ImProfil - News on large diameter plastic pipes #14
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Open house at KRAH
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Live performance of KR800-MAX plant
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Intake pipeline DN/ID800 with submerged chamber of DN/ID2000mm
See also:
Unique storm water solution
Storm water retention
Potable water plant of municipal utilities
Retirement yes, but not "retired"
Certification of Quality & Performance
Krah Group sold shares in Henze GmbH
New General Manager of KAT GmbH
Krah Saudi at the "Big 5 Saudi" exhibition
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Dear reader,

The new year started full throttle - we developed a whole new design for our ImProfil. We hope you like it ! But not just our design changed... Krah Pipes and Krah Machinery are now two registered brands, which is quite an achievement. We also opened another company which is Krah Pipes GmbH & Co. KG , Germany. It has been active since the beginning of 2017 and will start with global pipe marketing very soon. We also thought it would be time to give something back to our global pipe producers: Krah Pipes GmbH & Co. KG will award certificates to Krah pipe producers which certify that the pipes have been produced according to current Krah pipes guidelines and in the best quality possible.

Krah Machinery and Krah Pipes will start a Social Media campaign – even if I have a low opinion on Social Media networks – but I might just be too old for it. You will find regular postings and backgound information on how Krah works on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube. Just search for “Krah” and you will find us.
Also, in March there was lots going on in the Krah factory in Schutzbach. We had an open house from March 21st to 22nd. You could say that new pipe production technology was written here - we made pipe production even easier with an even higher production output and less costs for you.

All in all, our “ImProfil” will now give you a better insight on how Krah works - as technology and as company. Furthermore, should you require any more information for any topic in this newsletter please feel free to send an email to improfil@krah-pipes.de Now enjoy reading and let us know should you have any wishes or contributions for the next issue of ImProfil which should be published around June.

Best wishes,
Alexander Krah

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Open house at KRAH

On the 22nd and 23rd March Krah had an Open House in their factory in Schutzbach, Germany.

Global customers and interested companies were invited for a test run of the machine with its new features and advantages. While watching the machine running, they were able to understand how Krah technology works and which advantages it implicates.

In our newly designed “Krah-Lounge” we had a little buffet in the factory with typical German “Schnitzel” and “Currywurst”, prepared from a local butcher.

When lunch was done our colleague Marina used our “pipe bar” from the K exhibition 2016 to mix some cocktails for everyone.

The design of the new lounge took us a lot of time and patience, but in the end we went from a „naked“ storage room to a nice, comfortable lounge.

Our technicians and designers in the plant construction department worked hard on the development of this machine and were happy to see that all customers - and the board of management- were really impressed by the development of the machine compared to the first edition of the KR800, which was developed in 2014.

We have already built 3 of these new machines and are looking forward to build many more.

It only implicates advantages for the customer.

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Live performance of KR800-MAX plant
Krah high-performance production plant KR800-MAX was successfully accepted - Pipe of DN/ID1000mm, SN8 was extruded with 1300kg/hr

In the course of a machine acceptance more than 20 international companies visited the little village Schutzbach in the Westerwald, Germany – where profiled pipe production plants have been successfully developed and produced for more than 30 years – and are subsequently put into operation by Krah Advanced Technologies GmbH – shortly KAT GmbH.

But with this new machine the self-defined performance target was clearly exceeded. The production performance has been steadily increased throughout the past years. This time the designers even impressed the management board and all customers / stakeholders, as it has been managed for the first time ever to produce a profiled pipe DN/ID1000mm, SN8 according to ISO9969 with bright, co-extruded inner layer incl. electro-fusion and spigot with a production output of up to 1300kg/hr. As acceptance material the HE3490LS and HE3492-LS-H from Borouge / Borealis were used for the inspection-friendly inner layer. The customers were extremely impressed when the whole pipe was finished in just a few minutes, including socket and spigot.


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Intake pipeline DN/ID800 with submerged chamber of DN/ID2000mm

96m of ID800 intake pipeline + ID2000 submerged chamber. Installed partly into a trench to a depth of approximately 3m

One of our customers from Finland approached us with a request for 96m of SN8 pipes for a project. After the initial price quotations we were asked more technical questions and we actually found out that the pipes were meant for a intake pipeline. After convincing the customer that the regular SN8 pipes might not be the correct choice for such a project, we were asked to provide a technical solution for this exact task.


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Unique storm water solution

Our English pipe producer Polypipe Civils in Loughborough, UK has provided a stormwater attenuation solution for a luxury residential development in the heart of the idyllic Bedfordshire countryside in eastern England.

Renowned developers, Taylor Wimpey, called upon Polypipe to provide an engineered drainage solution, designed to work with a sloping gradient found on site. Set in the countryside town of Houghton Regis, the Regent’s Place large-scale residential development comprises of a mix of 180 two, three and four bedroom houses nestled in a tranquil area that offers stunning views of the landscape. The landscape surrounding the Regent’s Place development features a large public open space with limited footprint for drainage design and sloping gradients. Taking on the challenge, Polypipe worked closely with Taylor Wimpey and Consultant Engineers JPP Consulting, to design a KRAH storm water solution, incorporating staggered legs to take requirements and adopted elements laid out under Section 104 agreement for approving site conditions into account that also met site water company, Anglian Water.


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Storm water retention

Not only global warming but also population growth lead to a change of the usual conditions in many areas, which require a reaction to the “new”, but also necessary and current building measures lead to changes.

