The patented all-plastic facing alkus

Resistant to UV-rays, does not swell or shrink, never rots, no fungal decay. Nailable like plywood. 100 % recyclable. 

The Facing Sheet for Special Forms

The all-plastic facing alkus can be shaped, bent and welded together to form large forming sheets for an architectural finish without any imprint.

The all-plastic facing alkus saves money

Expensive re-facing and replacing worn-out plywood panels is redundant. The alkus all-plastic facing has recorded more than 1000 re-uses.

Complete recycling

The alkus all-plastic facing is 100 % wood-free and is recycled on the same product level, saving an  estimated 750.000 m² of plywood since 2000. 

Easy to clean and repair

The alkus facing is easy and quick to repair, even on site. You can use a high-pressure washer with up to 1000 bar or a rotation cleaner to clean it.

Predestined for Superior Concrete Finish

Fitted absolutely flush into the panel frame, without offset, the alkus facing achieves a superior concrete finish even with standard panels.

Spotless Track Record since the Year 2000

All MEVA formwork systems are equipped with the 100 % wood-free facing alkus - the technology has been standard for us from 2004.

 
 

The patented all-plastic facing alkus

Resistant to UV-rays, does not swell or shrink, never rots, no fungal decay. Nailable like plywood. 100 % recyclable. 

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The Facing Sheet for Special Forms

The all-plastic facing alkus can be shaped, bent and welded together to form large forming sheets for an architectural finish without any imprint.

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The all-plastic facing alkus saves money

Expensive re-facing and replacing worn-out plywood panels is redundant. The alkus all-plastic facing has recorded more than 1000 re-uses.

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Complete recycling

The alkus all-plastic facing is 100 % wood-free and is recycled on the same product level, saving an  estimated 750.000 m² of plywood since 2000. 

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Easy to clean and repair

The alkus facing is easy and quick to repair, even on site. You can use a high-pressure washer with up to 1000 bar or a rotation cleaner to clean it.

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Predestined for Superior Concrete Finish

Fitted absolutely flush into the panel frame, without offset, the alkus facing achieves a superior concrete finish even with standard panels.

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Spotless Track Record since the Year 2000

All MEVA formwork systems are equipped with the 100 % wood-free facing alkus - the technology has been standard for us from 2004.

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All-Plastic Facing alkus

The All-Plastic, 100 % Wood-Free Facing

The result of 20 years of intensive research: a 100 % wood-free, all plastic facing that has all the practical features of plywood, but none of the disadvantages. The alkus facing neither swells nor shrinks, absorbs no moisture, is nailable like plywood and delivers a first class concrete finish, first time, every time. Since 2000, MEVA has implemented alkus in all of its products. All over the world. 

The facing has a 7-Year Long Term Warranty.  It's never been claimed.

alkus vs. Plywood
 
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Features & Benefits

The Comparison: The all-plastic Facing alkus vs Plywood

alkus All-Plastic Facing vs. Plywood

Feature alkus Ply
Swelling and shrinking no yes
Moisture-induced impact on structural stability no yes
Moisture-induced changes in mechanical stability no yes
Moisture-induced rotting no yes
Warping (ripplings) no yes
Discolouration due to phenolic resin coating wearing off no yes
Nailable yes yes
Long lifespan (more than 1000 re-uses) yes no
Stable surface yes no
Resistance to UV rays yes no
Weldable for large forming areas yes no
Simple and stable repairability yes no
Ecological recycling yes no
Bendabliity and formability yes no
 
 

alkus All-Plastic Facing vs. Plastic Experiments

Feature alkus Plastic experiments
Repairable using the identical material yes no
Weldable yes no
100% recycling yes no
7 Year Long-Term Warranty yes no

Benefits, Experience, Warranty

Experience

MEVA pioneered the all-plastic facing. Since the year 2000, MEVA has implemented the all-plastic, 100 % wood-free facing alkus in all its formwork systems. We make no difference, whether you buy or rent. And you have the assurance of the same facing quality from Oslo to Dubai and from Vancouver to Moscow. Panels with more than 1000 pours are in use. And we haven't had a single claim on the facing warranty. Makes you think, doesn't it. 

 
 

The Benefits

  • No swelling and shrinking
  • Nailable like wood
  • No warping or ripplings
  • No more re-facing, nor more re-facing costs
  • Simple to clean
  • Repairable using the same material
  • Superior concrete finish
 
 

7 Year Long-Term Warranty

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Special Designs

The all-plastic facing alkus can be shaped and formed for special formwork designs and unique architectural geometries. It can also be welded to form large forming areas without a single joint or imprint. Ideal for architectural construction.


More information on the MEVA special designs with the alkus facing

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Fair-Faced Concrete

Achieve a first-class, superior concrete finish with the alkus all-plastic facing alkus. First time, every time. Even after hundreds of pours. The finish quality does not decline, but stays constant throughout the project. You can clean formwork panels with high-pressure washers up to 1000 bar. On site. You need about 10 % of the release agent normally used. And you can repair the facing on site, using the mobile alkus repair set. 

Bus Terminal Merseburg - Concrete poured without any joints or imprints
 

Facing Repairs and Cleaning

Unlike conventional plywood facing, the all-plastic facing alkus withstands tough cleaning, even on site. Cleaning the facing with high pressure washers up to 1000 bar removes all concrete residues. Try that with plywood. It will not work. 

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The alkus all-plastic facing can be repaired using its identical core material. Surface damages, holes, puncture, even serious damages to the facing are repairable. Even on site. This enables you to deliver smooth pour results even after hundreds of pours. That saves time and money.

More information on repairs of the all-plastic facing

cleaning and repairing of alkus panels
 

alkus Cost Calculator

Expensive re-facing, a constant, daily issue with traditional formwork, has become redundant with MEVA and the all-plastic facing alkus. Even after hundreds of re-uses, the alkus facing remains stable and is the most cost-effective technology available. Plywood is no longer affordable. Check this claim: alkus cost calculator

Costs basis durability depiction linear
Description Months alkus Plywood
initial investment 0 12,520.00 € 4,720.00 €
1. form lining replacement cumulative costs 18 12,520.00 € 10,940.00 €
2. form lining replacement cumulative costs 36 12,520.00 € 17,160.00 €
3. form lining replacement cumulative costs 54 12,520.00 € 23,380.00 €
4. form lining replacement cumulative costs 72 12,520.00 € 29,600.00 €
alkus Wirtschaftlichkeitsrechner
 

Sustainability

The all-plastic facing has revolutionised formwork. It puts an end to plywood waste in formwork. It is recycled to 100 % on the same product level. This means that alkus cuttings are recycled for new panels. 

Since the year 2000, MEVA has implemented this technology in all its products. It's our standard all over the world and in all rental fleets. Concrete contractors have direct access to the identical facing technology all over the world. This MEVA innovation is a huge contribution to environmental quality, since plywood waste has become redundant. Conservatively, 75,000 m² of plywood waste are saved every year. And the consumption of chemicals such as release agents has been reduced to one tenth. That makes 90 % savings per year. 

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