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  • Alcomet Launches New Tested and Certified Trenchlite® GRP Heavy Duty Trench Covers

    Alcomet has developed a new Trenchlite® range of tested and certified GRP heavy duty trench covers suitable for vehicle crossings in electricity substations. The pultruded GRP covers are designed for new build projects or replacement of existing concrete covers.

    The successful product launch followed an extensive period of collaboration with customers including National Grid, Distribution Network Operators, Civil engineering contractors and designers who recognise the value of a tested and certified cable trench cover strong enough to support vehicles and heavy duty machinery.

    The Trenchlite® heavy duty trench covers offer the performance of concrete covers but are considerably lighter in comparison. At less than 20kg per cover with a 1 metre span, they create significant savings on installation time, transport costs and labour. The trench covers are tested and certified to British Standard BS EN 124, class B125 rated, and are suitable for weights of up to 5 tonne working load (successfully tested to 12.5 tonne ultimate load).

    Trenchlite® trench covers are manufactured to Alcomet’s unique design combination of resins and fibreglass reinforcement. The covers can be cut and supplied to fit any trough width up to 3.66 metres. They are also supplied with a gritted anti slip surface and a half lap joining system which ensures strength is maintained where covers join. Other covers are available in the Trenchlite® range to suit pedestrian areas.

    Key features and benefits of the Trenchlite® GRP range of products include:

    - Yellow colour differentiates the heavy duty load capacity from General Duty trench covers
    - Gritted non slip surface
    - Tested and certified to British Standard load rating for 5 tonne working load and 12.5 tonne ultimate load
    - Lightweight – Cover under 1 metre span weighs less than 20kg
    - Doesn’t float
    - In stock for immediate delivery
    - Can be cut to any span up to 3.66 metres (3.66 metres long by 500mm wide)

    Gary James, Managing Director of Alcomet Limited said; "Trenchlite® is a durable, heavy duty, low maintenance and rapid installation solution for many of our customers. This development will ultimately benefit the electricity market and its contractors by offering a solution for safe vehicular movement on substation sites. The fact that Alcomet stocks a range of the most common GRP trench cover sizes means that we can often get the covers out to site the next day. Where else are you going to get that kind of service?”

    Gary continues “The Trenchlite® Heavy Duty Trench Cover is manufactured from a unique blend of resins and fibreglass reinforcement, and has been tested following rigorous processes. We are able to supply full panels or we can cut to specific sizes and offer an efficient installation service on site.”

    GRP is a highly versatile composite product which has an extensive variety of applications ranging from substation cable trenches and covers, flooring, staircases, enclosures through to decks, platforms and structural profiles.

    The Alcomet GRP range includes standard and bespoke designs and sizes, using a wide range of GRP products. Open Mesh Grating and Solid Top Panels can be accompanied by Anti-Slip and Safety products, as well as, an extensive range of Profiles and Fabrications.

    Alcomet Limited has experienced staff on hand to assist customers 24 hours a day, 7 days of the week. To enquire about the Alcomet GRP range, or any of our services or products, please call us on 01384 404488 or visit www.alcomet.net.

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