18 Feb 2021

Grenfell disaster: Cladding firm did not alert customers after a previous tower block fire in 2009

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The president of a multinational company, whose cladding was used on Grenfell Tower, did not alert customers to the dangers of one of its products following a 2009 tower block fire because nobody died in the blaze.

The president of Arconic’s French arm told the Grenfell Tower Inquiry that the firm did not issue warnings about the use of its polyethylene panels, despite being alerted to its dangers after a fire in Romania.

Polyethylene panels were later fitted on the Grenfell high-rise block in west London, which caught fire in June 2017, resulting in the deaths of 72 people.