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Traditional corrosion mitigation efforts centre on delaying the symptoms rather than curing the disease

Mateenbar™ is a direct substitute for steel rebar, particularly in areas where there is exposure to corrosive elements. Mateenbar™ tackles head-on one of the great risks to engineers building sustainable infrastructure – corrosion.

Mateenbar™ was developed at Pultron by a team with decades of product development experience in construction, mining, and infrastructure composites. Possessing a deep understanding of these industries, the team developed a GFRP rebar to meet the highest standards required by leading engineering bodies and transportation departments worldwide.

The global shift to corrosion-free infrastructure

As the demand for infrastructure increases, a renewed look at whole-of-life cycle savings, and the ongoing cost of corrosion, is challenging engineers to look beyond conventional construction materials.

Glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) rebar provides a massive leap forward in how issues of corrosion in infrastructure and extended life-cycles can be addressed. The lightweight nature of GFRP rebar makes it cheaper to transport and is proven to be quicker and easier to install, resulting in less worker fatigue. It is ideal for use in challenging and corrosive environments.

Mateenbar GFRP composite reinforcement can be used in the most corrosive environments including marine, chemical plants, and mining. It has a range of high performing material properties that make it ideal including:

  • corrosion-free
  • high chemical resistance
  • 100-year design life-cycle
  • lightweight
  • high tensile strength
  • non-electromagnetic.

Corrosion costs

The cost of corrosion to the economy and ratepayer is ongoing. The impact on society and the environment is also a price to pay – not only with delays caused by road repairs, but also the environmental impact. Corrosion affects the safety and reliability of its application – leading to ongoing maintenance, repairs, and, ultimately a shortened life cycle.

Professor Antonio Nanni, Chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, University of Miami, states: “Traditional corrosion mitigation efforts center on delaying the symptoms rather than curing the disease”.

A sustainable approach to infrastructure can be achieved by reducing the need for maintenance and eliminating the risk of corrosion. With a long and costly history of corrosion worldwide, steel is no longer viewed as a cost-effective option in aggressive environments.

The commercial growth of Mateenbar

To date, it has been used in over 1000 projects worldwide including roads, aluminum smelters, tunnels, and bridges. A company in its right, Mateenbar Ltd has manufacturing units in the USA, NZ, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia. 

Mateenbar has met GFRP rebar design standards set by CSA, ASTM, ACI, and AASHTO.

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