Merinolam ex-stock Luvih supermatt laminate in Aqua Green with FR+ Siberian Pike Oak, exclusively available from IDS

It’s not often that a major new laminate brand comes to the UK market presenting furniture manufacturers, designers and fabricators with premium quality materials suitable for a multitude of creative applications, but Merinolam does all of this and is exclusively available from IDS for nationwide delivery in 24-48 hours. 

Surface materials specialist distributor International Decorative Surfaces has agreed an exclusive partnership with world leading decorative laminate manufacturer Merino,, to launch a premium quality new collection shaped around the needs of the UK market.

John Bagshaw, MD of IDS, which has been appointed exclusive UK distributor for the Merino Decorative Laminates brand

John Bagshaw, managing director at IDS, says: “Many sectors are grappling with challenges in the supply chain that are causing product shortages and delays. With Merinolam, we have committed to holding extensive stock on the ground so that we can assure continuity of supply, with the guarantee of accurate, on time delivery. That has always been at the core of IDS’s philosophy.”

Merino is among the top five global producers of decorative laminate, manufacturing more than 18 million sheets per year and with a presence in over 80 countries. The company has a strong commitment to environmental and sustainability standards promoting a circular economy and conserving natural resources, with 70% of its energy requirements coming from renewable and green sources. It also takes its corporate social responsibility very seriously with community-based projects in education, nutrition, healthcare and female empowerment. Merino is committed to the highest standards in its manufacturing processes with certifications including Greenguard, FSC, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and EN 438.

John Bagshaw adds: “We are delighted to become the exclusive UK distribution partner for Merino in this exciting expansion programme. Merino is well-known for its commitment to high-quality manufacturing processes, design-innovation and to business practices that promote environmental sustainability, and these values perfectly align with IDS’s own principles, making them the ideal ethical and commercial partner for our business.” 

Through IDS, a premium quality range of 55 high pressure Merinolam décors is now available with ex-stock availability in 24-48 hours and no minimum order quantity. Offering creative flexibility and high performance, over 90% of the range is available in FR grade and includes a contemporary range of super-matt anti-fingerprint laminates as well as speciality options including metallics, magnetic and solid core colours. The full range benefits from being supplied polycoated as standard for long-lasting protection. 

Merinolam ex stock FR+ laminates in Midnight Blue, Pearl Black, Marigold and Suede Ink, exclusively available from IDS

Merinolam is suitable for a wide range of horizontal and vertical applications and its availability in the UK market will provide designers, specifiers, shopfitters, fabricators and main contractors with a high quality, versatile and competitive material that can be specified with confidence in a range of sectors including residential, healthcare, education, architecture, construction and hospitality.

“Drawing on our experience of supplying surface materials for over two decades, we have a profound understanding of what UK customers need for projects. We’ve developed a market-focused selection of Merinolam décors which offer premium quality, creative flexibility and functionality which can be specified with absolute confidence in a wide range of environments,” adds John Bagshaw.

A major benefit of the new range is the dedicated Merino FR+ Fire Retardant Laminate collection which has been tested in Europe to BS 476: Part 7, passing Class-1 Fire Rating provided that fire retardant adhesive, backer and substrates are used. Class-1 FR laminates do not allow fire to spread further once the source is removed and extinguishes itself within a stipulated time, significantly reducing the risk of toxic smoke.

Merinolam ex stock FR+ laminates in Planked Maple, Marigold, Cardinal and Ink, exclusively available from IDS

John Bagshaw says: “In today’s fast-paced climate with tight deadlines to meet and penalty clauses that can result in losses of thousands of pounds a day, having access to high-quality FR-grade laminates ex-stock is a major benefit for customers, as it removes these obstacles and potential project derailers.”

Postformable for optimum versatility across a range of applications, the Merino FR+ range is 0.7mm thick, is available in a standard 3050 x 1300mm sheet size and comprises a palette of 37 decors spanning a wide selection of plain colours, woodgrains and patterns. 

Merinolam ex stock FR+ woodgrain laminate in Sea Beech & Luvih super-matt laminates in Charcoal & Blaze Grey, exclusively available from IDS

Answering the strong design trend for tactile super-matt textures, Luvih super-matt anti-fingerprint laminate offers a satin smooth yet tough surface that is highly resistant to fingerprints, grease, smudges, and offers easy-to-clean antibacterial properties. Luvih offers a range of eight contemporary plain decors and is available in two sheet sizes of 3050 x 1300 x 0.8mm and 4300 x 1550 x 0.8mm which gives the benefit of greater creative and fabrication flexibility.

Six speciality Merinolam decors are available in a sheet size of 0.8 x 3050 x 1300mm. Uni+ offers black, grey and white solid colours, while Merino Metalam comprises two competitively priced silver and gold metallics. Merino’s Magnetic decor provides an ideal solution for dry-wipe boards and is available in a 1 x 2440 x 1220mm sheet size. Four co-ordinating liner options complete the collection. 

In keeping with IDS’s commitment to a customer-centric business with fast product availability, the full Merinolam range is being stocked in depth and breadth and available for nationwide delivery in 24-48 hours from any of IDS’s 18 regional branches. Customers have the flexibility to order single sheets, mixed orders through to full palettes, together with access to a free express sampling service and the support of a trained team of product specialists who can provide information, guidance and technical advice. 

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