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UNEXPECTED PURPOSE Milliken’s latest carpet tile collection Unexpected Purpose offers both flexibility and creativity whilst also ensuring continuity and durability. Using inventive techniques, Milliken’s in-house UK design team has created their first batchless and non-directional collection. This means the carpet is quicker to install, with no need to follow directional arrows on the reverse of the tiles. It also eliminates visible variation between different batches so tiles bought at any time in the future can work with the existing installation. The colour palette is neutral and earthy and the exquisitely subtle biophilic design hints at the shadows of trees; bringing the tranquillity of nature indoors.

Unexpected Purpose has been designed using advanced tufting technology to allow the pattern to flow


DUTY ADHESIVE F. Ball and Co. Ltd. has launched Styccobond F73 PLUS, a new solvent- free adhesive for internal and external heavy-duty applications.

The latest advancements in adhesives technology have enabled F. Ball to create a one-part, moisture-curing alternative to polyurethane and epoxy adhesives that is also solvent and isocyanate free.

Styccobond F73 PLUS has been developed to provide the high bond strength required to hold a wide range of textile and resilient floorcoverings, including rubber, vinyl, linoleum and synthetic grass, firmly in place in areas that will be subject to heavy loads and high foot traffic, as well as surface water, such as entranceways. It offers high initial grab and, once cured, it is resistant to water, oil and grease.

The new adhesive is also fibre- reinforced to limit lateral movement of floorcoverings when placed into the

adhesive, an advantage when installing vinyl tiles or planks over large areas.

As well as being a one-part adhesive, meaning no mixing and less waste compared to traditional options, Styccobond F73 PLUS is easier to apply and faster curing, requiring as little as 90 minutes to secure floorcoverings. The fast setting properties allow welding of sheet floorcoverings to take place in as little as two hours.

The new adhesive can be trowel-applied to a wide variety of sound, smooth subfloors, including concrete and sand/ cement screeds, as well as Stopgap

levelling compounds and Stopgap Isolator Membrane.

Commenting on the launch of the company’s new adhesive, F. Ball Sales Director Darren Kenyon said: “We are delighted to offer contractors a better choice of adhesive for heavy-duty flooring installations that may also be required to be resistant to weather and extremes forces. Styccobond F73 Plus also benefits from additional features that make it more versatile and ideally suited to installing increasingly popular resilient floorcovering types, such as luxury vinyl tiles.” PRODUCTS & SERVICES | 45

stylishly and effortlessly across the floor whilst offering a non-directional, batchless installation system that will offer clients the ultimate in time and cost saving, flexibility and convenience. At the same time, Unexpected Purpose promises the same aesthetic, performance, sustainability and well- being attributes expected from all Milliken carpet tile collections.

Because Unexpected Purpose tiles can be installed in any direction, with no need to follow directional arrows or pile direction, installation time is reduced. Non directional installation also cuts down on installation waste: a typical modular carpet installation produces approximately 4% wastage whereas with Unexpected Purpose the wastage can be less than 1%. Unexpected Purpose can therefore be seen as a highly sustainable floorcovering solution; reduced wastage means reduced materials and therefore a

reduced environmental footprint. With Unexpected Purpose carpet tiles, the possibility of visible variation between production batches has been eliminated. This facilitates easy replacement of damaged areas and ease of adding new areas.

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