About Blachdom Plus
Blachdom Plus is a producer of coated sheet products for roofing and facades. Formed in 2001, the company is based in the province of Silesia in southern Poland and employs around 120 people. Blachdom Plus has two production plants in Poland in Rybarzowice and Wrocław. The two plants include seven lines for roof tile profiling, six lines which profile trapezoidal sheets, and two lines to produce standing seam roofs. While Poland is the main market for Blachdom Plus, the company also exports to the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and other countries. Blachdom Plus also operates 22 sales branches and has an extensive network of independent distributors in Poland and abroad.
The company now offers five Granite® finishes including Deep Mat, HDX, Quartz, Standard, and Storm.
More info on Blachdom Plus: www.blachdomplus.pl
Polish roofing producer puts Granite® Ultramat to the test
Blachdom Plus, a producer of steel roofing solutions in Poland, has tested Granite® Ultramat from ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products. This is not the first time the company has run real-life production tests on new products from ArcelorMittal. For Blachdom Plus, trials such as this give them early access to solutions that will be attractive to their customers and a competitive advantage when it comes to understanding the technical performance of the material.
A natural fit
Matt coatings are very popular with Blachdom Plus customers making Granite® Ultramat a natural fit for their product portfolio. But it is the variety of solutions that makes the Granite® range so interesting for the company as Dariusz Ceglarz, Commercial Director for Blachdom Plus, explains: “Each of the products that ArcelorMittal provides for us is characterised by a different surface appearance: glossy, matt, mineral… And each has different technical parameters such as coating thickness or type. That gives us solutions for specific parts of the building’s exterior.”
Visual and production tests carried out
The first tests on Granite® Ultramat were carried out by Blachdom Plus in October 2018 though preparations had begun months before. The test coil was produced at ArcelorMittal Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany and shipped to Poland. Piotr Szafarczyk, the ArcelorMittal client technical support manager for Blachdom Plus, travelled to the customer to observe the trial.
“After unpacking, the first step was visual and comparative assessment against a sample of Granite® Deep Mat we had in stock,” says Dariusz Ceglarz. “The Granite® Ultramat coils were then processed into four of our roofing tile products: Amalfi, Beskid, Bona, and Perła. These particular sheet tiles have two of the most demanding processing steps: profiling on rolls and drawing.”
Blachdom Plus also carried out bending tests on equipment used to produce flashings and on production lines for trapezoidal sheets and ridge tiles for roofing applications.
Results prove promising
The first results were promising says Dariusz Ceglarz: “The visual test showed that Granite® Ultramat is characterised by a large grain. The coating is rough and expressive to the touch, which translates into a good, homogenous, visual aspect. The production line tests also passed without problems. Granite® Ultramat maintained its continuity and adhesion throughout.”
R&D tests to check performance
Samples of the material Blachdom Plus processed were sent to the ArcelorMittal Global R&D team so several scientific tests could be performed.
Granite® Ultramat’s resistance to corrosion is RC4, while its resistance to UV light is RUV4.
Will Blachdom Plus take part in future trials of ArcelorMittal solutions? “These are not the first tests we have done with ArcelorMittal,” says Dariusz Ceglarz. “A few years ago we tested Granite® Quartz which is now part of our regular offer. We can see effects of these trials and the benefits they bring for both sides – it is worth the effort. And of course, we are open to new testing challenges.”
Text: ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products
Photos: Piotr Szafarczyk (ArcelorMittal) and Blachdom Plus
Granite® Ultramat: safe for 20 years and more
Granite® Ultramat is the latest addition to ArcelorMittal’s Granite® range of organic coated steels for outdoor building applications.
• Designed specifically for roofing.
• Advantages over standard Granite® Deep Mat and competing products thanks to the high quality and flexibility of the paint system used.
• Wrinkled finish, available in 11 colours.
• Good formability at low temperature and after cold storage.
• Improved scratch resistance.
• ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products is expected to offer guarantees of up to 20 years on non-perforation and up to 15 years for non-delamination. Granite® Ultramat’s aesthetic properties are expected to be guaranteed for up to 10 years.