VMZINC® Sponsors AIA Triangle Food for Thought on Zinc Roofing and Walls

Leading Provider of Zinc Products Supports Local Architecture Community at Luncheon on Jan. 29

Raleigh, NC, January 24, 2013 --(PR.com)-- VMZINC® (http://www.vmzinc-us.com/), a leading specialist in innovative zinc products manufactured and sold by the Building Products Unit of Umicore, has announced that the company will sponsor the Zinc Roofing and Walls Food for Thought luncheon and presentation on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at noon at the Capital Building, located at 333 Fayetteville St. The presentation, which will offer attendees one hour of continuing education credit, will focus on the history of zinc as a building material from Greco-Roman times to present day. Additionally, the presentation will address common misconceptions about zinc, past problems, contemporary applications and detailing.

The Zinc Roofing and Walls Food for Thought event is organized by the American Institute of Architects Triangle Section (AIA Triangle), the voice of the local architecture profession dedicated to serving its members by expressing their commitment to excellence in design. The event, which includes a catered lunch, is open and free to all AIA members, associate members and sponsors, and is $25 for non-AIA members. Registration ends on Friday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. To register, please visit http://bit.ly/11wZ6xa.

“We are proud to sponsor and support the Zinc Roofing and Wall Food for Thought presentation,” said Daniel Nicely, managing director at VMZINC®-US and Umicore Building Products USA, Inc. “AIA Triangle is a wonderful volunteer organization committed to its members, local architects and the community at large and we are happy to support them in their dedication to improving the quality and livability of our built environment here in the Triangle. With the use of zinc as a building material traced back to the ruins of Pompeii and beyond, we are looking forward to teaching attendees about the extensive history of zinc use, the basic make-up and process of zinc building products in today’s market, and the factors that separate zinc from other building materials.”

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About VMZINC®:
VMZINC® is the international brand name of rolled zinc products manufactured and sold by the Building Products Unit of Umicore. VMZINC®, a leader in the French and Belgian markets and established in 15 countries worldwide, offers an unparalleled range of roofing products and systems, façade cladding, rainwater systems and ornaments. With a large focus on customer satisfaction, VMZINC®’s products and services have become synonymous with high quality, innovation and environmentally sustainable design. As the first company to diversify its range of surface aspects, VMZINC® offers six unique shades of preweathered zinc, in addition to natural zinc. The company strongly identifies with the Umicore Group values of responsibility, performance and progress, and for more than 10 years, VMZINC® has been closely involved with Umicore initiatives to give its operations a sustainable development framework. For additional information, visit http://www.vmzinc-us.com/.

About Umicore Building Products USA / VMZINC®:
Umicore is a worldwide leading producer of architectural zinc under the brand name, VMZINC®. For more than 160 years, Umicore has provided innovative solutions for building owners, architects and contractors. Umicore has offices and representatives all over the world. In the United States, Umicore Building Products USA, Inc., is based in Raleigh, N.C. For additional information, visit http://www.vmzinc-us.com/.

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