Product Focus – Tradeline Foil Wrapped Sealant

The impact on the environment has led to businesses being pressured to reduce their carbon footprint and the amount of waste going to landfills. In some instances this can be driving policy change within a business.

According to GOV.UK we generate 177 million tonnes of waste every year in England with waste causing environmental damage and greenhouse gases. With the government setting a target to reduce carbon emission by 80% by 2050, businesses need to start looking into how they can reduce their wastage and carbon emissions.

Tradeline has developed a new product foil wrapped sealant that is environmentally friendly and reduces to approximately 10% of its original size when empty.  The new Tradeline Foil Sealant is a solvent-free, ready to use sealant which has been tested to the following specifications:

  • BS EN 1366-4: 2006 – achieving 4 hour integrity and insulation rating for a range of linear seals.
  • BS EN ISO 10140-2: 2010 – measurement of airborne sound insulation of building elements.

The sealant maintains the integrity of a plasterboard partition wall with a Sound Reduction Index of 55dB.

When subjected to heat the Foil Sealant swells to provide an inert barrier to smoke and flame. The fire resistance achievable with Foil Sealant depends upon the joint design, depth of sealant and substrates being sealed. While it is also non-slumping and provides rapid skinning. It can also be overpainted within 1 hour. The Foil Sealant is not suitable in joints where movement exceeds + or – 12.5% of joint width, or in external joints.

Application
When applying the sealant it is important that all surfaces which are to be sealed are clean, dry and free from grease, laitance or dust  may hinder adhesion. All crevices must be filled and  it is important to ensure there is complete contact between sealant and substrate. The surface can then be cooled down using a wetted spatula. Finally, any excess may be removed using soapy water before the Foil Sealant dries. It is important that the sealant isn’t applied in damp conditions.

Container Size
600ml sausage.

Storage Conditions
Store in cool dry conditions between 5-15oC.
Protect from frost.

Storage Life
12 months from date of manufacture if stored in original unopened cartridge.

Disposal of Containers
Do not leave empty containers where residue could be harmful to children, animals or the environment. Remove any containers to a central disposal point in accordance with local regulations.

Health & Safety
See separate material safety data sheet for full handling, use and storage instructions.
Keep out of reach of children.

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THE BENEFITS OF OWN-BRAND

Own-brand products in the building and construction industry often have a strong customer and value driven offer, which in many cases  can then establish the brand as a preferred alternative choice in its own right. Chris Woollard, CCF Category Group Manager for Interiors, discusses the importance of delivering own-brands as an important part of the product mix for customers of distributors.

Own-brand products on a whole have previously been subject to a number of misconceptions, such as being the cheaper or lesser quality option. However, as a result of investments in product development over the years the reality is that own brand products often can, and do, exceed the required levels of performance.

A Commercial Competitive Offering

For building contractors, installers and specifiers, own-brand products can be trusted to deliver. In fact, it is has become an expectation of customers, that when choosing products, a variety of choice is there. Without own brands on the shelf – to have a compelling proposition to meet all market place price points –the likelihood is that the customer will take their business elsewhere.

The Preferred Choice

Not just a market filler, own-brands can also come to the fore as the preferred choice, this is especially true where they have been established over a number of years. Customers have come to realise that the testing, performance and warranties, as well as compliance to Building Regulations are on par as a credible alternative to the other brands found on the distributor’s shelves.

This is arguably none truer than CCF’s Tradeline range of drywall solutions, of internal wall-partitioning systems, which integrate and extend into ceiling and flooring, to vital fixing and finishing components. The range has established an impressive following thanks to the breadth, availability and performance of its products. Additionally, it is clear from CCF’s experience that as long as the solution is proposed at the right level, backed by a robust system warranty and at the right price point, own-brand is a valuable addition to the product mix. The point is to offer choice which is why distribution is chosen in the first place as the ‘go to’ for the trade, who need a host of product options if they are to meet extensive client briefs.

Own-Brand Opportunities

As with all products, own-brands do have constraints, and cannot be used in some instances where the customer or building designer requests a specific product. This is part and parcel of the construction industry and is to be expected, however flexibility in projects isn’t unheard of and depending on the requirement a competitive equivalent may be needed to complement the order detail at any stage, which is where a credible own-brand can be a useful and viable alternative, as the preferred choice in a crowded marketplace.  

Similarly, if a customer is bound by compatibility or warranty issues, it may be unsuitable to mix and match different branded goods. It’s always worth checking with customers beforehand to ensure that any products chosen or intended to be used will not put the end-user in a position where they cannot claim if a system develops an issue. However, for most every day applications, such as general fixings, compounds and more, products, including own-brand, are at the choice of the distribution customer.

Overall, putting choice at the heart of the customer proposition is what makes a distributor’s offering so appealing. It is up to the own brand to continue to add value to its product ranges, which are achieved by carefully listening to and responding to the ever changing needs of the trade.

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