CAP Steel at its Huachipato Plant in Talcahuano, Chile has produced its first heat of ChrōmX 9100, a high-strength, corrosion-resistant concrete reinforcing steel based on the nanotechnology of MMFX Technologies Corporation.
ChrōmX 9100 rebar provides over 690 MPa yield strength and 1050 MPa ultimate tensile, allowing for efficient high-strength construction designs. In addition, ChrōmX 9100 rebar has proven to be five times more corrosion resistant than standard black bar, which extends the service life and lowers costs over the life of the structure.
“MMFX expands the geographic global markets we serve through partnering,” Michael W. Pompay, President of MMFX Technologies Corporation says. “The establishment of our production partnership with CAP Steel will help us serve Chile and surrounding countries, as well as grow sales of ChrōmX rebar with the help of our marketing partner, Broom Group S.A.”
CAP Steel plans to produce MMFX’s full series of high-strength steel products (ChrōmX 9000, 4000 and 2000) with yield strengths in excess of 690 MPa that provide varying levels of corrosion resistance. “By utilizing these materials, designers can take advantage of the high strength efficiencies and match the appropriate corrosion resistance for the targeted service life”, Ernesto Escobar, CEO of CAP Steel says. “This new steel technology available in the South American countries for the first time, will enable infrastructure to deliver over 100 years of service life in the most cost–efficient way.”
Corrosion in reinforced concrete structures is a significant problem in Chile, given the country’s expansive coastal marine environment and the corrosive soils of the Atacama Desert where a significant share of the mining industry is located. The high and medium corrosion-resistance of ChrōmX 9100 and 4100, respectively, will provide longevity to Chile’s infrastructure, including bridges, tunnels, mining ducts, ports, piers, dams, mining tailings infrastructure and desalinization plants. In addition, the Chilean mining industry is actively seeking technologies such as ChrōmX rebar for cost reduction in infrastructure projects.
“Cost-effective infrastructure is a must in Chile and in the whole Latin American region nowadays, and we’re convinced that MMFX’s steel technology will play a key role in the near future large infrastructure projects” notes Andrés Núñez, CEO of Broom Group S.A., MMFX’s marketing partner in South America.
The ASTM A1035 standard under which ChrōmX is sold in North America is in the process of being adopted into the Chilean’s Instituto Nacional de Normalizacion (INN) standard.
MMFX, along with, Broom Group S.A. and CAP Steel are now poised to market and sell ChrōmX concrete reinforcing steels in Chile, as well as other South American countries.