The origins of GDR evolved from understanding the needs of large retail chain stores wishing to buy from Indonesia. Their requirements included professional product development, large volume productions, well trained merchandisers, quality control, packaging, labeling solutions, and compliant facilities.
The Founder of GDR, Andrew McLatchie saw that there were very few, if any companies fulfilling the prerequisites of these multinational companies and so GDR was founded in 1995 and has grown on the basis of reliability and professionalism in a volume area.
Today GDR has shifted its focus to a new & trending material, Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC), or lightweight concrete as more commonly known.
GFRC is a strong & durable material that endures the extremes of all weather conditions. We pride ourselves on our ability to bring to market a wide range of furniture, water features, planters & decorative accessories.
Our GFRC is a type of glass fiber reinforced concrete and is distinctly different to concrete, poly resin, fiber stone, or GRC. Our GFRC has been developed specifically to withstand the wide ranges of weather variation found worldwide, from below freezing to over 50°C. It has been tested and found to have sustained no degradation or breakdown.
Our unique method of applying the fiber strands and concrete allow for a dispersion of the fiber that creates an individual matrix or layer, rather than the 3 layers created by other methods.
The use of only one layer takes away the possibility delamination or separation as well as almost eliminating the small spider web cracks associated with other materials and methods of application. Without the separate layers, Our GFRC has far greater tensile and impact strengths than most. As a result, it can be used in all weather conditions, inside or outside.
This same distinct method also allows for the application of colors through a process of chemical reaction. GFRC uses no paint or surface layer color, but rather a series of applications developed by our chemist. Through reactions in the concrete, these colors penetrate into the matrix, making them impervious to sun and rain. Our sealants are applied the same way, using nanotechnology to penetrate into the matrix to further protect our products from ice.