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innovation leads to revolution for commercial buildings
Alcoa has launched architectural panels for commercial buildings that help clean themselves and the air around them. Reynobond® with EcoClean™ is the first coil-coated architectural panel.

This game-changing product has been created by merging breakthrough innovations in science and design from Alcoa and Japanese manufacturer TOTO®.

Reynobond with EcoClean is an economically viable self-cleaning technology that reduces maintenance costs and helps with the decomposition of smog and other pollutants, from dirt to diesel fumes, which cling to building surfaces. In fact, 10,000 square feet of Reynobond with EcoClean has the approximate air cleansing power of 80 trees.

Craig Belnap, President of Alcoa Architectural Products, said: “Alcoa is committed to innovating sustainable solutions for today and tomorrow. That passion is a driving force behind our architectural business.

“Our R&D in science and technology is creating new ways for aluminium building products to meet green building standards—from the use of natural cleaning products like Reynobond with EcoClean, to advanced façade solutions that help reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption.”

Alcoa scientists developed a proprietary process that leverages patented HYDROTECT™ technology from TOTO to apply a titanium dioxide coating, called EcoClean, to the pre-painted aluminium surface of Reynobond. The result is an aluminium panel that, when combined with sunlight, acts as a catalyst to break down organic pollutants on its surface and in the air around it, like smog, into harmless matter which is then washed away by rainwater.

Thanks to strategic investments in research and development, Alcoa is fuelling sustainable solutions and mitigating environmental challenges facing the building and construction industry by bringing Reynobond with EcoClean to market. This represents an important step forward in sustainable building design and will literally change the face – and façade – of the industry.

For more information on this product and other innovations from Alcoa, visit www.EcoClean.com or www.alcoa.com.

lowering cost, weight and production risk of new airplanes
A completely new set of aluminium-based solutions for the aerospace market, developed by Alcoa, will allow for a 12% increase in fuel efficiency.

The new solutions mean airframers can be build dramatically lighter, while lower-cost short-range airplanes can be created at significantly lower production risk than composite-intensive planes.

The new technologies:

  • lower the weight of the plane by up to 10% vs. composite-intensive planes;
  • lower the cost to manufacture, operate and repair planes by up to 30% vs. composite-intensive planes, and at significantly lower production risk;
  • allow for a 12% increase in fuel efficiency, on top of the 15% from new engines; and
  • deliver passenger comfort features equivalent to composite-intensive planes, such as higher cabin pressure, large windows and higher humidity.

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