27 May 2020
An innovative spray-on concrete made from used tyres that can protect buildings against blast, ballistics, impact and fire has been short-listed for Australia’s most prestigious manufacturing awards.
Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) supports Flexiroc Australia Pty Ltd in its research and development of this ground-breaking product, Protectiflex.
Flexiroc managing director Gary Bullock says Protectiflex is a game changer: a one-stop solution that can be sprayed on buildings and structures to strengthen and protect them – and the people within them – from explosions, weapons and ballistics attacks, forced entry and fire.
“When subjected to extreme blasts, ballistics and impact, conventional concrete masonry materials can create deadly shrapnel,” says Bullock. “We saw a need to create an innovative, eco-friendly and cost-effective concrete-like material to meet security and safety design.”
Protectiflex is a finalist in the Environmental Solution of the Year Award category of the 17th annual Endeavour Awards, celebrating innovation and success from a range of Australian manufacturing companies. The Environmental Solution of the Year Award recognises companies based on how their development, technology or initiative has made a positive impact to environmental sustainability in manufacturing.
TSA Chief Executive Lina Goodman says: “It is the role of TSA to work with organisations like Flexiroc and products like Protectiflex to see more rubber crumb being used in alternate markets.
“To be nominated as a finalist is such an honour and the innovation behind this product is incredible. Imagine using used tyres within walls of buildings to protect the structure and help save lives.”