ABM expands range of pre-stressed concrete beams
Investment at ABM Europe’s Nottinghamshire, UK, facility is permitting production of an increased range of larger and heavier bridge components, allowing the company to manufacture U and W-shape pre-stressed concrete bridge beams of up to 120 tonnes alongside their existing range of products. This additional capability will allow ABM to offer customers shorter cycle times – regardless of the weight and complexity of the beam – and products of high and consistent quality.
The new development follows a careful examination of some of the leading beam casting facilities in Europe in order to create an adaptable process that not only offers efficient and rapid production, but that can be quickly changed to produce different types of beams.
The new plant is 64 metres long which, with the facility’s increased 120 tonnes lift capacity, gives ABM the capability to produce the largest bridge beams in the UK or multiples of smaller units. According to Business Developer Manager Mike Sanderson: “No other pre-cast concrete manufacturer on the UK mainland has the capacity for these large beams, this flexibility, and such an extensive product range”.
First castings with the new facilities began in June 2015, and the first W shape section beams were cast in January 2016.