GEALAN's digital journey and marketing success.

Digitization emerges as the transformative answer in the quest for closer manufacturer-specifier collaboration. GEALAN, a European leader in window and door profile manufacturing, pioneered digital transformation, especially through its partnership with BIMobject. But what were the benefits of transitioning from traditional methods to digital innovation? We spoke to Akin Cavdar, Digital Planning Specialist at GEALAN, to uncover the insights. 

GEALAN: a legacy of innovation

Founded in 1921 as a fur processing company, GEALAN has undergone a remarkable evolution over the past century. From humble beginnings to its current status as one of Europe's foremost manufacturers of plastic profiles for windows and doors, GEALAN's journey is a testament to resilience and innovation. With a workforce of more than 1,600 spread across Europe and annual sales of EUR 345 million in 2023, GEALAN continues to set new benchmarks in the industry.

GEALAN’s BIM journey: embracing digitalization    

Digitalization has fundamentally transformed GEALAN’s collaboration with architects and designers, particularly amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, which accelerated the adoption of methods like BIM. Today, architects and designers rely on online BIM libraries to find objects that meet their project requirements. By tapping into online communities, manufacturers can place their products at the natural path of their target group while simultaneously collecting data and learning from user preferences. 

GEALAN’s venture into the world of Building Information Modeling (BIM) was sparked by forward-thinking leadership and dedication to innovation. GEALAN has embraced a new way of connecting with the AEC community by joining, a global marketplace for BIM content. By joining the platform, they solidified their leading position in the industry by making it simple for architects, engineers, and construction pros to find and use their products for their building projects. 

GEALAN has expanded its reach to AEC professionals worldwide by incorporating digitalization and leveraging BIM. Akin Cavdar remarks that digitalization has transformed their collaboration with architects and designers, who now prefer simpler, digital workflows. Since adopting this approach, GEALAN has engaged not only with German architects but also with professionals worldwide. 

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Choosing BIMobject: a strategic decision 

As Europe's top manufacturer of PVC profiles for windows and doors, GEALAN understands the importance of digital innovation. They've embraced it by partnering up with BIMobject, which has helped them expand their market and make their brand more visible. 

Providing easily accessible, high-quality BIM content is important to offer a good service to architects who use BIM in their daily workflows. In 2017, GEALAN published its BIM content on the BIMobject marketplace to reach and engage with its target audience. Akin Cavdar comments:

‘’Partnering with BIMobject provides us with the chance to expand our reach to a broader audience, enhance access to our products, and elevate the user experience.’’

This represents a major change in how companies like GEALAN connect with architects. In the past, they stuck to old-fashioned ways of communication. But now, with platforms like BIMobject, everything's gone digital. For GEALAN, it means they can communicate directly with their audience, focusing on being where design decisions happen. 

BIMobject’s marketplace features products from over 2,000 building product brands, attracting over 4,000,000 active users and visitors. But what advantages has brought to GEALAN? According to Akin, it has simplified access to technical information and download of its products for use in popular design platforms.

From the beginning of their BIM journey, GEALAN acknowledged BIMobject as the largest BIM platform, and saw an opportunity to leverage its extensive reach to showcase their products effectively. 

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Explore and download GEALAN’s curated BIM objects today.

Enriching the specifier journey with BIMobject 

BIMobject offers its customers various marketing tools like email campaigns, paid promotions, product ratings, and website integrations. For GEALAN, BIMobject’s suite of tools and features allows them to gather valuable insights into industry trends, architect preferences, and emerging market demands. Akin Cavdar adds: 

‘’BIMobject’s tools have significantly increased brand visibility and awareness with our main target audience. Our product promotion campaigns have an immense influence on the visibility of our products. Our numbers can increase up to 200% during different campaigns.'’  

Because of these targeted marketing activities, GEALAN has become a top performer and preferred manufacturer in the windows and doors categories on BIMobject, having one of the top 40 most visited product pages in 2023. 

