Product Detail

Maxgrow Pte Ltd - Almaxco PVDF Coated Aluminium Composite Panel

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Overview

Lightweight aluminium composite panel composed of two aluminium skins with recycled fire resistant core and proprietary High Gloss  surface coating. It is suitable for use in interior applications.

Almaxco PVDF Coated Aluminium Composite Panel Certificate

 

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Options

Almaxco ACP: come in 4mm thickness with top and bottom skins of the aluminium in 0.50mm thickness.

For more information regarding the different options of Almaxco ACP, please click here.

Colours

21 standard solid and metallic colours. Custom colours are available on request and Terms and Conditions.

Warranty

Please contact the supplier in regards to the terms and conditions of the warranty.

Expected Life

15 years.

Indicative Costs

Please contact supplier for the indicative costs.

Purchase Options

Cash purchases or on account.

Constituents

  • 48.5% aluminium skin made out of 50% recycled material which is composed of 45% post-consumer and 55% post-industrial content
  • 26% fire retardant core composed of 60% post-consumer and 40% post-industrial recycled content
  • 1% paint coating
  • 0.5% adhesive

Technical Specifications

For technical specifications, please click here.

 

National & International Standards

  • ISO 14001,
  • ISO9001,
  • EN 13501,
  • AS/NZ 1530.3,
  • BS 476 Part 6 & 7,
  • ASTM E-84,
  • RoHS

Country of Origin

 China. 

Projects

 

Preparation

Refer to Processing & Installation Methods

 

ECOSPECIFIER LIFE-CYCLE ASSESSMENT

INTEGRATED DESIGN AND POLICY ISSUES

Depending on the colour selected the total solar reflectance value of the finish may contribute to the reduction of energy requirements of the building.

Although Almaxco ACP is not an insulation panel, the still air layer composed between the wall and the panel may have insulation properties.

 

HUMAN HEALTH

Health

Product does not have adverse effects on human health.

Comfort

If applied as sun louvers, shade screens or canopy claddings, the product may contribute to thermal comfort.

Indoor Environment Quality

All coatings are applied in the manufacturing facility using a coating line with an in line regenerative thermal oxidizer. This eliminates the release of the majority of the VOC content of the coating. In addition, as the product is already pre-coated in the factory, the need for field painting is eliminated, thus preventing release of accompanying VOCs. This improves indoor environment quality if applied in interiors.

Independent test result shows Almaxco ACP emits 0.04 mg/m3/hrs after 24 hours which is considered as ‘very low level’.

Electromagnetic Radiation

Not applicable.

Safety

The product is lighter than solid aluminium panel with the same strength, making it easier and safer to handle during installation and demolition.

Accessibility

Not applicable.

 

ECOLOGICAL QUALITY

Considering the high recycled content of product, the adverse effects listed below are reduced significantly compared to similar products made from virgin material.

Terrestrial

Emissions – Product contains aluminium. The production of alumina from bauxite ores uses a chemical treatment, known as the Bayer process.The alkaline mist associated with this process may have adverse land and vegetation impacts. Recycled content reduces those impacts.

Product also contains petrochemical derivatives. The extraction of oil results in the release of toxic drilling by-products. The production of plastics and elastomers also has associated emissions to terrestrial environments. Recycled content reduces these emissions.

Physical – Mineral extraction of bauxite will disrupt landscapes and alter ecosystems. Because bauxite deposits are found near the Earth’s surface, mining requires removal of topsoil and overburden before deeper excavation occurs. Recycled content reduces these adverse effects of mining.

The extraction of oil is responsible for the deforestation, degradation, and destruction of lands across the globe. In addition, the construction of roads for accessing remote oil sites opens wild lands to colonists and land developers. Recycled content reduces adverse effects of oil extraction.

Aquatic

Emissions – The oil extraction process and the production of plastics and elastomers have associated emissions to aquatic environments that have localised impacts around production facilities. Recycled content reduces those impacts.

Some fluorocarbons (HFC-134a and HCFC-123) will break down readily in the lower atmosphere to form simple inorganic species already present in the environment. A few HFCs can be expected to form some trifluoroacetic acid (TFA). The environmental impact of TFA has been investigated and, at the concentrations possible from their use, HFCs do not pose a threat to the environment and a wide range of organisms. There is a very large quantity of trifluoroacetic acid in the sea, probably 100 to 200 million tonnes; this is natural, although the exact origin is yet to be found.

Physical – Bauxite residues of red mud are disposed of in dams. The excess alumina-rich water is discharged into marine environments. Recycled content reduces the adverse effects of discharge.

Atmosphere

Greenhouse (GHG) – The product achieves the same strength as solid aluminium panels by using approximately half the amount of aluminium. Energy used for production of Almaxco ACP is therefore significantly lower than energy used producing solid aluminium panels. Alumina processing requires high-energy consumption and therefore greenhouse gas emissions are associated with the production of refined alumina. Recycled content reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenhouse intensity – The product weighs about 3.5 – 5.5 kg/m2. A 4mm Almaxco ACP weighs 5.5 kg/m2and has a GHG intensity of 19.01 kgCO2/m²*

Transport intensity –  Product is manufactured in China. GHG intensities for shipping product are shown below. Shipping port from country of origin is Shanghai. Destination port is Sydney.

