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Polyflor Covering the world

Based near Manchester, England, Polyflor is a major manufacturer of commercial floorcoverings, operating successfully throughout the world. 

Polyflor are constantly striving to improve processes and products to reflect the changing demands of the marketplace. We have invested ca. ?34 million in plant and equipment over the last decade, enhancing and expanding our product portfolio to provide added value for our customers.

The foundation of Polyflor’s success is our customer focus, and we work closely with contractors, specifiers and end users to understand their requirements and provide the ideal flooring solution for any installation. Polyflor have dedicated personnel within its salesforce, technical department and design team to provide comprehensive customer support. The company has developed an extensive network of agents, distributors and wholly-owned subsidiaries throughout all markets, to ensure excellent product and sample availability.

Polyflor is a quality-driven organisation, with our manufacturing processes and systems ISO 9001 accredited. We are fully committed to reducing the environmental impact of our operations, and also conform to ISO 14001.

From our early origins to today’s position as a leading manufacturer of commercial floorcoverings the success story continues…

The Early Years 1915 – 1948

1915 – THE INCORPORATION OF JAMES HALSTEAD LIMITED
The company was founded as a weaving operation by James Halstead, who had previously been a Weaving Shed Manager for another Manchester company.
The original product line was woven cotton textiles, which were both dyed and waterproofed. Later, this was to turn to the production of rubberised fabric used in the manufacture of mackintoshes.

1934 – JAMES HALSTEAD LTD MAKES FIRST FLOORING PRODUCT
James Halstead brought in a machine to friction calender (or roll) rubber onto a teased fabric. It was very durable and did not require salvaging, and was thus ideal for hard-wearing applications. It was sold to Briggs Motor Bodies (later Ford) as carpeting.

1935 – JAMES HALSTEAD DIES
At the comparatively young age of 66, James Halstead died, leaving the company in the hands of his two sons, John and Herbert.

1948 – BELSTAFF JOINS THE JAMES HALSTEAD GROUP OF COMPANIES AND THEY BECOME A PUBLIC COMPANY
The company was floated on the Stock Exchange on 30th April 1948, issuing 10,000 ordinary shares of ten shillings each.

Domestic & International Expansion 1954 – 1978

1954 – THE GROUP EXPANDS ITS FLOORING BUSINESS
A major push behind this fledgling area resulted in fast growth. At about this time, the first installation of Polyflor was carried out by Robert Kerr, a leading Manchester flooring contractor. The group continued to invest heavily in flooring.

1963 – THE GROUP STARTS MANUFACTURING IN SOUTH AFRICA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Such was the success of the new products and technology that the group created overseas manufacturing and sales operations that reached right round the world. By the end of the ’60s the international market had changed, and the benefits of single-site product development and manufacture were to result in refocusing on the UK operation, Consequently, the manufacturing operations in Australia and South Africa were closed in 1968 and 1969 respectively, and the manufacturing operation in New Zealand was sold to Skellerup Industries in 1971.

1971 – LAUNCH OF POLYFLOR XL
Polyflor XL was the first single layer homogeneous flooring product to be made available in 2-metre width. This, at the time, was a very significant move, and the product has become one of the most successful ranges in our portfolio.
Also in 1971, Polyflex Plus was launched, and gained substantial business in the housing market.

1972 – LAUNCH OF POLYTRED dB
Polytred dB was the forerunner to today’s Polytred Acoustic. Also in 1972, the start was made to metrication of all product sizes.

1974 – NEW PERIOD OF GROWTH
Following the death of Herbert Halstead, John’s son Geoffrey Halstead took control of the business. Geoffrey had been with the company since 1947.
This heralded a new period of significant growth for Halsteads with Geoffrey at the head of a dynamic team of professional managers.

1976 – POLYFLOR STYLE A LAUNCHED
The launch of Polyflor Style A was the culmination of a link with Bernat Klein. The shades were developed and linked to the Property Services Agency’s interior furnishings scheme.

1978 – MAJOR PUSH TO REDEVELOP THE EXPORT BUSINESS

Innovative New Product Development 1983 – 1999

1983 – JAMES HALSTEAD LIMITED INTRODUCED POLYSAFE SLIP-RESISTANT FLOORING
This year Polyflor launched their first safety flooring, containing aggregate particles to reduce the risk of slipping in ‘wet’ areas. Polyflor has since seen extensive growth within this sector, both in the UK and international markets.

