Plans are to integrate the trough technology with Fibrelite’s lightweight composite covers.
Plans are to integrate the trough technology with Fibrelite’s lightweight composite covers.

Composite access cover manufacturer Fibrelite says that it has formed a number of strategic partnerships with manufacturers of precast and preformed troughs in Europe and the USA.

Plans are to integrate the trough technology with Fibrelite’s lightweight composite covers, which the company says are easy and safe to remove.

‘Without the necessary provision of dedicated lifting apparatus and training for operatives, traditional concrete and steel trough access covers can be a concern due to their sheer weight, a press release said. ‘Concrete slab covers can weigh as much as five times the weight of an equivalent size Fibrelite GRP composite trough cover.’

‘In recent years, the demand for highly customisable, high-tech access covering solutions has grown exponentially,’ said Ian Thompson, Fibrelite MD. ‘Partnering with precast and preformed trough/trench manufacturers was a logical next step, and I’m proud to say that, since we created our first partnership offering with Trenwa in 2014, we now have over 50 kilometres of our covers installed in precast and preformed troughs across the globe.’

Earlier this year, Fibrelite engineered and manufactured 550 m of custom glass fiber reinforced (GRP)preformed trough covers for a new build data center in Northern Europe, and 500 metres of 90 tonne load rated GRP trough covers to fit precast concrete troughs at a UK cruise ship terminal.

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