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Welcome to EcoTrough® – 21st Century Cable Troughing

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Affresol have worked in collaboration with Network Rail to develop The EcoTrough® product range manufactured from TPR® synthetic concrete. This range provides a seamless interface with existing concrete troughing and new infrastructure projects.

Affresol are the lowest price per metre (non-cementitious) trough supplier in the UK.

The whole life costing is also significantly better than other suppliers.

All the Ecotrough product range have full Network Rail Approval status without any restrictions.

Affresol is the nominated Tier 1 supplier to Network Rail.

Ecotrough is robust, it is stable in ballast (unlike polymer), and it is lightweight compared to concrete.

Our comprehensive portfolio of troughing products has been designed to satisfy the needs of the 21st century Rail Network whilst also offering a true value for money solution.

EcoTrough® has been designed around the traditional and well proven concrete troughing infrastructure but is made from non-cementitious concrete. This sustainable innovative material and product design, meets the robust and durable needs of the Rail industry, whilst also considering the manual handling requirements.

The EcoTrough® solution is lightweight, cost effective and will interface with existing working practices.

Each EcoTrough® has an embedded label with icons to highlight manual handling guidelines. The embedded label also has a unique barcode/reference number giving full manufacturing traceability on every trough and lid.

Affresol recognise that many projects encounter problems that can be outside the norm. We have the flexibility to work with the project team to produce timely and cost effective bespoke solutions to overcome these ad hoc situations.

Affresol has an ongoing relationship with the Civils and Manufacturing Faculties of Cardiff University that has allowed both Affresol and Network Rail to be able develop and trial innovation to benefit the Network.

Affresol has also been able to develop an innovative low-cost walkway system under this partnership arrangement.

Affresol products are supported by the Carbon Trust and we are a past winner of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management ‘Sustainable Product of the Year’ award.

We proactively work with the Environment Agency to divert waste from landfill.

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What is TPR® synthetic concrete?
TPR® (Thermo Polymerised Rock) is a non cementitious synthetic concrete that has been developed in the UK by Affresol Limited with support from Cardiff University and the Carbon Trust. TPR® is produced from a cold manufacturing process that utilizes size reduced recycled mixed plastic waste products and waste minerals.

Our innovative mixing process produces a mouldable compound that is poured like a “semi dry” traditional concrete mix. There is an exothermic reaction after the product has been poured and TPR® is solid after 3 hours, full curing takes 24 hours at which stage the compressive strength is similar to concrete that has been cured for 40 days.

All of the waste streams that are used in the TPR® process have been diverted from landfill and any materials that can be recycled are channelled back into the market for reuse. TPR® has undergone stringent testing to the highest levels set by the British Standards Institute and/or European Standards.

Current estimates based on intensive durability testing of TPR® rate the durability as “better than XF1 frost resistant concrete.”

  • All waste used has been diverted from landfill, is traceable and non-toxic.
  • Unlike concrete TPR® is a Zero Maintenance product and is 100% waterproof.
  • Exova Fire Tested – Classification E – Suitable for Construction Applications.
  • 6 times stronger than some concrete (average testing 40N/mm2).
  • 50+ year life expectancy.
  • 40% lighter than equivalent concrete.
  • Factory moulded, not site poured.
  • 92% recyclable at end of life.

Affresol operates to ISO 9001 manufacturing standards and included in this process standard is a rigorous testing regime that ensures all of the Affresol products are produced to the highest standards.

TPR® is not the cure-all solution to replace traditional concrete, it is a sustainable alternative for specific applications where concrete is not most suitable for the job in hand.