Stepping up a gear for your colleagues at Melotte

30 Nov 2021

Anytime you’re visiting customers in the petrochemical industry, you’ll come across people with highly specialized knowledge. “The engineers know absolutely everything about LDPE (low-density polyethylene) and the high-pressure components in their plants have to meet the highest quality standards,” says Bram Grandjean of Melotte. “Sometimes we get very specific questions. If I don’t know the answer myself, it’s good to be able to rely on my more experienced colleagues.”

Still catching up
“I’ve been working at Melotte for 13 years and every year is different,” says Bram. “I’ve used the lathe, machined the most complex high-precision components, worked with the 3D printer and 3D scanner – you name it, I’ve done it. Right from the start, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to learn. Now I’ve teamed up with Romain Schepers on projects for the petrochemical industry. It’s a pretty complex field, because a lot has to be done before crude oil can be processed into plastic pellets (laughs). Romain has been with Melotte for 43 years and knows this industry and all its challenges like the back of his hand. I still have a fair bit of catching up to do to match his experience!”

Pairing up
“Romain’s extensive knowledge is a constant source of amazement to me, but what’s really great is that he’s happy to share what he knows. That’s why I consider him more of a coach and mentor than a colleague.” Romain adds: “It’s also fun to work on jobs together. Here at Melotte, we usually work in pairs. It benefits our customers’ projects, but is also enjoyable for us. We act as back-up for each other, sit in the same part of the office when we’re there, and get on really well together. I’m only too glad to pass on my knowledge. Bram’s a quick learner and whenever we’re working on a particularly complex project, I keep an eye on him from the sidelines. He shows great potential as a player (laughs).”

“No” is not in our vocabulary
“Sometimes customers come to us with urgent requests,” says Bram. “For instance, if there’s an unplanned shutdown and a specific component is needed in a hurry but isn’t in stock. We never say ‘no’ and always try to help by listening carefully, talking to our R&D and production people, and being flexible. And if Romain isn’t around, I can step in, and vice versa. That gives everyone concerned peace of mind.”

“I consider Romain more of a coach and mentor than a colleague”
Bram Grandjean, Melotte

Find out more about our activities for the petrochemical industry on www.melotte.be/petrochemical or contact our team for more information.

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