Behind every KAEFER entity stands the KAEFER group with over 5,000 jobsites and branches in 30 countries worldwide. Around the globe, we have technical experts who ensure that our local customers receive reliable and high-quality services. Through the KAEFER Expert Network, we connect our local experts worldwide and make sure our clients benefit from our global experience and technical expertise. More than 70 KAEFER Experts therefore meet several times a year in specialised Expert Groups for Thermal Insulation, Access Technology, Passive Fire Protection, Surface Protection and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT).
At these Expert Meetings, current projects, best practices and the best applicable technologies are presented and discussed. Examples of topics discussed in 2021 include the new development of a “control box” that increases productivity and reduces abrasive media consumption in sandblasting operations; various surface preparation methods that can be applied in the removal of lead-based paint; and cross-country support for 5D access simulations and planning.
Regular exchanges ensure that colleagues use the latest technologies and best practices for project costing and execution KAEFER-wide. Organised by the Corporate Innovation & Technical Excellence department from the head office in Bremen, the meetings also provide a framework to promote and evaluate KAEFER’s own developments and innovations.
In addition, selected suppliers of interesting products in the respective application areas are invited to the meetings to present their technologies and solutions to the technical experts and give them a good overview of their portfolio and latest developments.
Last year, more than 20 KAEFER Expert Meetings took place. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, all meetings took place virtually, but we look forward to meeting again in person, hopefully in 2022.