This US-based company is exhibiting for the first time in the UK. It is a fully integrated manufacturer and distributor of polypropylene fibres engineered to minimise plastic shrinkage cracking in concrete. When used as directed, ABC Fibers offer a low-cost alternative to welded wire mesh, providing savings and convenience, and superior performance throughout the life of the concrete. ABC Fibers are available both fibrillated and monofilament, the latter providing effective crack resistance coupled with a smooth finish, says the company.
Appleby Group has specialised in Ground Granulated Blastfurnace Slag production since 1969. GGBS is used as a separate cementitious component for the production of concrete, mortars, grouts, repair materials and precast concrete products. It improves the performance and durability of concrete in many ways as well as offering long term cost effectiveness.
Concrete Machinery Systems
Being shown for the first time at a UK exhibition is the CMS2000 system. This will manufacture eight concrete products per minute in four cycles on wooden or steel pallets, marked on the side by black discs. Information on these discs is sent to the weigh doser which then identifies the size of the mould and the amount of concrete to be distributed. Each pallet supports two ABS or PU moulds and, if required, can be different for each operating cycle.
A new range of Pemat planetary mixers (pictured below) will make their debut on this stand . Thanks to a new patented design which combines a planetary mixing star with a high intensity rotor, they generate a particularly intensive mixing action. They have been designed to meet the most stringent demands in mixing technology, especially in terms of homogenity and where high levels of repeatability are required.
The company is using Concrete Europe 99 to introduce to the UK market a new range of decorative Sandblast stencils and Blush Tone stains. In all there are over 100 different designs of texture moulds and more than 20 designs of stencils available. Regular courses in texturing are held at the company's International Training Centre.
Don Construction Products
DCP has developed a range of concrete repair products which incorporate migrating corrosion inhibitor technology and which, it says, provide a substantial step forward in the treatment of steel reinforced concrete. The materials offer a complete package for a comprehensive repair. DCP also supplies products for structural protection and waterproofing, admixtures and adhesives, car park decking and coatings for chemical resistance.
Visitors to the stand will have the first opportunity to see the new Aqua-Perl water treatment unit, being launched at the show. It is installed in the water inlet pipe of mixers for precast concrete products. In addition to improving the quality of the concrete products it will save cement and admixtures, improve the colour and reduce efflorescence, it is claimed. The best results will be achieved in areas where the water has a high calcium carbonate content.
The company is taking advantage of Concrete Europe 99 to launch two new products; the Model P mixer and the ME/112/H mixer.
The P mixer has a 25 litre capacity and is easily transported in the back of a car. The ME/112/H is said to be suitable when small to medium quantities of material are required quickly and efficiently.
Europa (UK) will be representing numerous companies: Hess, Simen, Atelier Du Loir, Leenstra, Beyria, Houtindustrie Hardenberg, Theam, Baryval, Probst, Finke, Willet and Opticure.
Being launched at the show is Fibrin XT, for use in external concrete and also Dramix Duo, a blend of steel and polypropylene fibres. Also on display will be this company's existing range of polypropylene fibres.
Forta manufactures a synthetic fibre used as a secondary reinforcement for concrete, replacing wire mesh. In addition to saving labour costs associated with wire mesh placement, additional benefits claimed are reduction of 80% of plastic shrinkage cracking and an increase of compressive, flexural and tensile strength of the concrete. The fibres are inert, and will not rust.
Grace Construction Products
Shown for the first time in the UK will be Grace Structural Fibers' new (patent pending), high tenacity synthetic fibre reinforcement, to provide enhanced structural properties to concrete and shotcrete. The blend of polymers and the manner in which the fibres are manufactured, enables this monofilament to partially fibrillate during mixing, increasing the fibre surface area and the bond between the fibre and concrete matrix. This results in enhanced toughness, impact and fatigue resistance and control of plastic shrinkage cracking, with a minimal impact on concrete workability and placeability, says the company.
On exhibition will be the S-240 and S-100 laser screed machines for construction of large area concrete industrial floors. Other products include the STS- 130 Dry-Shake topping spreader for the application of colour and abrasion enhancing materials. The S-100 mini laser screed will be demonstrated.
This specialist in the diagnosis and repair of reinforced concrete has chosen Concrete Europe 99 to launch its Margel DCI 580 T vapour phase corrosion inhibitor for reinforced concrete structures. This complex blend of vapour phase inhibitors tackles the problem of reinforcement corrosion with a unique three pronged approach.
The Multi-Arm laser guided screeding machine will be on display. When fitted with a spreader attachment it will level, consolidate and spread in one movement with state of the art laser technology for automatic level control. This machine will use lower slump concrete than traditional methods and has excellent incorporation of topping material in the fresh concrete. Labour costs are reduced as are hours needed for trowelling. The risk of topping material peeling off is also reduced, according to Priboma.
As first time exhibitors at a UK concrete show, Progress and its German subsidiary, Ebawe Anlagentechnik are taking this opportunity to show graphics and photographs of their wide range of machinery and plant. Progress designs and manufactures fully automated machinery for the processing of coil wire. Ebawe specialises in the design and manufacture of equipment for precasting works.
This Russian-based company is introducing its patented technology for the manufacture of decorative articles of high strength coloured concrete. The surface of the resulting product has the appearance of polished marble immediately after removing the mould. This results in low net cost when compared to traditional decorative and lining materials.
On display for the first time in the UK is this US-based company's duoMatrix line of polymer-based modifiers for GFRC and GRG. The company's liquid rubbers have been used since the 1950s for making durable rubber moulds. The rubber can be poured, brushed or sprayed on to any original to duplicate it exactly for multiple use. Samples and technical help will be available on the stand.
Synthetic Industries Europe/Fibermesh
Products from the Fibermesh & Novocon Divisions of Synthetic Industries Europe will be on display. Fibermesh fibres are manufactured in numerous dimensions and configurations for concrete, mortar, render and plaster mixes. In addition, Synthetic Industries Europe now supplies Novocon steel fibres and has an imminent patent on HPP (High performance Polymer) monofilament fibres.
This Brazilian-based company has chosen Concrete Europe 99 as the launch for its Plastform Medium Density Overlay (MDO) plywood. This is a concrete formwork panel and uses an engineered mixture of hardwood and softwood veneers. Plastform uses Simtech 333 MDO, described as a major breakthrough in overlay panel technology. Extreme chemical exposure tests have showed that Simtech 333 is several times more durable than other industry standard products.
Tricosal Beton Chemie
The company was formed of three German companies last January as a chemical supplier to the concrete industry through two business units. Tricosal Beton-Chemie is based in Lugde and handles sales, R&D and the production of concrete and mortar admixtures, mould release agents and products for exposed aggregate. Tricosal-Betec is based in Essen and is responsible for sales, R&D and the production of mortar systems.
Products on display will reflect this company's activities. Irfun internal vibrators are high frequency vibrators with an integrated, compact electronic converter in the switch housing, that can be plugged into a standard site generator. With no flexible shaft, these pokers have a very long life expectancy.
For the professional flooring contractor there is a wide range of power trowels. For many years external vibrators have been supplied to the precast industry, and for those in the demolition industry, exhibits will also include a range of floor saws and breakers.
The complete range of Wirtgen and Vogele equipment will be graphically displayed. New launch at Concrete Europe will be the Wirtgen SP 850 slipform paver which can pave a variable width of pavement. Other slipform pavers will be featured as will texture curing machines, concrete breakers and Vogele high compaction pavers suitable for lean-mix concrete.