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Teknos GBI officially opens new facility in Bicester


15 April 2019

Teknos GBIofficially opens new facility in Bicester

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Pictured top, l to r: Emma Moore, Managing Director of Teknos GBI, Sean Gall, Mayor of Bicester, Paula Salastie, CEO of Teknos Group, and Martti Kiikka, ex-CEO of Teknos Group. 

Photo credits: Jason Relton 

Teknos GBI, a leading supplier of paints for the industrial wood & joinery sector, professional decorators and decorators merchants, and heavy duty machinery manufacturers,held an opening party on Friday 12 April to celebrate theirmove to a large new facility inBicester. The new Coatings Application Centrewas the star of the show.

The new Bicesterwarehouse andofficepremises has a 33,000 sq. metre footprint overall andis home to all of Teknos GBI's core business functions with 22 people currently employed there out of the company's 34 total employees in the UK and ROI. Just like Teknos paints, the new facilities have been designed with sustainability in mind, including energy efficient lighting in offices, a bike shelter to encourage cycling to work and working practices that promote lower plastics use by staff and improved recycling rates.

The new building comprisesa warehouse which has space for 3,000 palletswhile the uniqueCoatings Application Centre includes a paint mixing room, spray booth, flash-off area for drying coated items, and a cutting room for cutting timber and other substrates. The specialist facilities will include a roller coater, infra-red drying oven, forced-air drying oven, UV drying oven, sanding heads and a profile spray line.

Included in the guest list were Paula Salastie, CEO of Teknos Group, and Counsellor Sean Gaul, Bicester Town Mayor, who officially opened the building with a ribbon cutting ceremony, and Martti Kiikka, Paula's father and ex-CEO of Teknos Group who opened the UK for Teknos 27 years ago. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed food and drink from local suppliers and toured the new premises.

Emma Moore, MD of Teknos GBI comments, " Not only are we in brand new offices, we also have a host of new and innovative products to bring to market such as Pento Fluid Silverwood for the cladding market and the FIRA ‘Severe'-rated Platin 4545 for furniture and flooring. Building on our success in the industrial wood and joinery sector, we're also bringing our industrial paints for GRP and PVC to window and door manufacturers. If you are visiting the FIT Show this year, you can see these first-hand on our stand. Our distributor network has expanded rapidly in the last few months and we now have 13 merchants stocking our Decorative range across the UK and ROI. They have been hand-picked for the knowledge and service levels they give to their customers; further expansion of this network of high quality TeknosPro merchants is one of my priorities in the coming months. The Teknos Group has ambitions to become the most sustainable coating solution provider in the world and is introducing sustainability into every business function. Teknos GBI's new head office is a tangible example of this, by encouraging energy efficiency, maximising productivity to reduce waste and ensuring safe working practices."

For further information, and to find a full list of stockists, call Teknos on 01869 208005.


Notes to editor

TeknosPro,, is a range of water-based paints developed specifically for professional decorators. It covers interior and exterior wood, metal and masonry and includes products with specialist properties such as anti-bacterial and stain-blocking. Many of the TeknosPro paints are also Toy Standard and M1 compliant.

The range is offered by Teknos GBI, a leading supplier of waterborne coatings that are low-VOC, low-odour, scrubbable, quick drying and above all, durable. Teknos GBI has been established in the UK & ROI since 1991 and is part of global coatings company, Teknos, which has operations in more than 20 countries across Europe, Asia, and the USA, and stems from the Finnish for ‘technical know-how'. Teknos is one of Finland's largest family-owned businesses and employs approximately 1,800 people with net sales of EUR 384 million in 2017. The values of creativity, persistence and fairness permeate all that Teknos does while the company aimsto make the world last longer by providing smart, sustainable coatings solutions. 

TeknosPro products are now stocked at: Bannerman's Colour Studio, Dundee; Coleman's Trade Paints, Cheshunt and Bishops Stortford; Glenwood Decorating Supplies, Darlington; Grays Decorating Supplies, Camberley and Basingstoke; Holman Specialist Paints, Swindon; Paint Direct, Gillingham; Promain, Hitchin; Rajvel Deco, London and Willesden; Russell Paints, Edinburgh; South West Paint Supplies, Glasgow; Templeogue Décor, Dublin; and Westoby's, Hull.

With Compliments:-

Alison Relf
Taylor Alden Ltd
Unit 2, Temple Place
247 The Broadway
SW19 1SD
Tel: 020 8543 3866