CHARLOTTE (April 18, 2012) – – National Gypsum announces the introduction of Gold Bond® BRAND e2XP® Interior Extreme® AR and IR Gypsum Panels, Gold Bond® BRAND High Strength Fire-Shield® LITETM 30 Gypsum Board, ProForm® BRAND Ultra Lite All Purpose Ready Mix Joint Compound, and PermaBase® BRAND 1/4" UltraBacker® Cement Board. These five products are being introduced at the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry (AWCI) Convention and INTEX EXPO 2012 in Charlotte, N.C., home of National Gypsum's headquarters.
Gold Bond BRAND e2XP Interior Extreme AR and IR Gypsum Panels are the ideal solution for building owners, architects and contractors who not only need extra protection against mold and moisture, but require abuse or impact resistant properties as well. With this introduction, National Gypsum now offers one of the broadest lines of fiberglass faced gypsum panels in the industry and provides single source capabilities for our customers.
e2XP Interior Extreme AR is an abuse resistant gypsum panel designed for interior applications requiring increased resistance to surface abrasion and indentation. The facer and core are enhanced to provide these superior performance capabilities. e2XP Interior Extreme IR is an impact resistant gypsum panel designed for interior applications requiring increased resistance to wall penetrations. A fiberglass mesh is embedded into the core, close to the back of the board to provide superior impact and breach resistance.
Both e2XP Interior Extreme AR and IR are produced in a 5/8" thickness with a Fire-Shield® Type X core. They are manufactured with an enhanced abuse, moisture and mold resistant gypsum core and facer and are easily identified by the back facer in National Gypsum's original PURPLETM color and the printing on
the tapers. e2XP Interior Extreme AR and IR are GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified for indoor air quality, the most stringent standard in the industry.
Gold Bond BRAND High Strength Fire-Shield LITE 30 Gypsum Board panels consist of a 5/8" fire resistant non-Type X gypsum core specially formulated to be up to 30 percent lighter than standard Type X gypsum board. The gypsum board is encased in heavy natural-finish, 100 percent recycled paper on the face and back sides. For speed of installation, GridMarX® guide marks are printed on the paper surface to quickly identify nail and screw patterns and fastener lines for stud and joist framing. GridMarX offers an exclusive competitive advantage over similar products, including the potential for increased productivity and faster completion times. LITE products are easier to work with, which results in reduced fatigue and potential productivity savings. In addition, the lighter weight provides for reduced transportation costs. High Strength Fire-Shield LITE 30 is approved for single or multilayer drywall construction for 30-minute fire-rated or non-rated assemblies and is GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified for indoor air quality, the most stringent standard in the industry.
ProForm BRAND Ultra Lite All Purpose Ready Mix Joint compound is a new innovative product that combines excellent bond with superb sanding characteristics. Ultra Lite is up to 40 percent lighter than other conventional all purpose ready mix products and is designed for all phases of finishing. Ultra Lite is can be used for both hand and taping tools and the product is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®.
PermaBase BRAND 1/4" UltraBacker Cement Board is used as an underlayment for ceramic tile on floors, countertops, tub decks and outdoor kitchen counters. PermaBase UltraBacker is a rigid substrate made of Portland Cement, aggregate and a glass mesh and mat facer that provides an exceptionally hard, smooth and durable surface that is able to withstand prolonged exposure to moisture. PermaBase UltraBacker offers a competitive advantage over similar products on the market with its patented EdgeTech® technology. The tapered, reinforced edge design allows for closer nail or screw application to the edge while helping prevent damage in transit and on the jobsite. The smooth mesh and mat surface is 20 percent stronger and four times more rigid than competitive 1/4" cement boards. PermaBase UltraBacker has the lowest water absorption rate among other backerboards, which ensures more open time and better tile bond. It cuts easily with a standard utility knife versus specialty tools or expensive power tools required to cut traditional cement board and fiber cement board. The product is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®.
About National Gypsum
National Gypsum is a fully integrated manufacturer and supplier of building products used worldwide. Primary emphasis is on Gold Bond® BRAND gypsum board; ProForm® BRAND drywall finishing products; PermaBase® BRAND cement board products; e2XP ® Extended Exposure fiberglass mat products; an XP® family of abuse, impact, mold and moisture resistant products; SoundBreak® XP®, an acoustically enhanced gypsum board; and a comprehensive LITE Family of products. For more information, visit nationalgypsum.com.