Akusto One – a winning concept

The Saint-Gobain Ecophon team pictured at the launch of Akusto One at Titanic Belfast, (from left), Andrew Acheson, Area Sales Manager for Northern Ireland, Siobhan McGuinness, Area Sales Manager for Republic of Ireland, Will Jones, Marketing Manager, and Alan Crampton, Regional Manager for Ireland, Scotland and North of England.

Those attending were able to see the product first-hand and learn about its many benefits. Designed to reduce echoes, enhance speech clarity and improve acoustic performance, Akusto One is the latest expansion in the company’s vertical acoustics offering.

It comprises a new series of flexible sound absorbers in smaller dimensions (all 40 mm in depth), which allow users to create innovative designs and patterns on the wall. They can also be varied with white or grey painted edges. Available in different sizes, shapes and in a variety of colours, the creative possibilities are almost endless.

Akusto One is part of the Akusto family of vertical independent sound absorbers, and is the perfect complement to an acoustic ceiling in environments where a full covering ceiling isn’t sufficient on its own to create a good sound environment. However, it is also great to use as a creative design element, as it is easy to combine the different sizes, shapes and colours to create the right atmosphere.

The product is easy to install, and the absorbers are ideal for creating spaces where both exceptional acoustics and aesthetics are required cost-effectively.

Depending on the environment in which the panels are being used, Akusto One can be produced in either a smooth, easily-cleaned surface (with colours inspired by nature), or a fabric-textured finish that boasts a more colourful, on-trend palette for expressive walls or screen solutions. For more challenging spaces, such as sports facilities, impact-resistant wall panels are available.Ecophon 122341 squares

With the environment in mind, the panels are manufactured from 3rd generation high-density glass wool, with no added formaldehyde and a high recycled content, meeting the strictest indoor climate standards in the world. The wool also meets fire safety demands and has been tested and classified as non-combustible, according to EN ISO 1182.

“In addition to the incredible design scope these panels offer, ease-of-installation is a real plus point to Akusto One,” said Ecophon’s Marketing Manager, Will Jones. “It really is as quick and easy to install as hanging a picture.” This can be done using Ecophon’s innovative Connect One accessories, which ensure that the panels are mounted perfectly.

In addition, Akusto One is a frameless system available with three simple, easy installation methods that ensure both flexibility and precision.

“Our well-known ceiling systems and free-hanging units are renowned as the perfect recipe for a good acoustic environment,” said Will. “Akusto One provides that natural complement, and with the new colours offered as part of the revised Akusto family, there really is no better vertical acoustics offer.”

New Area Sales Managers
Saint-Gobain Ecophon has added to the company’s team in Northern Ireland with the appointments of Andrew Acheson and Siobhan McGuiness as Area Sales Managers.

The company’s success has been driven by Alan Crampton and now that his role as Regional Manager has been extended to cover all-Ireland, Scotland and the North of England, these new appointments will help maintain the superb levels of service the company has become renowned for.

Andrew will be responsible for Northern Ireland while Siobhan will be looking after the area that stretches from Northern Ireland down to North Dublin and across to Galway.

Andrew has worked in a technical sales background with a number of local companies and is set to put this experience to good use in this new role with both architects and contractors.

“Personally, moving from the distribution sector to working directly for a manufacturer was a natural step, particularly as I enjoy the technical aspect of the role,” he said. “I have been directly involved in working on commercial projects in the past, but what I am most looking forward to is being involved on projects from the initial specification stage right through to completion.”

Siobhan comes from an advertising background, most recently with Specify Magazine, and she feels her people skills will help her in this new role.

“This is a new area for me but sales is very much a people business and I aim to build strong relationships with architects, specifiers and contractors,” she said. “It is an exciting challenge and my job is made easier by the superb product range we are selling and the back-up services we have in place to help with every aspect of a project – from specification and design to installation and commissioning.”

Contact Andrew Acheson, Area Sales Manager for Northern Ireland, telephone 07717 538983 or e-mail andrew.acheson@ecophon.co.uk or Siobhan McGuinness, Area Sales Manager for the Republic of Ireland, telephone 00353 87 9189149 or e-mail siobhan.mcguinness@ecophon.ie