News - 2010
participation in seminar in Paris about "employee driven
On November 25, 2010, Niels Aasted Nielsen (senior shop steward)
and Jørn Christensen (managing director) participated in a
seminar in Paris with the main them of ”Employee Driven
Innovation”. Innovacteurs arranged the seminar/conference.
Niels Aasted Nielsen and Jørn Christensen gave a presentation on
employee driven innovation at Epoke A/S in front of an audience
of approx. 300 participants.
After the presentation the audience had the opportunity to ask
questions, which many participants did. The reason for this
unusual invitation was the LO (the Danish Confederation of Trade
Unions), who in connection with a company visit at Epoke A/S had
spoken with Niels and Per Kragelund, the production manager.
Pia Mulvad Reksten, representative of the LO, found the visit
and the meeting at Epoke A/S so interesting that we were invited
to participate in the above seminar in Paris in order to present
and share with other organizations and companies our experiences
of employee driven innovation.
It was an unusual and very exciting day, which Niels and Jørn
will never forget. A bit strange that the experience we have
learned at Epoke A/S can be used in France.
But Epoke® A/S is happy when new thoughts and ideas are to be
tested, as in 2004 when we - as one of the first companies in
Denmark within the industry - introduced the so-called ”senior
employee policy” at Epoke® A/S, and subsequently we went to
Copenhagen to present this concept to the trade union 3F.
If you would like to learn more about employee driven
innovation, please feel free to contact Niels Aasted Nielsen or
Jørn Christensen, Epoke A/S.
Epoke competence center in Randers is currently very busy.
The Epoke competence center for liquid spreaders in Randers is
currently very busy.
In May 2010 Epoke A/S and Epoke Machinenbau held a major seminar
about liquid spreading, which has resulted in an increased
demand for small as well as large liquid sprayers.
Epoke A/S is the leading manufacturer of liquid sprayers, and
the product line ranges from small sprayers for bike-paths to
the large sprayers intended for 3-lane motorways.
Below are photos from the Epoke division in Randers.
bicyle race – a major effort
On Saturday, August 28, Jesper Dam Buch and Kenneth Elkjær from
Epoke A/S particpated in the Birkebeiner bikerace in Norway
together with Øyvind Sollien from the Norwegian Epoke-dealer, C.
Grindvold A/S and Morten Wålberg from Transportformidlingen A/S.
The 97 km bicycle race took place in pouring rain and
temperatures as low as 2°C, which caused a major number of
racers dropping out, including Jørn Christensen from Epoke A/S,
who at the mere thought of riding 97 km in the rain remained
safely in the car. However, the 3 gentlemen Morten, Jesper and
Kenneth had the will-power to finish the race, and they arrived
safely, but chilled at the goal site.
Epoke A/S – a well-consolidated ”AAA” credit rated company
In July 2010 the international credit rating agency Dunn &
Bradstreet has awarded Epoke A/S the highest credit rating ”AAA”
for very high solidity. Epoke A/S is very grateful for this
award, as it serves to give our customers security as well as it
shows the financial strength of the Epoke-group.
interest in liquid spreading seminar in Germany
On May 5 – 6, 2010, Epoke Maschinenbau and Epoke A/S held a
major seminar on liquid spreading in Fulda, Germany.
Professionals and liquid spreading experts participated in the
seminar, and guests with interest in liquid spreading or who are
already working with this technology attended the seminar in
order to achieve an even more efficient winter road maintenance.
Day 1: External experts delivered lectures on liquid spreading,
preconditions as well as test results currently available in
Day 2: Extensive presentation of the Epoke product program for
liquid spreading, as Epoke A/S is the leading manufacturer of
liquid spreaders in Europe. The attendees also had the
opportunity to watch a practical demonstration.
It was a very successful seminar with approx. 130 participants,
who showed great interest and inquisitiveness at the seminar.
Thus the great interest in the subject “liquid spreading” was
documented in Germany, and Epoke Maschinenbau and Epoke A/S
employees are looking forward to following up on the many
contacts established over these two days in May.
in new facilities at Epoke A/S
New liquid spreader testing facility
The continued increase in sales of combi-spreaders now results
in Epoke A/S building a hall for testing and trial runs of
combi-spreaders. Completion of the testing hall is expected
around October 1, 2010, and it will be equipped in such a way
that any combi-spreader leaving the factory will have been
tested optimally and will have the correct nozzle settings.
Of course the new testing hall will be built with environmental
consideration, including recirculation of the water being used
for testing purposes.
Renovation of current training and exhibition facilities
at Epoke A/S
In order improve the stay of our many participants in training
courses here at Epoke A/S; we’re now initiating a major
renovation of the current facilities to enhance learning and to
give the facilities a more contemporary feel.
As Epoke A/S is located in a very scenic area adjacent to woods
and lake, the outdoor facilities will also undergo some changes
in order to make this recreational area more attractive to
employees, participants in training courses, and other visitors.
road maintenance on bike paths
Increased attention on slippery roads control on bike paths has
contributed to the fact that Epoke A/S is currently in the
process of preparing a new brochure showing the large variety of
products offered for this purpose. The product line includes dry
material spreaders, liquids spreaders as well as combination
spreaders. Many of these spreaders are available for 3-point
suspension or installed on truck bodies or trailers. For
additional information, please contact one of the sales
representatives already now.
chain sawing course
During the month of March employees of Epoke A/S participated in
a variety of courses in order to gain new capabilities and in
order to practice teamwork. One of the more untraditional
courses was in power chain sawing, which does not have any
direct relevance to the daily work at Epoke A/S. On the other
hand, many trees on the Epoke premises needed to be cut down or
cut back, thereby allowing the participants plenty of practice.
This contributed to a happy crowd of employees, who learned to
operate a power chain saw during this week of training.
now also in France
In collaboration with its distributor in France, Jean VILLETON
SARL, Epoke A/S has sold its latest slippery roads control
The famous ski resort Megéve in the Alpine region near Mont
Blanc has just invested in 2 x SIRIUS AST and 1 x IGLOO S-2400
spreaders. The spreaders are equipped with data collection (Vinterman
Light) and EpoSat (GPS-controlled spreading).
The investment has attracted attention in France and has even
been shown on French national television. To view the video clip,
click this link:
congress in Canada
This year Epoke A/S will again participate in the International
Winter Road Congress in Quebec City, Canada. The organization
PIARC is behind this congress, which is held every 4 years.
Epoke North America Inc., he Epoke dealer in Canada and the US,
has prepared two stands in the exhibition hall including
exhibition of the new liquid spreader VIRTUS AST and the SIRIUS
COMBI S-4402. Furthermore, representatives from Epoke A/S will
also be present at the congress.
The congress will be held from February 8 – 11, 2010.
Come meet the representatives of Epoke A/S and Epoke North
America Inc. on stand no. 825 and in ”vehicle area L”
Read more about the congress at: