Formica Corporation previewed its VIVIX exterior architectural panels at the recent AIA 2010 National Convention and Design Exposition in Miami. The company said it would be the only major branded North American supplier of a solid phenolic exterior grade product.

It describes VIVIX as “a rigid homogenous flat panel manufactured for vertical application with a rainscreen attachment system.”

It said the VIVIX panels are manufactured to ISO standards and, used with the attachment system, meet all relevant building codes in the US and Canada in accordance with the International Code Council (ICC).

Gavin Todd, development manager Formica Group, said: “The North American market is becoming more familiar with the rainscreen system of construction, and solid phenolic facade panels are the fastest growing rainscreen cladding material today.”

VIVIX contains 3% pre-consumer recycled wood fibre content as determined in accordance with ISO Standard 14021.