Cabinet Maker finds out how 2017 will see a new world of limitless possibilities from dp-lamination.
January 2017 will see Decorative Panels Lamination start to bear the fruits of a significant new investment with the launch of their new dp-limitless range. To get an insight into how this investment will benefit the market, the team responsible for this initiative were asked to comment.
This is a natural progression for us, in that alongside our current portfolio of dp-decor and dp-specialist products, we can now offer a whole different package of materials
Managing director Michael Sawyer recently announced the arrival of a new state of the art laminator- the seventh to be installed at Decorative Panels’ impressive 140,000ft manufacturing facility based in Elland, West Yorkshire. The new investment will enable dp-lamination to significantly increase the number of board materials and designs offered into not only the furniture industry but, importantly the architect and specifier markets.
Michael said: “This is a natural progression for us, in that alongside our current portfolio of dp-decor and dp-specialist products, we can now offer a whole different package of materials. The laminator uses different technology to our other Thermo-rolling lines and enables us to laminate a much wider range of products in much smaller quantities – significantly increasing our offer into the market place.”
An incredible amount of research has gone into this and Phil Dalton, operations director explained the timeline and the difficulties that have been overcome. “This project has been on the boil for probably about a year now, but we wanted to source the best equipment available. The Laminator itself is of prime importance but we also had to ensure the factory space, racking and handling equipment were right. New Racking systems have been installed and we have taken delivery of three new Combilift CB forklifts to cater for narrow aisle storage allowing the most efficient use of space. The Laminator itself is being installed during autumn and this will mean that we can start to sample and test products up to Christmas, with a full launch of the dp-limitless brand in January 2017.”
Design director, Julian Tatham has spent much of the last year investigating new products and supply partners to enable Decorative Panels to offer an unrivalled, diverse portfolio of materials, as he told us: “Obviously we wanted to offer as much as we possibly could and starting in January, the dp- limitless stock range will comprise the following: an extension to our Senoplast Acrylic offer – bringing the number of designs available to 42. This will also include the addition of an incredible 2mm thick gloss Senoplast Acrylic. Other products available will be High Pressure Laminates from both ABET and Egger, Faux Leather products, Real Stone veneers, Technical surfaces, Real Wood Veneers, metal and of course anything else that we are able to source to fulfil specific needs.”
The laminator will utilise a high bond strength PUR glue line which will ensure a superb overall finish on sheet sizes up to 3660 x 1430mm, (although 2440mm x 1220mm and 3050mm x 1220mm will make up the majority of the offer).
Stephen Cadwell, sales director added: “This is a really exciting time for us and in essence means we should be able to offer more or less any existing bondable sheet material into our current customer base and network of distribution partners. Products will be available from stock under the new banner of dp-limitless and we will be flexible enough to be able to offer in anything from single sheets up to full loads. This will in turn allow customers to both sample and offer individual, bespoke small runs without any commitment. The fact that it will enable us to offer new products into areas that we have not previously been able to target is tremendously significant. We are also working on a comprehensive sample package that we are currently putting together and will be available at launch in January.”
For more information please contact our sales team T: 01484 658341