helping the housing market prosper
- Aalberts integrated piping systems is leading the way in providing installation firms with high-quality, cost-effective solutions
- only company in the Netherlands to manufacturer a full range of diverse fittings, pipes and has all technologies and expertise under one roof
The Netherlands requires houses. It's estimated that annually the country needs to build around 100,000 homes to satisfy demand, yet each year only around three-quarters of those are actually built. To help realise these huge numbers, the building industry is increasingly using prefab structures and high-rise buildings. The result? Similar houses and flats are being constructed across the country, which require very similar installation work. As a specialist in developing and producing pipes, connectors, fire protection systems and heating and cooling systems, Aalberts integrated piping systems is leading the way in providing installation firms with high-quality, cost-effective solutions.
“We see that in the residential sector there is a real shortage of technical staff, which puts pressure on installers” says Dennis van Buren, sales director for the Netherlands at Aalberts integrated piping systems. “But because we are the only company in the Netherlands to manufacturer a full range of diverse fittings ourselves, from pipes of a few millimetres in diameter all the way up to 104 inches, we have all the technologies and expertise under one roof. And by working with the customer to develop the most economical model, we are able solve a problem simply and easily, leading to simpler, more cost-effective solutions for developers and installers. Taken together, these benefits make us a unique proposition in the market.”
Looking forward, Dennis expects the company to continue to retain its legacy business in pipes and fittings, while expanding its capabilities in large residential projects. “Today, our assortment is large enough to compete with every competitor, for every building size,” he says. “And we need to exploit this.”
One recent example is the sustainable transformation of the H-Park in Hilversum, three old industrial buildings that were converted into a modern residential and work complex. “The project was opposite our offices in Hilversum,” says Dennis. “And one day we got in touch with the contractor to discuss what we could offer them. We ended up supplying a range of products, including the VSH Shurjoint groove system and the VSH PowerPress® system. This led to time savings of almost 50% for the installer, as they didn't need welders to make expansion bends. Our solution was cheaper, more sustainable, stronger and modular, with the technicians able to install in one go, without first having to consult someone at the office to calculate what to use. Essentially, we removed the bottleneck in the system.”