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The Key to Innovation: Close Customer Relations

Mar 31, 2016
Every year we develop new and improved products, the quality of which clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of close collaboration with our customers. This is the way to remain on the cutting edge of research, creating ever-more advanced and efficient scaffolding and formwork systems, tailored to both customer and market requirements.

Our clients’ demands for improved efficiency in performance and safety have played an important role in shaping the innovation and development of our products and constructional processes. This is the strategy for continual improvement that we have adopted for all of our products and services. Listening to and working alongside our customers, during project development as well as on the worksite, is what allows us to continue designing products and solutions that evolve, offering ever more profitability and safety for the user.

More than just a product, we offer comprehensive services

In addition to the latest formwork and scaffolding technology, we make a point to work side by side with our customers from the beginning of their projects, participating in close collaboration that sets us apart. Thanks to our wide range of products available anywhere in the world we are able to offer innovative solutions on any scale. Our solutions save both time and work, reducing project costs as much as possible. Our technical and engineering teams study project requirements at every phase of construction, as well as materials and product rotation schedules. We strengthen our technical support with onsite presence to supervise and assist in assembly, thus ensuring that the full benefits of good planning are enjoyed. This is how we bring projects to a successful finish

Improvements in our logistical and technical-sales networks allow us to offer comprehensive services in many countries throughout the world within the time timetables set by our customers. We plan each project meticulously, thus providing notable savings in both time and cost.

Attention to these crucial details is what has allowed us to develop close customer relationships. 

At ULMA we research, design, develop, and provide high-technology solutions. We want to inform our customers about our latest developments whether they are on worksites or in our showrooms. Because at ULMA, we continue innovating. 

Improving building construction

Developments and new trends in building construction paired with careful listening to customer feedback on every project guide the innovation of our systems. Our search for efficiency in lightness, flexibility, and strength has given rise to a new modular formwork system for walls and columns: LGW. Designed for residential construction, the system strikes a perfect, cost-efficient balance between strength and weight. The ease of assembly and use make it the best option available on the market today. 

Offering a similar balance between flexibility and strength, BIRAMAX is an innovative solution for circular formwork systems. Adjustable, easy to assemble, and cost-efficient both for its ease of use and extreme durability, it allows for the construction of storage tank walls and other circular structures of any radii. The result is a product that stands above the competition: safe, effective, and capable of withstanding considerable pouring pressure.

Prolonging the working life of each of our systems is fundamental to providing high-quality services. We have decided to increase our range of galvanised modular formwork products so as to guarantee high performance over an extended period of time.

New options for large-scale infrastructural projects

The versatility of the MK System offers new surprises for civil engineering projects. The complexity of these infrastructural projects requires systems that optimise performance at each phase of work. With this in mind, we have developed new applications for bridges and tunnels, with the additional benefit of employing standardised material available for hire.

Standardising mine tunnel construction with the MK System means considerable customer savings in an area where solutions until now have exclusively been customised. For bridges, the CVS Cantilever Carriage is a flexible high-performance system that offers high load-bearing capacity and adapts to varied deck widths.  

A solution for every market

Over 50 years’ experience has shown us that each market and each country has its own ways, methods, and peculiarities in construction. So as to meet the needs of each market/customer, particularly in North America, we have added FORMADECK slab formwork to our product portfolio. Designed in imperial units, FORMADECK is an aluminium formwork system for large slab construction, tailored specifically to US building methods.

Our new MEGAFRAME shoring system – in addition to offering the same ease of assembly, strength, and flexibility as all ULMA shoring systems – is perfectly adapted to meet US safety requirements. But new developments in this and other markets have only just begun. 

First, safety

Safety is a fundamental necessity on every worksite, and collective safety requirements are becoming increasingly strict. At ULMA, safety is a top priority at every stage of the process, not only in the design of our products and solutions, but also in their real-world application, where assembly, use, and disassembly are all taken into account. This is why we can guarantee that our SBU working platforms offer complete worker safety for wall formwork construction, regardless of the height of project. Work at height does entail stricter safety requirements, which is why we have increased our range of HWS self-climbing protective Screens with new materials such as polycarbonate components, metal meshes, and more. For every need, we find a solution. 

Future market developments

2016 will be a year full of new developments: new product launches, new solutions/services, and new markets.  What is presented here is only a preview. Our product portfolio continues improving, and new developments will continue to be unveiled throughout the year. Because at ULMA, we continue innovating.