Springs to the epicentre of earthquake building management 12 January 2021

European Springs & Pressings, part of Lesjöfors, has delivered springs with critical functions to one of the world's leading suppliers of applications for stabilising buildings in earthquake areas in the south-west of England.

Vexcolt Ltd, a producer of expansion joints and movement control joints, designs and manufactures joint systems that enable buildings to absorb up to one metre of movement, when an earthquake strikes. These buildings cover every continent across the globe, including buildings as iconic as Jeddah airport in Saudi Arabia, the Shard in the UK, to Jewel Changi airport in Singapore.

“The UK is often misrepresented for its manufacturing capabilities, let alone down in Devon and Cornwall. However, here we are making a product that significantly contributes to the safety of infrastructures around the world. We have technical sales offices in the UK, Europe, India, China, and south-east Asia, but we manufacture in the south west,” commented Arun Kingwell, technical specialist at Vexcolt.

“It’s great to work with European Springs & Pressings as it enables us to not only deliver a high-end quality manufacture message but also a ‘Made in Britain’ status that we’re very proud of.”

Michael Gibbs, managing director of European Springs & Pressings, concludes: “It always surprises people how much a spring is depended on for multiple functionalities across so many diverse industries. Vexcolt’s global influence in construction management, delivering solutions to complex building movement problems across all building types, is an engineering feat to behold. It’s an honour working with them and it puts a huge smile on the team’s faces, knowing their spring production is at the centre of safety for so many buildings across the world.”

Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 743 889

Having joined the magazine in 2012, Claire developed her knowledge of the industry through the numerous company visits, exhibitions and conferences she attended both in the UK and abroad.

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