CEMEX Advanced Fibre Reinforced Concrete - A Perfect Alternative To Rising Price Of Steel Mesh Construction

CEMEX Advanced Fibre Reinforced Concrete - A Perfect Alternative To Rising Price Of Steel Mesh Construction

June 14, 2022
As steel prices continue to soar CEMEX is encouraging contractors, civil engineers and specialist groundworkers to consider the cost and performance benefits of switching to Advanced Fibre Reinforced Concrete.

As an alternative to steel mesh construction on large scale projects, such as roads and bridges, airports and taxiways, including internal floors, the Macro fibres in CEMEX Advanced Fibre Reinforced Concrete provides high levels of performance in reinforcement, without compromising on quality. 

According to latest figures compiled by The Department for Business and Industrial Trade Strategy, the cost of concrete-reinforcing bars has risen by 43.6 per cent year on year, while the price of fabricated structural steel has risen by 35.9 per cent. This comes on top of rising costs labour and fuel costs across the supply chain, forcing many to be more discerning when making specification, procurement and purchasing decisions.   

CEMEX Advanced Fibre Reinforced Concrete enables mesh-free reinforcement, without the need for traditional reinforcing bars. It provides a range of comprehensive benefits to the contractor, with faster, safer and more cost-effective construction, alongside the added potential to reduce CO2, by saving on overall embodied carbon. 

Advanced Fibre Reinforced Concrete is designed to enhance post-crack performance and increase impact and abrasion resistance, as well as flexural strength. Fibres are distributed evenly through the mix unlike mesh reinforcement, which requires exact positioning to be effective. 

Reinforcing without steel mesh, can save contractors storage and labour time. The reinforcement process means less waste, as concrete is mixed and supplied to exacting standards for the level of reinforcement required and in the right quantities to meet the technical specification of each job. The concrete fibre product is delivered in traditional Readymix vehicles straight to site in a single operation, removing the need for additional specialist equipment and cutting and fixing on site.  

CEMEX Advanced Fibre Reinforced Concrete is manufactured to BS EN ISO 9001 and is independently certified under the quality scheme for Ready Mixed Concrete (QSRMC). The fibre mix concrete is carefully controlled and quality-assured in Readymix plants throughout the UK. 

CEMEX provides bespoke fibre concrete, in both macro and micro and steel Readymix solutions, along with expert technical assistance to ensure quality products are developed for corrosive ground conditions, extreme weather conditions and high strength requirements.

To find out more about CEMEX’s complete range of Advanced Fibre Reinforced Concrete visit


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About CEMEX:
CEMEX announced its Climate Action strategy; ‘Future in Action – Committed to Net Zero CO2’ in February 2020, and as part of this, by 2030 it plans:
•    To be below 475kg of CO2 per ton of cementitious material, equivalent to a 40% reduction*
•    To reduce the carbon content per cubic meter of concrete to 165kg, equivalent to a 35% reduction*
•    To reach 55% in clean energy consumption

* According to our 1990 baseline

CEMEX is a global construction materials company that is building a better future through sustainable products and solutions. CEMEX is committed to achieving carbon neutrality through relentless innovation and industry-leading research and development. CEMEX is at the forefront of the circular economy in the construction value chain and is pioneering ways to increase the use of waste and residues as alternative raw materials and fuels in its operations with the use of new technologies. 

CEMEX offers cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and urbanization solutions in growing markets around the world, powered by a multinational workforce focused on providing a superior customer experience, enabled by digital technologies. For more information please visit: www.cemex.com 

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