Gypsum industry news
US: USG has released Sheetrock Brand EcoSmart Panels, a lightweight gypsum wallboard panel with sustainable credentials. The panel is based on USG's UltraLight Panels and USG's Corporate Innovation Centre developed new gypsum core chemistries and a manufacturing process to reduce 20% of carbon dioxide emissions and decrease water usage by 25%. It is being released in the US in two core formulations for fire and non-fire-rated applications.
The product was developed in response to the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products in July 2016. It may also contribute to achieving additional US Green Building Council (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) LEED v4.0 credits and meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge.
"There has been a significant movement in the architecture community to reduce the carbon footprint of the building sector," said Edward Mazria, chief executive officer and founder of the Architecture 2030 Challenge. "Yet, to fully achieve our goal for the building sector to become carbon-neutral by 2050, manufacturers like USG must quickly rise to the occasion and develop sustainable, low-carbon and zero-carbon building materials."
US: USG has launched USG Securock Brand UltraLight Glass-Mat Sheathing, a lightweight gypsum wallboard designed for use under exterior claddings. The board has a coated fibreglass facer mat to maximise coverage of air/water barrier systems, it has a treated gypsum core with a fibreglass face and back to provide water resistance and USG say it meets or exceeds the requirements of ASTM C1177.
"Our customers are always looking for innovative products to give them an edge, which is why USG is focused on bringing our gypsum panel technology to the glass-mat category," said Greg Salah, senior vice president, USG Corporation and president, North America. Securock will be rolled out regionally.
Australia: Building materials supplier Boral says that its prospects are improving as government infrastructure spending increases and industrial turmoil recedes. "After reporting lower earnings for two years running, we have clearly turned the corner," said Boral's chief executive Mike Kane.
Boral swung to an annual net profit after tax of US$161m in the financial year ending 30 June 2014, bouncing back from a US$192m net loss in the financial year ending 30 June 2013. The full-year result showed market conditions had improved across all of its divisions in Australia, the US and Asia.
Kane also expressed confidence in the American USG-Boral joint venture, which will soon launch a new lightweight gypsum board into 12 markets across Australia, Asia and the Middle East.
US: USG Sheetrock® Brand UltraLight Gypsum Base Imperial is now being manufactured at six USG plants. The panel is the sixth product in USG's lightweight wallboard portfolio and will be available at retail, specialty dealer and pro-dealer distributors nationwide in September 2014. The launch extends USG's position as the industry's leader in lightweight innovation. The gypsum base panel is used when a project calls for a plaster veneer finish, and is up to 30% lighter than the current ½inch USG Imperial® Gypsum Base panel. The traditional panel will be discontinued upon the launch of the new panel.
Canada: USG's Canadian subsidiary, CGC Inc, has introduced CGC Sheetrock® Brand UltraLight Mold Tough® Panel to the Canadian market. It is the lightest 1/2" mould-resistant gypsum panel available in the industry. This innovative gypsum panel is 20% lighter than traditional water and mould-resistant panels, making it easier to lift, carry and install.
CGC Sheetrock® Brand UltraLight Mold Tough Panels have a non-combustible, water and mould-resistant core encased in 100% recycled water and mould-resistant green face and brown back papers. The green face paper is folded around the long edges to reinforce and protect the core and the ends are cut square and even. The long edges of the panels are tapered, allowing joints to be reinforced and concealed.