Company curbs sale of panels used on burned London high-rise

Emilio Banks
June 27, 2017

He called for a "thorough review of fire safety in all of the country's residential tower blocks, a total commitment to action to deal with any problems and a guarantee that government will help fund the costs".

The advice was given by the same fire risk experts who are now testing the cladding on 600 tower blocks - and so far failing every one of them.

The company manufactures three main types of Reynobond panel: one with a polyethylene (PE) core, one with a fire retardant core and another with a non-combustible core, according to its website.

The fire began as a refrigerator fire in an apartment on the fourth floor of the building.

Shares of the company, formerly a part of Alcoa, fell as much as 11.3 per cent after Reuters reported on Saturday it had supplied the cladding knowing it would be used at Grenfell Tower, despite warning in its brochures those specific panels were a fire risk for tall buildings.

Photo Removing cladding from a tower block in Salford, in northwestern England, on Monday.

"They should act now, get the fire service in, check the buildings that they think may be affected, put in place mitigation measures, if required, or, as in the case of Camden, if they need to evacuate, that needs to happen".

Grenfell Tower was recently refurbished with Reynobond PE cladding, made by U.S. firm Arconic.

Sheffield City Council said one element used in the refurbishment of Hanover House, in Broomhall, had failed the test and would be taken down.

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The list of high-rise apartment towers in Britain that have failed fire safety tests grew to 60, officials said Sunday, revealing the.

Thousands of residents living on the Chalcots Estate in north London were evacuated by Camden Council on Friday evening after firefighters said they could not guarantee the safety of the buildings.

Javid told MPs he was concerned that landlords were not submitting samples for testing fast enough and urged them to send them quicker.

But it stressed the cladding was not combustible and not the same product used on the Kensington tower.

"And until the Grenfell Fire many experts would have claimed that system has served us well".

US -based Arconic cited "inconsistencies in building codes around the world" for stopping the sales.

Cladding, both from Arconic and others, has been widely used on low-income housing in the United Kingdom in recent years, in an apparent attempt to beautify older structures as London and other cities become more gentrified.

"Councils who can't tell if cladding is safe from the paper trail or just by looking at the building are sending them out for testing, and people are being cautious", she said.

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