It could almost be an expressionist landscape by Edvard Munch. This is the home of Norsk Wavin, the only Norwegian factory operated by Wavin, the world’s biggest manufacturer of plastic tubes for the civil engineering, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, water, gas, and telecommunications sectors. The group has fourteen subsidiaries in twenty-five European countries. Norsk Wavin mostly makes tubes for industrial electrical equipment, drainage and telecommunications, and exports them to Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.
Each day, around 24 tonnes of plastic pellets arrive on tractor trailers, and are immediately transformed into tubes of all kinds, ranging from 20 to 600 millimetres in diameter.
These are stored in the company’s huge yards, and send out at a rate of thirty-five truckloads a day during times of peak demand. The company operates 24/7, and aims to fulfil orders within forty-eight hours.
All this involves a huge volume of incoming and outgoing materials, so Norsk Wavin has signed a five-year rental contract with Dieci’s Norwegian distributor Trucktech AS for six Dedalus 30.7s and two Apollo 25.6s.
These are used to unload raw materials, load finished products, and carry out lifting tasks during the various stages of production. This is the biggest contract Trucktech has ever signed, worth around €500,000. It also includes guaranteed technical support, and short-notice repairs.
Managing director Magnus Pettersen says the company’s previous experience of Dieci machines was one of the main reasons why the company won the contract, which followed a tender process lasting over a year and involved three potential suppliers.
Norsk Wavin’s managing director and deputy director, Sven-Tore Gangnes and Lagernes, say the choice was based mainly on Dieci’s safety systems, since their company’s health and safety standards exceed those applying in Norwegian law.
The Dieci machines comply with these requirements, and also offer excellent visibility, low noise, ease of use, and affordability.
Operators also like other features that were not included in the tender specifications: integrated traction (especially in snow and ice), comfortable cabins, precision joysticks, and compact size and agility that allow the machines to handle large items in extremely small spaces.
And with the telecommunications sector expected to grow rapidly over the coming years, a little more black and yellow may soon make its appearance amid the colourful landscape of Høland.