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Hot Off The Press: OPW In erpecnews

Pick up (or download) a copy of the newest edition of erpecnews magazine for a sensory tour of our recently expanded UK facility, learn about Fibrelite, KPS and OPW’s growth beyond retail fuelling driving the growth, and about OPW’s new lightweight TB600 LPG nozzle.

Fibrelite To Speak At The 2022 ConstructionAM Conference, Manchester, 27th April

Global GRP composite access cover manufacturer Fibrelite is honoured to have been asked to speak at ConstructionAM 2022 (26- 27th April at the Manchester Conference Centre).

The Forecourt Roadshow | 3rd November 2021 | Bradford, UK | Cedar Court Hotel

A sociable one-day regional event for businesses in the petrol retailing and commercial fuel oil storage industry.

Strategic Partners: Precast & Preformed Troughs & Fibrelite’s ‘Made to Measure’ GRP Trough Covers

Fibrelite are proud to say that we have formed strategic partnerships with a number of major manufacturers of precast and preformed troughs (also known as trenches, channels and ducts) in Europe and the USA (including Fibex and Trenwa) to create new collaborative product offerings.

Fibrelite Featured Product Development Announcement

We are excited to announce the following new products

OPW Thanks and Supports Local Foodbanks

OPW (Fibrelite has been part of OPW since 2013) thanks all the local foodbanks that have worked hard to support families in need around the world, especially during these uncertain times.

Message From OPW Regarding COVID-19 update

Updated OPW COVID-19 Statement OPW continues to take the appropriate actions and precautions to help ensure the safety and health of our employees, while also preserving our ability to operate. Fibrelite has been part of OPW since 2013.

Distributor Exhibition – Alfa-Level Group | Autocomplex | 29th – 31st October 2019 | Moscow, Russia | IEC Expocentre | Booth 337

Alfa-Level Group, our distributor in Russia will be exhibiting at Autocomplex 2019 showing a selection of products including our Fibrelite composite manhole covers and sister brands KPS (Piping) and OPW (Fuelling products).

Composite Covers Take Off at Inter Airport 2019

Fibrelite’s heavy-duty lightweight composite manhole and trench covers proved a big hit at this year’s Inter Airport exhibition in Munich.

Fibrelite’s New Radio Frequency Friendly Manhole Covers

Fibrelite are proud to announce the launch of our new Radio Frequency (RF) friendly manhole covers. These are a new generation of covers designed for remote underground monitoring, supporting data transfer between antennas underground and aboveground.

Fibrelite Distributor Event – KHK | Inter Airport Europe | Stand 2317 Hall C6 | 8 – 11th October 2019 | Germany | Munich Trade Fair

Our distributor KHK will be exhibiting at Inter Airport Europe in Munich, Germany, they will be showcasing a range of products including Fibrelite covers.

Fibrelite Distributor Event – Servetech | The Big 5 | 25-28th November 2019 | Dubai, UAE | Dubai World Trade Centre | Stand 3A141 Hall 3

Our partners Servetech are exhibiting at The Big 5 Exhibition in Dubai where they will be showcasing a selection of products including our Fibrelite composite trench and manhole access covers

Introducing Our New Case Study Book

We’re proud to announce our second edition case study e-book, a library of 120 technical installations where we’ve worked with customers to solve their challenges; often through the creation of bespoke products.

Fibrelite New Product Development Announcement

We are excited to announce the following new products for this month

The Cloud…Covered!

“In environments like data centres and cloud facilities where efficiency and flexibility are vital, it’s important to simplify every process possible. We’re impressed at how the level to which data centres are adopting our composite covers for just such a purpose” – Jo Stott, Fibrelite Marketing Director

Lightweight Composite Covers Are Making Drainage And Sewerage Access Safer

Accessibility is a pre-requisite for almost every drainage and sewerage application. However, the weight of conventional heavy steel access covers can make removal and replacement time-consuming and cumbersome.

Fibrelite Distributor Event – Corrimex | International Petrol Station Fair | 15th – 17th May 2019 | Warsaw, Poland | EXPO XXI

Our distributor Corrimex will be exhibiting at the international Petrol Station fair in Warsaw, Poland, where a selection of OPW products will be on show.

