Umicore To Showcase 48"-wide Quartz-Zinc, Dri-Design & VMZ-CM Mock-ups at 2011 METALCON

Top Quote Umicore Building Products USA's booth at international convention will underscore the theme "Constant Evolution." End Quote
  • Atlanta, GA (1888PressRelease) September 17, 2011 - Reflecting this year's theme "Constant Evolution," Umicore Building Products USA (UBP) will spotlight its exclusive 48-inch-wide VMZINC® Quartz-Zinc during the 2011 METALCON International convention to be held October 11-13 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    The 48-inch width represents an evolution in architectural zinc manufacturing, and it is exclusive to UBP, according to Daniel Nicely, director of market development for Umicore Building Products USA (UBP) and an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

    "Emerging trends and practices of companies that manufacture zinc building products make it easier for architects to specify and design zinc into buildings in the United States," he said. "First is UBP's offering of material in 48-inch-wide products instead of only the previously available meter-wide material. And it's exclusive to VMZINC. Our coordination with American standard construction sizes makes it easier to design and install zinc wall and roofing products at new scales and more economically."

    This product also showcases the velvet grey tones of Quartz-Zinc, which Nicely points out is not a finish but a long-lasting treatment of the surface of the zinc, obtained by immersing natural zinc in a solution that modifies the crystalline structure of the surface of the metal at a thickness of approximately one micron.

    "This treatment is a durable, chemical conversion of the surface structure of the metal," he adds, "and its natural look blends beautifully with other construction materials." (

    UBP will also showcase mock-ups of a Dri-Design® zinc wall with its tapered panel and cassettes made of zinc, and VMZ-Composite Material (VMZ-CM).

    Dri-Design is an advanced and sophisticated metal wall panel system with a patented interlocking design and automated manufacturing process ( The system also complements UMB's emphasis on sustainability because Dri-Design has as strict policy of recycling all scrap metal and cutoffs.

    "Dri-Design uses only solid metals to create durable architectural panels that are 100 percent recyclable," Nicely said.

    VMZ-CM offers the possibility of larger scale elements that are flatter than the single skin versions. "With VMZ-CM you can also achieve scale that in single-skin would be impossible to achieve or only with compromises in the flatness," Nicely said.

    UBP North American President Norbert Schneider and Corporate Senior Vice President Pierre Van de Bruaene will join Daniel Nicely at Booth #947 of the Georgia World Congress Center (Halls A1 and A2), along with Umicore employees Alex Pittman and Gary Engle, UBP representatives Jack Matheson, Kenny Brocato and Jim Tuschall, and media coordinator Chandra Hester.

    METALCON International is the only annual conference and exhibition dedicated to metal construction products, technologies and solutions. It encompasses sustainable, eco-friendly, energy efficient, solar and green technology products and education and draws thousands of designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators, and suppliers from more than 50 countries. Product experts from 300 companies exhibit the latest products and technology and share their knowledge with attendees, while industry specialists present key topics in the multi-session education program. For more information:

    For more information on Umicore Building Products USA, visit For more information on the Umicore Group visit

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