New Zealand Minister opens Dubai’s first pultrusion factory

Published April 29th, 2010 - 02:17 GMT

New Zealand’s Minister of Trade, the Honourable Tim Groser, officially opened Dubai’s first pultrusion factory in the Jebel Ali Free Zone today.


New Zealand company Pultron Composites’ purpose built factory manufactures fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) rebars for reinforcement in construction and is a key part of the company’s strategy to better serve its customer base in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.


The company serves the construction industry through world class pultrusion technology which transforms fibre and specialty resins into reinforced materials with high strength, light weight, corrosive and electrical resistant properties for use in harsh environments where corrosion can dramatically limit the lifespan of steel.


The reinforced materials or rebars produced are also non-electric and non-magnetic, making them ideal for use in the construction, with many applications from of aluminium smelters, waterfront developments and MRI rooms in hospitals.


Jasper Holdsworth, Managing Director of Pultron said: "This opening marks a key milestone in Pultron's strategy to enable local manufacture of Mateenbar, a cost effective, more durable substitute for steel reinforcement. Our new factory will allow us to effectively serve our customers in the Middle East region."


Wayne Mikkelsen, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s Dubai-based Trade Commissioner, commented on the opening of the new factory: “Pultron Composites is an example of the efficient, practical and innovative construction solutions produced by New Zealand companies. The opening of the new Pultrusion factory here in the Jebel Ali Free Zone will provide the perfect base for them to take their products to the wider Gulf market, and is also an excellent development for the UAE construction sector as a whole.”


The company has been operating in the GCC market for the last seven years and with the support from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), the New Zealand government’s economic development agency, is fast expanding its operations in this region known for its corrosive climatic conditions.

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