C-Probe expands into eco-construction and takes on more staff in St Helens with a loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus

International corrosion management specialist, C-Probe is moving into the emerging sustainable, low carbon, low energy construction products market thanks to a £250,000 loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus managed by FW Capital.

Established in 1994, the award-winning company has developed a range of new, technically advanced, low-carbon cementitious or cement-based materials in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University.  Carbon emissions from the manufacturing process are around 80% lower than conventional Portland cements.

C-Probe is using the loan to expand its eco-construction arm and establish a manufacturing facility at its new premises in St Helens, having recently relocated to the area with the additional backing of a Regional Growth Fund grant from St Helens Chamber.

The company also plans to implement ISO9001 quality assurance within the business and implement an in-house R&D department with its own in-house testing equipment.

C-Probe also plans to develop further eco-products in the coming years and to take on more staff in the St Helens area.

“C-Probe is a well-established provider of corrosion management services to the construction sector and diversifying into eco-construction materials is an exciting step forward for us.  It’s taken us 5 years to develop our new product range and it dovetails well with our established products and services.

“We now aim to become a one-stop-shop for low-carbon construction materials both in the UK and overseas.  FW Capital understands our vision and we’ve used the loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus to set up our new manufacturing facility and fund the costs of increasing our visibility in this new market,” Managing Director, Graeme Jones explained.

Sheffield Hallam University offers a wide range of consultancy and research services for the construction and infrastructure sector and C-Probe was able to build on 15 years’ work already undertaken by the university to develop its new product range.

The new construction materials can be used with some of C-Probe’s existing products reducing the costs of repairing and preserving buildings by 80-90% compared to traditional methods.

Commenting on FW Capital’s loan, Portfolio Executive, Elaine Yarwood said: “C-Probe is an established and internationally recognised company.  Graeme and his team have a wealth of knowledge and experience, which they have put to good use by developing this innovative product range.

“C-Probe has invested heavily in developing products with significant potential.  Securing the loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus means that it can now set up its St Helens manufacturing facility and start manufacturing and selling the new product range.”

C-Probe won Fiatech CETI (Celebration of Engineering, Technology and Innovation) Award 2015 for New Materials, Methods, Products and Equipment for successfully protecting historic steel framed buildings in Blackpool and Kansas City.  This followed success in 2014 when the company won the Mott MacDonald Milne Award for Innovation.

The exceptional green credentials of C-Probe’s new construction materials mean that they are making a positive contribution to the UK Government’s ambitious 2050 carbon-reduction targets.

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