UK piling specialist eyes the Middle East
Remedial repair, ground improvement market attracts UK specialist
Uretek UK “sees great potential in the Middle East and is actively targeting the region,” says marketing manager Cora Bengolea.
Uretek is the sole specialist contractor for the slab lifting, deep injection and PowerPile technologies, invented in Finland in 1980 and now deployed in 36 countries.
“We are not involved with new construction, which is the sector that has chiefly been hit by the recession. Our PowerPiles are designed for ground improvement and remedial repairs.
"We are continuing to grow, albeit at a slightly slower rate than before the downturn. We were already looking to expand into the Middle East markets before the recent recession,” says Bengolea.
“The Uretek system is fast, clean and reliable. There are no excavations and therefore less risk attached. It is possible to put forward very cost-effective proposals because of the saving in time and labour costs.
"One of the major benefits that appeals to clients is that their business operations can usually continue during a Uretek repair, and this represents a huge cost-saving.”
Bengolea says the company “is continuing to do well during the economic downturn, and has actually achieved its highest monthly turnover during this period.
The downturn has affected new construction more than the remedial sector. It may have actually benefitted Uretek in that there is an increased tendency to try to conserve buildings rather than rebuild something new.
“The particular challenges presented by the sandy soil conditions in the Middle East fit in neatly with the major benefits provided by the Uretek system, which are ideal for granular soils.
"This is why we are targeting the area, as we believe we have a lot of advantages to offer those countries in helping them solve the problems they are encountering in their remedial buildings, roads and airports sector,” concludes Bengolea.