In working areas where hygiene is of primary concern, such as agricultural, medical and food processing facilities, cladding is often installed to protect vulnerable walls and ceilings from the dangerous and unhealthy spread of bacteria. This bacteria can be spread in a number of ways from physical contact to splashes of liquid or food and so wall cladding is an efficient way to prevent the damaging spread; wall cladding is required by law according to strict regulations set out for establishments that require a high level of hygiene.
As part of the Partwell range of plastics, we are proud to supply a comprehensive range of wall cladding equipment perfect for use in all commercial food environments, farms, hospitals and schools as well as a host of other diverse applications. Our wall cladding panels are supplied in standard sizes in a choice of materials and an extensive variety of extrusion panels is also available. The range is detailed below but please do not hesitate to contact our expert team if you require any further details or wish to discuss any special requirements.
PVC Wall Cladding Panels.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) was an accidental discovery in 1835 by Frenchman Henri Victor Regnault. A chemist, Regnault quickly discarded his discovery as useless until, in the early part of the 20th century, a partnership between a Russian chemist and a German chemical company director revived the material and tried to make it a commercially-viable product, with mixed results. It was not until 1926, however, when PVC was plasticised (thus making it much easier to work with) by the BF Goodrich Company, that the material began to achieve widespread success in a number of applications.
PVC has a high rigidity and is incredibly easy to clean. Fixed with adhesives and sealants, our PVC wall cladding panels display a high resistance to chemical attack and are fully functional in operating environments of between 0° and 70° C. With a strong resistance to heat and flames, panels made from PVC have a Class 1 (Excellent) fire rating.
Polypropylene Wall Cladding Panels.
Polypropylene was independently created by two chemists in 1954 and was quickly hailed as a pioneering discovery. Commercial production on a massive scale began soon afterwards in 1957 and the material has now grown to become the second most-important plastic in the world (after polyethylene). As demand continues to grow (currently demand increases at more that 4.5% per year), the market for polypropylene is predicted to exceed $145bn in revenue by the year 2019, representing over 50m metric tons.
Panels of polypropylene are fixed using profiles and rivets, securing them tightly into place. The material is particularly resistant to extremes of temperature, functioning perfectly at temperatures of between -14° and 90° C while offering excellent chemical resistance. Like PVC wall cladding panels, those made from polypropylene are fully FDA-approved and are swift and simple to install. Upon request, coloured PVC or polyproylene material can also be provided by Partwell to match any aesthetic or colour-coded design.
Angles, profiles and rivets.
Fully comprehensive, our range of wall cladding materials also includes a selection of angles and profiles to be used in conjunction with the panels, meaning that every area can be quickly, easily and effectively covered; a variety of profile shapes is available to perfectly suit the intended application. The high-quality rivets required for installation can also be purchased from Partwell, making us the one-stop economical shop for all of your wall cladding needs.
For more information from Partwell on our wall cladding systems and solutions, please contact our friendly and professional team on +44 (0)1254 671875 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Partwell - flexible thinking at the cutting edge.