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News & Events

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We are looking forward to presenting high performance Adfil concrete reinforcement solutions at the following upcoming industry events: 




Marine and Coastal Civil Engineering Expo 
Date: 27 & 28 September 2017
Place: London, UK
Venue: Excel  
Booth: M5074

Lecture by Mike Boggust on Wed, 27 Sept - 11.15 - Theatre 6: 
"The Benefits of Synthetic Fibres in Concrete for Marine and Coastal Civil Engineering"

Book your free ticket... 



Betondag 2017
Date: 16 November 2017
Place: Rotterdam, The Netherlands 
Venue: De Doelen


World Tunnel Congress 2018
Date: 20-26 April 2018 (exhibition 23-25 April)
Place: Dubai, UAE 
Dubai World Trade Center 
Booth: 129


Will we meet you there?


Press Releases



Zele (Belgium), 7 September 2017 - Adfil, the high performance synthetic fibres brand of Low & Bonar has opened a new laboratory in Zele, Ghent for product development and to test performance of macro synthetic fibres for the construction industry.


The laboratory is able to evaluate and test fibres in fresh and hardened concrete to EN and ASTM standards. Construction of the laboratory forms part of Low & Bonar’s Group strategy to invest in growing markets, identify customers’ unmet needs and supply differentiated products.  


Global Business Leader Tom Winters explained: “We want to supply the best macro synthetic fibres available in the market place. To this end, we have added a dedicated team of Concrete Technologists and Technical Sales Managers, extended manufacturing capability and increased production capacity over the past 24 months. With a well-filled new product development pipeline, the new laboratory will enable us to execute feasibility studies internally and move fibre innovations faster from concept to market.” A Civil Engineer and an Industrial Engineer have been hired to oversee the facility.


“Being able to perform tests that are compliant with international norms internally is a major step forward in our efforts to develop fibres for new applications,” said Development Engineer and Project Manager Özlem Aslan. “In established markets such as ground bearing applications it will facilitate the continual upgrade of the performance and ease of use of our fibres. In addition, ready-mix concrete producers, engineers and contractors will be able to have the fibres tested for specific projects in individual concrete mixes. This will help them prove and document the advantages of our macro synthetic fibres and back their commercial proposals towards their clients.”


The new building, which includes space for offices is situated on-premises next to Low & Bonar’s Zele fibre and nonwoven plants. “The breadth of our new in-house concrete testing capabilities and corresponding technical services is unique in the industry.  Concrete is one of the most used construction materials globally. For the benefit of designers, contractors and project owners it is our goal to convert as much as possible from steel mesh to macro synthetic fibres. A goal which we can accomplish more smoothly now that this new laboratory is available,” Winters concluded.


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Beam test being executed at the new Adfil laboratory   


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London, 3 April 2017 – Low & Bonar, the performance materials company, has been recertified for the new quality management ISO 9001:2015 and environmental management ISO 14001:2015 standards at its Belgian manufacturing facilities in Zele & Lokeren. The factory where all Adfil fibres are produced is based in Zele.

By meeting the extensive criteria and updated requirements for these standards, the company reaffirms its ability to consistently deliver the highest standards of quality and drive continuous improvements to environmentally responsible processes and practices.

“Our goal is to continue to improve quality across the Low & Bonar group so that our customers can become more competitive in their respective marketplaces,” said Brett Simpson, CEO. “By achieving recertification of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, we are demonstrating not only our commitment to our customers successes but also our dedication to making our operations across materials, products, processes and services as sustainable and environmentally responsible as possible.”

The world’s most popular quality management system standard, ISO 9001:2015 helps businesses prove their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

ISO 14001 helps businesses to make their day to day operations more sustainable.

Low & Bonar aims to upgrade its existing ISO 9001 systems to ISO 9001:2015 and its existing ISO 14001 systems to ISO 14001:2015 by the end of 2018.


Quality Management System Certificate ISO 9001:2015

Certificate of Environmental Management System ISO 14001:2015





Zele (Belgium)/ Hull (United Kingdom), 13 May 2016 – Low & Bonar, a leading producer and supplier of, amongst others, high performance construction fibres and geosynthetics, said that their first time participation at the World Tunnelling Congress (WTC) was a significant milestone for their business. Held in San Francisco at the end of April, the conference attracted more than 2,300 underground professionals from more than 50 countries.

Not only was the event the first time that Low & Bonar’s Adfil Construction Fibre Business had exhibited at WTC, but it was also the first time that Durus S500, an innovative fibre for concrete reinforcement in tunnelling, was presented to a broader audience. In addition, the company showcased a range of geotextiles and geosynthetics developed for the underground construction industry and marketed under the brand name Enka Solutions.

“All three product groups have generated a good amount of interest”, explained Garry Martin, Director Major Projects. “But it came as no surprise that most talks centered around our new macro synthetic fibre. Especially the new extrusion technology applied in its manufacture, as well as a new fibre shape allow this product to outperform alternative solutions.” The specific properties of Durus S500 make it particularly suitable for use in sprayed concrete as well as segmental linings. Increased speed of construction, logistic benefits and enhanced safety on site are amongst the advantages over steel mesh reinforcement in underground applications.

According to the company, designers and contractors were the two biggest groups of attendees at the congress. “We were very pleased with the quality of interaction with visitors to our stand”, Martin said. “This was a very technical and professional audience looking for solutions supported with relevant data and industry specific expertise. With some of our fibres having been used in underground infrastructure for about 20 years and geosynthetics even twice as long, San Francisco was definitely the place to be for us last month.”

The next edition of the World Tunnelling Congress will be held in Bergen (Norway) from 9 thru 15 June 2017. According to Martin, Adfil Construction Fibres are set to exhibit again as tunnelling will remain one of the company’s key strategic growth segments and an area on which the company’s extensive R&D efforts are being channeled.




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January 2016: New fibre raises the bar for synthetic concrete reinforcement



January 2016, "Grond/ Weg/ Waterbouw" (Belgium trade magazine) on Durus S500
April 2007, Concrete: Fibres reduce marine concrete permeability
Spring 2007, Concrete Engineering International: Using fibres in concrete for fire resistance
September 2004, Concrete: Improving concrete performance in fires