Forbo Flooring Systems - High-quality commercial and residential floor coverings

Forbo Flooring Systems is a global floor coverings manufacturer with a range of IMO-certified and non-IMO-certified products and accessories available to the marine industry.

For cruise and passenger ferry operators, one of the most difficult areas in which to maintain a high standard of appearance is flooring. The sheer volume of intense traffic and IMO certification are the key determining factors when specifying a floor covering. Listed below are three recommended flooring products specifically suited to the marine environment.

Westbond FR

Westbond FR is an IMO-certified carpet tile range synonymous with quality and offers great warmth, comfort and acoustic benefits. Available in 144 colours, Westbond FR can be custom designed by flexing different colours together and is well suited to many marine environments including cabins, restaurants, offices and lounge/recreation areas.

Fusion bonding is a sophisticated method of carpet tile manufacture where individual yarn pile is bonded onto the backing material to make an extremely dense and luxurious carpet tile. Each tuft is individual and a high proportion of the yarn is in the wear surface providing a beautiful, rich, velour carpet tile, which gives an excellent broadloom appearance.

Choose your own colours and combine them into a truly unique floor

Westbond allows customers to take control of the process of designing luxurious, custom carpet tiles with a heavy pile weight for the most prestigious installations. Create your own carpet tile with a flex combination. The Flex carpet tile is unique to Westbond and offers the ideal solution for those seeking an individual look to the floor. Simply create your own carpet tile design by selecting colours from the Westbond FR range in a flex combination. The results of your creativity can be easily and quickly realised with a sample to show you what the finished product will look like, dispatched within 24 hours.


  • Fully compliant with IMO marine standards
  • 50cm x 50cm tile format for easy installation and replacement
  • Design flexibility to suit all interior design schemes
  • Custom colours and designs
  • Offers warmth and underfoot comfort.

Flotex FR

Flotex FR is a flocked floor covering designed to fully meet the requirements of IMO Resolution MSC 61(67): Annex 1: Part 2 and IMO Resolution A.653 (16) as amended by IMO Resolution MSC 61(67): Annex 1: Part 5. This unique floor covering combines the cleaning properties and durability of a resilient flooring with the comfort, slip resistance and acoustic properties usually associated with textiles. It is extremely dimensionally stable and has a velour-like surface whilst being functional and extremely easy to clean. Having been awarded the prestigious Allergy UK Seal of Approval, Flotex FR is proven to offer consistent protection against bacteria and reduce allergens, improving indoor air quality for passengers.

Flotex FR can also be digitally printed. Its high definition quality and specialist printing technology allow for large endless pattern repeats and vivid lifelike colours. This creates a new dimension and provides ultimate design flexibility for marine environments.


  • Nylon 6.6 ensures high durability
  • Hygienic
  • Easy to clean; easy soil removal due to short nylon fibres
  • Bacteriostatic
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Slip resistant
  • Custom design.

Coral T32 FR

This specially modified version of our renowned Coral entrance matting meets all the fire safety standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for products used in seagoing vessels.

Yarn and backing systems have been developed to meet the stringent smoke toxicity and low flame spread standards required to achieve the IMO "Wheelmark".

As a result, Coral T32 FR can be used with confidence in cruise liners, passenger ferries, charter boats and other seagoing vessels, in addition to offshore facilities where the "Wheelmark" classification is required.


  • Fully compliant to IMO Marine standards
  • Stops up to 90% of walked in dirt and moisture
  • High moisture absorption
  • Dirt scraping for effective clean off
  • Excellent dirt storage/soil hiding
  • Durable construction: using a 60% wool/40% nylon mix
  • Advanced colouring and choice
  • Using Coral T32 FR can reduce cleaning costs and prolong the lifetime of on board floor finishes and coverings.

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