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Tatra Plastics Manufacturing announces a new 138x38mm hollow planking product. It extends the company’s plastic planking product portfolio ....... http://eepurl.com/L_Dwn
By PRW Staff
HDPE planking from Wyke-based Tatra Plastics is being used by Chichester engineer Mark Francis to make ‘fox proof’ chicken coops.
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What’s believed to be the world’s “fox-proof” chicken house is being manufactured from high density polythene Click & Fix plastic planking made by Tatra Plastics Manufacturing at their factory in Norwood Green, Wyke near Bradford.
All the walls and roof panels are made from Click & Fix, and metalwork and the roof edging and cap are made from a plastic coated galvanized steel sheet, which stops foxes and badgers from chewing or digging their way in, which wooden houses are very prone to.
The hen houses are made by a small Chichester engineering company, Mark Francis Ltd and Mark Francis says the design and materials of the houses drastically reduce the loss of birds from attack by vermin.
“Badgers are even worse than foxes for raiding chicken houses because they’re built for digging and have really powerful claws. However, neither badgers nor foxes are able to dig or chew their way in through the plastic walls, floor or roof panels. So far as we know, these are the first vermin proof chicken houses,” he says.
In addition, the use of Click & Fix plastic planking makes the houses very easy to clean out. They can be steam-cleaned or power washed and, as the material is non-absorbent, will dry in a matter of minutes. All the perches are also plastic and can be removed for ease of cleaning.
The current range of chicken houses is for eight, 16, 24, 32 or 48 birds and there are plans on the drawing board for larger chicken sheds made from the plastic planking that, between them, are for everyone from the back garden hobbyist to the commercial chicken farmer.
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Mark Francis Ltd. of Chichester has started making Poultry Houses from our Click & Fix Plastic Panels. For this or similar contact Mark on 01243 773431 for further information. http://www.markfrancis.co.uk/
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July 1 2013
PLASTIC PLANKING GETS ANTI-BACTERIA ADDITIVE
Tatra Plastics Manufacturing has introduced an optional bug and bacteria-resistant protection into Click & Fix plastic planking, making it more hygienic and defending the surface against degradation, odour and staining.
On request, anti-microbial additives are added to materials during the production process and are especially useful in critical hygienic environments such as animal husbandry and food preparation facilities.
On a protected product, levels of bacteria are reduced by up to 99% in two hours, compared to an unprotected surface where they can proliferate at dramatic rates. In addition, laboratory tests have repeatedly demonstrated the ability of protected products to inhibit the growth and formation of moulds and yeast. It then provides continuous anti-microbial protection for the expected lifetime of the product.
There are considerable additional hygiene, health, safety and welfare considerations in using treated Click & Fix - for example, there are animal welfare benefits in stables, kennels, pig shelters, poultry houses and similar built from the range of snap-together plastic panelling products.
But the bug-resistance ingredient is not confined to Click & Fix. It can be added during production of any PVC extrusion, plastic extrusion, plastic tube, profile extrusion and injection moulding where a requirement for a clean and healthy environment is essential.
Click & Fix can be used to construct a virtually limitless range of sheds, outhouses, buildings, animal housings, shelters, agricultural and industrial units and internal and external storage units for commercial and domestic purposes.
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