Fibre Cement is an extraordinary building material
Fibre cement, in the early days better known as asbestos cement, started its triumphal procession in 1900. The founder of the Eternit factory in Vöcklabruck, Ludwig Hatschek, discovered at the end of the 19th century the development of a completely new building material that should revolutionize the world.
Fibre cement is a composite material made of cement and tight connection fibres, known as well as Eternit. In the past for the fibre mostly asbestos was used. But meanwhile this dangerous material has been replaced by other fibres like glas-, CFK- or cellulose, at least in Europe. Fibre cement is mainly used in form of plates but as well for tubes and moulds. This building material is extremely resistant and has a multiplicity of advantages compared with other building materials and proves so impressively its worldwide success. It is light, impact resistant and shatter-proof, fire-proof, weather-proof, corrosion-proof and decomposition-proof.
Fibre cement is used as raw product for the manufacturing of small, medium and large format fibre cement plates. The plates are available in different colours and as well with granulated and structured surfaces. Fibre cement that replaced the erstwhile asbestos manufactures is especially used for roof covering and for panelling. For that the soft fibre cement mush is pressed in dedicated moulds. After hardening the products have a very high tensile strength and resistance to bending.
Fibre cement has multiple characteristics:
- Multitude of mouldings are possible
- Extraordinary break resistance and stability
- Weather-proof as a result of its compact structure
- Inured to rottenness and corrosion
- Minimum weight
- Compared to other building materials it is very light