Egger, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of decorative wood-based panels and laminate has reported a highly successful Surface Design Show, where the company exhibited its new pan European collection.

The new collection called ZOOM®, with its range of colour matched materials and innovative products including lightweight and acoustic panels, was the focal point of this year’s exhibition.

The Decor Match System of MFC, MDF, Laminate and edging in which each product matches in both colour and texture, was demonstrated to visitors.

Having the option to co-ordinate materials throughout a project, according to the application and performance requirement, opens the possibility for ‘’Project or Value Engineering’. Often used only to reduce project costs by ‘de-specifying’ Value Engineering using ZOOM® can actually eliminate over specification, ensure materials are fit for purpose and facilitate colour continuity. This allows the specifier to focus on the choice of decor, in the knowledge that it’s available in multiple materials.

Egger’s groundbreaking EUROLIGHT® board was also exhibited. The sandwich construction with a middle layer of cardboard honeycomb and outer layers of rigid chipboard (or thin MDF), caused quite a stir at the show.

Visitors were given the opportunity to compare the weight of a EUROLIGHT® board against a standard panel, in order to weigh up the benefits of the new product and its many applications possibilities for themselves.

EUROLIGHT® has been designed to give the furniture and specification industry maximum design flexibility. The lightweight product is perfect for use in a number of applications such as shop and exhibition fittings, internal doors, tables, shelves, variable office furnishings, contemporary living concepts and, last but not least, kitchens and worktops.

EUROFORM® ProAcoustic, Egger’s sound absorption product was also on show. EUROFORM® ProAcoustic can be used everywhere where there is a requirement not only for sound absorption but also for a decorative, low maintenance surface, which offers fire protection and is both functional and economical to use. With barely visible micro-perforations and excellent sound absorption, EUROFORM® ProAcoustic provides a solution to decorative, sound absorbing material requirements.

Application areas include offices, schools, hospitals, cinemas, auditoriums, conference rooms and retail, where they can be used as wall or ceiling cladding or as pieces of furniture.

Interactive tours of ‘ZOOM®SCENIO’ a new electronic design system which helps users visualise their choice of decors using virtual room settings, were demonstrated and wowed show-goers.

Visitors to the stand could also see and feel for themselves the way in which Egger has specially combined each decor with the most realistic surface texture to achieve the best aesthetic and tactile effect.

They also had the opportunity to put their senses to the test in a competition to win dinner-for- two at the Michelin starred Le Gavroche restaurant, owned by acclaimed chef, Michel Roux Jr. To enter, visitors had to guess textures by placing their hands inside Egger’s ‘Feel Box’.

Alan White, Egger’s National sales Manager, said: “Decorative surfacing plays an important part in the commercial interiors market, where product innovation and added value products are critical to success.

The Surface Design Show 2007 was a great opportunity to present the new ZOOM® collection and EUROLIGHT® and EUROFORM® ProAcoustic as something new and very different to an audience that appreciates both the aesthetic and design benefits we have to offer and resulted in a very successful few days.”