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Richard Banham appointment ‘strengthens Välinge sales operation’

VÄLINGE Innovation UK says it’s delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Banham as national key account manager for UK and Ireland.

Richard is known to many in the industry on account of his 16 years’ experience with Headlam Group, where he was latterly BMK commercial manager, responsible for the hard flooring business, since 2019.

Says Välinge: ‘Richard’s knowledge of the industry, makes him particularly excited about the challenge which is now before him at Välinge. This involves bringing the company’s new range of hardened wood products to the UK and Irish markets. The new range features the technologies of Woodura and 5G Dry, representing the next generation of highly innovative engineered hardened wood floors.

‘Woodura is a patented surface technology which gives outstanding durability and is also highly sustainable. 5G Dry is a premium water-resistant fold-down system which is unique among hardened wood flooring products on account of its ease of installation and its water resistance.’

Richard adds: ‘There’s a massive market opportunity for Välinge in the UK and for me personally, which is why this role appealed so much to me. We’re selling much more than just a product, but all the technology that supports it. Sustainability, quality, innovation, durability – these are just some of the key messages associated with Välinge hardened wood flooring products I’m really looking forward to bringing to the most forward-thinking distributors and retailers in the UK and Ireland.’

‘I’m thrilled Richard has now joined us,’ says Simon Darbyshire, general manager of Välinge Innovation UK. ‘His combination of experience, enthusiasm, contacts and market knowledge puts us in the best possible place to be coming to market at this time with our market leading surface technology and innovative hardened wood product offer.’

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