19 February 2004
19 February 2004
TechFab has introduced two C-GRID kit products designated as CT-300 and CT-550 to meet reinforcement demands of growing concrete countertop and interior structures markets.
These are flexible carbon fiber grids individually packaged in 41” wide x 75’ rolls for easy ground shipment, handling and storage. The patented C-GRID reinforcements use a novel carbon fiber reinforced epoxy resin based grid design and are custom engineered for a variety of internal concrete reinforcement applications. They replace typical materials such as galvanized wire, wire mesh and light steel rebar.
Décor designer manufacturer Elemental Surfaces located in Apopka, FL was one of the early C-GRID reinforcement adopters. Rick Parks, President and former Biotechnology Engineer turned Specialty Precaster stated, “Our signature in the concrete countertop world is bold and decorative. To get massive looking finished products without the weight, our custom works are often very complex or highly engineered dimensional castings. C-GRID unquestionably is the best reinforcement material for our product. It eliminates weight and fabrication problems associated with steel alternatives. We’ve never had a C-GRID reinforced piece break.”
According to John Carson, Commercial Development Director for TechFab LLC, “Market reception and interest in C-GRID reinforcement for use in concrete countertops, vanities and customized designer products has been phenomenal. C-GRID technology gives precast manufacturers and designers a unique material technology that provides interior designers and architects a practical means to create more innovative designs “
A sample of Elemental Surfaces recent work using TechFab C-GRID, along with that of several other décor manufactures including FormWorks, and Mark Concrete will be on display at TechFab’s booth #7285 at World of Concrete, Orlando,FL. February 16-20, 2004.
TechFab, LLC is a 50/50 Joint Venture with partners Hexcel and Chomarat.