Testimonials & Awards



Rotterdam, November 2015 

We attached the magnet anchors during a turn around on the inside of a column/tower due to inspections. The location was not or hardly accessible and positioning an internal scaffold was the best option in the short term. However, the body of the tower was covered with stainless steel cladding and touching galvanized scaffold material, and stainless steel cladding was not recommended. We used magnet anchors to install sails (directed) on the inside of the tower to avoid touching the scaffold material during assembly and disassembly. After the scaffold was installed and was stamped with rubber on the walls for stability, we again removed the sails to start the inspection: This saved galvanizing/un-galvanizing the scaffold materials and transportation costs: a saving of €138,000. 


“Normal anchoring” of scaffolds for storage tanks is not always possible. Large, cone-shaped scaffolds are built with an extra ballast weight. Dow was looking for a solution to position a stable scaffold structure at an ethylene tank in a safe, quick way and at lower costs.

Bilfinger developed a solution with magnetic anchor points. A slim scaffold structure is connected to the steel tank wall using permanent magnets. Savings are significant.

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Erecting and dismantling a scaffold type has shown a saving of 41%. This saving is mainly created by using fewer hours to erect the scaffold, which led to an advantage in savings and efficiency. The scaffold was used for painting. We from Bilfinger UK see in the magnetic anchor an innovative and cost-saving piece of equipment with a great future. 


Since 2015, the scaffolding at Vopak has been anchored by contractors with Controlock anchors. Since considerably less scaffolding materials and construction time is required. As a result, the work can be carried out more efficiently.

In addition, safety increases, because there are fewer people on the plant, the number of construction hours is less and there is less chance of sagging scaffolding in the tank pits. The heavy material transport is also less, which benefits sustainability.