October 2019

A record-breaking customer visit

We were delighted to welcome a total of 85 Danish flooring installers to our headquarters in Letchworth Garden City recently. The visit was coordinated by the National Branch Club for Flooring Installers for 3F, the biggest trade union in Denmark.

The National Branch Club for Flooring Installers organises a study trip every two years, with the aim of boosting the profile of the profession, and strengthening its community.

Svend-Aage Poulsen. Head Negotiating Secretary of 3F said:

“The study trips aim to strengthen the sense of community, and they create fantastic opportunities to network in informal settings. At the same time, of course, providing professional inspiration for work is a must, but the primary purpose is network and community.”
3F Contractor at Altro Training School

From luxury vinyl tiles to wet room adhesives

The group attended hands-on floors and walls training sessions, giving them the chance to experience best practice when installing Altro Ensemble, our luxury vinyl tile, as well as our impact-resistant, grout-free and hygienic wall system Altro Whiterock. They also sat in on a presentation of the latest Danish requirements for vinyl flooring in wet rooms and toured our manufacturing facility.

The trip was attended by our technical consultant for Central and Northern Jutland in Denmark, Kim Thomsen, and his colleague, our technical consultant for Zealand and Bornholm, Benny Pedersen, who both presented. Kim said: We designed the program so that the installers were introduced to a number of opportunities to help strengthen their own portfolio and optimise installation quality.”

3F Contractor at Altro Training School

Opportunity to expand the portfolio

The feedback from our visitors was very positive about how the day went, and the opportunities to be able to ask questions during the sessions. The chance to ‘get their hands dirty’ by getting involved in the interactive training sessions was also a plus point.

Tom Holgersen, a floor installer from Charles Christensen A / S - CC Gulve, talked about his experience of the day:

“When you see the solutions and the explanation why things have to be done in a certain way, rather than another, it makes really good sense. I think the most interesting thing today was the walls system, because I didn't know a lot about it before coming here. I can definitely see opportunities to expand business beyond flooring installations.”
3F Contractor at Altro Training School

Largest customer visit in our 100-year history

Svend-Aage Poulsen commented:

“It is always exciting to come out and see the products, experience how they are made and get a clear view of what solutions the manufacturers recommend, so that the installers can share their knowledge when their employer is giving guidance to customers”

Michael Persson, Nordic sales manager at Altro said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome the visitors from 3F, and we greatly value the feedback given to us throughout. This applies both to the development of our solutions, and the way we run our business. And the visit from 3F was actually a historic event for us; the first time in our 100-year history that we have welcomed so many visitors at once.”
3F Contractor at Altro Training School
 

If you are interested in visiting Altro, please contact us or speak with your Altro representative.

Posted: 15/10/2019 08:00:00 by Saloni Robinson | with 0 comments

Kit out your bus for design, safety, and practicality

Looking to streamline installation and save on waste, all while taking your bus design from normal to next level? Altro’s logo and kit cutting service is the solution you’ve been looking for. From a flash of colour to a marked out area for safety, our cutting service can help you realise any design idea, and simplify your installation in the process.

Using a CAD drawing of your vehicle our in-house cutting technology will map out the required pieces in the most economical way to minimise waste and deliver your desired floor in pre-cut pieces ready for installation.

Strike a design

Although safety and practicality are strong priorities of ours, we also appreciate the value of great looking design. You can utilise our kit cutting service to create striking and memorable designs on your vehicles.

Optare used contrasting tramlines on their Versa and Solo demonstration vehicles to elongate the space and flaunt the vehicles’ airy design.

Optare Versa demonstration vehicle
Product: Altro Transflor custom design flooring
Optare Solo demonstration vehicle
Product: Altro Transflor custom design flooring
 

Abellio, in their London fleet, and Reading Buses used contrasting colours to distinguish the gangways and seating areas on their city buses. These weren’t just great ideas for demarcation, but also useful for hiding areas with increased dirt pickup.

Abellio London bus fleet, UK
Product: Altro Transflor Chroma
Reading Buses, UK
Product: Altro Transflor Wood

Show the way

Greater Wellington Regional Council fleet, NZ
Product: Altro Transflor Chroma
Abellio London fleet, UK
Product: Altro Transflor Chroma, Altro Transflor Meta

A great way to mark out designated areas for wheelchair users, parents with pushchairs, or any other feature you’d like to highlight on your vehicle is a separate section cut into the floor in a contrasting colour. Altro have provided countless pre-cut logos for use in vehicles across the world, from the Greater Wellington Regional Council fleet in New Zealand to the Abellio fleet in London, UK. Here at Altro we can provide the logo pre-set into your contrasting colour of choice, cut to size and ready to stick down in your vehicle.

A floor layer welding in an Altro pre-cut logo  
Make sure that, when using contrasting colours, that the LRV point difference is not more than 30. This avoids creating the illusion of a hazard for passengers with visual impairments.

Using our in-house cutting technology, we can create any logo you can think of. Beyond marked out passenger areas, why not consider using flooring to show where phone charging points or parent and child friendly seats are located?

Brand focus

Any logo you can think of does, of course, include your own. With our logo cutting we aren’t just limited to simple shapes, but also have the capability to cut text in a range of different fonts. Your company logo, a product name (as with Optare’s Versa and Solo demonstration vehicles), company values or even stops on a route.

