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First class results delivered at Post Office with DI-NOC Architectural Finishes

Diversified technology company 3M today announced that its innovatively crafted, decorative surface finishes have been used to refresh service counters as part of a Post Office Network Transformation Project involving 6,500 main and local category outlets. An estimated 5,000 metres of easy to apply and highly durable DI-NOC Architectural Finishes have been installed by leading corporate signage specialist Sign 2000, to provide a cost-effective solution for refurbishing service counters as an alternative to a costly replacement programme.

Based on current statistics, the predicted total volume of DI-NOC to be used will be in the region of 5,000 metres. According to Sign 2000’s New Business Director, Steve Spackman: “The particular appeal of 3M DI-NOC Architectural Finishes was that it was possible, at a relatively low cost, to refurbish all of the service counters at these sites rather than having to meet the high cost of replacement, thereby enabling savings to be made by the Post Office.”

Steve Spackman added: “This is probably one of the largest applications of DI-NOC carried out so far in the UK, chosen for the product’s suitability for high-end refurbishment projects combined with the cost-effectiveness, versatility and durability provided by this remarkable 3M product.”

In addition to reducing building construction and refurbishment costs and giving more freedom of expression to designers and architects, DI-NOC offers a wealth of additional benefits, not least of which is the ease with which the films can be applied to either flat surfaces or those with convex and/or concave profiles and purposely removed as required. Central to this ability is the integral 3M Comply Adhesive, that enables fast and accurate positioning of the film and, once pressure is applied, the release of trapped air via tiny channels incorporated in the adhesive to ensure bubble-free results and a smooth finish.

Once applied, the films are very easy to maintain in a pristine condition without the need for harsh chemical cleaning agents. They are also highly durable, being resistant to smoke and other pollutants, the ingress of water and dirt, impact wear, abrasion and mould. The films have been tested to meet IMO flammability requirements and carry a Class O + 1 rating, thus enhancing their suitability for interior commercial applications.

Developed for interior and exterior projects, 3M DI-NOC Architectural Finishes are available in more than 700 distinctive formats that replicate the look, feel and decorative effect of a wide range of materials including, for example, various woods, metal, marble, leather, carbon fibre, stone and stucco. Available in 12, 25 or 50-metre rolls, the lightweight high-tech tough multi-layered films offer 12-year durability on indoor and five-year durability on outdoor applications.

For more information about DI-NOC Architectural Finishes call 0800 121 4739, email commgraphics.uk@mmm.com or visit www.3M.co.uk/innovativefinishes.

Follow 3M on facebook.com/3MgraphicsUK or twitter.com/3MgraphicsUK

For information on the services provided by Sign 2000, visit www.sign2000.co.uk or telephone 0845 265 2000

3M, DI-NOC and Comply are registered trademarks of 3M Company Post Office is a registered trademark of Post Office Ltd

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