LIGHTWEIGHT GLASS REINFORCED CONCRETE
Established in 1920, Mascot Engineering is wholly Australian owned and the largest manufacturer of Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) in the Southern hemisphere. Originally an iron foundry manufacturing cast iron gratings and access covers, in the 1980s Mascot was one of the first to introduce Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) to Australia.
Mascot Engineering is a leader in the supply of GRC solutions for use in streetscape applications, such as planter boxes. The company also provides industry-leading solutions for plumbing, electrical and municipal requirements. With offices and distribution centres nationwide, Mascot Engineering can provide local service, technical support and stock regardless of project location.
PLANTER BOXES AND STREETSCAPE PRODUCTS
Lightweight Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) planter boxes are available in a number of standard sizes. Options include freestanding, wall-mounted and cavity-mounted planters, as well as inground planters.
As the Mascot product range is continually developing, the company has the capacity to develop planters to suit individual project and site requirements.
The standard range includes:
GRC planter boxes
Cast iron and stainless-steel tree grates
Cast iron bollards
Stainless steel heelproof grating
COMPOSITION AND MANUFACTURE
Mascot Engineering is a third generation company committed to Australian manufacturing. The company's locally manufactured GRC is a composite of concrete and fibreglass technologies, with the benefits of both materials: the solidity of concrete and the instantaneous high strength of fibreglass.
As the fibreglass is dispersed throughout the entire product (not just reinforcing in some parts), Mascot is able to achieve the strength of traditional steel reinforced concrete with a thinner section, which means significantly reducing the weight of finished products — in some cases up to one-tenth the weight of a comparative product.
GLASS REINFORCED CONCRETE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Glass Reinforced Concrete has been proven, via a study conducted by the UK Government/Concrete Industry Alliance, to reduce the environmental impact that traditional reinforced steel produces by 40 percent.
Mascot has further adopted procedures to extend their commitment to reducing its environmental impact through the reuse of materials, storage and packaging processes, and also water management processes.