There is no doubt that an increasing number of businesses and end consumers are now more interested in where products come from, how they are made, and their environmental impact.
The FSC asserts that almost half of the people in the UK recognise the FSC trademark logo design, and this increased awareness is contributing to the growth in the market of responsibly sourced timber and timber products.
Leading surface design development company, Swiss Krono, is a pioneer in sustainability and environmental protection. Setting it apart from other brands, the company says it is unique in producing the core board for its Swiss Krono One World Collection from 100% virgin wood material.
The virgin wood is sourced from no further than a 350km radius of the Swiss factory and meets and exceeds standard requirements from both FSC and PEFC.
Bark and other surplus materials are totally recycled in the factory by burning them in a biomass unit to create electricity for the site. This leaves the wood free from any contaminates that may damage or shorten the life of machine tools, giving furniture manufacturers the benefit of exceptionally good machinability.
In the UK, the company has a 35-year distribution partnership with International Decorative Surfaces (IDS) which, with 13 branches nationwide, provides extensive stockholding and rapid product availability to meet the on-time and in-full needs of furniture manufacturers.
To minimise its environmental impact, Swiss Krono transportation operates on a round trip basis by train. Every décor in the One World Collection is available in the UK exclusively through IDS within five working days and with no minimum order quantity. This service is made possible by the slick Red Express, the weekly train that leaves Switzerland every Wednesday and delivers products direct to the IDS railhead operations that feed into the nationwide branches. IDS also holds the most popular-selling decors, plus a selection of bespoke designs, ex-stock which can be delivered to a customer’s door in just 24-48 hours.
Says Dave Huggins, business development director for Panel Products at IDS: “The eco credentials of Swiss Krono products, unique in producing its core board from 100% virgin wood material, mirrors the environmental ethos of IDS. As a company, we have held FSC certification since 2003. Our entire product portfolio is compliant with European Timber Regulations, ensuring that customers have access to FSC or PEFC certified options in each of our product categories.”
The 253 décors in the One World Collection are a treasure trove for manufacturers reflecting the latest trends in metallics, abstracts, concretes, woodgrains and plain colours. Every One World décor is available as a melamine or a laminate with matching ABS edging as standard.
“They can all be combined with a variety of different substrates, including chipboard, MDF of all types and compact density fibreboard (CDF). This offers the design flexibility for use on projects in the domestic, retail, commercial, hospitality, education and public sectors,” David Huggins continues.
“Swiss Krono One World is very clearly presented and gives furniture manufacturers access to a wealth of design choices that reflect current trends, with the flexibility to choose from different substrates to suit their manufacturing needs. The collection is easy to work with, it has immense design flexibility and, with the virgin core board, we know it offers a superior level of machinability that will give manufacturers a perfect result every time.”