1. Bergo Flooring commenced its journey as a solution for unfeasible tennis court surfaces, but now it has branched into multifarious areas of application. How was this expansion conceptualised?
As you say Bergo Flooring started 1972 with a tile for Tennis, and has since then developed the products in different ways for different applications. Because of the possibility to use our products for so many applications, we conceptualized and have now divided our target groups in to five business areas, Sport, Marine, Home, Public and Event. Some products are covering more than one business area and some are developed with specific properties i.e. the sports tiles.
2. What kind of environment and terrain, would you say, is the toughest to work with? Are there special measures taken to adapt your product to these hostile conditions?
The toughest environments are extreme sunshine and hot weather for sports courts in some countries and on the other hand very cold and bad weather conditions i.e. on a cruise ship deck.It requires measures to be taken with our raw material, construction and the components for our floors. How to do this is a knowledge we have achieved during more than 40 years.
3. Your product, Bergo Concept Top Tile, allows creative customisation by the client to design it in the fashion which is most to their liking. How cost-effective and time-efficient is this for production and installation as well as the client’s expenditure?
Off course this affects the production procedure and makes it a bit more complicated, but it’s all about giving our customers a possibility to get a unique flooring solution according to their own liking. But there are also some standard designs for Sports, Commercial and Domestic use. Furthermore the Concept Top Tile in standard or customized version is a very cost effective and simple way to renovate old indoor sports floors. There is no need for large preparations and special tools for the easy installation. Just like all Bergo Floors it’s a cost effective solution to your problems.
4. Kindly delineate the factors of consideration and caution that go into the manufacture of flooring for marine surfaces. How different is it from your sundry other areas of application?
Each product are developed with different composite material as well as the construction of the tiles differs. All to give different and the best properties in regards to slipperiness, fire protection, wear etc.These factors are crucial especially for the Marine industry and I am proud to say that today we also have the IMO fire certification for indoor use at marine vessels.
5. Acquiring the account of the eminent and historical Cafe Opera in Stockholm must have been a monumental milestone for Bergo. How did that come to be?
We are proud to deliver a floor to the famous Café Opera, but actually it was never any big discussions about it.
For this project we were contacted by an architect who looked for a solution to put on their outdoor terrace. We presented our multifunctional solution and they simply liked it.
6. A lot of your products are aimed at providing safe traction against slippery or watery surfaces in order to avert accidents. What are some of the pre-emptive steps taken by Bergo to ensure public safety while crafting surfaces for the domain of sports?
As you might know our outdoor floors the Multisport and the Tennis tiles are made with an open structure to drain water from the surface. The surface of the Tennis tiles has knobs to prevent slipperiness and at the same time to give a correct ball bounce for the Tennis ball. At the Multisport tiles we have since some years improved the top surface to be a bit more anti slip. It’s a difficult balance when developing products to get a good anti slip tile but at the same time not too much friction which will cause injuries at ligaments and hurt the players.
7. When did Bergo start incorporating an eco-friendly and sustainable material like polypropylene? Is this an integral part of all your flooring products, irrespective of the business area?
We have been working with recycled material for many years and the consciousness about sustainability has always been an issue for Bergo Flooring. In 2013 we launched the first ECO- series products. Since then Bergo has been awarded for our work with sustainability by the Swedish Royalty Crown Princess Victoria, Domotex Flooring exhibition and Plastic Industry awards.Today we integrate high quality recycled material in many products.
8. Along the same lines, what kind of research and development goes into the contrivance of your products in terms of environmental responsibility and recycle?
We spend a lot of efforts to find the right material on the market. There is a lot of really bad and low quality material to buy. Sometimes even with harmful content. We use only highest possible PP quality in our products. Our technicians are very skilful in sourcing material and to get it to work in our machines. Also here we can’t use just any cheap material, it has to have a certain quality level to secure the production flow and the properties of our floors.
9. How did it feel to be nominated for the “Surface Protector of the Year 2016” award by one of the most renowned Scandinavian conferences? Does this set the bar at an elevated standard for your future products?
We are proud that we were nominated as the “Surface protector of the year” even if we didn’t win in the final; it gives us self-confidence to continue our work with creating multifunctional flooring solutions for many type of surfaces.