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Atkinson & Kirby manufactures its own profiles and trims at the company’s Lancashire mill. Its array of products includes stair nosing, scotia, end caps, ramps, twin, quadrants and a new flat threshold. Produced in-house, the profiles and trims can be supplied in a wide variety of lengths and species.

Quick production, short lead times and tight quality control are other benefits of an onsite mill with many of the expert production staff having worked for the company for over 25 years. Special bulk discounts on large orders are available.

Atkinson & Kirby also stocks other accessories including Laybond and Sika subfloor preparation, Granwax, Woca and Bona seals and large quantities of underlay, plus Bona and Woca maintenance kits.

A-Trimoffersarangeofhigh quality tiling trims, corner pieces, movement joints and stair nosings for

professional tilers.

For the protection and finishing of tiled edges, the A-Trim range includes a comprehensive selection of profiles in a wide range of materials and finishes. From easy to use PVC and brushed aluminium to stylish Cubec trim for creating the ‘perfect’ right angled edge.

The company’s range of movement joints is available in differentmaterialsandsizes,from economically priced PVC to industrial grade stainless steel. Its movement joints can be specified for construction projects, including new-build housing, swimming pools, leisure complexes and shopping centres.

Dural UK saysitis continually updating its product range. The company’s movement joint profiles are designed to cope with heavy stresses and distribute them evenly between the foundation and floorcovering, while preventing conduction of noise from footfall and other bodies.

Dural’s coloured movement joints have reportedly been specified by leading automotive brands in car showrooms and workshop areas. The Olympic village, Marks & Spencer, airports, leisure centres, restaurants and retail outlets are reportedly among its other customers.

All its performance movement joints are designed and manufactured to exceed the requirements of BS 5385 and can reportedly be used with slate, natural stone and ceramic tiled floors.

Kährs accessories’rangehas two new finishing products which are available in different formats. The new stairnose and moulding systems are said to offer improved installation and greater flexibility. Each comes in a range of wood species and finishes for use alongside the company’s floors.
Made to the same design as Kahrs’ Original planks, the new stairnose comes in three stair-style formats: lipped-edge Classic 40 and Classic 60, and straight edged Modern for floors from 10mm to 20mm in thickness, and in finishes, including lacquer, matt lacquer, brushed, nature oil, bevelled edge and stained. Solid profiles are available for use with Kährs 7mm Linnea range.
The new moulding system includes a metal track for improved anchoring, while a MDF shim gives optimal height adjustment for use across more floor heights. Trims are available in bevel, T and L designs and in a variety of formats from 7mm to 20mm in thickness.
Kährs accessories range also includes skirtings and mouldings, underlays, installation, maintenance and repair products. Underlay options include acoustic and DPM materials for use over concrete subfloors, whilst installation tools include knocking blocks, jemmys, wedges, PVAC wood glue and DIY installation kits. Maintenance products and tools are available for lacquered and oiled surfaces, plus touch-up and woodfiller in various shades.

Parallel Flooring Accessoriessaysitis looking to improve on a successful 2011 with new products in its extensive wood profile range; Frontier Carpetline is said to fill a gap in the market for high quality timber flooring profiles for use with carpet and naturals, whilst Frontier Wood Coverplate provides a range of effective, low profile and easy to fix jointing and cover strips.

Parallel continues to increase its range of stained and oiled decors in line with current trends and fashions inhardwoodandlaminate.Earthtone, washed, limed and brushed finishes are now available for delivery within 48 hours from order.

Quantum Flooring has launched the Q stair nosings range designed to reduce slips and falls on staircases in all types of commercial buildings including offices, retail and leisure complexes.

The range offers new features including an edge to edge tread designed for a slip resistant surface for the entire width of the stair nosingtread.Thesatinetchedriser is produced to help meet Equality Act safety guidelines. Being scratch resistant, it is said to be easy to maintain.

Q Range is also said to minimise maintenance and maximise green credentials by combining smooth surfaces which negate the risk of dirt traps with design geared around lean manufacture as well as optimal packaging and recycling potential.

Quantum offers a comprehensive range of high performance stair nosings,PVCaccessories,trimsand transition profiles, supplemented by bespoke manufacturing capability enabling curved edges of any shape as well as prestige brass and chrome effect finishes.

The company offers a free on-site QSMS specialist measuring service giving quick and accurate electronic measurements. This enables customers to save time and money by only ordering the exact amount of product required for every job.

Schlüter suppliedtiling products for a new hardware store in the Swedish Clas Ohlson chain.
The 1,760sq m store is in the Frenchgate Shopping Centre, Doncaster.

During the store’s construction, movement joints from the Schlüter- Dilex range were installed throughout by Aylesford-based AB Flooring after being supplied by Schlüter customer PFJ Lilley & Sons.
Stuart Lilley at PFJ Lilley & Sons

comments, ‘The great thing about ordering products from Schlüter- Systems is that you know exactly what you’ll be getting – top quality products which are simple to install but leave the best possible finish.’

He adds that movement joints from the Schlüter-Dilex range offer secure edge protection and maintenance free solutions for surfaces exposed to continuous pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

All profiles are installed at the same time as the tile covering and a variety of material combinations are available, depending on mechanical or chemical stresses expected.

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