The Intex brand of Drywall Tools & Equipment arrives in Europe!
Intex International is a multinational corporation engaged in the design, development, manufacturing and worldwide marketing of products and solutions for the walls and ceilings industry.
Since establishment in Australia in 1989, the long standing experience and popular demand of professionals has developed a strong foundation and understanding of the industry, allowing Intex to develop and maintain the most comprehensive range of TradeTuff® products and innovative solutions, under the most renowned and trusted industry brand.
The brand is now exclusively available in the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, France, Netherlands, Benelux and Malta though the Protektor Group, and together Building Excellence®.
Sustainability and MAXI-TEC
With the continued emphasis on the use of sustainable materials in all aspects of Construction, and the need to offset the carbon footprint throughout the life of projects, responsible Contractors are looking to their supply chain to support their own aims in achieving this.
Many main contractors realise that the benefits of the use of such products are recognised by not only those interested in a 'green' alternative, but by clients, local authorities and government legislators, all which are eager to champion new both developments, and to partner with Companies who are bringing the use of such products and services to the market.
From the first steps of breaking ground, to the final handover and beyond, the guidelines and costs of projects, not only in monetary terms, are being increasingly assessed to ensure a level of responsibility in the design, supply, construction and operating costs, with the use of sustainable and low Carbon materials being seen as a key factor in the consideration during the awarding of tenders and inclusion in key supply chain agreements.
Organisations such as BREEAM and the increasing appointment of 'Sustainability Consultants' on many major projects, already points towards the level of importance placed upon this aspect of any major project
As with any changes in what is seen as a 'traditional' industry, construction can be sometimes sluggish to react, with new developments being slow to assimilate into general use, particularly if the use of such products necessitates additional equipment or training proving costly and, with the current restrictions bought about by the spread of the Covid-19 virus, not practical or safe.
With the development of a lightweight steel profile, recognisable in both its application and its fitting, as well as bringing with it the opportunity to help support the twin goals of sustainability and reduction of CO2, PROTEKTOR UK's new Maxi-Tec profile offers a sustainable alternative to a traditional solution, with a profile fitted in exactly the same way as the products it replaces, while giving real benefits in it use to interior fitters and subsequent utility fix contractors due to its unique design.
PROTEKTOR UK, based in Kidderminster, are well known as a manufacturer of lightweight steel profiles for interior walls and partitions, and in 2019, we began manufacture and supply of our 'Maxi-Tec' profile which is unique in that it offers a sustainable solution for what has been a very traditional product.
In its manufacture, for every 100 tonnes of metal produced, there is a saving of 36 tonnes of CO2, over standard stud profile.
Following a full lifecycle assessment, the profile has been awarded product specific EPD and BRE Certificate.
Maxi-Tec has already been specified on a number of projects, and was recognised in its first year of UK manufacture by its inclusion as a finalist in the ‘Product Innovation of the Year’ at the Londonbuld Expo in November 2019.
Recognised by BREEAM Global and projects are awarded 1.5 MAT-2 points for its inclusion in projects requiring a ‘Responsible Sourcing’ rating
Benefits to the Contractor:
NO ADDITIONAL COST IMPLICATIONS OR ADDITIONAL TRAINING OR EQUIPMENT REQUIRED IN ITS USE! - A straightforward like-for-like alternative, fitted in exactly the same manner as traditional Stud profiles.
12 -15% lighter than traditional stud profile,
Pre-Formed ‘push out’ sections to allow M&E to feed utilities through without drilling – whilst maintaining strength
Lengths pre-cut to size, reducing fitting time (cutting on site), material waste and site removal costs.
We would be happy to discuss any requirements you have where the use of Maxi-Tec helps in achieve your Company’s environmental goals, and PROTEKTOR UK are already working closly with a number of main contractors and architects to a product which offers advantages in its 'green' credentials as well as cost saving in use, with no change in its fitting.
BWP Plastering Services Ltd
The Mitchian building is a residential and commercial development containing 15 luxury apartments and commercial offices with underground parking facilities.
BWP were contracted to provide design input and undertake the dry lining, SFS and plastering packages throughout. The client wanted to produce a unique, modern industrial aesthetic look with specific attention to details creating features with good lighting and space.
