The company Antares was founded in 1980 in Jaraguá do Sul in the northern part of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina by Vilmar Emmendoerfer and began first with the production of industrialized building systems, in order to be able to offer an economical, high quality alternative to traditional methods through prefabrication.
With more than 4,000 completed reference projects Antares has, since its founding, become one of the best-known precast concrete component manufacturers in Santa Catarina and strives to improve its products and services each and every day. Their bandwidth extends, starting from industrial buildings in Joinville, Blumenau and Curitiba to agricultural buildings in Guaramirim and Araquari, car dealerships in Rio Negrinho and Itajaí and supermarkets in Chapecó and Penha to office and bank buildings in Barra Velha or Jaraguá do Sul.
As soon as the BFT editor arrived from Germany he felt almost as though he were back home at the Antares plant – and it wasn’t just the extraordinarily warm hospitality of the Emmendoerfer family. Both the names of the owners of the company and of the cities of Blumenau, Pomerode and Schroeder in the nearby “European Valley” are German.
Extensive product range
At Antares, there is a special pride in the prestressed precast concrete elements of the most diverse constructions, especially beam and pile elements for height and civil construction which are produced with diameters from 16 x 16 to 23 x 23 cm and in lengths from 4 to 12 m. Other products are TT panels (PI panels), ABNT precast element ladders, ceiling slabs and panels, various wall and ventilation panels, backboard elements, agricultural building panels, concrete drainage rails and precast elements.
To avoid costly accessory purchases, the manufacturer has developed some technically brilliant ideas. In this regard, explains Diogo Emmendoerfer, Technical Director at Antares: “Being a family business we naturally take advantage of flat hierarchies and short decision making. In addition to our father Vilmar as CEO and our sister Maiara as Chief Financial Officer, Tiago and I are part of management. For example, our technicians were free to develop new concrete armature slabs that can be manufactured here at the factory. For other raw materials such as cement, concrete additives, etc., we are betting on our suppliers, longtime partners such as Camargo Química and MC Bauchemie.”
From self test lab to final quality control
Antares has state-of-the-art machines that ensure higher productivity, for example a CNC controlled automatic bending and cutting machine for the armature. Transport vehicles are suitable for supplying and assembling precast elements. From project start to final construction it is ensured that all work steps are performed under the control of expert engineers to ensure the necessary safety and quality.
Last but not least, for the ongoing training of company employees are offered course programs and lectures on relevant topics. No wonder Diogo and Tiago Emmendoerfer attended CSG Engineering’s “Technical Mission to Italy 2018” to learn about precast concrete construction in Europe as well as international colleagues.
Rua Ângelo Zanluca, 100
Caixa D’agua, Guaramirim
+55 47 3373-8001