« Innovation allows us to be our clients’ privileged partner in the realization of their design-intensive projects that rely on a state of the art use of concrete. »
In order to tackle the challenges of the 21st century and provide harmonious solutions to organize space, CONSOLIS has put technology and research at the center of its development strategy. Thanks to a striking R&D effort, we are continually developing new and innovative materials, products and manufacturing processes.
Since the 1890s, many of our products have become industry standards. Each year, we spent vast resources fine-tuning our products, customizing them to perfectly fit our customers’ needs. By constantly introducing new technologies to the market, we aim to define the standards of tomorrow.
Furthermore, our R&D effort is fueled by our day-to-day opportunities to work hand in hand with architects, engineers and industrials to find concrete solutions to the challenges that arise on their projects.
Ultra-High Performance Fiber-Reinforced Concrete
- MuCEM, Museum – Marseilles, France
The Museum of Civilizations in Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM), designed by Rudy Ricciotti, is one of the crown jewels of the recent architectural developments of the city of Marseilles.
BONNA SABLA (France) took advantage of the many architectural and structural properties of Ultra-High Performance Fiber-Reinforced Concrete to supply this project with a wide range of products, making the MuCEM the world’s first post-constrained building with structural fiber-reinforced concrete elements.
- Jean Bouin Stadium
Designed by Rudy Ricciotti, this Stadium is covered – facades and roofing – with a double-curve 20,000 m2 concrete latticework made by BONNA SABLA.
This latticework, the first of its kind, is made of a triangular mesh of 3543 self-supporting prefabricated concrete triangles, of varying length and width. The inclusion of glass inside the holes of the concrete panels ensured that the latticework is waterproof. The glass was incorporated in the molds and concrete was poured around it through permanent shuttering.
Louis Vuitton Foundation
BONNA SABLA was commissioned to build the entire UHPFRC cover for the 9,000 m2 curved façade of the internal section of the Louis Vuitton Foundation, designed by Frank Gehry.
19,000 custom-made bright white Ductal® panels were cast, each of them unique, thanks to a manufacturing process called MSV (Moulage Sous Vide). BONNA SABLA optimized MSV for industrial application, enabling us to produce 19,000 entirely custom-made different and complex panels in 12 months.
Our work on MSV has been awarded the Grand Prix du Jury by the Fédération de l’Industrie du Béton (Concrete Industry federation).
Other innovative solutions
- Climate Floors
CONSOLIS’ investment in developing a technology that uses a building’s thermal mass to to reduce energy consumption has paid off. These climate floors are produced by CONSOLIS subsidiary, Strängbetong in Sweden, who has many years' experience with its Termo Deck system. Parma Oy, CONSOLIS’ Finnish subsidiary, is developing its Terma system.
- Residential buildings
Parma Oy delivered façades, inner walls, balconies and parking hall elements for the Cirrus tower, located in Helsinki.
- Rail Infrastructure
574,8 km/h: That’s the land speed world record for a conventional rail vehicle. It is held by a French TGV that ran on a track exclusively equipped with Sateba – a CONSOLIS brand – railway sleepers