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DSM, Heijmans and Fibercore received recognition from the Building & Infrastructure industry for their A27 composite bridge project, winning an innovation award at the InfraTech 2013 show in Rotterdam.
The companies installed in 2012 a groundbreaking 140 m long, light weight bridge for heavy traffic over one of the busiest roads in the Netherlands. Interference with ongoing traffic was minimal during this very smooth installation, which was directly linked to the low bridge weight.
By giving the so-called “Halftime” innovation award, the Jury praised the innovative approach to bridge design and construction, enabling a high bridge installation speed and a turnaround of less than 48 hours. While traffic was able to run for most of the time, the companies could put in place a structure with great mechanical integrity that can resist the elements for many years to come.
“Bridges made from composite materials have inherently a lower weight than their counterparts in steel and concrete.” says Robert Puyenbroek, Chief Technical Officer of DSM Composite Resins. “Moreover these materials require little maintenance and therefore can help to minimize bridge operating cost. This is good news for both bridge operators as well as for the environment”. “DSM has been at the forefront of introducing composites technology in new markets and applications”, adds Fons Harbers”, European Commercial Director DSM Composite resins. “I am happy to see that DSM and its partners receive the recognition by the industry experts.”
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