Exterior architectural panels are no longer just the forte of European companies. Laminate countertop giant Formica Corp. says it soon will become the first major branded North American supplier of solid phenolic exterior panels. Launching October 2010, VIVIX is a rigid panel designed for vertical application with a metal rainscreen attachment system. Panels will be available in a variety of designs, including wood grain patterns, and will have decorative surfaces on both sides. Formica Corp., 800.367.6422; www.formica.com.