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GRP Fume Cupboards

GRP fume cupboards offer the ultimate in performance, safety and durability. Glass-reinforced plastic (GRP), also know as fibreglass or glass-fibre reinforced plastic (FRP), is a polymer made of a plastic matrix reinforced by fine fibres of glass. It is chemically resistant, lightweight, extremely strong and robust, and can be easily formed using moulding processes. GRP is commonly used in the production of boats, light aircraft, wind turbines, storage tanks and car bodywork.

For over 40 years we have chosen to manufacture GRP fume cupboards for they advantages they offer over more commonly used materials, advantages such as :

  • Excellent chemical resistance, especially to highly corrosive acids that would quickly attack epoxy coated or stainless steel fume cupboard surfaces

  • Moulded profiles providing superior airflow and minimal turbulence, resulting in class-leading fume containment and safety

  • Excellent impact and abrasion resistance

  • Extremely long lasting. We have many 25+ year old fume cupboard installations in working labs that still look hardly used

  • Ease of cleaning and decontamination due to wide-radiused corners and minimal joints and crevices

  • Great looks, the smooth lines and radiuses give a pleasing finish to our fume cupboards, that perfectly compliments the modern laboratory

  • Leak and crevice free one-piece fume cupboard chamber and front moulding

  • Good fire retardant properties

  • Ease of repair

In the past there were a number of UK companies, besides Fumair, who manufactured GRP fume cupboards. Over the years some of these have fallen by the wayside and the others have opted to drop GRP in favour of less labour intensive, cheaper to produce (but inferior) materials, such as epoxy coated steel and laminate sheets.

Fumair, through innovative design,  investment and careful outsourcing (nearly all local UK companies) are now the only UK manufacturer to offer fume cupboard manufactured from GRP as standard.

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