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Nawkaw wins MIP contest at World of Concrete


Winners have been selected for the 2009 Most Innovative Products (MIP) contest held during the World of Concrete in Las Vegas. The contest allows manufacturers an opportunity to spotlight their new product during one of the largest concrete events of the year. Show attendees voted for the products while at the event. In addition, a panel of industry experts reviewed the entries to decide which products they felt were most innovative. Nawkaw’s entry of RECKLI photo-engraved formliners won the Decorative Concrete Category in the Experts’ Choice Division.

Nawkaw is the exclusive distributor for RECKLI formliners for concrete, plaster and GFRC throughout the United States and Canada. RECKLI has been the world leader in reusable formliner manufacturing for over 40 years. Setting RECKLI formliners apart is their extreme flexibility. This allows for the creation of intricate and extremely detailed re-usable forms.

Photographic images are scanned and translated into a series of grayscale linear areas. This information is then transferred to an electronic code. To engrave the formliners, Reckli uses a computer-based method of transferring this code onto templates utilizing a computer numerical control (CNC) milling machine. Once the template is created, casting of the photoengraved formliners can begin. The reusability of each formliner depends upon the depth and detail of the engraved image.

The uniqueness of the photoengraving for concrete can best be seen outdoors, where the amount and direction of sunlight can have a dramatic impact on the image’s contrast. Additional interest can be created by combining panels with multiple scanned images to create an entire scene.

About Nawkaw Corporation:

Applicators and manufacturers of water-based masonry stains designed to permeate brick, block, mortar, pre-cast, concrete, stucco, and manufactured stone. The process is utilized in decorative re-coloring, renovation, restoration, and corrective coloring projects. For over 22 years, Nawkaw has colored the concrete and masonry of educational, healthcare, commercial and historical buildings throughout the world. They stand behind every application with their 25 year product warranty and have won numerous awards for their restoration work on masonry and concrete.

Nawkaw offers formliner accessory products such as demoulding materials, adhesives, cleanser, filler and thickener and cement-bound products in addition to the formliners. RECKLI products will continue to produce a quality finished product pour after pour. Liners are available in 50 and 100 reuse materials and can also be used with self-compacting concrete and fiber reinforced concretes.

To find a Nawkaw/RECKLI representative in your area or to inquire about our products call 1-866-4NAWKAW, or visit to see available patterns and accessories.