12 May 2012
12 May 2012
Fibrelite has successfully adapted the manufacturing process to utilise recycled glass fibres reducing waste and carbon emissions enabling them to produce a cost-effective A15 load rated 50mm trench panel available in sizes from 800mm to 1600mm long.
According to Fibrelite, their composite covers provide the perfect alternative to heavy, corroding metal and crumbling concrete access covers. Ideal for access to sewage systems, underground pipework, drainage networks, electrical junction boxes, water treatment plants and commercial fuel storage.
Fibrelite explain that the covers have zero re-sale value in the scrap market, comply with the requirement of BS EN 124:1994, classes C250 & D400 and provide an excellent anti-slip/skid surface which is guaranteed for the life of the cover.
They say the covers are extremely durable but lightweight, are inert so will not corrode, are not electrically conductive and have low thermal conductivity and therefore highly effective in covering manholes, gullies and trenches that contain cable, wire or fluid, and perfect for where access is required as they are such a lightweight alternative to metal and concrete.
The increase in metal costs has stimulated the theft of metal manhole, trench and gully covers. Metal theft is now having a serious impact on the global economy through inflated insurance premiums, high repair and replacement costs as well as causing extremely serious health and safety hazards. Fibrelite says it is strategically placed to utilise its quality, high volume manufacturing facilities in the UK, US and Malaysia to offer a very cost competitive alternative to metal that can benefit all affected industries.
Fibrelite explains that although composite is initially more expensive than metal, the monolithic structure of the cover means they will not delaminate or corrode. With a minimum guaranteed lifespan of 15 maintenance free years, Fibrelite describe the covers as a ‘fit and forget’ product that can be fully lockable.