Hubert Jacobs van Merlen

Member of the Board of Directors

 

Appointed 2003

 

 

 

Hubert Jacobs van Merlen (°1953) is since 1997 President and CEO of IEE SA, Luxembourg, a leading company in the field of automotive safety sensors with manufacturing sites in Luxembourg and technical sales offices in the USA, Korea and Japan.
He started his career in 1978 as auditor of KPMG (Houston) and became in 1981 Division Controller of the Drilling Fluids Division of Chromalloy American Corp. (St. Louis, MO). In 1987 he transferred to Commercial Intertech Corp. (Youngstown, OH) as European Finance Director and was appointed in 1995 Sr. Vice President & CFO.

Hubert Jacobs van Merlen obtained his degree in Economic Sciences in 1977 at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium).

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  • transmission-cable

    Situation

    Alcan and Bekaert joined forces to install 210 miles of transmission cable

    Solution

    Bekaert seamlessly adjusted the lengths of the reels to help Alcan’s trucks drive through mountainous terrain

    Result

    Alcan could meet their customer’s delivery requirements

  • Algeciras-port

    Situation

    Optimal reinforcement required for the concrete pavement of the Algeciras port terminal in Spain.

    Solution

    Concrete strengthened with Dramix steel fibers, offering high fatigue resistance and load bearing capacity.

    Result

    The solution largely exceeds the Spanish standard for the design and construction of port pavement set at a durability of at least 25 years.

  • ski

    Situation

    Skiers count on safety when they go up the mountain

    Solution

    In close cooperation Bekaert developed superior quality wires that meet the technical customer requirements of ropeway constructors

    Result

    The customer handles the production of the cables, but also on-site weaving (or splicing) and installation. The cables have a life expectancy up to 40 years

  • Bezinal-2000

    Situation

    Although zinc provides a barrier to corrosion in most environments, specific conditions accelerate the corrosion process

    Solution

    Bekaert, drawing from its deep expertise in coating technology, has developed an advanced zinc/aluminum coating

    Result

    Bezinal® 2000 increases corrosion resistance with up to 500% compared to traditional galvanization

  • Bezinal-Plus-cardoor-lock

    Situation

    Although zinc provides a barrier to corrosion in most environments, specific conditions accelerate the corrosion process

    Solution

    Bekaert, drawing from its deep expertise in coating technology, has developed an advanced zinc/aluminum coating

    Result

    The Bezinal®PLUS coating eliminates expensive supplementary coatings for many applications, thus ensuring increased wear life for spring wire applications

  • Brickforce

    Situation

    Want to create long aesthetical walls and avoid movement joints

    Solution

    Applying Brickforce® allows me to double my joint distance

    Result

    With Brickforce® masonry reinforcement I can create new and exciting masonry wall design

  • Dramix-civil

    Situation

    You want to apply innovative solutions tailored to your projects

    Solution

    We analyze possibilities and come with economical solutions

    Result

    Save money and time during construction

  • Dramix-club

    Situation

    Learning about and finding your specific situation for an innovative and safe concrete reinforcement

    Solution

    Dramix® Club serves you with product info, design tools and execution details

    Result

    All specialists in the construction in industry can find ready-to-use tools & info

  • Drapo

    Situation

    Customer wants to design safely and economically

    Solution

    Bekaert offered and learned how to design industrial floors using the Drapo online software tool

    Result

    Customers have a fast way of design, with a full back-up team

  • Dramix

    Situation

    Looking for new opportunities for high performance constructions

    Solution

    Dramix® offers constructors an efficient and cost effective concrete reinforcement

    Result

    Gain on labor and time

  • concrete-pipe

    Situation

    We had huge rebar stocks and were dependent on our suppliers of traditional rebar

    Solution

    With Bekaert’s help, we switched to Dramix® for all our concrete pipe diameters

    Result

    Now we can respond easily to the specific demand of our customers

  • using-Dramix

    Situation

    I want to increase my productivity

    Solution

    Skip mesh placing by using Dramix®

    Result

    Can offer my customers a faster and more economical solution

  • Bekaert-lab

    Situation

    We need a safe solution and huge monthly volumes

    Solution

    Via tests in the Bekaert lab, we worked out the required fiber mix with the lowest cost to serve our customers

    Result

    Cost efficiency must not be a compromise on quality

  • Mesh-track

    Situation

    Our concrete taxiways were in a terrible state

    Solution

    Mesh track was the only alternative for us to solve the problem

    Result

    In an 8 year period, we had only positive experiences with this durable solution

  • Murfor

    Situation

    Want to create long aesthetical walls and avoid movement joints

    Solution

    Applying Murfor® allows me to double my joint distance

    Result

    Using Murfor®, I can create modern masonry walls

  • Stucanet

    Situation

    As an architect, I want unlimited possibilities to create round forms

    Solution

    Applying Stucanet® allows an easy execution

    Result

    Ease of use is not a compromise on creativity

  • burner

    Situation

    Customer demand for compact boiler design through a total solution.

    Solution

    Joint development of an environment-friendly burner system.

    Result

    Customers improve their competitiveness.

