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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 with a range of challanges, including competing against large companies. Above that, the economy is running at full speed. If small businesses want to be able to meet these challenges, they need to compete. One of the small businesses that can compete well with today's challenges is SMUKK, who now offer several collection lines, including children's drawings laser 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 with a real startup mentality. '' We are enterprising, curious, flexible and eager but at the same time experienced and professional '', Kim said. The company currently employs two people. Kim does the technical side and another colleague, Hannelore Verstappen, is responsible for the creative side. That combination of skills is of significant value to the company." 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 says. '' Trotec Laser offered us that opportunity! ''

The Trotec solution

It was at the KU University (Leuven) where Kim Kiekens first came into contact with Trotec laser machines where she works as an engineer. The University has several laser machines from Trotec, which are used by students and staff alike. "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.

Kim gained extra confidence and inspiration following a visit to Trotec. '' It was also very nice to think along with it from the side of Trotec. 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 many advantages offered by a Trotec laser machine, without new maintenance tasks. The laser machine only requires the settings to be configured once, after that they are stored and can be used repeatedly. "One thing is certain, our question of how we can do everything can be answered: with Trotec Laser, '' Kim  concluded.


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