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Cladding manufacturer pulls flammable material from sale

The manufacturer of cladding believed to have contributed to the spread of the blaze at Grenfell Tower two weeks ago has withdrawn the material from sale.

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In a statement, engineer Arconic announced that it would no longer be supplying Reynobond PE, the aluminium composite material used to clad Grenfell Tower during a refurbishment completed in 2016, for use on high-rise buildings.

This follows a report by Reuters, which said it had seen emails sent between Arconic’s UK sales manager and executives at the contractors working on Grenfell Tower questioning why flammable cladding had been supplied.

Arconic provides several kinds of aluminium cladding.

Reynobond PE is notable for its core, which is made of the flammable material polyethylene. The composite has been banned for use on towers in various countries, including Germany and the US.


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The manufacturer said in a statement: “Arconic is discontinuing global sales of Reynobond PE for use in high-rise applications.

“We believe this is the right decision because of the inconsistency of building codes across the world and issues that have arisen in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy regarding code compliance of cladding systems in the context of buildings’ overall designs.

“We will continue to fully support the authorities as they investigate this tragedy.”

Arconic’s competitors, Fairview Architectural, announced a week ago that it would cease production of the similar material Vitrabond PE for building façade use on 1 July.

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