THE HISTORY OF USING FIBERS IN BUILDING MATERIALS
The use of fibers to fortify building materials may seem like a new idea, but its roots can be traced back thousands of years to ancient Egypt when crude straw “fibers” were added to clay and mud building blocks and bricks. Although primitive in design, these fibers provided a structure and toughness that the Egyptian builders found very beneficial.
Early plasterers achieved similar results by adding both horse and pig hair to plaster as a method of reinforcement. And while the design and uniform distribution of these early fibers were problematic, the basic theory of adding three-dimensional fibers to increase the toughness and durability of various building materials proved to be valuable.
FIBER REINFORCEMENT TODAY
Centuries later, FORTA Corporation has transformed and revolutionized this basic concept. By combining space-age synthetic materials with unique designs and shapes, it now supplies the international construction market with reinforcement fiber products that minimize cracking, improve material performance and add long-term durability in a wide variety of concrete, asphalt and other applications.
Since 1978, the products, services and people of FORTA have played an important role in the design, construction and preservation of Stronger Lasting™ roads, bridges and buildings around the globe. Through an ongoing commitment to research and development, FORTA will continue to envision and construct the future of reinforcement fibers.