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12 October 2008

Nora Systems Presents New Product at Railway Interiors in Amsterdam from 4-6 November

Floorcoverings in rail vehicles and buses must meet high requirements. nora® systems have added a floorcovering with a slip resistance of R11 to its proven assortment of rubber floorcoverings: the noraplan® ultra grip, the first resilient safety rubber floorcovering without PVC.

Every day, thousands of people take trams, trains, buses and suburban rail trains to work, to another city or to a holiday destination. Their shoes carry sand, gravel, soil, moisture and thawing salt into the vehicles. The sand and gravel can act like sandpaper. Dirty shoes, wet from rain and snow, leave distinct marks.

In the face of these varied challenges, manufacturers and operators of vehicles, as they select materials, pay particular attention to the ability of the floorcoverings to stand up to these stresses and attacks in the long-term. Another very important aspect is slip resistance. The passengers must be able to move around safely in the vehicle, and the floorcovering must not turn into a dangerous sliding board during acceleration and braking; even when wet.

nora floor coverings have proven themselves for decades in rail vehicles and buses, both in the entry areas and in the normal passenger area. They consist of rubber and are long-lasting and extremely wear-resistant. Practical use has shown again and again that there is hardly any visible wear even in areas of intensive use. Even smouldering cigarette butts, chewing gum, and graffiti are not serious problems.

New product: noraplan ultra grip

To enlarge the currently broad spectrum of applications of their rubber flooring, nora systems GmbH has now developed the safety floorcovering noraplan ultra grip. It is the first PVC-free safety rubber floorcovering to meet the requirements of the UK Slip Resistance Group for a floorcovering with “low slip potential” – whether dry or wet. The homogeneous rubber floorcovering was tested under the high requirements of the British TRRL Pendulum Test and is particularly slip resistant – R11 under DIN 51 130 and BGR 181 or GUV-R 181. Whether dry or wet, it provides a high degree of slip resistance, while maintaining its outstanding characteristics in wear resistance, durability, and long service life.

The floorcovering provides additional security in case of fire. Nora floorcoverings are classified as flame retardant and free of PVC, softening agents (phthalates) and halogens (e.g. chlorine). They therefore do not release any hydrogen chloride, which could lead to caustic burning of the respiratory tract, and, in conjunction with the water used to extinguish fires, form hydrochloric acid. Like all other noraplan floorcoverings of slip resistance classes R9 and R10, noraplan ultra grip is rated for fire safety class SF3 in accordance with DIN 5510-2.

The safety floorcovering noraplan ultra grip is available in 16 colours including; orange, brown, green, blue hues and even grey and anthracite, thus offering a broad palette for individualized and appealing interior design.

With this new safety floorcovering, nora systems adds to its product portfolio of more than 300 different types of rubber floorcoverings which have proven themselves for decades to be hygienic, wear-resistant, and fireproof in buses, trains and ships.

nora systems develops, produces, and markets high-quality resilient floorcoverings as well as shoe components under the brand name nora. The company headquarters in Weinheim was formed in 2007 from Freudenberg Bausysteme KG. As the world market leader, the company has shaped the development of rubber floorcoverings for many years. In 2007, the company’s workforce of more than 1000 employees produced sales of approximately €165 million.

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