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Residential Market Sees Increasing Use of Metal Composite Material
Residential Market Sees Increasing Use of Metal Composite Material
October 15, 2020
MCM offers beautiful design possibilities for single-family homes. Metal composite materials have been a staple for architects and designers since they were introduced to the building market in the late 1960s. Their ease of fabrication, extensive color options, and adaptability have allowed architectural ideas to become reality.Despite their popularity in use on commercial buildings, acceptance in the residential market has been somewhat elusive. However, Excelsior Architectural Product is forging new ground with several projects in Western Canada that speak to a bold future for MCM use in residential architecture.Read more in our feature on Architect Magazine.
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Five things to know about metal composite panels
Five things to know about metal composite panels
October 14, 2020
Durable, low-maintenance, and easy to fabricate, metal composite panels provide versatility for façade design. AIA partner ALPOLIC provides an overview of possibilities. Architects face a litany of requirements when it comes to designing facades: building codes, sustainability, dynamic design intents, to name a few, while also needing to ensure they are easy to fabricate, install, and maintain and help buildings stay on budget. Metal composite materials (MCM) offer a solution to enabling architects to realize visions that were impractical or wholly impossible just a few decades ago.Read more in our feature on AIA.
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MCCA Launches Exclusive New FROST™ Anodized Finish for ALPOLIC® MCM Products
MCCA Launches Exclusive New FROST™ Anodized Finish for ALPOLIC® MCM Products
August 3, 2020
CHESAPEAKE, Va., August 3,2020  – Mitsubishi Chemical Composites America, Inc. (MCCA), a leader in metal composite material (MCM) manufacturing, is excited to announce the launch of its exclusive new ALPOLIC®  MCM anodized finish called Frost™.  Hard as sapphires, smooth as chrome, Frost™ Anodized MCM fire-resistant material offers projects a touch of luxury without the expense of a solid metal application. Additionally, with exceptional reflective properties (80 SRI), Frost™ is a great choice for urban environments where “cool” building requirements are becoming more prevelant.A cooperative project between MCCA and , a full-service anodizer founded in 1968, Frost™  offers the sleek, modern,
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Innovative Water Storage Solutions: Introducing HISHITANK
Innovative Water Storage Solutions: Introducing HISHITANK
June 9, 2020
ALPOLIC, a group company of Mitsubishi Chemical, has long been a leader in metal composite material manufacturing, providing premium products to architectural projects worldwide. One of our strengths is the ability to collaborate on a global scale, leveraging the resources across numerous industrial and technological industries. We want to take this moment to introduce another Mitsubishi Chemical property which is creating customized solutions for its customers.HISHITANK provides large-scale water storage, adaptable to a variety of needs. A pioneer in manufacturing glass fiber reinforced plastic (GRP), it has been providing innovative storage solutions for over 55 years. These tanks, based on
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How ALPOLIC Metal Composite Materials Enabled This Utah Design to ‘Come Alive’
How ALPOLIC Metal Composite Materials Enabled This Utah Design to ‘Come Alive’
June 3, 2020
Beecher Walker Architects wanted more than just a standard “office box” for its Thanksgiving Station Office Park project. The development, located in the budding technology hub referred to as Silicon Slopes, had a clear vision: incorporating the crisp lines of modern architecture with the warm and inviting patterns of timber. The challenging Utah climate made traditional material choices impractical, but the design was key for Jory Walker, Principal, President and Lead Designer. “Let’s face it, when many think of Utah, they think cold, but the wooded beauty and mountain ranges of the Salt Lake Valley are stunning so why not
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MCCA COVID-19 Communication
MCCA COVID-19 Communication
March 18, 2020
Over the past few weeks, it’s become clear that the world is facing an unprecedented challenge. Like you, we are deeply concerned and want to do what we can to help keep our communities, our team and our families safe and healthy.  From the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have adhered to federal, state, CDC and WHO guidelines and precautionary practices, and we will continue to modify our contingency plan as new guidance is received.Our people are our business. Keeping them safe is our top priority. In order to minimize the impact of the virus, we have implemented additional
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Secret Weapon Reported in the Corporate Branding Wars
Secret Weapon Reported in the Corporate Branding Wars
March 16, 2020
...Rojas knows the challenge. That’s why he views a retail location like a theater production, with the star of the show being … who else? … the customer.“What do you want the customer to feel? Youthful? Confident? Thrifty? Smart? The choices you make with color, lighting, cladding, sets the stage,” Rojas says. “You don’t need a big sign. Design is the marque.”Provided that the marque is uniformly displayed across dozens, perhaps thousands, of retail locations, Rojas often turns to metal composite material (MCM) to maintain aesthetic integrity... Read more in our feature in Architect Magazine.
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The Evolution of Coil Coatings and Paint Systems for Metal
The Evolution of Coil Coatings and Paint Systems for Metal
November 8, 2019
Numerous finishes redefine what is possible for fabricators and designersThere are various options for applying paint to metal. In the field it is common to see spray or brush applications; in the factory you can spray, powder coat or coil coat. However, when it comes to the performance requirements of today’s metal architecture, products like metal composite materials almost exclusively use the coil coating process to apply finishes that look practically flawless and can last.Coil coating is the method by which a metal coil is coated in a continuous process prior to fabrication. The metal coil is brought through an
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Mitsubishi Chemical Composites America Names New Regional Sales Managers
Mitsubishi Chemical Composites America Names New Regional Sales Managers
October 29, 2019
(Chesapeake, VA) October 29, 2019 – Mitsubishi Chemical Composites America (MCCA), a leader in metal composite materials manufacturing, is proud to announce the addition of three, new Regional Sales Managers for its ALPOLIC® line of business.In the reorganized Southwest Region, MCCA added two new Regional Managers, Rigo Vega who will oversee Southern California and Marc Ellis who will manage Northern California. Vega and Ellis join Katie Dosch, who began managing the Pacific Northwest in 2018. As Regional Sales Managers, all will oversee established client accounts, while continuing to promote ALPOLIC® to the area’s numerous architects, fabricators, designers and specifiers.“We are
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What MCM Sheets Can Do for Your Next Project
What MCM Sheets Can Do for Your Next Project
October 16, 2019
Design flexibility: It’s a term often used by architects when discussing building materials and products. But what does it mean? Why is it important?“To me, it means I can get the product to look the way I want it to look on the building,” says Corie Baker, AIA, senior architect and healthcare marketing sustainability leader at Gresham Smith’s Richmond, Va., office.When a building material is flexible, it works with traditional and modern structures. It offers an endless color palette. It can be used in many ways. And it opens doors to new design capabilities and concepts. MCM (metal composite material) sheets are
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ALPOLIC hires a graduate of the program it helped create
ALPOLIC hires a graduate of the program it helped create
October 8, 2019
From here, go to work in advanced manufacturing Meet 19-year-old Dylan Starowicz who landed a competitive full-time job with benefits just weeks after high school graduation.If you look at the fronts of McDonalds or Starbucks or even the student centers on Tidewater Community College’s campuses, you’ll see Alpolic®, a composite material that adds color and dimension and, of course, coverage to each building.TCC graduate Dylan Starowicz is at work on the lamination line for Alpolic®, manufactured by Mitsubishi Chemical Composites America in Chesapeake.At 19 years old, he is earning a competitive full-time salary with benefits. Starowicz earned his Career Studies Certificate in
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MCCA Plans Expansion of Chesapeake, VA Manufacturing Facility
MCCA Plans Expansion of Chesapeake, VA Manufacturing Facility
July 2, 2019
CHESAPEAKE, Va., July 1, 2019-- Mitsubishi Chemical Composites America, Inc. (MCCA), a leader in metal composite material (MCM) manufacturing, today announced plans to enlarge its ALPOLIC® production facility located in Chesapeake, Va. Once complete, the expansion will add approximately 40,000 square feet to the company's current plant footprint."Our plant was built in 1991, and fortunately, our business has grown significantly over the years. As part of our strategic plan, adding to our capabilities is critical for continued growth," said MCCA President and CEO Bill Yannetti.Yannetti said the nearly $5 million investment will increase the company's storage, shipping and receiving
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