Reinforced concrete is a crucial part of modern construction. The traditional method for producing this, using reinforcement bars (rebar), is time-consuming and heavily reliant on skilled workers, often in short supply. Because of this, a wide variance is seen in the assemblies and the UK’s Health and Safety Executive records thousands of major injuries associated with rebar each year.
Working with MetLase (the exciting joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Unipart), the MTC’s Construction Innovation Hub project has the potential to transform rebar for the global stage. With an innovative new concept and patented twist dowel design, the new rebar could slash construction time, saving up to 54 million hours of labour per year and improving the health and safety of workers.