Vitraclad Panels Awarded Fire Certification

Vitraclad vitreous enamel steel panels produced by Vitrex in Jet Park for the local and export markets have attained international fire test certification after stringent tests carried out by a respected laboratory in the United Kingdom.

Cristian Cottino, Sales & Marketing Director for Vitrex, says the tests were carried out by Exova Warringtonfire which has - for more than 40 years - been offering independent fire engineering, testing and certification services that have become a globally-respected mark of quality assurance. The company is based in Warrington in Cheshire.

“Our Vitraclad vitreous enamel steel panels were already certified as non-combustible after extensive tests by Firelab in Pretoria. However, we wanted to offer fire test certification from an internationally accredited test laboratory to our growing number of export clients. One of the reasons is that Vitraclad architectural cladding has already been installed in several underground railway stations around the world - ranging from London to Liverpool, and Hong Kong to Singapore - and we wanted to continue assuring our clients  that Vitraclad complies with global standards,” Cottino explains.

The product submitted to Exova Warringtonfire for testing was Vitrex’s Vitraclad vitreous enamel steel heavy gauge cladding panels which is used for vertical and ceiling surfaces in tunnel and station applications. Vitraclad subsequently received certification that the product conforms and exceeds the requirements in terms of British Standards for Fire Propagation (BS 476 Part 6), Surface Spread of Flame (Class 1 as per BS 476 Part 7), Fumes Toxicity ((BS 6853 : 1999 Annex B.2),  and Smoke Density (BS 6853 : 1999 Annex D.8.4).

“Vitraclad panels have always been a product of choice among architects, specifiers and clients wherever fire considerations are of paramount importance, such as underground stations, oil rig installations and vehicular tunnels. The result of the UK tests confirmed that our product conforms to global standards when it comes to fire safety,” Cottino adds.

Vitraclad panels are produced through the fusion of an inorganic coating consisting of glass, oxides, and various minerals to sheet steel at temperatures of over 800 degrees Celsius. The panels are rust-proof, weather-proof, hygienic, abrasion-resistant, vandal- and vermin-proof, and can accommodate prescribed acoustic and thermal insulation specifications. Available in virtually any specified colour, the panels require hardly any maintenance.

Vitraclad architectural cladding has been installed at several underground stations all over the world. Pictured are two views of Liverpool Central Station where the vitreous enamel steel panels provide both decorative and functional appeal.