Cladding maker’s warn­ing

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WORLD -

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.

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