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Ceiling recycling pioneerArmstrong is celebrating smashing its green target for 2014.

The service,which is free of charge for contractors, notched up some 117,000m2 or465 tonnes of old End Of Life (EOL) or new off-cut (OCR) mineral ceiling tileslast year, smashing its target of 100,000m2.
All of thereturned material, including from the first projects in Ireland, has been orwill be used in the manufacture of new mineral ceiling tiles, saving thecompany more than £35,000 in virgin materials. The service will have also savedcontractors tens of thousands of pounds in landfill taxes.
The projectwhich delivered the greatest return in 2014 was the Farnborough InternationalAirshow (13,400m2) which Armstrong has been involved in with its EOLservice since 2008 although 2014 was the first time the show had used thecompany's OCR service.
Its EOL servicewas also brought into play at refurbishments for TSB in Bradley Stoke, aScience Park in Cambridge and Green Park, Reading as well as complete strip-outsfor General Dynamics in Newbridge, Primark's head office in Dublin, FranklinHouse in Birmingham and Plas Glyndwr in Cardiff. The OCR service featured atGlasgow Southern General Hospital and both EOL and OCR featured at BlackpoolFylde College.
Most of theprojects (49%) used Armstrong's EOL service for refurbishment applications,with some 27% using the EOL service on complete strip-out or demolitionprojects where the building was going through a change of use - typicallyoffice blocks into apartments where the requirement for suspended ceilings wasless. Some 24% of the projects were for the OCR service on new installations.
Main contractorswho embraced the recycling services included Carillion, Wates, Wilmott Dixon, BrookfieldMultiplex Construction Europe, Overbury, Costain and Bowmer & Kirkland.
Armstrong'srecycling sales development manager Roy Smith said: “Exceeding our 2014 targetto this degree is a fantastic result which has been helped by the sales team'sdrive to the customer base and the fact that the concept is becoming morereadily embraced by all customer sectors, be they main contractors,sub-contractors or specifiers.”
Armstrongpioneered ceiling recycling with its EOL service in the UK in 2003 but it isnot just this service which places the company at the forefront of the greenmovement. In 2013, the 10th anniversary of its recycling services,Armstrong also became the world's first manufacturer of mineral ceiling tilesto win Cradle to Cradle status.
And itreinforced this last year by winning the same status for a complete range ofmineral ceiling tiles - the Ultima+ range.

Pictured fromleft: John Spicer (technical sales manager), Edwin de Wolf (CEO, ArmstrongBuilding Products EMEA), Chris Wells (senior product manager), Jeremy Sumeray (seniorsegment manager - sustainability), Roy Smith (recycling sales developmentmanager) and Graham Taylor (sales director).



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