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The company invented the first chip spreader with pneumatic flaps, of a width of 3.20 m using the curved flap patent. It was around 1975 that the use of modified bitumens became widespread in many sectors. Two years later, Secmair launched the automatic patcher (PATA). This twin-spreader revolutionised the road repair business. The RGS, or synchronous chipsealer, makes it possible to apply bitumen and grit at the same time and at an accurate dose using a synchronous spreading technique.
Furthermore, it makes it possible to automate local road repairs, which until then was a manual operation. This technique, which is now recognised all over the world, has many advantages both from a quality and economic point of view for the contractor, but also better user safety and ergonomics. Today there are over 1500 of these revolutionary machines in the world. Over time, the company has developed ever more innovative products. 1997 marked the launch of the first Chipsealer, a grit spreader combined with a binder sprayer, on a half trailer.
At the same time, to keep up with globalisation, Secmair turned to exports. From then on, exports have been one of its priorities. In 2002, it designed the Serviroute, a multi-function spreader that fits perfectly into a hot mixer application team. Of course it lays the tack coat, but it can also be fitted with other equipment on demand. Three years later, the Chipsealer product changed and was fitted with a bar and a telescopic grit spreader. Using this function, complete roads can be built by adjusting the spreading width.
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Founded in 1957, Fayat currently has 18,000 employees spread out in 100 companies all over the world. This has strengthened the Secmair-Breining activity. Now, company products are proposed by a harmonised network in over 120 countries in which the group is represented.
2009 sealed the merging of the Rincheval production, the leading European spreader manufacturer, with Secmair’s capacity for innovation. Founded in 1907, Rincheval was one of the first companies to design, manufacture and sell bitumen, or “tar” sprayers, chip spreaders but also boilers.
The combined experience and know-how of the companies make it possible for the Fayat group maintenance division to propose the most complete line of sprayers, chip spreaders and synchronous chip sealers on the market to cater for all types of works. The RGS is a two-in-one machine that makes it possible to make a saving of one truck. On the work site it divides consumed energy by two and thereby reduces greenhouse effect gas emissions.
Thanks to the RGS, surface dressing working conditions have considerably improved in terms of safety and comfort. Work is carried out from the cabin, thereby meeting the main health and safety requirements.
The control station with its touch screen located in the cabin makes it possible to isolate the operators from inhaling vapours and dust from the materials being applied.
In Cossé-le-Vivien, the Secmairhead office has been in rue Auguste-et-Louis-Lumière, from the start. In 2014, the premises were extended. Currently, the production site includes 10,000 m2 of covered buildings. The following year, a show room was set up with an exhibition and delivery hall.
These are used to present new technology to potential clients from the public works sector. The purpose is to show and handle the machines. Secmair also shows its know-how in specialised international trade shows. From its design office, eight engineers work on research and development while a team provides technical support and after sales.
They are trained and motivated staff. We work with a network of subcontractors, in particular for the machining of mechanical parts and to cut materials.
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Since 2016, Secmair and Breining brand products are manufactured in France in Cossé-le-Vivien. That same year, a system was invented that contributes to simultaneously repairing a pothole and surface dress the road. This tool is also fitted with a material feeder system. This causes less machine stoppages and therefore increases productivity. It can be used on major projects. We have development objectives with branches in other countries to guarantee local service. To achieve this, Secmair has adopted an innovation strategy to create machines adapted to environmental and economic changes. The company is supported by its ever more innovating and versatile design office to build bespoke machines for its clients, which is a genuine strength. If the twin-spreader, combining bitumen and grit, continues to be the company's flagship product, it has also succeeded in integrating new products from cutting-edge sectors such as electronics and information technology onto both new and existing machinery. Secmair has always known which road to take to move forward.