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BIG 5: Developers in the Middle East need to take into consideration the potentially harmful effects of the aggressive climate when selecting metal for offshore projects, stainless steel solution provider Ugitech has warned.

Developers in the Middle East need to take into consideration the potentially harmful effects of the aggressive climate when selecting metal for offshore projects, stainless steel solution provider Ugitech has warned.

"People usually use carbon steel in this region because it is less expensive but in extreme, aggressive environments carbon steel rusts," Gwennaël Godot, project assistant at Ugitech, told Construction Week, explaining that in comparison stainless steel offers no risk of corrosion and longer durability.

Customers are often put off purchasing stainless steel because of the higher cost, he added, but stressed that customers need to take more of a long-term approach when selecting steel.

"Stainless steel is expensive, but the mentality has to change with customers thinking more about the long-term," he said.

This is particularly important for developments like Palm Jumeirah, which are based offshore."

Ugitech, a subsidiary company of German firm Schmolz and Bickenbach, is attending the Big 5 show in a bid to find an agent or distributor in the region, Godot added.

"The Big 5 is useful for finding contacts as all visitors to the show are professional."

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