MultiQ®

Glass-reinforced sandwich panels

MultiQ® is a line of modular thermoplastic composites in panel form whose specific properties make them particularly suitable as an alternative to plywood in outdoor applications. Their sandwich panel form of MultiQ® composites gives them tremendous versatility, allowing for design freedom in wide-ranging applications. 

Also available are MultiQ® Concrete and MultiQ® Impact, sandwich panels consisting of both a glass and polypropylene fiber core that is faced on both sides with a cover layer of high-strength, UV-resistant thermoplastic composite materials. The unique combination of multi-directional glass fibers in the core and cover layer fibers oriented in the direction of tension and compression results in a sandwich panel with incredibly high stiffness as well as a low weight per unit area.

MultiQ® general properties
  • High stiffness with low weight per unit area
  • No change in the mechanical values or dimensions when exposed to moisture
  • UV-resistant and ideal for outdoor use in any weather
  • Impact- and fracture-resistant even at low temperatures
  • Can be worked like wood (nailed, drilled, sawn, screwed, milled, etc.)
  • Durability and resistance to rot
  • Simple to clean and repair
  • Low transport costs
  • Quick to install or remove
  • 100% recyclable  

 

Plywood vs. MultiQ®
Criteria
Weight
MultiQ®
As much as 20% lighter than plywood
Criteria
Flexural strength (MPa) dry
MultiQ®
46
Plywood
62
Criteria
Flexural strength (MPa) after 16 days immersion in water
MultiQ®
44
Plywood
27
Criteria
Flexural modulus (MPa) dry
MultiQ®
5700
Plywood
7200
Criteria
Flexural modulus (MPa) after 16 days immersion in water
MultiQ®
5400
Plywood
4100
Criteria
Resistance to rot and mildew
MultiQ®
Excellent
Plywood
Vulnerable to rot and mildew
Criteria
Degradation of mechanical properties with outdoor exposure
MultiQ®
None
Plywood
-40% degradation
Criteria
Thickness tolerance with outdoor exposure
MultiQ®
+/- 0.3 mm (0.012 in.)
Plywood
>2 mm (0.078 in.)
Criteria
Scratch resistance
MultiQ®
Excellent
Plywood
Good, depending on coating
Criteria
Impact resistance
MultiQ®
Excellent
Plywood
Fair
Criteria
Possibility to saw, nail, drill
MultiQ®
Yes
Plywood
Yes
Criteria
Repairable
MultiQ®
Yes
Plywood
Yes
Criteria
Easy to clean
MultiQ®
Very easy
Plywood
Depends on finish
Criteria
Life span
MultiQ®
3-5x longer than plywood (>200 pours)
Plywood
Project and environment dependent (approx. 50 pours)
Criteria
Cost
MultiQ®
2x upfront cost but 3-5x longer life
Plywood
Half the upfront cost but fraction of the life
Criteria MultiQ® Plywood
Weight As much as 20% lighter than plywood -
Flexural strength (MPa) dry 46 62
Flexural strength (MPa) after 16 days immersion in water 44 27
Flexural modulus (MPa) dry 5700 7200
Flexural modulus (MPa) after 16 days immersion in water 5400 4100
Resistance to rot and mildew Excellent Vulnerable to rot and mildew
Degradation of mechanical properties with outdoor exposure None -40% degradation
Thickness tolerance with outdoor exposure +/- 0.3 mm (0.012 in.) >2 mm (0.078 in.)
Scratch resistance Excellent Good, depending on coating
Impact resistance Excellent Fair
Possibility to saw, nail, drill Yes Yes
Repairable Yes Yes
Easy to clean Very easy Depends on finish
Life span 3-5x longer than plywood (>200 pours) Project and environment dependent (approx. 50 pours)
Cost 2x upfront cost but 3-5x longer life Half the upfront cost but fraction of the life
What is MultiQ® Concrete?

MultiQ® Concrete GRP sandwich panels are used in the construction industry as moisture-resistant, durable formwork panels. The recyclable composite panels can be worked like plywood (i.e. nailed, sawn, and drilled without splintering) but exceeds the performance of plywood formwork due to its excellent mechanical properties. 

MultiQ® Concrete exhibits high rigidity with a low weight per unit area and great resistance to weather and rot. It remains dimensionally stable even with prolonged exposure to moisture, and is also resistant to chemicals commonly present in construction sites. With a high quality concrete surface, this innovative composite panel exhibits a significantly longer service life and reduced cleaning needs compared to plywood. 

Benefits of MultiQ® Concrete
  • Cost savings over long lifespan 
  • Excellent concrete surface quality
  • Easy to cut, drill, mill
  • Scratch-resistant, no splintering
  • Easy to clean
  • Recyclable
MultiQ® Concrete Mechanical Properties
Criteria
Flexural modulus (longitudinal)
Value
5,400 - 6,200 MPa
Criteria
Flexural modulus (transverse)
Value
4,000 - 5,000 MPa
Criteria
Flexural strength (longitudinal)
Value
40 - 70 MPa
Criteria
Flexural strength (transverse)
Value
35 - 60 MPa
Criteria
Gray color
Value
RAL 7032
Criteria
Use temperature
Value
-40°C to +80°C
Criteria Value
Flexural modulus (longitudinal) 5,400 - 6,200 MPa
Flexural modulus (transverse) 4,000 - 5,000 MPa
Flexural strength (longitudinal) 40 - 70 MPa
Flexural strength (transverse) 35 - 60 MPa
Gray color RAL 7032
Use temperature -40°C to +80°C
What is MultiQ® Impact?

MultiQ Impact is a high-performance sandwich panel that has been specially developed as a board for construction scaffolds and other walkways with high levels of demanded impact resistance. The plastic scaffold boards factory-finished with an anti-slip surface are light, extremely impact- and fracture-resistant, non-weathering, non-rotting, easy to clean and extra-durable.

Benefits of MultiQ® Impact
  • Cost savings over long lifespan 
  • Increased safety due to no hidden rot
  • Easy to cut, drill, mill
  • No swelling or shrinking when wet
  • Scratch-resistant, anti-slip surface
  • Recyclable
MultiQ® Impact Mechanical Properties
Criteria
Flexural modulus (longitudinal)
Value
5,400 MPa
Criteria
Flexural modulus (transverse)
Value
5,000 MPa
Criteria
Flexural strength (longitudinal)
Value
60 MPa
Criteria
Flexural strength (transverse)
Value
50 MPa
Criteria
Gray color
Value
RAL 8017
Criteria
Use temperature
Value
-40°C to +80°C
Criteria Value
Flexural modulus (longitudinal) 5,400 MPa
Flexural modulus (transverse) 5,000 MPa
Flexural strength (longitudinal) 60 MPa
Flexural strength (transverse) 50 MPa
Gray color RAL 8017
Use temperature -40°C to +80°C
What is MultiQ® DecoLine?

MultiQ® DecoLine is a family of composite panels whose specific properties make them an excellent material for decorative applications on floors and walls. The panels out-perform wood-based panels in a wide range of applications, from RV and camper van interior walls to laminate flooring in wet areas.

Properties of MultiQ® DecoLine
  • Low weight
  • High moisture resistance
  • Low thermal expansion
  • Potential for integrating functions
  • Sound dampening
  • Thermally insulating