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The Final Summer Sprint

The sports enthusiasts at raumplus are always one step ahead when it comes to going that extra mile for a good cause. In June they pulled on their sports shoes twice after work. June 2 saw them complete the 6.5 km-long Third Bremen B2Run company fun run. Once again, the route took in the Sommer and Jürgens dikes before looping around the Weserstadion sports arena, where the finishing line was located. Some 6,500 runners from 350 companies were cheered on by their “fan clubs” as they crossed line. German charity “Deutsche Fernsehlotterie” also had reason to rejoice, as the proceeds from the “Charity-Starter” tickets will go towards funding social projects in the region. Our team was able to kick back and celebrate in the sunshine after finishing their run. In contrast, the motto on June 20, the date of the 9th BMW company fun run, was “All weathers”, with the 240 teams, including ours, starting in drizzle. The focus of the event, that is purposely not against the clock, is on team spirit and sporting cooperation. The waterproof raumplus team approached the 5 km-long route in this spirit, happy in the knowledge that their entrance fee would be used to support the Special Olympics Bremen. Our Wednesday News has also crossed a finishing line – to the summer break. We will be back on August 31 with lots of raumplus-related current news items. You will hopefully also be able to enjoy a sunny break from your work marathon. We look forward to welcoming you back to the website in the fall!

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Just the greatest

Our new IMA Novimat edge banding machine is in a class of its own in every regard. Manufactured by IMA Klessmann, based in Lübbecke in East Westphalia/Germany, it proudly bears the “Made in Germany” label of quality, just like our own products. In order to be able to house the six metric tonnes heavy, 9.5 meter long giant we had to move a special production workshop wall in our manufacturing area. A 70-tonne crane then used all its massive strength to lift the machine into place in its new home. The IMA is now fitting our systems with water-resistant edging using PU adhesive to do so – and achieving a top performance of up to 30 running meters per minute. This ensures that our products are perfect for use in kitchens and bathrooms as well as also for overseas export to countries with difficult climatic conditions such as high humidity. So, after successfully surviving this strenuous installation work we can now settle down to enjoy our heavy-weight, technically high-achieving new addition which is just the greatest!

An ecological ray of light

We have given the “green light” for a significant investment in the environment and the future in two senses of the word. The old neon strip lights used in some 10 000m² of manufacturing and warehouse space have been replaced with new LED strip lights. Although it will take seven years to recoup the money spent on the cost-intensive programme it will, however, achieve a saving of 60 tonnes of CO² annually. This is roughly equivalent to the weight of 12 000 sliding door frames including the top and bottom tracks. We believe that this is a striking environment-friendly lighting effect which is worth the financial advance payment! And we also hope that it will encourage other companies to look into internal factors which have an environmental impact. A current example cited in business magazine “Wirtschaftswoche” demonstrates that seemingly positive factors can sometimes actually prove to be wolves in sheep’s clothing. According to the magazine the pollutants generated when frying a single hamburger – consisting of fat, soot, smoke and steam, are the same as the air pollution caused by a diesel truck on a 230-kilometre long journey. The task is to identify these kinds of assumed “peccadillos”. We found one not in the kitchen but on the ceiling. And you?

Named products

Some 15,000 doors pass through the hands of our six door builders every year. And every one of them bears the signature of the person who manufactured it. We don’t do this because we want to market our doors as pieces of art with the cachet of a “limited edition”. Nonetheless every one of these custom-fit, hand-made doors is a unique product and a beautiful piece of craftsmanship whose creator deserves to be named. In addition to this, the fact that the doors do not remain anonymous means that our employees noticeably identify more strongly with the product. Which is no surprise since everyone wants to show that their skill and know-how does credit to their name. And you would sign up for that program too, wouldn’t you?