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RMD Kwikform is optimistic about the Gulf's formwork sector

by Neha Bhatia on Oct 28, 2017


RMD Kwikform's Paul Williams is optimistic about growth in the regional formwork sector.
RMD Kwikform's Paul Williams is optimistic about growth in the regional formwork sector.

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Paul Williams, divisional operations director of RMD Kwikform’s Middle East operation, discusses the challenges impacting the regional formwork sector, and outlines how technology and innovation will influence industry practices in 2018, and beyond.

Please outline the scope of your operations in the Middle East. 

RMD Kwikform has been working in the Middle East for almost four decades – 2018 will be our 40th year – and has established itself as one of the leading formwork and shoring companies in the region. In the Middle East, RMD has 17 offices and yard facilities spread across Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. The strong local presence in these countries allows us to supply to and support construction companies operating in the region.

Which projects has RMD Kwikform worked on so far this year? 

In 2017, RMD Kwikform has worked on some notable projects, such as the RA 239 Sabah Al Ahmad & Al Khiran Roads infrastructure project in Kuwait, where a combined formwork and shoring solution was designed by us to support the bridge decks and the abutments. Special steel forms were included to create curved architectural features. 

We have also worked on the Al Ansari sewage treatment plant’s Rusayl clarifier tank in Oman. To build the large circular wall for the clarifier tank, the client needed a flexible curved wall formwork system, for which RMD Kwikform was approached to provide its specialist products. 

For the Riyadh Metro’s elevated station project, a custom-built solution was engineered by us to meet the client’s needs. A special steel truss system was fabricated by RMD Kwikform to support the casting of the new viaduct linking the precast and in-situ viaducts to the new station. Additionally, for the Marassi Al Bahrain Project, RMD Kwikform designed and provided various systems for corewall formwork and Klik-Klak access platforms to support the construction works for the mixed-use development.

Our products were also used for the Aloft Dubai City Centre hotel project. Due to restricted onsite access, the client needed a flexible and reliable solution, for which RMD Kwikform was picked. We supplied all of the formwork and shoring solutions for the project’s corewalls, retaining walls, traditional columns, and slabs and beams.

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