Alphi, the French slab formwork and propping specialist, is 20 years old this year. 20 years dedicated to the innovation of systems for the safety of building site personnel and to the on-going improve- ment of productivity. The Tower Elevator and the new version of the TopDalle formwork system – TopDalle Eco – are good examples of these objectives. 20 years of commitment to French production and quality, acknowledged throughout the trade, with the granting of the “Origine France Garantie“ (Guaranteed French Origin) label. The first time such a label has been granted in the field of horizontal formwork.
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Alphi is based in the Savoy department and, in 20 years, the company has become the acknowledged French specialist for slab formwork and propping. Alphi was formed by Edmond Souvignet in 1995 and has been managed by his two sons, Philippe and Alexandre Souvignet, since 2007. The company now has 55 employees and achieves an annual turnover of €15 M. Alphi is currently present on 450 sites throughout France.
To assure high quality, Alphi products and systems are designed and manufactured within France. Alphi formwork was granted the label “Origine France Garantie” in 2014. The R&D department, based in the company head office, works on the development of new products, with the permanent priority of personnel safety and working comfort. The continuous testing and inspection processes are also conducted in the Rhône-Alpes region, on one of the company’s 3 production sites, enabling the perma- nent improvement of the quality and technical performance of Alphi products. Alphi new development design work is conducted in cooperation with organisations supervising research, support for new development and technology transfer, and industrial health and safety (notably CARSAT). The company is also active internationally, through its 3 subsidiaries in Switzerland, Luxemburg and Qatar.
The “Origine France Garantie” label: a first for horizontal formwork
To assure quality, Alphi products and systems are designed and manufactured within France. Alphi is the first formwork manufacturer to be awarded the “Origine France Garantie” label for horizontal formwork.
On the occasion of the Alphi logistics hub inauguration last June, Sandrine Le Gall, sales and market- ing manager of the Veritas certification authority, announced that the “Origine France Garantie” label had just been granted to the Alphi products: TopDalle, MaxiDalle and Dalphi. A first in the field of hori- zontal formwork. The “Origine France Garantie” label corresponds to strict requirements drafted in 2011 by Veritas, the world certification leader. The label is based on two cumulative criteria: not less than 50% of the unit cost price of the product must be French, and the product must acquire its essen- tial features in France. The granting of this label is a clear acknowledgement of the action undertaken by Alphi management who, from the creation of the company, opted to highlight French expertise by manufacturing its prod- ucts within France. Today, 3 production sites (sub-contractors) are located in the Haute Loire and Ain departments, and in the Alsace region. The R&D department, which works on the development of new products, with a permanent priority of industrial safety and working comfort, is based at the company head office in Savoy. The on-going testing and inspection processes, which enable Alphi to continual- ly improve the quality and technical performance of its products, are also conducted within France.