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August 2019

Altro and Optare winners in the CFJ 2019 Flooring Industry Awards

CFJ/CFA Awards Winner 2019  

On 14th June 2019, Altro and Optare were awarded the Best use of flooring in Transport at the CFJ/CFA Awards, hosted by Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards.

The winning installation was the Optare Versa and Solo demonstration vehicles with a striking design by design agency Designs and Concepts using Altro custom design flooring.

Altro Transflor custom design flooring installed in the Optare Versa demonstration vehicle

Optare wanted to exhibit new designs for creating passenger appeal to showcase at EuroBus Expo 2018 for their single decker vehicles, Versa and Solo. The design had to be bold and striking, giving a premium feel, whilst also being practical and easy to clean. This was achieved through use of the Altro Logo and Kit cutting service to create contrasting tramlines down the length of the buses, in a cool blue for the Versa and sleek grey and lime green for the Solo. The judging panel, consisting of Simon Jackson, Fiona Bowman, Richard Renouf and Richard Catt, were impressed by the quality finish and innovative use of colour flashes on the vehicles.

Read the case study here.  

With over sixty years’ experience creating floors for the transport industry, Altro are thrilled to be recognised for our work in this sector, and proud to share our success with long-term partners Optare.

Representatives from Optare and Altro accepting the award from Eddie the Eagle  
Left to right: Patrick Brennan, of Optare, Michael "Eddie the Eagle" Edwards, and Paul Leigh, of Altro.


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Endless possibilities for bus design

Got an idea for your bus interior that you’re just itching to try? With Altro, you’re not just limited to what’s on the sample card…

The question of the best design for a city bus is still a hotly debated one. What should be prioritised in terms of space? How to balance innovation with functionality? How do you make a design accessible for everyone using the bus?

Here at Altro, we have the expertise and the capability to bring any of your design ideas to life. Here’s a taste of what we’ve done so far:

Coffee shop chic

Choosing a wood-look product is a great way to take the industrial feel out of a city bus and make passengers feel more at home and in luxury. Ray Stenning’s design for Reading Buses, using Altro Transflor Wood, brings together style and functionality. With a lighter colour for the gangway and darker for under the seats, the use of Altro’s kit cutting service gives the interior a lighter aspect, without causing a problem for those with visual impairments. The more modern feel created with the flooring choice reflects the contemporary and innovative touches on the Reading Buses fleets.

Sometimes flooring for transport is chosen purely for its function, such as whether it’s easy to clean and so on. Actually, the right look and feel, and how it coordinates, is just as important as function and that’s why Altro Transflor Wood is the right choice for this project; it delivers both.

Ray Stenning, Best Impressions

Read the case study here.

Totally custom design


For their Versa and Solo demonstration vehicles, Optare fully customised their flooring design with a metallic product and flashes of colour using our kit cutting service. As demonstration vehicles, the highlighting of the product branding was a priority, but Optare also wanted to develop new ideas for giving the vehicles a bright, airy, and contemporary feel. Optare specified Altro’s custom design transport flooring in a sky blue with navy tramlines for the Versa, and metallic silver with lime green for the Solo. The vehicle names were cut into the floor which ensured that they were displayed prominently. All of Optare’s design objectives were fulfilled by using a fully customised design in an original and refreshing way.

We wanted to create a fresh, modern feel to the Optare demonstrator buses that would outlast rigorous service duties, and I think Altro Transflor custom design flooring achieves this really well.

Samantha Beeley, Designs and Concepts

Read the case study.

Chips ahoy!

Working a strong brand identity into a functional design doesn’t mean that the design can’t pop. When Tranzit Group designed their new buses for the Greater Wellington Regional Council in New Zealand, they needed a hardwearing design which encompassed their council colours. Tranzit Group ordered a custom design of Altro Transflor Chroma, with the chips in the flooring matching the brand colours of the GWRC. When combined with matching grab rails and seat moquettes, the result was a strong brand identity with a contemporary and hardwearing style.

Read the case study here.


We are proud that we have helped so many of our customers realise their design plans whilst keeping the safety and durability our products are known for. It’s not just colour we can adapt, but finish, too – choose from plain, chipped, or one of our Figura patterns.


Next time you have a design idea you’d like to see realised, get in touch with Altro!

To see more of the special flooring designs we’ve provided over the years, check out our social media.

Posted: 20/08/2019 08:00:00 by Heather Mussett | with 0 comments

A solution for every installation

The Altro rail portfolio is engineered with a range of materials to give you the best possible solutions for all overground rail applications – and it’s about to get even better.

For the widest range of flooring material options, speak to Altro.

Altro Transflor Met – PVC

Altro Transflor Met is our PVC rail product intended for use in commuter trains, intercity trains, and trams. Using PVC for this product means that we can offer a slip risk negated to one in a million and fully customisable colours. The colour options in the sample card are just the beginning –choose from a plain or chipped finish, with your choice of colour for both the chips and the base colour. Why not look into using our Figura patterns to give your floor the pattern complexity of carpet, with all the stain and odour resistance that PVC offers?

Altro Transflor Met is compliant to BS 6853 Class 1b, and achieves a PTV of 36, so is the perfect option for overground services. Make your mark with this versatile, fully customisable product!

Download the sample card here.

Altro Transflor Tungsten – Acrylic HL2

Our acrylic product, Altro Transflor Tungsten, is the lightest, safest rail floor on the market. At 2.7kg per square metre and with a PTV of >40, Altro Transflor Tungsten is great for use on commuter trains, intercity trains, metros, high speed trains, airport transit shuttles, trams, and stations. Using acrylic means that we can offer higher fire compliance, without compromising on the weight of the product.

With new fuel technologies coming to the fore, saving weight is now more important than ever. We are proud to offer you an EN 45545-HL2 compliant product which will help you reach your weight saving goals, while still ensuring a safe and inviting environment for your staff and passengers.

Altro Transflor Motus – High performance HL2, coming soon!

Want a sneak peek? Visit us at Trako 2019!

Look out later this year for our high performance rubber product, Altro Transflor Motus. With high performance EN45545 HL-2, PUR protection for ease of cleaning, R10 slip resistance, competitive weight and great ease of installation, we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in store.

To find out more about which of our products is best for you, or to find out more about upcoming Altro Transflor Motus, contact your local Altro representative.

Posted: 28/08/2019 08:00:00 by Heather Mussett | with 0 comments