Danube Group Launches World’s First Civil Defence Approved Alucopanel A1 Aluminium Composite Panel Façade

With Dubai Civil Defence approval, Alucopanel A1 Non-Combustible Aluminum Composite Panels becomes the first and only Non-Combustible External Wall Façade System to be approved by government authorities in the Middle East region, which will eliminate the spread of fire and reduce casualties in buildings

Date: Dubai, UAE, January 21, 2021

Key Highlights

  1. Dubai Civil Defence approves the Middle East’s first A1 Non-Combustible External Wall Façade System developed by UAE home-grown Alucopanel Aluminium Composite Panels
  • Global ACP market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of (CAGR) of 6.9 percent to US$6.3 billion in 2017 to US$8.8 billion by 2022
  • Fire incidents on an average killed 43,200 people per year in 23 years, from 1993 to 2016, according to a research report on 39 cities worldwide conducted by the Centre of Fire Statistics, 2018.
  • According to the Global Construction Report 2030 by Oxford Economics, the global construction industry is expected to reach US$8 trillion by 2030.

Dubai, UAE: Alucopanel, a UAE home-grown Aluminum Composite Panel (ACP) brand, today announces the launch of the region’s first government approved A1 non-combustible grade ACP, particularly recommended for building projects where very high level of fire protection is prescribed, especially high-rise buildings or schools, hospitals, shopping malls etc. In case of fire incidents in any buildings Alucopanel A1 will never contribute to fire at all, thanks to the new A1 core technology.

Dubai Civil Defence has certified Alucopanel A1 ACP for installation on building façade. This makes UAE – made Alucopanel the first civil defence-certified A1 grade ACP in the world.

An industrial unit of Dubai-based diversified business conglomerate Danube Group, Alucopanel Middle East started its journey in 2012 and soon captured a significant share in the Middle East’s ACP market, due to its superior technology and products.

“Alucopanel is a UAE home-grown brand and its products are all made in the UAE. Today we are proud to announce that this UAE home-grown ACP brand has received Dubai Civil Defence certificate that paves the way for its manufacturing, distribution and installation in buildings, industries and other application,” Rizwan Sajan, Founder and Chairman of Danube Group, said. “It is a UAE trademark registered brand and carries the UAE brand identity. As a UAE-based industry, we are proud to be part of the UAE economy.

“The Alucopanel A1 grade aluminum composite panel is the most advanced and most effective non-combustible high quality ACP product that will reduce fire spread in buildings. This will significantly improve the fire safety record of buildings and structures covered by A1 ACPs.”

What is Non-combustible A1 ACP?

The Non-combustible A1 ACPs (A1 ACPs) are fully non-combustible and do not produce any smoke in the event of fire, offering an ideal sustainable alternative to façade cladding materials.

Based on the performance, ACPs are classified as A1, A2, B, C, D, E and F. A1 being the highest rating signifying non-combustible materials. The A1 rating is the strictest fire rating standard in the world that validates a product’s non-combustible nature. This makes it an ideal choice in the development of high- rise buildings. For a trusted, quality proofed foundation, these are the products one should look out for.

The A1, which is a more advanced and a much safe product, is a significant improvement from the existing A2 ACPs in the market. Fire is the biggest cause of accidents in high-rise buildings in the world and in the UAE which has the third highest number of skyscrapers in the world after China, USA and Japan. The UAE also hosts 18 of the world’s tallest 100 towers including Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world.

“Architects, designers, consultants, structural engineers, developers and contractors now have a choice to change the building industry by recommending and installing the highest fire-retardant non-combustible A1 ACPs in building façade that will change the building industry and make buildings, automobiles more safe in future,” said Rizwan Sajan, whose Danube is the Middle East’s largest building materials supplier.

The UAE, UK and the world including has suffered a spate of fires in its high-rises in recent years. The reason for the blazes, building and safety experts say, is the combustible core used in ACP cladding. The new A1 non-combustible core will rest the risk of rapid spread of the blaze.

Fire incidents on an average killed 43,200 people per year in 23 years, from 1993 to 2016, according to a research report on 39 cities worldwide conducted by the Centre of Fire Statistics, 2018. Experts say, unless the old buildings are retrofitted with non-combustible core cladding the danger of fire incidents remains high, causing material damage to the building structures as well as lives.