PEI – NACS | 1st – 4th October 2019 | Booth 7021 | Las Vegas | Las Vegas Convention Center

This was one of the key events of the year for the fuel and fluid handling equipment and services industry!

Fibrelite Composite Access Covers Provide Solution for LUKOIL Bulgaria EOOD National Upgrade Program

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Apr. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Composite access covers by Fibrelite, part of OPW and Dover (NYSE: DOV), were chosen for a national LUKOIL Bulgaria EOOD (“LUKOIL”) program to replace old, heavy-hinged cast iron access covers.

UK Power Generation Facilities Widely Adopting Fibrelite’s Made-to-Measure Composite Trench Covers

Electrical power generation facilities have large quantities of cabling running below the ground as a matter of course, which must be accessed regularly. Back in the 1960s when many of these facilities were built, heavy concrete and steel or cast-iron trench access covers were the only option available.

From The Premier League To La Liga

Increasing numbers of architects, specifying engineers and design consultants have been quick to embrace Fibrelite composite access covers

OPW Starts the New Year with a New Website!

OPW is pleased to announce the launch of the new opwglobal.com. Easy to navigate, and elegantly designed, the new website embodies OPW’s commitment to Defining What’s Next across the globe.

CompIC | 10th April 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Amsterdam Science Park

David Crowther, Fibrelite’s European Commercial and Industrial Sales Manager spoke about the role customisation plays in the widespread use of GRP composite access covers.

Growing Trend: UK Redevelopment Programmes Upgrade to Composites

This year, Fibrelite has seen a growing trend of a wide range of facilities choosing to upgrade from the concrete recess access covers traditionally used in favour of bespoke composite alternatives. 

Petro Systems Management Ireland Upgrade from Steel to KPS Plastic Pipe for All New Installations

Petro Systems Management Ireland (PSM) already used OPW gauges and were familiar with the OPW team and the quality of OPW products; so when upgrading to plastic pipe (the now industry standard), KPS was the obvious choice.

Valued Distributor Videos

Check out what our long standing OPW distributors have to say about how we’re Defining What’s Next!

Long-Standing Staff Member Videos

Check out our product demos with the OPW team and see we’re Defining What’s Next!

Hi Tech Composite Covers For High Tech Cloud Computing Facility In Hong Kong

Fibrelite provided one of the largest data center centre developers and operators in Hong Kong S.A.R of China with a lightweight long-term replacement for their failing concrete covers, to protect and allow access to fibre optic cables, at an emergency vehicle access point entrance. Fibrelite designed and manufactured bespoke trench covers to fit directly into existing […]

Forecourt & Fuel Roadshow | 6th September 2018 | Exeter, UK | Westpoint Centre

A sociable series of one-day regional exhibitions for businesses in the petrol retailing and commercial fuel oil storage industry

PEI at NACS | 7-10th October 2018 | Las Vegas, USA | Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth 7021

OPW | Defining What’s Next After celebrating our 125th anniversary at PEI NACS last year, we’re excited to show you how we’re Defining What’s Next at this year’s show!

Forecourt & Fuel Roadshow | 17th October 2018 | Belfast, UK | Maldron Hotel

A sociable series of one-day regional exhibitions for businesses in the petrol retailing and commercial fuel oil storage industry

APEA Live | 22nd November 2018 | Milton Keynes, UK | Stadium MK | Stand D15

A yearly event, APEA Live brings together the key people and companies in the UK retail fuelling industry. We exhibited a selection of OPW products including Fibrelite and KPS

The Big 5 | 26-29th November 2018 | Dubai, UAE | Dubai World Trade Centre | Servetech Stand 3A141

Our partners Servetech exhibited at this year’s Big 5 exhibition in Dubai where they showed a selection of products including our Fibrelite composite trench covers and manhole covers

Fibrelite Provide Cadent Gas with Improved Lightweight Composite Alternative for Previously Installed Concrete Trench Covers

In our latest case study, Fibrelite was approached by Cadent Gas to provide a long-lasting trench cover solution, which would alleviate some onsite issues associated with previously installed concrete covers at Winwick Road, Warrington

Fibrelite Trenwa Partnership Goes from Strength to Strength

Since 1960 the composites industry has grown 25X as industry after industry adapt their light, strong hardwearing qualities to create higher performance products than previously possible

Fibrelite Upgrades Previously Installed Concrete Covers to Bespoke Lightweight Alternative

In our latest case study, Fibrelite was approached by RJ Utilities Ltd to provide a safe, long-term replacement for old, failing concrete trench covers which covered essential underground utilities in Wrenthorpe, UK

Spotted in St Louis…

Spotted by one of our team, Fibrelite covers installed near the famous Gateway Arch in St Louis, Missouri!

