Valbruna encourages investments stainless steel
Firm targeting Big 5 investors
Valbruna Gulf is hoping to encourage The Big 5 delegates to invest in stainless steel reinforcement for the benefit of their businesses, the company has said.
Despite stainless steel becoming an increasingly popular building material, few developers invest into the product and Valbruna wants to change this.
“Carbon steel is an extremely corrosive material and although the upfront cost for stainless steel is eight to ten times more expensive, the long-term are clear,” said Valbruna Gulf area sales executive Basher Heidary.
“We want to educate developers, especially those who are building near water or in high humidity, that when using stainless steel you can deduct a lot of maintenance costs.”
The use of reinforces that are not made from steel can result in high inspection, service break and monitoring costs, according to Heidary.
Due to stainless steel’s anti-corrosive properties, there is no need to add coatings to the product, which could otherwise results in more expenses.
Valbruna has said that it can guarantee that a project which incorporates reinforced stainless steel can last 100 years.
“We have been at The Big 5 for five years now and we want to reach out to people and show them what we can do,” adds Heidary
Valbruna has worked on several projects around the Middle East and predicts further growth in the marine sector.
“We have supplied reinforced steel to Dubai Maritime City and The Pearl, Qatar. These projects are in areas where there is a lot of salt water surrounding them, which can be highly corrosive to other reinforcing materials.”
The company’s product, Revalm, is an austenitic steel which shows resistance to higher temperatures and is used successfully in structures where disturbing magnetic fields have to be avoided, such as in airports, military bases, broadcasting stations, banks and hospitals.
Valbruna is also a supplier of titanium and nickel alloys. Seeing an opportunity for growth, the Italian company, which has 40 branches across the world, came to the Gulf in 2004.