Macro synthetic fibre association
The Macro Synthetic Fibre Association (MSFA) is a group of companies who have come together to advance the knowledge and adoption of macro synthetic fibre (MSF) concrete reinforcement. Today confidence in MSF is at an all-time high, due in no small part to the substantial investment manufacturers have made over the past 20 years developing the product into a widely accepted reinforcement in many concrete applications.
As our industry matures two distinct groups have developed: that of the fibre manufacturers and that of the fibre user groups. This Association aims to bring together these two groups with the aim of educating the broader concrete market of the benefits that this type of reinforcement can offer to the construction community and to ensure its safe and responsible use.
Hence our membership is open to manufacturers, developers, researchers and users of MSF who have an interest to further the understanding of this type of reinforcement.
The Association will develop a quality benchmark for MSF as well as bring together the relevant standards, codes and guidelines to enable both current and future users of MSF to more easily use this type of reinforcement.
Our Aims and Objectives
To ensure the safe and responsible use of MSF reinforcement in the global concrete industry. To create links between like-minded professionals who wish to encourage a greater understanding of fibre reinforced concrete, specifically the use of MSF.
To represent the MSFA on national and international professional bodies and educational establishments in order to share knowledge and generate confidence in the use of MSF in a wide range of applications.
To heighten the awareness of design engineers, main contractors, specialist contractors and concrete suppliers to the technical, practical and commercial advantages of Macro Synthetic Fibre (MSF) Reinforcement.
Adfil is a Low & Bonar premium product brand and stands for over three decades of experience in the development and application of synthetic fibre concrete reinforcement. Serving the construction industry in over 60 countries, Adfil high-performance fibres are used in a wide range of applications. Examples include: concrete floors, pattern imprinted concrete, precast concrete products and shotcrete.
BarChip Inc, formerly Elasto Plastic Concrete, is the worlds’ leading manufacturer of engineered high performance macro synthetic fibre concrete reinforcement.
BarChip believe that all people, products and systems need to evolve for the sake of society and mankind. By embracing BarChip technology, we created a concrete reinforcement system for the 21st century, a reinforcement that delivers long lasting value to our customers and to society.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 115,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is arranged into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF’s Construction Chemicals division offers advanced chemical solutions for the construction industry. Our innovations help our customers to rapidly adopt sustainable construction practices and to profitably grow their businesses. Master Builders Solutions is our global brand for the construction chemicals industry and encompasses concrete admixtures, cement additives, chemical solutions for underground construction, fibres, waterproofing solutions, sealants, concrete repair and protection solutions, performance grouts and performance flooring solutions.
Contec Fiber AG
Our extensive know-how about the use of synthetic fibers dates back to the 70s of the last century when the company Arnheiter AG (Forta Seilwerke) which later became a part of the Brugg Group got a patent for “Fibrous reinforcing means for cementiously bound composite structures and coatings”.
At the beginning these fibers were used only for optimizing the shrinkage behavior of the concrete, but over the years the technology has been further improved. The fibers available today are able to either reduce or completely replace the conventional reinforcement, always based on static calculations according to the latest standards and regulations.
2010 the fiber-know-how was transferred to Brugg Contec which has been founded especially for the further development, production and selling of high-performance-fibers.
Use of high-quality synthetic fibers for general cost savings and CO2 reduction.
We don’t always agree with our competition, but we do believe that fibre reinforced concrete usage will continue to grow and expand into all markets and all segments of concrete construction. Since 1974 Fibercon has been involved in Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete. In the late 90’s Fibercon began innovating in the Macro Fibre Reinforced Concrete market.
Today Fibercon is internationally recognised and has won prestigious awards for its determination to further develop Macro Poly Fibres, with the first 100% fully recycled Macro Poly Fibre designed and produced in Australia. Macro Poly Fibres will continue to challenge and exceed traditional concepts of reinforcing, for the better.
Fibercon is different because we specialise in the design and engineering of fibre solutions. Fibercon aims to simplify the construction process, Macro Poly Fibres allow us to achieve this aim.
GCP Applied Technologies
GCP Applied Technologies is a leading global provider of construction products technologies that include macro synthetic fiber, concrete admixtures, in-transit concrete management system, high-performance waterproofing products, and specialty systems. GCP products have been used to build some of the world’s most renowned structures. More information is available at;
Mapei / Istrice
Founded in 1937 in Milan, Mapei now has 82 subsidiary companies, including the parent company, and 79 production facilities in 34 different countries in all 5 continents with a consolidated turnover of 2.4 billion euros and 10.000 employees worldwide.
Since many years the company is also involved in the FRC business, and became producer on April 4th 2018, thanks to the acquisition of FILI & FORME Srl, an Italian company operating since more than 10 years in the building industry under the Istrice brand. Fili & Forme is specialized in the production of structural polymeric fibers for mortar and concrete reinforcement, successfully used in different building sectors such as large concrete floors, precast, the tunnelling & mining industry, high performance fibre-reinforced cementitious mortars.
Constantly monitoring the market needs Fili & Forme keeps on developing innovative products for specific applications, also in cooperation with major Italian Universities.
“Propex is a leading global provider of Fibre Reinforcement Solutions to the construction & civil engineering industries.
For more than 30 years, Propex has built a global reputation for high quality materials, customer service and our ability to offer innovative and unbiased solutions for fibre reinforcement in concrete.
Today, we continue to set the standard for performance, value and reliability with many world leading fibre brands.
These brands are designed to provide performance benefits over the entire life span of the concrete and are fully compliant with European & ASTM standards.
Whether your requirements are crack control, ductility/toughness or resistance to explosive spalling, Propex can provide the Ultimate Fibre Solutions.
As a specialty chemical supplier for the building and construction industry, Sika prides itself on being technically driven and project-motivated. Our product line features high-quality concrete admixtures, specialty mortars, sealants and adhesives, damping and reinforcing materials, structural strengthening systems, industrial flooring as well as roofing and waterproofing systems.
Our construction products are sold nationally through architects, engineers, specifiers, contractors and are available through hardware retail stores. We provide solutions in sealing and adhesives, food flooring, PVC membrandes for roofing, waterproofing membranes, concrete repair, strucural strengthening and concrete admixtures.
TEXO is a manufacturer of synthetic fibre and has operated in the fibre reinforcing market for over 20 years. Centred around performance, engineering and innovation, TEXO is a “holistic” fibre solution provider. Its synthetic macro fibre solutions are used largely in mining, precast and infrastructure projects throughout Australia.
Board of Directors
Dr. Ralf Winterberg
Dr. Carsten Rieger
Sika Services AG
Propex Concrete Systems
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