BWP Plastering Services Ltd formed the external walls using Protektor SFS combined with external sheathing board to ensure water resistance. MAXI-TEC internal partitions were installed and then finished with Protektor MF suspended ceilings throughout.
BWP Plastering Services Ltd were able to bring this vision to life, creating unique contemporary spaces with a high-quality finish and attention to detail.
Stainless Steel Weep Vent
New from Protektor
A Stainless Steel weep vent is now available from stock from Protektor which meet’s the current demand in the construction industry for construction components meeting with the requirements of the December 2018 amendment to Approved Document B: Fire Safety of the building regulations prohibits the use of combustible materials in residential buildings over 18 metres.
Stainless steel components have an A1 classification for non-combustibility and meets the requirements of the NHBS. Providing a simple but effective means for the escape of water and at the same time preventing small rodents from entering the cavity the profile is easily placed into a raked joint within the brickwork.
Maggie’s Centre Oldham
Main Contractor: F Parkinson
A simple yet sophisticated wooden box of surprises. Supported on slender columns,
the building floats above a garden framed by pine, birch and tulip poplar trees. From a central
oasis, a tree grows up through the building, bringing nature inside. On entering, the visitor is met with a space, light and unexpected views down to the garden below, up to the sky, and out to the Pennine horizon.
The use of wood at Maggie’s Oldham is part of a bigger design intention to reverse the norms
of hospital architecture. The timber faced soffit was supported with Protektor C3 Coated suspension grid. The PD300 was specified to ensure a high level of corrosion resistance whilst installed externally catering for the required wind load.
C3 Corrosion on Steel Profiles for Wall and Ceiling Suspension – is resistance futile?
PROTEKTOR – Coated products and fixings giving C5 Corrosion Protection.
With current heightened awareness of materials and fixings being not only compliant to current regulations, but also ‘future proof’, Architects, Contractors and clients are re-evaluating what is accepted as giving ‘sufficient’ protection, particularly in environments which attack metals and coatings.
Traditional galvanised finishes on stud and track give some degree of protection, but offer limited protection against corrosion from exposure to salt water, reactive acids, and various forms of alkalis and their compounds. The high conductivity of chloride-based environments also increases the risk of corrosion by converting the coated zinc to water-soluble zinc chloride.
PROTEKTOR manufacture and supply these products with a C3 and a C5 rated anti-corrosion coating, ideal for areas where the atmosphere either has the inclusion of chemicals ensuring hygiene and limiting bacterial growth (eg swimming pools, wet rooms, Spa’s), or a high alkaline content or where the grid is exposed to the elements when used in an external soffit construction.
Bring Feature lighting into your Drywall design
New from PROTEKTOR LUMINO adds design possibilities combined with simplicity in installation. Our range of Aluminium profiles simply clip onto the plasterboard to provide a true straight line.
Know no limits when designing your ceiling or partition wall and create drywall art combining lighting accents around perimeters of skirtings or features. A variety of options are provided allowing a LED strip of up to 12 mm to be applied. unusual accents in room design the aluminium profiles provide a special atmosphere.
TRIM-TEX Bullnose corner bead – 38 mm Radius Corner
One of many PVC finishing profiles available from TRIM-TEX the 1 ½” (38 mm) radius Bullnose corner bead brings smooth looking lines and features within the design process. Used in both retro and new build finishing the Bullnose selection of products are particularly attractive when installed. Other profiles with a 10 mm and 19 mm radius also incorporating the stepped corner the range replicates the look of the traditional Dowel finish as used on many Heritage projects.
A welcome addition to the range
A welcome addition to the Protektor range, FibaFuse is an essential part of the finishing process and compliments the Protektor finishing profile portfolio.
FibaFuse® is an innovative paperless drywall joint tape designed for professional renovators and re-modelers.
FibaFuse tape is a mould and mildew resistant 52mm glass mat tape, making it ideal for use with mould resistant plasterboard types. Easy to cut and installed by hand or with automatic taping tools the tape is recommended for jointing mould-resistant plasterboard in high-humidity and moisture-prone applications such as bathrooms and laundries.