23 September 2021
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Chemique Adhesives helps boost efficiency for garden room manufacturer

A small-volume domestic construction firm needed adhesive advice when it brought panel manufacture in-house.

Future Rooms based near Gloucester, designs, manufactures and installs a range of garden rooms that create space and style in gardens.

Until recently, Future Rooms were buying SIP panels that were ready-built from an outside source. A SIP Panel, or sandwich panel, consists of an insulating layer of rigid core insulation adhered to two layers of structural board. It is then pressed together under a uniform force until the adhesive has set, resulting in an extremely strong structural insulated panel (SIP). In 2019, Future Rooms decided to take full control of its production costs and build its own SIP panels onsite.

“We wanted a partner that could offer a complete package to assist us in manufacturing the panels,” explained Richard Kocerhan, owner and MD of Future Rooms. “Chemique was able to provide extensive knowledge in panel lamination, recommend the correct adhesive, as well as supply the most suitable adhesive application equipment for the job.”

“Following an initial meeting, it became apparent that a degree of semi-automation was required for making the panels, so we trialled our portable rake system in conjunction with a single component, moisture curing polyurethane adhesive from our Solfre range,” said Phil Carter, Chemique Adhesives business development manager.

The adhesive used with the rake system is Solfre1 – a single component, solvent-free polyurethane product. Solfre1 is suitable for a variety of applications such as construction panels, truck building, caravan panels and many similar uses where a permanent structural bond is required. Its formulation is said to provide superior resistance to chemicals, heat, humidity and thermal shock.

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