1986 – JAMES HALSTEAD LIMITED LAUNCHED THE POLYSAFE STUD TILE
To provide increased choice for customers, 1986 saw our expansion into studded rubber tiles, a complimentary range to our main vinyl offering.

1989 – JAMES HALSTEAD LIMITED LAUNCHED YET ANOTHER NEW FLOORING RANGE
Two new ranges of non-directional flooring – Finesse and Panache – were introduced by Polyflor, reflecting increasing demand for the ‘chip’ aesthetic.

1992 – ESTABLISHED SALES OFFICE IN HONG KONG
The sales office was set up in Hong Kong to help support and build upon our successful business: not just in Hong Kong, but also in the emerging China market and other Asian markets.

PURCHASE OF POLYFLOR AUSTRALIA
In 1992, the company became directly involved in the Australian flooring market with the purchase and strengthening of the company responsible for distribution of Polyflor in Australia. Since then, the business has been further strengthened, and now includes a sales presence in all states, and warehousing in Queensland, N.S.W., W.A., and Victoria. 

1993 – SALES OFFICE ESTABLISHED IN EIRE
A sales office and warehouse were established in Eire to improve service to this market place.

1995 – LAUNCH OF 2000
Polyflor XL 2000 (now known as 2000 PUR) was launched in this year. It was the first calendered and pressed product in the Polyflor range, bringing the benefits of a dense, closed surface to the successful marbleised products in the Polyflor range.

1996 – GERMAN DISTRIBUTOR OBJECTFLOR IS PURCHASED
The Objectflor business was purchased in order to facilitate further investment in – and therefore development of – the German market. This has now advanced such that the sales and warehousing facility in Cologne is responsible for all the Central European markets.

1998 – PUR REINFORCEMENT ADDED TO NON-DIRECTIONALS
Building on the success of the non-directional products launched in 1989, a polyurethane reinforcement was added to the products, providing excellent protection and facilitating a polish-free maintenance regime. Subsequently, the PUR reinforcement was added to the 2000 range and also features on Forest FX.

1999 – GROUP STRENGTHENS POSITION IN WORLD MARKETS
Two acquisitions made this year include Karndean International GmbH in Germany (license for Central Europe only) and Skellerup Flooring (now Halstead Flooring Concepts Limited) in New Zealand.

Continued Strengthening of Polyflor Portfolio 2000 – today

2000 – LAUNCH OF SUPRATEC BRAND
The Polysafe Astral & Design ranges launched in this year, setting the standard for easy to maintain safety floor coverings. The collection featured Supratec, the exclusively developed polymer system, providing significant and sustainable maintenance benefits and cost savings over traditional untreated products.

2001 – CONTINUING EXPANSION OF LUXURY VINYL TILES
This year saw the launch of the updated Expona Art & Design collection, made up of 12 design themes and an extensive choice of colour and texture. With our JHT subsidiary fully integrated into Polyflor Ltd, a dedicated sales team was formed, reflecting the continuing expansion of the luxury tile market and its importance to Polyflor. 

2002 – XL PU – JUST BRILLIANT!
Twenty-four bright contemporary shades were launched to the market in 2002 in the form of the XL PU range, an attractive new addition to our marbleised offer. The range featured the added protection of a polyurethane surface treatment.

2003 – VOYAGER SETS SAIL!
Polyflor Voyager, a new collection of hardwearing sheet vinyl floorcoverings specifically developed for the transport industry, was launched in this year. The launch signaled Polyflor’s commitment to increasing our penetration of this important sector.
Available in a choice of smooth and slip resistant finishes, Polyflor Voyager provides the ideal flooring solution for a wide range of applications in the transport sector.

2004 – SAARFLOOR COLLECTION IMPROVES CHOICE
At Domotex 2004, the new Saarfloor rubber collection was launched, offering an extensive choice of hardwearing commercial rubber floorcoverings in a variety of surface finishes, colours and decorations. 

FOREST FX – INSPIRED BY NATURE
In this year, Polyflor took further steps to expand our portfolio with the launch of our first heterogeneous vinyl sheet flooring, Polyflor Forest FX. The range features sophisticated and highly realistic wood designs such as maple, cherry, beech and oak. 

