Toowoomba company bridges gaps in international market

A TOOWOOMBA company is winning international renown for using smart technology to build clip-on bridges.

Wagners Composite Fibre Technologies recently won a contract to build a cycling bridge extension onto an existing bridge over a watercourse in New Zealand.

General manager Michael Kemp said the fibreglass components could be cheaply made and were lightweight - meaning they would not compromise the existing structure.

The company won the $1.4 million contract to design and supply a modular lightweight "Clip on Cycleway" to Hastings District Council.

The cycleway is designed to "clip-on" to the side of an existing concrete bridge and is 400m long and 2m wide.

The extension weighs only 150kg per lineal metre and can attach to the existing concrete bridge without affecting the structural capacity of the existing concrete structure.

"After detailed design is completed by Wagners CFT we will manufacture the bridge elements in Toowoomba and 'flat pack' it into containers and send to Hastings via sea container," Mr Kemp said.

"We will be manufacturing 208 bonded girders roughly 8m long, 800m2 of decking and 400 m of the handrail and balustrade system."

Wagners CFTwill contract a New Zealand fabricator to unpack the containers and bolt together modules to be delivered to site under the supervision of Wagners' assembly team members.

The company employs 100 people at the Anzac Ave site and has been developing structural solutions from composite fibre materials since 2002.   

It now has dozens of contracts around the world.