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Manufacturer’s green innovations leading the flooring industry

Stockport manufacturer Resin Surfaces, which is now part of The Sherwin–Williams Company, is finding continued success with a new range of innovative eco-friendly solutions.

Stockport manufacturer Resin Surfaces Ltd (RSL), which is now part of The Sherwin–Williams Company, is finding continued success with its new range of innovative eco-friendly solutions for floors and walls. 

Established in 1982, RSL boasts one of the most comprehensive ranges of industrial coatings and screeds in Europe. 

Resin coatings and screeds are vital to protect and preserve items such as floors and walls, and RSL’s products are used across a huge range of sectors, including industrial, retail, aerospace, food and drink, pharmaceutical and healthcare. 

However, environmental concerns mean that traditional coatings are coming under increasing scrutiny. 

Generally the solvents used in most resin coatings contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which are harmful to the environment and contribute to air pollution.

RSL has long been committed to reducing VOC usage across its whole product range and now offers a wider range of solvent-free, water-based, low VOC resin coatings than any other UK manufacturer.

Driving innovation

The company has already received industry-wide recognition for its work, with managing director, Ivy Wroe, winning the prestigious SME Dahrendorf Responsible Capitalism Award in 2016.

“As a relatively small manufacturer, it’s often difficult to keep up with product innovation, let alone drive it, but at RSL, that’s exactly what we’re doing”, said Ivy.

“We are now being seen as industry innovators within the resin systems marketplace. Being naturally concerned for the environment, environmental impact and sustainability is key to our decision making process.”

RSL’s most exciting innovation to date is a new range of water-based resin floor coatings and finishes that take VOC ratings to a ground-breaking low while retaining ‘pot life’, a key barrier to developers elsewhere in the sector. 

The solvent-free, super-low VOC Elladur range, developed by RSL’s specialist team of chemists, delivers outstanding performance and is fast-curing, making it unlike any other solution on the market.

Business support

To identify routes to market for the new product range, RSL worked closely with Claire Scott, environmental business advisor at the Business Growth Hub.

As the Elladur range can meet the demand of top-end environmental specifications for buildings, RSL is targeting customers that require products which improve BREEAM ratings.

A high BREEAM rating is now frequently a critical component when firms are bidding for construction work, with many large commercial and public sector organisations having explicit BREEAM requirements in their procurement strategies.

The Hub has also helped RSL to identify and implement a range of resource efficiency measures on-site, including simple actions to reduce heating and waste costs which are already making savings.

Future

RSL's industry leadership on innovation and sustainability is one of the reasons they joined the Sherwin-Williams family in May 2016.

“Sherwin-Williams were highly impressed with our history of innovation and our environmentally forward-thinking approach. Most importantly, they buy into and share our belief that sustainability and commercial success go hand-in-hand”, Ivy said.

“Our future with Sherwin-Williams is very bright – it will give us a strong brand presence for our products in Europe within the next two years and the advice and knowledge we’ve received from Claire through the Business Growth Hub has been hugely helpful in getting us to this stage.”

To find out more about the Business Growth Hub’s environmental business support for SMEs, or to read other success stories, click here.