Fiberglass Rods Manufacturers and Companies

IQS Directory provides an extensive list of fiberglass rod manufacturers and suppliers. Utilize our website to review and source fiberglass rod manufactures with our easy-to-use features which allow you to locate fiberglass rod companies that will design, engineer, and manufacture fiberglass rods for your exact specifications. Our request for quote forms make it easy to connect with leading fiberglass rod manufacturers. View company profiles, website links, locations, phone number, product videos, customer reviews, product specific news articles and other production information. We are a leading manufacturer directory who will connect you with the right manufacturers whether you are looking for thin fiberglass rods, solid fiberglass rods, or flexible fiberglass rods.

  • Mobile, AL

    The staff at All Plastics and Fiberglass, Inc. is made up of committed engineers, estimators, design & fabrication technicians who are all determined to maintain a state-of-the-art FRP manufacturing facility, providing a wide range of valued customers with precision crafted fiberglass rods for over a century. Let AP&F handle your needs to the highest level of quality & customer satisfaction.

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  • Costa Mesa, CA

    Advanced Fiberglass Concepts (ADV) is a leading provider of high-quality composite products and solutions for various industries. With a commitment to innovation, exceptional craftsmanship and customer satisfaction, ADV has established itself as a trusted name in the composite manufacturing industry. ADV has the vision and capabilities to deliver advanced composite solutions that meet the evolving needs of industries, such as aerospace, automotive, defense, marine, art, architecture and more.

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  • Joshua, TX

    We are a professional fiberglass manufacturer that creates a wide variety of parts for companies and consumers across the country. Products including package chutes, seat pans and bottoms, battery covers, skate car and our most trusted walk in bathtubs known worldwide. Consistency of performance and quality is our first mission. Contact us today for more information.

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  • Muncie, IN

    Arrowhead has been in the composite molding business since 1972. We supply parts to many different customers in a variety of different industries. Such industries include but are not limited to: agriculture, truck and bus, marine, transportation, commercial and specialty vehicle and equipment manufacturers. We specialize in both open and closed molding and have many years of experience converting products made from traditional materials to fiberglass in order to save our customers money.

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  • Chickasha, OK

    Since the 1950’s, Beetle Plastics has been a designer and manufacturer of composite and fiberglass products. We specialize in cooling tower piping, and also offer fiberglass tanks, vessels, and processing equipment. We offer composite and fiberglass fabrication to meet your needs.

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Fiberglass Rods Industry Information

Fiberglass Rods

Fiberglass rods are long, thin, and usually rounded components that have solid profiles. They are made from fiberglass reinforced plastic, a composite material that consists of a thermoplastic resin mixed with fiberglass threading. Fiberglass is highly sought after because of its ability to add strength to a material while avoiding the addition of too much weight. In addition to its strength-to-weight ratio, fiberglass is non-conductive, non-magnetic, and resistant to rust, extreme temperatures, and various chemicals such as acid and bleach. The glass fibers are commonly threaded on both sides of the material to enable it to connect to other items or fastening components such as screws.

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Benefits of Fiberglass Rods

Fiberglass rods are widely popular and highly favored over rods made from other materials, such as metal. Fiberglass is much stronger and lighter than metal, therefore making it much easier for manufacturers and consumers alike to handle, transport, and install them. Both these factors significantly contribute to fiberglass’s inexpensive overall cost. Because it is so versatile, reliable, and cost effective, rods made from fiberglass are used extensively in a broad range of industries and applications. Examples of these industries include sports equipment fabrication and food processing. Examples of items that can be made from fiberglass include retaining wall pins, antenna poles, food processing machine components, cable support rods, duct rods, flag poles, and fishing rods.

Fiberglass Manufacturing

Typically, fiberglass products are manufactured using the molding process. However, fiberglass rods are manufactured by way of pultrusion. The word "pultrusion" is a portmanteau—the term combines the words "pull" and "extrusion." The pultrusion process enables manufacturers to produce continuous lengths of fiberglass reinforced plastic, and produce fiberglass rods with constant cross-sections. The first step of the process involves forcing molten glass through ultra-fine holes. Next, the continuous uncut threads are put in a resin bath in which they are coated with a thermoplastic resin. The next step involves drawing the coated fibers through a heated die, where the material takes the shape of a rod. The fiberglass threads and the thermoplastic resin remain separate as it takes the final shape. Finally, the rod is left to cure and dry. Once cured and dried, the rod can be cut to a desired length using tools such as a router, a saw, or a drill. Because of the tendency of fiberglass to splinter, the cutting process is often done using a tool bit or a diamond-tipped saw. After cutting, the rods may be sent for secondary processing, such as painting, drilling, rounding, pointing, or threading. However, secondary processing is rarely necessary.

Pultruded fiberglass rods are highly advantageous to materials such as structural wood/timber, steel, and aluminum. The primary advantage of fiberglass over wood is that unlike wood, fiberglass will not rot, warp, or develop mold or mildew. Second, fiberglass is much lighter in weight than wood, much stronger, and more rigid.

Fiberglass Reenforced Plastic and Steel

When it comes to steel, fiberglass reenforced plastic has three main benefits. First, fiberglass is both thermally and electrically non-conductive, and can even be made fire resistant by certain resins. Second, it is much more resistant to corrosion than steel. Third, it can be up to 75% lighter in weight, allowing for much easier installation. The advantages don’t end there. Pultruded fiberglass has a much lower life cycle cost, as steel requires frequent galvanizing and painting in order to maintain it. Pultruded fiberglass material is transparent to both EMI/RFI and radio wave transmissions. Finally, pultruded fiberglass rods can be manufactured using simple tools, unlike steel, which requires welding.

Aluminum vs. Fiberglass

Aluminum has a high level of thermal and electrical conductivity, a low level of corrosion resistance, and is heavy in weight. However, pultruded fiberglass rods have the opposite characteristics, and are around 30% lighter than aluminum. Both materials are very strong, but aluminum is much more prone to deformation and denting under high impact, and is not resistant to EMI/RFI transmissions. Pultruded fiberglass rods, however, have a much higher level of dimensional stability and are EMI/RFI transparent. Aluminum often costs less than pultruded fiberglass plastic, but because of the latter’s durability, it will cost less in the long run and is thus worth the initial investment.

Resin System

Many companies offer custom pultrusion services to ensure that the fiberglass rods you acquire perfectly suit your application. One part of the pultrusion process that is often customizable is the resin system. Common resin systems include polyester, vinyl ester, and polyurethane. Manufacturers of custom fiberglass rods may design and adjust the resin system to meet the client’s requirements. Get in touch with a fiberglass rod manufacturer today to learn more and explore further options.

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