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Building Products March 2018

PRODUCT PROFILES | GENERAL PRODUCTS SFS reports strong sales growth Fastening systems manufacturer, SFS, reported global group sales growth of 13.7% in 2017. There is said to be a growing customer demand in the UK for highperformance fixing solutions for the building envelope, which the company says it will support further with its unveiling of the ‘industry’s first complete package’ for rainscreen systems. In addition to an expanded range of SFS-branded products and services being readied for launch in 2018, the company now offers Nvelope rainscreen support systems after the manufacturer joined the SFS family in 2016. This enables SFS to provide Nvelope bracket and rail systems for rainscreen cladding and SFS-branded fasteners as one package, offering warranty benefits and a simplified supply chain. An extension to this package is also reportedly available to customers seeking to incorporate The recently completed new Alchemist bar and restaurant at Salford Quays, which features a golden building envelope installed by Longworth, created using fastening systems by SFS British Ceramic Tile transforms Marmoleum goes modular luxury care home Forbo Flooring Systems has updated its modular offering of the ‘market’s most sustainable floor covering’, Marmoleum. Marmoleum is reportedly manufactured from 88% natural raw materials, 76% of which are rapidly renewable and with a 58% recycled content. It is said to be the ideal collection for projects where sustainable design is at the top of the agenda. The natural raw materials, such as linseed oil and flaxseed has reportedly resulted in Marmoleum having a naturally low carbon footprint – contributing to a healthier indoor environment. Janet Lowe, head of marketing UK and Ireland at Forbo, said: “Sustainable design is still an important issue in all sectors, with more people becoming conscious about choosing the right products to help raise the green credentials of a project. However, thanks to advancements in Marmoleum, specifiers can incorporate truly sustainable floor coverings within their projects, without compromising on the design. British Ceramic Tile has secured another contract in the care home sector, with luxury care provider, Leycester House. Ranges from British Ceramic Tile’s portfolio were selected to update the private guest bathrooms, guest cloakrooms and communal areas. Wall and floor tiles were specified from the HD range, which is reportedly designed and made here in Britain. HD Accolade featured in the en-suite bathrooms. HD Accolade is said to be made using the latest in inkjet printing technology. Described as ‘hardwearing and waterproof’, it combines raised textures with a ‘calming colour palette’. The visitor bathrooms were fitted with Ted Baker’s TacTile on the walls and Laura Ashley’s ‘Mr Jones’ tile on the floors. The other ranges chosen included HD Deen, Impact glass and Laura Ashley Artisan to complete the project. Seamus Halton, managing a working at height safety system as part of their envelope project. This is provided by SFS with its Soter Safety Systems solutions. Across the globe, SFS provides fastening solutions in a range of industries including medical equipment, automotive, electronics and industrial. In the UK, SFS is synonymous with fasteners for roofing and cladding, as well as other structural applications, and its range of precision-engineered door hinges. Over the last 12 months, its organic sales have grown by 7.4%, to achieve overall sales of around £1.24bn. David Wigglesworth, UK managing director of SFS, said: “The SFS brand stands for quality and engineering excellence, so our customers can be confident that every solution we provide meets the highest expectations. Nvelope and Soter Safety System are, therefore, perfect additions to the SFS family as architects seek greater certainty on building envelope quality and performance, and installers look to solutions that help them work quicker, more profitably and safer. “With our new family of systems, SFS is unique in the market in providing a complete solution that is underpinned by quality and reliability. Customers of SFS fasteners have long benefited from the extended life of our superior A4 stainless steel fasteners, often with powder coated colour finishes for outstanding visual appeal, and our innovative flat roofing systems, but they can now access so much more for projects incorporating rainscreen and where a reliable safety system is required.” www.sfsintec.co.uk Photo courtesy of Artez / James Andrews. director at the Berkley Care Group, said: “We were impressed with the extensive portfolio of tiles from British Ceramic Tile and felt that the collection reflected our brand and overall ethos of delivery quality and luxury within the care home sector. The end-result is fantastic and we would recommend this British manufacturer to anyone looking to update their interiors, whether you’re a care home or hotel – you’ll be well looked after.” www.britishceramictile.com “The modular format of the collection also means that specifiers can combine different colourways and plank sizes easily to create unique and bespoke flooring schemes. Furthermore, incorporating Marmoleum Modular within a project will award specifiers with credits towards the international LEED certification for sustainable buildings.” Modular floor coverings are also said to be easier to transport, store and handle on-site. They can also be quicker to fit and produce less installation waste. www.forbo-flooring.co.uk BUILDING PRODUCTS | MARCH


Building Products March 2018
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