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Scrap Tire Recycling, Composite Products, Glass Reinforced Concrete, Plastics

  • KFA – provided market research & project management consulting work for a Jeddah based Industrial Group in collaboration with a U.S. based technology provider to assist with a technology transfer program utilizing high-value integrated technology - incorporating a market validation study covering the GCC markets. Also, KFA provided a detailed Business Plan incorporating bankable 5-year financial projections and sensitivity analysis.
  • KFA – provided marketing and project management support services to a Saudi Arabian government entity and local road contractor to provide asphalt rubber know-how and technology transfer to enable the first major asphalt rubber roads to be constructed in the Saudi capital - Riyadh.
  • KFA – provided a bankable feasibility study for a prominent Saudi Arabian joint venture group to build a fully integrated tire recycling facility combining asphalt rubber know-how and technology transfer.
  • KFA – was a member of the Asphalt Rubber 2012 5th International Conference organizing committee held in Munich, Germany. The AR2012 conference was attended by 250 delegates from more than 25 countries and 60 papers were presented covering all aspects of asphalt rubber best practices and applications, highlighting the superior asphalt rubber material performance including: longevity, life cycle costs benefits, noise reduction and safety.
  • KFA - prepared in-depth market study for a Fortune -500 consumer electronics company to introduce a sustainability program and source eco-friendly recycled materials for all their packaging applications, together with an in-depth research study sourcing available nanotechnologies/materials for consumer electronics operating in aggressive humid sports environments.
  • KFA – recently provided logistical and operational management support services for a leading international plastics consumer product manufacturer working with major US based big box stores and retailers.

Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) architectural cladding panels

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Background

Keith Fryer worked for the Pilkington Group for more than 20-years associated with Fiberglass Cemfil® glass fiber reinforcement for concrete products initially as Sales Manager for architectural products UK working with the Lafarge Cement subsidiary  Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) Ltd, based in Wincham, Cheshire  (acquired by the Pilkington Group), then as Marketing Manager and later Export Manager (Middle East); before being appointed General Manager of the Pilkington / Saudi Arabian joint venture GRC Saudi Arabia based in Riyadh to establish the largest Glass fiber reinforced concrete (GRC) product manufacturing facility in the world, where he worked for 5-years. The projects undertaken included all forms of decorative cladding panels and sun screens using both the spray and premix processes, including the famous King Fahd International Stadium project in Riyadh.

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Pilkington Fiberglass Cemfil® - originally developed by the Pilkington Group UK with the patents and production know-how later acquired by Owens Corning USA - offers superior performance to standard fiber reinforcing and can be designed to meet specific architectural project cladding specifications as shown. There are several manufacturers of AR glass fiber, including Xiangyang Huierjie Glassfibre Co, Ltd, NEG AmericaNyconRich Fibers & Systems, and Owens Corning. Owens Corning acquired Saint-Gobain's Vetrotex glass fiber business (Cem-FIL®) and has transferred sales and marketing of its concrete-reinforcing fibers (including AR glass fibers) to Continental Marketing's Rich Fibers & Systems.

The alkali resistance of AR glass fibers is a result of adding zirconia (zirconium oxide) to the glass-the best fibers have zirconia contents ranging from 14.5% to 19% or higher. The tensile strength of the glass fiber is higher than that of steel and the modulus of elasticity is 3 times that of concrete so that when you put stress into the concrete system the glass absorbs the energy and won't allow it to crack.

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Grosvenor Hotel project, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

The new version of the Grosvenor hotel, destroyed after a severe fire in 1978, forms half of one of Glasgow’s finest terraces with its 1855 Venetian-Renaissance façade. Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) Ltd won the contract to design and manufacture all the replacement façade columns and capitals and all other items required by the architects T. M. Miller & Partners.

Special on-site molding techniques were used to replace the facades, including taking rubber compound moldings from existing façade elements and reproducing the ornate columns and capitals in the in-house mold shop facility at GRC Ltd. The Company also designed many of the special framing & fittings and assisted with the installation of the units on site.

  • Keith Fryer project managed all aspects of this prestigious architectural project from inception between the architects, engineers and general contractor to a successful completion of the project - which later received a special mention at the 1981 Concrete Society Awards (Building Structures Category). Keith also presented a paper on the project story board at the International GRC Congress held in Paris, France at the Sofitel Hotel in November 1981.
  • Visit link: “The Use of GRC in the refurbishment of the Grosvenor Hotel Glasgow” by K. J. Fryer Glass Reinforced Concrete, GRC, Limited. UK.

king_fahd_stadiumKing Fahd International Stadium project Riyadh –

The stadium was completed in 1987 with the capacity of 68,752 viewers and has one of the largest stadium roofs in the world. It was a venue for matches of the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1989 including the final match. The cost of construction was around 650 million Saudi Riyals [$174M] and the stadium's roof shades over 67,000 seats and covers an area of 47,000 square feet. The 24 columns are arranged in a circle with a 247-metre diameter. The huge umbrella keeps the sun off the seats and concourse slabs, providing shade and comfort in the hot desert climate.

The stadium was designed by Ian Fraser, John Roberts & Partners. The contractors were Philip Holzmann AG Germany and GRC Saudi Arabia designed, produced and installed all the exterior GRC cladding panels for the stadium.

  • Keith Fryer in his role as General Manager at GRC Saudi Arabia coordinated all aspects of this project between the architects, engineers and general contractor from initial project tender stage, contract award, GRC panel design, production and installation and handover.

Composite Products - ModPOD® & ModPAD® custom modular building & housing systems

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  • KFA – provided market research data and management support for a Feasibility Study and Business plan for a Zhuhai China - U.S. joint-venture group, establishing a composite modular housing system manufacturing facility in the USA.
  • KFA – researched the USA, Canadian and Middle East (GCC) markets for this type of building design and construction to provide valuable project background to justify the investment program
  • KFA – assisted local management with project logistics and domstic and international sales development programs

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