infraTest Trust: the climate protection pledge

Testing equipment on the test bench. Discover the sustainable and climate-friendly building material testing devices of infraTest Prüftechnik

Our world and our climate are changing, the effects are clearly noticeable and how do we react to them? Infratest has also asked itself this question. The recent events made the medium-sized company think, so that the test equipment manufacturer began to compile a status quo with regard to its climate-friendly behavior and to collect creative ideas on how the effects can be sustainably increased. We talked about this with Managing Director Matthias Martus.

asphalt: Mr. Martus, how did you feel when you saw the pictures of the flood disaster?

Martus: I am still shocked. Climate change has been known for a long time and Infratest has been working for twelve years on concepts on how we can contribute to environmental protection and sustainability. But when you see pictures like these, you realize: it’s still not enough. For this reason, we made an analysis of all the measures that we have already established in our company in order to be able to identify potential levers.

asphalt: And what was the outcome? What were the results of Infratest and what measures are already taking effect today?

Martus: The first thing to emphasize is that we work with up to 95 % regional suppliers. This has many advantages for us, but above all the delivery and transport routes are short. The carbon footprint of our products is therefore very good up to the point of dispatch. In addition, we increase the quality of the individual parts through direct contact with our suppliers, which is why our reject rate is extremely low. Because resource efficiency is a big issue for us.

asphalt: These are important starting points, but regional production is certainly more expensive. Why doesn’t Infratest outsource production to low-wage countries?

Martus: Of course, it would be much cheaper to outsource production to cheaper countries, but at what price? Here at our company, we have the working conditions and production processes under control. We produce the electricity we need ourselves, we use mainly electric vehicles and thus ensure an environment that is as emission-free as possible. In addition, we can guarantee social and safe working conditions for our employees. This is certainly difficult to guarantee in the case of relocation to third countries. And remember: a relocation to other countries always means an intervention in the local resources, at their expense. In addition, we have an intensified procurement problem due to the effects of the pandemic. Despite the geographical proximity to our suppliers, the rapid delivery of individual parts is not always possible at the moment. The demand for raw materials exceeds the capacity of the market. Sometimes the completion of an appliance depends on only one missing part. This can be very nerve-racking. It is our duty to act in the interest of our environment and our employees. That is why we like to produce in a high-quality manner, with small master craftsmen from Zabergäu. The quality and climate protection are worth it. Our craftsmanship also makes our products very durable.

asphalt: Besides the innovative ideas, this aspect is certainly also a reason why customers choose your testing equipment.

Martus: Yes, it is up to all of us to rethink. Not only large B2C companies are responsible for the consequences of climate change. We smaller B2B companies can and must also make our contribution to slowing down global warming. When a customer buys a product from us, he supports a production with a low carbon footprint, secures jobs in Germany and makes a statement for sustainability at his workplace with an Infratest device.

aspahlt: The way you describe it, it sounds like a corporate philosophy. Is that the case?

Martus: Of course, we are gradually converting our company cars to electric or hybrid cars, and the majority of our employees live nearby and come to work on foot or by bike. In addition, we offer every employee the opportunity to charge their car free of charge at our charging stations. In this way, we also promote sustainable consumer behavior among our employees.

Das infraTest Trust Siegel ist ein Score für die Baustoffprüfbranche, welches dem Einkauf auf einen Blick den Nachhaltigkeitsindex des jeweiligen Produktes aufzeigt. Das Siegel besteht aus folgenden Kriterien: Langlebigkeit, Energieeffizienz, CO2 Ausstoß, Kleinserienrate, Recyclingquote, Regionalität.

asphalt: Now we have talked a lot about what you are already implementing today, but what newpaths is your company taking?

Martus: When we started setting up our measures, we quickly realized that measuring success is the sticking point. Data collection is complex and not every measure is directly controllable. In order to ensure more transparency for us and our clients, we decided to develop a scale based on a catalogue of criteria, which shows a calculated result in a traffic light system. This allows you to see at a glance how climate-friendly the product is. Our “Infratest Trust” seal sets new standards, because this is a self-imposed promise for us! A promise that we make to the next generations: In the future, each of our products will have to undergo the internal evaluation of our six criteria.
We have dedicated an entire page on our website to this topic. There we give a detailed breakdown of how the evaluations of the individual criteria are composed and how they are calculated for the result on the traffic light scale. I think with this concept we create more transparency, objectivity and trust. And who knows, maybe one day our “Infratest Trust” will become a guideline that other manufacturers in our industry will also follow? It would be great if we could inspire other companies to put their behavior to the test and come up with ways to save our world. Because in the end: One World – One Road – One Concept!

asphalt: Thank you very much for the interview!


