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Fibrelite Wins Exporter Award at the Yorkshire Business Masters Awards 2012

  • Tuesday, 3rd July 2012
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Yorkshire based Fibrelite has won the Yorkshire Exporter Award, sponsored by Leeds Metropolitan University, judged by a panel that included The Bank of England.

“In on-going tough economic times it is more important than ever to highlight business success in the region,” commented Ian Briggs, Editor of

Fibrelite says its strategy is based on significant growth in export sales particularly into new industry applications as an alternative to metal. Fibrelite currently supply over 70 countries around the world. “We are an international thinking business not a UK company trading abroad,” says Ian Thompson, Managing Director who accepted the award.

Fibrelite developed the ‘lightweight’ composite cover for petrol station forecourts and from there quickly went on to be adopted worldwide. Fibrelite says it is considered as the industry standard by the major international oil companies and many industries including water treatment, railways, telecommunications, power stations and other utilities are already specifying composite as an alternative to metal and concrete.

According to Fibrelite, 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 is strategically placed to utilise its manufacturing facilities in the UK, US and now Malaysia to offer a cost competitive alternative to metal that can benefit all affected industries.

Fibrelite says, following significant investment in new tooling, it has successfully adapted the manufacturing process to utilise recycled glass fibres reducing waste and carbon emissions. This eco-friendly manufacturing process means Fibrelite is now able to produce the most cost-effective trench panel to date resulting in significant cost benefits to customers.

Fibrelite’s composite covers provide an 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.

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