India’s first affordable 3mm fire-rated Aluminium Composite Panel by Aludecor
Last month, Aludecor, the pioneer of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) in India, launched 3mm fire-rated ACP in Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai. Aludecor’s dealers were introduced to a product that can contribute towards preventing fire casualties in most buildings in India. Ashok Khurana, Director General (Retd) of CPWD and Independent Director of NBCC India Ltd., the chief guest for the event in New Delhi, launched the product. Rahul Gupta, Operations Director, Exova Warringtonfire, India, who was the Special Guest at the event, shed light on the importance of fire safety and fire-rated materials in today’s constructions. Exova representatives were also present at the events in Mumbai and Chennai. Aluminium Composite Panel is widely used in India today not just for commercial exteriors but also for interiors and residential projects. About 80% of the ACP market in India belongs to the 3mm ACP. By introducing affordable 3mm fire-rated ACP, the company has played a crucial role towards ensuring fire-safety. India has long been reeling under the aftermath of a few serious infernos, hence making buildings fire-safe has always been a concern.
However, fire rating has largely been limited to 4mm ACPs for high-priced projects only. The fire-rated 4mm ACP of Aludecor has been very popular with the big ticket high-rises for a long time. The company arguably has the best infrastructure in India for manufacturing fire-rated ACPs to have in-house palletizing unit for producing the mineral core sandwiched between the two aluminium coils in an ACP. It also has an in-house fire testing lab. The company even has another line of products which offers mineral core on trial that is subjected to rigorous in-house tests; only after clearing these tests a particular batch is sent for final production. Backed by this infrastructure, the R&D team of Aludecor has worked out fire-rating for 3mm ACP that can be offered to the market at an affordable price. Providing two-hour fire resistance, the product controls flame spread and heat release. It suppresses smoke so that the individual’s vision is not hindered while escaping.