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Fire risk forces firm to ditch foam panels

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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.'