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3M Appoints Spandex as Master Distributor for Architectural Finishes

Bracknell, UK, 24 March 2014 – Spandex, trade supplier to the sign making and display industry, has been announced as Master Distributor for 3M Architectural Markets, a division of diversified technology company 3M specialising in innovative surface finishes that transform interior and exterior spaces. A long-standing 3M distributor, Spandex has been selling 3M window films for more than 25 years and in the past year has introduced new products as stock items, including Fasara Glass Finishes, Dichroic Glass Finishes and DI-NOC Architectural Finishes from 3M. As Master Distributor, Spandex is now stocking and supporting more than 500 different DI-NOC products sold by the running metre and available for next day delivery.

“Our appointment as Master Distributor of 3M Architectural Markets means we are able to offer the highest product availability and service levels,” said Leon Watson, General Manager of Spandex UK.

“As well as offering a wider range of products to our existing customers, the arrangement presents the opportunity to identify new customers and new markets that we are not currently serving, thereby improving access to 3M’s architectural finishes portfolio in the UK with dedicated local advice and guidance.”

The success or failure of a graphics installation is largely down to the capability of the applicator. As a 3M Master Distributor, Spandex will work with existing sign makers, graphics producers, shop fitters and interior designers, to provide a nationwide network of trained DI-NOC Applicators. This will allow efficient and effective allocation of incoming enquiries and projects based on capability and geography.

“The timing is perfect for Spandex to come on board as Master Distributor,” said Pen Webley of 3M Architectural Markets Division. “This arrangement will really help us to communicate 3M’s strong tradition of innovation in the design world with a wide range of interior and exterior surface finish choices that exceed quality expectations, meet budgetary demands and address aesthetic imperatives within the UK’s architectural, building and interior design community.”

Spandex customers now have access to a large stock of Fasara Glass Finishes and DI-NOC Architectural Finishes at bespoke prices. Both products are ideal for refreshing office, retail, hospitality and architectural spaces without the need for planning approval and with minimal disruption. They can also help lower project costs to as little as 10 per cent of the cost of a full refurbishment.

DI-NOC Architectural Finishes – these high quality self-adhesive laminate films are available in wood grain, stone, metal, marble, leather, stone and stucco, as well as brushed metals and carbon fibre effects. No need to remove existing substrates, the films can be applied in situ to flat or curved surfaces without the use of heavy equipment and consequent dust, smoke, hassle and noise. Featuring Comply Adhesive from 3M the films are fast and easy to position and, once pressure is applied, any trapped air can escape via tiny channels for bubble free results. The films are covered by a 12 year warranty for indoor applications and up to five years for outdoors.

Fasara Glass Finishes – these robust, optically clear polyester films are available in gradation, stripe, border, prism, fabric, frost and matte patterns, for a fraction of the cost of etched or sandblasted glass. They can be easily applied on-site with little or no business downtime and, when the space is ready for a new look, they can simply be removed and replaced with a different Fasara pattern or texture. Constructed from quality, durable materials they are shatter resistant to protect against flying broken glass and come with a five year warranty.

For more information about 3M Architectural Markets, email innovativefinishes@mmm.com, call 0845 606388 or visit www.3M.co.uk/innovativefinishes

For more information about Spandex visit www.spandex.co.uk or call 0800 772 633.



3M, Comply, Fasara and D-NOC are trademarks of 3M Company.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products.

Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $31 billion in sales, 3M employs 89,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries.

The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing 3,000 people across 17 locations, including nine manufacturing sites.

Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, personal safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems, high-performance coatings, secure documents, passport readers and imaging systems.

For more information, visit www.3M.co.uk or follow @3M_UK on Twitter.

About Spandex

Spandex is one of the world´s leading trade suppliers to the sign making and display industries. The company is specialised in marketing, sales, distribution and support of sign making equipment and materials, digital printing solutions as well as sign- and directory systems. Representing the leading brands for graphic solutions, Spandex serves a vast number of customers that rely on Spandex’s broad range of solutions, professional advice and service as well as customised solutions. For more information, please visit www.spandex.com.

Press contacts:

Penelope Webley          

3M Architectural Finishes           

Tel: 01344 857276           

Email: pwebley@mmm.com                                                       


Beky Cann

Neesham Public Relations

Tel: +44 (0) 1296 628180

Email: bekyc@neesham.co.uk

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