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Building Products December 2017

CYPRUS | SUPPLIER FOCUS DECEMBER 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 25 Feeling the warmth Moustick (www.durocyprus.com) was founded in 1997 and has become an established company in the production and distribution of construction products. Moustick’s main products include thermal insulating building materials, such as its polyblock and polythermal products. Moustick’s range also includes waterproofing and hydrophobing “gluing” materials. A modern production plant, created in 2000, spreads over an area of 4600m2 in the Tseri industrial area, helping to create the construction and thermal insulating materials. The expanded polystyrene created by Moustick is created with plaster and cannot be burnt, something that is unique for Cyprus. As with most companies in Cyprus, the financial crisis hit Moustick hard. But in 2015 there was light at the end of the tunnel. The company started to grow again and with 2018 looking promising, it is a time where the bigger projects are starting to happen again, which includes projects around the whole of Cyprus. Hitting new heights Like many companies in the eastern Mediterranean country, Peta (www.peta.com.cy) is a family based company founded in 1977. With over 220 individual products in over 150 shops in Cyprus, they are known for manufacturing brushes and rollers for the painting and decorating industry. With three factories, two in Cyprus and one in Jordan, there is proof that the country is coming out the other side of the recession. A 10% increase growth in 2017 proves the tide is changing. Carolos Petrou, export manager for Peta explained: “The three factories are interconnected. Finished Products as well as semi finished goods flow in order to satisfy twelve markets worldwide.” Peta was exporting to the UK until the company had to streamline its product range which included most of the high-end products, due to the financial struggle in the country. But with things looking up, Carolos is confident that the UK demand could see Peta products hitting once again the British market. He gave as an example of keenness to provide assistance, pulling the car over on a Saturday morning during a school run to answer a query from a customer in Sri Lanka. Carolos added: “We want customers to know that customer service is important to us. We adapt to customer needs as much as possible.” Cleaning up its act Award winning Nikolaides and Kountouris (NK) Metal Company (www.nkmetal.com.cy) have also been in the industry since 1977, with the main produced item being steel structures as well as cold formed steel sections, roof claddings and inflammable insulation panels. In 1994, the company expanded its portfolio with the introduction of polyurethane insulated boards, with 2002 bringing about the double skin polyurethane panels, one of a minority of companies that produce this in Cyprus. Innovation is a top priority for NK, which shows with its 2014 Cyprus Innovation Award in the Manufacturing sector. The company recycles its own polystyrene, whilst also having the ability to take polystyrene waste from companies throughout the country, such as fishmongers, for use in the thermal insulating mortar designed by NK called PS THERMINK. Industrial polyurethane waste cannot be reused like other thermoplastic materials (e.g. polystyrene). This is the reason why, until recently, polyurethane waste ended in landfills and junkyards in Cyprus. Regardless of size or stature of the project, “every job is a top priority” said Kypros Efstathiou, Limassol Marina, Peninsula Berthside Vassiliko Cement Factory Jean Nouvele Tower, Nicosia The UK is the biggest export destination for Cypriot products


Building Products December 2017
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