Rapid International discuss their “Best Year Ever” on the lead up to their 50th Anniversary.

We recently caught up with Rapid International at their County Armagh, Northern Ireland headquarters, where they discussed everything from upcoming new product launches to renovations and their approaching 50th anniversary

Rapid International has witnessed huge growth in both mobile and static concrete batching and continuous mixing plants, declaring 2017/18 their best year ever. With a number of high value bespoke static concrete batching plants and several mobile mixing plants installed in the UK alone by Rapid this year, it’s clear to see they’re enjoying the benefits of a recovering UK construction industry.

In the lead up to their 50th anniversary, the company has recently invested half a million pounds into the renovation of their facility in Northern Ireland, to include modernised office interiors, additional office space and a brand-new façade. This modern and refined new look fits perfectly with the earlier company rebrand undertaken back in 2013. 

Rapid is a trusted supplier of innovative mixing technology solutions to some of the world’s leading concrete, construction and environmental companies, including CEMEX, Lafarge Holcim, Tarmac and many more. Rapid’s innovative and ever-evolving product range includes super and compact sized mobile concrete batching plant, static concrete batching plant, mobile continuous mixing plant (both track and wheel-mounted options), pan, planetary and twin-shaft concrete mixers, high-pressure mixer washout systems and spare parts.

Rapid boasts an in-house team of highly qualified and experienced design engineers, using the latest 3D design software. Absolutely everything is produced in the company’s recently extended 50,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility, to ensure the highest quality standards. All machinery is manufactured using high quality components sourced from internationally recognised brands. Lean manufacturing is incorporated at every stage of design and manufacturing to reduce waste. Rapid manufactures a wide range of spare parts in-house and holds a large inventory with same day dispatch available on many items.

Originally known as Craigavon Engineering, Rapid was established in 1969 by the late Robert (Bertie) Pickering and Jim Lappin. The company originally manufactured agricultural equipment out of a humble domestic garage, not more than 7m x 4m.  Later in the early 1970’s, Craigavon Engineering moved into larger premises and diversified into the manufacturing of plant and equipment for the ready mixed and precast concrete industries. On commencement of exporting in 1984, Craigavon Engineering changed its name to ‘Rapid’. Today, with a presence in more than twenty countries worldwide and a wide-reaching international dealer network, Rapid is a trusted partner to a variety of customers ranging from multinational construction groups to small concrete producers.

We talked with Jarlath Gilmore, Sales and Marketing Director, “We’ve just had our best year ever in terms of sales, with a 25% growth year on year. A very buoyant UK market over the past 12mths has accounted for a large part of this growth. We’ve also seen growth for us in the Australian and US markets and as a company we have also diversified into other specialised mixing applications such as tunnel finings, mine back-fill, and port dredging. We tend to handle higher value projects and have installed a number of major fixed plants in the UK and mobile mixing plants worldwide including our Rapidmix and Trakmix range.”

“An exciting product moving forward for us is our re-designed Concrete Reclaimer. Back in the 1980’s this product sold around 100 units worldwide and was featured on the BBC programme Tomorrow’s World. This very innovative machine allows for any surplus concrete to be split back into sand, stone and grey water. They grey water can be treated further to allow any concrete sediment to be separated out to the bottom of the tank to create a cake, and further equipment such as a filter press can aid this process further. Alternatively the grey water can be agitated and put back into pumps which can handle a percentage of sediment in the water, allowing this grey water to be recycled for further concrete production. The first of this new product line has been sold into New Zealand and we are extremely excited about the potential of this machine. It will be officially launched a little later in the year.”

“We pride ourselves on our staff loyalty, and now with 56 employees we see one team member celebrate 40 years with Rapid this year, a huge testament to the company and its ethos. Next year will see Rapid International turn 50 years old and we intend to celebrate that massive success with all our employees and clients.”

For more information on Rapid International and their range of equipment please visit www.rapidinternational.com or call +44 (0) 28 3884 0671

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