Source: asphalt magazine, 56th volume, 6|2021 October

Vorstellung des infraTest Trust Siegels in der Asphalt

FröWag and infraTest join forces

Two become one: FröWag and infraTest are now going together!

After a long start-up, infraTest Prüftechnik GmbH and FröWag GmbH now dare! As of January 1st, 2021, FröWag is part of the infraTest Group and the current managing director Jörg Fröhlich is an important key position in infraTest development.

Prüfgeräte Messgeräte MesstechnikPrüftechnik Prüfsystem Prüfmaschinen Baustoffe Straßenbau Baustoffprüfung Bitumen prüfen

What belongs together comes together

“Now it’s out: we will be part of the infraTest family“, explains Jörg Fröhlich (managing director of FröWag GmbH) proudly! “Both companies come from the same origin. We are now bringing together what has separated 30 years ago. When I thought about looking for a partner, I made my choice quickly, ”continues Fröhlich. The infraTest Group offers a wide range of testing technology for a wide variety of building materials and is the industry leader in the premium segment. With the company from Obersulm, you complete your profile in the middle segment.

What does future cooperation look like?

“Thanks to our good network, we will be able to expand FröWag in the future and grow with it”, explains Matthias Martus (managing director of infraTest). “We stand for sustainable connections and long-term brand building. So FröWag remains FröWag and gains more manpower in one fell swoop thanks to the infraTest team ”, reports Martus. “I take my hat off to what Jörg and his team of around 10 have put together and what variety of test devices he offers. I don’t even want to start with service and calibration… ” says Martus appreciatively.

Fröhlich is known for his technical competence and practical disposition. In the future, he will be able to give free rein to his creative developer ideas. So he swaps his managing director position with a pioneering position in the area of ​​development and construction at infraTest.

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In summary, FröWag benefits from the established structures of infraTest and in return shares its know-how and capacity with the premium brand. Together, the two companies now offer their customers even more effective or, if desired, more individualized test devices for every budget. “Jörg Fröhlich’s high level of practical expertise is an important component in bringing our devices even closer to customer requirements,” confirms Martus.

“Of course I find it difficult to leave FröWag in a certain way. However, through this new connection, she always stays in my life and has the chance to become a really big thing. I know that we have to grow together first, but when I think back to the last few months in which we had hours of conversations, I know that we will master all challenges together! I am looking forward to the future with the infraTest family and you can be curious what we have come up with together, ”concludes Fröhlich with a smile.

Kinexus DSR – Interview with infraTest and NETZSCH

Dynamic Shear Rheometer is available at infraTest now!

infraTest and NETZSCH Analyze & Testing in an interview with the magazine “Asphalt” about the common future of DSR.

Have you already read our interview in cooperation with NETZSCH – Analyze & Testing? Find out all the details about the cooperation between NETZSCH and infraTest and inform yourself about the future purchase of a Dynamic Shear Rheometer.

“Our sales will continue to be supported by rheology specialists in the future. We also visit our customers on-site to present the Dynamic Shear Rheometer and conduct intensive user training. ”- Matthias Martus (managing director of infraTest) in an interview with Asphalt.

From now on infraTest will take over the exclusive distribution of the Kinexus DSR for the asphalt and bitumen industry in the region of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Besides, customers in most industrialized countries, especially in Europe, Asia and America, can be served on a project basis.

In this way, infraTest continues to ensure the delivery of high-quality test equipment. Of course, we also support you with service and calibration. Our service team has already undergone intensive training to be able to present the usual service.

We would be happy to advise you on all aspects of DSR, bitumen testing and rheology.
Call or write to us for Kinexus DSR requests. We are also there for you in Corona times!

infraTest und NETZSCH Analysieren & Prüfen im Interview mit der Asphalt

infraTest is growing at home and abroad

Heilbronner Stimme reports on successful medium-sized company infraTest Prüftechnik!

With the end of the year, the Heilbronner Stimme published an article about us. The focus is on the economic situation, the developments of the past year and our expansion – a summary that makes us proud and motivates us for the coming decades! Read the article now and stay informed:
Test equipment manufacturer infraTest is growing at home and abroad

infraTest Prüftechnik in der Heilbronner Stimme