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A new venture supported by one of the world’s largest independent polycarbonate extruders is aiming to shake up the UK polycarbonate sheet market.

Novolux, based north of Newport, will supply multiwall and solid polycarbonate sheet products made by Italian firm Dott.Gallina, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.

Its Policarb range includes multiwall UV-protected polycarbonate sheets with multiple air chambers for improved thermal performance.

Commonly used for roofing, windows, skylights, greenhouses, porches and canopies, Policarb products feature a UV co-extrusion on the outward-facing side, giving greater longevity and a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.

The company’s Policomp range contains solid polycarbonate sheets with UV protection on both sides, designed for all glazing applications and also comes with a 10-year warranty.

“Reports of the death of polycarbonate sheet have been greatly exaggerated,” Novolux’s national sales manager Craig Weatherley said.

“In many sectors, it’s still hugely in demand, regularly used in factories, garden centres, sports stadiums, and railway stations, as well as DIY. And in 2020, the market for it has soared, as millions of businesses rushed to install transparent protective screens to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“At Novolux, we want to help installers capitalise on those opportunities with great quality products, backed by great service, supplied country-wide.”