Chemicals company Sabic (Riyadh) showcased its new Stadeck heavy duty-panels for scaffolding and other applications for the first time in the Americas at the International Builders Show (IBS) in Las Vegas on Feb. 19 to 21. This follows the successful launch of these high-strength but extremely lightweight panels for the building and construction industry in Europe last year.
Stadeck panels are made from glass-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic resin and are up to 60% lighter than wooden planks. The weight savings have an important influence on energy consumption during transport; Sabic estimates the total savings cost can be more than 30%. Additionally, Stadeck panels are recyclable and promise a long lifetime, making them more sustainable and efficient than standard wooden planks often used for scaffolding, according to Sabic.
Due to their unique construction, Stadeck panels can stay outdoors for long periods without rotting or corroding. The panels are flame retardant and resist weathering, withstanding not only UV radiation and rain, but also chemicals commonly used in the construction industry.
Stadeck panels conform to NEN-EN 12811-1, the European standard that specifies performance requirements and methods of structural and general design for access and working scaffolds. They also have anti-slip properties, which is an important requirement for workers on building sites.
In addition to scaffolding, the panels offer advantages in applications where light weight and high strength are important. Stadeck panels are suited for decking, fencing, floodwalls, jetties, sheathing, wheel chair ramps and numerous other purposes. They can be installed quickly and easily, which makes them ideal for temporary applications such as flooring at events and festivals. Because they are more lightweight, they are also easier to handle than wooden panels.
The panels, which can be produced in different colors, come in standard dimensions; custom lengths are available on request.