Diab says that it has supplied a lightweight PET core for the new corporate headquarters of Spanish banking group Banco Popular Español, SA.

The building includes an auditorium with a special box for interpreters designed using glass and the PET core. Two cases were manufactured, one forming the ceiling of the box and the other the floor. Each was formed by three panels of glass fiber reinforced plastics of curved geometry and with a length of 7.50 m and a width of 1.10 m. The panels were made of Divinycell PET 60 with a thickness of 55 and 12 mm using resin infusion technology. They weigh less than 120 kg and offer fire-retardant properties (BS2d0), reportedly meeting all fire, smoke and toxicity requirements.

The pieces for the box were manufactured by Carbures, a company which specializes in the manufacturing of composite parts and structures.

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