New RIBA approved CPD laminate factory tour available from Formica Group

Formica Group, the inventor of laminate, is now offering a CPD factory tour approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The tour is based at the Formica Group facility in North Shields and incorporates the factory, office and fabrication support unit, as well as an overview of the process of laminate manufacturing and usage. A hands-on opportunity to work with laminate, the tour also includes the experience of bonding and postforming, as well as understanding the various grades and laminate capabilities.

The factory tour follows the recent £40m investment by Fletcher Building, Formica Group’s parent company, into the laminate manufacturer’s operations and machinery. As the only high pressure laminate manufacturer in the UK, attendees will have the opportunity to experience a state-of-the-art facility.

Attending the tour provides a better understanding on the following topics:

  • the components and processes required in the manufacture of laminate
  • the various grades of laminate and how these are manufactured
  • how and why to specify laminate
  • environmental considerations

Lasting approximately two and a half hours, tours are limited to eight people and can be booked via the RIBA website. The factory tour is part of the RIBA CPD Core Curriculum entitled ‘Designing and building it: design, construction, technology and engineering’.