Case Study: Farnborough International Air Show

Farnborough, England


The corporate hospitality and business chalets at Farnborough Internation Airshow, which are used by such prestigious exhibitors as Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Rolls Royce, typically take five weeks to build and fit out and one week to dismantle.

As a testament to the growing importance and emphasis sustainability has on the industry, this year saw a marked increase on the number of airshow contractors actively returning the ceiling tiles for recycling themselves.

The service saves contractors costs in landfill and skip hire tax. It also saves tonnes of virgin raw material, kWh of energy, CO2 equivalent greenhouse gasses, and litres of potable water.


Zentia recycle more than 10,000m2 of mineral tiles from the Farnborough International Airshow, continual evidence of the manufacturer’s peerless green philosophy, with their pioneering recycling programme already having diverted over 15 million square metres globally of used ceiling tiles from landfill since its launch in 1999.

At Farnborough International Airshow, the ceilings are recycled from more than 200 temporary corporate hospitality and business chalets and exhibition halls. To date Zentia has recycled over 60,000m² of mineral fibre ceiling tiles from the show site to its UK manufacturing site in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

The tiles for recycling (Aruba, Fine Fissured, Cortega and Mezzanine DL100 to name a few) were collected in bags and stored in the exhibition hall then returned on trucks to Armstrong’s production facility in Gateshead for recycling back into the mix with the help of the Southampton branch of specialist distributor SIG Interiors.

Since its launch in the UK the programme has evolved to include a growing network of Pinnacle partners.