December 2015

Altro double gong at FeRFA Awards

Altro are pleased to announce they were presented, with their partners, two awards at the 2015 FeRFA Awards.

Altro and Central Flooring won the ‘Small Industrial Project of the Year’ category for a resins installation for Gate Gourmet Heathrow.

Altro and Reprotec UK were highly commended in the ‘Small Commercial Project of the Year’ for the Altro Flexiflow installation at Newcastle Theatre Royal.

Steve Gregory of Altro said:  “As the National Business Development Manager for Altro, it’s really pleasing to see the continued growth within our customer relationships and the resin industry.

Winning two awards at the prestigious FERFA event 27 November demonstrates our continued progression and dedication to deliver first class customer service to those key resin customers within the industry.

My congratulations go to both Central Flooring Services Limited and Reprotec UK Limited for their outstanding contribution and support to these awards.

The FeRFA Awards were presented at the Belfry Hotel on Friday 27 November by comedian, Fred MacAulay, together with the Award sponsors: Cobra Insurance Brokers, Huntsman Polyurethanes, Innoveo/Dorfner, Protech Plastics Containers and Stallard Kane Associates.

Posted: 02/12/2015 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

Altro Floors announce acquisition of Debolon in Germany

Richard Kahn, Chief Executive of Altro, has today announced to its staff, customers and suppliers, the acquisition of Debolon, manufacturer of premium vinyl flooring based in Dessau, Germany.

This acquisition is fully aligned to our Company Purpose, our core values and fully supports our Company vision and strategy.

Both Altro and Debolon have very similar family cultures where its staff, its customers and its suppliers are a key focus. Sustainability, innovation, quality and customer relationships are central ideals in both businesses. Coming together in Germany will mean that we can offer an even wider product portfolio and choices to our customers, incorporating higher design flooring and hygienic walling systems.

With increased levels of support and wider availability of local stock, we believe this will provide an enhanced customer experience.

Altro is a UK based manufacturing company, selling premium flooring and hygienic walling systems for the construction and transport markets globally. They are family owned and run since 1919.

Debolon is a German based manufacturing company selling premium vinyl flooring globally to the construction market. They are family owned and were founded in 1929.

On behalf of: Altro Floors, Works Road, Letchworth, Hertfordshire SG6 1NW

Posted: 15/12/2015 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

Altro keep snow and sleet out

Herning Station in Denmark has 1.5 million visitors annually, arriving in all weathers. For 25 years Altro safety flooring has been used on the many platforms at the station. Flooring contractor Preben Nørfeldt believed there were three factors that were crucial when selecting the flooring for the busy railway station.

“The floor should be slip-resistant, durable, and it should look good,” says Preben Nørfeldt from Nørfeldt Flooring in Herning.

The floor speaks for itself after being laid more than 25 years ago. “There are a lot of people at Herning Station every day, so durability was extremely important when considering what flooring to use. It is not a place where you have time to make many repairs, and we have only had to perform few repairs on the slip-resistant flooring from Altro in the more than 25 years the floor has been there,” says Preben Nørfeldt.

Another important factor in the choice of flooring was slip resistance. Although the corridors are covered, there are often large daily temperature fluctuations, which can range from -10°C in the morning to more than 20°C in the middle of the day. This means that there may be a need to use salt on the roads, exposing the floors to both salt and slush.

Posted: 22/12/2015 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

Altro Stronghold 30 for catering success

Aveato Catering, founded in Berlin in 1999, is a premium catering company with offices throughout Germany.  With more than 4,000 business customers and 200,000 employees, it is one of the few nationally successful catering services. 

For the renovation of its catering kitchen in Munich, Aveato has opted for Altro Stronghold™ 30 safety flooring.  Altro Stronghold 30 achieves Altro’s highest rating for slip resistance (PTV≥55, R12) and is designed to minimise risk in wet and greasy conditions. As well as helping to keep staff safe from slips, it also helps reduce their fatigue, thanks to its 3mm thickness which provides noise reduction and comfort underfoot. It offers lifetime sustained slip resistance of 20 years.

Aveato had already used Altro safety flooring at the Frankfurt office.  With a range of 13 colours, Altro Stronghold offered a classic and aesthetically adaptable choice.

Posted: 17/12/2015 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

Altro work with EPSRC for sustainable growth

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK's main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change. The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability recently published its annual report on research findings to support sustainable growth in industry.

Driven by a continuous improvement spirit, Altro have notable achievements in waste recycling and process improvements. Over the past year, Altro have taken part in two Cambridge University doctoral research projects through the EPSRC to identify and implement more energy and resource efficiency improvements.

The first research project was about energy and resource efficiency assessment. The project focused on using the Capability Assessment Grid for Eco-Efficiency (CAGE) to help Altro look at existing manufacturing practices through this environmental assessment tool. The tool was designed to facilitate a transition to a more resilient manufacturing system.

The second research project Altro participated in was about assessing and reducing economic and environmental impacts of Product Changeover Operations.  The project looked at ways to reduce the environmental and economic impacts associated with product changeovers and made recommendations for management and system design.

Posted: 10/12/2015 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

Recofloor awards 2016 nominations are open! Will you be joining us at Old Trafford in March?

Recofloor, the vinyl-take back scheme that we’re proud to be co-founder members of, is holding its fifth annual awards at Old Trafford, the Home of Manchester United, on 3 March 2016. This is the opportunity for contractors, distributors and construction companies to be recognised for their commitment to, and achievements in, recycling and is always a fantastic event.

The awards, which ‘kick-off’ at 10.30am, will be hosted by ex-England and Southampton footballer and TV presenter Matt Le Tissier.

The awards celebrate scheme members who have excelled across five award categories:

  • Contractor of the year
  • Distributor of the year
  • Construction project of the year
  • Drop-off site user of the year
  • Recofloor Champion

For the nomination forms and criteria for each award, please visit, where you can also find details of how to book your free tickets to attend the event. Nominations are open until 13 January.

Show us who is top of the league by making your nominations today!

Posted: 16/12/2015 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments