Suppliers you should know: Mally Clarke
What is the GEZE vision?
1. What is the GEZE vision?
MC: The GEZE vision is to be the supplier of choice to all high quality developers, architects and engineers active in world construction markets.
We value recommendations from satisfied clients as the goal whenever we partner with construction leaders. We are a family business with almost 150 years of history to support us. Our clients can take comfort from this experience.
2. How comprehensive is the range of GEZE products and solutions?
MC: GEZE has one of the widest portfolios of window and door control solutions in the industry. One hundred forty six years in business has given us an unrivalled depth of knowledge to assist engineers, architects and design professionals.
3. When energy-use is in question, people often turn to windows and doors as the culprits. How do GEZE products deal with this?
MC: The usual culprit in excessive energy usage and or waste is often attributed to the high levels of glass used in modern buildings. Door and window controls, by their very nature, are designed to minimize the time doors and windows are open.
From the simple door closer to the sophisticated revolving door, all are designed to close doors as quickly as possible after a pedestrian has passed through the door. By their very nature, doors prevent the ingress of hot air or the escape of cooled air.
4. How does GEZE reconcile the lack of building standards in the UAE and around the Gulf?
MC: Building standards in the region are, in most cases, up to international standards. International architects, designers and contractors are active here and import the standards from their home country into designs and concepts.
However, approvals are needed on a case by case basis which is very time consuming. I would like to see the Gulf countries giving a blanket acceptance of one set of standards, whether this would be European on British standards.
5. How closely do GEZE personnel work with architects and engineers to meet design specifications?
MC: GEZE staff work with architects from the concept stage through to installation and commissioning of our products. We work with contractors throughout the building phase to either train his technicians how to professionally install our products or, agree a suitable time for GEZE technicians to install our products.
Architects and designers provide solutions to access needs. This creates the demand for our products. Design professionals are central to our core business.
6. If I’m an architect or engineer, why would I specify GEZE?
MC: Architects and engineers are trained to exceptionally high standards. They want to create buildings to the highest international standards. This can only be achieved if ALL of the products used in the building are of the highest international standards.
Creating a modern building is like a top chef making a world class meal. He uses the very best ingredients available to make his masterpiece. One inferior ingredient can spoil the whole meal. It is the same for the architect and engineer.
They too need the very best materials to create their masterpiece. GEZE have been in business for 146 years. Our customers rely on our experience and innovation to keep them at the very top of their profession.
7. What is the biggest/smallest installation GEZE can handle?
MC: GEZE has been the supplier of choice on some of the largest projects in most of the markets of the world. The list of projects where our products are used is long and distinguished.
Some of the more recognizable projects for Gulf consumers are the Emirates Stadium in London; Heathrow Terminal 5; Wembley Stadium; Madinat Jumeirah; Down Town Burj Dubai – Souq Al Bahr; Business Bay Park; Limitless HQ and the F1 circuit on YAS Island.
We are able to handle any size of project and treat each with the same respect. The client doing a small project today could be executing the next year’s largest project. Customer satisfaction is what drives our business.
8. What GEZE innovations can architects, engineers and designers expect to see in 2010?
MC: At GEZE, innovation is constantly occurring. From design improvements to existing products to the launch of completely new products, scarcely a day goes by without news of a new technical advancement or state-of-the-art product launch.
Recently GEZE was awarded the reddot design 2009. The reddot award, as you know, is one of the largest and most renowned design competitions in the world, which was founded in Germany in 1955.
9. What is the GEZE strategy post-credit crunch and for the future?
MC: Like most companies GEZE needs to see the end to the credit crunch. Market conditions in the construction industry are still very difficult.
Liquidity remains the greatest problem. No matter what product or service is supplied to the construction industry, getting paid is what keeps everyone in business.
Getting paid allows us to keep innovating, never mind paying our staff and our material suppliers. We are very fortunate to work with industry leading clients who share the same business ethics that we do.
10. Bottom line: How can GEZE help architects do their jobs better?
MC: GEZE ensures that architects are presented with the latest designs and solutions available internationally.
We also provide continued professional development programs and seminars to architects to ensure they remain fully appraised of product innovations.