FRP material – Fibreglass Reinforced Polyester

Fibreglass Reinforced Polyester (FRP) is a composite material system consisting of a plastic resin matrix, glass fibre reinforcement and other additives. FRP allows for greater design flexibility previously prohibited by the limitations of traditional building materials.

FRP is non-corrosive, strong, lightweight, maintenance free, and can be erected efficiently and economically. Per unit weight, FRP is among the strongest commercial materials available. Pound for pound, FRP is stronger than concrete, steel or aluminum.

FRP plates
Cleaning FRP walls and ceilings with foam
FRP plate embossed structure

Why is this a good solution for you?

Possible problems with hygienic walls & ceilings.

Hygienic walls & ceilings in a food production facility are challenged every day by heavy wear-and-tear activities, substances and environmental conditions. Mechanical impacts to these surfaces, cleaning products, salt, humidity, blood, acids, starch, and dairy residues are just a few of examples of items that can rapidly deteriorate the condition of hygienic walls & ceilings.

Ceilings & walls constructed with or composed of tile, sandwich panels, stainless steel or concrete also pose challenges in keeping the food production facility hygienic. Tiled walls & ceilings, for example, have joints that can provoke food safety problems, moreover tiles can easily crack and every cracked tile must be replaced directly. Over the years the surface of the tiles can be damaged due to physical impacts with moveable equipment and mechanical cleaning processes. Metal sandwich panels are protected by a very thin layer of a few microns of paint and/or plastic. When used in intensive food production areas, these panels often suffer from corrosion problems and the thin layer of paint coating will start to peel or ake off of the surface. In addition, the metal surface of a sandwich panel is very thin and therefore weak against physical or mechanical impacts. The silicone joint between the sandwich panels also can cause problems after a few years. Repainting a sandwich panel is not a good option, not only because it requires that production is stopped while repainting, but because it is labour intensive with little return. Essentially, newly applied paint on the sandwich panel is highly likely to peel or chip off since good adhesion of the new coat is highly unlikely. Chips of paint falling into the production line is a clear food safety risk that must be avoided.

B-Hygienic FRP solutions for hygienic walls & ceilings.

Fibreglass reinforced polyester (FRP) is an ideal solution for hygienic walls & ceilings in a food production facility. FRP sheets and panels are extremely strong, durable, non-corrosive and easy to clean. The FRP surface is either smooth or embossed. The embossed surface adheres very well to walls and ceilings. When cleaning foam is used, the cleaning process has been found to be easy and less cleaning product is used. Moreover, the embossed surface has filth-repellent characteristics and the polymers from which it is constructed create a strong, impact-resistant surface. The smooth surface FRP is a better choice when used in areas that generate a high volume of dust particles, such as milk powder, bakery ingredients and powdered nutrition ingredients, and pharmaceutical production facilities.

FRP compared to other products?

The comparison of FRP with other products will be soon online.

Characteristics of FRP

Food safe logo HACCP

Food safe
(HACCP, EU, BRC, FDA, USDA, …)

economical less cleaning required

Economical
(less cleaning product is needed)

FRP plate chemical resistant

Chemical resistant
(e.g. blood, acids, brine, milk, …)

FRP plate water resistant

Water- and dirt resistant

FRP Bacteria repellent and anti-fungal

Bacteria repellent and anti-fungal

FRP High impact- and scratch proof

High impact- and scratch proof

FRP Easily and simply clearable

Easily and simply clearable

FRP modular system easy to install

Quick and easy to install
(modular system)

FRP plate temperature resistance

Temperature
(-60°C +70°C depending on product)

FRP plate fire resistance

Standard Euro Class E (optional fire retardant C-S3,d0 or B-S2,d0)

FRP Anti-graffiti and antistatic

Anti-graffiti and antistatic

FRP Does not discolour

Does not discolour

FRP Assumes no odors

Assumes no odors

FRP plate is non corrosive

Non-corrosive

Repairable (with HygiSeal)

Repairable
(with HygiSeal)

Standard RAL 9016 (All RAL colours available if min. 500m^2)

Standard RAL 9016
(All RAL colours available if min. 1000 m²)

Emissions in the interior

The B-Hygienic FRP products obtained the Afsset (A+) certificate. Afsset is a European certificate used for emission regulations of organic volatile substances in the interior. A+ is the best category meaning very low to zero emissions.

FRP Emissions in the interior