Dive into a fest of BIMobject stats here

For GEALAN, BIMobject’s marketing tools have yielded results, increased engagement, and interest in different regions. For instance, in regions where GEALAN has intensified its marketing efforts based on insights from BIMobject data, they have noted an uptick in downloads, inquiries, and interactions with their BIM content. Their localized strategies have translated into improved brand perception and market penetration. The company has solidified its presence in different markets by addressing specific regional preferences. 

Becoming a part of the AEC’s digital workflow: catering to their needs

Acknowledging the importance of catering to specifiers, GEALAN develops BIM objects and provides a professional planning tool tailored for windows and doors. Akin comments: 

‘’We see BIM as a great way of digitally sharing information with architects and specifiers. We are aware they can benefit from an efficient digital workflow, which ultimately improves the speed and quality of the specification process.’’

A service-minded approach means prioritizing users' needs. Besides its offering at BIMobject, GEALAN provides a planning software plug-in that enables architects to create high-quality BIM data for windows and doors, saving hours of manual work. Integrating industry-standard platforms like Revit and ArchiCAD facilitates smooth collaboration between architects, planners, and suppliers. Digital project files can be easily shared, simplifying communication and procurement processes.

Architects frequently highlight the time-saving aspect of GEALAN’s BIM solutions. By utilizing Planersoftware 3.0 and its plug-in/add-on functionalities, architects can create high-quality BIM data for complex window and door elements in a fraction of the time it typically takes. 

Their planning tool empowers architects to plan with precision, and their BIM models are designed to cater to different levels of detail (LODs) while maintaining compact file sizes. This ensures efficiency without compromising on data quality. 

The company’s approach to digitalization garnered it a prestigious Heinze award, which recognizes the best BIM data offering in the industry for three consecutive years. 

GEALAN Planersoftware 3.0

GEALAN’S digitalization and sustainability agenda

Sustainability is a non-negotiable focus for GEALAN. Taking sustainability as a core aspect of its strategy, they recognize the urgency of reducing its environmental impact. 

The company continually develops more sustainable products and services in close collaboration with suppliers and customers. Internally, the company is on a mission to achieve climate neutrality by 2045.

‘’Sustainability isn't just a catchline for GEALAN; it's deeply ingrained in the company’s future vision. We aim to maximize the use of recycled materials and minimize its environmental footprint across the entire product lifecycle.’’ 

The company has launched various initiatives to optimize its corporate footprint regarding CO2 emissions. From incorporating recycled materials into product designs to utilizing circular raw materials for PVC mixtures, GEALAN prioritizes sustainability at every stage of product development. The company is committed to sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources and minimizing waste through internal training initiatives on waste reduction. 

Looking ahead, GEALAN aims to intertwine sustainability with digitalization and product offerings further. Plans include integrating sustainability data, such as Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and CO2 footprints, into digital platforms like BIMobject. The company is shaping a greener, more environmentally conscious future for the construction industry. 

PVC profile system GEALAN-LINEAR®

GEALAN’s BIM offering and partnership with BIMobject emphasize its commitment to customer-centricity. GEALAN has extended its market reach and simplified its access to technical information, empowering architects with more efficient workflows. 

Every day, an increasing number of architects and engineers search for manufacturer-specific products for their projects - and BIM is becoming a must in many markets. Professionals in the AEC industry express the urgency of adopting a digital way of working and selling building products. Akin concludes the interview with a piece of advice for building product manufacturers like you who are thinking about investing in BIM: 

“At GEALAN, our digital journey has opened new horizons and strengthened our relationship with architects. Through our partnership with BIMobject, we've made our products accessible to a broader audience and facilitated the planning process for construction professionals. For companies considering investing in BIM, I urge them not to hesitate. It's the key to remaining competitive in an increasingly digitized world and meeting the needs of our customers optimally”  

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