BETHLEHEM, PA (February 26, 2013) — Swiss precast manufacturer Prelco (prelco.ch) has become a producing member of AltusGroup (altusprecast.com) – a national partnership of precast concrete manufacturers – as an International Affiliate. The company will be licensed to produce CarbonCast Enclosure System products in its European market area.

The Geneva-based company joins Marxuach & Longo (Puerto Rico) and Verheyen Betoproducten (Belgium) in AltusGroup’s growing international footprint.

“The benefits of CarbonCast enclosure technology – improved strength, better insulation and lighter weight – are perfectly aligned with the progressive architectural movement in Europe,” said John Carson, AltusGroup executive director. “Over the years, Prelco has proven itself to be one of the more advanced precasters in Europe. It will be a vital addition to our network.”

Prelco specializes in engineering and manufacturing of architectural precast facades and other architectural elements for multi-family residential, commercial office buildings, educational facilities, hotels, industrial buildings and other large structures. It has more than 40 years of experience of delivering exquisite shapes and surfaces to meet architectural demands.

CarbonCast innovative precast concrete technology uses C-GRID non-corrosive, high-strength, epoxy-coated carbon fiber grid as secondary reinforcing and shear reinforcing in insulated sandwich wall panels. Depending on the application, C-GRID allows thinner precast sections and can reduce the weight of enclosure systems by up to 50 percent while offering significantly improved insulation value and durability.

AltusGroup precast concrete manufacturers have installed more than 20 million square feet of CarbonCast surface area on over 400 structures since introducing the technology in 2004.