Annual Thank You to All Staff Celebration

On Friday, we enjoyed our annual thank you to all staff celebration in the Yorkshire sunshine after a hard days work at our Skipton facility!

Petrol Plaza and OPW President Kevin Long Recap UNITI Expo 2018

Check out Petrol Plaza’s UNITI 2018 video released today which starts with a great interview with OPW President Kevin Long, explaining how we’re Defining What’s Next

OPW Enjoys A Highly Successful UNITI Expo Defining What’s Next in Retail Fueling

OPW enjoyed three robust days showcasing its latest fueling innovations at Europe’s most prestigious retail fueling exhibition, the 2018 UNITI Expo.

OPW Products Work Together to Provide Lukoil with a Long Lasting Below Ground Containment System

OPW provided Lukoil, a major Russian based oil company, with an easy-install underground containment system including KPS pipework and Fibrelite tank sumps, for a new build filling station in Bulgaria

Fibrelite Partner Event – Trenwa | IEEE PES T&D show | April 17-19th 2018 | Colorado, USA | Denver | Stand 2875

Our strategic partner Trenwa, (leading US manufacturer of precast concrete trench systems) are exhibiting a range of their systems incorporating custom Fibrelite covers at this year’s IEEE PES T&D show

UNITI | 15-17th May 2018 | Stuttgart, Germany | Messe | Stand 5D20

UNITI is the industry event for retail fuelling in the EMEA region. We will be exhibiting an unrivalled range of OPW, Fibrelite and KPS products, including a number of new innovations to be announced early 2018

Rail Industry Investment in Composites on the Rise

Over the next six years, £47.9 billion is set to be spent on the operation, maintenance and renewal of railways as part of a government initiative to become more focused on issues that matter most to passengers

Fibrelite Covers Provide Custom Solution for the Royal Canadian Mint

At the Royal Canadian Mint, conveyor belts and other machinery runs below floor level to conserve space. These require frequent access for monitoring and maintenance

Composites Set a New Standard for Manual Handling

Over the last two years, a staggering 4.5 million working days were lost to workplace injuries. A fifth of these were caused by manual handling. One common activity which contributes to this, posing a high-risk of manual handling injuries is the removal and replacement of heavy concrete and metal manhole and trench covers. Their position [...]

APEA Live | 23rd November 2017 | Milton Keynes, UK | Stadium MK | Stand D15

This year, APEA Live continued to bring together key people in the UK retail fuelling industry, by hosting a day long exhibition followed by a awards dinner. At this sociable event, we exhibited a selection of OPW products including Fibrelite and KPS.

A New Website for a New Era in Composites

Our new Fibrelite website is designed to make it as simple as possible to find the information you need, wherever you are and on every device

Innovations in Rail

Find out how our composite trench covers are evolving the rail industry in the September-October edition of Composites in Manufacturing

Fibrelite Simplifies BP Site Construction with New Fibrelite Sump and KPS Piping

BP approached us to provide a simple fill solution for their more compact UK sites.  In response, we developed a new range of FRP GRP below ground remote fill systems

Fibrelite’s Watertight Manhole Covers Prevent Damage to Fuel Tanks During Flash Flood in Istanbul

Recent heavy rain and flash floods in Turkey’s Marmara region swamped transport networks, buildings and offices, causing widespread flooding across Istanbul.

