“Sigi” Forms siegenthaler Consulting
Published: 22/10, 2018
Ernst ‘Sigi’ Siegenthaler is a well-known name to competitors, associates and businesses in the international concrete sawing and drilling industry. These contacts have been developed through many activities, including being a fixture at meetings of International Association of Concrete Drillers & Sawers (IACDS) for more than 30 years, first as representative of Hydrostress, and later with Hilti.
Last fall, Sigi founded his own company siegenthalerconsulting, making all his know-how of complex diamond applications available to the international concrete cutting market. This is an excellent use of his talents. During his time in the industry, Sigi has worked with, and created, highly efficient concrete cutting solutions on a vast number of complicated applications all over the world.
For example, Sigi is a pioneer of dry diamond wire sawing technology, which he has been using since 2003. In the field of nuclear power plant decommissioning, he was the first to cut heavily reinforced concrete dry without additional cooling equipment.
Onshore and offshore
siegenthalerconsulting offers construction companies with overall project responsibility, but without any diamond competence, its experience and expertise. The company provides the advice and support to NPP decommissioning companies, as well as professional diamond service contractors working in complex applications and decision-making situations.
In the field of project engineering, Sigi is able to deliver further feasibility studies, recommendation of method, equipment and tools; dismantling concepts, costs and time planning, coordination and organization on site and much more besides. In the area of product engineering, siegenthalerconsulting is able to advise on the development of special machinery for customer-specific applications, on-site training and application training for users and operators on site.
Ernst ‘Sigi’ Siegenthaler began his professional career in the diamond service contractor business in 1985 with Hydrostress AG in Switzerland. Hydrostress developed and manufactured machine systems for concrete sawing and drilling, capitalizing on its high-pressure hydraulic and in pre-stressing system technology. Sigi played a significant role in developing the first foreign subsidiaries and distribution partners of Hydrostress elsewhere in Europe.
In 1990, Hydrostress founded Hydrostress Canada Inc. in Toronto. As general manager of this company, Sigi implemented the Hydrostress hydraulic machine systems methods for the professional sawing and drilling contractors in Canada and the US.
As his reputation grew within the industry, 1997 saw Hilti AG bringing Sigi to Liechtenstein to work at its corporate headquarters as a project manager in the diamond products business unit. He played a significant part in building Hilti’s diamond services contractor business in Europe and Asia. As global key account manager, he successfully undertook and completed many nuclear power plant decommissioning projects in Germany, UK and France, as well as building many customer-specific special machines which were supported by numerous application training programs.
In the past, Sigi has undertaken many consultancy projects in the offshore business in the North Sea, close to UK and Norway. In Asia, he has supported several oil refineries in the onshore business drawing on, and sharing his know-how of diamond wire technology and application training.
“siegenthalerconsulting now aims to provide and stands for guaranteed decision-making security, the selection of the right technical solutions, cost savings, on-time delivery and, finally, for the success of the project,” says a proud Sigi. “It is a competence you can count on.”