Digitally Printed Marine Floor Covering – Flotex FR

The world of surface printing is rapidly changing, with end-users demanding a greater variety of colours and designs. Customers now want to be able to express their individuality and tailor their designs to suit their individual project requirements.

Digital printing allows for not only the customization of existing designs but also the creation of completely bespoke designs. With very few limits to the type of pattern, number of colours and level of detail, you are not tied down to traditional fixed repeat sizes or machine constraints. In addition, the design process is a much quicker from concept to print allowing for just-in-time delivery and one-off specials.

So how does the Flotex FR printing process work and what makes it so good?

Flotex FR is a unique textile flocked floor covering, made using Nylon 6.6. It combines the cleaning properties and durability of resilient flooring with comfort, slip resistance and acoustic properties usually associated with textiles. The Flotex FR digital print process uses exactly the same Acid dyes that are used in the conventional printing of Nylon only in a 4 colour process format, much like a desktop inkjet printer. However, in order to ensure dye optimization, the process starts with a pre-treatment, before actual printing. After this the print is steam fixed, locking the colour permanently into the fibres of the Flotex. The print will not fade or wear off when cleaned due to this chemically bonding printing process.

There are over 500 digitally printed designs in high-level photographic resolution available to choose from. All designs are available in multiple colour combinations and can be edited if you require. If these designs are not what you are looking for, you can work with Forbo’s in-house design team to come up with a design to suit your project needs.

Digitally Printed Flotex FR – Gym

Forbo’s design team have worked with some of the world leaders in the marine sector to create bespoke designs for marine interior design projects.

Jason Holmes Head of design Textiles loves the freedom digital printing has to offer, ‘’As a designer, digital printing gives me the flexibility to visualize any design or customer concepts on a unique substrate with unrivalled performance.’’

The Flotex Digital Library offers you the opportunity to see the many possibilities that Flotex digitally printed floor coverings offer. You can view all the designs installed in various applications including marine in order to get a better feel for how the product will look when in situ.

With Flotex FR you are opening a door to amazing design possibilities; whether you are looking for zebra print, floral design, pebbles on the floor, a natural wood-like design, a tartan texture or something completely bespoke, Forbo can work with you.

Find out more about Forbo’s marine flooring innovations here. Plus, don’t miss part 4 of our ‘Designed to Inspire’ series feature Forbo Flooring Systems’ marketing manager Jemma Master.