BLFA sponsor the Surface & Materials Show at UK Construction Week 2017

The BLFA Laminate Pavilion at the Surface & Materials Show was a resounding success and attracted many of the visitors who attended the event in their 1000’s.

We would like to thank all of the BLFA Member companies who joined us on the Pavilion. These were: Abet Ltd, Arnold Laver, Decra Ltd, Formica, Leeuwenburgh Veneers (UK) Ltd, Panelock Ltd and Westag & Getalit AG

Visitors were able to see the very latest in laminate surface design and technology and the area created a real buzz in this part of the show.

We were proud to be the headline sponsors for this show and we will be returning to next year’s event so look out for more info on this soon !


BLFA is Headline Sponsor at Surface & Materials Show UK Construction Week 2017

We have very exciting news about our exhibition stand, the BLFA Laminate Pavilion, (stand M530) at the forthcoming Surface & Materials Show, part of the UK Construction Week exhibition at the NEC October 10th – 12th 2017

The BLFA is also proud to be the headline sponsor for the Surface & Materials event and we are looking forward to welcoming many of the thousands of visitors who regularly attend this exhibition. 

The BLFA Laminate Pavilion will be a unique area within the heart of the Surface & Materials show and the stand will feature a number of  BLFA fabricator, manufacturer and distributor member companies who are showcasing some of their latest products and finishes.

The member companies joining us on the stand are:





We would like to thank all of the above member companies for supporting this event.

We would love to see all of our members at the show so please come along and visit the BLFA Laminate Pavilion. Here is a link to the visitor registration:


BLFA Annual Dinner and AGM 2017

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Annual AGM and Dinner will take place this year at the Marriott Hotel, Forest of Arden on Thursday 16th November.


The annual dinner is the highlight of the BLFA calendar and in recent years we have seen record numbers attending. It is the perfect opportunity to invite your clients along and enjoy a superb evening of networking and entertainment.

This year, we are looking forward to our special guest after dinner speaker,actor and author John Challis whose is best know for his role as ‘Boycie’ in the hit TV comedy Only Fools and Horses.


We are sure that everyone will thoroughly enjoy listening to him talk about his career and especially his time with the rest of the Only Fools and Horses cast.

All BLFA Member companies are invited to book a table as soon as possible so please contact us for more information.

BLFA 2017 Golf Day at Hawkstone Park

The 2017 annual BLFA Golf Day was held at Hawkstone Park, Weston-under-Redcastle, Shropshire  on Thursday 11th May 2017. Excellent weather combined with 2 first class courses meant that everyone enjoyed a hugely successful event.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation dinner where prizes for each main category were announce. We would like to congratulate the all the players who won prizes in the various categories as follows:

Morning Trophy (F G Chambers Cup) – Graham Douglas of Arnold Laver & Co

Afternoon Trophy (Christopher Thomas Memorial Trophy) – Steve Phillips of Polyrey

Guest Prize – Mark Vertigens (guest of Arnold Laver & Co)

Team Trophy (Arnold Laver Cup) – Polyrey (Team A)

Nearest the Pin competition – Nigel Wilson (Guest of Westag & Getalit AG)

Longest Drive competition – Neil Enefer (Guest of James Latham Ltd)

President’s Putter (0verall winner of the day) – Ian Holmes of International Decorative Surfaces


The event was a huge success and we are sure that everyone who joined us will be looking forward to future events. Details of next year’s golf day will be announced soon.

Here are a few photos from the day:


BLFA 50th Anniversary

The BLFA is celebrating 50 Years since the association was incorporated in 1966, the same year as the England football team won the world cup  at Wembley.

To go along with the 1966 theme, we are holding our annual dinner at Wembley Stadium on Thursday November 17th and our special guest speaker is legendary former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton.


200 industry professionals are attending this landmark event which will include a private tour of the stadium and we are encouraging all members to join us for a memorable evening.

If you are a member and haven’t yet submitted your application form please send this ASAP to our email address.

We look forward to seeing everyone there !

BLFA at the Surface & Materials Show – UK Construction Week

The BLFA had a hugely successful 3 days during UK Construction Week and the Surface & Materials Show at the NEC Birmingham from 18th to 20th October. Hundreds of people visited the stand which was directly opposite the Surface & Materials Hub. The Hub was one of the key areas of the exhibition and hosted a variety of seminar presentations and panel discussions. Grant Turner, BLFA Chairman, delivered a 45 minute presentation on new innovations in laminate surface technology and the next generation of laminates.

Here is the link to the show website:

The BLFA was proud to be an Association Partner for the event and is planning an exciting return to next year’s show which will involve a showcase area for laminates. Members will be invited to sponsor a display area within a ‘Laminates Zone’ which is being discussed with the event organisers.

We would like to thank all the members that supplied samples for display and also our thanks go to Kaye Charles from Greenlam, Sonia Bassett from H S Bassett and Darren Hill from Quin Global (Tensor) who gave their valuable time to support the stand.



BLFA at Clerkenwell Design Week – Surface & Materials Advisory Panel

The BLFA is proud to have taken part in the Surface & Materials Show Advisory Panel which was held at Grimshaw Architects, London during Clerkenwell Design Week. Grant Turner, BLFA Chairman, was there as a representative of the Association and was invited to comment on various innovations in laminate surface technology.

