The new Elements3 collection, exclusively available in the UK from IDS, is a 3mm acrylic-based solid surface material ideally suited for a diverse range of retail, hotel and leisure applications, offering high-performance qualities, sleek aesthetics and cost-saving benefits.

Steven Fisher, Product Manager, IDS, says: “As a responsive distributor in decorative surfaces, we know the shop fitting industry is seeking value engineering solutions at a time when the high street is under strain. Elements3 offers designers and shopfitters the opportunity to install a luxurious design and experience for customers while also being highly cost efficient. The beauty of Elements3 is that it achieves the performance of most 12mm products with the cost of a 3mm one.”


With its malleability, Elements3 can be used for both horizontal and vertical applications and can be cut, shaped, moulded, thermoformed and seamlessly jointed, offering unlimited design possibilities. Damage and minor scratches are repairable to maintain the surfaces luxury looks and compared to other solid surfaces, the tempering process Elements3 undergoes enhances its durability, creating a long-lasting, low maintenance surface ideal for areas of high footfall and retail traffic.

“Its versatility gives shopfitters a number of uses such as the creation of counter tops, cash and wrap desks, displays and furniture with sheet sizes of up to 4100 x 1250mm available for added design flexibility, backed by a guarantee of 10 years.” says Fisher.

The colour palette available within the Elements3 collection features 15 different design choices from a host of white and organic neutral shades including on-trend greys, reflecting desirable design trends already popular within the retail sector. The range offers a unique batch match guarantee ensuring colour consistency, which is especially important for national roll-out programmes. In addition, an existing 12mm solid surface product can be colour matched creating an identical 3mm version at a fraction of the cost.

IDS has 17 branches nationwide, boasting the ability to turn around orders within 24-48 hours. With a national salesforce of over 30 and a specification team dedicated to architecture and design, the distributor offers exceptional customer service, technical support and a 24-hour sampling service to customers. The Elements3 collection is the largest stocked range of 3mm solid surface in the UK, allowing IDS to accommodate customers’ needs efficiently.

We already offer both 12mm and 6mm solid surfaces within our product portfolio, so adding a 3mm surface will make IDS a one-stop shop for customers, ensuring we’re able to meet the varying needs of the sector for design service and value engineering.” Fisher says.

He continues: “We’re proud to be able to provide customers with a reliable, full-service package so they feel guided throughout the design, specification and manufacturing process. Our sales force is deeply knowledgeable and with the creative options Elements3 has to offer, we have the ability to help customers achieve cost effective projects with stylish, long-lasting solutions.”

The hygienic material meets EN and CEN/TS standards for food safety, so can be safely used for food counters and with Elements3 boasting all necessary industry certification, designers and shopfitters can be assured they will not be compromising on quality.

Elements3 is available in IDS branches nationwide and free colour sample swatches and a brochure are available. For more information on the Elements3 collection, call 0845 603 7811 or visit the website,