Product Weight

Energy Intensity – Container Shipping

GHG Intensity – Container Shipping

5.5 kg / functional unit

0.000135 MJ/ kg.km

0.000011kgCO2e / kg.km


Greenhouse Intensity for Container Shipping of Almaxco ACP – 0.526 kgCO2 /panel

Table below provides land transportation greenhouse intensity figures to help calculate the greenhouse gas intensity of land transportation from shipping port.

Light commercial vehicle

Rigid Truck

Articulated Truck

0.001451kgCO2e / kg.km

0.000195kgCO2e / kg.km

0.000069kgCO2e / kg.km

Transport intensity figures sourced from Australian National Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990, 1995 and 1999 and WWF International, Inland Navigations and Emissions, 2005.

Operational efficiency – Product may increase the energy/greenhouse efficiency of building, depending on the installation method.

Re-use Efficiency – Product is capable of reuse, although this is unlikely.

Toxics and Pollutants – Considering the high recycled content of product emissions are significantly lower compared to similar products made from virgin aluminium. The process of alumina refinement generates plant emissions, including coal dust, fugitive lime dust, alumina dust and aerosol generated from plant process liquor including fluorine/fluoride emissions that are known toxins. Recycled content reduces adverse effects of alumina refining.

Ozone Depletion – The product does not contain ozone-depleting substances.

Urban Heat Island Effects – Depending on the installation and colour/coating product may result in reduced urban heat build-up.

Noise – Product has some acoustic properties.

Biodiversity

Considering the high recycled content of product the effects written below are less severe than that of similar products made from virgin materials.

Bauxite mining leads to modified soil profiles, topography and drainage, impacting natural vegetation and biodiversity. The oil extraction process results in the release of toxic drilling by-products into local rivers, while broken pipelines and leakage result in persistent oil spillage.

 

RESOURCE DEPLETION

Resource Efficiency

The core is made from 26% recycled material, while the aluminium skin contains approximately 50% recycled metal improving resource efficiency.

A further feature of product is that because of the sandwich structure it needs approximately half the amount of aluminium to achieve the same strength as solid aluminium panels, making the product more resource-efficient than solid panels.

However, bauxite is a non-renewable mineral resource with an estimated 200-year supply. Crude oil is a finite resource. Although reserve estimates vary, all agree that supply is rapidly dwindling and most predict that the world has less than 100 years’ supply of easily accessible crude oil. Recycled content reduces the consumption of raw resources.

Embodied Fossil Fuel Energy

A 4mm thick Almaxco ACP has an embodied energy of 477.81 MJ/m²

Transport intensity – Product is manufactured in China. Shipping port from country of origin is Shanghai. Destination port is Sydney.

Energy Intensity for Container Shipping of Almaxco ACP – 6.46 MJ / panel

Embodied Water

Water for degreasing and coil cleaning process is reused up to 10 times before being disposed of properly. Manufacturer claims 350 litres of water is used in the manufacturing process of 100,000 m2panels.

Durability

PVDF coating improves durability. Expected lifetime of PVDF-coated Almaxco ACP is 15 years. The PVDF coating used for Almaxco ACP is made from Kynar 500.

Reusability

Product is suitable for reuse, but it is more likely to be recycled.

Repairability

Panels are not suitable for repair. Small scratches should be left untouched.

Design for Dematerialisation

Because of the aluminium-polyethylene-aluminium sandwich structure, Almaxco ACP needs approximately half the amount of aluminium to achieve the same strength as solid aluminium panels.

Design for Disassembly

Almaxco ACP itself is not designed for disassembly. However, as a component of a structure it may contribute in easy disassembly depending on the installation method.

Recyclability

Both aluminium and core are recyclable, however the recycled materials have lower quality. Both recycled aluminium and core can be used in production of new Almaxco ACP.

Maintenance

Almaxco ACP panels should be cleaned after certain intervals using water and a pH-neutral cleaning agent.

Product Takeback Scheme

No. 

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

No. 

 

CORPORATE AND SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Audits and Environmental Reporting

No. 

Convictions

No. 

Environmental Policy

Yes.

Social Enhancement Programs

No. 

Technology Transfer Programs

No. 

Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

Yes. 

ECOSPECIFIER ISSUES OF CONCERN / RED LIGHT

Maxgrow consumes a large range of colour pigments from PPG. Ecospecifier has assessed all materials and the most common colour ranges used in the products. After conducting the toxicity assessment for Almaxco ACP, the results show that no issues of concerns or red light comments are recorded based on the supplied documentation.

 

Information last verified on 8th May 2020. 

 

ASSESSMENT COMPARISON

Cladding panel, Kitchen Splashbacks

 

RELATED TOPICS

Wall cladding, sun control

sustainability criteria satisfied

Habitat & Biodiversity Conservation

Reduced waste generation

Workplace OHS, Occupant Health, Human Wellbeing

Improved Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)

Reduced visual disturbance

Improved indoor environment

Reduced or no toxicity through life cycle

Low/Reduced offgassing

Energy Resources

Other Vital Signs

Expert Assessment

Quality Management System

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Corporate Responsibility

Environmental policy

Certified EMS

Air Pollution

Reduced urban heat island potential

Reduced smog-forming potential

Reduced or no toxicity through life cycle

Resource Depletion

Least processed materials

Resource efficiency

Reduced water consumption

Recycled content- post consumer min 50%