Sources: KoSteel, Seoul; CP staff
At its first World of Concrete, steel wire rod mild producer KoSteel showed a new take on concrete reinforcement: Bundrex steel fibers, .75-mm (1/32-in.) diameter in 50- or 55-mm sizes (2- or 2.16-in.) with 67-mm (2.66-in.) and 73-mm (2.87-in.) aspect ratios, fabricated in a patent-pending arch design. The company credits the configuration with increasing fibers’ load-carrying capacity in concrete structures up to 20 percent over conventional end hook steel products.
Sources: CP staff; Weiler Inc., Knoxville, Iowa
A manufacturer of asphalt paving machines for Caterpillar dealers worldwide, whose contract production log includes a decade of concrete mixer drum system deliveries, has expanded its branded lines. After acquiring a mixer system design and intellectual property, Weiler is now offering turnkey truck production, showing its first model at the Caterpillar World of Concrete 2015 booth.
Sources: Informa Exhibitions U.S., Irving, Texas; CP staff
Indicative of improving construction industry fortunes, this year’s World of Concrete drew nearly 56,000 registered professionals, up 15 percent over 2014 figures, and saw more than 1,450 companies exhibit across 675,000 net square feet of Las Vegas Convention Center space—100,000 square feet above the prior year. Participation in the February 2-6 gathering easily met management’s projections that this year would see the best turnout since 2008.
Sources: BASF Admixture Systems, Cleveland; CP staff
Following up on two major 2014 product introductions—MasterLife CRA (Crack-Reducing Admixture) 007 at World of Concrete, MasterSphere FT (Freeze-Thaw) 300 at ConExpo-Con/Agg—BASF Admixture Systems returned to Las Vegas this year with another concrete breakthrough partly attributable to its parent company’s vast well of chemistry.
Sources: EZExtenz, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; CP staff
World of Concrete 2015 outdoor exhibits proved well worth the navigation for attendees eager to observe a different take on the U-shaped assembly through which hundreds of millions of cubic yards of ready mixed flow annually.