Materials that are light, strong and affordable are rather hard to come by, but by God do they make life easier for industries of all shapes and colours! Whether they are used for casing vulnerable electronics or providing a light frame around which to work, there is always a demand for such resources and always a market for products made from them. To that end, GRP manufacturers, GRP standing for glass-reinforced plastics, have quite a healthy business in the industrial world.
But what are GRPs and what do they do?
GRPs are more commonly referred to as “fibreglass”, and you’ve probably encountered them a fair amount during your day-to-day life. Fibreglass is a strong, light material and its components are cheap to come by. Its bulk strength and weight properties are also favourable when compared to metals, which tend to either be too heavy or expensive to acquire and manufacture. For these reasons it has a wide array of applications that GRP manufacturers can put it towards, covering a wide array of industries and work environments.
As mentioned before, GRP manufacturers often produce fibreglass to be used as materials for containers. As well as being capable of holding up to 300 tonnes depending on how it is made and its thickness, fibreglass is highly resistant to chemical corrosion, thus allowing it to last for longer periods than other substances, and has good resistance to heat or cold. Its molecular composition is also such that, when sealed, fibreglass can completely isolate substances from external contamination, making ideal for shipping industrial chemicals. That said fibreglass can sometimes start to flake in places, creating airborne fibres that can contaminate internal liquids or create a hassle for sufferers of asthma. It should really be re-gelled every five years to keep such flaking to a minimum.
These properties also make it good as a building material, sometimes forming the entire outer shell of structures as well as internal components. Typical house parts produced by GRP manufacturers include water drains, doors, windowsills, chimneys and canopies.
Its light and strong frame makes it popular for construction of smaller aircraft, such as gliders. The watertight construction also makes it ideal for boats, with fibreglass being the material of choice for a majority of watercraft today.
Recreational items produced by GRP manufacturers are diverse, ranging from bicycles to tent poles to gliders. Its light weight makes it easy to transport even when completely assembled into products, while offering long lasting service and high reliability. GRP manufacturers can easily mould fibreglass into a large number of shapes, which gives them broad applications. If you ever go to a theme park, chances are a lot of the attractions you see will have the majority of their external components made from fibreglass, such as the dodgems or the cars of the rollercoaster. The fact that fibreglass can be made to be either dull or shiny broadens its appeal, as it allows GRP manufacturers to tailor the final look to the specifications of whatever it will be used for.
For information regarding GRP manufacturers, fibreglass and other plastic products, you could visit the website of Kingsley Plastics, or else you can contact them directly by phoning (+44) 018357 83154.