save in costs and manpower. "Adding to the many advantages of Acotec is that in a situation of water damage, the wall is easy to fix and is not damaged. It is enough to simply dry the wall by placing tubes in the hollows", Mr. Konsti explains.
Test batches around the world
The cooperation between Elematic and Rakennusbetoni- ja Elementti Oy has continued through the years. From the 1990's, the company has delivered test batches of Acotec-walls to countries where Elematic has sold Acotec production technology. "It is easier for customers to first try out the wall before starting production of their own", says Mr. Konsti. "We acquired our second Acotec-line in 1997 and since then we have continued to invest in production, mainly in the handling of the products as well as storage." According to Mr. Konsti, there is need for further automation within the industry. Manual labor is expensive and there may be a shortage of workers in times to come. The future of the branch is in growing sales of complete solutions, and naturally it is equally important to continuously come up with new end products. If you are interested in making non-load bearing partition walls, Elematic is the only one-stop-supplier that can provide you with the original Acotec-production technology.