Leading commercial flooring manufacturer Shaw Contract has partnered with flooring technology experts IOBAC UK Ltd in highlighting the crucial role that adhesive-free flooring installation can play in a move to a Circular Economy approach for commercial interior projects.

Following comprehensive site and internal testing, Shaw Contract has approved IOBAC MagTabs™ as a preferred adhesive-free installation method for their extensive carpet tile collections in the EMEA region.

Andrew Jackson, Business Development Director at Shaw Contract EMEA explains,

The Cradle-to-Cradle philosophy we helped pioneer in commercial flooring solutions looks to continued innovation.


MagTabs offer a new option for installing our flooring products that contributes to a Cradle-to-Cradle way of thinking and a shift to a Circular Economy approach.


We are pleased to be working with IOBAC to realise this opportunity in the EMEA market.”

Innovation award-winning MagTabs enable a wide variety of floor coverings to be installed adhesive-free to metal raised access floors and IOBAC’s magnetically receptive range of underlays and resins.

Ian Spreadborough, Co-founder and Director at IOBAC UK Ltd comments,

Adhesive-free installation represents a different way of thinking about flooring installation – moving it from single-use to a flexible design element that can be reused and repurposed several times before being recycled.

IOBAC MagTab product shot - for magnetic flooring and metal raised access floors


From a design perspective, this also gives flooring a new agility and adaptability to today’s flexible space requirements, whether that’s rental properties, flexible work environments or pop-up retail spaces.


Specifying ‘hard to shift, yet easy to lift’ MagTabs in conjunction with Shaw Contract’s Cradle-to-Cradle certified flooring solutions is a straightforward method by which clients and architects can support their sustainability targets, with design flexibility and operational cost benefits added in. It is a win-win for all concerned.”


A robust option that enables easy reuse


The method by which flooring is installed has a significant impact on the ease with which overall flooring systems can be reused or recycled.

Adhesive-free installation facilitates flooring reuse as it ensures both the floor covering and sub-floor are left clean and contamination-free on uplift.

In contrast, flooring products installed using adhesive-based methods can end up in landfill after one use as adhesive residue and contamination hinders recyclability.



Magnetic on one side and self-adhesive on the other, these MagTabs enable floor tiles to be removed cleanly and easily for reuse or recycling, with the sub-floor left contamination-free and ready for the next flooring installation straight away. Excessive sub-floor remediation costs are eliminated.

2-Dimensional Hold: Not only are tiles held together horizontally as per conventional floating floor solutions, but due to magnetic attraction, MagTabs also enable a strong grip in the vertical direction, ensuring tiles are secured well in place until the time comes to uplift them.

Dual Grip technology: MT4+MagTabs incorporate IOBAC’s patented Dual Grip technology which combines dry-tack adhesion with magnetism for phenomenal grab in the highest of footfall areas.

Read how MagTabs and ShawContract® TaskWorx® carpet tiles were a winning flooring combination for the refurbishment of the London headquarters of a sustainability-conscious client 

IOBAC has created an online “Adhesive-Free Flooring Specification Centre” designed to make specification easy for architects, designers and contractors. The resource contains whitepapers, case studies, technical data and a downloadable “Specifier’s Guide to Adhesive-free Flooring” CPD, all accessed at www.iobac.com/adhesive-free-flooring.



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