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Eco-Friendly ALPOLIC Product Transparency Declarations
Eco-Friendly ALPOLIC Product Transparency Declarations
December 9, 2014
Product transparency matters. Whether or not you read labels at the grocery store, you understand why the FDA requires product ingredients and nutrition information to be listed on every package. People need the ability to make informed choices about what they put in their bodies.What about the ingredients you put in your building? What about the substances that building inhabitants may be exposed to every day? What about the chemicals that could end up in the environment as a byproduct of manufacturing, decades of exposure to the elements, and recycling of materials at a building’s end-of-life?There’s no FDA regulating building
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Understanding Visual Acceptance Standards for Architectural Panels
Understanding Visual Acceptance Standards for Architectural Panels
July 18, 2014
What you need to know to ensure the integrity of your architectural designArchitects and project owners generally have a good understanding of structural, fire, electrical and other building standards – and can easily agree on whether an item is or is not in compliance. That’s because the industry standards can be expressed in terms of objective criteria, which are thoroughly documented in applicable building codes.When it comes to standards for visual acceptability, sometimes understanding and agreement don’t come as easily. Who’s to say, for example, whether a tiny imperfection in an installed architectural panel falls within an acceptable range of
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Eliminate Guesswork With ALPOLIC Radius Gauge
Eliminate Guesswork With ALPOLIC Radius Gauge
May 30, 2014
Almost all solid materials, including cured paints, have a measurable degree of ductility, which is the ability to sustain a change in shape. Aluminum, such as used on our painted MCM/ACM panels, is highly ductile and can be bent at a relatively sharp angle.The fluoropolymer-based paints we apply to our panels are chosen for their exceptional durability and weather-resistance. If the bend is within the paint manufacturer’s specifications, it will retain the same integrity as it has on the flat surface of the panel.Paint manufacturers rate paint’s bending flexibility by the “T-bend test” (ASTM D4145 –see diagram below). Samples of
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Architects on Pinterest
Architects on Pinterest
February 26, 2014
Did you know that Pinterest was actually started by an ex-architect? One of the founders, Evan Sharp, was an architect at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation before joining Facebook and eventually teaming up with Ben Silbermann to create Pinterest.Architecture has been woven into the DNA of Pinterest from the beginning. The visual nature and collaborative spirit of Pinterest makes it a natural fit for architects. We have recently started our own Pinterest page, and we are constantly on the lookout for great new architectural boards to follow.Visit ALPOLIC MATERIALS's profile on Pinterest.Below is a list of
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ALPOLIC Dominates 2012 Architectural Record Advertising Excellence Awards
ALPOLIC Dominates 2012 Architectural Record Advertising Excellence Awards
May 22, 2012
Esteemed architectural publication Architectural Record announced the winners of the 16th Annual Excellence in Advertising Awards at this year’s AIA National Convention & Design Exposition.Looking for the most effective advertising, a jury of ten architects from around the U.S. reviewed 170 print and online campaigns in the building and design marketplace. The awards recognize the companies and agencies responsible for the creation of ads that excel in the world of architecture and design.This year, ALPOLIC dominated the online category, taking home two awards for our timber and stone series advertisements. Our ad campaigns, both print and online, are about appealing
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ALPOLIC Partners with Rmax Operating, LLC
ALPOLIC Partners with Rmax Operating, LLC
January 24, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Chesapeake, VA — Mitsubishi Plastic's ALPOLIC, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of aluminum and metal composite materials partnered with Rmax Operating, LLC, a continuous insulation supplier, to test an innovative ACM wall assembly against the National Fire Protection Association 285 standard. ALPOLIC announced today that the wall assembly, which utilizes Rmax TSX-8500 continuous insulation, passed the rigid NFPA 285 standardThe NFPA 285 test determines the flammability characteristics of exterior, non-load-bearing wall assemblies. To pass the test successfully, a product must sufficiently resist flame propagation vertically or laterally beyond a satisfactory distance from the flame source on or
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ALPOLIC® Celebrates 20 Years of U.S. Manufacturing
ALPOLIC® Celebrates 20 Years of U.S. Manufacturing
November 17, 2011
Chesapeake, VA — In the coming months, the Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America (MPCA) plant in Chesapeake, maker of ALPOLIC composite materials, will be celebrating the plant’s 20th year in operation.Before work began on the building of the Chesapeake MPCA plant, Mitsubishi Plastics' only presence in America was a warehouse operation in New Jersey. In October 1991, production began at the new plant on the first American-made ALPOLIC aluminum and metal composite materials (ACM and MCM). Two decades later, the Chesapeake ALPOLIC plant is a major player in a dynamic industry, supplying innovative ALPOLIC materials for markets in North America, Central
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Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America Names New Category Manager
Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America Names New Category Manager
November 17, 2011
Chesapeake, VA — Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc., maker of ALPOLIC aluminum and metal composite materials, announced the appointment of Jack Finn as Category Manager for Petroleum Industries and Programs, Northern USA and Canada. In addition to his responsibility for the petroleum segment, the “programs” referenced in his title include corporate identity efforts for the automotive, quick service restaurant (QSR), hospitality, entertainment and chain retail market segments.Finn has worked with Alucobond for over 12 years, most recently as the company’s National Sales Manager for Corporate Identity – North America. His expertise in corporate identity within the composites industry includes everything
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Shipping Containers As Building Blocks
Shipping Containers As Building Blocks
June 28, 2011
It’s a well-worn axiom of the green movement. Don’t trash if you can repurpose. But what new use can you find for a bunch of old shipping containers? A company in Texas decided they’d make great building blocks for their new video production studio. This project was so cool, we were happy to donate materials just to be a part of it.Take 11 old shipping containers. Stack them just so. Then build a video production studio around them using the containers as the building’s core. That was the amazing concept that has since come to fruition in the form of
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Booth Display Adds Wow Factor
Booth Display Adds Wow Factor
June 28, 2011
Making its debut at the 2011 AIA show in New Orleans, a newly designed ALPOLIC® trade show display succeeded in getting attention and raising awareness for the ALPOLIC® brand.With its artfully arranged graphics, including signage hanging above the booth, the new display and its message are hard to ignore. Incorporated are many of the same conceptual and design elements that were developed for ALPOLIC’s new Website, ad campaign and Design Concept Kit, a leave-behind for architects and designers featuring samples and spec sheets. All of these pieces feature a clean and sophisticated look with abstract shapes showcasing a variety of
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Finding Alternatives to Heavy Metal Based Pigments
Finding Alternatives to Heavy Metal Based Pigments
June 28, 2011
More and more paint companies are moving away from the use of heavy metal based pigments. A maximum lead content level was established for residential coatings in 1977 by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the level has been reduced further in recent years. In addition, the EPA and the American Coatings Association have begun to work together to reduce the use of “Priority Chemicals”. These efforts are voluntary and non-regulatory. The EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery has generated a list of 31 chemicals that are targeted for elimination, reduction, or substitution because of their toxicity and
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ALPOLIC® Expands Sales Network
ALPOLIC® Expands Sales Network
June 21, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEChesapeake, VA — Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America has expanded its sales network by partnering with three new product representatives to promote the company’s ALPOLIC® aluminum and metal composite materials (ACMs and MCMs). They are Bill Lusher of Triwel, LLC on the West Coast, independent rep Bill Watts in Florida, and Exterior Materials, Inc. with offices throughout the Southeast region.This increase in sales network will enable ALPOLIC to better assist architects and designers in fulfilling their vision in building design.As a sales rep for Triwel, Bill Lusher utilizes his expertise in almost every aspect of exterior building envelopes. “My
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