Monday, March 29th, 2010
The Australian launch of Second Life – a new engineered stone surface made from up to 90 percent recycled content – will be just one of the drawcards of the Halifax Vogel Group (HVG) stand at designEX 2010, 22-24 April.

SmartStone will unveil the eco-friendly product line alongside the latest product offerings from fellow HVG divisions Alucobond Architectural and HVG Decorative Building Products at the long-running design and architecture event at Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Produced by market leader, Santa Margherita from Italy, and distributed by SmartStone, Second Life is available in eight colours and is suitable for a wide range of interior building applications.

“The product line quite literally gives a second life to natural stone discarded after use in other applications,” said Nick Quinn from SmartStone. “These materials are recycled by incorporating them in the manufacturing process using the latest technology to produce an engineered stone of high aesthetic beauty and value.”

Alucobond Architectural’s section of the designEX stand will demonstrate the recently launched Alucobond Photovoltaic façade system and display the new Anodized Look, Wood Design and Spectra colour finishes.

Alucobond Photovoltaic combines Alucobond aluminium composite panels with functional photovoltaic modules that convert sunlight into electricity, enabling architects and designers to utilise building facades for sustainable energy generation.

The stand will also feature a working display of the Terracade™ Terracotta Facade System for the first time at designEX.

“Alucobond Architectural was appointed as exclusive distributor of Terracade in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand in January, so designEX 2010 is our first opportunity to showcase the flexibility, individuality and functionality of the brand at a major industry event,” said Bruce Rayment, CEO, Alucobond Architectural.

The working display will demonstrate the innovative Terracade TN and Terracade XP fixing systems, which are ideal for use in both the construction of new buildings and the redesign of existing structures, large or small.

HVG Decorative Building Products will use designEX as a stage to launch D’Arte Feature Panels, a new printed panel offering that allows customers to order an existing substrate, such as DIBOND, Zenolite or Seratone, with an innovative, value added surface appearance.

The Decorative Building Products division will also exhibit the PLEXIGLAS® specialty acrylics range, including PLEXIGLAS SATINICE®, PLEXIGLAS® RADIANT, PLEXIGLAS truLED® and PLEXIGLAS® EndLighten, for the first time since securing distribution rights for the specialty range in Australia in March.

“Halifax Vogel Group is committed to further increasing PLEXIGLAS®’s profile and desirability in Australia and designEX is a perfect platform to showcase the brand to leading architects and designers,” said David Maltby, Business Manager, Halifax Vogel Group.

Visitors can see Halifax Vogel Group at designEX 2010 at stand 660.

Contact Profile

Halifax Vogel Group

Halifax Vogel Group (HVG) is a privately owned Australian company that imports and distributes graphics media, industrial fabrics, decorative building products and exhibition systems throughout Australasia. Formed in 1988 and with a history that dates back to the 1950s, HVG has gone from strength to strength and sustained continued growth in size and scope to handle new products and services. In August 2007 HVG acquired Alucobond Architectural and Octanorm Australia (est. early 1970s).

HVG distributes a vast selection of applications across multiple sectors including building, high pressure laminates, decorative and architectural panel products; engineered stone; industrial and marine fabrics; stationery materials; graphics, digital media and display materials; and aluminium exhibition and shopfitting display systems. HVG comprises more than 150 staff located over 26,000 square metres of warehouse and office space in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland and Bangkok.
Paul Fahy
P: 02 9360 6166


designEX, design, architecture, building, stone, sustainable, Alucobond



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