Overdue payments are a significant threat to vendor operations, Khaled Amin, executive manager of Acrow UAE, tells ConstructionWeekOnline. 

In the following interview, Amin highlights the key trends and challenges currently prevalent in the GCC's formwork sector, and how Acrow is adapting its operation to meet market requirements. 

What is the scope of your formwork operation in the GCC?

Acrow provides a range of products to cover all kinds of projects, including special and architectural ones that might need special solutions, which is [typically] the biggest challenge for formwork companies.

The firm has introduced the Acrow Truss system, used for traffic gantries and other applications, and we are saving cost and time through this system's implementation.

The new Acrow Heavy Duty Truss System (HD) is mainly used as a gantry for bridges crossing obstacles like traffic lanes, watercourses, and bridges, and can work for spans up to 40m, with depths varying, according to requirements, from 90cm to 4m.

The system can be used for permanent or temporary bridges or other heavy structures, and as strong backs behind vertical concrete elements too, like one-sided wall formwork.

We've also recently introduced a newly developed automatic climbing system for high-rise buildings and pylons, in addition to our new heavy-duty shoring system, which has been developed from our standard products.