Contractors Celebrate Quality Recognition
Friday 18 February 2011
International manufacturer and supplier of wall cladding and safety flooring, Altro, has announced the twenty companies across Ireland that have been awarded its top accolade for quality of service.
Fifteen contractors in the Irish Republic, and five in Northern Ireland, have been appointed Premier Installers of Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding in recognition of their high levels of skill, technical expertise and quality of service. Attainment of this quality standard reflects the levels of training undertaken by the companies in the selection and fitting of Altro products. It also conveys to customers that levels of quality are monitored and audited on a regular basis to ensure that the very highest standards are maintained.
The effective installation of wall cladding continues to grow in importance. In sites such as hospitals and food preparation areas, for example, fitting hygienic wall cladding correctly is a valuable line of defence in disease prevention. As a result, Premier Installer status is not given lightly.
Tim Walker, Global Walls Development Manager for Altro, said, “The proliferation of inferior quality products from low cost economies in recent years, and the emergence of ineffective installation methods, have made it even more crucial that customers have products and installers that they can trust.
“Our Altro Whiterock Premier Installer Charter defines the standards that a contractor will provide for the customer. It covers professional assistance to clients, levels of workmanship, and observance of current legislation and best practice.
“For the contractor, Premier Installer status involves an on-going commitment to training and continuous improvement. For the customer, an Altro Whiterock system, fitted by an Altro Whiterock Premier Installer, means peace of mind for years to come.”
The other important links in the supply chain are Altro’s distributors. BHT Group/Brooks Contract Flooring and Laydex Ltd play a key role in stocking Altro products and generating projects for the Premier Installers in the south. Mercado and Laydex NI provide the same services for Premier Installers in the north.
At an event in Portlaiose on February 16th, Altro presented certificates to:
Advance Flooring, Dublin
Arcade Carpets & Furniture, Co Cork
Arcan Cladding, Co Meath
Barry Kidney, Co Cork
Crean Mosaics, Co Mayo
Danny Boyle Flooring Contractors, Co Sligo
David Kearns, Co Cavan
Eugene O’Reilly, Dublin
Eurtile, Co Westmeath
GDT Contractors, Dublin
Harbour Flooring, Co Cork
Joe Walsh Flooring Contractors, Limerick
P E K Flooring, Dublin
W D Bolster & Son, Co Waterford
Premier Installers in Northern Ireland are C B Contracts, Contract Ceilings, SAF Contracts, Orchard Cladding, and HHI Building Products.
To provide guidance for individuals or organisations involved in the specification of wall cladding products, Altro has recently produced a white paper entitled “Factors affecting performance of hygienic wall cladding”. This provides valuable background on aspects such as integrity of materials and regulatory requirements.