We are proud to provide our kit cutting and logo solution to you because of all the great benefits it allows us to offer. Smart, practical and striking design without limits is within easy reach, but this service also ensures a far more streamlined installation saving you time, money and unnecessary waste. Why not save even more time and labour, and give our self-adhesive solution a try, too?

Get in touch to find out more – we can’t wait to hear your ideas!

Posted: 01/10/2019 08:00:00 by Heather Mussett | with 0 comments

Clean up your transport floors like new

We know that as a transport operator, keeping your floors in tip-top condition is a high priority to maintain a safe and pleasant travel environment for your passengers. To give you the best advice, we spoke to our colleagues at our sister company, Autoglym. Michael Rutherford, Commercial Manager for Autoglym Professional Key Accounts, gave us his advice for cleaning up your floors like new.

Use a quality product

Here at Altro we recommend our AltroClean 44 and AltroClean 44+ for use with our floors, but we’ve also seen excellent results using the Autoglym Professional range. A quality product is essential to ensure not only that you’re using your time as efficiently as possible when cleaning, but to achieve the best results both for the appearance and maintained slip resistance of your chosen floor.

Check your method

A standard daily clean is easier than you think! When using Autoglym 56 Express Wash, simply spray the area with 25:1 diluted product and leave to dwell for 2-3 minutes. You can leave this on for longer, if you feel you need to – just don’t let the product dry onto the floor! If you don’t have a sprayer, you can also apply product using a mop and bucket. After the dwelling time, simply mop off the product using clean water. If you applied the product using a mop and bucket, ensure you dry mop the area afterwards to make sure there is no product left on the floor after cleaning, as this can result in a chemical residue being left on the flooring.

Deep clean

A regular deep clean is key to removing the more stubborn dirt and maintaining the finish of your floor. After spraying the area with 15:1 diluted Autoglym 56 Express Wash and leaving to dwell, agitate the area using a deck scrub or hard bristled brush to lift the more ingrained dirt. Then, mop the floor with clean water to remove both the product and the lifted dirt. A deep clean of about once a month should be enough to keep your floors looking good as new!

A bristle brush being used to agitate cleaner on Altro Transflor Tungsten in safety yellow  

Read our current cleaning advice here.

Contact the team

The Autoglym Professional Key Accounts Commercial Managers are available to help you solve your cleaning conundrums:

Michael Rutherford
Northern England, Scotland and Ireland
Dean Lucas
Central and South West England and Wales
Anna Bratton
London and South East England
Posted: 08/10/2019 08:00:00 by Heather Mussett | with 0 comments

Make your flooring design work for you

Are you missing powerful opportunities for design on your rail vehicles?

Flooring choice is an integral part of ensuring that your vehicle performs at the highest level possible. Your flooring selection not only sets the tone for the entire feel of the carriage, but also ensures you meet the relevant slip resistance and fire safety regulations. We like to see that as the bare minimum, as there’s so much more your flooring can do for you…

A vehicle of distinction

We offer a wide colour palette with our entire rail flooring portfolio to allow you to create different environments within the same branding guidelines. Using different colours to demarcate different areas is a great way to differentiate, but to take it one step further, use colour to evoke different types of ambience.

Altro Transflor Met in a custom colour design for the standard class of a Grand Central intercity train
Altro Transflor Met in a custom colour design for the first class of a Grand Central intercity train
 

We can create Altro Transflor Met in any colour you wish, and a selection of design patterns. Grand Central made great use of our custom colour service on their intercity trains. In the standard class saloons, they designed a lively composition with a vivacious firework pattern in brilliant colours to help give a bit of spark to standard class journeys. The saloons have that extra feeling of novelty which helps create a positive passenger experience. In first class, we devised a deep, regal purple with an understated geometric pattern. In high traffic areas such as the gangways, a patterned resilient floor is a great way to maintain the pattern complexity available with carpet but ensure safety and ease of cleaning. These designs look great, and are working overtime for safety, practicality, and helping to create an environment where passengers feel valued.

In those areas where a simple colour change is too subtle, we can provide pre-cut logos to demarcate important areas.

Lead the way

As well as cutting logos in house, we can also cut full flooring designs. Our innovation at Porterbrook’s Innovation Hub in 2019 centred around exactly this: we used our in-house kit cutting technology to create an environment where all the stress was taken out of train travel and passengers felt valued.

Altro Transflor Motus and Altro Transflor Tungsten used to demarcate a bicycle area on the Porterbrook Innovation Hub
Altro Transflor Motus and Altro Transflor Tungsten used to demarcate a bicycle area on the Porterbrook Innovation Hub
 

On entering the carriage, we showed how flooring design can be used to quickly show passengers to points of interest on a vehicle to minimise stress around not being able to find the area they need. This design can be applied to any important area of any train, be that the buffet car, toilets, or any innovative areas on board. This particular design was cut into new, high performance Altro Transflor Motus, with Altro Transflor Tungsten in custom colours to create a bold contrast. While this design may be a quirky novelty for some, it acts as a lifeline for others who may be nervous travellers or need to get to certain areas quickly. Designs which show that operators are thinking about passengers’ needs are a great way to make passengers feel appreciated.

Partnering for possibilities

Here at Altro we are proud to be at the forefront of innovation when it comes to passenger-focused developments. We can produce flooring designs to fulfil any need or novelty, so contact us to find out what’s possible. Our rail flooring portfolio has the versatility to create any design you care to think of, so test us out – we would love to explore the possibilities of performance with you.

Posted: 22/10/2019 08:00:00 by Heather Mussett | with 0 comments