New metallic composite foils from 3D

3D Laminates have just launched a range of non-grained, metallic foiled finishes for their long lasting CoolSkin® door skins for composite and panelled doors, that will help fuel further design inspiration for the sector in 2018 and beyond.

These new foiled finishes have been developed in conjunction with Hornschuch, harnessing their impressive Cool Colors foil technology, which has proven to offer outstanding weathering properties in both hot and cold climates. First to be launched is Alux DB 703 which resembles a slate grey base colour, yet benefitting from flecks of metallic ink in this flat application development.

Within the range that has been inspired by aluminium in architecture, are also several other flecked foils and those with a brushed aluminium appearance, in various shades of grey and blue. Fundamentally important is the fact that 3D Laminates will also be able to supply a roll of matching foil for door profiles, that can easily be processed by the leading foiling companies that service the industry, or through existing stocks from the systems houses that support the UK market.

With around 50% of all composite doors from the likes of Endurance Doors, Safestyle and Solidor in anthracite grey and schwarzbraun, the sales opportunity for these new category metallic woodgrains is overwhelmingly strong. Consumers like the appeal of aluminium, but without the associated price tag and so with the other addition of new flat glazing cassettes, leading manufacturers can now offer the next generation in composite door design.

Mark Lofthouse, managing director of 3D Laminates commented: ‘The metallic options on CoolSkin® are a game changer for composite door manufacturers, as we look to face aluminium entrance doors head on with a better price point, improved energy efficiency credentials and consistent levels of supply within 5-7 days, given we are carrying stock in our UK warehouse.

He continued: ‘I believe 2018 will see the introduction of a new type of aluminium inspired composite door and it will be important for manufacturers and installers to keep up with the latest design rationale.’

For further information and a free CoolSkin® sample swatch call 3D Laminates on 0113 273 6281, e-mail info@3d-laminates.com


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3D Laminates Ltd

3D Laminates are a specialist company, offering an advanced foiled sheet product that’s been developed with CoolSkin® technology. The CoolSkin® technology is the result of a research and development programme with two global partners: VEKA for a newly launched PVC sheet substrate in 2015 and Hornschuch for their Cool Color film, which is laminated to the sheet. Each key partner is a leader in their respective field and the relationship with Hornschuch now goes back to 2002.

Within the product range there are a wide number of woodgrain and coloured options which are used by many of the leading door panel manufacturers such as GAP and Nice Door Panels and more recently the composite door innovators including Endurance® Doors and Solidor. CoolSkin® technology has quite simply redefined the UK door panel and composite door market.