Retrofit Custom Covers Designed to Fit into Existing Frames Deliver Cost and Time Savings

Historically, trench and manhole covers have been manufactured from metal or concrete, which environmental factors can cause to crack, crumble, corrode or fracture

Simplifying Installation and Fuel Delivery in Romania

A Romanian oil company approached us for an easy to install, reliable above ground fill point solution including associated internal equipment (pipework and fill caps) that would perform for the life of the site

New Regulations Could Enable £16 Billion UK Composites Industry Growth

A new position paper by the University of Southampton recognises the growing demand for composite materials and explores how modernising government regulations could accelerate industry growth

Concrete and Composites: A Powerful Partnership

Fibrelite has formed a number of strategic partnerships with major precast manufacturers in Europe and the USA to provide a range of covers to fit each company’s trench layouts

National Infrastructure Forum 13th June – ExCel, London, Stand 104

Fibrelite is proud to have participated in the 2017 National Infrastructure Forum where senior executives, decision makers and innovators from the public and private sector convened to promote collaboration and improve delivery across UK Infrastructure

A Cover Story. About Covers!

“The company’s manufacturing methodology employs closed mould resin transfer moulding (RTM) techniques using long strand multi-direction E-Glass fibre

Kevin Long Named OPW’s New President

Hamilton, OH, March 13, 2017 — OPW, a Dover Company (NYSE: DOV), announced today that it has named Kevin Long as the company’s new president

Insite Tell the Fibrelite Story

Fibrelite covers have been a familiar sight on English forecourts and worldwide for many years. This summer, we announced new branding to represent our new global brand positioning. In light of this, together with Insite magazine, we took the opportunity to look back at Fibrelite’s journey

Fibrelite Makes a Splash at Ports of Immingham & Gdańsk (Container Terminal DCT)

Traditionally concrete and metal were the only materials able to provide the load ratings required for port access covers, but since Fibrelite’s development of a 90 ton tonne (F900) load rated lightweight FRP GRP alternative, increasing numbers of ports are going composite

500 Bespoke Fibrelite Covers Installed at London Hammersmith Flyover

As part of the essential refurbishment and strengthening of this iconic London flyover, Fibrelite was called upon to provide an easy, secure access solution over bearing pits for the 15 piers supporting the flyover, replacing fatigued concrete covers

New Video! Fibrelite and Competitor’s Covers Tested for Deflection

It’s very difficult to look at a composite access cover and know how it will perform over time and under repeated heavy wheel loads. Many composite access covers look similar, yet perform incomparably

Season’s Greetings From All at Fibrelite!

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Corrosion-Free Covers for Leisure Centre Poolsides

Poolside conditions are very demanding for traditional metal access covers due to the constant exposure to moisture and chlorine, both of which cause corrosion

Fibrelite Announces New Branding and Global Brand Positioning

Fibrelite is delighted to announce that we are launching our new branding this week as the first stage of our new global brand positioning

New! European Trench Cover Technical Guide

We have just completed a new European Technical Guide for our trench cover offering! This guide takes you through our wide range of trench covers and the available options for different sizes, spans and load ratings and how they are installed, whether into our frames, or an existing rebate

Radio Frequency Friendly!

In addition to being far less conductive than metal or cast iron covers, Fibrelite’s composite covers allow electromagnetic (EMI) or radio frequency (RF) signals to pass directly through them

Trenwa Installs First Fibrelite Trench Lids in Indiana Switchyard

Trenwa, a leading manufacturer of precast concrete trench systems, has recently installed its first Fibrelite trench covers in an electrical switchyard near the Sabic Innovative Plastics manufacturing facility in Indiana

With Fibrelite Access Covers You’ve Got Health & Safety Covered!

Insite Magazine Feature Designed to be a ‘consistently dependable’ ‘fit and forget’ product, Fibrelite’s FRP GRP composite manhole covers and modular trench panels come in all load ratings from A15 to F900 and are maintenance-free, durable and very strong

Demand for Composites Increases – Safer Alternative to Conventional Covers

Composite materials are in huge demand as industries across the globe are experiencing hazards and injuries when using traditional steel and other metal products

F900 Trench Covers for Areas Imposing High Loads

Fibrelite can now provide the perfect lightweight alternative to traditionally used heavy concrete and metal access covers for areas with particularly high wheel loads such as aircraft pavements, taxiways of civil airports, shipping ports and dockyards

Fibrelite on Track with Lightweight Train Station Covers

Fibrelite has developed a new range of bespoke, lightweight, composite trench covers, dramatically reducing the cost to cover larger openings. These bespoke covers have recently been installed over access hatches in the platform of a major UK rail station to give quick and easy access to services below platform level

How Fitting Fibrelite Access Covers Can Help Have Health & Safety Covered!

