About the GRCA
INTERNATIONAL GLASSFIBRE REINFORCED CONCRETE ASSOCIATION
The Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete Association, based in UK, was the first association for members of the GRC industry. It was formed 40 years ago in October 1975 to serve this fast growing industry. It now has a membership of over 80 manufacturing companies, material and equipment suppliers, and professional people from 25 countries with interest in this innovative building material growing rapidly. A list of current GRCA Members can be seen here - GRCA Members
The GRCA brings together all those with an interest in Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete: To exchange knowledge and experience concerning GRC To promote GRC in all its valid applications and advance the interests of its members Participate in establishing Codes of Practice and National Standards covering manufacture and performance Organise International Conferences as a forum for discussing and disseminating GRC knowledge on materials, products and uses.
Modern history of GRC began in early 1960s when the Building Research Establishment translated the publication of the work carried out by K.L. and Yu.L. Biryukovich. They had experimented with E-glassfibres in low alkali cement. However, it was recognized that using special cements in conjunction with E-glass would have only limited applications and an alkali resistant fibre would be needed to reinforce Portland cement.
Another important function of the GRCA is the organisation of the International “GRC Congress”. This is a forum for the exchange of knowledge on technical and commercial developments and has always attracted an international attendance usually from more than 20 countries. Traditionally, they are held every 2-3 years. The first was held in 1975 at the then C & CA’s Fulmers Grange in Wexham Springs. To date, 17 Congresses have been organised with 3 more in the UK at Edinburgh, Cambridge and Stratford, then, due to increasing overseas membership, in Europe, [Paris, Copenhagen, Maastricht (2), Darmstadt, Strasbourg, Dublin, and Barcelona]. For the last 10 years it has been held further afield, Hong Kong (2005), Prague (2008), Istanbul (2011) culminating in the 2015 GRC Congress which was held in Dubai.
In conclusion, the aims and objects of the association may be summarised as follows:-
The work of the Association is controlled by a Council of Members and work is in hand by them, and special Working Groups as needed, to advance the aims and objects referred to above.
The International Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete Association (GRCA) has a worldwide membership, and the Council of the Association encourages those interested in the development of GRC products and markets throughout the world to take part in our activities for the mutual benefit of all.
Full details of how to join the Association and make a difference in the GRC industry are available here - Join the GRCA.