The result of 20 years of intensive research: a 100 % wood-free, all plastic facing that has all the practical features of plywood, but none of the disadvantages. The alkus facing neither swells nor shrinks, absorbs no moisture, is nailable like plywood and delivers a first class concrete finish, first time, every time. Since 2000, MEVA has implemented alkus in all of its products. All over the world.
The facing has a 7-Year Long Term Warranty. It's never been claimed.
|Swelling and shrinking||no||yes|
|Moisture-induced impact on structural stability||no||yes|
|Moisture-induced changes in mechanical stability||no||yes|
|Discolouration due to phenolic resin coating wearing off||no||yes|
|Long lifespan (more than 1000 re-uses)||yes||no|
|Resistance to UV rays||yes||no|
|Weldable for large forming areas||yes||no|
|Simple and stable repairability||yes||no|
|Bendabliity and formability||yes||no|
|Repairable using the identical material||yes||no|
|7 Year Long-Term Warranty||yes||no|
MEVA pioneered the all-plastic facing. Since the year 2000, MEVA has implemented the all-plastic, 100 % wood-free facing alkus in all its formwork systems. We make no difference, whether you buy or rent. And you have the assurance of the same facing quality from Oslo to Dubai and from Vancouver to Moscow. Panels with more than 1000 pours are in use. And we haven't had a single claim on the facing warranty. Makes you think, doesn't it.
The all-plastic facing alkus can be shaped and formed for special formwork designs and unique architectural geometries. It can also be welded to form large forming areas without a single joint or imprint. Ideal for architectural construction.
Achieve a first-class, superior concrete finish with the alkus all-plastic facing alkus. First time, every time. Even after hundreds of pours. The finish quality does not decline, but stays constant throughout the project. You can clean formwork panels with high-pressure washers up to 1000 bar. On site. You need about 10 % of the release agent normally used. And you can repair the facing on site, using the mobile alkus repair set.
Unlike conventional plywood facing, the all-plastic facing alkus withstands tough cleaning, even on site. Cleaning the facing with high pressure washers up to 1000 bar removes all concrete residues. Try that with plywood. It will not work.
The alkus all-plastic facing can be repaired using its identical core material. Surface damages, holes, puncture, even serious damages to the facing are repairable. Even on site. This enables you to deliver smooth pour results even after hundreds of pours. That saves time and money.
Expensive re-facing, a constant, daily issue with traditional formwork, has become redundant with MEVA and the all-plastic facing alkus. Even after hundreds of re-uses, the alkus facing remains stable and is the most cost-effective technology available. Plywood is no longer affordable. Check this claim: alkus cost calculator
|Costs basis durability depiction linear|
|initial investment||0||12,520.00 €||4,720.00 €|
|1. form lining replacement cumulative costs||18||12,520.00 €||10,940.00 €|
|2. form lining replacement cumulative costs||36||12,520.00 €||17,160.00 €|
|3. form lining replacement cumulative costs||54||12,520.00 €||23,380.00 €|
|4. form lining replacement cumulative costs||72||12,520.00 €||29,600.00 €|
The all-plastic facing has revolutionised formwork. It puts an end to plywood waste in formwork. It is recycled to 100 % on the same product level. This means that alkus cuttings are recycled for new panels.
Since the year 2000, MEVA has implemented this technology in all its products. It's our standard all over the world and in all rental fleets. Concrete contractors have direct access to the identical facing technology all over the world. This MEVA innovation is a huge contribution to environmental quality, since plywood waste has become redundant. Conservatively, 75,000 m² of plywood waste are saved every year. And the consumption of chemicals such as release agents has been reduced to one tenth. That makes 90 % savings per year.