Latest Surface Solutions Are Top Of The Class

With nationwide coverage, the UK’s biggest independent panel and timber distributor, James Latham, offers a trio of surface solutions to architects, designers, joiners and specifiers working within the education sector.


Exclusively available through James Latham in the UK, Valchromat is an FSC certified coloured Engineered Fibreboard which is completely unique, in that the colour runs consistently throughout the entire board, making it ideal for furniture and panelling in an environment where striking and impactful results are required.

In addition to its unique appearance, Valchromat boasts a number of time and cost saving features and benefits;  It’s easy and quick to finish - no edging is required, plus, it is moisture and UV resistant, non- toxic and load resistant.  In addition, because of the innovative production process which sees organic dyes and a specially formulated resin added to the wood fibre before pressing, scratches and marks on the finished product go largely unnoticed.

With a total of 11 bold and impactful colours now making up the portfolio, including Grey, Black, Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue and Green, Valchromat offers the potential for almost limitless applications and as well as the interior design and furniture making sectors, it’s also proving to be popular option in the children’s sector for both toys and furniture, having been approved by the British Standards Association.

Decor Eco

James Latham also offers a range of coloured plywood panels for discerning designers.

Named Décor Eco, the range is available directly from stock in six eye-catching and vibrant colours. Each panel is made from tough Finnish Birch Plywood that has been coated on both sides with a translucent, tinted lacquer to produce a hardwearing, crack resistant and durable material.

The surface of Décor Eco has also been overlaid with a protective transparent melamine film, giving it a smooth and superior finish, making it an ideal option for the joinery and furniture making sectors and especially for high-traffic areas.

As well as joinery and furniture making, this innovative, pre-finished decorative birch plywood can be used for a wide range of interior applications including: shopfitting, POS, displays, exhibition stands, interior wall panels, shelving, kitchens and bespoke interior design.


In addition, James Latham has recently increased its Egger range of laminates which now encompasses the full 257 decors in Egger’s ZOOM collection. The extensive portfolio offers an unrivalled range of bright and vibrant colours to suit every style – and includes the 23 new additions recently introduced by Egger.

With the growing popularity of textured wood grain frontals and panels, six new textures have been added to the market leading ZOOM collection. The panels have a deeper and more natural texture, giving a look and feel that is almost exactly like solid wood or veneer. Plus, they also offer colour consistency over the lifetime of the furniture as well as being hard-wearing and low-maintenance.

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