2012 saw rapid sales growth in the utilities sector for UK based manufacturer Fibrelite. Ian Thompson, Managing Director, reported that ?Since the beginning of 2012 we experienced a huge increase in new enquiries from companies in the utilities, public and general industrial sectors for our lightweight access covers. In these areas we experienced a 117 per cent increase in sales over 2011??. This increased demand is mainly due to the numerous health and safety benefits of GRP composite over the heavier alternatives (namely metal and concrete) as well as the metal theft epidemic. A secondary problem with stolen metal covers is the dangerous holes in the ground that the thieves leave behind. In response to demand, Fibrelite has recently invested in the following product developments: a shallow trench panel range developed in A15 & B125 load ratings. Previously 117mm depth, now 50mmn resulting in a large reduction in cost and weight. Fibrelite has successfully adapted the existing manufacturing process to utilise recycled glass fibres reducing waste and carbon emissions; new restraining methods designed to combat risks associated with flooding; new, simple and cost effective lock currently at design stage and various bespoke GRP chambers designed for electrical drawpits, remediation wells and valve chambers.
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