Concrete Innovation of the Year! GFRC Furniture
Gallery courtesy of Smooth-On, Inc.
Creating GFRC Furniture using Rebound® 25 Mold Rubber
Averaging 2.5 hurricanes per year since 1875, the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico knows the devastating power that these storms unleash.
If you operate a holiday resort in Cancún you come to view hurricanes as almost routine and do your best to protect your guests and staff, as well as minimize physical damage to your resort.
One area that is always an expensive challenge to manage is the hundreds of tables, chairs and other amenities that make guests comfortable. Many pieces are destroyed by a single storm and the cost of replacing this furniture on a regular basis is enormous.
GFRC Market Opportunity – OBRaTUR, S.A. of Cancún has seen this destruction many times over the years and developed an idea to create furniture using glass fiber reinforced concrete that immediately got the attention of resort owners throughout Cancun and beyond. A Mexican resort owner calls GFRC furniture, "A perfect fit for our operation... unique, exciting and the next big thing". Offering;
Creating a GFRC table design employs the root of a Royal Poinciana tree recovered from a hurricane and brought to OBRaTUR’s production shop. At over 1,000 lbs. (454 kgs.), the root measures 4 ft. (1.2 m) high and 5.5 ft. (1.7 m) in diameter. The initial order from one resort for a Royal Poinciana tree root table; 500 units.
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