One sector of these changes are building measures which are realized in gaps between buildings or on open spaces (e.g. through sealing) and therefore lead to increasing water quantities which have to be drained, which in cases of average and heavy rainfalls the existing sewerage network cannot absorb. Underground buffers are a widespread solution here, because they don’t overload the sewerage system due to a delay of derivation.

In most cases the network operator determines the conditions for the opening, he defines who, when and how much can be fed to the network, since an overload can lead to widespread damage, e.g. through overflowing.

For such changes the installation of underground restraint systems, especially of storm water retention from PE-HD, has proved, since discharge systems can be realized in a simple, fast and effective way and is therefore a benefit to the whole network , as well as a relief to sewage treatment plants.


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Potable water plant of municipal utilities
2x 150 m³ pipe containers made of PE100 pipe by FRANK FTW- as storage tanks for the new waterworks “Vogelhölzle”

The municipal utilities in Dillingen-Lauingen (DSDL) started to replace the old waterworks “Vogelhölzle”, originated in 1962, by a new construction in autumn 2015. The old waterworks were situated in the setting range (ground water protection zone), which is, under current regulations, not permitted anymore. Since October 2016 up to 30.000 people are provided with drinking water from the new waterworks.

The planning engineering company PfK Ansbach GmbH planned a reinforced concrete building with a pent roof for the waterworks. In this building the complete piping, water treatment (oxidation) and the pumps are stored. The natural water is pumped to the waterworks from two 12m deep wells. If needed, up to 40 l can be conveyed per second. In the new waterworks the water flows through the oxidation and is then stored in two storage tanks. From there the potable water is pumped into an elevated tank and then reaches the consumer.


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Retirement yes, but not 'retired'

For 42 years he has been loyal to the company Krah. Now the passionate design engineer Wolfgang Schneider has gone into retirement. We interviewed him about his time at the Krah company..

Clear brew, a thundering Corvette and a “Mahlzeit” (German salutation for every day situations; literally translated “meal”) any time of day. If you mention these words every employee of Krah knows we’re talking about Wolfgang. For the past 4 dcades there has always been a loud roaring when Wolfgang drove onto the car park of Krah. One of his passions are cars, preferably old and special…or especially loud.

However,since February it has been more silent in front of the company building. On January 31st at 5 p.m. Wolfgang clicked “shut down” for the last time ever on his computer. A last soup from the automat in the kitchen, a last chat with colleagues and Wolfgang ends 42 years of working at Krah.)


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Certification of Quality & Performance

The global situation of large diameter plastic pipe producers and machine suppliers is steadily increasing. Unfortunately we had to notice that many producers say they are producing Krah pipes only because they produce similar pipes on our machines or even on copies of our production plants.

I have been confronted with so-called “Krah pipes” myself, which neither correspond to our demands nor to international norms. Furthermore I was lead to “Krah production plants” (supposedly produced in China in our name), which didn’t even come close to producing sustainable, accurate Krah system components.

Of course we feel flattered when not only our products but also our name ‘Krah’ is copied which globally stands for good quality. However, we decided to even raise our quality standard and to give producers the possibility to get certified of really having a real Krah approved quality product. And also to have the opportunity to advertise with the certificate on the market. This also serves to integrate a clear quality hurdle in public tenders – products of high quality can be clearly distinguished from cheap products with low quality.


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Krah Group sold shares in Henze GmbH

Betzdorf, 28.02.2017

The KHB GmbH (Holding and trading company in the Krah Group) sold their majority stakes in the company HENZE (Henze GmbH Kunststoffwerk, Josef-Kitz-Str. 9, 53840 Troisdorf, www.henze-gmbh.de) with immediate effect. After Mr. Alexander Krah exited the managing board already in October last year, the chapter Henze pipe production has been ended completely in February 2017. All shares were sold. Sole managing director is Mr. Wolfgang Fester.

However, shares in the Henze Technology GmbH were increased to 76% to raise HENZE's influence on the world market of production technology. This underlying transaction is the production and distribution of the global HENZE production technology. We wish Mr. Fester all the best for the pipe production in the future.

Alexander Krah
CEO Krah Pipes GmbH & Co. KG


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New General Manager of KAT GmbH

Since December 2016 Thomas Bednorz has been the new General Manager of the KAT GmbH. Mr. Bednorz has been in the company since his apprenticeship and understands how Krah works.

He did an apprenticeship as industrial clerk at Krah from 2005 to 2008. He then started working at Krah and studied business administration at a local university.

At the age of 29 he then took over the management of KAT and is since then successfully leading the company. For his previous colleagues it hasn’t been a big conversion because they have known him for a long time already and get on with him very well.

He was happy to accept the new job and is looking forward to meet any challenges that he might encounter in his position as General Manager. His colleagues know him as funny and loyal guy who is always up for a laugh.

We wish Mr. Bednorz all the best for the future and hope for a long and fruitful cooperation.

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Krah Saudi at the "Big 5 Saudi" exhibition

Picture From the 27th to the 30th March the “Big 5 Saudi” exhibition took place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

It is one of the most important exhibitions for sectors like construction, energy, design and coatings. More than 500 exhibitors from over 20 different countries were present. Of course Krah Saudi took the opportunity and took place. On booth 2F80, which has been creatively designed with lots of pipe samples and information material, our representatives were present the whole three days to advise interested companies with some useful information on the Krah technology. Due to the pipe samples in different sizes, with different profiles and fittings it was easy to show how Krah works and which advantages it implicates.


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KAT GmbH

Krah Pipes GmbH & Co.KG
Betzdorfer Straße 8
57520 Schutzbach
www.krah-pipes.de