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Armacell Benelux S.A. hosted a conference in UAE addressing the use of GRP sandwich panels in building & construction industry

News International-French

5 Apr 2013

This prestigious event, titled “Composites in Construction – Innovative Architectural Design”, was held at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, and the Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai.

The conference was aimed to bring together architects, engineers and developers for an active exchange of technical and practical information how to incorporate GRP Sandwich Panels into architectural design and to highlight the benefits compared to traditional building materials. Among others, these are cost efficiency, freedom in design and the better life cycle performance GRP Sandwich Panels allow for. Focus was put as well on the environmental aspect and sustainable building concepts composite solutions facilitate, especially when using recycled PET foam cores like ArmaFORM PET GR.

The speeches were given by international representatives (Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Australia, India and Bahrain) of the three companies Armacell, Solico and BFG. All of them experts and market leaders within their respective fields, from manufacturing foam core materials (Armacell) to engineering & design (Solico) and manufacturing & installation (BFG) of composite solutions. Several case studies from all over the world – including Al Haramain Railway Station - have been presented.

Both events were attended by a large audience of industry professionals from highly reputable and well-known international architectural companies.

Dr. Karl Paetz Lauter,  Managing Director Armacell International Holding GmbH states:“Composite materials and in particular GRP Sandwich Panels are not yet well established building materials considered as an alternative to conventional solutions done with reinforced concrete or GRC. In a number of very practical case study presentations it could be demonstrated that GRP solutions score regularly better in LCA studies. Very much to the surprise of the participants it could also be demonstrated that GRP solutions are often the cheaper alternative if considered at early stage in the concept and design phase.  This Conference could definitely contribute to overcoming the prejudice of composite solutions being expensive and unsuitable.”

About Armacell:
Armacell is the world leader in the market for flexible technical insulation materials. In 19 factories in 13 countries our 2.440 employees recently generated a gross annual turnover of around 448 million euros.Armacell Benelux S.A. is the head quarter for our innovative and environmentally friendly structural PET foam cores for the composite industry, especially in target markets such as wind energy, building & construction and rail & road transportation. As a pioneer in the field of PET technology, Armacell was the first manufacturer to succeed in foaming high quality, bottle-grade PET on an industrial scale and qualifying PET foams for the composite industry. Since its breakthrough in the composite market, Armacell has been driving the market for PET foam cores and is continuously investigating improved products and innovative new products especially dedicated to “green” applications.