A new generation of stronger access covers has been launched for the forecourt sector by composite specialists SSC.

The company has partnered with John Newton, designer of the petroleum market-leading Fiberlite composite cover 25 years ago, to develop and launch a new range of covers for use on petrol forecourts.

SSC said further advances of the Thrubeam structure, a concept that was originally designed by Newton, had resulted in a superior next generation composite cover in a format and range customised specifically for the worldwide retail petroleum sector.

Newton said the new technology provides higher tensile strength, adding: "Complex three-dimensional mouldings can be produced by this system making it ideal for the production of access covers."

Composite manhole covers were first introduced into the petrol filling station marketplace in 1986. Their main use was, and still is, for filling station forecourt access applications. This is because unlike their metal and concrete counterparts composite covers offer the petroleum forecourt sector large, lightweight and very strong watertight covers that are easily removable by station staff without the need for special lifting equipment.

SSC’s next-generation composite access covers are available square or round in a large selection of sizes, and provide a range of benefits to the retail petrol sector, said the firm.

They are non-corrosive, present an anti-slip/skid surface, have a very low deflection under load and meet BS EN124 C250 (25 tonne).

In addition, because their material has a low recycle value, they minimise the risk of theft.

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