Yorkshire construction services company gets $35 million US deal

David Brine, chairman of Rapid-EPS

Yorkshire construction services company gets multi-million dollar US deal

Rapid–EPS, which designs and manufactures edge protection systems, has signed a multi-million dollar, five-year agreement with Aluma Systems North American Forming and Shoring.

The deal will see the expansion of its engineered edge protection product line throughout the USA. 

Aluma Systems will be the exclusive distribution partner for the Rapid Edge Protection System in the United States.

Rapid-EPS was founded in 2011 by David Brine and Peter Hewson who developed the concept of making an edge protection system with a telescopic post which would be considerably faster and easier to erect than the existing drill and fix systems. 

The company’s innovative Rapid Post and Edge Protection products have enabled it to grow by 50% year on year, now operating from a 50,000 square foot factory and warehouse in Leeds and employing 50 staff. 

The company recently made a £500,000 investment in a state-of-the-art bespoke robotic production line to enable it to increase capacity.

Over the last six years, Rapid-EPS has built up a network of global distributors and its products are now available in more than 11 countries around the world. 

Rapid–EPS chairman David Brine said: “We are excited to enter into this agreement with the leading commercial access, forming and shoring company in the United States. 

“The values of the two companies are closely aligned and, working together, we believe we will be able to provide the highest quality and most cost- effective edge protection on jobsites across the United States.

“As well as establishing ourselves as the largest manufacturer of edge protection in the UK, we have also secured an international reputation based on the unique design of our products. 

“From the beginning, we have really focused on growing the business through export and our systems are now available around the world, from Dubai, Canada and Australia to Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia. 

“Export now accounts for 40% of sales and the US market in particular offers great potential.”

Sol Solomou, president of Americas Forming and Shoring for Aluma Systems, said: “We believe that a strong partnership between Rapid–EPS and Aluma will add value to our customer base. 

“Engineered edge protection systems are increasingly recognised by the construction industry as a cost-effective means to improve job site safety. 

“Combining Rapid–EPS edge protection with commercial access, forming and shoring products and labour services, Aluma will be able to offer even more comprehensive and complete solutions to our customer base.”

Aluma Systems is part of the BrandSafway group which has been providing speciality services to the commercial and civil markets since 1972 and includes well-known forming and shoring company in the UK. 

Aluma revolutionized the industry by introducing high-grade aluminium forming and shoring components to replace the expensive and heavy steel equipment previously used. 

With four decades of experience in more than 50 countries, Aluma improves quality and speed of construction globally, from high-rise towers, dams and stadiums to bridges, transit systems, and water treatment plants.