FEARS over the fire safety of buildings clad in foam composite panels have led a Welsh company to ditch their production.
Cardiff-based Euroclad has switched production of its polyurethane (PUR) and polystyrene (EPS)-cored sandwich panels to mineral wool cores, after insurers raised the cost of cover for foam panel-clad buildings.
Andrew Hickin, Euroclad business development manager, added that a new £4 million production line due to be unveiled next month will concentrate on the production of non-combustible Rockwool-cored panels.
He said: 'Our decision to concentrate on the production of mineral wool-cored sandwich panels reflects market trends.
Our new continuous production facility is on schedule to manufacture at full capacity in April.'