Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has launched what is claimed to be a superior concrete reinforcing product, made from crushed and melted basalt rock.
Groundbreaking basalt fibre technology for reinforcing concrete has been introduced to the local market by Basalt Technology, which forms part of the PMSA group of companies and was established in January 2012 to promote the benefits of the company’s new concrete reinforcing product, StoneRod, made from basalt rock.
PMSA marketing and sales manager Quintin Booysen says, “StoneRod is a revolutionary basalt fibre material that serves as a cost-effective alternative to industry-standard steel and E-glass concrete reinforcement for numerous industrial applications, and perfectly complements PMSA’s existing range of concrete-related products and technology.”
Basalt Technology director Gordon Forrester explains that the basalt rock is transformed into fibres by taking the rock in its purest form and melting it, before drawing it through dies. The material can then be spun to produce a twisted yarn, or can be wound as a single-filament material.