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Building Products December 2017

SUPPLIER FOCUS | CYPRUS | ADVERTORIAL third generation on the Nikolaides part of the business partnership, and one of the chemical engineers working at NK. “There is no job we won’t give the same attention to, big or small.” Along with the production of its material, NK also give the know-how and the tech of the production of its material that can be transferred anywhere around the world. With a new year bringing new ideas, NK believe that UK manufacturers may be interested in the idea of using recycled material, something which is rarely done on these shores. Karsten Ehlert, also a chemical engineer for NK, said: “The technology for polyurethane and polystyrene recycled material can be provided to better UK companies. “The machinery, the formula and everything that is needed to produce the product can all be provided if required.” Bridging the gap Tsircon (www.tsircon.com), a specialised company dealing with construction chemicals was founded in 1979 originally established as a trading company, representing other companies from abroad including the UK. product in Britain. “The UK is a big market and you need to know how to introduce them into the market. You need a connection.” Paint by numbers As with many companies in Cyprus, they were created a long time ago and have seen many changes to the industry both nationally and internationally. Peletico (www.peletico.com) is no different. It was established in 1960, created to import and manufacture products providing practical solutions to the construction industry. The company manufactures paints, varnishes, building materials and processes bentonite, perlite and other industrial minerals. In 1980 Peletico ventured into what some would see as an unusual step, into the production of cat litter. But it was in 1985, when Peletico created a technique for the processing of bentonite for cat litter, which is now patented both in the USA and the EU. The end product is exported to a number of European countries. Bentonite is a clay formed by the decomposition of volcanic ash, with the ability to absorb water and to expand to several times its normal volume. In 1990, an agreement was reached between Peletico and Sherwin-Williams, the biggest paint manufacturer in the world, who are known in the UK market as the owners of the Ronseal brand. Peletico is the exclusive licensee for manufacturing and distributing Sherwin-Williams products in Cyprus and Greece, whilst all Peletico products are accredited with ISO 9001:2008. Tsircon’s products are used in concrete repairs. and industrial floorings - when a building needs to be renovated because of cracks or oxidation, or needs strengthening to become antiseismic which is of great importance in Cyprus. Angelos Tsirides, founder of Tsircon said: “In order to promote the products, you have to be able to solve the problems.” Some of their products are used to improve the properties of the construction and some others are used for restoration of the construction. Bridging the gap between the industry and the architect was originally the main aim of Tsircon, which proved to be a big success. Since then the management decided the future of the company should be in the manufacturing of products in Cyprus, which now totals over one hundred. Despite the aforementioned financial crisis that swept through Cyprus, Tsircon survived because of the “deep roots” embedded into the industry. Angelos said: “(Since the crisis ended) Things are building up nicely. The bigger the project the better it is for us and the country.” Angelos added he thinks the future is bright for Tsircon and construction in Cyprus. About the future he said: “We always keep our eyes open and at the same time we look towards manufacturing abroad.” When asked about Brexit, Angelos suggested that this may alter plans for trading with the UK. He suggested that a way round this would be to buy a UK based company, or set up a partnership with one, before being able to promote its 26 BUILDING PRODUCTS | DECEMBER 2017 Cypriot people are no strangers to seeing Peletico products, whether it be making a visit to Nicosia General Hospital or The Oval office building taking up the skyline in Limassol. Grounded in innovation Another family run business, Muskita (www.muskita.com.cy), was formed in 1958 and specialise in the design and commercialisation of aluminium products. Muskita’s aluminium systems are known to the UK market through exportation and, since the turn of the century, Muskita have had a subsidiary in aluminium tooling in the UK. Muskita systems can also be seen in some of the luxury hotels and office blocks worldwide. With more than 30 aluminium systems in Muskita’s range in countries across the globe, its systems have been tested and certified to withstand weather from one extreme to the other, whether it be rain and snow in Northern Europe, or the intense heat of the Middle East. Some projects that Four Seasons Hotel, Limassol Nicosia General Hospital Cyprus has very close bonds with the UK


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