2005 – THE FUTURE OF SAFETY FLOORING
In March 2005, Polyflor launched 3 exciting new Polysafe floorcoverings, underlining our commitment to developing a comprehensive safety flooring portfolio.
Polysafe Corona features a multi-chip decoration and a modern palette of shades which coordinate with our smooth floorcoverings. Corona incorporates Supratec+, the second generation of our unique soil releasing polymer system, for unrivalled soil release and low maintenance performance. 
Polysafe Hydro, featuring a ‘pimple’ emboss, has been designed to reduce the risk of slipping in continually wet barefoot areas.
Polysafe Ultima has been developed with increased slip resistance for demanding areas such as commercial kitchens and food processing areas.

2006 – THE QUEEN’S AWARD
James Halstead Flooring was presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade

NEW SAFETY FLOORING RANGE
Bright and vibrant colours plus all the proven performance benefits of Polysafe Standard are the hallmarks of new Polysafe Strata – the latest innovation in sheet vinyl safety floors from Polyflor. Polysafe Strata is available in 9 exciting shades, featuring a multi-coloured flake decoration.

NEW BEVEL LINE PROJECT COLLECTION
Specifically developed for major commercial projects, the new Bevel Line Project Collection of luxury vinyl tiles from Polyflor features bevel edged planks in 8 top selling standard wood effects.

2007 – THE QUEEN’S AWARD – NUMBER 2!
Polysafe sheet vinyl safety flooring has been presented with the 2007 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category for continuous product innovation and development.

2008 – NEW POLYSAFE – LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE!
Launch of two excitingly different new decorative ranges – Polysafe Wood FX and Polysafe Mosaic – both ideal for front of house and traditional safety flooring applications.

2009 – NEW EXPONA DESIGNED TO BE A STYLISH WINNER
Inspired by a rich variety of visual media, ranging from exotic fruit trees and reclaimed timber to modern architectural surfaces and engineered metals, the new Expona Design collection of luxury vinyl tiles is a unique and unrivalled combination of exceptionally creative design and strong commercial appeal.

2010 – POLYSAFE MOSAIC PUR RAISES THE BAR IN SAFETY FLOORING MAINTENANCE
Following a multi-million pound investment in state-of-the-art equipment, Polysafe Mosaic PUR now incorporates PolysafeTM PUR, a specially engineered polyurethane reinforcement (PUR).

2010 – GROUNDBREAKING POLYSAFE SUPRATEC PUR APPLIED TO FLAGSHIP SAFETY RANGES
Polyflor has raised the bar in decorative heavy-duty safety flooring to a new level by developing its class leading PUR maintenance technology on safety flooring and adding it to their flagship Polysafe Astral and Polysafe Corona ranges, so that both ranges now incorporate third generation Supratec PUR.

2010 – POLYFLOR LVTS SCORE BRE A+ FIRST
Polyflor continues to lead the way in environmental progress after all five of its Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) ranges received a positive assessment from the Building Research Establishment (BRE).
These latest BRE results are testament to Polyflor’s commitment to offer the most eco-friendly products possible and reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing vinyl flooring. Polyflor has a further 20 product ranges within its homogeneous, heterogeneous and safety product portfolio that boast individually assessed BRE A+ ratings.

2011 – PEARLAZZO PUR – A WORLD OF COLOUR AT YOUR FEET
Distinctive Pearlazzo PUR is the latest homogeneous product to be launched by leading commercial vinyl floorcoverings manufacturer Polyflor.
Beneath the bold colours and modern design, hardwearing Pearlazzo PUR achieves the highest wear rating – Group T – and features Polyflor’s unique polyurethane reinforcement which is cross-linked and UV cured for optimum strength. 

2011 – QUEEN’S AWARD FOR POLYFLOR PARENT COMPANY
James Halstead, the Manchester-based parent company of Polyflor, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade.
James Halstead last won the Queen’s Award in 2007, for Innovation, and the International Trade Award in 2006 – since then international sales have increased by GBP55 million, a growth of 90%.

2012 – SIMPLAY EASY FROM POLYFLOR
Introduction of SimpLay range following growing demand for an attractive, loose lay luxury vinyl tile product.

