This year, alkus AG from Vaduz, Liechtenstein, turned twenty. The formwork panel manufacturer marked this anniversary in the early summer with a very special event: Under the motto ‘Love trees, save woods’, the company’s employees planted spruce trees together in the woods of Vorarlberg, Austria. alkus is therefore making a small contribution to the fight against climate change – just like it does with the alkus® solid plastic panels. They help to save timber, allowing many trees to remain standing in the woods. As part of this anniversary event, around 350 older tree seedlings were also pruned. This is important to allow them to continue to grow.
“Timber is not the best raw material for all products,” claims Michael Tschenett, Managing Director of alkus AG. “Plywood formwork panels enable roughly 50 uses. They then have to be replaced with new panels and disposed of as hazardous waste. In contrast, alkus® solid plastic panels last up to 30 times longer. More than 1,500 uses of a single formwork panel have been documented. Use of alkus® solid plastic panels is, therefore, not only good for your wallet but also for preserving the environment and protecting woods. We wanted to draw attention to this through our anniversary event.”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event took place under special conditions. “Needless to say, we had to observe safe distancing measures,” explains Managing Director Tschenett. “Nevertheless, it was important for us to unite behind a common strategy for increased sustainability, especially in these difficult times.” Overall, the alkus AG event proved very successful.
Like many other companies, alkus AG is currently feeling the effects of the global pandemic. “Customers are certainly more cautious with their investments at present,” says Michael Tschenett. “We are still looking positively into the future though. We have just finished developing a new product: The alkus® sealing cone, suitable for all Peri Maximo models with one-sided anchoring. Initial on-site tests are already underway. In terms of deliveries, we have sufficient capabilities at our two facilities and are well placed to cope with the current situation.”