Grimsby construction innovation showcased in Las Vegas

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 23 Jan 2019

Grimsby-based Fast Form Systems Ltd is in the running for a global construction award, as it swells its team in town.

The company has been nominated for ‘Most Innovative Product’ at World Of Concrete Show 2019 in Las Vegas, which got underway this week.

It is featured in the Construction Equipment Awards category, with voting continuing during the huge exhibition.

The form work aid was developed by Cleethorpes entrepreneur Tony White, and launched his development five years ago.

It is seen as a major change to the way concrete structures, particularly foundations and walls are created, helping the construction sector become greener, safer and more efficient.

ON DISPLAY: Fast Form Systems Ltd sets up for the World of Concrete Show 2019.

Fast Form Systems replace crude timber framing with re-usable, easy-fix adjustable steel brackets, which are all made and fabricated in Grimsby.

One of the first buildings to use it was Cleethorpes’ Premier Inn.

Mr White, who first worked in construction as a steel fixer on Freshney Place, developing construction software as a contractor before turning to his long-held development, will head to the global entertainment capital for the event, joining US main distributor Spec-West to co-host a stand. The Californian giant has just placed a £500,000 order for more equipment to add to its hire range.

“It would be great to win,” he said of the potential accolade. “The business is going pretty well, with the order having just come through it is a strong start to the year - and we are doing a lot of export now. The US is a strong market for us, which is why we are doing this show.”

More than 100,000 delegates will attend across the four days until Friday. And while work in the west is going well, New Zealand has just had a £50,000 order dispatched, with a distributor there keen to break into the Australian market too.

On South Humberside Industrial Estate, where a £1.6 million turnover was recorded by Fast Form Systems in 2018, three apprentices are about to join, with Mr White hoping to grow the 12-strong team to 20 by the end of 2019.

The world’s largest construction show, in Munich, Germany, will also be exhibited at in April, with 600,000 anticipated. 

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