Builders' Merchants News

Accoya sales soar

Published:  03 July, 2009


COLCHESTER: International Timber has seen a significant increase in demand for Accoya, with sales up 200 per cent in the first five months of 2009. This surge represents the growing popularity of Accoya as a durable, aesthetically pleasing and more sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood.


Now the largest distributor of Accoya in the UK, International Timber, part of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution’s Timber Group, offers a wide range of Accoya products to cater for a variety of applications including joinery, cladding and landscaping.

Accoya combines a long established acetylation wood modification technique with cutting edge technology to give it properties that surpass those of the best tropical hardwoods. The result of over 75 years research and development, it is manufactured using non-toxic processes and timber from well-managed, certified, sustainable sources.

With a minimum 60-year life expectancy, backed by BRE and TRADA, Accoya is proven to be more resistant to rot; achieving the highest possible British Standard durability rating, class 1. It is less susceptible to traditional problems associated with timber such as bow, cup and twist and is guaranteed to shrink or swell less than any other joinery timber, making it an ideal choice for windows and doors. It is also proving popular as a cladding material and offers a 40 per cent improvement on the thermal efficiency of hardwoods.

Accoya products give exceptional coatings performance and, as an approved Sikkens partner, International Timber can now offer guarantees of up to 12 years for opaque finishes and eight years for translucent finishes in joinery applications.

Steve Rogers, product and market director at International Timber, comments: “It comes as no surprise that we have seen a significant increase in demand for Accoya®. Sustainability, durability and improved product performance are key considerations when specifying products and it delivers on all these points.

“Accoya provides a low maintenance, long-lasting solution that will stay looking good for years to come and these attributes allow joinery manufacturers to produce windows and doors that offer a real alternative to UPvC, as well as offering architects a practical cladding material that will not shrink, warp or twist, even when exposed to the elements.

“We are pleased to announce that International Timber is now the leading distributor of Accoya in the UK and believe this is due to the timber expertise and service we provide to customers, as well as the exceptional performance offered by the products.”