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Balancing between creativity and technology

Kim Kiekens - SMUKK

Published on: 02/11/2019 Author: Trotec Laser BENELUX

Small entrepreneurs today have to compete against large companies and other challenges. Above that, the economy is running at full speed. If small businesses want to be able to meet these challenges, they need good handles. One of the small businesses that can compete well with today's challenges is SMUKK. SMUKK now offers several collection lines, including children's drawings engraved on MDF and acrylate and cards for special occasions.

Startup mentality

Kim Kiekens started her own company SMUKK (Danish for Nice) a few months ago and has a real startup mentality. '' We are enterprising, curious, flexible and eager but at the same time experienced and professional '', says Kiekens. The company currently has two employees. The founder does the technical side and another colleague, Hannelore Verstappen is responsible for the creative side. That combination is of significant value." We know the possibilities and the pitfalls of technology. '' The pitfall was that Hannelore invented something creative, but that this idea is technically not feasible. As a company you often have to do during development or concessions or looking for a way to make it feasible. '' We did not want to make any concessions and therefore decided to look for a way to implement our creativity. The choice was made quickly, '' Kim Kiekens says. '' Trotec Laser offered us that opportunity! ''

The Trotec solution

It was at the KU University (Leuven) where Kim Kiekens first qualified with Trotec Laser. She works there as an engineer. The University has several laser systems from Trotec Laser, which teachers and students eagerly use. "It was at work, where I discovered the endless possibilities of such a laser machine." In order to process laser materials or products, there are a series of solutions. But if you want to keep the quality at the same time, the list becomes shorter and the challenge becomes even greater. A breeze to Trotec Laser that has perfect laser technology. The solution that came out is Trotec.

A visit to Trotec Laser gave Kim Kiekens extra confidence and inspiration. '' It was also very nice to think along with it from the side of Trotect, says Kim Kiekens. Together with Trotec Laser we have performed a cost-benefit analysis. That made me feel that Trotec takes its customers seriously. SMUKK now enjoys the advantages of a Trotec laser, which offer many possibilities, without new maintenance tasks. With the laser machine you only have to configure the settings once, after that it can be used again the next time. "One thing is certain, our question of how we can do everything can be answered: with Trotec Laser, '' Kim Kiekens concludes.


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