Francis Charles Adlam founded Alifabs on the 20th of September 1957. The company started its trading life supplying aluminium building products and lightweight structures to the construction industry. Many of Alifabs’ early products were patented and soon gained industry recognition and accreditation as being the best. Today the Alifabs coping system is still the only product on the market to have gained the BBA (British Board of Agrément) certification as testament to its superior quality. Alifabs’ reputation and expertise in the construction industry led to the company being selected to undertake a number of large international contracts. The success of these projects soon resulted in Alifabs designing and constructing the Visual Control Room for Sharjah International Airport, United Arab Emirates. This installation was to be the first of some 50 airport control rooms to date in 24 different countries which has established Alifabs’ reputation as the most experienced company worldwide. Alifabs was presented with the Queens Award for Export in 1994. In 1996 Alifabs entered the telecommunications business to become one of the UK’s largest suppliers and installer of Cellular structures, cabinets and outdoor enclosures. This business area was sold in July 2014 and continues with the Alifabs name under new ownership. Alifabs Building Products and Alifabs Airports, under the new business name ABP, continue as one of the leading suppliers to both the construction and airport industries with an established reputation for product performance, quality of service and reliability.