Experts in tunnel construction met in Athens, Greece, from 15 to 18 May. The World Tunnel Congress, considered the most visited trade fair of its kind, was attended by visitors from every corner of the globe. During the congress, the fischer Group of Companies presented various fixing and system solutions as well as services for tunnel construction projects.
“It was a first-rate professional congress with attendees from all over the world. We were able to present our company, our products and our services to the expert audience. It was important for us to demonstrate that we can also offer solutions for the tunnel construction industry. This led to interesting conversations with experts, with whom we were able to establish and develop valuable contacts,” said Uwe Hilmert, Head of Project Technology and Segments at the fischer Group of Companies.
The visitors showed a great deal of interest in digitalisation. In addition to fischer’s sensor-integrated products, the high-tech fischer SensorDisc washer and the SensorAnchor anchor rod, visitors were also very interested in the new fischer BauBot robot. fischer also offers connected planning and control services along buildings’ entire life cycles with Building Information Modelling (BIM). fischer also exhibited its FiXperience software at the booth, which allows fixing solutions for entire projects and individual applications to be planned with precision and efficiency. Many visitors wanted to find out more about the fischer FNA II nail anchor, the fischer cast-in channel system, as well as fischer installation systems. fischer’s experts also held in-depth discussions about sustainability with visitors to the congress. In addition to this, there were lots of conversations about the fischer FIS EM Plus injection mortar, which has an assessment (ETA) that guarantees a service life of 100 years for post-installed rebar connections and anchorages in cracked concrete. An external, independent assessment by Stuttgart’s IEA has even confirmed a service life of up to 120 years.
The products that were displayed included new innovations as well as the classics. fischer’s fixing and system solutions made of stainless and highly corrosion-resistant steel are suitable for highly corrosive atmospheres often or temporarily found in road and rail tunnels. They are also safe in the event of fire as well as in case of fatigue, seismic and impact influences.