The rising prices offered for scrap metal has led to a problem becoming more common across the world, that of manhole, trench and gully cover theft. Though initially considered by many to be relatively insignificant, the missing covers not only lead to potentially serious injuries, but impact the global economy through inflated insurance premiums and the cost of repair or replacement. Even without being stolen, traditional covers still present a host of hazards, such as being heavy, with corroding metal and crumbling concrete.
Now Fibrelite has launched a new cost-effective, eco-friendly solution to the problem with its latest range of composite covers, ideal for providing access to sewage systems, underground pipework, drainage networks, electrical junction boxes, treatment plants and commercial fuel storage.
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Having pioneered its composite covering system back in 1980, Fibrelite has become the standard to which performance is now measured, and continues to lead the way in composite innovation. Operating high volume manufacturing facilities in the UK, US and Malaysia, the company is now able to offer its most commercial trench panel to date, resulting in significant cost benefits being passed on to customers across the world’s manufacturing industries.
By successfully adapting its existing manufacturing processes, Fibrelite now manages to utilise recycled glass fibres helping to reduce waste and carbon emission throughout production. The resulting covers are extremely durable, yet lightweight, have zero re-sale value in the scrap market, comply with all necessary industry standards and have an anti-slip surface guaranteed for the life of the cover. Additionally, each cover is inert, so will not corrode, and aren’t electrically conductive, making them ideal for covering cables, wires or fluid.
Though initially more expensive than the traditional metal option, the company purports that the fully-lockable composite covers are a ‘fit and forget’ alternative, with a minimum guaranteed lifespan of 15 maintenance-free years.
Fibrelite’s new A15 load-rated, 50mm depth trench panels are available in sizes from 800-1,600mm long, more information can be found at: www.fibrelite.com