Protan strengthening the position in tunnels and mining

Protan and its Ventiflex brand are strengthening the presence in Central Europe with a new sales manager and ambitious plans for the tunnel and mining market.

Norwegian-owned industrial group Protan has long been an important player in the tunnel and mining industry, supplying their innovative and efficient ventilation systems across the globe.

With the acquisition of the Turkish tunnel and roofing membrane manufacturer Multiplan in August, Protan is ready to up their game in the tunnel business. The production facility in the Gebze part of Istanbul has its own tunnel membrane production line.

- We work closely with our customers and suppliers to stay at the forefront of technology, the environment and competence. This gives us unique experience and insight that means that we can deliver flexible, tailor-made solutions adapted to local requirements, says Protan CEO Erik Øyno of the acquisition.

Experience and know-how

German tunnel business veteran Arndt Hedtkamp will be the spearhead of the Protan tunnel business in Central Europe. Hedtkamp has 25 years of tunneling experience, ten of them spent working in the contracting business, and have previously worked for several tunnel supplier companies, among them Sika in Germany. He has the know-how and the experience to provide old and new customers with top-notch expertise and an innovation-oriented and dedicated approach.


SALES MANAGER CENTRAL EUROPE: Tunnel industry veteran Arndt Hedtkamp. (Photo: Protan)

Hedtkamp is not the only new face in the Protan tunnel division. Simen Aaserud has recently entered a new position as Business Development Manager, coming from Norwegian car industry giant Kongsberg Automotive. He will be responsible for product development and new solutions in Ventiflex, and in addition take care of some of the global sales. Aaserud’s combined experience from international sales and previous work as lab engineer and R&D engineer will be a great asset for Protan’s tunnel and mining customers demanding new solutions to old and new challenges.

Larger product range

- With a new production facility for tunnel membranes, we are able to deliver a larger range of products and solutions for the tunnel industry, says sales director for Ventiflex in Protan, Pål Fossum.

- Protan is an innovative force in many different business areas, providing environmental-friendly and high-quality solutions in roofing, wet rooms and fish-farming, and we look forward to unlock the same innovative forces with our own production line for tunnel membranes, says Fossum.

Protan will be present at this year’s STUVA Expo 2019 tunnel trade show in Frankfurt am Main on 26th and 27th of November. Visit us at stand A132.

Contact Arndt Hedtkamp, Sales Manager Central Europe by following this link.