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  • Dear Readers,

    The term “shutdown” is really not the best choice of word for describing what our customers and we do during a major turnaround. The only thing that has been shut down is the facility itself – everything else around it is a hive of activity. In fact, work begins months before a shutdown is due to take place as everything has to be meticulously planned and organised and all possible parts produced in advance so that the plant can be up and running again in as short a time as possible.

    BUCHEN and XERVON took part in two major shutdowns earlier this year – both at the same time. All in all, the two companies deployed around 1,200 employees over this four-week period to carry out a whole range of different tasks. Very few companies in Germany are able to take on such a mammoth project. Read our feature article to find out how we succeeded in doing this.

    Brand-new technological developments

    Another thing that creates a hive of activity at our company is our desire to solve our customers’ problems and find bespoke solutions that meet their exact requirements. We are constantly working on further improving our services by developing technical innovations that make processes even more efficient. We have come up with a number of smart ideas for a range of different applications. From closed loop processes, to getting maintenance work fit for the future with condition monitoring, all the way through to creating our own complex technological developments such as the dense phase conveyor system and our very own industrial cleaning robot, the automated industrial cleaner (AIC).

    No matter what development we may be looking at, our focus is always on improving workplace safety. As a result, we have launched a variety of product innovations onto the market recently that makes working in boilers much safer. We have also been awarded a number of work safety prizes from our customers – demonstrating that this subject is just as important for them as well. And we are happy to admit that we are extremely proud to have been awarded these. They are proof that our ongoing efforts to improve work safety are bearing fruit. Whether it be RWE, EVONIK or Covestro – to name just a few – they have all commended us and thanked us for the hard work we carry out in this area. We, too, would like to say a big “thank you” to them: for giving us these awards and giving us the opportunity to work with them. We are also doubly proud because we operate in such a wide range of fields, all of which – such as tank cleaning work – have their own particular hazards and risks. Our experts are in high demand both for onshore and, in particular, offshore projects. From the North Sea to the easternmost region of Russia: our customers like to make the very most of our in-depth know-how and specialist technology.

    Outstanding scaffolding services

    What’s more, the latest scaffolding projects in Sweden and Austria clearly demonstrate just what a name XERVON has made for itself as one of the leading European scaffolding businesses. Both projects involve extremely complex requirements, whether it has to do with weather protection or special anchorage solutions. In fact, we are well-known for delivering specialty scaffolding solutions in all of the countries we operate in. Which was one of the reasons why we invested in our scaffolding business in the German town of Eisenhüttenstadt. With both the workforce and workload having expanded over the last few years, we decided to invest in our employees, in our customers and in the region as a whole.

    Have fun reading this first ever digital edition of our magazine – you’re bound to read about a service or product that could be of interest to your own business!

    • Hans-Dieter Behrens

      Olaf Karrass

      Jürgen Lennertz

    • Matthias Ebach

      Carsten Lange

      Klaus Thiele

Committed to delivering outstanding levels of health and safety

Erecting work platforms and protective scaffolding high above the ground or in areas that are particularly difficult to access is a great challenge, particularly in the industrial sector. The industrial service provider XERVON, which is also the largest scaffolding business in Germany, is able to do precisely this. What’s more, it always works in line with the most stringent safety standards – with not a single accident in 2016. This excellent workplace safety record has now been honoured by Covestro who recently presented the company with its Contractor Safety Award.

Covestro thanked XERVON with an award, putting on a meal for the whole team

This was the third time that Covestro has presented this award to external partner firms who have demonstrated outstanding levels of work safety at its production sites in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). The prize was handed over to Klaus Thiele, managing director of XERVON GmbH responsible for scaffolding across Germany, by Klaus Jaeger, Covestro’s NRW site manager, and Georg Wagner, head of QHSE in NRW, during a special ceremony held in Krefeld-Uerdingen. At the same time, the XERVON employees were invited to a special lunch at the company’s branches in Leverkusen and Dormagen to thank them for their hard work – with hamburgers all round for the 70 or so colleagues.

A strong partnership for over 40 years

  • XERVON has been working successfully with Bayer MaterialScience, now Covestro, for over 40 years. Covestro had planned a number of major shutdowns last year, all of which needed scaffolding so that the facilities could be maintained and serviced – including shutdowns at its Dormagen and Uerdingen plants. “The performance of the employees here was truly impressive,” said Klaus Jaeger, praising the team. “Not only did they not have a reportable accident in 2016, they didn’t even have a single first aid case. This really is only possible if everyone works as a team and has each other’s backs.”

    Looking forward to continuing their safe work together in the future: the XERVON team and their client, Covestro

No. 1 priority: health & safety!

“We are really proud to have been given this award. Our goal is, of course, to maintain these high safety levels,” explained XERVON managing director, Klaus Thiele. XERVON holds regular training courses, continuously improves its fall arrest and personal protective equipment (PPE) and systematically implements its work safety management system to make sure that the whole subject of safety is permanently at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

“Our number one priority at XERVON is keeping our employees safe and this is a fundamental part of XERVON’s business strategy,” Klaus Thiele continued. “Our collaboration with Covestro is particularly constructive. We often sit down together to discuss how processes can be further improved and then ensure these ideas are integrated into the next project.”

“The performance of the employees here was truly impressive.”

Dr Klaus Jaeger, NRW Site Manager at Covestro

XERVON scaffolding acts as a stage for the ‘Covestro Graffiti’

  • One particular highlight of the long-standing partnership between Covestro and XERVON is an impressive piece of art: the mobile ‘Covestro Graffiti’ (ca. 30 metres wide and three metres high) has been hung on XERVON scaffolding and is currently on show next to Gate 10 in Dormagen. The colourful inscription on this transportable artwork aims to convey the message that Covestro is inquisitive, bold and versatile. XERVON “supports” these values in every sense of the word.

    Covestro put on a special lunch to thank XERVON’s scaffolding team for their high work safety standards.

An award-winning performance

  • This year, Evonik presented its 2016 Partner Award at its plant in Hanau for the very first time – and it was presented to XERVON’s scaffolding experts in recognition of the excellent cooperation work between the two firms and their outstanding workplace safety. Their performance had been evaluated by a number of people working on site in the areas of, for example, technology, production, occupational safety and plant security.

    The work of the contractor businesses is assessed over a fixed period of time and then the best three firms selected; XERVON made it to 1st place and was presented with the award and certificate by the local Evonik management team during a special ceremony held in May. This prize is yet more proof of just how important safety is at XERVON, also in a challenging business such as scaffolding – something that is also being recognised and honoured by its customers.

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