STICK WITH POLYSAFE ECOMAX WHEN BUDGETS ARE TIGHT
Designed to meet the needs of typical safety flooring environments, such as commercial buildings and social housing schemes, Polysafe Ecomax features the solid construction of Polyflor XL with safety aggregates to offer a specially engineered safety surface.

YOU’RE AT HOME WITH COLONIA
Launch of Colonia Flooring Collection, an affordable and design-led luxury vinyl tile range designed for the housing sector.

POLYSAFE TREADS NEW GROUNDS
Polysafe Modena PUR features a high-clarity, micro-granite appearance across 14 different shades and is available with the manufacturer’s groundbreaking Polysafe PUR (polyurethane reinforcement).

2013 – EXPONA CONTROL – DESIGN ASSURED. SAFETY GUARANTEED
Expona control combines the design benefits of an LVT with the performance of a HSE compliant safety floor offering sustainable wet slip resistance.

SECURA – INNOVATIVE NEW RANGE OF LUXURY VINYL SHEET
First multi-width luxury vinyl sheet flooring range, the Secura collection has been developed to enhance interiors with designs that reflect the natural beauty of wood, stone and stylish abstract finishes.

2014 – POLYSAFE ARENA – DESIGN TRENDS WITH SAFETY ASSURED
Brand new innovative range of decorative safety flooring. Uniting the worlds of design and function, Arena offers modern, on trend designs with built in sustainable wet slip resistance. 

BRAND NEW FORWARD THINKING DESIGN
Polysafe Verona PUR lays a major foundation for the future of the decorative safety flooring market, offering forward thinking design with safety as standard. Polysafe Verona PUR offers a clean and fresh look that is completely carborundum-free, containing no visible dark aggregate, unlike traditional safety flooring

CAMARO LOC – LOC IT LIVE IT!
Influenced by today’s home interior trends the Camaro Loc collection of 15 popular wood and stone designs is both practical and beautiful making it ideal for use in a wide range of internal spaces in the home including kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces.

2015 – EXPONA FLOW – A UNIQUE ADDITION TO THE EXPONA FAMILY
A collection of 50 heavy commercial sheet vinyl flooring designs, authentically replicating natural wood planks, combined with innovative abstract and fantastical materials.

Polyflor celebrates 100 years of manufacturing in Manchester

Polyflor, the UK’s commercial and residential vinyl flooring specialist, is celebrating a century of manufacturing in Manchester, UK, where this family-run company was born and is still flourishing as a global business.

Over the last 100 years the expansion of Polyflor’s parent company James Halstead PLC has been managed by four generations of the Halstead’s own dynasty of entrepreneurs in Bury, Greater Manchester. Established by James Halstead himself in 1915, the company’s original trade was the waxing and showerproofing of cloth for raincoats, before expanding into flooring in 1934.

After chemist Bill Roberts experimented with PVC to create a practical and resilient floorcovering at their Whitefield factory, “Poly-Flor” vinyl flooring was launched in 1954 when a 24 year old Geoffrey Halstead, the group’s current Executive Chairman, started up his sales operation. After persuading many contractors to move from promoting and installing existing linoleum products to working with more advanced “Poly-Flor” vinyl flooring, this investment in the market paid off as vinyl flooring soon became the company’s most profitable product.

Since pioneering the development of homogeneous vinyl flooring in 1950s, Polyflor has become a market leader for commercial vinyl floorcoverings with significant market share around the world. Now Polyflor manufactures a wide range of high quality and high performance flooring products, from safety flooring to luxury vinyl, which can be installed in homes, offices, hospitals, schools and retail interiors amongst others. 

James Halstead PLC figures reported a turnover of ?223.5 million and pre-tax profit of ?41.9 million for the financial year ending June 2014.

Polyflor is a major employer in Manchester, employing approximately 500 people across its original manufacturing site in Whitefield, Bury and its sales and marketing office in Royton, Oldham. In 2010 Polyflor also acquired a new heterogeneous sheet manufacturing site in Teesside, North East England. Now a well-established global organisation which is going from strength to strength, Polyflor has international subsidiaries across the world including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Ireland, Norway and most recently India, Canada and the Middle East.

