TechnoAlpin visits Saint Gobain
The Saint-Gobain industrial works in Saarbrücken, Germany, was established in 1756. Today, Saint-Gobain is one of the world's leading producers and distributors of building materials. The company's offering include innovative materials, products for the construction industry, the distribution of building materials, and packaging. Saint-Gobain has been supplying TechnoAlpin with ductile cast iron pipes since 1999. This close partnership has provided the opportunity for some TechnoAlpin customers to enjoy a visit to the Saint-Gobain PAM complex in Germany.
The visitors were welcomed to the Saint-Gobain PAM factory in Saarbrücken with a brief company presentation. After everyone had put on the mandatory protective clothing – including helmet, safety goggles, safety shoes and jacket – the group began a guided tour of the premises with Mr Jung, a retired former employee.
This included the chance to see the cupola, where the iron is smelted. After various processes, the molten pig iron is drained into a spheroidal form of various diameters, where it is centrifuged until it turns into a pipe.
The pipes are then given their inner and outer coatings in a second building. The outer coating is of painted metallic zinc, while the inner one comprises cement mortar applied by centrifuging.
The visitors' tour concluded with various demonstrations on the test bench, showing, among other things, the very high pressure resistance of Saint-Gobain pipes.
Further information on Saint-Gobain PAM can be found at www.pamline.com.