New improved rebar to make its regional debut

A highly corrosion-resistent reinforcement steel (rebar) that is expected to shave 40% off the amount of rebar needed for a project is set to be distributed in the Middle East through Madar Holding, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's Alfozan Group.

NEW: Sameh Hassan, CEO, Madar Holding and Salem Faza, president of MMFX Middle East.
NEW: Sameh Hassan, CEO, Madar Holding and Salem Faza, president of MMFX Middle East.

A highly corrosion-resistent reinforcement steel (rebar) that is expected to shave 40% off the amount of rebar needed for a project is set to be distributed in the Middle East through Madar Holding, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's Alfozan Group.

The steel has been made by US-based MMFX Technologies Corporation and is five times more resistant to corrosion and twice as strong as standard rebar.

According to Sameh Hassan, CEO, Madar Holding, although the rebar will cost around US $408/435 (AED1,500/1,600) per tonne, contractors will save money in the long-term by using less steel. "Because it's double the strength of conventional steel, contractors can use up to 40% less quantity, meaning they'll get the same strength of building by using less," he said.

"This also has implications for the ease of construction, especially at the foundation stage when you need forests of rebar in the foundation of the building.

"The product also helps to ease the concrete pouring capability, which will reduce time and effort in labour as well.

The rebar will be manufactured in the US by MMFX and imported to the Middle East, although there are plans to produce the product in the region within six months.

"Being more corrosion resistent than conventional steel, this is also great for all kinds of marine structures and developments close to the shore," added Hassan. "High-rise buildings would also benefit, as these require high levels of foundation protection, especially from the highly corrosive soil."

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