When you think about Florence, you immediately think about art and aesthetics. For a joinery located on a street named Florence therefore, these are virtually an obligation. This is no problem for Tschudin AG, which happens to be located on just such a street in Münchenstein in the Swiss canton of Basel-Landschaft.
For this company, quality and aesthetics take pride of place. The fact that the company is located in "Dreispitz", a former agricultural region that owes its name to its wedge shape, is very fitting. Like this region, the company has a long-standing history, and is constantly adapting to meet the changing needs of its customers.
«A giant leap in fittings»
Since it beginnings 80 years ago, Tschudin AG has continued to grow. Today, it has 50 employees and six apprentices. The company specialises in four areas: interior fitting, door systems, office furnishings and laboratory furnishings. Since 1 January 2017, new owners Bruno Grossenbacher and Ivan Gehrig have been responsible for the company's destiny.
Both are clearly aware that Lamello has always been a valuable partner, and will remain so in the future. "During my carpentry apprenticeship, connectors from Lamello always played an important role, and they've remained part of my life to this day," Ivan Gehrig explains. And when it comes to the form-locking P-System, he's even more enthusiastic: "With the P-System, Lamello has taken a giant step in terms of development," he says. Actually, it is not a step, but rather a leap, he adds.
Clamping without screw clamps. Connectors from the form-locking P-System offer joiners numerous possibilities in their daily work. The Clamex is ideal for furniture that can be disassembled. If this is not a criterion, then the Tenso is a good alternative. Thanks to its high clamping force, it enables workpieces to be glued without using screw clamps or carcass presses. This is a significant advantage for items which, due to their size or shape, make the use of clamps difficult. In this way, delicate surfaces can be protected.
Used 15,000 times. "Since its introduction, the Clamex has often also been used as a glueing aid," says Dominic Wahl, Lamello Customer Consultant. This is where the idea for the Tenso originated. "The Tenso has the advantage that is does not require any access holes, because it is self-clamping," explains Wahl. "This makes it the ideal connector for glued furniture without the use of additional screw clamps."
Not only is this the case from the point of view of efficiency, but also with regard to aesthetics; this is because elegant interior fittings rely on invisible connections. Since the Clamex and Tenso can be pre-assembled in the workshop, it is simply a matter of whether the connection needs to be detachable or not.
The fact that both connectors are highly appreciated at Tschudin AG is reflected in the numbers of them used last year. "We have used the Clamex about 8,000 times, and the Tenso 7,000 times," Manager Roger Schneider reveals.
That's an incredible number, especially considering that for open shelving units or subsequently fitted intermediate shelves, the third element in the P-System range – the Divario – is also used. Lamello has successfully put its company motto - "Joining with profile" - into practice on both a technical and interpersonal level.
The P-System has become the centrepiece.
Roger Schneider is site manager at Tschudin AG in Münchenstein, in the Swiss canton of Basel-Landschaft. The traditional company has been using connectors from Lamello for.
Mr Schneider, what is it about products from Lamello that impresses you the most?
ROGER SCHNEIDER: The products are easy to use, and offer a suitable solution for every problem. We are happy to be working together with a Swiss company that puts customer needs first and is continuously developing.
What is your opinion of the P-System?
With the P-System, Lamello has outdone itself yet again. The connectors have become a centrepiece - there's nothing else like them. We use Tenso and Clamex on a daily basis.
Where do you see the advantages of these two connectors?
With the Clamex, it's all about its ability to be detached. Due to its high clamping force, the Tenso is ideal for constructions that do not fit in the carcass press, or have special shapes that make gluing difficult.