August 2019

Altro Whiterock Doorsets have been recognised as an ABA100 Winner for Product Excellence.

Altro APAC has been recognised as an ABA100 Winner in The Australian Business Awards 2019 for Product Excellence. Now in their fourteenth year, The Australian Business Awards program provides notable opportunities for high-performing organisations which implement world-class business initiatives and develop innovative products and services to be acknowledged and honoured for their achievements both nationally and internationally. The national winners are benchmarked in the international chapter of the program at The World Business Awards whereby participants are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally.

Glen Stratton, Managing Director (Altro APAC) says the award affirms their commitment to continuous improvement and innovative business processes.

Glen Stratton, Managing Director says the award recognises Altro's achievements in the research and development of Altro Whiterock Door-sets.

It’s a great pleasure that Australian made Altro Whiterock Door-sets have been recognised by the Australian Business Awards for Product Excellence in 2019. With Xpresslay Adhesive Free Safety Flooring and Whiterock Digiclad as previous recipients of the ABA100 Awards this latest recognition supports our continued push for delivering more choice and new products to our customers. Of course it is also so pleasing that we can support local manufacturing and jobs. I would like to thank all of the team that have assisted get this latest offering to market and some of the early adopters out there that are supporting innovation.

Altro Whiterock Door-sets have been developed specifically with hygiene, ease of cleaning & total life cost in mind. The Altro Whiterock PVCu facings give a finish that’s dependable & made to last. That’s why specifiers, end users & installers everywhere are choosing the consistent hygienic and technical performance of Altro Whiterock Door-sets.
“Innovation is vital for every company, but it’s even more important for business growth and expansion. Innovation makes it easier to grow, regardless of the size of the business. You need new, unique ideas, and the ability to bring them to market before the competition.” Australian Business Awards, Program Director, Tara Johnston said.

“The Australian Business Awards exist to highlight new products, methods, and ideas within Australian industry. The awards resonate with our mission of promoting the development of Australia’s innovation culture and technological capability.

“Each year the ABA100 Winners are recognised for their innovative initiatives, products and services, which are leading business and digital transformation within the Australian marketplace,” Ms Johnston added.

Organisational participation includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multi-national subsidiaries, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia.

The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards.
The Framework consists of specialised assessment modules pertaining to the evaluation criteria for each of the award categories. The criteria and sub-criteria provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.

Organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement are recognised via a set of established business and product award categories.

The process culminates in the selection of organisations which implement world-class business initiatives, projects, products and services. The award recipients are recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their achievements acknowledged and celebrated.
For more information on The Australian Business Awards and the 2019 ABA100 Winners go to
Posted: 5/08/2019 3:34:26 AM by Catherine Andreopoulos | with 0 comments

Altro and Optare winners in the CFJ 2019 Flooring Industry Awards

CFJ/CFA Awards Winner 2019  

On 14th June 2019, Altro and Optare were awarded the Best use of flooring in Transport at the CFJ/CFA Awards, hosted by Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards.

The winning installation was the Optare Versa and Solo demonstration vehicles with a striking design by design agency Designs and Concepts using Altro custom design flooring.

Altro Transflor custom design flooring installed in the Optare Versa demonstration vehicle

Optare wanted to exhibit new designs for creating passenger appeal to showcase at EuroBus Expo 2018 for their single decker vehicles, Versa and Solo. The design had to be bold and striking, giving a premium feel, whilst also being practical and easy to clean. This was achieved through use of the Altro Logo and Kit cutting service to create contrasting tramlines down the length of the buses, in a cool blue for the Versa and sleek grey and lime green for the Solo. The judging panel, consisting of Simon Jackson, Fiona Bowman, Richard Renouf and Richard Catt, were impressed by the quality finish and innovative use of colour flashes on the vehicles.

Read the case study here.  

With over sixty years’ experience creating floors for the transport industry, Altro are thrilled to be recognised for our work in this sector, and proud to share our success with long-term partners Optare.

Representatives from Optare and Altro accepting the award from Eddie the Eagle  
Left to right: Patrick Brennan, of Optare, Michael "Eddie the Eagle" Edwards, and Paul Leigh, of Altro.


Posted: 13/08/2019 8:00:00 AM by Heather Mussett | with 0 comments

Endless possibilities for bus design

Got an idea for your bus interior that you’re just itching to try? With Altro, you’re not just limited to what’s on the sample card…

The question of the best design for a city bus is still a hotly debated one. What should be prioritised in terms of space? How to balance innovation with functionality? How do you make a design accessible for everyone using the bus?

Here at Altro, we have the expertise and the capability to bring any of your design ideas to life. Here’s a taste of what we’ve done so far:

Coffee shop chic

Choosing a wood-look product is a great way to take the industrial feel out of a city bus and make passengers feel more at home and in luxury. Ray Stenning’s design for Reading Buses, using Altro Transflor Wood, brings together style and functionality. With a lighter colour for the gangway and darker for under the seats, the use of Altro’s kit cutting service gives the interior a lighter aspect, without causing a problem for those with visual impairments. The more modern feel created with the flooring choice reflects the contemporary and innovative touches on the Reading Buses fleets.

Sometimes flooring for transport is chosen purely for its function, such as whether it’s easy to clean and so on. Actually, the right look and feel, and how it coordinates, is just as important as function and that’s why Altro Transflor Wood is the right choice for this project; it delivers both.

Ray Stenning, Best Impressions

Read the case study here.

Totally custom design


For their Versa and Solo demonstration vehicles, Optare fully customised their flooring design with a metallic product and flashes of colour using our kit cutting service. As demonstration vehicles, the highlighting of the product branding was a priority, but Optare also wanted to develop new ideas for giving the vehicles a bright, airy, and contemporary feel. Optare specified Altro’s custom design transport flooring in a sky blue with navy tramlines for the Versa, and metallic silver with lime green for the Solo. The vehicle names were cut into the floor which ensured that they were displayed prominently. All of Optare’s design objectives were fulfilled by using a fully customised design in an original and refreshing way.

We wanted to create a fresh, modern feel to the Optare demonstrator buses that would outlast rigorous service duties, and I think Altro Transflor custom design flooring achieves this really well.

Samantha Beeley, Designs and Concepts

Read the case study.

Chips ahoy!

Working a strong brand identity into a functional design doesn’t mean that the design can’t pop. When Tranzit Group designed their new buses for the Greater Wellington Regional Council in New Zealand, they needed a hardwearing design which encompassed their council colours. Tranzit Group ordered a custom design of Altro Transflor Chroma, with the chips in the flooring matching the brand colours of the GWRC. When combined with matching grab rails and seat moquettes, the result was a strong brand identity with a contemporary and hardwearing style.

Read the case study here.


We are proud that we have helped so many of our customers realise their design plans whilst keeping the safety and durability our products are known for. It’s not just colour we can adapt, but finish, too – choose from plain, chipped, or one of our Figura patterns.

Next time you have a design idea you’d like to see realised, get in touch with Altro!

To see more of the special flooring designs we’ve provided over the years, check out our social media.

Posted: 20/08/2019 3:26:12 AM by Heather Mussett | with 0 comments