BAU 2021 Global specialist for adhesive technology STAUF will not be exhibiting at the BAU trade fair in Munich in January 2021.

Carsten Bockmühl, Head of Sales and Marketing at STAUF, said: “Normally, the BAU is a fixed date in our trade fair calendar, but we can’t guarantee protection against infection for our employees, customers and partners at such an event. Due to the continuing pandemic and the unpredictable development of the infection, we feel it is impossible to experience a trade fair in a relaxed and carefree way.”

STAUF will present its latest innovations, products and content via alternative communication platforms


CONTRACTOR 2020 Designer Contracts has been named an ‘Eco Contractor’ by a leading UK flooring manufacturer.

The UK contract flooring provider has received a Gold Award from eco-engineered underlay specialists Texfelt in recognition of an outstanding environmental achievement – successfully preventing over 500,000 plastic bottles from polluting the world’s oceans.

Made from plastic bottles, Spring Bond is a sustainable alternative to PU foam, felt and rubber underlay. Designer Contracts has worked hard to promote the benefits to customers and, in doing so, saved over half a million plastic bottles from landfill.

Designer Contracts MD Peter Kelsey, said: “We’re really pleased to receive this award. Since we started offering Spring Bond to our customers almost a year ago, there has been a surge in demand for more eco-friendly flooring options – something which house buyers are more conscious about including within their home.

to coincide with the BAU. “Although nothing can really replace the personal conversations held at trade fairs, the virtual formats developed by my team are designed to enable a dialogue with

customers and interested parties that comes close to trade fair interactions.”

All being well, the company plans to exhibit at BAU 2023.

F. Ball wholesalers to grow sales whilst identifying and developing new market opportunities.

Simon began his career in the flooring industry after leaving university in 1998, when he started working for a friend’s family’s flooring distribution business. He later held sales and on- site technical support roles at other well-known flooring industry companies before joining F. Ball in 2008.


SALES MANAGER F. Ball and Co. Ltd. has appointed Simon Jenkins as its southern area sales manager.

Simon was previously F. Ball technical representative for the north London area for 12 years. During this time, he provided expert advice on subfloor preparation and floorcovering installation to flooring contractors, distributors and retailers, including conducting site visits and advising on the best course of action for particular flooring projects where F. Ball products were used.

He will now manage and support the company’s network of regional technical representatives across the south of England and work closely with

Commenting on his promotion, Simon said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to progress my career and develop new skills within a company I love working for. Apart from growing sales in difficult circumstances following coronavirus and lockdown, the main challenge will be building on the great work of an already successful team. This is made easier by our expert technical knowledge, which means we are able to offer a service that others can’t. Together with products that provide real benefits over competitors, this enables flooring contractors to deliver unbeatable results for clients.”

Simon is from Oxfordshire, where he lives with his wife and their three children. When he’s not working or ferrying the children to take part in various activities, he enjoys swimming, cycling and playing golf. WHAT'S NEW| 11

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