TEKA looks back on a successful business year 2018

by David Fleschen

We offer tailor-made solutions to connect units in Industry 4.0 style for digital transformation, especially in small and medium-sized metalworking companies.
As we entered the field of digital prevention a few years ago with our own innovations, we are now perceived internationally as a pioneer in this future market,” Simon Telöken sums up with satisfaction. It was only at the leading international trade fair for the industry, EuroBlech, last autumn that the brand supplier of extraction and filter units presented the latest version of its Airtracker indoor air monitoring system and SmartFit control boxes for digital system networking. In the course of its digital innovation strategy TEKA relies on cooperation in a strong alliance. Since 2017, the family-owned company has been actively involved in the "Industry Business Network 4.0" (IBN 4.0) association in order to work with market partners to develop uniform standards for system networking that can increase the international competitiveness of the industry. The most recent success was the inauguration of the association's first reference unit at the specialist congress Fertigung 4.0 in Bad Wörishofen to which TEKA contributed a networked filter unit and the Airtracker.

“Our business success in the past year was also driven by the good export development in Europe. Important target markets for us are currently Spain and France," says Simon Telöken. For more than two years now, the company has had its own branch in Spain. This near market positioning pays off: As in 2017, significant turnover increases were also achieved here last year. International trade contacts were intensified at trade fairs such as Industrie Paris or BIEHM in Bilbao. Last year TEKA also transformed its own communication centre in Borken-Weseke with numerous events into an international training centre for trade partners.

In particular the introduction of a completely new product series for extraction from welding torches according to the highest European standards set new impulses to the French market. Due to its high pressure, the new VAC series is predestined for continuous use in the high-vacuum range and is suitable for extraction from welding torches of smoke at up to ten welding workstations. In accordance with the new standards on the European market, it offers maximum user safety, coupled with enormous extraction capacity and energy-saving operation.

As a reliable partner and expert for pure air at the workplace, TEKA offers proven and continuously improved core ranges that ensure healthy indoor air and modern health protection. In addition to the Filter- and CleanAir-Cube, Filtoo is one of the established bestsellers. In 2018, the company invested in machinery and optimised processes in production and logistics at its site in Velen to meet the constantly growing sales successes for mobile and stationary series production systems and individual special designs.

The adjustment of personnel capacities was another key aspect in 2018. “We are constantly recruiting new employees and offer vocational training in new occupations in order to continue to position ourselves for the future," says Telöken.

The strategic guidelines for the business year 2019 have already been defined. TEKA will be present at the trade fair venues Industrie Lyon, BLE.CH in Bern, Schweißen in Linz and BlechExpo in Stuttgart. The focus will continue to be on application solutions for networked "digital prevention" as well as the presentation as a reliable, innovative partner for modern extraction and filter technology. "It is important for us to be perceived as a Europe-wide leading problem solver with sustainable solutions," emphasizes Simon Telöken.

Source: TEKA, photo: fotolia

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