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Self-supporting formwork enhances construction

Formwork constitutes the moulds, usually wooden into which liquid concrete is poured to form, for example, a wall. These have to be removed after each construction is complete and because of wear and tear they can only be used a few times. However, a new pre-fabricated element has been designed which can remain in the building resulting in more efficient construction.
Self-supporting formwork enhances construction
This integrated constructional element is created by using high quality concrete that permeates the fabric used. The result is a self-supporting formwork with fatigue resistance capacity making it more reliable and longer lasting.

There are many advantages to using this innovative pre-fabricated formwork. Firstly, it has an outstanding surface quality that can be smooth or structured and on which coloured surfaces are also possible. Secondly, it is lightweight and easy to handle. Thirdly, the fact that the formwork elements are not disposed of due to improved utilisation of raw materials also makes it environmentally compatible. And since there is no effort necessary in removing the formwork, both time and money are saved.

These advantages make the formwork elements highly suitable for large building areas such as office or administration buildings.
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