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A newmould at Kijlstra's UK factory enables a larger range of culverts to beproduced faster.

Specialist precast concrete drainage manufacturer Kijlstra has respondedto the industry's demand for a larger range of standardculverts by investing in new moulds for its UK factory.

The new moulds also allow for faster culvert production and thereforespeed up lead times. Their adaptability also means they are capable of producingexciting new additions to Kijlstra's culvert range to pre-empt industryrequirements.

The culverts join an ever-expanding portfolio of innovative products Kijlstraproduces from its factory near Taunton in Somerset.

They can produce a range of sizes up to 2.1m in height and 3.6m in width,with a standard wall and slab thickness of 250mm.

Prior to leaving the factory they are fitted with a rubber gasket seal whichmeans the contractor does not have to prepare and prime the connections to fitjointing material, thus enabling a quick and easy push-fit installation.

Some of the new culverts have already been produced for projects in nearbyChurchinford, Taunton (1m high x 3m wide x 2m long, with a dry weather flowchannel) and in Llanelli (1m high x 2.4m wide x 1.9m long).

TheHenlade factory already produces the square manholes that launched Kijlstrainto the UK eight years ago as well as communication chambers, panel systems forCSOs, attenuation tanks, bridge and jetty elements, headwalls, staircases, ductbanks, inspection chambers, sea defence walls, road planks, parapets,U-channels and bespoke retaining walls.

It alsoproduces bespokespecialist products outside of Kijlstra's usualdrainage remit, including the perimeter security barrier Blokade, the modularwall system Concrete Blok and brick-faced decorative panels.

Factorymanager Rupert Treadaway was keen to emphasise their portfolio was anything butstandard in its offer.

Hesaid: “As well as our standard product range we also do a variety of bespokeprojects. The workforce has a combined total of more than 370 years' experiencein precast concrete manufacture. This knowledge and skillset allows us toprovide innovative solutions for our growing client base.”


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