Executive Chairman Geoffrey Halstead commented, “After James Halstead Ltd was started in 1915 with just three employees and four machines in our factory, we’ve come an awfully long way but are still close to our roots in Manchester. We’re proud to be a UK manufacturer and to have the Polyflor brand known globally as one of the leaders in the flooring industry who are “Covering The World” as our slogan says.”

Polyflor safety flooring brings slip resistance to dementia-friendly ward at Manor Hospital

Polysafe safety flooring was recently installed throughout Ward 29, a £2.5 million new dementia friendly facility developed at Manor Hospital in Walsall, West Midlands.

Stockport based construction and engineering company MTX Contracts Ltd were asked to design, manufacture and construct Ward 29, a 1491m? modular construction made up of 31 modules which were built and fitted out off site before being lifted into position at the hospital by a 350 tonne crane. Installed by John Abbott Flooring of Oldham, Polyflor flooring was used throughout Manor Hospital’s new 30 bed dementia friendly facility which features a reception area, consulting rooms, patient sitting room, six single bed rooms and six four bed rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Polysafe Wood fx PUR, Hydro and Vogue Ultra PUR safety flooring was used throughout the ward to help keep patients, staff and visitors safe and reduce the risk of slips and falls. All Polysafe flooring ranges feature safety particles for increased traction underfoot, providing sustainable wet slip resistance throughout the guaranteed lifetime of the product.

Steven Hartley, Associate Director at MTX Contracts Ltd commented, “Polyflor’s safety flooring is the ideal combination of high design and high performance. This has allowed us to create a safe healthcare facility for Manor Hospital that is less clinical and more welcoming, creating a more positive environment for patients and staff alike.” 

The interior of Ward 29 was designed with the needs of patients living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia in mind, with patient areas colour coordinated to aid orientation. As a UK manufacturer of flooring that is suitable for dementia care facilities, Polyflor has recently become a member of the Dementia Action Alliance who are committed to transforming the lives of the 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK. Polyflor is also a partner of the International Dementia Design Network at the University of Salford and Polyflor staff recently attended an informative Dementia Friends session.

Polysafe Wood fx PUR safety flooring in the popular Classic Oak 3107 shade was used throughout the ward’s bedrooms, reception area and corridors. The Wood fx collection features 10 authentic looking wood effect designs which are enhanced by the exclusive Polysafe PUR polyurethane reinforcement for superior cleaning benefits. 

Polysafe Hydro and Polysafe Vogue Ultra PUR vinyl safety flooring in the Oystershell shades were chosen for the en-suite bathrooms. Polysafe Hydro features a pimple emboss for use in barefoot and continually wet areas whilst Polysafe Vogue Ultra is a robust safety floor with a multi-chip design used in typical areas of spillage.

Expona Flow helps RSPB visitor centre prepare for summer

Vinyl flooring from Polyflor’s new high design and high performance Expona Flow range was recently installed in the refurbished visitor centre at RSPB Bempton Cliffs nature reserve near Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

Designed by East Yorkshire based Salt Architects, the new RSPB Bempton Cliffs visitor centre opened in April 2015 and is expecting a busy summer of visitors coming to see the 200,000 seabirds who nest in the towering chalk cliffs every year. Around 240m? of Expona Flow heavy commercial sheet vinyl flooring in Honey Beige was installed throughout the visitor centre’s exhibition area and gift shop by Paul Hood & Son flooring contractors of Hull.

The Expona Flow PUR collection of heavy commercial sheet vinyl floorcoverings includes 50 wood, stone and abstract designs in a 2 metre wide sheet format with a 2mm gauge and a 0.7mm wear layer. The Honey Beige design is from the Infinity collection in the Expona Flow range and was chosen to complement the surrounding coastal environment of Bempton Cliffs. This striking linear design features beige, gold and brown tones blended together to create the effect of endless wood. For superior cleaning benefits, Expona Flow flooring is cross linked and cured with Polyflor PUR polyurethane reinforcement for a simple polish-free maintenance regime.

Polysafe Verona PUR decorative, carborundum-free safety flooring was also installed in stairwells, corridors and bathroom areas to provide sustainable wet slip resistance. The installed Cookie Cream shade features virtually invisible safety particles and tonal decorative chips to give the look of smooth vinyl with the performance of a safety floor. 

