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Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceuticals floor and wall solutions

The Altro wall system isn’t just about the panels. It incorporates wall cladding panels, preformed internal and external corners, accessories, adhesives and more — all designed for perfect compatibility.

Altro wall cladding systems are durable, hygienic coverings for internal walls. They are designed for environments that need to meet tough hygienic standards. While we have seen tremendous success with this product for over thirty years in many sectors like wet environments, healthcare and commercial kitchens, the appeal of our fully integrated system is much broader for clean industrial markets.

Altro Whiterock installed in hospital

We’re committed to supplying high performance products, in all aspects of service and support. This starts with your initial inquiry and then continues through installation. Even afterwards, we’re still there to listen to you and help you, whatever the situation.


Choosing Altro for clean industry

People working in laboratory

Interior finishes such as wall cladding, are under close scrutiny in these application areas. Federal regulation requires that finishes must be smooth, non-porous, nonshedding, easy to clean and resistant to chemicals and staining. They must be installed seamlessly to prevent cracks, gaps and fissures.

Your business is to develop and deliver safe and effective pharmaceuticals to the marketplace. Our business is to provide you with durable, hygienic interior finishes that will support your work. Whether you are producing active pharmaceutical ingredients or finished pharmaceuticals, Altro Whiterock is the wall cladding solution for your facility.

Altro Whiterock and Altro Whiterock Chameleon wall panels make the perfect solution in any grow room or greenhouse – meeting pharmaceutical and cleanroom construction standards with its smooth, durable, hygienic and easy-to-clean surface. A non-shedding and low-VOC emitting product, Altro Whiterock meets ISO Class 2 or higher and higher cleanrooms.

Features and benefits

Altro’s wall cladding products are durable, hygienic and easy to clean surface can help you meet demanding regulatory requirements, maximize your production time, and ultimately increase your speed to market — with no surprises along the way.

Once installed, Altro wall panels are heat welded together using a color matched vinyl weldrod. This process creates a smooth, seamless surface that is easy to clean and ensures no place for contaminants to grow.

Typical applications

  • Pharmaceutical labs
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Cleanrooms
  • Sterilization rooms
  • Biotechnology labs
  • Medical device manufacturing
  • Decontamination rooms
  • Cosmetics manufacturing
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • High purity manufacturing

Features + benefits

  • Class A fire rated
  • Heat welded seams
  • Fully bonded to substrate
  • Impervious to water ingress
  • Impact-resistant
  • Highly stain and chemical-resistant
  • Withstands robust cleaning procedures including pressure washing
  • Non-porous
  • Non-shedding
  • Compatible with a variety of flooring
  • Lead free, phthalate free
  • Internal and external preformed corner accessories available

Industry trend: moving away from epoxy coating on wall surfaces

A single spider crack or a chip in epoxy paint can cause the potential for a costly shutdown of pharmaceutical facilities. More and more facilities are switching away from epoxy resins for their walls and moving towards more robust wall protection.

Consider this, with carts and other equipment moving around, what is actually protecting your walls? In epoxy installations your walls are protected by a thin coating of paint. This coating can be thinner in some spots than others. This offers little in the way of wall protection and means your walls are only as strong as drywall.

Chipped expoxy

Our panels are made of a consistent thickness of durable PVC and are backed by a full contact adhesive. This provides impressive amounts of impact resistance and durability. Unlike epoxy, it will not chip, flake or crack, which is particularly important in new construction as settling occurs.


Chemical resistance

Altro Whiterock in pharmacy hallway

Antiseptics and industrial cleaners can damage or stain surfaces if not used correctly. Our wall cladding is manufactured with virgin grade polymers, resulting in a PVC that provides high chemical resistance, maintaining the product’s appearance, as well as hygiene.

Extensive testing on PVC and other substrates was performed by the Steris Corporation with some of their most commonly used disinfectants and cleaners including:

  • Spor-Klenz®
  • Vesphene® IIse
  • LpH® se
  • CIP 200®

Samples were tested with various dilution rates and were fully submerged in the chemical for seven days. These extreme measures were taken to represent a worst case scenario. In all scenarios, with all chemicals, PVC performed extremely well.


Recommended products

Altro Whiterock is a semi-rigid PVCu sheet that provides continuously smooth, impact-resistant wall protection without gaps or grout. It is well suited for areas in which hygiene and cleanability are a top priority.

Altro Whiterock panels are capable of being heat formed and bent around corners, pipes and other extrusions. This eliminates the threat of bacteria hiding in accessories, cracks, gaps and inadequate seam treatments that are common with other wall products.

Altro Whiterock FR-U is a pressed laminate CPVC panel specifically manufactured for interior wall cladding applications in, but not limited to pharmaceutical products and medical device production facilities where FM approved materials are required.

Altro Whiterock being heat-welded

The Altro Whiterock FR-U panel is a durable material manufactured to withstand sporicidal cleaners as well as harsh chemical cleaning agents. Once the panels are heat-welded together, it becomes a seamless configuration.