15th Munich Round

On October 5th, the 15th Munich Round, a expert forum for pipe rehabilitation in Ismaning near Munich takes place. We are looking forward to welcome you at our stand in the foyer of the town hall of Ismaning!
For further information please visit: http://www.muenchner-runde.de/

Rehabilitation of a canal with UV Lining means the least impact on the infrastructure

“Holidays with the iMPREG Liner”
Our customer Hidrotec proofs this where other people went on holiday: 70 meters of canal were renovated in a Spanish holiday resort in Calafell on the Mediterranean, without having to carry out major construction work on site. The plant operators and their guests benefited from the UV-based rehabilitation process through our iMPREG liner: the action was carried out quickly and cleanly.
After all, who wants to be bothered on vacation with construction noise and pollution?

Good work, Hidrotec!

The iMPREG -liner in Andalusia


The iMPREG -liner in Andalusia

In front of the historical scenery of Córdoba and Cáceres we have installed the first iMPREG liner with our new customer Magtel.

In spite of three inaccessible intermediate manholes and tight installation spaces, Magtel has successfully installed an iMPREG liner GL01, DN 300, WD 5 mm, 44 m in Córdoba. Subsequently, he installed a GL01, DN 500, WD 4 mm, 65 m in a rainwater pipe in Cáceres.

Since these were the first installations of UV liners in Andalusia, they were closely followed by numerous engineering firms from Córdoba and the region as well as representatives from regional water authorities.

Congratulation to José María Gil Montaño and his team from Magtel!

Rehabilitations with a limited time frame


Rehabilitations with a limited time frame such as the ones taking place on airports always require the fastest and most efficient method – no matter if they need to be done above or under the ground. Our client Viabuild! has successfully installed several iMPREG-Liners ranging from DN 1000 up to DN 1500 at Brussels Airport! We are always very proud of being part of such challenging and efficient projects!

New Business Development Manager for Asia Pacific

iMPREG (Suzhou), Co., Ltd. is very proud to introduce Kevin Woolf as their new Business Development Manager.

Kevin is based in Sydney, Australia, and will be covering the whole Asia Pacific region. He will develop our international business activities along with our local Business Development Manager Kirk Du who is responsible for the Chinese market.

Kevin is known by the industry as a hands on guy and has more than 10 years of profound experience in the drainage industry in England and Australia.
He has a very deep and practical knowledge of the whole pipe relining technology including UV liners, water inversion, and robotics as well as CCTV and cutting.

For any inquiry please contact Kevin Woolf:
E-Mail: kwoolf@impreg.com
Mobile: +61 402 032 831

We are very pleased to have Kevin Woolf as our new Business Development Manager on board and we are looking forward to further develop our business activities in the Asian Pacific region.

iMPREG Group, June 2017

First time glass fiber reinforce liner installation in New York City

IMG_0407First time glass fiber reinforce liner installation in New York City from our customer EN-TECH Corp using our iMPREGLiner.

EN-TECH had the opportunity to present the environmental rehabilitation of sewers with UV-curing glass as a live installation:

Nearly 30 representatives of the DDC (Department of Design and Construction) and the DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) were able to see for themselves of the handling, quality and environmental friendliness of the system.

Read full article published in Trenchless Technology, November 2016

Read UV-Cured GFR Liners Used in The Big Apple as PDF.
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COMPETENCE IN ALL APPLICATION SCENARIOS

iMPREG-4410+1_bea (NXPowerLite)The significant expansion of the iMPREG Group in international markets and a considerable increase in the number of construction teams requiring supervision also place a particularly strong demand on our application engineers. In addition, our engineers are working on jobs in distant countries for prolonged periods of time on an increasingly frequent basis.

We have therefore also adopted forward-looking measures in the field of application engineering, which is of utmost importance when it comes to training both existing and new customers. As previously reported, Oliver Vorlop, a long-standing employee of the iMPREG Group, took over the management of our Application Engineering department approximately one year ago. Since then, the focus of his work has been placed on the crucial area of the training and further education of the growing team of iMPREG application engineers.

