Recycling Project, Farborough Air Show, London
Client: SDD EXhibitions
Type of works: Armstrong World Industries has completed a successful recycling project.
Armstrong World Industries, one of the market leading manufacturers of suspended ceiling systems, has completed a successful recycling project at Farnborough Air Show 2008.
Armstrong successfully recycled 2,600m2 (10 tonnes) of Dune Supreme tiles from the show site to its UK manufacturing site in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. The mineral-fibre tiles were specified by specialist contractors, SDD Exhibitions, for six temporary hospitality marquees.
Armstrong has been using recycled raw materials and process waste to make its mineral fibre tiles for over a decade and has now extended their end of life recycling programme of 5 years to include most types of Armstrong mineral fibre tiles produced after January 2000. These can be recycled using a process which involves breaking the old tiles down into a slurry and using it as a raw material for making new Armstrong ceiling tiles.
The marquees at Farnborough become temporary headquarters for some of the biggest names in the aviation industry, so the interiors have to be of a high quality and the ceilings are no exception, explains David Humphreys, Project Controller at SDD Exhibitions. The Armstrong Dune Supreme tiles create an aesthetically-pleasing ceiling while providing good acoustics, which is challenging in the noisy environment of the show. The Dune Supreme tile also met the higher levels of humidity expected on the site. Additional confidence in the products performance was provided by the Armstrong Humiguard Lifetime Guarantee. We are really pleased that Armstrong can provide both performance and environmental ceiling solutions.
Armstrong offers a free collection programme for loads of 2500m2+, anywhere in the UK, of used tiles whenever it is environmentally and economically viable to do so.
David Stevenson, European Project Manager based at Armstrongs recycling factory, said: Recycling the Dune Supreme tiles at Farnborough Air Show has proved the programme to be successful and we are hoping to increase the volume of tiles we process here. We are already looking at using it for the Paris Air Show in 2009 and for Farnborough in 2010.
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