Keith Clarkson, Site Manager at RSPB Bempton Cliffs nature reserve commented, “As this is one of the best locations in the UK to watch seabirds we’ve had over 40,000 visitors since we reopened the centre in April. We needed a floor that was hardwearing and easy to clean yet beautiful to look at. The finished floor is just what we wanted and we’ve had fantastic comments from the public about the refurbishment.”

Polyflor scores a hat-trick at the 2015 CFJ Awards

Polyflor are proud to announce it has received awards in three categories of the 2015 Contract Flooring Journal Awards. Based solely on the votes of the CFJ’s flooring contractor readers, Polyflor won awards for Manufacturer of the Year, Vinyl Flooring Product of the Year and Website of the Year. 

National Sales Manager Paul Taylor and PR Manager Kerry Edwards attended the celebratory awards dinner took place on 30th April 2015 at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

Polyflor won the prestigious 2015 CFJ Manufacturer of the Year award for the second year running and for the sixth year in a row, CFJ’s readers have voted for Polyflor’s vinyl flooring products as the winner of the Vinyl Flooring Product of the Year award. Last year it was Polysafe safety flooring that was recognised by the awards, but 2015’s winning vinyl range is Polyflor’s high design Expona flooring collections. 

The Polyflor website (www.polyflor.com) has been chosen as Website of the Year by CFJ readers. Polyflor’s website showcases all their vinyl flooring ranges, from safety flooring to LVT, and is regularly updated with their latest products, technical information, news and case studies. The Polyflor website was re-launched in 2015 with an improved look and design to give users a better online experience.

Tom Rollo, Polyflor’s Marketing Manager comments, “To win the Manufacturer of the Year award along with two other CFJ Awards this year is a fantastic achievement. The fact that this award was voted for by our customers means a great deal to us as it shows that the flooring industry is supporting UK manufacturers and we are being recognised for our hard work.”

On behalf of Polyflor I’d like to thank the flooring contractors and our distribution partners for their continued support over the years.”

Polyflor launch Designatex for the home

Polyflor is proud to announce the launch of their latest range of beautifully designed and hard wearing flooring developed specifically for the home, the Designatex collection of textile backed luxury sheet vinyl flooring.

The stylish yet practical Designatex vinyl flooring range includes 12 wood effect and 6 stone effect designs to enhance any room in the home. To complement both traditional and modern interiors, the wood collection features a variety of wood species and layouts including three classic parquet designs. These wood designs accurately replicate the warmth, grain detail and natural textures of real wood planks for an authentic finish.

Recreating the tones, textures and natural rock formations of real stone tiles, the Designatex stone collection includes limestone, slate and paving effect designs in three layouts: slim tiles, random tile placement and varied tile widths. Each design has been developed to create an eye-catching abstract effect which would be costly to replicate using stone tiles.

Available in 2, 3 and 4 metre widths to accommodate larger living spaces, UK manufactured Designatex has a 3.0mm gauge and 0.3mm wear layer with SureTread R10 slip resistance to help prevent slips in the home.

The UltraComfort soft textile layer on the underside of Designatex provides warmth and comfort underfoot, whilst aiding in reducing noise transfer between rooms with a 17dB impact sound reduction. The innovative textile backing helps to mask any minor subfloor unevenness or surface texture whilst being lightweight and easy to handle. Designatex flooring can also be loose laid in most homes, eliminating the need for adhesive and allowing for quicker installations. Its textile backing allows it to be laid over damp subfloors where a Relative Humidity (Rh) of 90% is not exceeded.

With a 15 year domestic guarantee, Designatex features Polyflor’s renowned CleanShield PUR polyurethane reinforcement which helps prevent stains and scuff marks allows for a simple polish-free cleaning regime. Designatex is 100% recyclable and also achieves Indoor Air Comfort Gold certification for low VOC emissions, an internationally recognised indoor air quality standard.

Polyflor’s Marketing Manager Tom Rollo comments, “With Designatex we wanted to offer a high quality floorcovering that delivered in terms of performance and featured a range of fresh and innovative designs to inspire our customers. Creating a statement floor in the home is simple thanks to this new collection of easy to install luxury vinyl sheet flooring.”

Now in stock, the Designatex range is showcased within Polyflor’s 56 page brochure, a comprehensive sample presenter and shadecards. Free Designatex product samples are available to order from the Polyflor website or via the Samples Direct Hotline on 0161 767 2551.

