The story begins in 1919 when a small group of individuals had an idea. That idea has grown into a global company with over 900 employees and one idea has become many. From inventing safety flooring and developing a hygienic walls system, to creating the world’s first adhesive-free safety floor.
While the world in 1919 couldn’t seem more different from today’s, the excitement at embracing and developing new technologies and ways of working with customers is exactly the same as back then. Add to this day they remain a family business, with family values and believe the customers are the reason why the business is celebrating their centenary.
Altro have been at the forefront of innovation for 100 years. Today, working closely with architects, end customers, engineers, designers and contractors around the world, their insight and expertise help them transform everyday spaces into environments that can improve the wellbeing of everyone that uses them.
Health and Safety
Altro’s design and manufacturing processes consider every aspect of every solution. From their safety and hygiene specifications to their sustainability credentials, it is ensured that the spaces which are worked with function exactly how people need them to, giving customers the outcomes they want and complete confidence in their investment.
Altro have designed a fully integrated system to make cleaning and maintenance easier for you. The technologies used and the properties of Altro products meet the strictest requirements for hygiene.
Their system features surfaces that are watertight and fully sealed around fixtures and fittings. This system means the installation will maintain the strictest levels of hygiene and infection control for the lifetime of the products.
Altro’s commitment to sustainability has also enabled them to become the first manufacturer to recycle traditional safety flooring in-house. Altro flooring even contains recycled particulates including post-consumer recycled glass, which would otherwise be destined for landfill. Since 2014 the company has achieved 0% waste-to-landfill.
Altro products are manufactured using the highest quality materials. They are also 100% recyclable pre-installation, which means any off-cuts can be recycled. Safety floors contain up to 20% recycled content, and resin products contain up to 30% recycled content.
Altro safety floors don’t contain any substances like formaldehyde, or any heavy metals like lead, cadmium, mercury or hexavalent chromium. Altro were the first manufacturer to produce phthalate free safety floors and continue to lead the market in making vinyl floors that are free from phthalate plasticisers.
They have invested in, and installed, the world’s first safety flooring recycling system. It offers a closed loop recycling process and can recycle over 500 tonnes of factory waste PVC every year.
Altro have been the inventors of many ‘firsts’ in the flooring industry. In 1947, Altro invented the world’s first safety flooring, the first hygienic wall protection in over 30 years and in 2009 launched the world’s first adhesive-free safety floor.
Altro XpressLay is the first safety floor that is 100% recyclable post-consumer. What that means is, after it has been installed it can be rolled up and reused elsewhere and at the end of its life, it can then be recycled.
Using Science to promote a healthy state of wellbeing
The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and nature. Studies have shown that exposure to nature and natural images can help with the healing process, reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and improve mood.
Products such as the customisable walling product, Altro Whiterock Digiclad, and the wood-look flooring, Altro Wood Safety Collection, can help to implement this strategy. Green building programs like Green Star offer points for projects that take advantage of these types of design elements.
So many choices
Altro floor and wall systems offer a huge variety in finish and colour to create the exact mood or style required for both customers and staff. With a selection of up to 40 colours throughout all ranges, Altro products spoil you with choice. From bright and bold to calming and natural, there is a perfect match for everyone.
Combined slip testing for safety flooring is performed to get accurate and reliable evidence on the safety of our products and to reassure customers that they are in safe hands. All Altro products come with a product guarantee for peace of mind.