Cladding maker’s warning
THE maker of the panels usedd to clad the Grenfell Tower block advised customers last year against using its polyethylene-cored tiles in high- rise buildings.
Diagrams in a brochure e dated 2016 for Reynobond tiles show how polyethylene (PE) core tiles are suitable only for buildings of up to 10m.
“As soon as the building is higher than the firefighters’ ladders, it has to be conceived with an incombustible material,” it says.
The brochure was issued by French-based Arconic Architectural Products, which is responsible for the marketing in Europe of systems produced by US company Arconic, which owns Reynobond.
It has been reported that panels with a PE core were used in last year’s refurbishment of the 24-storey block.
Construction company Rydon Group, which undertook the work, and the local authority which owns the tower declined to confirm whether the panels were PE. Arconic did not comment.
A protester holds a placard.