News 2018

April

A decade of HANSA-FLEX XWORLD

Exactly ten years ago an extraordinary round-theworld off-road event was launched in Bremen. On 8 March 2008 the first teams set off from HANSA-FLEX company HQ in six strikingly decorated Toyota Landcruisers on their initial unforgettable adventure.

 

Over the coming years the HANSA-FLEX XWORLD was to complete three major journeys covering a total of 58 countries on four continents. Overall a distance of more than 160,000 km was to be covered in a varied range of challenging stages.

 

The first XWORLD in 2008/2009 led through Europe and Asia. During the journey to the easternmost point of the tour – Chabarovsk in Russia – the countries which were crossed included Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia. One of the most moving moments was a visit to the village of Suak Nie in the province of Aceh on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia.

 

Here HANSA-FLEX continues to the present day to support local people affected by the tsunami disaster. The highest point of the drive was reached in Tibet at 5,390 m. XWORLD South America in 2011/2012 saw the participants on the road in six VW Amaroks. They travelled through eight countries and, among other destinations, they visited the world’s southernmost point which is accessible by road (Tierra del Fuego at the end of Routa 3), and had to endure temperatures ranging from -12 °C in the mountains of Bolivia and +43 °C in Surinam.

 

However, two years later things were to get even 10 °C hotter. The top temperature at XWORLD Africa 2014/2015 was reached during the very first stage in Sudan. Overall the intercultural adventure journey took the participants with their six VW Amaroks

Chairmanship of an ISO standardisation committee

At the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Axel Tammen, Head of Technology & Quality Assurance at HANSA-FLEX AG, has been elected chairman of the committee on hydraulic hose lines. In the course of the election the graduate engineer was appointed to his highly responsible post by a unanimous vote.

 

As chairman of the ISO subcommittee on “ISO/TC45/SC01 Rubber and plastics hoses and hose assemblies”, Axel Tammen will over the coming six years be responsible for the committee’s strategic business plan, its operations and the working groups assigned to him. In this capacity he will, among other tasks, take the chair at meetings of the committee and mediate between different national interests in order to establish a working consensus for every individual standardisation project.

 

The primary objective of the committee consists of adapting the standards relating to hydraulic hose lines to technical market developments. These developments are characterised on the one hand by higher performance capacities and longer product life cycles, and on the other by increased safety requirements. As a result the committee’s current programme covers 36 ISO standards, including norms which describe the requirements relating to the impulse testing or storage life of hose lines.

 

Axel Tammen is extremely well qualified for his new ISO role. He already has more than 20 years’ experience in global, European and German standardisation organisations and – as a project manager or working group leader – has brought a number of DIN, EN and ISO standards projects to a successful conclusion. His election to the chairmanship of this committee, which is made up of high-calibre international experts, is both personal recognition for his long-standing contribution to the work of standardisation, and an honour for the entire HANSA-FLEX corporate group.

The rapid hydraulic service is expanding

Its vehicles are well-equipped, accessible around the clock and can be on site at a minute’s notice. The mobile hydraulic workshops of the HANSA-FLEX Rapid Hydraulic Service provide fast support for mobile and stationary hydraulic systems, and prevent both machine breakdowns and costly downtime. In line with its worldwide growth HANSA-FLEX is continuously expanding the fleet of these strikingly designed service vans in many locations.

 

For example, HANSA-FLEX Italy alone now has four new service vehicles in operation. In addition the HANSA-FLEX country organisations in Switzerland and the Czech Republic have invested in two new vehicles each. Austria has three, the UK and Brazil each have one hydraulic workshop on wheels offering a fast allround hose service.

Hydraulik on Tour

This spring HANSA-FLEX is once more participating in a number of trade shows with a varied range of focal points. At our trade fair stand and in our hydraulics Eventmobile you can look forward to personal discussions as well as to innovative products and services. The HANSA-FLEX trade show team will be welcoming you at the following trade fairs:

 

The Tube - pipe and pipe-processing fair in Düsseldorf

From 16 to 20 April we are looking forward to meet you at 
the Tube 2018 in Düsseldorf. Out fair team will welcome you

in Hall 7A on Booth D19 at the world's most important fair for

tube and pipe processing machinery, manufacturing and 

trading as well as accessories.

 

The IFAT - waste disposal fair in Munich

From 14 to 18 May we’ll be getting together at IFAT 2018

in Munich. Our fair team looks forward to welcoming you

at Stand B4.421 in Hall B4 at the world’s leading trade

show for the water, waste water and waste management

industry.

Major 2018 VDBUM Seminar

From 20 to 23 February hundreds of decision-makers and experts from the construction industry met at the Sauerland Stern Hotel in Willingen for one of the most important seminar and networking events of the year. The theme of the 47th major VDBUM seminar, which featured a highly varied and practice-based programme of presentations, was: “People, the environment and machinery in the digital construction process”.

 

The International Hydraulics Academy (IHA) once more participated in the programme of the seminar with a workshop on diagnosing technical faults in construction machinery. HANSA-FLEX has been a member of the “Federation of the construction, environmental and mechanical engineering industry” since 1997, and once more took part in this popular industry gettogether with a sales team, the Eventmobile and a Rapid Hydraulic Service vehicle.

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