DSM, Fibercore Europe and Heijmans join forces for making stronger and more sustainable bridges
Jurre van der Ven, innovator from Heijmans explains: “The hybrid lightweight bridge project over the A27 was genuinely groundbreaking, and confirmed that if all parties are willing to work together in a spirit of true collaboration, remarkable things are possible.”
“At Heijmans, we are constantly looking for the next advances in terms of materials and transport infrastructure. With DSM’s innovative portfolio and know how in resins and FiberCore’s expertise in fiber-reinforced structures it was clear to us at a very early stage that collaborating with them would open up exciting opportunities.”
“The bridge over the A27 highway is only one of many composite bridges that have been constructed by FiberCore Europe while using DSM’s resins”, adds Simon de Jong, director of FiberCore Europe. “In total, around 100 bridges have been placed in areas such as Western Europe, US and China. This numbers includes many different types, including a bridge that floats on water and a movable heavy traffic bridge, and shows that composite bridges are able to serve many different customer needs.”
“The development of composite solutions for improved end-use performance is at the heart of our innovation”, says Robert Puyenbroek, Chief Technical Officer of DSM Composite Resins. “Combining new resin technologies with a thorough understanding of end-customer needs, helps us to create new markets and bring direct benefits to the customer and the environment”.