Fibo, the European market leader in bathroom and wet room wall panels, has rebranded its UK division. Launched in the UK as Respatex in 1981, the recent rebrand is part of an expansion programme in response to demand within the public sector particularly. Fibo’s growth is supported by a £14 million plant investment in its Norwegian factory and HQ to double capacity.
Fibo’s unique panels are a high-quality, long-lasting, cost-effective alternative to ceramic tiling for social housing, retirement homes, sheltered accommodation, hospitals, education buildings and leisure centres. With a wide range of colours and finishes plus a market-leading 15-year guarantee, local authorities and residents get the choice they want with peace of mind.
South Lanarkshire Council has used Fibo’s wall panels since 2004, installing them in over 20,000 properties. “We have always found the product to be excellent in terms of installation, aesthetic finish and long term durability and would not hesitate in recommending this to any organisation considering using it,” says Vince Nugent, Project Manager for South Lanarkshire Council.
Fibo’s bathroom panels are perfect for both refurbishment and new construction projects with panels fitted directly to the walls, stud partitioning or existing tiles. The unique Aqualock system means that the wall panels are quick and easy to install – up to five times faster than traditional tiles! The simple tongue-and-groove system means that contractors don’t need to sub-contract the job to tilers, saving further time and money.
There are five bathroom collections to choose from, ensuring a panel solution for every market and every budget. Made from laminated birch, with PVC or brushed aluminium profile edges, the decorative wall panels provide instant, hygienic waterproofing. Fibo’s superior ranges also benefit from 3D grooves to replicate a grouting effect – a unique and authentic feature giving the look and feel of premium traditional tiles.
With two warehouses in England and Scotland, Fibo panels are supplied through builders’ merchants across the UK.