Alucopanel A1 ACP Certification

Alucopanel A1 is manufactured in a quality-controlled and regularly-audited factory. The auditing has been undertaken under three separate product and quality control schemes including ISO 9001 QMS Certification provided and audited by SGS Middle East.

Fire Testing and Certification was carried out by Thomas Bell-Wright International, a Dubai-based certification body accredited by UKAS, GAC, IAS and EIAC who was engaged in auditing of Alucopanel A1 manufacturing and sampling for reaction to fire test EN 13501-1:2018 and Self and Flash Ignition fire test ASTM D1929-16 on its core material as well as full-scale façade fire propagation test according to NFPA 285-2019 required in the latest edition of UAE Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice.

After successful results, Alucopanel A1 received product certification No. TBW0300647 on September 30, 2020. It received external wall facade system certification No. TBW0300672 on December 17, 2020 and obtained Dubai Civil Defence approval on January 3, 2021, making world’s first Civil Defence-Approved External Wall Façade System having Euroclass A1 core ACP.

Global ACP Market

The global ACP market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of (CAGR) of 6.9 percent to US$6.3 billion in 2017 to US$8.8 billion by 2022, according to Markets and Markets, a market intelligence provider. Increasing the application scope of lightweight aluminum composite panels in the construction industry for insulation is projected to drive the market over the forecast period. These composite panels provide features, such as lower thickness, high insulation, and superior sealing, which are crucial for building structures.

The aluminum composite panels market is witnessing high growth, owing to factors such as increase in industrial and commercial activities, growth in demand from end-use industries, and increase in popularity of anti-toxic and antibacterial panels’ coupled with benefits associated with aluminum composite panels, such as durability and reduced sound transmission; protect the surface from UV-sunlight, heavy rain, wind, humidity, and harmful bacteria and microbes. Increased urbanisation and growth of the construction industry have led to an increase in demand for aluminum composite panels, particularly in the emerging economies of Asia Pacific and South America.

According to the Global Construction Report 2030 by Oxford Economics, the global construction industry is expected to reach US$8 trillion by 2030. Construction of factories, manufacturing plants, stadiums, and offices has increased. This would directly influence the need for sustainable decorative building construction solutions in these structures due to which an increase in the demand for aluminium composite panels is observed.

Construction industry has been growing at a rate of 10 percent for the past few years in the Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar, the report said. 


Editor’s Notes

About Alucopanel

Alucopanel is a leading brand of aluminum composite panels in Dubai and is also the focal brand of Alucopanel Middle East LLC that happens to be a child company of the renowned Danube Group. Alucopanel main facility is situated in the National Industries Park of Dubai, UAE while its sales and support offices are present in entire UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar & Saudi Arabia.

Alucopanel dedicatedly supplies, designs and manufactures FR and A2 grade aluminum composite panels adhering to the international best practices and full in compliance with Latest Edition of UAE Fire and Life Safety Guidelines.

Alucopanel proudly claims to hold complete know-how of aluminum composite panels and its related systems and offer comprehensive solutions to each of its client in terms of materials, accessories and technical support. Therefore, completion and timely delivery of large orders, thanks to three high-capacity modern manufacturing plant and maintenance of large stocks of materials at each given time is never an unmet challenge at Alucopanel.

About Danube Group

Danube Group is a Dubai-based diversified business conglomerate with interests in building materials, home décor and real estate development. Established in the year 1993 by Founder and Chairman Rizwan Sajan – a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) entrepreneur – Danube Group has achieved US$1.3 billion (Dh5 billion) annual turnover in 2019.

The group’s flagship company, Danube Building Materials FZCO, it is the largest supplier of quality building materials in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. It provides more than 25,000 products in stock and in-house value added services in all of its multiple set of showrooms across the Middle East region and India.

The company operates from its head offices in JAFZA with logistics facilities across the region which amounts to 5 million square feet and includes kiln drying facility, factory and warehouses of the group.

From a small trading firm, Danube has grown into one of the largest building materials company in the region, with its diversified branches worldwide including UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and India, in addition to procurement offices in China and Canada.

Danube Home is one of the largest home décor retailers in the GCC with a growing footprint across the region. Danube Properties is one of the largest private real estate developers in Dubai with a portfolio 6,194 units in 14 projects, worth Dh4.5 billion. It has delivered 7 out of the 14 projects in six years.

Danube Group has a team of 1,800 plus people working across strategic locations across the GCC and India.  

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