Volvo VE Tile Program
AutoStone VE Volvo program.
Comparison between Showroom Tiles
The current (non-AutoStone) showroom tile is 80 cm x 80 cm x 6 mm thick. AutoStone is proposing a similar dimension of 80 cm x 80 cm, but 10 mm thick, which is 67% thicker. Additionally, our proposed showroom tile and bathroom tiles are both 10 mm in thickness and not two different dimensional thicknesses, which is supplied by current tile manufacturer.
Why thicker, large format tiles are important
The Volvo showroom image includes large format tiles that are 80 cm x 80 cm. This large format tile requires a higher degree of labor skill to install. When large format tiles are a “thin-gauge” tile (a 6 mm thick tile), the opportunity for cracked and broken showroom tile increases. One broken showroom tile is 6.25 square feet of material, which is a very expensive problem to fix and repair. AutoStone 10 mm thick tile will reduce this labor-oriented risk with a thicker, stronger tile.
AutoStone Approved Tiles will save money
AutoStone showroom and bathroom tiles are more competitively priced than the current listed tile. The price per square foot will be less than the currently Volvo approved tile and it will be 67% thicker in size. If AutoStone is added to the Volvo VRE Specification Documents as a listed tile for the showroom, customer restroom, service drive and workshop, we will guarantee that we will not be undersold on this program and assure Volvo dealers competitive pricing to go along with a higher quality, better performing product.
Brightfinish for Volvo showroom tile finish
AutoStone’s brightfinish ultra-cleanable technology surface finish is an optional surface finish option. The importance of brightfinish to the Volvo program is related to the light-grey color of the showroom tile. This light-grey color tends to show more surface contaminants due to the nature of the color and the surface structure of the tile. This means more tire marks, footprints, and such, are visible on the tile surface. The brightfinish resists permanent stains and assists in the removal of grout residue during installation and aids cleaning practices. The brightfinish will deliver brighter, fresher, and cleaner Volvo showroom environments.
STF (slip, trip and Fall) Risk - Environments
AutoStone proposes our driveseries as one of our three workshop floor systems for Volvo service drive and workshop facilities. This service and workshop floor system has been successfully installed in a number of Volvo installations and Volvo dealers love the STF benefits, which reduce their exposure to customer and employee injury in the service drive and/or workshop.
Permanent Sealant Enhances Impervious surface
All three AutoStone service drive and workshop floor systems proposed for use in a Volvo dealership have our brightfinish technology. The brightfinish technology enhances our impervious tile surface with a permanent sealant baked-in during the manufacturing process. Permanent service drive and workshop floors can be kept in “like-new” condition for the life of the dealership with regularly scheduled and proper cleaning practices.
Competitor Products Darken over time
AutoStone service drive and workshop tiles are manufactured with our brightfinish to resist rubber-transfer, and surface stains. While other clinker tile manufacturers state that their tile will “naturally patina” over time, our workshop tiles can be kept clean and “like-new” with regularly scheduled and proper cleaning maintenance. AutoStone service and workshop floor systems are designed for the automotive service model marketplace.
AutoStone supports volvo with culture of clean
Clean facilities are an essential Volvo brand requirement. A Volvo retail and service facility should reflect a clean upscale environment to reflect the quality of the Volvo brand. The showroom, service reception and service workshop are equally important in delivering exceptional service which caters to each Volvo customer. Floors should be clean, bright and be kept in a “like-new” condition for the life of the dealership. AutoStone floors are designed to help you keep and maintain the original appearance with regularly scheduled cleaning practices. Let AutoStone help you with your cleaning and maintenance program.
V.Light Grey - Honed Surface Cleaning
The above link was a demonstration video which illustrated the cleanability of the AutoStone Volvo submittal with the honed finish. This “black-ink” test illustrates the stain-resistant properties of this tile surface structure. This is to provide you insight into the practial and real-life performance of this tile in an automotive dealership retail showroom facility.
Volvo projects require a higher quality product combined with a higher construction knowledge, management and craftsmanship.
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