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October 2019

Kit out your bus for design, safety, and practicality

Looking to streamline installation and save on waste, all while taking your bus design from normal to next level? Altro’s logo and kit cutting service is the solution you’ve been looking for. From a flash of color to a marked out area for safety, our cutting service can help you realize any design idea, and simplify your installation in the process.

Using a CAD drawing of your vehicle our in-house cutting technology will map out the required pieces in the most economical way to minimize waste and deliver your desired floor in pre-cut pieces ready for installation.

Strike a design

Although safety and practicality are strong priorities of ours, we also appreciate the value of great looking design. You can utilize our kit cutting service to create striking and memorable designs on your vehicles.

English bus manufacturer Optare used contrasting tramlines on their Versa and Solo demonstration vehicles to elongate the space and flaunt the vehicles’ airy design.

Optare Versa demonstration vehicle
Product: Altro Transflor custom design flooring
Optare Solo demonstration vehicle
Product: Altro Transflor custom design flooring

Abellio, in their London fleet, and Reading Buses used contrasting colors to distinguish the aisles and seating areas on their city buses. These weren’t just great ideas for demarcation, but also useful for hiding areas with increased dirt pickup.

Abellio London bus fleet, UK
Product: Altro Transflor Chroma
Reading Buses, UK
Product: Altro Transflor Wood

Show the way

Greater Wellington Regional Council fleet, NZ
Product: Altro Transflor Chroma
Abellio London fleet, UK
Product: Altro Transflor Chroma, Altro Transflor Meta

A great way to mark out designated areas for wheelchair users, parents with strollers, or any other feature you’d like to highlight on your vehicle is a separate section cut into the floor in a contrasting color. Altro has provided countless pre-cut logos for use in vehicles across the world, from the Greater Wellington Regional Council fleet in New Zealand to the Abellio fleet in London, UK. Here at Altro we can provide the logo pre-set into your contrasting color of choice, cut to size and ready to stick down in your vehicle.

A floor layer welding in an Altro pre-cut logo  
Make sure that, when using contrasting colors, that the LRV point difference is not more than 30. This avoids creating the illusion of a hazard for passengers with visual impairments.

Using our in-house cutting technology, we can create any logo you can think of. Beyond marked out passenger areas, why not consider using flooring to show where phone charging points or parent and child friendly seats are located?

Brand focus

Any logo you can think of does, of course, include your own. With our logo cutting we aren’t just limited to simple shapes, but also have the capability to cut text in a range of different fonts. Your company logo, a product name (as with Optare’s Versa and Solo demonstration vehicles), company values or even stops on a route.

We are proud to provide our kit cutting and logo solution to you because of all the great benefits it allows us to offer. Smart, practical and striking design without limits is within easy reach, but this service also ensures a far more streamlined installation saving you time, money and unnecessary waste. 

Get in touch to find out more – we can’t wait to hear your ideas!

Posted: 10/22/2019 2:08:04 PM by Heather Mussett | with 0 comments

New Trends in LVT

A Q&A with Greg Veale, President, Altro

Q: What are some of the trends you’re seeing in LVT (luxury vinyl tile) today?

Greg Veale: One trend is the continued expansion in designs that offer a natural look. The wood look has been around for many years and is still very popular but you’re seeing other natural looks come through: stone and other visuals like that. As well, a more abstract group of designs and looks are coming through which I think “push the envelope” a bit. We’re also seeing different ideas on how you should install — and therefore create patterns in the floors — instead of just installing in the conventional way. We’re seeing different types of designs, such as a herringbone pattern or putting them sort of perpendicular to each other.

Q: What are some of the benefits of LVT for commercial applications?

GV: One of the main benefits, if not the main benefit, is that you have a range of products that look very nice, very natural and to some degree have a “residential” feel about them but have the features and benefits to work in a high-abuse commercial environment. That’s why LVT has grown so much in the commercial area. There are so many design options and dimension size options available yet it’s a very durable, long-lasting product
able to withstand very heavy-duty commercial applications.

Q: What are the benefits to having an LVT product manufactured in the U.S.?

GV: Availability of the product is much, much quicker compared to an overseas factory. Where products that are manufactured and warehoused domestically are readily available, they are sourced easily with shorter lead times. You’re also going to avoid the threat of tariffs and duties, which obviously has been a big subject in this country over the past 12 months

Q: How is Altro Lavencia different from other LVT?

GV: It’s a unique product range that fits very nicely and complements many of our other core products: sheet vinyl, sheet safety floor, wall cladding and tile. So, you have a group of products working very well with each other from an aesthetic and functional point of view in the same building or area. The other unique service we’re offering with our LVT, which is made in the U.S.A., is providing a range of products with very similar specifications as others out there in addition to four custom options. The customer can choose from the 45 core colors of our standard product and then make a custom product with four different specs, such as different wear layers and thickness. We offer those custom options with a fourto- six week delivery and turnaround, about half the time or more compared to foreign suppliers. Our factory can provide those products very quickly so you almost have an a la carte menu of features from which to choose.

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Posted: 10/18/2019 7:26:52 PM by Jesse Wade | with 0 comments