Weinheim, Germany, April 2017 – Despite sharp declines caused by crises, air travel remains a growing market and an important engine of value creation. According to forecasts, the number of air passengers worldwide is set to double by 2034. This means that seven billion passengers are expected – every year. According to the statistics portal Statistica GmbH, the number of passengers at German airports alone grew from 140.6 million to 216 million in the past 15 years. An airport is often the place where travellers get their first impression of a city, region or even an entire country. Creating an inviting and awe-inspiring atmosphere is therefore the central goal when designing an airport. The functional properties of construction materials used like cost-effectiveness and safety are just as important as airport design. From the west to the east, from the north to the south, from the US to Australia to China, from Finland to Saudi Arabia – rubber floor coverings by nora systems can be found in hundreds of airports around the world. That is because the rubber floors combine functionality – such as durability, fire safety, slip resistance and ergonomics – with a wide range of colours and designs.
In the early 1970s, around 80,000 m2 of the floor covering that featured the well-known norament studded surface was laid in Frankfurt Airport. This was one of the first airport-related projects and a poster child for rubber floors “made in Germany”. From the Shanghai Pudong Airport to the arrival terminal of Rotterdam The Hague Airport completed in 2016, large quantities of nora floor coverings have also been used in other airport-related projects, be it for a newly constructed or renovated building. One of the main reasons: nora floor coverings are highly flame-retardant, as defined in EN 13 501 and offer high safety in the case of fire.
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About nora systems
nora by Interface is the commercial rubber flooring brand of Interface, Inc. Produced in Germany for more than 65 years, nora premium rubber helps to support operations, efficiencies, health, safety and well-being with sustainable flooring that eases maintenance, reduces noise, and provides added comfort underfoot.
Interface, Inc. is a global flooring company specializing in carbon neutral carpet tile and resilient flooring, including luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and nora® rubber flooring. We help our customers create high-performance interior spaces that support well-being, productivity, and creativity, as well as the sustainability of the planet. Our mission, Climate Take Back™, invites you to join us as we commit to operating in a way that is restorative to the planet and creates a climate fit for life.