Fibrelite (Skipton, U.K.; Pawcatcuck, Conn., USA) has announced the launch of a new line of composite cover and frame systems to provide an alternative to heavy, corroding metal and crumbling concrete access covers. The products are designed for access to sewage systems, underground pipework, drainage networks, electrical junction boxes, water treatment plants and commercial fuel storage.
Fibrelite’s covers exceed the load test requirements of ASHTO H20/25 and provide an excellent anti-slip/skid surface, which is guaranteed for the life of the cover. The covers are manufactured in a close mold environment combining long strand multi-directional fibreglass with a specifically formulated resin matrix to produce an durable but lightweight cover that is approximately one-third the weight of a steel or cast iron cover. Further, Fibrelite’s composite covers have zero resale value in the scrap metal market.
Although composites are initially more expensive than metal, the monolithic structure of a Fibrelite cover means they will not delaminate or corrode. With a minimum guaranteed lifespan of 15 maintenance-free years, the covers are said to be a "fit and forget" product that can be fully lockable.
Fibrelite announced earlier this year that it has expanded its global operations with the opening of a new Malaysian production and service facility in order to meet accelerating demand.