Monday, 01 December 2008 14:17Wolimex
Wolimex is a producer of concrete elements and building contractor which has been operating on the Polish market incessantly since 1984. During the period of twenty-five years the enterprise has won the customer trust and earned an impeccable reputation that have been confirmed by numerous certificates and prizes. It is most respectable as a reliable partner in the construction, including, but not limited to, such areas of industry as the construction of sewage systems and wastewater treatment plants, and hydro-technical services related to river engineering. High quality of both products and services is central to the company’s policy, therefore Wolimex is perceived as a top-notch service provider.
Written by: Marcin Zimny
A history of success
Founded in 1984, PPUH Wolimex belongs to Mr Eugeniusz Wojak who started the business upon opening a company specializing in land reclamation and ground works, i.e. reclamation of marshy lands, sewage works, installation of sanitary systems and central heating. Five years later, the company was renamed Handrolmek and entered the construction industry as a ground building contractor. It also started trading in building materials after Handrolmek launched the production of prefabricated concrete materials. Other services that the firm developed at that time included metalwork, woodwork and transport services within Poland. Thanks to the extensive experience of the owner, the company grew in strength very quickly. In 1992 Mr Wojak purchased the Factory of Metal Products located in Sławków. The same year the enterprise saw another change of business name (into the present name Wolimex). The business offer grew even larger in 1993 when the company began executing investments related, among other things, to ground engineering, development of communication system, building and repair of roads and bridges. Since 2006 the enterprise has been successively bringing even more services to the market: construction of sewage system pipelines, water supply pipelines through directional drills, refurbishment of pipelines using burstlining technology, and sewer monitoring. More recently, the company completed preliminary works and started the extraction and treatment of aggregate used for building roads and other facilities. Currently, PPUH Wolimex can boast modern and up-to-the-minute facilities: a construction plant with special-purpose workstations, a natural aggregate purification plant, a sandstone mine, a concrete units plant and a transport and equipment base.
Go hydro technology!
The company’s owner has always taken all due care to develop the business. In 1991 the enterprise developed co-operative bonds with the first big investor – the Regional Water Supply Office of Kraków. Initially, the business was given minor jobs, but soon after it gathered momentum. For example, in 1996 the firm engineered the Mizerna stream by building a stone and concrete crib. The most important works carried out by Wolimex were building a river bank made of fascine and stones with groyne in Zakliczyn and dams in Dąbrówka Szczepanowska. All those works were performed in deep water, hence they required a lot of experience and technical equipment. Another praiseworthy achievement was the construction of an artificial canoe track located in Wietrznice. Built in the 1990s, the investment was a comprehensive service, as apart from constructing the track, Wolimex was also responsible for building an access road and installing video and technical devices indispensable for hosting canoeing competitions. As part of the investment, it also built a grandstand, a small bridge and installed lighting system for the track. Additionally, it is worth emphasizing that Wolimex is extremely valuable as regards the protection of the environment in Poland. In the course of last ten years, the company has built twenty wastewater treatment plants, thus significantly contributing to the execution of environmental policies of many regions.
