New factory offers alternative to steel rebar

Dubai's first pultrusion factory has been opened officially

The Honourable Tim Groser, Jasper Holdsworth and Wayne Mikkelsen.
The Honourable Tim Groser, Jasper Holdsworth and Wayne Mikkelsen.

Dubai’s first pultrusion factory has been opened officially in the Jebel Ali Free Zone by New Zealand Trade Minister the Honourable Tim Groser, leading that country’s largest-ever business delegation to the Middle East.

The company manufactures fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) rebars for reinforcement in construction, as opposed to traditional steel rebars, which are prone to high corrosion in the Middle East.

“High-strength reinforcement is required in soil walls and highway barriers, for example, but steel is subject to accelerated corrosion due to the high salt levels within the soil,” said Pultron Composites MD Jasper Holdsworth.

Another application is basements, which are often below the level of the water table. The harshest of artesian water in the region is termed ‘sabkha’, which is highly corrosive. “The excellent durability of Pultron’s reinforcement, branded Mateenbar, has made it the preferred choice of engineers,” said Holdsworth.

Wayne Mikkelsen, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s Dubai-based trade commissioner, said: “Pultron Composites is an example of the efficient, practical and innovative construction solutions produced by New Zealand companies.”

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