Why we take a different approach

MgAubel specializes in the development and production of smart-eco materials. In our beach-head market, we’re focused on rebuilding Europe’s infrastructure faster, with lower total costs and reduced environmental impact.

We’re a smart-materials company with global ambitions within the next five years. As we scale-up, we have moved from the Yes!Delft incubator to a brand-new facility at the RDM innovation cluster in the Port of Rotterdam. We need the space to match the materials science we’ve learned in the labs at Delft University of Technology with what we’re learing from real-world partners like the Port of Rotterdam.

Weight restrictions have been imposed on important bridges in Germany

Weight restrictions have been imposed on important bridges in Germany

Our Beach-head market

We are addressing a very serious crisis, that most people don’t even know about. European infrastructure is crumbling. For instance, there are over 40.000 bridges in the Netherlands alone. Most of them are made of concrete. Every year, 1.000 need repair, because they are over 40 years old. They were never designed to carry today’s heavy traffic. It is a similar outlook throughout Europe.

The German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin has called for an extra € 10 billion, to be invested in declining infrastructure. Infrastructure was an issue in the election of President Trump. The American Society for Engineers says that it will take an investment of €20 billion per year just to fix vital infrastructure. 

Important Election Issue in 2017

Infrastructure is expected to be an important election issue in the French and German elections later in 2017. Being forced to close bridges has a serious impact on any GDP. Without repair and maintenance, bridges collapse, as we saw in Italy last year and in California at the start of 2017. 

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Repair is always urgent

The MgAubel team is committed to delivering solutions to this crisis with a different approach. When repair is needed, owners of infrastructure and their contractors are usually driven purely by short-term costs. But they are also under intense time pressure. The economic losses to closing infrastructure can be anything more than three times the cost of repair. And there is the negative impact on the environment.

The problem is that short-term strategies are having a huge negative impact on our environment. So, MgAubel is leading the development of a different approach which is now ready for large scale implementation. 

Rebar is visible inside a large crack which sags down on the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1 in Big Sur on Wednesday February 22, 2017. (credit: David Royal - Monterey Herald)

Rebar is visible inside a large crack which sags down on the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1 in Big Sur on Wednesday February 22, 2017. (credit: David Royal - Monterey Herald)

A Different Approach is Needed

We know that to drive change in the 21st century we must build our company in a non-traditional way. Major reports like the recently published Netherlands Construction Agenda draw the same conclusions. Companies need to collaborate on new innovative methods in order to speed up innovation and reduce overall costs. We believe that means working with clients rather than for them.

A recent case study

MgAubel is now ready for large scale implementation. For example, the Port of Rotterdam operates more than 70 kilometres of quaysides. They have a smart monitoring system that can predict damage by location. The system works out the best opportunity to undertake repairs. Downtime calculations are crucial. Because it costs an extra € 100.000 per day if a ship cannot dock.

The contractor also needs to work within the constraints of the tides, and judge weather conditions. The problem is, that traditional materials are based on cement, often with polymer additives and plastic fibres. For the last two years, we have been working with the Port of Rotterdam on a solution. Our smart materials exceed the required standards. And projects are completed with significantly less environmental impact.

How we work with our customers

We work with our clients in a three-step process:

1. We analyze the challenges and legacy solutions facing our customers in combination with locally available materials.

2. Then in our labs, we design materials recipes that will settle faster with minimal environmental impact.

3. And we also understand the composition of locally available waste materials.

Interested in more details of our way of working? Drop a line to our CEO, Marc Goedkoop. Please mention you learned about MgAubel through the new website.

 

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