Impact of technology in care & cure market increases
Gouda - Imtech N.V. (technical services provider in Europe) observes an increase in the added value of technological solutions in the care & cure market and a growth in the number of orders. Imtech recently received new orders in the Dutch and Belgian care & cure market, to a value of over 55 million euro.
Imtech CEO René van der Bruggen: ‘Technology is becoming increasingly important in the care & cure market. After all, the care sector faces the challenge of operating increasingly efficiently and economically to meet a growing demand for care as a result of population ageing. Imtech’s key answer to this complex of issues is the integration of all technological solutions (the combination of electrical solutions, ICT - information and communication technology - and mechanical solutions). In addition, there is a growing demand for technical quality. After all, the care & cure market increasingly requires specific technology that satisfies the strictest hygiene and safety standards. In accordance with its 2015 growth strategy Imtech in the Netherlands and Belgium - but also in other European countries - is able to provide an effective response as a professional technology partner.’
New orders in the Dutch care & cure market
Imtech is one of the strongest technical players in the Dutch care & cure market. There is a growing demand for specific technological facilities that satisfy the strictest requirements in the area of hygiene and safety. With its high-quality multidisciplinary approach, Imtech is able to effectively respond to this development. This recently resulted in a number of new orders. For example, Imtech is a technology partner for the multidisciplinary technological upgrading of 16 operating theatres at the AMC (Academic Medical Centre) in Amsterdam. Imtech also provides the full range of technical solutions in an expansion project for the CHDR (Centre for Human Drug Research) in Leiden. Another order is the setting up of high-tech cleanroom facilities for medical research in a hospital in Leiden. For NKI (Dutch Cancer Institute) in Amsterdam and Izore (Center for Infectious Diseases Friesland) in Leeuwarden, Imtech is setting up various high-tech research laboratories. Other orders include the technological renovation of the obstetric and maternity ward at Stichting St. Elisabeth Hospital in Tilburg and of various wards at the Emma Children’s Hospital in Amsterdam, as well as the technical set-up of a dialysis centre in the Haga Hospital in The Hague and a new ward at the Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam.
New orders in the Belgian care & cure market
In Belgium, Imtech’s care & cure activities primarily focus on high-tech air and climate control and special sanitation solutions. For example, Imtech handles all air and climate control solutions in the expansion and renovation of University Hospital Leuven, as well as the technological infrastructure in various laboratories and the high-tech cooling of the data center in this hospital. In addition, Imtech is involved in the expansion and new build mechanical solutions for the St. Elisabeth Hospital in Herentals and St. Trudo Hospital in Sint-Truiden, as well as technology solutions in various residential care centers, for example the OCMW (Public Centre for Social Welfare) in Genk, the Demerhof in Bilzen and St. Anna in Lanaken.
Energy in the care & cure market
One of the methods by which to achieve more efficient and economical operations in care & cure market is to increase energy efficiency. For GGZ InGeest in Bennebroek, a mental health care partner of the VUmc (VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam), Imtech is realising innovative aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES) solution that uses aquifers (underground water-bearing formations) to store heat and cold and uses the groundwater as a heat carrier. This means that by using groundwater heating during the winter and cooling during the summer is possible. Energy consumption and carbon emissions are greatly reduced with this technology. Imtech already announced earlier that it is providing a high-tech power plant for the AMC in Amsterdam. Here too, a substantial increase in energy efficiency will result in a considerable reduction of operating costs.
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