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25 Years of Protec: Temporary Protection, Permanent Success

This year, Protec celebrates its 25th anniversary, that’s 25 years of providing protective materials to the UK and beyond. Over the years, we have developed, from our humble first offices in Manchester, to our now national operation; incorporating our Adlington head office and Sheffield production facility, with over 60 staff and a pioneering closed loop manufacturing process.

Along the way, we have continually brought innovative and new temporary protective products to the market, including Proplex, Carpet Protection and Digitally printed PVC Mesh Banners, not to mention providing some of the countries most high profile construction projects, such as the Bloomberg offices in London, deemed the ‘world’s greenest office’.

As it’s such a big year for us, we’re reflecting on how it all started, how far we’ve come and where we’re going next. Of course, it goes without saying that neither our amazing growth or bright future would have been at all possible, without the hard work, dedication and character of our amazing team.

Our journey…

Where We Are Now

Our manufacturing and distribution centre at Europa Link in Sheffield is the latest development for Protec and one we couldn’t be more proud of.

The 38000 sq. ft warehouse is home to our two production lines, both of which are geared towards minimum waste, with excess and offcut material being reused at every opportunity; helping us work towards our Closed Loop initiative.

On site, we also have a pioneering printing operation, which has opened a host of product opportunities for Protec and great branding possibilities for our clients.

Adam, our Operations Manager oversees processing and despatch at our Sheffield office, which includes 93 different products over 7 storeys; all available to pick and despatch the same day, thanks to our great team and a little help from ‘Big Red’, our affectionately named fork lift truck.

Notable Projects

We have supplied temporary protection for a multitude of projects over the years, from simple office redevelopments to major construction projects, not to mention helping thousands of people keep their carpets and flooring in good shape during decorating or partying!

We may be ‘behind the scenes’ on most construction projects, but we’re still immensely proud of having a helping hand in some notable big name builds:

Bloomberg European Headquarters: London

We provided temporary protective materials on the amazing Bloomberg Offices in central London. The building was quickly recognised as the ‘worlds greenest office’, something which we helped achieve, by providing environmentally friendly solutions that contributed to the architects; Foster & Partners’ vision.

*Our team pulled out all the stops on the Bloomberg Office so that we delivered; check back soon for a case study on the whole project.

One Hyde Park

A major residential and retail complex situated in Knightsbridge, London, One Hyde Park is an internationally renowned, prestigious residential project that we are proud to have supplied during construction.

What’s Next?

ClosedLoop Re-manufacturing Scheme

We’re always looking to bring new and useful products to the market, helping our customers by providing innovative protection solutions to solve real problems on site, but we’re also seriously committed to reducing our environmental impact and have a genuine passion for our ClosedLoop Re-manufacturing Scheme.

Our ClosedLoop Re-manufacturing Scheme aims to divert on-site waste away from landfill, something which is not only good for the planet, but also good for customers as it helps them to earn credits towards reduction in skip numbers for enhanced BREEAM scores and ultimately reduces costs.

Warehouse Expansion

Thanks to the hard work of our team, we’ve seen substantial growth over the years, but we’re not stopping yet. We have plans to expand our warehousing to a state of the art 50000 sq.ft facility within the next two years, which will improve capabilities and efficiency, as well as maintaining our waste-reducing ethos.

A Big Thanks

Finally, on our 25th Anniversary year, we’d love to say a massive thankyou to every customer we’ve ever worked with; from small renovations to global construction projects. We hope to be serving you for many years to come!

Most of all, we need to give a huge public thanks to the Protec staff, past and present, who have worked passionately and tirelessly to make the Protec dream a reality.

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