Corrosion – What is the real cost?

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The Cost of Corrosion to UK Businesses currently stands at a staggering £46 billion per annum – this includes downtime, maintenance and replacement of material. This is the equivalent of 763,600 social homes or another HS2 (with change to spare – £3 billion to be exact).

There is no escaping the challenge of corrosion; steel is susceptible to corrosion and the harsher the environment the more rapid the corrosion is. Painting and galvanising steel are both expensive and only temporary measures, only prolonging the inevitable in having to replace the structure. In industries such as the Oil and Gas industry (in which their profit margins are under intense pressure due to the drop in oil price), there is a huge pressure with corrosion costs and the cost of replacing or temporarily repairing it. Due to harsh conditions that the plants are in, it is inevitable that corrosion will take place and costs will continue to spiral out of control.

Corrosion can also lead to the failure of the structure which can lead to on-site accidents, injuries and even loss of life. In terms of the Food Manufacturing industry, corrosion can threaten sanitation and product safety. This can cause serious downtime and stock wastage. The chemical properties of different foods , the use of water during processing and the use of chemicals during cleaning can all be very corrosive to metals used in processing facilities.

The Answer? Relinea’s GRP Composite Products

One of the key benefits of GRP is its corrosion resistant properties; it is therefore a key product in industries which demand a strong, durable and cost effective material. GRP can be submersed in water and will not corrode which is vital in Wastewater Treatment Plants as it will not contaminate the water.

GRP is not a short term fix or an inferior product, it provides similar strength properties to steel and is a long term investment which provides a safer working environment for employees and a cost effective solution for employers.

Relinea’s GRP Products have many more benefits such as:

  • Maintenance Free
  • Slip Resistant
  • Long term cost savings
  • Ease of Fabrication
  • Lightweight
  • High Strength
  • Fire Retardant
  • ;Low Installation Costs
  • Impact Resistance
  • Ergonomic
  • Non-conductive

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