About us

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

Our association’s goal is to spread the culture of the MSF reinforcement.

  • To ensure a 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 increase 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.

Board of directors

Dr. Juergen Bokern

Dr. Juergen Bokern

President

MBS Group

Ernesto Schuemperli

Ernesto Schuemperli

Vice-President

Sika

Dr. Carsten Rieger

Dr. Carsten Rieger

Treasurer

Sika

Dr. Matteo Draconte

Dr. Matteo Draconte

Media Officer
and Secretary

Mapei Group

Dr. Ralf Winterberg

Dr. Ralf Winterberg

Technical Officer

BarChip Inc.

MSFA Members

The members of the Macro Synthetic Fibre Association are companies that believe in the advantages of fibre-reinforced concrete. A material with great performance and low environmental impact.

ADFIL Construction Fibres

Adfil 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 tunneling.

BarChip Inc.

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.

Contec Fiber

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.
Contec Fiber philosophy: Use of high-quality synthetic fibers for general cost savings and CO2 reduction.

Enviromesh

Enviromesh prides itself in its commitment to the environment and sustainable construction.  We started as Fibercon in 1994 and have been involved in engineering, designing, and supplying fibres for Macro Synthetic Fibre Reinforced Concrete in the Australasia and Pacific region. In 2020, when the business changed hands, Fibercon became Enviromesh.
Enviromesh aims to make the construction process simple with high value outcomes through our concrete reinforcement solutions. One of the ways we do this is by offering standard and custom fibre types and sizes along with custom packaging. Everything we do is a solution and service for our customers, helping customers meet their environmental objectives.
Given our experience within the industry, especially with government projects, we are uniquely placed to provide fibre systems, support, and engineering design solutions for infrastructure projects of any size and scale.

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.

Kord sa

Inspired from life, we reinforce life. Kordsa, a global player of tire and construction reinforcement and composites markets, operates in 12 facilities throughout 5 countries including Turkey, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand and USA with its almost 4.500 employees. In construction reinforcement, Kordsa presents its brands, Kratos Fibers and Kratos Structural Reinforcement, which provides long-term and high durability as well as savings on cost, time for infrastructure and superstructure projects. Kordsa aims to create sustainable value to all its stakeholders and society by combining high value-added reinforcement technologies with innovation. Today, committedly reinforcing every corner of life, Kordsa strives to make life more livable, easier and safer for us and for our loved ones.

Mapei

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.

Master Builders Solutions

Under the global umbrella brand Master Builders Solutions, we offer advanced chemical solutions for the construction, maintenance, repair and renovation of structures. The brand is built on more than 100 years of experience in the construction industry. Our comprehensive portfolio encompasses concrete admixtures, cement additives, chemical solutions for underground construction and fibers. To solve our customers’ specific construction challenges from conception through to completion of a project, we draw on our specialist know-how, regional expertise and the experience gained in countless constructions projects worldwide. We leverage global technologies and our in-depth knowledge of local building needs to develop innovations that help make our customers more successful and drive sustainable construction.

Mighty Shield

Mighty Shield. We manufacture and market Dunamis™ Synthetic Fibres for reinforcement in mining and concrete construction industries.  Our Macro and Micro fibres bridge cracks, resist flexural deformation with added energy absorption capacity.  High strength fibres reduce cracks and shrinkage in shotcrete, precast concretes, blocks, pavements, floors and railway tracks.

Polyfibers

Polyfibers® is a thriving manufacturer of high-performance synthetic fibers over 20 years. Polyfibers® offers a full line of micro and macro synthetic fiber products with unmatched technical support to clients globally.
Setting a rich standard in the industry with; Micro synthetic fibers in construction, precast and chemical market; Fibril synthetic fibers in construction, precast and chemical market; Macro synthetic fibers in construction and precast market; Design engineering consultancy and tailor-made solutions for the clients; Established state-of-the-art testing facility for fiber reinforced concrete evaluations for the special projects; CE system 1 and 3, ASTM, ICC AC32, ICC AC383 certified products.

Sika

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. With the aquisition of the Propex Fibermesh division, Sika is a leading global Manufaturer and provider of Fibre Reinforcement Solutions to the construction & civil engineering industries.
For more than 30 years, Propex built a global reputation for high quality materials, customer service and an ability to offer innovative and unbiased solutions for fibre reinforcement in concrete. Today, Sika continues to set the standard for performance, value and reliability with many world leading fibre brands.

TEXO

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.

Become a member

The only way to make a difference is to be involved. Complete the form below and an MSFA representative will be in touch to guide you through the membership process.