Underlining its commitment to environmentally-friendly products, IDS has substantially increased its offering of FSC-certified laminates that are available ex-stock.

At any one time, IDS stocks in excess of 300,000 sheets of laminate for sale into the commercial, shopfitting and furniture manufacturing sectors and now 100,000 of that total are available with FSC certification ex-stock for delivery within 48 hours across the UK. IDS has 12 branches nationwide.

The vast ex-stock offering is made up of Polyrey laminates which are fully PEFC certified and has been boosted to its current total thanks to Formica Ltd recently gaining FSC accreditation on all of its plain colour laminates and more than three quarters of their other laminate designs.

Other branded laminates from Resopal, Arpa, and Woodlam are available from IDS on a made-to-order basis making up a full laminate line-up that can be FSC certified.

IDS itself has held full FSC and PEFC certification for products since 2003. At that time around 20% of the company’s timber-based product offer in worktops, flooring, laminates and panel products was available with environmental certification. Ten years on, in 2013, that figure now stands at over 80%. With rising demand for certified products from its customer base, IDS has strengthened its portfolio by encouraging its supply chain partners to embrace a greener approach and offer environmentally certified products.

Simon Frost, chain-of-custody manager at IDS, says: “IDS has excellent long-standing relationships with its suppliers and we have used this to positively influence their product development and subsequently our product make-up. The market demands more and more FSC certified product and as the UK’s largest surface materials distributor we have an obligation to fulfil this with the right products that offer the choice and sophistication that our customers need.”

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