SHERA is the trading name of Mahaphant Fibre Cement Public Company Limited based in Thailand. Established for over 40 years, Mahaphant are one of the largest manufacturers of fibre cement boards, siding and roofing and concrete roof tiles in the whole of Asia and export products on a global basis.
SHERA are proud of their innovative spirit and are renowned throughout the Asian region for continuously trying to improve their product range through a constant process of research and innovation.
SHERA have five manufacturing plants in Thailand with another being established in India.
The largest of the domestic plants is locate in Lopburi, about 3 hours drive north of Bangkok, covering 190,000 square metres and employing over 1,200 people.
SHERA’s fibre cement manufacturing process utilises state of the art machinery and much ‘green technology’ to make the process as kind to the environment as possible, from noise reduction to waste management.
SHERA are renowned for their innovative spirit and are constantly pushing the boundaries of the applications of fibre cement in the building industry.
SHERA have a dedicated research and development team located at their Lopburi plant, who have at their disposal fully equipped laboratories and a team of scientists and engineers dedicated to the innovation of new ideas, materials, technology and even their own specialized production machinery.
SHERA are proud of their reputation as a leader of innovation in the fibre cement industry in Asia. They were the first company to produce their range of Trilon roof tiles, the first to introduce the 35mm fibre cement stair. SHERA ply is an innovative product designed as an alternative to plywood and traditional interior paneling.
The list of new products introduced by SHERA is a long one.
Fibre cement is not new but the technology used to produce fibre cement is under a constant state of improvement, especially with regards to sweeping changes in building regulations regarding the use / replacement of asbestos in construction.
Fibre cement, or cement fibre depending on your preference, are composites composed of Portland cement, silica, water and wood pulp. It is made using a process called the “Hatschek process”, which was initially developed for the production of asbestos composites, but is now used for something that can actually be used as a viable asbestos replacement material: fibre reinforced cement composites, or fibre cement for short.
In the Hatscheck process cellulose fibers are pulped in warm water then mixed with cement, silica, and other additives. This mixture is then laid on a conveyor belt and in turn a laminating roll. This process is repeated over and over and multiple layers of fibre cement are laminated to the required thickness.
The continuous sheet of uncured fibre cement is cut to size and cured using an ‘autoclave process’, which combines intense heat and pressure that acts as a catalyst to chemical reactions between cement and silica that forms the fibre cement composite.
Fibre cement is an extremely tough building material with low moisture movement, low alkalinity, high fire resistance and good flexibility and workability.
Paint can and is applied to the plank products. Pigment can also be added to make the so-called ‘colour though’ fibre cement products of various colours, which give a uniform colouring through the whole section of the product.
There are many advantages fibre cement building products have over traditional materials such as wooden planks or gypsum or plywood boards:
Typical applications of fibre cement building materials include use as substrates, internal/external cladding and use in wet areas where water resistance is required, as well as areas where weather and fire resistance is important.
|LEED Guidelines||SHERA Benefits|
|Indoor Environmental Quality|| EQ4.3 : Low / No Emitting Material (from Singapore)|
EQ4.1 : Low Emitting Material - Adhesive & Sealants
|Material & Resources|| MR2.1 : Construction Waste Management|
MR4.1 : Recycled Content. (Fibre / Fly Ash)
MR6 : Rapidly Renewable Materials
MR5.1 : Regional Availability
MR3.1 : Resource Reuse
|Innovation in Design|| 1) SHERA board substitutes plywood, chip wood,|
MDF etc. in Paneling segment of applications
2) SHERA wood range offers substitution to natural
wood in decoration segment
|Pest Control||No pest control is required|
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