These applications were initially embraced in the U.S., where they now form a massive market for FRPs. UK markets are now following suit, with the introduction of the first domestic FRP doors around 15 years ago. The various compositions of FRP enables products to be tailored to meet the diverse requirements of different market sectors such as new build, refurbishment, private and public sectors. A major advantage is the ability to meet the most stringent of fire, security and sound insulation standards. This is achieved most effectively when FRPs are combined with other materials (mainly as core materials) such as steel, thermoplastics or recycled plastics to provide the required properties cost effectively. Social and economic benefits include improved thermal efficiency of the home, and enhanced durability, increasing replacement intervals.
Development of production processes means that FRPs can be manufactured to imitate other materials in appearance, thus increasing their social acceptance. FRP mouldings offer a highly cost effective means of adding aesthetic value to buildings, both in new build applications and refurbishment or replacement. Architectural features such as facades, sculptures, clock towers, domes and cupolas can be easily and effectively made in FRP, providing considerable advantages over traditional materials such as low weight, rapid installation, durability and low maintenance requirements.
CSG Member companies involved in this area:
- Construction Composites Ltd
- Design & Display Structures Ltd
- Ilecsys Rail
- Millfield Composites Group Ltd
- Optima Projects Ltd