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Alcoa assists in construction of 2006 Winter Olympic stadium in Italy

Alcoa : 19 October, 2004  (Company News)
Alcoa has announced today that its Reynobond brush finish will be instrumental in the renovation of the historic Palavela in Turin, Italy as it is converted into an Olympic Stadium for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
Alcoa has announced today that its Reynobond brush finish will be instrumental in the renovation of the historic Palavela in Turin, Italy as it is converted into an Olympic Stadium for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

Built for the 100-year anniversary of the unification of Italy in 1961, the Palavela is being redesigned by prominent Italian architect Gae Aulenti, who chose Reynobond out of a pool of other materials. Aulenti sought a revolutionary system that offered high-quality sound and vibration absorption as well as a natural appearance to cover the unique ceiling of the Palavela.

During the renovation process, the Palavela's distinctive external design - a sail-shaped roof fixed to the ground at three points - will be preserved and will be the site of the figure skating and short-track speed skating competitions during the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Alcoa Architectural Products in Merxheim, France collaborated with Alcoa Mill Products in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA, to develop the Reynobond brush finish, and ship it to CCI Eurolam to meet the architect's deadline. Approximately 14 000 sqm of Reynobond brush finish will be used on the project.

Reynobond is an aluminium composite material, is used around the world in a wide range of architectural and speciality applications. Reynobond ACM consists of two sheets of corrosion resistant aluminium permanently bonded to an extruded thermoplastic core. The result is an extraordinarily flat, strong and highly formable material suitable for a multitude of exterior and interior applications.
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