  • muselet

    Situation

    ICAS-HITE-Schneider group face ever higher demands and improving manufacturing standards for champagne muselets, the wire nets over the corks on sparkling wines

    Solution

    Development of Bekilacq®, a galvanized wire which we can lacquer in any color and doesn’t flake

    Result

    Bekaert continuous to cherish and support their unique partnership with the ICAS-HITE’s group

  • diesel-particulate-filter

    Situation

    Ever-tougher emission standards and legislation are forcing OEMs to develop ever-cleaner engines.

    Solution

    A sintered metal fiber web made of Bekaert metal fibers is used in a diesel particulate filter to lower the emission and to make filter maintenance redundant.

    Result

    Customers discover that filtration based on metal fibers is an excellent alternative to traditional ceramic filters.

  • booster

    Situation

    Increasing regulation and demand for product certification.

    Solution

    Dramix® booster: a proportioning device to integrate in ready mix depots.

    Result

    Automated mixing in set proportions.

  • Dramix-green

    Situation

    Fight corrosion as one of the main causes of damage to reinforced concrete.

    Solution

    Development of Dramix®Green containing a new corrosion inhibitor.

    Result

    Checking for surface defects in the concrete is no longer needed and rust stains are a thing of the past.

  • diesel-engine

    Situation

    Development of an environment-friendly diesel engine for trucks.

    Solution

    A revolutionary cable, strong and weather-proof.

    Result

    EURO 5-proof solution applied in a quarter of all trucks in Europe.

  • elevator

    Situation

    Nork-2 and Bekaert joined forces to develop a solution for a lightweight, energy efficient machine room-less elevator.

    Solution

    Bekaert created Flexisteel®, an thin but very durable elevator rope that runs perfectly on the small diameter sheaves of the compact Nork-2 machines. Its properties not only exceed those of conventional elevator cables, it also allows a more economical elevator design than flat belts.

    Result

    Thanks to Bekaert and Flexisteel® Nork-2 can service the elevator industry with a competitive MRL solution.

  • wiper-blade

    Situation

    Intensive relationship leads to co-development.

    Solution

    Developing a flat wire allowing simplified wiper blade production & design.

    Result

    New dynamic in wiper blade industry.

  • flexible-pipe

    Situation

    In the offshore oil and gas industry, flexible pipe manufacturers are looking more and more for wires with sour resistant properties.

    Solution

    Based on rolling and heat treatment technologies, Bekaert creates niche solutions tailored to the customers'needs.

    Result

    Customers receive added value way down the supply chain.

  • guardrail

    Situation

    In the US, medians are generally not protected by a guardrail, the resulting head-on accidents often take a huge toll.

    Solution

    The integration of a Bekaert cable in the K-12 rated median barrier system, developed by Gibraltar.

    Result

    A tight partnership between Bekaert and Gibraltar Cable Barrier System resulted in the installation of the new system in 15 different states across North America.

  • heating-cord

    Situation

    Cut emissions of Nox Nitrogen oxides in diesel engines, which involves injecting a urea-based liquid into the exhaust.

    Solution

    Bekaert heating cord is a special plastic-coated stainless-steel cable with a specific electrical resistance, reinforcing the injection hose.

    Result

    Today, Bekaert heating cord is fitted as standard to about a quarter of all the trucks in Europe.

  • high-voltage-power-line

    Situation

    Growing demand for transmission capacity, requiring resistance to increasing operating temperatures.

    Solution

    A steel core based conductor concept based on Bekaert wires with increased strength and an alternative coating

    Result

    Increased power grid capacity within the existing high voltage power lines network.

  • general-cable

    Situation

    Approximately 70% of transmission lines in the U.S. are more than 25 years old

    Solution

    Bekaert supplied General Cable all of the ACSR 7-wire strand for a project that involved 4 million feet of transmission cable

    Result

    Bekaert is a reliable global partner for General Cable’s future growth

  • shovel

    Situation

    Maximizing the efficiency of mechanical shovels by improving long-lasting wire rope

    Solution

    Incorporating a flat wire around the rope in the area where damage was occurring

    Result

    70% reduction in shovel downtime

  • wind-turbine

    Situation

    Ultra-strong and length-stable material is needed to reinforce synchronous belts which drive wind turbine blades.

    Solution

    A high-quality steel cord comprised of 83 twisted wires.

    Result

    Optimum tensile strength, length stability and adhesion with the rubber belt providing the wind turbine manufacturer with a substantially lighter, maintenance-free and space-saving solution.

  • steel-cord

    Situation

    Request for close contact with and tailor-made advice from Bekaert.

    Solution

    Bekaert teams visit customers’ plants to check on how our product is performing.

    Result

    Close to our steel cord customers, literally and figuratively.

  • HITE

    Situation

    Combining perfection and high production speed + maintain the rapid pace of growth.

    Solution

    The launch of a total quality management (TQM) project at the HITE plant in Spain.

    Result

    Higher output, a significant waste reduction and high cost savings for both parties.

  • wire-rod

    Situation

    Secure customer supply of our products despite extremely high market demand for wire rod and supply shortage.

    Solution

    Carry on Bekaert’s strategy of sourcing locally and maintaining good relations with suppliers.

    Result

    Continued production and delivery guarantee.

  • forklift

    Situation

    Preventing forklift accidents on the shop floor involving impact damage and personal injury

    Solution

    A wireless safety monitoring system that fully controls forklift access by means of specific identification keys, reports impact detection in real time, disables the forklift and sounds an audible alarm upon impact.

    Result

    Increased operator accountability has improved driving behavior and repair costs were brought down considerably.

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