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Nidaplast Makes Concrete Lighter for Practical Designer Furniture

09 October 2012

Nidaplast make it possible to combine traditional heavy materials like concrete and natural stone with polypropylene honeycomb panels, a process making it feasible to work with a thin skin of raw material.

According to Nidaplast, the resulting sandwich panel is two thirds lighter and stronger than a solid concrete panel. “We use Nidapan to reduce the weight of a table by two thirds. With a 10mm thick layer of concrete we obtain ultra-strong surfaces that do not shrink, crack or mist” says Gilles Dubois Pagnon, Director of the Concrete Touch Design Studio, which specialises in concrete. The combined properties of this new structure make it possible to design fashionable, uncluttered spaces that are both understated and modern.

“There are numerous applications. We use Nidapan for kitchen worktops, tables, etc. Recently, we have even collaborated with an artist whose sculptures are inlaid in a concrete panel 2.50m high and 1m wide.” Gilles Dubois Pagnon points out. The combination of a Nidaplast core and a concrete skin or thin slab of stone makes normally very heavy materials easier to work and move around.

Nidaplast composites offers a wide range of honeycomb structural cores to suit the technical and mechanical requirements of each project and/or use and of materials such as concrete or natural stone (marble, granite, sandstone, etc.). Nidaplast 8, the core of the sandwich panels, comprises Nidaplast honeycomb, a plastic film and a non-woven polyester fabric. It is used as a rot-proof acoustic sublayer, a shock absorber and height booster.