DuPont Innovations to Fuel Saudi Arabia Construction Industry

Saudi Construction sector to be worth USD 23 billion by 2015

Innovative technologies from DuPont, one of the leading market driven science companies, are being eyed to sustain Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's [KSA] vibrant construction sector which is set to grow at an annual average of 4 per cent to become a USD 23 billion market by 2015 . Today, DuPont construction solutions provide enhanced building systems performance; reduce operating costs and energy consumption to establish safe and eco-friendly environments.

The recent order by King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud to construct 500,000 houses for Saudi nationals at a cost of USD 66.7 billion places a huge demand on housing materials and technologies alone. DuPont offerings are capable of meeting performance, aesthetic and regulatory requirements of residential and commercial developments across KSA.

"Saudi construction places equal emphasis on good appearance and functionality, two qualities which are exactly what our construction materials and technologies are intended to provide. The flexibility of our products allows developers to pursue unique designs and innovative structures that support the Kingdom's status as the Middle East's largest construction market," said Tony Azzam, Regional Business Manager DuPont Building Innovations, Middle East, Africa, Turkey & Pakistan.

To address the booming construction demand, DuPont and E.A. Juffali & Brothers (fabricator and distributor of DuPont(TM) Corian® surfacing products in KSA) recently offered workshops to interior design and architectural students from Effat University and Dar Al Hekma College, one of the most well known Interior designing and architectural colleges in Saudi Arabia for women in Jeddah.

E.A. Juffali & Brothers also organized seminars in Madinah Al Monwara inviting key architects, consultants and main contractors sharing "the miracles of science" behind increasing the performance of building systems to create more sustainable residential and commercial structures in KSA through DuPont products. DuPont also hosted ' Zuhier Fayez Partnership' - leading Architectural, Engineering, Project Management consultants in KSA.

DuPont(TM) Corian® techno-surface, an extremely versatile surfacing solution used in a wide range of architectural and design applications for both indoor and outdoor environments, a global industrial reference, reflects the balance of beauty and performance found in the overall construction offering of DuPont. Super-hygienic, resistant and also repairable, DuPont(TM) Corian® is available in over 100 colors. It can be fabricated with the techniques used for wood but can also be carved, thermoformed, routed and inlayed, to provide an unparalleled experience for residents and businesses alike. Its numerous applications range from kitchens to lamps, from bathrooms to the skin of buildings, from seating solutions to home automation systems, from radiators to touch control surfaces, from tables to furnishing and fashion accessories, to mention just a few.

DuPont(TM) SentryGlas® innovative line of laminated safety glass, is another popular material among leading consultants. The products' interlayers are five times stronger and up to 100 times stiffer than conventional laminating materials, thus providing greater protection against the weather, hard impacts and heavy loads. DuPont(TM) SentryGlas® is used to improve personal safety, property protection, public security, energy efficiency and sustainability.

DuPont(TM) Typar® geosynthetics are particularly suited for the KSA's sandy environments. While 95 per cent of damages to geotextiles occur during installation, DuPont(TM) Typar®, thanks to a DuPont patented manufacturing process, can be available in a variety of sheet structures with specific properties that maximize its performance also during the fitting. DuPont(TM) Typar® geosynthetics offer cost-savings and performance enhancements over traditional techniques and solutions in applications such as the construction of roads and railways, and when proper drainage, ground stability and erosion control are necessary.

From high-quality and chemical free weed control, root barrier, surface stabilization solutions to pond lining, DuPont offers through its family of DuPont(TM) Plantex® landscape solutions a complete range of smart and innovative products for professionals that helps creating and maintaining a beautiful landscape while efficiently managing irrigation and rain water.

DuPont(TM) Zonyl®, another key construction offering, offers the perfect solution for all surface protection needs. It provides oil and water repellent treatments that resist stain without affecting natural appearance. The versatile product line is used to protect coatings and paints, electronics, leather, textiles and concrete. DuPont(TM) Zonyl® is even used as a fluorosurfactant for oil fields.

Many construction projects around the world also use DuPont(TM) Elvaloy® copolymers either alone or compounded with other resins to enhance flexibility, toughness, weatherability and design. Some of its typical uses include adhesives, plastics modification, asphalt and roofing membranes. DuPont(TM) Elvaloy® helps make pavements with less rutting, fatigue, cold cracking and stripping and as a permanent flexibilizer for PVC is used to manufacture roofing systems that are tough, pliable and chemically-resistant.

With Saudi Arabia hard at work on residential and commercial developments to meet the needs of its rapidly growing population, DuPont leverages its market-driven science, innovative products and applications, customer relationships and functional competencies to deliver the best results to KSA construction industry. DuPont solutions promise to take construction industry to new heights in terms of safety, design, performance, comfort and sustainability.

DuPont ( is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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