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Polyflor - History Timeline

A brief history of Polyflor from 1915 to date. To view a time period in more detail, including additional dates, click on a title below:

Early YearsThe Early Years

  • 1915 - The incorporation of James Halstead Limited
  • 1934 - James Halstead Limited makes first flooring product
  • 1935 - James Halstead dies
  • 1948 - Belstaff joins the James Halstead Group of Companies and they become a public company

Domestic & International Expansion

  • 1954 - The group expands its flooring business
  • 1963 - The group starts manufacturing in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand
  • 1974 - New period of growth
  • 1978 - Major push to develop export business

Innovative New Product Development

  • 1989 - James Halstead Limited launched yet another new flooring range
  • 1992 - Established sales office in Hong Kong, purchased Polyflor Australia
  • 1995 - Launch of 2000
  • 1999 - Group strengthens position in world markets

Continued Strengthening of Polyflor Portfolio

  • 2001 - Continuing expansion of luxury vinyl tiles
  • 2005 - The future of safety flooring
  • 2008 - New Polysafe - like you've never seen it before!
  • 2014 - Polyflor Arena - design trends with safety assured


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Polyflor celebrated as top Green Manufacturer at Made in the North West Awards

Vinyl flooring manufacturer Polyflor was recognised for its green credentials when it received the prize for Green/ Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year at Insider’s Made in the North West awards recently.

The prestigious awards dinner took place at the Park Royal Hotel in Warrington. Manchester based Polyflor was selected by the team of judges from the manufacturing sector to receive this year’s Green/ Sustainable Manufacturer award which was sponsored by The Manufacturing Institute.

Polyflor are double winners at the CFJ Awards

It was another successful CFJ Awards dinner for Polyflor’s team this year as we took home two of the top awards which were voted for by readers of Contract Flooring Journal.

Polyflor received the prestigious Manufacturer of the Year award for the third consecutive year and also picked up the Best Vinyl award for the seventh year in a row.

This time Polysafe high performance safety flooring was chosen as CFJ readers’ favourite vinyl flooring range. Manufactured in the UK, all Polysafe commercial safety flooring fully complies with HSE and UK Slip Group Guidelines to give sustainable wet slip resistance throughout the guaranteed life of the product.

Polyflor Ltd
PO Box 3
Radcliffe New Road
M45 7NR

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