Alcoa (now called Arconic) supplied the ignito-cladding for Grenfell Towers knowing it was fire hazard

24 06 2017

Reuters – Arconic knowingly supplied flammable panels for use in London tower: emails

By Tom Bergin – LONDON

“Six emails sent by and to an Arconic Inc (ARNC.N) sales manager raise questions about why the company supplied combustible cladding to a distributor for use at Grenfell Tower, despite publicly warning such panels were a fire risk for tall buildings.

The emails, dating from 2014 and seen by Reuters, were between Deborah French, Arconic’s UK sales manager, and executives at the contractors involved in the bidding process for the refurbishment contract at Grenfell Tower in London, where 79 people died in a blaze last week.

When asked about the emails, Arconic said in a statement that it had known the panels would be used at Grenfell Tower but that it was not its role to decide what was or was not compliant with local building regulations.” . . . .”

” . . . The [2016 Arconic] brochure also issued a blunt warning that cladding can be a fire risk.

“When conceiving a building, it is crucial to choose the adapted products in order to avoid the fire to spread to the whole building. Especially when it comes to facades and roofs, the fire can spread extremely rapidly,” the brochure said.

As soon as the building is higher than the fire fighters’ladders, it has to be conceived with an incombustible material. . . . ” (more)

“Harley [of Harley Facades Ltd., the company which installed the panels ] said last week it was “not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower”.”

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24 06 2017
24 06 2017
flyingcuttlefish

TIME – ‘Not Safe for People to Sleep in Overnight.’ 4 London Public Housing Towers Evacuated
http://time.com/4831795/london-public-housing-towers-evacuated/

The Guardian – London tower blocks’ residents tell of ‘chaos’ of overnight evacuation
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/24/london-tower-block-residents-chaos-overnight-evacuation-grenfell-fire

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25 06 2017
flyingcuttlefish

25 06 2017
flyingcuttlefish

25 06 2017
flyingcuttlefish

26 06 2017
flyingcuttlefish

CLADDING FIRE TEST

26 06 2017
flyingcuttlefish

Grenfell Tower: cladding material linked to fire pulled from sale worldwide
Arconic discontinues Reynobond PE, an element of cladding linked to the London blaze, for use in high-rise buildings
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/26/grenfell-tower-cladding-linked-to-fire-pulled-from-sale-worldwide

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