Focus on cost-effectiveness and sustainability
The cutting-edge reinforcement bars are the concrete composite of the building material of the future and consist of a glass or basalt fiber reinforced composite plastic, which has particular advantages compared to conventional steel. "Our product is lightweight with high mechanical strength and excellent chemical resistance. Our rebars have only about a quarter of the weight of steel reinforcement bars, with two to three times greater strength," explains Thomas Heilig, Project Manager at ASA.TEC. The material does not rust, even in aggressive chemical media, does not conduct electricity and is induction-free. It also has very low thermal conductivity, enables signal-permeable concrete reinforcement and can be processed the same way as steel. This makes the products easier to handle on the construction site. "Maintenance and repair costs can be reduced thanks to the high level of durability. The low specific weight makes it possible to dimension the overall structure smaller. For example, the use of our rebars can greatly reduce the amount of concrete. On the whole, using our products immensely reduces the life cycle costs of a project that significant to building owners," explains Heilig.
At the same time, the plastic-reinforced reinforcement bars increase the sustainability of the structures, as resources are saved thanks to the long service life and sparing use of materials. “Our products thus enable our customers to combine economical and sustainable construction methods,” explains Hans-Jürgen Geers, General Manager Technology & Marketing Composites at Röchling Industrial, who is in charge of technical implementation.