Polyflor donates iPads to local primary school

Manchester based vinyl flooring manufacturer Polyflor Ltd recently donated 15 iPads to a local primary school as part of their commitment to supporting the local community.

The iPads were donated to Chapelfield Primary School in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, where they are being used by Year 5 students as interactive learning aids in the classroom. Polyflor chose to donate the iPads, which were formerly used by their salesforce, to the school as it is local to their Whitefield manufacturing site.

Headteacher Malcolm Gate commented, “We are very thankful to Polyflor for their generous donation. The students love using their iPads and they are a great teaching tool the whole class can now benefit from.”

Polyflor creates a bespoke Expona Flow design for Preston nursery

Polyflor’s new Expona Flow range of high performance commercial flooring was used to create a fun and functional flooring design at Quwwat Islam Education Centre in Preston recently.

Installed by Diamond Flooring of Bolton, seven designs from the Expona Flow range were selected to create the bespoke floor in the corridor of the centre’s Little Sparkles Nursery. The grey Luna and Storm colours were chosen for the base and border of the design floor, whilst the circular designs with striped, spotted and swirl patterns inside were created using the brighter Burnt Orange, Flaxen, Steel Blue, Meadow and Plum shades. 

The Expona Flow range features 50 heavy commercial sheet vinyl flooring designs in a 2 metre wide sheet format with a 2mm gauge and a 0.7mm wear layer. The designs used in this nursery corridor are from the Cosmos collection of solid colour, smooth floorcoverings within the Expona Flow range. Subtle highlights created by pearlescent fragments within these designs give the floor added depth and movement that changes with the light in the room. 

Quwwat Education Centre worked with Polyflor’s in house Design Service to create this custom floor design. Polyflor’s experienced team works frequently with customers to create stunning bespoke design floors for interior projects in education environments. By using water jet cutting technology, our Design Service can create logos, motifs and intricate images using Polyflor’s high performance flooring.

Polyflor’s Camaro luxury vinyl tiles in White Limed Oak were also installed inside the nursery playroom for two to five year olds. As well as offering years of durability and performance in the home, our hardwearing Camaro collection can also be used for light commercial applications such as this nursery, small offices and boutiques.

Moulana Khalid Ibrahim, Head Teacher at the Quwwat Education Centre commented, “We’re really impressed with the finished result, the flooring looks fantastic and has really brightened up the space for summer. We’ve been getting excellent feedback from parents, pupils and staff.”

Eye-catching Expona flooring helps tattoo studio stand out from the crowd

A bold and dramatic flooring design from Polyflor’s Expona Commercial range of luxury vinyl tiles was chosen for the refurbishment of Vida Loca Tattoo studio in Bolton, Greater Manchester recently. 

Vida Loca Tattoo in Bolton town centre includes a tattoo studio, hair salon, piercing studio and a coffee shop all under one roof. The owners chose the Dark Recycled Wood design from Expona Commercial PUR range to fit in with the studio’s contemporary style. To give the look of a random patchwork of upcycled timber, the design includes tiles in three different widths and in various complementary shades creating the effect of a reclaimed wood floor, a look that is becoming increasingly popular.

Danny Watson, owner of Vida Loca Tattoo commented, “We loved this eye catching design so much that we used it all the way through the shop. It really makes our store interior stand out next to other shops on the high street and we’ve had many customers complement us on it. The fact that it is easy to clean and maintain is also a big bonus for us.”

Polyflor helps freshen up Halton Hospital’s new urgent care centre

Polyflor’s vinyl flooring has helped create a fresh, clean and welcoming environment at a new urgent care centre at Halton Hospital in Runcorn recently.

Polyflor’s Pearlazzo PUR highly durable sheet vinyl flooring and Polysafe Wood fx PUR safety flooring were installed throughout the facility by flooring contractors Jepsons Limited of Darwen, Lancashire. This facility was originally a minor injuries department with an out of hours GP’s surgery attached but thanks to the refurbishment it has been transformed by main contractors JMBC Ltd into an urgent care centre which opened in February 2015. The centre expects to attract an increased number of patients, from the 40 per day it saw as the previous minor injuries unit to up to 120 per day as a successful urgent care centre.