When it comes to remote international business in particular, it is of great importance to know that experienced employees are on site and are able to offer reliable and professional support on even the most demanding construction sites at all times, while also being able to independently make the right decisions in possible critical situations.

This is what led to the recruitment of a team of application engineers specifically for the rapidly growing market in China in spring 2016. Under the supervision of our application engineer Daniel Schuster, the team has since been fully trained at our factory in Germany and on selected construction sites run by our German users. Daniel Schuster is also responsible for providing continued support and training for the team in China in order to ensure that our users there receive competent assistance in accordance with the “Made in Germany” quality expected from iMPREG at all times.

After already strengthening our Application Engineering department by welcoming Patrick Benkenstein in October 2015, we introduced another experienced engineer, Jeroen Jacobs, to our team in May 2016. Jeroen worked as a member of the sewer rehabilitation crew of an iMPREG user for many years before taking on the responsibility of supporting and training the construction teams of existing and new international customers for a fellow manufacturer of GRP pipe liners. This background enables him to bring extensive knowledge and excellent contacts to his role within the iMPREG Group and as a result, his positive impact on our own team also helps to benefit you as our customer!

You can find the contact details of our Application Engineering department on our website here.

iMPREG Group expands internationally and has a new main shareholder

The iMPREG Group reinforces its position on the international market at the start of the year. Long-planned expansion into the Asian, South American and North American regions and into European markets goes hand in hand with a restructuring of the company’s ownership. The company is improving its position on the global relining market together with a new main shareholder, the Danish BWB Group.

The BWB Group acquired a share package from the previous owner Ivan Bjerg-Larsen and has been the majority shareholder at iMPREG since January 2016. It was of the utmost importance to Ivan Bjerg-Larsen to bring a strong partner on board as part of the company’s international repositioning. The high-tech company, the holding company of which has its headquarters in Denmark and a production plant in Germany, will retain both Ivan Bjerg-Larsen as well as Robert Papp as shareholders of iMPREG.

Above-average growth in new markets

The relining sector is focussing on the Asian as well as on the North and South American regions, which offer enormous potential and promise above-average growth rates. The iMPREG Group will expand its development of these promising future markets in the coming years. Furthermore, the Group will also reinforce its presences in the European markets that have been growing for many years.

Future-proof structures in Engineering and in Sales, coupled with an experienced team of motivated and expert employees, already form a promising basis for the upcoming expansion. Activities are already well under way particularly in the USA and China and branch offices are being set up there. The opening of a new production plant is planned for mid-2016 to ensure fast delivery to the Australian and Asian markets. The USA is also included in a strategy that aims optimum penetration of the entire American continent.

The BWB Group as a neutral partner

The opening up of international overseas markets offers massive opportunities for the iMPREG Group. As a medium-sized company, iMPREG will face new opportunities and new challenges. Expansion in developing markets will be particularly challenging and the iMPREG Group will have to tackle new tasks and problems with far-reaching consequences.

iMPREG looked around for a neutral partner to strongly address the vagaries of the new markets from the outset. Comprehensive international expertise and experience and knowledge of the business conditions, mentality and other core sectors in the key markets were all key factors influencing the choice of the new main shareholder. The new owner will also act as an investor, offering the iMPREG Group a broad financial framework for its global expansion.

Impreg Group is preparing for international growth

In recent years, international markets have become increasingly important for the relining market. Particularly the markets in Asia as well as North and South America are starting to show an interest in sewer rehabilitation. Given the urgent need for action, these regions offer enormous potential in the next few years and as such promise above-average growth.

In the future, the iMPREG Group will increasingly position itself in new markets, and as a result is putting together a strong, experienced team of employees both in the sales and the technology areas. iMPREG intends to be optimally prepared both for its tasks in Germany and Europe as a whole, and for the challenges of the new international markets.

Qualified technical sales staff for the French and North American markets were recruited in 2014. Francis Clauss, responsible for the important French market at the iMPREG Group since January 2014, soon also took on management of other key European regions as well as the French-speaking part of Canada. In October 2014, Johannes Bauer joined as a competent employee for acquisition in the growing North-American market, to manage the remainder of Canada as well as the USA. We have already laid a stable foundation in these areas in the past. As a result, our current aim must be to expand existing contacts and make sure that our system becomes increasingly established in these markets.

