‘We’re always on the lookout for innovations’

Marketing team: Laura-Aston Bowes, left and Annabelle Wilson discuss the Queen's Award-winning lockable dowel with engineer Graham Law.
Marketing team: Laura-Aston Bowes, left and Annabelle Wilson discuss the Queen's Award-winning lockable dowel with engineer Graham Law.
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Improving on traditional building methods, cutting construction time and costs and boosting safety lie at the heart of Ancon’s innovations.

“We are always looking for innovations,” says Ancon’s marketing manager, Annabelle Wilson.

“We have a large Intellectual Property portfolio and we try to ensure a percentage of our sales is from products that are less than five years old.

“We try to supply engineered solutions that improve site safety as well as speed up construction.

Typical of that philosophy are products like the company’s ‘Lockable Dowel’ connector that radically reduces the costs, time and potential safety hazards involved in laying concrete floors in multi-storey buildings.

Until Ancon’s Sheffield-based development team came up with its Queen’s Award-winning development, construction firms had to leave metre-wide gap, called a pour strip, between slabs to allow for the concrete shrinking while dried and cured.

The strips are a hazard for construction workers and slabs have to be propped up for anything up to 12 weeks before they can be filled in.

Ancon’s Lockable Dowel eliminate the need for the strips, allowing floors to be laid with shrinkage gaps as small as 1mm and reducing the time the slabs need to be propped for.

Once the concrete has cured, the dowels are locked into position and an epoxy resin is poured in to seal the millimeter wide gap

The dowels not only increase the speed of construction, reduce building costs and improve site safety, they also simplify construction design and improve the appearance of the finished floor.

Increasingly tight legislation and customer demand for greener, more sustainable buildings mean a lot of Ancon’s newest innovation aim to 
avoid cold bridging and 
improve the thermal efficiency as well as the performance of buildings.

Customers, including architects and specifiers as well as construction companies, and Ancon’s extensive network of distributors help to drive innovation, with the company’s workforce making a major contribution through ideas for new improvements to products and manufacturing methods, says managing director Stuart Maxwell.