AG and Maccaferri partnership drives substantial growth

AG and Maccaferri partnership drives substantial growth
A long-term partnership between Acheson & Glover (AG) and Maccaferri to promote specialist segmental retaining walls throughout the UK and Ireland has fuelled year-on-year sales growth of around 75%.

According to Stephen Acheson, Managing Director of AG, sales of Anchor Vertica, Anchor Landmark and Anchor Diamond engineered segmental retaining walls trebled in the Republic of Ireland with impressive growth of 70% in Britain and 60% in Northern Ireland.

Under the agreement, launched six months ago, AG manufactures Anchor Diamond, Anchor Vertica and Anchor Landmark products for use in engineered walls.  Maccaferri now acts as sole-distributor for these products in Ireland and the UK, supplying them with their market-leading Paragrid® geogrid reinforcement and providing customers with unrivalled engineering and design support.  In certain markets, construction services are available for clients who require a design, supply and install service.

Stephen Acheson, Managing Director of AG, said: "AG's strong reputation as a high-quality producer of concrete products complements strongly Maccaferri's equally impressive reputation for being experts in designing and providing retaining structures."

Maccaferri Managing Director, Steve Miller, said: "Both companies entered the partnership agreement with a view to significantly growing sales for these products in both the UK and Ireland.  We believe the sales performance in recent months is a true vindication of the decision to work closely together and we are ideally positioned to take full advantage of improving market conditions.

"By choosing to work together in a formal partnership, AG and Maccaferri now offer an unrivalled package of segmental retaining wall solutions, with market-leading product quality, design support and expertise.  We are delighted that the engineered components for the wall systems are made in the UK with blocks made in AG's state-of-the-art facilities in Fivemiletown and Paragrid made in Yorkshire.  This increases our local economies and reduces the carbon footprint of our solution compared to other systems made elsewhere in the world."

Maccaferri Ltd is the United Kingdom subsidiary of the worldwide Maccaferri Industrial Group whose headquarters are in Bologna, Italy.  From offices in Oxford, Scotland, Belfast and Dublin, and supported by an in-house team of Geotechnical and Geosynthetic Specialists and Civil Engineers, Maccaferri offers an unrivalled product range to the construction industry throughout the UK and Ireland.

AG is headquartered at Fivemiletown, Northern Ireland.  The company has additional presences at Ballygawley, Toome, Carryduff, Magherafelt, Dungannon, Belcoo, Omagh and Birmingham, and has been trading for more than 50 years.  It designs, manufacturers, sells and distributes a range of walling, paving and structural pre-cast products throughout the UK and Ireland.

Anchor Wall Systems develops attractive, durable, easy-to-install retaining and free-standing wall systems.  Its designs are licensed to manufacturers.  Anchor Wall Systems works with manufacturer licensees in the United States and more than 20 other countries to create retaining and free-standing wall systems.  It holds more than 70 U.S. patents and numerous international patents.

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