Strategic acquisition for Ibstock-owned leader in innovative railway station platform edging solutions
ANDERTON Concrete, the rail and infrastructure category specialists who are a part of the Ibstock Group, have acquired G-Tech Copers Ltd, the innovative designers and suppliers of concrete railway station platform copers that are said to achieve the greatest reduction in embodied carbon on the market today.
The acquisition represents a further strategic step in broadening Anderton Concrete’s rail and infrastructure offering, as the rail industry seeks lower-carbon solutions.
Anderton and G-Tech partnered in 2020 to develop a more sustainable platform coping product to help the rail sector work towards increasingly stringent and binding carbon reduction targets. The result was a concrete platform coper with embodied carbon reduced by 80%, significantly outstripping the 30–40% reductions typically achieved by other competing solutions.
The new product is described as a game-changer for key organizations within the rail sector and underlines Anderton’s commitment to supporting their customers as they address their sustainability challenges.
Shaun Forrester, commercial director at Anderton Concrete, said: ‘We’re delighted to have acquired G-Tech. It represents a huge step forward in sustainable platform edging solutions and is the result of a significant amount of research, development and collaboration between the Ibstock and G-Tech teams.
‘As a business, we are committed to continually investing in our solutions to make them greener and more sustainable, in line with customer requirements. Sitting at the heart of multiple supply chains, Ibstock are uniquely positioned to influence positive change across a variety of sectors. We are continuing to focus on lowering the embodied carbon of our products and expect to announce further enhancements as we move forward.’
Ibstock have more than 50 years’ experience in supplying top-quality, durable products to the rail and infrastructure sector. In addition to their sector-leading concrete platform coper, Anderton’s rail offering also includes lightweight precast cable troughing, cable theft deterrents, reduced carbon precast signal bases, and retaining wall solutions.