April 2019

Travel through time with Altro at Clerkenwell Design Week

Clerkenwell Design Week 2019 logo

At this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, we will be celebrating our 100th anniversary by revisiting the creative trends of three decades. Craft activities will be available all day and, as usual, we will be there to say hello, have a chat, and answer any queries you might have about how we could help you with your future projects.

Tuesday, 21 May 09:30-1700

Create picture frames inspired by our first decade: the roaring twenties.

Wednesday, 22 May 09:30-16:00

Travel back to the 1970s by learning, or relearning, macramé and transform knots into practical art.

Thursday 23 May 09:30-17:00

Bright colours, pixel faces, girl power – relive the 1990s and create the coolest pencil case out there.

Altro Showroom London
15 Clerkenwell Green


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A lightweight solution to stick with

We all know the benefits that saving weight across your train set can have, but do you know how much more you could save by rethinking your adhesive solution?

Fully compliant to all rail applications, Altro’s self-adhesive solution can save you 60% on adhesive weight. Let us partner with you to open up new possibilities in efficiency and safety.

A floor fitter pulling the protective film off of some self-adhesive flooring

What is it?

Altro’s self-adhesive solution is a double sided tape coated on each side with pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive, which is applied to the underside of the flooring. All you need to do is peel, stick, weld and walk. With the lack of contact adhesive application, the associated application and curing times are negated, along with almost all the VOC emissions.

Will I need special tools?

Not at all – you can use the exact same set of tools you’d use for an installation using a manual adhesive application, except of course your notched trowel!

What about my sub-floor?

Our self-adhesive tape provides a strong, permanent bond to key sub-floor types, such as plywood, metals, foams, plastics and composite materials. For the adhesive to work at its best, the sub-floor must be clean and dust free. To achieve this you can either use a broom or vacuum cleaner to prepare the floor, or alternatively use a primer to seal the floor covering.

In real terms

We’ve already shown how choosing Altro Transflor Tungsten saves more weight across a British Rail class 377 set, but how much more could you save by using our self-adhesive solution as well?


Altro Transflor Tungsten with self-adhesive

Altro Transflor Tungsten with traditional contact adhesive

Altro Transflor Tungsten with two part polyurethane adhesive

British Rail class 377 (12 car)






So choosing a contact adhesive over our self-adhesive solution means you’d be carrying the same weight as fourteen bowling balls on your train. Or, if you chose a two part polyurethane adhesive, you’d be carrying the weight of an adult panda. How much energy are you wasting, carrying around the extra weight?

An energy saving of course also means a financial saving – especially when you consider the twenty-four tubs of 6kg two part polyurethane adhesive, or the nineteen 5 litre units of contact adhesive, that you wouldn’t need to purchase per train set. With the loss of almost all VOC emissions in a self-adhesive installation, that’s a far safer working environment, to boot. Over a whole project, how much could you save?

By partnering with us to streamline your installation we can help you to reduce weight, save energy and support the transition to new fuel technologies on the industry horizon. Contact us today to start the conversation.

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Register for your place at the first Altro Transport Design Forum

This June, Altro will be hosting the Transport Design Forum, a day bringing industry experts together to discuss bus design for aesthetics, performance and the individual. With the new Bus Safety Standards coming into effect, there’s no better time to get together and share ideas and points of view on the future of bus design.

The Transport Design Forum logo

Our speakers

Jane Lupson - Senior Bus Safety Development Manager, Transport for London

Jane Lupson will share her insights into the new Bus Safety Standards due to be introduced by Transport for London, including the trials undertaken to reach the standards, and the roadmap for future plans with the Bus Safety Standard.

Claire Walters – Chief Executive, Bus Users UK

Claire Walters will speak about how we can ensure that the design of our buses is inclusive for all passengers. By exploring the problems faced by different passengers and the factors to take into account for how we can overcome them, we can create fully socially inclusive bus travel for all.

Maria Kafel-Bentkowska – CMF Project Head, PriestmanGoode.

Maria Kafel-Bentkowska will discuss the design process undertaken by PriestmanGoode when designing a vehicle, and the problem solving which this often entails. In short – how can you make sure that a vehicle looks good, but also provides easy maintenance and good durability, while staying up to date with what the future holds?

The day

The Altro Transport Design Forum will be held on 6th June, 10am-4pm, at the Altro London Design Centre. Lunch will be provided, as well as coffee and other drinks throughout the day. There will also be an after event at The Crown Tavern, Clerkenwell, from 4.30 to 7pm.

Register for your place

Places are limited for this exciting industry first, so register for your place fast!

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