Friday, June 22, 2012

Ballast Nedam and Microbeton Join Forces

The co-founders of Concrete Valley, Ballast Nedam and Microbeton will focus on specialised solutions in the concrete industry. Concrete Valley consists of two companies, Waco Lingen Beton from Bergen op Zoom and Microbeton from Krimpen aan den IJssel. Microbeton will transfer its operations from Krimpen aan de IJssel to Waco Lingen Beton's current site at Bergen op Zoom.

Waco Lingen Beton (a Ballast Nedam company), focuses on the development, production and delivery of high quality, serially produced prefabricated concrete elements for use in groundwork, road building, and hydraulic engineering. These include pipe drops, culverts, tunnels, and noise barriers. The company possesses the expertise and ability to tackle major projects, elements, and the associated production facilities.

Microbeton is a specialist in the development, production, and delivery of distinctive concepts. Its ferro-cement products are characterised by a slender, lightweight construction which delivers 70% savings in terms of materials usage and weight. Microbeton's sustainable products are used in top-quality architectural designs for new construction, renovation, and redevelopment projects.

The Concrete Valley joint venture is fully in keeping with Ballast Nedam's strategy. Concrete Valley delivers distinctive capacity by harnessing the innovative abilities of supply companies and specialist companies. Hans van der Meer, the head of Ballast Nedam Supplies, notes that "Combined solutions based on Microbeton's lightweight products and Concrete Waco Lingen's prefabricated concrete products create a range of promising opportunities in areas such as groundwork, road-building, and hydraulic engineering, in addition to residential and utilities construction. One example would be the use of sandwich panels as facade elements."

Pieter Nap, the managing director of Microbeton points out that "Concrete Valley's facilities enable us to keep on growing. In Ballast Nedam, we have a partner who shares our ambitions. Concrete Valley will develop into an inspiring environment within which various companies can cooperate with one another. Their common goal will be to develop products and solutions that add value for our customers!"

Ballast Nedam has a leading position in construction and infrastructure. The company operates mainly in the Netherlands on integrated and other projects for companies, public authorities and housing consumers, in the fields of mobility, housing, employment, leisure and energy. Ballast Nedam operates internationally in various areas of expertise. Ballast Nedam supplies project, process and contract management in the development, implementation and management phases. The company also provides specialized know-how and skills, and semi-finished and finished products. Ballast Nedam is listed on NYSE Euronext in Amsterdam. The share is included in the Amsterdam Small Cap Index.
Source: Ballast Nedam NV


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