According to leading moveable wall specialist Style, demand for automatic moveable wall systems from architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients has almost quadrupled in the last 10 years. Reflecting a strong shift towards the automation of flexible space electrically-powered systems now make up 44% of the company’s total order intake, compared to just 27% in 2009 – a staggering increase of 388% in a decade.
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“This phenomenal rise in demand for semi-automatic and fully automatic moveable wall systems is unsurprising given the enormous benefits they have over manual ones,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.
“Not only do they make it far easier to divide space, but they also remove any chance of operator error. This means panels are much less likely to be damaged by poor handling because there is no manual intervention.
“To divide a room in two, you simply press a button and the wall moves into place, with the acoustic seals always expanding to precisely the right pressure, giving optimum performance.
“They also stop automatically if they detect an obstruction in the way, re-trying once before waiting for the item to be removed.”
“Automated moveable walls are, without doubt, the way forward for creating flexible space in a whole range of sectors,” concluded Julian, “and we have seen demand from the corporate sector, education, local authorities, hospitality and many others.”