What is Composite Material?
Composite is a multilayered panel made up of two sheets of zinc that are 0.5 mm thick and thermo-glued on either side of a mineral-rich polyethylene core for optimum reaction to fire. It is manufactured using tested Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America technology.
Combining the qualities, elegance and durability of VMZINC with the rigidity and smoothness of composite, Composite offers unique architectural possibilities for facades.
146" long x 49.2" wide
|Sheet Thickness||4mm, 6mm|
|Sheet Weight per ft2||
4mm with 0.5 skin:
6mm with 0.5 skin:
4mm with 0.7 skin:
6mm with 0.7 skin:
As with all zinc wall or roof applications, the proper system design is key. Umicore does not produce nor offer Composite wall cladding systems. Instead, we partner with wall cladding system providers and adapt existing metal composite systems to perform as VMZ-CM systems. You can download system details and specifications that we recommend you use as a basis of design from this page. The system providers can help you with more information if and when required, or you can contact your nearest VMZINC representative.
|Exceptional flatness and rigidity|
|Panels with large dimensions|
|Strong dimensional stability|
|Solutions for complex shapes thanks to an excellent aptitude for transforming and bending|
|The elegance of QUARTZ-ZINC|
Composite panels are installed on a wall-mounted framework as part of a ventilated facade offering a healthy, durable solution for buildings. They can be installed in cassettes or riveted/screwed-down sheets.
The curtain wall manufacturer must be contacted and must be present during design.
Qualification of installation companies
The installation company must possess know-how in the area of facades and in working with composite panels. The company must make sure that the system is used in compliance with conditions and area of use.
Composite sheets must be stored on their original pallet, on a dry floor, in an area with overhead shelter that is correctly ventilated. On delivery the sheets are covered with a protective film on their outer side that enables the surface aspect to be protected during installation.
Ventilation of the rear side of the sheets must be ensured by an air space of situated between the insulation and the Composite sheet, or between the brickwork and the sheets. Entry of the air space is ensured by a perforated panel at the foot of the cladding and by a divider in the expansion joint.
Installation on a flat, vertical structure in plastered brickwork or concrete on new buildings and renovations. Airtightness is provided by the structural wall.
Riveted or screwed-down system:
The riveted or screwed-down system is a cladding for wall-mounted facades using Composite panels transformed into cassettes that are mounted on a supporting framework of aluminium extrusions. These elements are fixed to the structure using fixing brackets.
It is important to take the expansion of the panel into account both when fixing and when deciding the space left between the elements. So the width of the recess joint left between the two panels must be proportional to the expected expansion.
Recommended system providers:Custom Metal Contracting Ltd. VMZINC system 20
The Miller-Clapperton Partnership, Inc. VMZINC System 500
Sobotec Ltd. VMZINC System SL-2000