Alusid innovative formulations and processes create beautiful, premium-quality tiles, tabletops and architectural surfaces by recycling industrial waste ceramics, glass and other materials, much of which would otherwise go to landfill.
The University of Central Lancashire spin out makes products through a batch process at a dedicated facility in Preston, where it makes hand-crafted, bespoke product and is now scaling up to mass manufacture on industry-standard tile making equipment through sub-contractors. This will take production capacity from 4,000m2 a year to 1,000m2 a day.
When products are made in volume on mass-production lines, the Company’s technology requires much less energy and water than conventional tile making.
Customers include Nando’s, Harrods, Selfridges, Amazon UK and Pret-a-Manger, secured through UK distributor Panaz. The Company also has a distribution agreement with Parkside Architectural Tiles, the commercial arm of Topps Tiles.
Among the numerous awards won by the Company are the Jonathan Hindle Prize for outstanding design in 2D materials and the Institution of Chemical Engineers IChemE Global Award in 2016 for best business start up. Its Sequel Vibe range for Parkside was highly commended in the Best Product Design category for prestigious Blueprint Awards.
Chief Executive Officer Alasdair Bremner and Creative Director Professor David Binns, Head of Contemporary Ceramics at the University founded Alusid after working on a project called The Aesthetic of Waste, which won a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.