GLOBAL GALVANIZING AWARD GOES TO VIENNA
More than 500 participants from around 50 countries attended the official presentation of the “Global Galvanizing Award” at the Intergalva 201 in Liverpool. Submissions from the USA, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and several European countries competed for the prize. The prestigious “Industry Award”, however, went to Albert Wimmer ZT GmbH, a firm of architects in Vienna, and the Unger Steel Group for their “Vienna Central Station” project. One of the most complicated and striking steel-construction projects in Austria was therefore the recipient of this outstanding prize. The ZINKPOWER Group was responsible for applying the hot-dip-galvanizing to the steel components. “Absolute adherence to delivery dates and consistent quality from every zinc bath worldwide are our top priority,” said Martin Kopf, Managing Director at ZINKPOWER Brunn. He added, “Tight schedules often allow only a single day for the galvanizing process – so cooperation has to work.” And – as this example shows – it did! “We're pleased to have been part of this ambitious steel-construction project.” More than a total of 7,000 tonnes of steel were used in the build. The complexity of the concealed roof structure meant that maintenance work is practically impossible. The solution was to use hot-dip-galvanized structural components, which were bolted together into sub-groups to form the basis for the individual diamond shapes. Maintenance work and safety measures that could result in the station's partial or even full closure have in this way been avoided from the outset. The prize is awarded every three years by the European General Galvanizers Association (EGGA), which acts as the umbrella organization for the associations established for the hot-dip-galvanizing sector in Europe. The industrial award recognizes projects realized through the use of hot-dip-galvanized steel.