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Owens Corning Cem-FIL alkali-resistant (AR) glass fibres will take the field at the opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 11.
The newly redesigned stadium features fibreC concrete panels from Rieder Smart Elements, reinforced with Cem-FIL AR fibers, which reduce the weight and thickness of the concrete compared to conventional panels.
“The world continues to raise the bar on sustainability in building materials,” said Owens Corning Chief Sustainability Officer Frank O’Brien-Bernini. “Demand is increasing for resource-efficient, lighter, stronger, more durable and more recyclable materials. Products such as Owens Corning Cem-FIL glass fibres are quickly becoming must-haves in order to meet evolving building standards.”
O’Brien-Bernini added that despite slower construction growth in many markets around the world, demand for fibre additives in cement and concrete is forecast to increase 6.6 percent per year through 2012. “The use of Cem-FIL in buildings like Soccer City Stadium is certainly helping drive that momentum,” he said.
The façade of the stadium evokes a traditional African calabash cooking pot, requiring markedly curved panels and a palette of earth tones was chosen for the stadium cladding.
“Products like Cem-FIL are indispensable in changing the way building materials can perform,” said Rieder Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Rieder. “The world is changing and the solutions we deliver must change along with it. This is a revolutionary time for the construction industry.”
Chosen as one of 10 venues that will host 2010 World Cup matches, Soccer City Stadium began renovations in January 2007 and was completed in October 2009. The three-tier stadium rise 60 metres (197 feet) into the air, stretches across 300 metres (984 feet) and can accommodate 95,000 fans.
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