ACM (Aluminum Composite Material) is a favorite material among many architects working in the commercial construction market. Made up of two thin sheets of aluminum with either a polyethylene or fire retardant core, ACM is a very flat material which offers a versatility that allows for ultimate design control. The material is very light weight but maintains heavy duty strength, attributes that keep it at the forefront of both new construction and upgrades.
Introduced in North America in the late 1970s, the market share of ACM in the exterior façade industry has continued to grow steadily into one of the most popular cladding materials for both architects and contractors. With its popularity over the years, many manufacturers have delved into producing the material. Like any manufacturing situation, not all ACM is created equally. As the fabricator and installer of the first ACM job in North America, John W. McDougall Co., Inc. understands the value of a tested product and system in choosing a material. We maintain a long-entrusted relationship with three of the most experienced and vetted manufacturers in the world. While there are other very good producers of the material, Alpolic by Mitsubishi Chemical, Reynobond by Alcoa and Alucobond by 3A Composites (Alcan) have been and remain the three preferred brands of ACM used by John W. McDougall Co., Inc.
Since the late 1970s, our company has produced some of the most celebrated and well-known projects incorporating ACM panels. In 2003, we completed the exterior panel system for the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh which became the world’s first LEED certified convention center. Our best known ACM project is one of our oldest – Spaceship Earth in Disneyworld’s EPCOT Center was one of our company’s first projects after our adoption of the product.
With over 30 years in the ACM market, high profile projects and high definition scanning process our company has streamlined our production of panel systems making John W. McDougall Co., Inc. the most sought after fabricator and installer or ACM panel systems.