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ORLIMEX have obtained the first ever construction-technical certificate for the sale of composite materials from basalt fibres

ORLIMEX UK Ltd in 2016 expanded its business activities in the construction industry and formed a new division Orlitech to supply composite or FRP (Fibre Reinforced Polymer) materials in the UK – as a substitute for traditional steel reinforcement. Orlitech offers two types of composite materials to its business partners. These are basalt fibre materials (BFRP) and fibreglass fibre (GFRP) – these materials are a proven replacement for steel reinforcement in the concrete construction.

ORLIMEX is the exclusive representative of GALEN designated for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. GALEN is a World producer of composite materials and one of the first producers of composite basalt materials and glass fibre materials. Supplying business partners in the UK, USA, Europe, UAE and Australia.

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Basalt is a rock of volcanic origin and it forms about 30% of the Earth’s crust. It is an extremely durable and hard material of a fine-grained structure. It is resistant to abrasion and

chemicals. Thanks to these properties, basalt began to be used to produce modern composite materials.

Main advantages of basalt:

  • high tensile strength – basalt fibre is close to carbon fibre strength (basalt is 3 times stronger than steel, but 6 times lighter)
  • thermal conductivity – basalt has a low thermal conductivity (10 times less than steel), its use increases the thermal efficiency of building walls by up to 35%
  • anticorrosion properties
  • dielectric
  • resistance in alkaline and chemical environments – long working life
  • bond with concrete – bars covered with silica sand

Basalt and composites

A composite is any material that consists of at least two major components with markedly different physical properties. Our composite (FRP) reinforcement is made from a fibre reinforcement and composite binder. The most common is a composite of organic polymer resin and basalt or glass fibres.

PULTRUSION – Production technology

The word “PULTRUSION” is a process of continuous production of reinforcement of various shapes and lengths by pulling hence pultrusion. The inlet material is a mixture of liquid resin and fibre reinforcement. The process involves pulling the material through a heated steel mould, sometimes filled with silica sand to increase the bond strength with the concrete and cutting to the desired length.