Arconic Inc. is continuing to work with investigators to determine what caused the flames to spread so rapidly
This is a Thursday, June 15, 2017 file photo of The scorched facade of the Grenfell Tower in London. photo: AP/Frank Augstein/File, photo: AP/Frank Augstein/File
24 of July 2017 13:21:51
ATLANTA – The U.S. company that manufactured panels on a London apartment tower where at least 80 people perished in an inferno has quit selling them for high-rises because it has no control over their installation, a top company executive said Monday.Arconic Inc. is continuing to work with investigators to determine what caused the flames to spread so rapidly at Grenfell Tower on June 14, interim CEO David Hess told investors during an earnings call."Cladding systems contain various components selected and put together by architects, contractors, fabricators and building owners, and those parties are responsible for ensuring that the cladding systems are compliant under the appropriate codes and regulations," the company said in a news release Monday.About 12 days after the blaze, the company announced it would discontinue making its Reynobond PE panels available for high-rises.That decision was made out of "an abundance of caution as Arconic does not control the ultimate design and installation of the final cladding system," the company said."We extend our deepest sympathies to those who have lost so much," Hess added Monday.A news agency review this month found that some building owners in the U.S. were unaware that the same Reynobond panels, which feature a polyethylene core, were used on their buildings as well. Polyethylene is combustible, according to federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).