MD Beton fills the gap in the concrete market with hollow core slabs of 2.4m
MD Beton from Mouscron, Belgium, is a third-generation company specialized in the production of prestressed precast concrete elements. Initially, they concentrated on the production of prestressed concrete wall panels for agriculture and industrial construction. To expand their product range, they later turned to prestressed hollow core slabs with an exclusive width of 2.4m. Echo Precast Engineering, their permanent partner in mechanical engineering, played an important role in the story.
A gap (of 2.4m) in the market
The demand for prestressed hollow core slabs continues to rise and the production must be completed faster and faster. Based on this market data, MD Beton went in search of an innovative product that could provide added value.
As an innovator and an outsider in the sector, they did not want to become the umpteenth producer of hollow core slabs with a standard width of 1.2 m. In collaboration with Echo Precast Engineering, they managed to fine-tune a Slipformer S-Liner® T40 that allows a width of 2.4 m. A simple as well as genius invention, the Slipformer is above all an example of future and market-oriented thinking.
The product immediately caught on, partly due to the fact that increasingly larger precast elements are used on the worksite. MD Beton is currently the only producer in the Benelux region of prestressed vaults of this width. The demand for these vaults from other European countries also continues to rise sharply. After all, they allow work to be much faster. Moreover, the existing infrastructure of MD Beton allowed a switch to this greater width.
Quality as the main driver
A thorough sense of quality also contributes to the success of MD Beton vaults. Thanks to this attitude, MD Beton has grown to be the market leader in Belgium for prestressed walls. They already occupy a prominent and enviable place in the domain of hollow core slabs.
Peter Mylle, co-manager of MD Beton: “We are appreciated by our customers for our hollow core slabs and other concrete products that have a slightly better, more precise and smoother finish than the rest. We proactively think along with our customers and always look for a solution that meets their needs and with which we can respond quickly to their demand. Our production of prestressed hollowcore slabs allows thicknesses up to 40cm and lengths up to 14m. ”
The role of Echo Precast Engineering
The collaboration between MD Beton and Echo Precast Engineering dates back to the early nineties and is based on mutual respect. MD Beton particularly praises the solution-oriented attitude and the short communication lines at Echo Precast Engineering. Echo Precast was founded in 1990 and joined the Progress Group in 2012, the world's largest supplier of machines for the precast concrete industry. The group's headquarters are located in Brixen, Italy, in South Tyrol. Echo Precast Engineering is the only company in Belgium that designs and produce slipformers, extruders and sawing machines for the precast concrete sector.
At Echo Precast Engineering we like to work with customers who know what they want, customers like MD Beton. Thanks to sustained, productive feedback from MD Beton and close mutual consultation, Echo Precast Engineering has perfectly succeeded in converting MD Beton's existing infrastructure and constructing the right Slipformer to produce their hollow core slabs at 2.4m width. The entire phase, from design to installation and commissioning of the S-liner® in Mouscron, only took six months. The Slipformer S-Liner® T40 is particularly economical in the consumption of (dry) concrete, making it a very cost-efficient machine and easy to use and maintain.
The current site of MD Beton in Mouscron covers about 4.5ha, of which 1ha is overbuilt. Plans for an expansion of the production capacity are currently under study in order to meet the rapidly increasing demand from all over Europe for their wide hollow core slabs. The cooperation between MD Beton and Echo Precast Engineering is thus perpetuated into the future.
*Original article in NL published in Beton & Staalbouw magazine