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FORMICA GROUP At The Cutting Edge With Introduction Of Innovative Exterior Lightweight Rainscreen Cladding; VIVIX®

Formica Group is delighted to announce an exciting new addition to its product portfolio with VIVIX®. To clad a building, create individual design features or for use in combination with other cladding materials, VIVIXoffers a fresh perspective in architectural panels. Answering an increase in demand for decorative, lightweight and robust rainscreen cladding VIVIX is brand new to the UK market.

For nearly a century, Formica® brand surfacing solutions have defined the look and performance of modern interiors worldwide. Now, building on years of exterior cladding success in European markets, Formica Group remains on the cutting edge of building envelope art and science with the innovative exterior lightweight rainscreen cladding solution that redefines the landscape of contemporary construction for both new builds and renovations.

Offering opportunities to play with colour and shape, VIVIX panels can complement or add interest to office buildings, public, cultural and sports facilities, transportation centres, industrial buildings, educational facilities, residential developments and more.

Design and Application

VIVIX consists of solid phenolic, engineered exterior façade panels with decorative surfaces on both sides. Developed in consultation with leading architects and colour consultants, VIVIX architectural panels are available in plain colours with sophisticated neutrals and striking accents, nature-inspired abstract patterns and rich woodgrains. The VIVIX range provides the possibility to create exclusive looks in a creative and cost efficient way. VIVIX panels can be used to clad an entire building or simply for highlighting individual architectural features. VIVIX panels can also be used for exterior applications such as balconies, soffits, decorative screening and fencing or to accent an entrance way of a building, to create areas differentiating floors or departments or simply to design an innovative pattern to make a building stand out.

Recent projects where VIVIX has been specified include the exterior of a sports centre, La Pobla De Vallbona, in Valencia,Spain by architect Emilio Conejero, CEO of AC Architecture. VIVIX was chosen because of its versatility, flexibility and durability. "It was the ideal option for this project, where we opted for long-lasting materials with technology that maximized energy savings,“ commented the architect.

"VIVIX panels allow the architect or specifier to take into consideration appearance, design, maintenance and cost efficiencies when choosing exterior cladding," comments Simon Wild, European Marketing Director from Formica Group. "Providing everything from an understated to an inspiring exterior, the panels can be used as part of a ventilated rainscreen façade system."


Panels from the VIVIX range can be used with a variety of fixing systems, from simple timber battens to proprietary metal systems and hung by visible face-fixing or by concealed fixing arrangements depending on the aesthetic requirement. The panels are can easily be cut into a variety of shapes and sizes to express a whole variety of design concepts.


Today the treatment of a building’s façade has taken on a new significance. With a range of cladding solutions available, architects are increasingly choosing materials for exterior cladding that are not only decorative but practical and functional, contributing to how the building as a whole performs. VIVIX panels are resistant to impact and abrasion, are weather resistant and can enhance the life span of a building. Having undergone rigorous testing for severe use in accordance with EN438 parts 6&7 as standard, Vivix panels have also been accredited by the British Board of Agrément and have been awarded the BBA certificate number 10-4747. They include double-sided UV protection as standard.

VIVIX panels can contribute to a building’s thermal efficiency and its protection. When installed as part of a lightweight ventilated façade system the panels act as a defense against water penetration and help to prevent the adverse effects of moisture on a building’s finish and structural components.


VIVIX panels incorporate Formica Group's commitment to sustainable principles and practices. Manufactured in the United Kingdom to ISO 9001 standards, VIVIX panels cause minimal environmental impact as determined by Formica Group's Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). All of Formica Group’s European manufacturing sites and distribution centres have achieved the internationally-recognised Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody (COC) certification from leading accreditation body, BM TRADA. This ensures that materials used in the production of Formica® High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and wood-based bonded items are from sustainably managed sources.

Formica Group continues to innovate and lead the market in decorative laminates. In depth product development and advanced technology enables Formica Group to create exclusive products that inspire and excite the market.

A product brochure "VIVIX®, a Fresh Perspective in Architectural Panels" by Formica Group is available to download at

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