Pearlazzo PUR sheet vinyl flooring in complementary fresh shades of Lemon Ice 9702 and Mint Crisp 9706 were used in corridors, nursing stations, reception areas and waiting rooms at Halton Hospital. Available in 24 contemporary shades including neutrals, pastels and brights, the Pearlazzo PUR homogeneous flooring range is popular for healthcare environments due to its UV cured and cross-linked polyurethane PUR coating which allows for an easier cleaning and polish-free maintenance regime. 

As a contrast to the pastel tones used in corridors and circulation areas within the hospital, Polysafe Wood fx PUR safety flooring in Warm Beech 3297 was fitted in the treatment rooms. With an attractive wood effect design and virtually invisible safety particles within the vinyl, the Wood fx range was an ideal choice for creating inviting, non-clinical spaces with the added benefit of sustainable wet slip resistance, particularly around sinks and areas of potential spillage.

Lee Bushell, Building Surveyor at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust commented, “Overall Polyflor’s flooring helps create a clean and bright atmosphere where we deliberately used a combination of colours and designs as way finding aids for patients with dementia or those who are partially sighted. The corridor and circulation areas being one colour helps people find their way around the facility and the contrast of the wood effect floor in the treatment rooms helps the patient recognise that they are entering a different area.”

Polyflor flooring helps create stunning new homes in Bridgend

Polyflor’s market leading commercial and residential vinyl flooring was recently installed at Wales & West Housing’s new housing development in the popular seaside town of Porthcawl, Bridgend.

Around 2500m? of Polyflor flooring was installed by Artisan Flooring of Swansea to help create 40 brand new, affordable homes at New Road Court which has been built by local construction company Jehu in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council and the Welsh Government. Consisting of 24 one bedroom apartments and 16 two bedroom apartments, this new social housing development cost approximately ?3.9 million to build.

Polyflor’s Secura PUR flooring in the bold Antique Herringbone 2129 design was installed throughout the apartments in kitchens, corridors, bedrooms and living spaces. The Secura range of luxury vinyl sheet flooring beautifully replicates the look of natural materials, with this chosen design featuring an inbuilt herringbone pattern and authentically reproduced wood grain and knots to give a rustic feel in a practical loose lay format. The cross linked and UV cured polyurethane reinforcement PUR provides an easy to clean surface and prevents stains and scuff marks, reducing cleaning time and costs.

High performance, decorative Polysafe safety flooring was fitted in the bathrooms to provide sustainable slip resistance in these frequently wet areas. Polysafe Wood fx PUR in authentic Rustic Oak 3337 was installed in the ground floor apartment bathrooms whilst Polysafe Wood fx Acoustix PUR, which features an integrated closed cell foam backing for improved acoustic performance (impact sound reduction levels of 19dB), was used in the upper floor apartments. These wood effect designs feature virtually imperceptible safety aggregates for slip resistance guaranteed to last the lifetime of the product. 

Polysafe Hydro Evolve in Indus 4251 with its raised emboss for sustainable wet slip resistance in barefoot areas was also installed in some of the ground floor bathrooms where a walk in shower suitable for disabled use have been fitted.

Johann Horton, Development Officer at Wales & West Housing commented: “We are delighted with the finished flooring at New Road Court, as are the residents who have now moved in. The wood effect designs in particular really add impact to the interiors. These new homes comply with the Welsh Government Design Quality Requirement (DQR) standards and achieve a minimum Code for Sustainable Homes level 3+.

More Polyflor BIM Objects now available

Polyflor, the UK’s leading commercial and residential vinyl flooring manufacturer, is pleased to announce that it is now offering even more of its best-selling ranges as downloadable Building Information Modelling (BIM) objects. 

Free to download from the Polyflor website and RIBA National BIM Library, a selection of some of the new BIM objects available include Polyflor’s innovative Expona Flow sheet vinyl flooring, Expona Control luxury vinyl tile and SimpLay loose lay tile ranges amongst others. These new BIM objects have been developed for the marketing leading Revit Architecture and IFC software formats. Polyflor decided to offer these new BIM objects across their most popular vinyl flooring ranges after the continued success of their original BIM offering which was launched in June 2014.

The National BIM Library is a free online resource developed and managed by RIBA NBS for the UK Construction Industry. The service allows construction professionals to download generic and proprietary BIM objects, hosting a comprehensive range of systems and products.