HFL – A portrait of the association of air pipe manufacturers
The Manufacturers Association for Air Lines is still a young trade association. It was founded at the end of 2014 and registered as an association in Berlin at the beginning of 2015. It unites well-known manufacturers of air ducts, but also suppliers of the industry as well as planners from the specialist area TGA.
Why a separate association for air duct manufacturers?
With today’s rapid advances in IT, control technology and other high technologies, something as profane as a little bent sheet metal in the form of a ventilation duct is quickly dismissed as unimportant. For construction projects, the cheapest supplier is then selected and the installation company is also selected on the basis of the quoted price. The main thing is that the pipes hang from the ceiling on time. The bad awakening comes later, when the air whistles out of the duct at all corners and ends, the projected volume flows are not reached, the outlets and flaps do not function properly and the fans have to work at their performance limits. Not only does the system not work as it should. A lot of expensive energy is also wasted during operation. The necessary improvements are also cost-intensive and cannot always solve the problems completely.
The new association wants to counteract this situation. In its statutes, the HFL has committed itself to the promotion of quality improvement and quality definition in the production and assembly of air ducts. Its members should manufacture according to uniform quality standards. This will ensure that products from different HFL manufacturers are compatible with each other and have the same high level of quality. It is only logical that the industry’s suppliers should also be included in this process. After all, the raw material has a decisive influence on the quality of the end product.
Further goals of the HFL
Innovations and above-average quality only make sense if the market accepts them and customers are willing to pay the corresponding price. However, higher prices are only accepted if the user can see an advantage for himself. For this reason, the association considers it an important task to pass on the expert knowledge and innovations of its members to planners, architects, builders and users in such a way that the long-term benefits become visible to them. Beyond that the federation strives for the co-operation in DIN and EN committees and promotes co-operation with other places at home and abroad, which pursue similar goals.
Customer benefit at the centre
For customers and users this means that they can rely on a consistently high quality of the products, regardless of which association member they buy them from. Since the association also includes the TGA planners, it can be assumed that at least the association members among them tender for innovative technology appropriate to the task at hand. A first measure in this direction is the standardization of the tendering texts, which is a great relief for both planners and plant constructors.
This orientation towards the needs of customers and users fully corresponds to our company philosophy at Felderer AG. We are not only dealers of ventilation components, but also manufacture our own air conduction systems. That is why we are very happy to support the projects and goals of the manufacturers’ association for air ducts. Felderer was therefore one of the first members and continues to actively participate in the association for the benefit of its customers.