Safety first: New fire-rated aluminum facility opens in Dubai
A Dubai-based company is taking the lead in producing non-combustible building materials from Dubai to be marketed to the region and the world.
Danube Group has opened the first Aluminum Composite Panel (ACP) factory in the Middle East on Monday, in conjunction with Alucopanel USA.
The new facility is set to produce non-combustible ACPs and related materials. Its opening comes after the release of a new fire code in the UAE after several fires raged across commercial and residential buildings around Dubai in the previous months.
Spanning an area of more than 50,000 square feet, the AED100 million facility claims to be the largest in the region, with an expected capacity of four million square meters annually.
“Today’s opening is a strong testimonial that Danube is leading transformation in the building materials industry. We have been able to successfully set up this facility with the support of the UAE government and I [am] extremely happy to be the first and only company to make available the non-combustible ACP,” said Rizwan Sajan, founder and chairman of Danube Group.
“Being an active participant in the real estate industry in the UAE, the introduction of the new law by the UAE Civil Defense to use A2 materials is a new light to ensure customer safety and eliminate loss of life due to fire,” he added.
The factory is located in Dubai’s Technopark, an information technology park currently under construction. Technopark is a member of Economic Zones World, which operates under Dubai World, one of the largest holding companies in the world.
The facility will make more than 15 metallic finishes and 15 solid and plane finishes in more than 10,000 colours customised to suit the variety of demands from the region’s property developers.
“Panels produced by Alucopanel do not allow the diffusion of flames and restrict smoke, which discourages the spread of fire in an upward motion,” explains Zohaib Rahman, divison head at Alucopanel Middle East.
“The application of the non-combustibles from Alucopanel in development projects in and around the region will definitely elevate fire safety, representing a new era in building materials,” Rahman adds.
The company has plans to open yet another facility in the UAE, with announcements expected to be made early next year.