The new iMPREG Suzhou (Taicang) recently established in China is another main reason why the sales and services departments of the iMPREG Group need restructuring. In the spring of 2015, the iMPREG Group started setting up its production site in Suzhou close to Shanghai. Shanghai is China’s most important economic centre and also plays a key financial role in the entire Asia region. iMPRNew iMPREG production site in ChinaEG already recruited qualified employees on site in Suzhou in the summer of 2015, and these are currently entrusted with setting up the new site with support from Germany. As a result, production of the GFK liner for the Australasian market will commence in China in early 2016. Christoph Lindner, sales manager of the iMPREG Group, will increasingly manage the sales team in Suzhou in the future and work on expanding the strong growth markets of Asia and Australia in the future.

In order for us to be able to continue offering our customers in the important markets of Germany, Austria and Switzerland our usual competent and fast support, Jens Wohlrabe took over sales and technical advice for these countries in the summer of 2015. In the future, he will support customers both technically and by visiting and advising important end consumers.

The application technology is also facing challenges due to the greater size of the market and greater number of construction teams to be managed. As a result, we have also taken forward-looking measures to train existing and new customers in this extremely important area: Oliver Vorlop, an employee of the iMPREG Group for many years now, was promoted to Director of Application Technology. In his new position, he will play a major role particularly in educating and training iMPREG application technicians. It is of key importance for us, especially in far-away international markets, to have experienced staff on site who are able to reliably deal with demanding construction sites in a routine manner and to independently make the right decisions in possibly critical situations.

Undoubtedly, the iMPREG Group must continue to prioritise the training and further development of our users in both theory and practice. In the autumn of 2015, a new competent technician will join our application technology team so that we can continue to offer our customers qualified technicians on demanding construction sites in the future.

The conditions particularly on the South and Central American markets tend to be rather difficult for European companies. As a result, it is essential that we find high-performing, reliable partners on site before entering the market. For many years, demand for high-quality systems to effectively rehabilitate sewers was low. However, in recent months, the market – especially in South America – has finally started to gain momentum and is beginning to develop.

Therefore, in September 2015, Dr. Jürgen Alexander jointed the team of the iMPREG Group. After many years as managing director, e.g. successfully implementing the launch of operations for a market support company in Asia, Dr. Alexander will now manage Business Development for the iMPREG Group on the American continent.

The iMPREG Group is ideally prepared for the upcoming challenges and will win over users in existing and new markets with its high performance, high level of service and high quality. The iMPREG Team will continue to represent these values in the future!

First grp liner DN 1600: Installation at record speed

On May 15th, 2014 the first iMPREGLiner GL13 with a dimension of DN 1600 has been installed in a refinery in Bavaria, Germany by the company Swietelsky-Faber. The spectacular grp liner had a wall thickness of only 9.5 mm and a weight of 4.4 tons at a total length of 43 m. This provided an easy handling despite the enormous size – of course by the use of the necessary installation aids.

Due to the aggressive sewage water in the refinery the liner had been impregnated with a special highly resistant vinylester resin. The iMPREG Group actively supported this so far unique project with the relevant know how for the rehabilitation of larger pipes. A skilled application engineer of iMPREG attended and facilitated the whole project. Also a professional application engineer of ProKasro was on site to back-up the installation.

The Liner has been cured by the use of the latest uv technology, the KASRO Jumbo-Core. Based on the used vinylester resin the pulling speed for the curing had been fixed at a speed of 35 cm/minute. The existing pipe has been rehabilitated by the experienced team of Swietelsky-Faber and taken into service again in only one working day until 8.00 pm.

Such a fast installation has so far not been practicable in these large dimensions. This possibility is only now provided for the rehabilitation of pipes DN 1200 through the use of the extremely fast system grp liner and uv curing. The iMPREG Group has established itself as a technical leader for grp liners for larger dimensions.

iMPREG is so far the only manufacturer of grp liners for these large dimensions who offers not only technical competence and experience of many years but also the necessary technical support. This trend-setting change in the rehabilitation market offers further, economically interesting opportunities exclusively for customers of the iMPREG Group.