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Concrete In Australia : December 2013
28 Concrete in Australia Vol 39 No 4 COMPANY PROFILE Replacing steel reinforcement in concrete Elasto Plastic Concrete (EPC) has been a member of the Institute for more than six years, and a Gold Member for three years. EPC is one of the leading global suppliers of structural synthetic fibre reinforcement for concrete and shotcrete. EPC’s revolutionary BarChip fibres are used as reinforcement in concrete and shotcrete, replacing welded wire mesh and steel fibres. The company was formed in the late 90s, when those involved recognised the benefits of structural synthetic fibres as reinforcement for shotcrete and concrete. Focused originally on the Australian mining industry, EPC quickly established the BarChip fibre brand as one of the leading structural synthetic fibre on the market. Within a few short years EPC was supplying BarChip fibre for shotcrete ground control reinforcement to some of Australia’s largest mining companies, including BHP, Rio Tinto, Xstrata, Barrick and Newcrest. In fewer than 10 years nearly every underground mine in Australia had replaced steel reinforcing with structural synthetic fibre in their shotcrete mixes. The widespread and rapid adoption was in part due to EPC’s commitment to research and development, showing BarChip synthetic fibres beneficial qualities such as: • corrosion free • improved safety • safer and lighter to handle than steel • reduced carbon footprint • reduced cycle times • reduced maintenance on equipment • increased ductility The company built on success early, opening offices in North and South America, Europe and Asia. While the initial focus was still on ground support in mining, EPC began supplying more and more synthetic fibre into the tunnelling, civil construction, flooring and precast concrete markets. As recognition and knowledge of the product grew so did the engineering possibilities. Like the mining industry, EPC has had tremendous success in the civil tunnelling industry. BarChip synthetic fibres have now reinforced thousands of kilometres of primary and secondary linings in road, rail and utility tunnels globally. Major project highlights include: • Atlantic Subsea Tunnel – Norway (250m below sea level) • A3 Hindhead – UK (permanent primary lining) • Malaga High Speed Rail – Spain (segmental lining) • Helsinki Metro West Extension (22km tunnels and 7 stations) • Devil’s Slide and Caldecott 4th Bore – first road tunnels in California for over 40 years • St Helena – Australia’s first synthetic fibre reinforced road tunnel. • Legacy Way – Australia (cast in situ cross passage linings and floors) EPC is proud to have partnered with some of the world’s largest construction and engineering firms, including Acciona, Mesta, Keiwit, Baulderstone, Kruse Smith AS, Balfour Beatty, Veidekke Entreprenor AS, Thiess, Downer Engineering, Mott Macdonald and more. The benefits of BarChip structural synthetic fibre reinforcement are not limited to shotcrete. For the last 10 years, the company has been replacing welded wire fabric and steel fibre in slab on grade concrete all over the world. EPC’s BarChip fibres have reinforced the factory floors of Toyota, Hitachi, John Deer and LG. It has built its reputation on the strength of its technical expertise and products, which have been tried and tested by major corporations and engineering experts worldwide. Since the first BarChip fibre, it has increased performance by 219% and decreased dose rates by 68%. EPC believes that long term business relationships can only be sustained by a commitment to providing high quality products and services and by adding long term value to their customer’s business. This commitment ensures customers can always rely on the performance of BarChip Structural Synthetic Fibre Reinforcement. To fi nd out more about the latest BarChip offer contact Craig Wright, Australia Civil Manager, 1300 131 158, email@example.com. Mention this article for a special offer. You can also visit the EPC website: <www.elastoplastic.com>. St Helena Tunnel, Australia’s first synthetic fibre reinforced road tunnel. 28 - Company Profile.indd 28 28 - Company Profile.indd 28 25/11/13 2:45 PM 25/11/13 2:45 PM