About Innovation MgO

The Innovation MgO series of products was launched in early 2024 to introduce innovative MgO panel products into the North American design and construction industries. Comprised of a proprietary magnesium oxychloride (MOC) cement formula and other inorganic materials, Innovation MgO panels are supported by the most rigorous product manufacturing, testing, and quality control standards in the market.

Innovation MgO panels outperform wood-based, gypsum-based, and Portland cement-based panels in many technical categories including structural strength, durability, and fire resistance. Panels are naturally fire-resistive, provide industry-leading flexural strength and dimensional stability, and provide high durability as they withstand weather conditions better than alternatives.

Innovation MgO 1/2″ Wall Panels are pending final approval for exterior and interior use in all building types I, II, III, IV, & V and are easily installed using traditional tools and methods. One panel can be used in a multitude of exterior and interior wall applications and attaches easily to both metal and wood studs, reducing hassle, and saving both time and money.

Physical Properties & Innovative Applications

Flex Panels Wall Panels Subfloor Panels Subfloor Panels
Thickness

Nominal 1/4" (~6mm)

Nominal 1/2" (~12mm)

Nominal 1/2" (~12mm)

Nominal 3/4" (~19mm)

Sizes

4’ x 8’ standard
4’ x 10’ special order
4’ x 12’ special order

4’ x 8’ standard
4’ x 10’ special order
4’ x 12’ special order

4’ x 8’ standard
4’ x 10’ special order
4’ x 12’ special order

4’ x 8’ standard
4’ x 10’ special order
4’ x 12’ special order

Weights

± 40 lbs (1.3 psf) standard

± 90 lbs (2.8 psf) standard

± 90 lbs (2.8 psf) standard

± 135 lbs (4.2 psf) standard

Uses

Interior & Exterior Walls & Ceilings
SIP & SIS Panel Products

1 & 2-Hour Fire Ratings
Exterior & Interior Walls

Structural Support & Fire Resistance
Interior Underlayment

Structural Support & Fire Resistance
Interior Subflooring & Underlayment

Profile

Flat with square edges

Flat with square edges

Flat with square edges

Flat with tongue and groove edges

Innovative Applications

High traffic area walls such as stairwells, elevator banks, and warehouse interior walls. Also SIP and SIS panel products.

Exterior load bearing fire-rated walls and interior fire-rated walls such as elevator shaft liners, demising/common walls, and stairwell walls.

Provides a structural and fire-rated underlayment base for floor coverings in light commercial and multifamily buildings. Eliminates the need for gypsum underlayment and installs faster in all weather conditions.

Provides a structural and fire-rated underlayment base for floor coverings in commercial and multifamily buildings. Replaces wood + gypsum underlayment and wet-poured gypsum. Installs faster in all weather conditions.

Innovation MgO 1/2” Wall Panels

Developed with installation speed and versatility in mind, Innovation MgO 1/2″ Wall Panels are pending final approval for use in all building types I, II, III, IV, & V and many interior and exterior applications including fire-rated walls and ceilings. This unique trait differentiates our product from traditional wood panels and fire-retardant-treated wood (FRTW) sheets, gypsum panels, and Portland cement-based panels where fire resistance and structural requirements vary.

Innovation MgO panels are noncombustible class A1 materials offering 1 and 2-hour fire ratings on their own – without the addition of any other materials such as tapes and sealants on the panels, which exterior gypsum panels require to obtain equivalent fire ratings. This fire resistance, combined with flexural strength and dimensional stability, enables project teams to design and build faster and better. These benefits originate from many years of research and development and the most rigorous third-party testing for fire resistance and technical performance.

Innovation MgO vs. Other Products

Innovation MgO panels were developed by building and materials scientists to offer the highest technical performance of any sheathing product in the market. Our panels offer superior performance when compared to traditional materials in individual applications while offering extended benefits for projects where their versatility aids in reducing labor costs and installation time through the use of a single panel product in multiple uses. Here’s how our 1/2″ Wall Panels compare to alternative 1/2″ products:

Manufacturing Excellence

US MgO Company is unique in the MgO industry as we set the standard for innovation and quality in our manufacturing and product development processes. Our proprietary magnesium oxychloride (MOC) cement formula outperforms other MOC MgO panels, as well as magnesium oxysulfate (MOS) cement MgO panels, in many categories including dimensional stability, durability, and fire resistance.

Innovation MgO panels are manufactured to the highest quality third-party tested standards that surpass the marketing claims of our competitors. We perform rigorous quality control testing in our manufacturing plant and our North Carolina testing facility on every batch well before customer shipment. Doing so helps to ensure that our customers receive the highest quality products available in the U.S.

 

Components

A significant benefit of Innovation MgO panels is that the installation process requires no specialized tools or methods. Installers working with Innovation MgO panels can cut, attach, and treat our panels similar to how they would with fire-rated OSB or plywood.

When specifying and installing Innovation MgO panels, project teams need to ensure that component materials are properly accounted for. These components include:

  • Fasteners
  • Adhesives & Sealants
  • Tapes
  • Water-Resistive Barriers (WRBs)

Visit our Components section for more information and contact us with questions.

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