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New laboratory to test concrete fibres 21 Sep 2017

Low & Bonar News Release

Low & Bonar brand Adfil has opened a new laboratory in Zele, Belgium to evaluate and test performance of macro synthetic fibres in fresh and hardened concrete to EN and ATSM standards for the construction industry. The facility is overseen by a civil engineer and industrial engineer.

Macrosynthetic fibres Durus S500(C)
Macrosynthetic fibres Durus S500(C)
Beam Test
Beam Test

“We want to supply the best macro synthetic fibres available, so we have employed a dedicated team of concrete technologists and technical sales managers, extended manufacturing capability and increased production capacity over the past 24 months. The new laboratory will enable us to perform feasibility studies internally and move fibre innovations faster from concept to market,” said Tom Winters, Adfil Global Business Leader. “The breadth of our new in-house concrete testing capabilities and corresponding technical services is unique in the industry. Concrete is one of the most used construction materials globally. For the benefit of designers, contractors and project owners it is our goal to convert steel mesh to macro synthetic fibres where possible.”

Concrete samples being cured
Concrete samples being cured

“Being able to perform tests internally that comply with international standards is a major step forward in our efforts to develop fibres for new applications,” said Özlem Aslan, Development Engineer and Project Manager. “In established markets such as ground bearing applications it will help the continual upgrade of the performance and ease of use of our fibres. In addition, ready-mix concrete producers, engineers and contractors can have the fibres tested for specific projects in individual concrete mixes. This will help them prove and document the advantages of our macro synthetic fibres and back their commercial proposals for clients.”

Construction of the laboratory forms part of Low & Bonar’s Group strategy to invest in growing markets, identify customers’ unmet needs and supply differentiated products.

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