2K Manufacturing, the Luton based company that has pioneered the revolutionary environmentally-friendly EcoSheet, has commenced full production after successful trials with many of the UK’s leading construction companies. The first orders amounting to over 8,000 sheets have been placed.
EcoSheet is a ground-breaking plywood replacement board made entirely from unwanted waste plastic. It has been successfully trialled by the UK’s biggest construction companies including Bovis Lend Lease, Apollo Group, ISG Pearce, Morgan Sindall and Wates, who all recognise its sustainable qualities. These trials have resulted in EcoSheet being specified as the product of choice in a number of National Framework Agreements with these construction companies. In addition, EcoSheet offers significant commercial and environmental benefits over plywood.
The new factory, which is the first of a nationwide network, will be of major benefit to the construction industry, which currently landfills millions of sheets of plywood a year. EcoSheet costs about the same as plywood and, like plywood, can be used to build a variety of things but will have an immediate application on sites as hoarding.
It has a number of advantages over plywood, however. It is easier to work with because it does not produce injurious splinters. It does not rot. Unlike plywood, which usually ends up in landfill because it contains adhesives and preservatives and is often painted, EcoSheet can be recycled into more EcoSheet—even if it is painted.
Omer Kutluoglu, Managing Director of 2K Manufacturing explains: "We are delighted to be at full production further to a wide range of trials. EcoSheet will have a big positive impact on the construction industry and has been proven to outperform imported plywood not just environmentally, but commercially and operationally too. It’s the obvious solution for anyone looking to reduce construction waste to landfill and back sustainable product design."
2K has secured equity funding from Foresight Group, a leading investor in green investments, and debt financing from KBC Bank.