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Unimix breaks own record for pumping concrete

A total of 330,000 cu m of concrete was used for Burj Dubai. (EB FILE)

By Staff Writer

Universal Concrete Products or Unimix, the sole supplier of concrete to the Burj Dubai, said it has achieved feat which no other concrete suppliers in the Middle East have been able to do so far.

Unimix also made history by breaking its own world record for the highest single stage pumping of concrete. Unimix surpassed the previous record of 452m when it pumped Grade 80 MPa HPC vertically to height of 622m and conveyed it at level 155 of the Burj Dubai on November 8, 2007.

For Burj Dubai a total of 330,000 cubic metres of concrete was used with 45,000 cubic metres of concrete alone in the foundations. The tower sits on a concrete and steel podium with 192 piles descending to a depth of more than 50m.

The record-breaking feat was also shared by Putzmeister as the pumping operation was again successfully accomplished using the super high pressure Putzmeister BSA-14000 SHPD pumps.

"We deeply care about our position in the market and providing quality concrete at competitive market prices backed with unrivalled technical services. We never take risks with quality and have always invested in technical resources and pride ourselves on the technical knowledge of the company as we always want to ensure the best quality for our clients," said Khalid Mohammed S Al Bakhit, Managing Director of Unimix.

Unimix also said that apart from a capacity to produce very high strength concrete (75, 80, & 100 MPa mixes) it can produce concrete to meet low core temperature specifications in mass foundations and produce and supply self-compacting concrete. Unimix being one of the very few ready mixed concrete companies having this technology – produce and supply high durable concrete for off shore piling with extended workability up to four hours and high rise, single-stage pumping of concrete – it achieved up to 221 metres at Burj Al Arab, 260 metres at Emirates Hotel Tower, 300 meters at Emirates Office Tower and up to 622 metres at the Burj Dubai as of November 2007

As the Ready Mix Concrete Company established in Dubai in 1977, Unimix has played a key part in the construction of this modern city with more than 20 million cubic metres of top quality concrete produced to date.

Over the past 33 years, Unimix has established itself as the leading producer and supplier of ready mixed concrete in Dubai, continually upgrading its processes and services to meet increasingly demanding specifications from large, unique and complex jobs in the emirate.

The reputation of the firm is reflected in the fact that most of the prestigious landmark projects in Dubai were built with Unimix concrete.

Some of the other projects completed using Unimix concrete include the Burj Dubai Old Town, The Palm Jumeirah – The Golden Mile, Dubai Mall (Piling), Burj Dubai Old Town Commercial Island, The Executive Towers at Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residences, The Index Building, Burj Al Arab, The Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Grand Hyatt, Shangri-la Hotel, Twin Towers for Her Highness Sheikha Mariam, Mercato Mall, Al Maktoum Bridge and Baniyas Extensions, among others.


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