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Mike Minett – R & D Manager, Polyflor Ltd.

Who are you?

My name is Dr Mike Minett I work for Polyflor/James Halstead in Manchester and lead a team of Technologists involved in the development and testing of resilient flooring products.

What is your experience?

I have worked in the flooring industry for over 25 years in which time I have developed many new products and in particular many novel market leading safety flooring products. These developments were recognized by a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

I am also involved in various European and International trade standardization committees and represent the UK in the following areas:

  • PRI60 Resilient Flooring Standards (UK Chair)
  • CEN/TC 134 modular floorings European committee (UK representative and convenor of WG10 harmonization sub-committee)
  • ISO TC219 Resilient, textile and laminate floorcoverings international committee (UK representative)
  • B507/7 UK committee on pedestrian slip resistance (UK expert)
  • CEN TC339 slip resistance of pedestrian surfaces (UK representative)

In addition to this I represent Polyflor in Industry Trade Associations such as ERFMI (European resilient flooring manufacturers institute) and CFA (Contract Flooring Association).

What does your company do?

Based near Manchester, England, Polyflor is a major manufacturer of commercial floorcoverings, operating successfully throughout the world.

Polyflor are constantly striving to improve processes and products to reflect the changing demands of the marketplace. We have invested ca. £34 million in plant and equipment over the last decade, enhancing and expanding our product portfolio to provide added value for our customers.

The foundation of Polyflor’s success is our customer focus, and we work closely with contractors, specifiers, and end users to understand their requirements and provide the ideal flooring solution for any installation. Polyflor have dedicated personnel within its salesforce, technical department and design team to provide comprehensive customer support. The company has developed an extensive network of agents, distributors and wholly owned subsidiaries throughout all markets, to ensure excellent product and sample availability.

Polyflor is a quality-driven organisation, with our manufacturing processes and systems ISO 9001 accredited. We are fully committed to reducing the environmental impact of our operations and conform to ISO 14001.

Why are you a UKSRG member?

My extensive experience in both the development of safety floor coverings and knowledge and understanding of slip test methods. Puts me in an ideal position to work with UKSRG colleagues to improve and enhance slip test methods.

I am currently working with other UKSRG members to adapt and improve the current UKSRG guidelines and also on a working group to review and develop methods to measure sustainability of slip in floor coverings.

What advice and expertise can you offer?

Polyflor is a world leader in the application and marketing of sustainable safety floors, and we can offer advice on any issues with regards to safety flooring including correct selection of flooring for different applications, installation and maintenance.

Please visit our website at www.polyflor.com for our full product portfolio or contact us at 0161 767 1111.

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