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is a highly specialist engineering company operating within the refining, petrochemical and chemical industries. The company originally existed as a state-owned venture, until 1991 when it became a private organisation. Today, Chempex is a private Czech joint-stock company owned by current or former employees and currently employs around 35 specialists. As such, it retains decades of experience and continues to focus on the design and supply of fired heaters, waste heat recovery systems and burner systems. The company manages an independently approved quality control system that is ISO 9001, environmental management ISO 14001, health and safety management OHSAS 18001, compliant and is strictly observed to ensure customer satisfaction and peace of mind. This dedication to ensuring its client’s needs are met, coupled with over a decade of experience has allowed Chempex to supply its heat transfer systems across the world and collaborate with some of the market’s largest names, as managing director Radomir Pospíšil elaborates: “Chempex’ knowledge and skills are demonstrated by hundreds of fired heaters and accessories installed in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. “The majority of the company’s customers are formed by large supplier companies such as CB&I, Lurgi, Foster Wheeler, Bertrams Heatec, Schwitzerland, Prokop Engineering and UNIS, Czech Republic, which provide complete infrastructure for refineries. Apart from these, Chempex is also involved in projects commissioned by individual refineries directly including Česká rafinérská Litvínov, Slovnaft Bratislava, Pančevo Refinery, Kirisi Refinery, Mozyr Refinery, Rjazan Refinery, Płock Refinery, and Gazpromneft, Russia, for example.” At present, Chempex is primarily focused on the design of fired heaters for the refinery industry and secondarily on pyrolysis heaters. It maintains a thermal and chemical engineering department that is responsible for carrying out heat transfer studies, while the technical realisation of projects is supported by the

company’s mechanical department, static calculations team and piping strength analysis specialists. Its sales and procurement department represents a key point of communication between Chempex and its clients to ensure that every requirement is fulfilled. “Chempex wields highly specialised knowledge in the field of heat transfer, which has been cultivated by years of experience and close co-operation with customers,” Radomir says. “The company not only provides the design of heater units, but offers supervision during erection, precommissioning and commissioning. The insights that are gained on construction sites are then used on new projects. “Due to the variety of customers who have different technical requirements and company standards, Chempex employees remain in close contact with current developments in the field. High flexibility and a willingness to visit customers on-site are some of the key strengths of the company.” The strong reputation and leading industry knowledge that Chempex commands are powered by its investment in finding the most qualified engineers and in the development of its knowledge base and development tools. The company profits from close co-operation with the relevant departments of the Technical University Brno and offers topics for study and supervision of diploma theses. Promising students are often given the opportunity to go on to become Chempex employees, which ensures that skilled engineers are developed for the future market. Furthermore, its engineers are continuously developed through hands-on experience and regularly attend courses on new computation software and language courses to ensure that Chempex employees are ready to meet the challenges of the market as it continues to develop. In addition to its focus on the development of its personnel, Chempex strives to ensure that it uses state-of-the-art, specialist equipment and tools to enable it to deliver first-rate design solutions to its customers. The company employs cutting-edge design programmes to aid its engineers that range from well known industry tools to custom applications that are designed in-house, as Radomir explains: “Apart from standard commercial software tools, Chempex has its own algorithms for thermal computations that have been developed by its employees since the very beginning of the company’s existence. The results of the in-house

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