About HRC

HRC Europe / About HRC

Headed Reinforcement Corporation has been a main driver in the development of high-performance reinforcement products since 1979. HRC is a major contributor to Research & Development of high performance headed bars.

In addition to developing high quality products, we also support the development of appropriate specification, standards and design codes. This is an important basis, as we believe that the industry needs dependable products to ensure efficient, safe and environmentally sound construction – products, which have an actual performance as assumed in the design and relied on by our clients.

T-headed bars

In 1985 HRC supplied the first T-headed bars to a concrete gravity base structure in The North Sea. A project demanding efficient, high-performance products. Since then, HRC has manufactured products to a large variety of structures and construction projects, for example:

  • for the energy sector: offshore platforms (Oseberg, Gullfaks C, Troll, Heidrun, Sleipner A&B, Ekofisk, Hibernia), nuclear installations, onshore and offshore wind power plants (Hywind Tampen)
  • infrastructure, as bridges, tunnels, ports and airports (Prince Edward Island Bridge, San Francisco Bay Bridge, Paddington Station London, Mariholmstunnel Gothenburg, Metro Copenhagen, OSL Gardermoen Airport, LAX airport, Galecopperbrug Utrecht, OpenIJ sea lock, RijnlandRoute, New Sea Lock Terneuzen, Maasdelta- and Holland Tunnel (BAAK) in The Netherlands)
  • residential building, many of them high-rise (Cooltoren and CasaNova in Rotterdam, 250 Southwark London)
  • public buildings, like hospitals (Landshospitali Reykjavik. Køge University Hospital Denmark, hospitals in Drammen and Stavanger, Norway)

Experience and service

Customers use HRC because of our high expertise, our dependable and high product quality at a reasonable price, which creates high value for their construction projects.

The quality and user-friendliness of HRC products has contributed to many successful construction projects.

HRC has over 35 years of experience supplying high-performance reinforcement products. This knowledge base is an added benefit when providing service to our customers.

Besides being a manufacturer and supplier of high-performance products, HRCs capabilities also include assistance for detailing and practical advice for construction installation. Together with our customers, we can develop tailor-made solution and accommodate project specific needs.

HRC production process creates minimum environmental footprint. We use recycled steel. Combined with the material saving nature of headed bars and rebar couplers, HRC-products become the first choice for environmentally friendly and efficient construction.

HRC service customers and customer projects all over the world. Besides our established production locations, HRC is able to lease out technology packages.  Please contact us for a quote or an offer in any location

Some milestones

HRC Europe AS was first incorporated in 1979 under the name of Metalock Industrier AS. The first T-headed bars were supplied in 1985 to the offshore Oseberg oil platform in The North Sea. The first use was mainly intended to solve design issues. However, the steel fixers soon came to appreciate HRCs T-headed bars as a time saver, and as a positive contribution to safety on the constructions site. The use of headed bars eases and speeds up construction.

HRC’s first Dutch project was the COVRA Nuclear waste facility, constructed by HBG (now BAM) in 2002.

Headed Reinforcement Corp. in USA was first established in 1990 in the seismic region of California as a response to an enquiry from leading authorities. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake exposed the need for a new approach to design and construction of seismic concrete structures, HRCs high quality headed bars and mechanical couplers fulfilled the necessary ultimate criteria.

Since 1990 HRC USA has supplied products all over the US, for all kinds of concrete structures.

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Headed Reinforcement Canada was established in 1992, as a response to the offshore oil activity and supported by the new Canadian design code, which addressed the use of headed bars.  An analysis of working time at the Hibernia platform showed that the placement of HRCs headed bars was 5 to 6 times faster than with traditional bars with bends. In addition. A T-headed bar from HRC could replace 4 smaller bars.