US-based Fiberglass Structural Engineering (FSE) has celebrated being in business for 40 years.

The company, which offers a range of services  focused on fiberglass reinforced plastic, was founded in 1976 by Winston Renoud when he recognized serious problems in the corrosion composites industry.  Prompted by extensive failures of unreliable FRP (fiber reinforced plastic) equipment, Renoud founded the company to address the inadequate designs and poor quality fabrications and installations that caused these failures. By creating the first third party FRP engineering and inspection company in the industrial fiberglass industry, FSE brought unbiased objectivity to industrial FRP projects and end-users, the company said.

FSE has partnered with scientists and professors to research new FRP nondestructive testing methods that will provide additional capabilities for evaluating industrial composite equipment and piping.  Along with its research partners, FSE recently co-authored and published a research article on this technology.  

FSE now has headquarters in Bellingham, WA, USA and two new branch offices in the Middle East: The United Arab Emirates and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.   ‘It’s a real achievement to transition from first generation to second and I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished over the years,’ said CEO Chris Renoud , son of Winston. ‘I’m looking forward to taking the new technologies that we’ve developed to improve safety for reinforced plastics throughout the world.’ 

This story is reprinted from material from FSE, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.