Research funding stimulates the development of a new product in the construction sector
Funding provided by the Maltese Council for Science and Technology was crucial for a Maltese company to develop machines that make ‘glass reinforced polymer composite poles’, known in the industry as glass poles. GRP over 16 meters, which does not yet exist.
Now this will also be possible thanks to the joint work carried out between the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Malta and the MCST funds.
During a visit to the offices of Maltese company Silvercraft Products Ltd, Minister for Research, Innovation and Post-Covid-19 Strategy Coordination Dr Owen Bonnici said the company is proud to have created a prototype of the desired product and that it has even been tried.
“Now is the time to optimize the manufacture of the pole to achieve more strength and finally it will be marketed internationally,” said Dr Bonnici while wishing the company success.
These new GRP poles withstand high levels of stress and weight.
Dr Bonnici said it was a very wise move when a Maltese company such as Silvercraft Products Ltd. constantly changes its thinking and approach to develop its own business and continues to place Malta on the international map in terms of innovation and research.
For his part, Etienne Scerri, representative by Silvercraft Product Ltd explained that Silvercraft Products Ltd. started as a boat building company and today is one of the leading fiberglass manufacturing companies serving various industries including construction.
Professor Duncan Camilleri, on behalf of the University of Malta (Department of Mechanical Engineering), welcomed this collaboration and stressed that this project has become a reality, thanks to funds from the MCST.
Some of the products range from eye-catching ones such as “ planters ”, “ custom formwork ” facade panels, swimming pools and even reception desks and other products and even the ones we might not notice. not visibly, such as waterproofing tanks, water treatment systems and even hydrodynamic separators.
This means that innovation, research and development are an integral part of this activity created by said company.