One of the most notoriously dangerous cladding products around is Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP). It has caused a large number of fires in recent years, the most known being the Lacrosse apartments in Melbourne in 2014, Torch Tower in Dubai in 2015/2017 and the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London in 2017 where 72 people died.
This product consists of two thin aluminum sheets bonded to a non-aluminum core and isoften used to create attractive and durable facades. There are many variants to this product consisting of different cores, (the non-aluminum material to which the aluminum sheets are laminated to) and the actual core type determines how flammable the product is.
ACP has been used as a building product internationally since the late 1990’s so the issue is widespread. However, the industry needs to take responsibility for assessing and ensuring that any buildings with ACP are safe and protected from this issue. Due to its prevalent presence, attention to detail and thorough management is required so that not one building is overlooked.
ZX Panel does not use Aluminium Composite Panel, instead we source superior, pure aluminium product for a solid finish that is safe and non-combustible.