The GRCA, the International Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete Association, based in the UK, was the first association for members of the GRC industry. It was established nearly 45 years ago to serve this rapidly growing industry.
Over the past year, we have been working towards our goal of achieving GRCA Full membership. The GRCA Full membership goes a step further than the GRCA membership. We were assessed by an independent body appointed by the GRCA. We had to prove that we have sufficient knowledge and expertise to design and produce GRC elements that meet the guidelines set by the GRCA. Full membership also confirms that we have quality systems and production controls in place. The full membership gives clients the certainty that they are doing business with a professional party.
The current market is seeing increasing demand for GRC products and specialised production companies. mbX has been making high-strength concrete products reinforced with glass fibre for a long time. Since April 202, mbX has been an official member of the GRCA, and since April 2021 it has been an official Full Member.
Benefits of GRC
Elements made of glass fibre reinforced concrete (GRC) are lighter and thinner. GRC elements can be sprayed up to 12 mm thick. This saves on raw materials and a considerable weight reduction in both the element and the underlying construction.
- No contour mould needed anymore;
- Minimum panel thickness of 12 mm;
- Higher bending strengths;
- Low material content;
- Weight reduction of approximately 60 per cent;
- Large freedom of form;
- Saving on the necessary rear structure due to lower weight.
The properties of GRC are interesting not only because of its great environmental benefits but also because it makes complex challenges and geometric shapes possible. The fact that the elements can be produced extremely thin and therefore lighter makes the material very suitable for projects where space-saving and weight are important factors. The material’s properties create great freedom of form. This makes the design possibilities endless.
Curious about the possibilities?
Would you like to know what fibreglass-reinforced concrete could do for your design? Then get in touch with us! We would be happy to tell you more about it.
Bjorn van Overveld
Commercial Director mbX
mbX is a specialist in high-performance concrete and glass-fibre reinforced concrete. With our products, we can make the most complex shapes and the most beautiful elements. Do you have a question about our products, or would you like to know what we can do for your project? I will be happy to help.