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US executive was told Grenfell panels were unsafe on buildings over 12 metres

French executive says he is ‘practically sure’ he sent assessment to senior colleague in US

One of the most senior US executives at Arconic was probably told that the company’s cladding panels were unsafe for buildings above 12 metres in height two years before the Grenfell Tower disaster, a public inquiry has heard.

The $7bn-a-year-turnover aluminium specialist sold the plastic-filled panels for use on the apartment block in west London, which was 67 metres tall and went up in flames in June 2017, killing 72 people.

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