Excellence in all areas
Over the years since its inception the Coek Group has grown to become a leading manufacturer of a wide range of process equipment including pressure vessels, columns, reactors and heat exchangers.
The company is able to build almost any special type of equipment, including large sizes – diameters up to ten meters and lengths up to 100 meters and above have all been successfully created.
Since the very beginning of the company, the policy of the founder, Mr Vanlommel, has been to reinvest the vast majority of the profits back into the organisation. As a result Coek can state without exaggeration that its facilities are amongst the most modern in its business field. To this day, Coek continuously invests in automated welding machines, the latest cutting technology and the latest machining centres in order to work in a cost efficient way, with guaranteed quality.
The products manufactured by Coek can be built in carbon steels, Cr-Mo steels, stainless steels, duplex steels, hastelloy, inconel, monel, incoloy, titanium or zirconium. Coek has also acquired an extensive know-how in the fabrication of clad equipment, such as stainless steel-clad, titanium-clad, hastelloy-clad and zirconium-clad. In fact, over the past 15 years, this specific equipment accounted for 80 per cent of its turnover. The customers who utilise these state-of-the-art products are mainly to be found in the chemical, petrochemical, metallurgical and nuclear industries.
In order to keep its production skills at the leading edge of technology for the benefit of these customers, Coek is continuously fine-tuning its manufacturing techniques. As a result, the company has established itself as one of the most advanced manufacturers of process equipment in the world; able to build the most advanced technological equipment. With more than 40 years of experience, it can evaluate clients’ needs and design solutions that will optimise both their efficiency and effectiveness.
Coek customers also benefit from prompt and dependable customer service, ISO 9001 quality assurance, engineering support, the ASME U and U2 stamps and manufacturing licenses for China. Together these all combine to meet the high expectations of today’s sophisticated clientele.
Coek Group operates in an interesting business format, as it in fact consists of a number of member companies, each of them specialised in a specific sector. All these member companies work under the contractual responsibility of ‘Coek Engineering NV’. Today the Group has a turnover of approximately 40 million euros, and employs approximately 150 people.
Since most of Coek’s creations are practically unique pieces, the company has been organised in such a way as to ensure that each job is successfully guided to a satisfactory conclusion. The key factor is Coek’s policy to assign each project to a specific project engineer.
These people are responsible for ‘their’ projects from start to finish. More specifically, the project engineer will start on a plan by making all the necessary calculations. With the outcome of these calculations, combined with all imposed job specifications, he will assist and supervise the draftsmen in order to obtain detailed drawings of the required equipment, fully compliant with any chosen code.
The project engineer further ensures that all necessary materials are ordered with the required specifications. He also checks his design with the production department, which will give comments in order to produce an item which meets the customers requirements, combined with an efficient production method.
In short, the project engineer is the key person during the life of a project. He will be the contact person for the customer and the link between all other people and departments involved in the project.
Looking at the current market conditions, Coek has managed to remain buoyant despite the recent economic challenges. For example, in order to remain competitive, the business continuously invests in new production processes to reduce its labour costs. This measure, as well as its focus on special materials and complex design, has resulted in a situation where 70 to 80 per cent of its total costs are related to materials, while only 20 to 30 per cent are related to labour.
Also, it is evident that in relation to the economic problems being experienced in the European market many companies are choosing Asian fabricators as their key suppliers in order to drive down costs. However, while this may offer a cheaper option in the short term, Coek prides itself on providing quality above every other consideration, and believes that this attitude will ensure its survival and success in the industry.
Since its earliest beginnings in 1966, the Coek Group has continuously been searching for any possible improvement in order to work in the most efficient way, and offer full satisfaction to its customers. In short, it aims for excellence in everything it does and all at a competitive price.
Products: Process equipment