Hello again from Denmark!
Wednesday was a busy day on the Grundfos campus in Bjerringbro. The media group trekked to the company headquarters and met with Grundfos Group President and CEO Mads Nipper. He came to the company in August after he spent 25 years with Lego.
Nipper said that “the global need for pumps is there” and he plans on making Grundfos being the trendsetting company in water technologies.
Next we met with Jorgen Bjelskou, Grundfos’ global public affairs director, who presented on the company’s value system. The culture of Grundfos focuses on six key values. They are to be:
—Focused on people
—Open and trustworthy
Bjelskou noted that a study showed that 10% of the world’s energy use comes from pumps. Grundfos has a goal that it would like to reduce that number to 4% in the future.
Our final morning meeting was with Grundfos’ Business Development Manager Hans Brink Hansen on the goal of creating smarter buildings.
The main takeaway from Hansen’s presentation was that in his travels and research, Hansen sees that the biggest problem to underperforming buildings is that the pumps are oversized. He encourages building owners and engineers to utilize the Grundfos audit program and to ensure the building is sized correctly.
After a great catered lunch by Grundfos’ cooking staff, we took a tour of the Bjerringbro manufacturing operations. At this specific plant they make the impellers for the pumps. Our tour guide, Morten Gylling went into the specifics of the plants 24/7 operations. The shifts work as a tag team per se, with a daily quota split into sections for each staff. The automation of the plant was impressive considering the specific requirements for each type — including special order — of impeller.
Next, Rasmus Blom, a business development director of Grundfos Connect, discussed the company’s future and the way forward. Grundfos is asking its customers to “demand more” from its products and their applications. He sees a major need for infrastructure upgrades.
“We’re in dire need of smart solutions over the next few years,” he said.
The last stop of the day took us to the Bjerringbro Heating Plant, with Klaus E. Christensen as our tour guide. This is a collaborative project between Grundfos and the town. The plant takes groundwater to produce heating for the city and cooling for the Grundfos campus. The system is in its third season of operation and saved Grundfos $500,000 in costs.
“Both partners are very happy,” he said.
For more on these presentations please check out the November edition of pme.
Also, if you missed it, check out Day 1 from my time at the Grundfos Media Tour.