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A new perspective on insulation TEXT: BAS VAN DUREN | PHOTOS: THERMATRAS
Whether it is the shipping industry, utility buildings, hospitals or even breweries, they all share the fact that they work with HVAC, steam or thermal oil installations. It is fundamental for these industries that no burn-related accidents happen, and it is Thermatras that specialises in insulation blankets. What started as a part of then-called Ajax De Boer Isolatie is now, through a management buy-out, known as Thermatras. At its core are Geert Norder senior and Alexander Norder along with a tight-knit group of 35 experts with over 50 years’ experience in the field of insulation. It is Alexander Norder who picks up a book dated all the way back to 1962 when talking about the history of insulation blankets. “They have been a thing since 1895, but you should know they were made of asbestos in those days. That changed in the ‘70s when everybody found out how harmful asbestos can be, and thus the 38 | Issue 47 | November 2017
blankets were made of fibreglass from that moment on. Nowadays, the blankets come in different sizes and coatings and its application has helped many different types of industries and buildings.” Seeing how the insulation blankets can be customised, the material is used in the aforementioned shipping industries, utility buildings and hospitals. Something as simple as a boiler house profits from the blankets, not just because of the safety, but energy consumption as well. Norder: “Most of our work is visiting the buildings and doing an insulation check. We measure the temperature and calculate what you can save on not only energy costs, but reducing the carbon dioxide emissions as well. Given how the European Union enacted the Energy Efficiency Directive in 2012, many companies across Europe are required to cut down their emissions.” Norder’s Thermatras helps many companies reach their emissions goal, not only
by advising them when it comes to insulation issues, but delivering them as well. “Thermatras has its own factory where we create the blankets exactly how they need to be. Our drafter draws a design and once the blanket is produced, our mechanics can install them.”
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