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Fully automatic demoulding line commissioned in the United States: speed, versatility, and handling precision

Rochester Concrete Products is a third-generation family business, with mortarless concrete manufacturing and construction expertise dating back to 1914. Specialised in residential and commercial landscaping products (slabs, pavers, retaining walls, edgers, outdoor living kits, site furnishing, etc.), Rochester Concrete Products manufactures and distributes some of the most respected brands in the hardscapes industry, such as Interlock Concrete Products, Silver Creek Stoneworks, Rockwood Retaining Walls, Necessories Outdoor Living Kits, Rosetta Outdoors, Keystone retaining wall systems, Techniseal, Alliance Gator, Snap Edge Paver Restraint, AWS Pedestal System, Strata Systems and Super-Stik. The reputation of this group relies on the premium quality of its products, which combine beauty, durability, efficiency and sustainability. This is of high importance for Rochester Concrete Products to continually develop new products and services that exceed the social and environmental requirements of America’s landscapes.

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Short cycle time plus outstanding product quality: key arguments for commissioning a new plant in England

The Maen Karne Group is made up of Maen Karne Aggregates Ltd and Maen Karne Concrete Products (formerly Western Blocks Ltd). Recently acquired by the GRS Group, the Maen Karne Group has displayed sustained growth since its founding and is now one of the leading renowned suppliers to the precast industry in the southwest of the UK. The Maen Karne Group is active in several fields: supply of aggregates, manufacture of ready-mix and precast concrete, manufacture of concrete products (mainly blocks and pavers) and the supply of waste management solutions. Divided into four sites and equipped with two plants for the manufacture of concrete blocks, Maen Karne placed an order with Quadra for the upgrading of the existing production line and commissioning of a “high performance” block making machine at their Melbur site, located in the county of Cornwall. High production capacity, consistent and optimum quality in terms of height, compaction, durability and dimensions, and ease of maintenance – these were the main requirements for the new plant. The wealth of experience and proven skills of Quadra have finally convinced the Maen Karne Group, which has chosen to rely on the French equipment and know-how.

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Performance, product quality and flexibility: vibrating press of high capacity set-up in Dominican Republic

Renowned for combining high-quality products and product innovation, the company BC Suplidora, manufacturer of concrete products, has been a key player in the Dominican Republic. Based in Santo Domingo, BC Suplidora has decided to increase and upgrade its production facilities in order to cater to a fast-growing market. This manufacturer was looking for a supplier able to assist the company in the achievement of its ambitious objectives in terms of performance and production capacities. BC Suplidora commissioned the French equipment manufacturer Quadra to install a complete production plant, fully automated, including the latest technological advances. The requirements were related to the flexibility, the performance and the efficiency of the equipment provided, with a view to outperforming and offering further enhanced products, and efficiently meeting the growing needs of the customers. The new production unit was also the opportunity to enable BC Suplidorato to extend its range of products. BC Suplidora aims to specialize in the production of concrete kerbstones and to position the company as one of the pioneering manufacturers on the island for this type of product.

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Bespoke block making machine designed for manufacturing hemp blocks

Located in Etalans in the east of France, Vieille Matériaux was founded in 1963 by René Vieille. Currently headed by his grandson, Sebastien Vieille, this family-owned company has been specializing in the manufacture and trading of precast concrete products for more than 60 years. Recognized throughout its area for the quality of its products and its ability to innovate, Vieille Matériaux achieved a resounding success with the launch of its insulating blocks called “NRJ block” and their high thermal and acoustic performance. Vieille Materiaux is continuing to grow and has expanded its product range with the manufacture of hemp blocks called “Biosys”. This is a special building solution with a globally unique product, mechanically assembled when it is dry, with a high-precision vertical and horizontal interlocking system allowing fast and simple use.

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Wet-cast production line installed in Romania: a versatile & efficient plant

The Star Stone Company was founded by Cristian Pop in 2007. Specializing in the production of wet-cast products (slabs, pavers, concrete reconstituted stone and any kind of landscaping products), Star Stone has been growing exponentially since its beginning. Cristian Pop has recently decided to reach a new level by upgrading the plant. The continuing growth of Star Stone involves a high level of performance, which its existing facilities are not able to satisfy. Rather than a supplier, Star Stone was actually looking for a fully-fledged partner for proposing a new manufacturing solution: a major change for this manufacturer, who was basically manufacturing its products manually. Following a first contact during the Batimat show in 2011, where the manufacturer Quadra is always present, Star Stone took a closer look at Quadra by visiting several plants and studying the different technologies that might be applied for automating its production.