Akatherm pioneers in PE/PP piping systems
From contractor to manufacturer
Since its foundation in the early 60's under the name Kumefa (Kunststof en Metaal Fabriek), Akatherm has always been a pioneer in PE/PP pipe systems that transformed the business model from prefabrication and installation through trading and subcontracted production to finally own manufacturing and marketing. In 1989 Aljo van Dijk (one of the sons of the founder of Dyka plastic pipe systems) established the present injection moulding plant.
An international distribution network was developed, including partnerships with many present group companies. Ultimately in 1998 the cooperation with various companies resulted in Akatherm, including the sales companies in Germany and Belgium becoming part of Glynwed Pipe systems. The acquisition of GPS in 2001 by the present Aliaxis group opened additional growth opportunities, especially for drainage products.
Advanced mould and process technology
Akatherm produces with a large number of automated moulding machines a growing volume of PE/PP fittings and accessories for both drainage and pressure applications. These fittings are produced with advanced moulds, securing high quality products with economics. With modern mould flow techniques the mould design is optimised before construction.
Furthermore the production plant is equipped with turning lathes and welding equipment in order to finish and customize products if required.
Akatherm is certified according to ISO-9001 and ISO-14001. Furthermore an extensive number of national products and system approvals further secure the highest quality standards.
From product to system innovation
Innovative ideas have always been a guiding principle in the development of Akatherm. Initially these ideas were based on material and jointing technology. For instance special welding methods (compact-welding) to build branches from pipe, snap-sockets to create pull-tight rubber-ring joints and the evolution of the Akafusion electrofusion system to become leading in its field.
Meanwhile the system-approach has driven innovation more towards specific application technologies like the Akavent aerator concept for high-rise and special Akasison siphonic roof outlets for large roof spans.
For this purpose Akatherm has built up an expertise and training resource (Akademy) aimed at optimising the hydraulic performance of specialist drainage systems. This know-how is shared with other group companies and also is the input for the Akacad design software, enabling consulting engineers and contractors to easily draw and calculate drainage systems.
Being connected in all directions
Taking its origins in a small country and having limited resources, Akatherm has always been oriented by nature to creating partnerships with other companies in order to exploit the mutual resources in the best possible way. This has resulted in an extensive network in all directions. Moreover Akatherm is working closely together with several group companies on development projects in order to reach innovative, more harmonised and global offering.
The history towards PE pressure fittings:
Foundation Kumefa (Kunststof Metaal Fabriek) by family Hoens
First moulds for PE fittings
Kumefa renamed into KMF
KMF becomes part of Dyka Group
Formation of Akatherm Group by A.J. van Dijk
Opening central warehouse
Foundation injection moulding plant
Formation Akatherm-KMF as fitting producer
Acquisition GOEMA fitting business
Opening mould storage hall
Renamed into Akatherm International BV
Aquisition by Glynwed International PLC
Part of Etex Plastics (in 2003 renamed into Aliaxis)
Opening additional warehouse2007
Publication comprehensive Specification Manual2008
Nominated for the "Gazelle Award", Akatherm is ranking with the 400 fastest growing
companies in the Netherlands
Publication comprehensive Specification Manual
Nominated for the "Gazelle Award", Akatherm is ranking again with the 400 fastest growing
companies in the Netherlands
Arnomij BV and Akatherm International BV merged to Akatherm BV from the 1st of January
Nominated for the "Gazelle Award", Akatherm is ranking for the third time with the 350 fastest
growing companies in the Netherlands