Grenfell Inquiry digest: What we learnt from Arconic this week

Hearings focused on the degree to which manufacturer had misled customers over the fire performance of its ACM cladding panels “Deliberate concealment” is how Grenfell Inquiry barrister Richard Millett QC described materials manufacturer Arconic’s marketing of its combustible ACM cladding. The accusation was a central theme in this week’s […] Click here to view original…

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Manager of Grenfell cladding manufacturer warned firm was ‘not clean’

Arconic president tells Grenfell inquiry staff lied to clients over fire performance An Arconic technical manager described the firm as “not clean” to a sales executive who had been trying to sell the same type of combustible cladding panels used on the Grenfell Tower’s refurbishment, the inquiry into the […] Click here to view original…

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Cladding: Dangerous material 'still allowed on new builds in NI'

Getty Images Alan Mayrs told the Stormont Finance Committee NI’s fire regulations are ‘weak’ New buildings in NI can still be fitted with the type of highly-flammable cladding that has caused fires in high-rise structures across the world, according to a building control expert. Stormont’s Finance Committee heard that […] Click here to view original…

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The group added that it was implementing widespread changes to its insulation board division practices including the publication of all fire test reports Kingspan says it supplied 5% of cladding at Grenfell Tower Kingspan PLC ( LON:KGP ) has apologised for what it says was “unacceptable employee conduct at […] Click here to view original…

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Grenfell cladding boss denies ‘deliberate concealment’ of test results

British regulator was not told by Arconic of combustible panels’ ‘disastrous’ 2005 test failure, inquiry hears The president of Arconic has denied that it was “deliberate concealment” not to tell British regulators that its cladding product had burned in a test, the Grenfell inquiry has heard. Arconic president Claude […] Click here to view original…

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Grenfell cladding email: Keep poor test 'confidential'

PA Media A technical manager at the maker of the Grenfell Tower cladding told colleagues poor fire test results on the product needed to be kept “very confidential”. The request, in capital letters, was in an email sent in 2010 and produced at the public inquiry into the 2017 […] Click here to view original…

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'Grenfell' fire-risk cladding on Plymouth student block will be replaced

Never miss a big story in Plymouth again with our daily newsletters A student flats block in Plymouth is set to have combustible cladding replaced due to the fire risk after an investigation following the Grenfell tragedy. Planning permission is being sought for the safety work at Central Park […] Click here to view original…

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