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THE BIG 5 2018 – a new era for plasterboard

BIG 5 – a new era for plasterboard

The Gyproc® stand at THE BIG 5 2018 heralded a new era for plasterboard linings with three major displays showing how ground-breaking new lining technology is already changing the way that buildings are planned and constructed throughout the Middle East.

To demonstrate how the latest generation high strength plasterboards are simplifying the design of internal partition walls and making internal spaces more flexible, the famous Habito® climbing wall was back, but re-engineered with a new fresh look for 2018.

On the new climbing face, a team of professional climbers demonstrated the unique strength and fixing characteristics of Habito® – the world’s strongest plasterboard, by climbing using standard holds and grips simply screw-fixed directly to the board with ordinary wood screws.  If this wasn’t enough, visitors were then invited to prove the strength for themselves by fixing weights of up to 60 kilos from a single fixing, and sitting on a floating chair, again fixed directly to the Habito® face without any additional supporting framework.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a third face, displays of Gyptone and Rigitone high performance perforated acoustic plasterboards showed how modern, eye-catching ceilings could be created, alongside acoustic linings from sister company Ecophon, to control sound in auditoria and busy communal areas.

The star of the show, however, was Gyproc’s new sheathing board, Glasroc® X – an advanced, fibre-reinforced paperless gypsum board with strong water-resistant glass-mat liners and special moisture and mold-resistant additives, that make it ideal for tile-backing and other high humidity internal applications, as well as an external sheathing board to provide temporary weather protection and allow internal fit-out to proceed ahead of full weatherproofing, thus speeding-up the build process.

The first of two displays featuring the new Glasroc® X technology, showed the new sheathing board as the key element of Saint-Gobain’s new façade system – a lightweight fast-build external façade system with Glasroc® X sheathing on a high-strength Gypframe metal framework with Kimmco-ISOVER® between-stud insulation, finished externally with a Weber ETICS permanent external lining. Visitors were able to see for themselves the benefits of the two-stage system, which is quick and easy to fix and enables steel frame buildings to be temporarily insulated and weatherproofed for up to 6 months, prior to application of the ETICS external finish.

Reinforcing the versatility of the Glasroc® X board for a range of demanding external and internal lining applications, a second display showed the new board used as a tile-backer in a typical shower or wet-room application.

Gyproc’s Sales and Marketing Director, Jeet Khanna, said after the show. “Visitors were flocking to our stand to see the latest innovations in lining technology and were left in no doubt that whatever their structural lining requirements, be they acoustics, fire protection, moisture and mold protection, impact resistance or water resistance, Gyproc® now has advanced, fully tested solutions that meet all local and national standards, and allow their projects to proceed more quickly, more safely and more cost-effectively than using the old-fashioned heavy masonry alternatives.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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