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Protek - The Next Generation of Timber Treatments

Ben and Hat Thornborough from ProtekOver the past couple of years Protek has taken on new challenges posed not only by the economy but by legislation and environmental concerns. This had lead to a new generation of timber treatment products including cost effective, environmentally friendly, easy to use bulk deliveries for agriculture.

Protek has been manufacturing timber treatments, colourants and preservatives in the UK for over twenty five years. Originally Eric Thornborough started the business manufacturing a water based alternative to creosote for fencing that was far more environmentally friendly and delivered as a concentrated solution. The range then naturally expanded to include treatments and water-proofers for planed timber primarily used on garden sheds. Under the Tecca brand Protek made high pressure impregnation timber preservatives for agricultural fencing; initially CCA salts and now arsenic and chrome free preservers. In addition to the industrial range of preservatives and treatments Protek also offers a comprehensive retail range of wood stains, treatments and paints for the consumer.

Recently Protek have adapted their technology to make a one coat application for repainting and general maintenance of poultry sheds and animal buildings. This long lasting coating contains preservatives that are animal friendly and waterproofs with a mix of acrylics and wax. Called Protek Premium Grade it is a ready to use solution available in a range of colours and delivered in 25 litre or 1000 litre containers. The solution can be sprayed on for ease of application and is quick drying. This is just part of a new generation of products. The European Biocides Product Directive, BPD, will have a big impact on the timber treatment world as it has already on the formulation of Protek’s coatings, as some preservers and biocides will no longer be cleared for use. Ben Thornborough explained that with close consultation with their biocide partners Protek have designed new coatings for the timber industry that will have a good regulatory future. Ben says “It will be interesting to see over the next few years which biocides that are largely used today in Wood Preservers will not make i t through the BPD andREACH”.

Responding to the demand for ecoproducts Protek can now supply their products with resins from sustainable sources reducing the amount of petrochemical derivatives used. Eric’s original ethos was to create the most effective environmentally friendly timber treatment in the market, and since his retirement this continues to be the next generation’s objective today.

 

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Protek within the Environment

Protek Wood Stain and the EnvironmentThe Protek wood stain range originated in the 1980's using only water-based technology for the treatment and preservation of wood. This was a time when most people still used creosote to treat their timber. Our mission at Protek was to change the manufacture of all fencing and shed products to our new water-based wood stains and treatments. We promoted the use of water-based formulas containing organic pigments with boron as the preservative in concentrates against oil and solvent based high VOC products as the way forward. They were (and still are) easier and nicer to use and have a far lower environmental impact.

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Protek Brightening up Primary Schools

Wood Stain Brightening Up Primary SchoolsPROTEK'S WOOD PROTECTOR RANGE IS BECOMING A POPULAR CHOICE FOR BRIGHTENING UP PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Over the last few years we at Protek have noticed an increase in our contracting customers using Wood Protector. This colourful range is becoming a popular choice of wood stain for colouring and protecting children's play equipment in Primary Schools across the country. Ben Thornborough from Protek says "There's a simple formula to the Protek range: we make the best looking and performing product we can, ensuring that we offer the best value possible but being ever conscious to use the most environmentally sympathetic methods and raw materials that are practical."

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Environmental Policy

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Protek Products is committed to conducting its operations in a manner that meets or exceeds applicable environmental laws and regulations and other voluntary commitments to which the company may subscribe. Protek Products will seek methods to prevent pollution at the source, re-use materials within our own processes and recycle materials off-site as much as possible in order to conserve valuable natural resources and raw materials, minimize the generation of waste and the impact of the company operations on the environment.

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Welcome

Since man came out of the cave timber has been the first choice for building materials, yet without treatment all softwood and most hardwoods can quickly succumb to fungicidal, bacterial or insect ravages.

 

It is Protek’s task as manufacturers of quality wood stains, decorative timber coatings and preservatives, to design treatments that are effective and long lasting, while aiming not to harm the user or any flora and fauna that comes into contact with it. Protek Woodcare range is the attractive and effective solution to looking after all types of outdoor timber. Each product is skilfully made to minimise any human health and safety risk and the effect on the environment. They can be used on a variety of finished states such as rough sawn or planed surfaces and will leave a natural looking coloured stain high build finish.

Protek in the environment

The Protek wood stain range originated in the 1980s using only water-based technology for the treatment and preservation of wood. This was a time when most people still used creosote to treat their timber. Our mission at Protek was to change the manufacture of all fencing and shed products to our new water-based wood stains and treatments. We promoted the use of water-based formulas containing organic pigments against oil and solvent based high VOC (volatile organic compounds) products as the way forward. They were (and still are) easier and nicer to use and have a far lower environmental impact.

 

The decisions we make today to limit the impact we have on the environment is the same philosophy that Protek was created on and one we continue to improve upon. The processes we employ to make the products are in the most energy efficient ways possible. Our longterm commitment to reusing materials and waste on-site within our products are as important to minimising the impact on the environment as the ingredients we put in to make our comprehensive range of wood stains. With natural resources being under pressure by human demands, we can all do our bit by using water-based wood stains and coatings to protect the timber we use to make it last a lifetime

 
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