Newpark Mats and Integrated Services, a unit of Newpark Resources and a leading provider of ground protection solutions for the construction industry, commemorated the production of its 250,000th Dura-Base Advanced Composite Mat as it rolled off the company’s world class assembly line in Lafayette, La.
With Dura-Base mats lasting five times longer than wooden mats and weighing less than half as much, this production milestone also marked the preservation of more than 1 million trees (or approximately 1.25 million wooden mats), along with a tremendous savings in transportation costs and emissions.
“Worldwide demand for Dura-Base Advanced Composite Mat Systems continues to increase across a variety of industries,” said Jeff Juergens, president of Newpark Mats. “With each of the 250,000 mats we’ve produced to date, Newpark’s precision engineering process and proprietary design ensure that they all possess the extreme ruggedness and advanced performance required for the most demanding jobs.”
Dura-Base mats are produced from a tough non-slip advanced-composite formulation that withstands bearing loads in excess of 600 psi. They weigh more than half of what wooden mats weigh, which saves considerable time and transportation cost.
Newpark’s precision mats provide superior ground stabilization that minimizes the need for aggregate or gravel and enhances worker safety, while preventing soil disturbance and road dust. They are specially designed as a single piece, with no individual parts requiring bolts or fasteners to hold them in place. This one-piece system prevents spills from being absorbed into the mats and greatly aids in preventing spills from contaminating ground soil. The mats’ ease of transport and installation helps pipeline operations deploy faster, saving time and money.