The Alumil Company is a leader in the production of aluminium profiles, while using state-of-the-art technology and operating in line with the circular economy model, they fulfil their mission of sustainability. We spoke with Ivana Petronijević, an architectural engineer in Alumil, about the advantages of different products, creative processes, adaptability to living space, innovative production lines and investments in environmental protection.
Alumil has a comprehensive product range of different window and door systems. What are their most important features and what could you tell us about the functionality of these products?
Aluminum is an extremely formable material and ensures the production of very durable and at the same time minimally visible dimensions in the built-in position. Also, the geometry of our aluminium profiles ensures the installation of advanced thermal breaks, as well as glass units of different thicknesses, which promotes the high thermal performance of the positions as a whole. During the production process, starting from the selection of quality raw materials, through the expertise of our employees at the production facilities, we rely a lot on our research and development team who follow the latest architectural trends, as well as on the internal quality control of our products. We install tools that expedite system production and we are also actively cooperating with international institutes on the certification of our products. Today’s technology makes it possible to find solutions for large-dimension openings, as well as openings with atypical shapes, thus providing a solution to even the most demanding architectural projects.
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Koji proizvod biste posebno istakli, kako oni doprinose ugodnosti boravka u prostorijama?
As a company that has a very wide product portfolio of sliding systems for different types of buildings, we diverged all of our products into SUPREME, SMARTIA and COMFORT product lines. The SUPREME and SMARTIA categories consist of aluminium systems with thermal breaks, while the COMFORT segment consists of systems without thermal breaks. In terms of the SUPREME and SMARTIA product lines, I would like to highlight PHOS sliding systems, known for their minimalist design. The word ‘phos’ is Greek and means ‘light’. We chose it because it best describes these products which, thanks to the extremely minimal dimension of the visible aluminium, allow much more natural light into the space, as well as an uninterrupted view and panorama. PHOS systems provide maximum comfort and in addition to aesthetics, they have a high load capacity, which enables the glazing of large openings.
What kind of glass would be the best fit for these kinds of doors and windows?
The thickness, type and number of panes in the glass unit are calculated according to Uw calculations and following the regulations for the appropriate climate zone in the country. A wide selection of glass types is available in the market today, which makes it possible to achieve appropriate performance even with double-layered glass. It is especially important to keep in mind that the dimensions of sliding openings are usually more than 2.2m wide, very often with heights over three meters which means that the wings are quite heavy and need profiles that can stand such load, in addition to appropriate moving mechanisms.
When creating such door and window systems, how concerned were you with the views that such systems can provide so the users can fully enjoy the beauty of the environment that surrounds them?
The products from our product portfolio are designed so that they can respond to different needs of people. The possibility of manufacturing aluminium systems for windows and doors of different shapes and typologies creates great opportunities for users in terms of interior decoration, especially when choosing the colour of profiles and equipment. In our production facilities, we also have lines for powder-painting profiles, i.e. plasticizing, as well as an anodizing facility. The painting is done with certified powders and the paint is chosen by the designer or the user from the RAL map. This does not majorly affect the price of the final positions, which is a very important segment when deciding on aluminium doors and windows.
Are your products suitable for recycling and what is the best way to dispose of such waste when the time comes?
Our company understands the importance of sustainable development and we follow the research conducted on this topic in the rest of the world and Serbia. Nowadays, due to the energy crisis, we focus on sustainability and energy efficiency, so we strive to contribute to the reduction of the negative environmental footprint, starting from the production process through the creation of a new product. In line with our commitment to environmental protection, we have invested 4.6 million euros in establishing a state-of-the-art sorting and processing aluminium waste unit at our facilities in the Kilkis Industrial Zone. For instance, after dismantling old aluminium windows or parts, contractors transport and dispose of those parts, and then they are transported to our factory for recycling.