GRP laminate design and engineering

Fibreglass Mouldings: History

less weight, low costs, complete design freedom…and consistent, reliable quality.

The main advantage of using Fibreglass GRP Mouldings over other material alternatives is its undeniable strength due to fibreglass being a composite material made from glass fibres and plastic woven together, vastly increasing the strength of either material by itself, despite how lightweight the resulting material is.

Also known as Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP), fibreglass mouldings can be produced in any shape and size, with the versatility of these mouldings being one of their main advantages over other, more traditional alternatives.

History of Glass Reinforced Plastic

Though GRP is said to have been invented a couple of decades earlier, it wasn’t until the 1930s that fibreglass found its way into commercial favour, with considerable research going into its production methods and potential uses.

The aviation industry was especially interested in the potential of fibreglass due to its need for its aeroplanes to be as lightweight as possible while still holding up against extreme pressure, something fibreglass has since become famous for.

By the 1950s, the advantages of using GRP mouldings over other, more traditional materials were becoming widely accepted across much of the manufacturing industry, with commercial use of the material skyrocketing, as it has continued to do until this day.

Versatile Mouldings

Another clear advantage of using Fibreglass GRP Mouldings is that, unlike other materials, these mouldings give manufacturers complete design freedom to create the products of their choosing, whether you want to produce hundreds of bathroom vanity units, dozens of retail displays, or a single, bespoke sports car.

Fibreglass has a much lower production cost than other material contenders, which, combined with its strength and versatility, helps bring home the fact that GRP is here to stay.

Contact us today for free, professional advice on why you should start using fibreglass in your manufacturing process or to receive a direct order quotation.