Designed to be a ‘consistently dependable’ ‘fit and forget’ product, Fibrelite’s FRP GRP composite manhole covers and modular trench panels come in all load ratings from A15 to F900 and are maintenance-free, durable and very strong as a matter of course

Fibrelite Defies Manufacturing Report

British Manufacturers’ organisation EEF may be reporting that the sector has lost momentum in recent months (The Guardian, June 1st, 2015), but Skipton based manufacturer Fibrelite

A Clever Fibrelite Application: Composites Reach the Antarctic

A clever Fibrelite application recently hit the news headlines in a number of wide-ranging publications, including Composites World, and Water World.

FibreTite Multiport Containment System CARB Approved!

OPW is excited to announce that our composite multiport sump system (an industry first) has been approved by the California Air Resources Board! CARB as it’s often referred to, is one of the two primary standards for vapour recovery in the US

OPW Showcase Many Retail Fueling Innovations

In 2013 at PEI: OPW Fibrelite and KPS joined forces to offer an end-to-end retail fuelling solution to you, our customers! This year we exhibited together to bring you a number of exciting innovations, many of which are setting new standards in retail and commercial fuel-handling applications.

Fibrelite Installs New Multiport System

Fibrelite recently installed its new FL100MPS Multiport System at a gas station in Burlington, Washington operated by one of the country’s largest “big box” retail chains

New US Product Development

Best-in-class Fibrelite fibreglass sumps are now manufactured in our state-of-the-art OPW Retail Fueling facility in Smithfield, North Carolina

Fibrelite, Breakthrough Product

We are delighted to announce that Processing Magazine has named Fibrelite FRP GRP composite manhole covers a Breakthrough Product for 2014

NACS Exhibition Interviews

OPW President David Crouse was interviewed at the 2014 PEI NACs exhibition in Las Vegas. He told Petrol Plaza just how successful the last year had been for OPW following the purchase of KPS and Fibrelite

US Water World TV News Interview with Fibrelite

Fibrelite’s Jim Goodman was interviewed by Water World TV News at WEFTEC in New Orleans. Jim not only demonstrated just how easy it was to lift a 24” diameter manhole cover but also discussed the many benefits of choosing a Fibrelite composite cover over traditional metal covers

OPW Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Liquip

Acquisition expands OPW’s market reach and product breadth Cincinnati, OH, August 11, 2014 – OPW, a global leader in fluid-handling solutions and a business unit within Dover’s (NYSE: DOV) Fluids segment, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement

Fibrelite Launch the Industry’s First GRP Above Ground Fill Sump Range

Fibrelite has achieved another industry “first” by developing a brand new FRP GRP above ground fill sump range

A New Range of 1.2m Octagonal Tank Access Chamber Systems

The new eight sided chamber has large flat walls to accommodate 8 entry/exit angles for pipework and conduit. The corbel riser is chemically bonded to the chamber to create a liquid tight joint

Tank and Dispenser Sumps Specified by Qatari Oil Company

Qatar’s extreme temperatures offer construction challenges, with some materials negatively affected by extreme temperatures. This Qatari oil company awarded Fibrelite tank and dispenser sumps sole supplier status for their high performance in these harsh field conditions

Composites Eliminate Manual Handling Health and Safety Risks

Health and safety in today’s workplace are becoming an ever increasing concern with manual handling accounting for over a third of all workplace injuries. [HSE] The majority of these injuries are caused by the handling of loads. HSE and NHS have comprehensive advice to prevent manual handling injuries, most of which relate to safe lifting [...]

Composite Steam Covers

A new brochure is now available for composite steam covers: Composite Steam Covers

Light and Strong F900 Rated Composite Access Covers Increase Safety and Efficiency in Ports and Airports

Composites are widely used in a number of industries: aerospace, boats, cars and many more where strength to weight ratio is critical. Other industries are moving towards composites at a rapid rate. Two such examples are ports and airports

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