Advantages of fibre-reinforced plastics

Fibreglass and other fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP), such as carbon fibre and Kevlar, have many advantages:

Infinite potential: almost anything you can think of can be made from fibreglass.  With all the fabulous features noted below, maybe you can think of something we have not.  Please feel welcome to come to us with your ideas and we'd be happy to discuss them.

Low weight: even the cheapest fibreglass is much less dense and therefore lighter than the equivalent volume of steel or aluminium.

Mechanical strength: fibreglass is so strong and stiff for its weight, it can out-perform most other materials including steel, aluminium and timber.  Carbon-fibre and Kevlar can be used to make items even lighter.  The strength and stiffness per weight of these exotic materials exceeds that of all known materials.

High impact strength:  in contrast to most metals, fibreglass does not change shape even when it is ruptured.

Resiliance:  fibreglass products have a hard finish.  The gelcoat which covers and colours finished fibreglass products can be tailored to provide greater hardness or more resiliance.

Formability:  fibreglass can be moulded to almost any desired shape. We can create or copy most shapes with ease.  Fibreglass moulds are cheap to make compared with those for metal or plastic.  It is quite easy to change the weight and strength of a product without having to make a new mould.

Chemical resistance: fibreglass is minimally reactive, making it ideal as a protective covering for surfaces where chemical spillages might occur.  It is useful in the construction of tanks, hoods, covers, pipes, ducts and other structures in the paper, chemical, water treatment and petroleum industries.

Corrosion resistance: unlike metal, fibreglass does not rust away and it can be used to make long-lasting structures.

Weatherproof:  the chemical and corrosion resistance of fibreglass combined with the gelcoat finish on most products make fibreglass ideal for using outdoors.  If necessary, chemicals can be added to provide additional protection against UV light.

Electrically insulating: for those working in the power industry, materials such as fibreglass which do not conduct electricity are essential for safety.  However, if required, we can adapt our fibreglass to become electrically conductive.

Thermally insulating: fibreglass is not only long lasting but maintains its temperature, thus reducing heating and cooling costs.  The fibreglass surface remains comfortable to touch, being neither hot nor cold.

Fire resistance:  by the addition of special additives, fibreglass can be made fire resistant to meet most fire codes.  The resins used conform to BS476 or ASTM-E-84.

Low thermal expansion: minimally affected by changes in external temperature, fibreglass is ideal for situations where temperatures fluctuate.

Anti-magnetic, no sparks: making it super safe for the power industry, fibreglass has no magnetic field and resists electrical sparks.

Low maintenance: once installed, fibreglass products require minimal maintenance.

Durable custom colours: fibreglass can be coloured, shiny or dull.  We can even add patterns if you wish.  Your production costs are reduced as our gelcoated products don't need further painting or finishing.  With care, the gelcoat finish on our automotive parts can last for up to 20 years.

Long life:  our fibreglass products are built to last.  Fibreglass has high resistance to fatigue and has shown excellent durability over the last 50 years.