Prime the pipe
The growing number of competitors has motivated the company to revamp its services and products. In order to meet the demands of customers, last year Wolimex has started the extraction of sandstone and production of aggregate in a sandstone mine situated in Męcina. The aggregate is the first class quality product. What is more, it is part of the company’s normal practice that all products are tested for the aggregate quality by the Kraków General Directorate for Roads and Motorways. Thanks to satisfactory technical parameters, the products manufactured by Wolimex are suitable for use in road building and hydro technical industries. Additionally, the possibility of customized orders, common practice in Wolimex, aims to fully satisfy individual needs of every client. The constant development yielded a streak of investments. In 2001 the company was granted a license to conduct business and extract resources in Charzewice, a village located near Zakliczyn. Three years later the company finished the construction of an aggregate production and processing plant and started the production and sale of aggregate at an output of 100 ton per hour. Then, in 2007 the plant was modernized and rebuilt, thus becoming one of the biggest and the most modern plants in the region. As a producer, Wolimex accepts special-purpose aggregate orders which are tailored to suit the customer’s preferences. The high quality of products (freeze resistance, grindability, high degree of crumbling etc.) ensures the highest quality concrete and blacktop. Moreover, the provider offers all-in aggregates featuring a high rate of consolidation if filtering properties are good. Wolimex also produces a wide range of vibropressed concrete and reinforced concrete elements which are used in the hydro technical industry as well as in road building. The present offer includes the following elements: concrete and reinforced concrete rings and pipes, concrete covers, concrete blocks, road curbs, sewage trays, paving slabs, shelters for fish, openwork grids, road boards, flagstones and other tailor-made products. Another important commodity is ready-mix concrete sold under various brands and delivered to the customer’s address together with specialist equipment, i.e. Stetter concrete pumps, concrete mixers and mixers with a pump for delivering concrete. Transportation of rings, pipes and other goods is offered too. In this respect the company can boast a large number of vehicles and machines, including platform trucks, sided lorries, truck-tractors, caterpillar bulldozers, loaders, caterpillar excavators, road rollers and a crane.
Apart from regular excavations, Wolimex’s offer encompasses execution and refurbishment services using non-excavation methods. One of them is directional drilling which proves to be ideal for installation of water supply, sewage or any other system in places where a regular excavation is impossible. Directional drills can be done beneath roads, railway tracks, water-course or on wet areas. This method not only helps to stave off any damages to facilities under which the drilling is done, but it also does not disturb the traffic and has all features of a highly precise method which keeps the track and depth of the drilling under control. For this kind of works, the company has two Tracto-Technik machines (Grundodrill 15 and Grundodrill 15N) with surge mechanisms. Wolimex has also machines suitable for a non-excavation method of installing steel pipelines. This method is very precise and it can be used in places where difficult ground conditions prevail. There is one more solution offered by the firm – the static burstlining. It is used for refurbishment of steel, asbestos, cast iron and stoneware pipes. Burstlining allows for the renovation of pipeline accompanied by an increase in its diameter, which is particularly significant in the case of low capacity grids. The implementation of the procedure is possible owing to two Tracto-Technik machines (Groundburst 400G and Groundburst 800G) which Wolimex has at its disposal.
The high quality reminder
Advanced technical skills, efficient organization supported with knowledge of new construction technologies have always made it possible to meet customers’ demands. Many domestic and foreign investors experienced the professionalism of Wolimex on numerous business-related occasions. Their opinions and references corroborate their satisfaction. What guarantees the highest quality of services as well as of products, which are compliant with world-standards, are Quality and Environmental Management Systems which the company successfully implemented as part of the development policy on the one hand and the compliance with international requirements on the other. The systems are effective in areas covering both preparation of investments and execution of works and services.
At the moment the Wolimex enjoys a strong and unshakeable position. The market standing of the enterprise is reinforced by numerous awards and distinctions such as:
- Gold Badge “Distinguished in the Construction and Building Materials Industry” awarded by the Polish Minister of Development and Construction in 1995,
- Honorary Title “Tiger of the Economy” awarded by social and economic magazine Wieści in 2001,
- Title “Perfect Company”, category: “General Contractor of sports and recreational facilities” awarded by the editorship of Kalejdoskop Budowlany in 2002,
- Title: “Leader of the Małopolska Region 2002” and “Golden Company 2002” awarded by the governor of the Małopolska region and the president of the Małopolska Trade and Entrepreneurship Chamber and head editor of Gazeta Krakowska,
- Titles “Company of the Year of the Limanowa district” in the years 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 awarded by the District Administration Office of Limanowa,
- Certificate “European Guarantee of the Highest Quality” and the title “Prizewinner in the construction for general, sanitary and hydro technical building” awarded in 2007 and 2008,
- “European Standard 2008” awarded by the Media Partner Group.