New metallic composite foils from 3D

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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.