As the first zinc composite Material ever, VMZinc bonded with an Alpolic core has been tested to and is complaint with the fire testing requirements for noncombustible construction as detailed in section 1407 of the International Building Code (IBC 2009).
Bill Yannetti, senior manager of technical services at Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc., says: “When we, at Mitsubishi, bring a product to market we make sure it is thoroughly tested both internally and externally, we make sure that our products perform to the highest of standards, after all a commitment to quality is a commitment to the customer.”
For VMZinc, Laurent Heindryckx, Umicore Building Products’ director of engineering, says: “Umicore is the leader in architectural zinc. We have proven that for instance through numerous innovations over the last years. It is our philosophy that leadership also requires the responsibility to have products that are code compliant. Therefore we are thankful to Mitsubishi for performing the test with us, our mutual customers will benefit from this co-operation.”
The panels used to perform the tests were fabricated by NOW Specialties, a premium panel fabricator of metal composites in Dallas, who has assisted also other reputable manufacturers in their IBC section 1407 testing.
Umicore is a world leading producer of architectural zinc. For over 160 years Umicore has been providing innovative solutions for building owners, architects and contractors. Umicore has offices and representatives all over the world. In the United States, Umicore Building Products USA, Inc. is based in Raleigh, NC. For additional information, visit www.vmzinc-us.com.
Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc is the global leader of aluminum and metal composite materials. With U.S. headquarters in Chesapeake, VA., Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America has been manufacturing the Alpolic materials for architectural wall cladding and specialty applications markets since 1974. MPCA is truly a global presence, serving a worldwide customer base with products that offer innovation, style, and performance.