The Surface & Materials Advisory Panel brought together a group of like-minded professionals from across the industry to discuss the current state of the surface and materials industry. What’s new, innovative and exciting in the sector, what issues we face and how we can safeguard for the future of the industry were all discussed as part of an engaging debate at Grimshaw Architects.

The BLFA is an Association Partner of UK Construction Week and are exhibiting at the Surface & Materials from 18th – 20th October 2016

We are encouraging all of our members to attend and support the show.

Here is a video of some highlights from the advisory panel:

BLFA Annual Golf Competition 2016

The 2016 annual BLFA Golf Day was held at Hawkstone Park, Weston-under-Redcastle, Shropshire  on Thursday 19th May 2016. Our guests enjoyed a superb day including 27 holes of golf, morning coffee and breakfast rolls, lunch and a presentation dinner in the evening.

The event was a huge success and we are sure that everyone who joined us will be looking forward to future events. Details of next year’s golf day will be announced soon.

In the meantime, we would like to congratulate the following players who won first prize in the various categories:

Morning Trophy (F G Chambers Cup) – Clive Morris of International Decorative Surfaces

Afternoon Trophy (Christopher Thomas Memorial Trophy) – Graham Douglas of Arnold Laver & Co

Guest Prize – Mark Vertigens (guest of Arnold Laver & Co)

President’s Putter (0verall winner of the day) – Lee Neave of International Decorative Surfaces

Team Trophy (Arnold Laver Cup) – Willis Systems

Nearest the Pin competition – Tony Witeszczak  of Arnold Laver & Co

Longest Drive competition – Chris Hobson of Abet Ltd


Here are a few photos from the day:



BLFA at the Surface Design Show 2016

Thousands of designers, specifiers, manufacturers and fabricators descended on the Business Design Centre in London for the Surface Design Show which was held from 6pm on Tuesday 9th to 5pm on Thursday 11th February 2016. The BLFA stand was a resounding success and the team were able to speak with a constant stream of visitors over the 3 days, many of which were working on live projects requiring laminate finishes. We were able to display a wide range of samples and materials which had been provided by BLFA members and we would like to thank everyone who supported the event in this way including Arnold Laver, Panel Systems, Formica, Abet, Polyrey, Woodlam. Also, a special thank you must go to staff from Formica, Abet, Fundermax, Decra and H S Bassett who gave of their time and resources both in the preparations for the stand and being on the stand during the event. We also received requests from 6 companies wishing to join as either Fabricator Members or Associate Members so we look forward to announcing these new members soon.

Here are just a few photos from the event:












BLFA Factory Tour 2015 – FunderMax Vienna

IMG_0345Delegates from BLFA member companies recently enjoyed a fantastic trip to the FunderMax laminate production facility in Vienna. The 3 day trip from Wednesday 16th to Friday 18th September 2015 was a unique opportunity to see the production process up close and also gave delegates a greater insight into the FunderMax product range. FunderMax is one of the largest producers of decorative laminates in Europe with a wide product range including interior and exterior compact laminate, façade systems, balcony panels and high pressure laminate for interior applications. All products are available in the UK and full details can be found at

The trip also afforded opportunities to see some of the amazing architectural delights of Vienna.

The BLFA would like to thank all at FunderMax for their kind hospitality and the hard work that went into organising the visit. All of the delegates said how much they benefitted from the trip. You can read some comments at the end of this news story.

The BLFA organises regular factory tours for the benefit of members and these provide an ideal setting for networking with like minded professionals. If you would like to find out about future plans for similar tours please contact the BLFA office via email.

Here are some pictures from the tour:

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Here are some comments from our delegates:

Cornelius Volk, Sonae Industria:

“It was an interesting factory tour with many new impressions and a nice group.”


Rodrigo Lourenço, Sonae Indústria:

“The visit has been great so far, very informative and insightful. Thank you to the BLFA and especially to FunderMax for organising and hosting our group.”


Sonia Craske, H.S. Bassett Ltd:

“What a fantastic factory tour, I had not seen exterior laminate applications and cladding systems before – very informative. Superb product ranges. Thanks to the FunderMax team and Oliver.”


Barbara Campbell and Jim Babbington, Abet Ltd:

“A thoroughly enjoyable visit all round.  Thank you to our hosts, Paul and Peter for your great hospitality and good banter, and to Oliver for a very informative and interesting factory tour.  Thanks Grant for arranging the trip and getting everyone organised!”


Paul Mills, Gary Wynne and Danny Hamer, Inscape Interiors Ltd:

“Thank you for the FunderMax tour which as anticipated was informative, particularly the variety of use for the products. We would also like to thank the team from FunderMax for the hospitality which was fantastic.”


Gavin Matthews, Decra Ltd:

“A big thank you to our hosts, FunderMax, for a fascinating tour of your plant and processes.  You have clearly invested heavily over the last 5 years and the new lines are most impressive.  It was very useful to gain an insight into your product offering.  Thank you also for your generous hospitality.”


Cecila & Sharon, Brent Plastics:

“Thank you to the BLFA for organising this trip & a bigger Thank you to FunderMax for a very informative tour & for being a fantastic hosts. We have both learned lots about your company’s products.”



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