When Morbern created its latest product addition to its line of commercial interior vinyls, the task was to make something different – something powerful yet sustainable. The research team delivered Bantam and Morbern knew they’d found a winner.
Bantam packs a powerful punch of performance for contract and healthcare interiors. Often the most challenging environments in commercial design, healthcare interiors demand not only high performance in critical spaces, but also health and sustainability attributes.
It’s lack of additives is what makes it a lightweight winner. Free of anti-microbial additives, phthalates and flame retardants yet CAL TB-117 compliant, this fighter of a fabric shows no wear after 100,000 double rubs and is cold crack resistant to -25° F. It spars with stains like cola, coffee and ketchup, and then easily cleans with soap and water.
Bantam’s environmentally friendly attributes means it falls under the MorGreen label, Morbern’s initiative to create products that are sustainable, responsible and leave as little environmental impact as possible.
Bantam features an anti-static slip finish, urine stain resistance, sulfide stain resistance and oil resistance. Its palette of 10 colorways comes in earthy shades of blue, red, green, orange, yellow and gray.
- Apple (Green)
- Cosmic (Blue)
- Dove (Light Gray)
- Firelight (Yellow)
- Ghost (Medium Gray)
- Ginger (Orange)
- Inkberry (Purple)
- Iron (Dark Gray)
- Rabbit (Taupe)
- Tropical (Red)
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Morbern has issued a COVID-19 related announcement March 26th, 2020. Please see the PDF below to learn more.
See the announcement here to learn more:
3.26.20 Morbern Covid Announcement
If the coronavirus or any other sickness has you feeling anxious right now, Morbern is here to help ease at least part of your anxiety. Vinyl is impermeable and easily cleanable, one of the many reasons it is used in healthcare, hospitality and contract spaces.
All our vinyl upholstery can be cleaned using soap and warm water with a clear water rinse. With MorCare™, Morbern’s line of healthcare vinyls, harsh cleaners including bleach and ammonia can be used. To learn more about Morbern’s MorCare™ products, visit here: https://morbern.com/market/healthcare/
If you are looking for care and cleaning of a specific product, visit our Product Resources page, and search within the Care and Cleaning Information section: https://morbern.com/product-resources/.
Also, Morbern is here for you. If you need to reach out to us for specific questions, then please visit: https://morbern.com/contact/morbern-customer-service/.
We are all in this together.
Morbern has been named as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies 2020. The announcement came today in a release issued by Deloitte. Morbern was one of only 30 companies across the country to receive the designation, and this is the first time the company has been selected.
“It’s an enormous honor to be named as part of this prestigious group,” said Morbern CEO Mark Bloomfield. “To become a successful company requires buy in from every employee as we work toward a common goal, and this award reflects well on each and every member of the Morbern team.”
Morbern was nominated during the summer of 2019 and successfully advanced through two levels of competition to become a finalist last fall. The company was the only new finalist in the Eastern Ontario territory.
The 2020 Best Managed program award winners are among the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues of more than $25 million, demonstrating investment in talent and technology, innovation in a competitive environment, and an increased focus on global competition. Now in its 27th year, Canada’s Best Managed Companies remains one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices.
Canada’s Best Managed Companies is run by a group comprising Deloitte, CIBC, Smith School of Business, TMX and Canadian Business Magazine. Each year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the caliber of their management abilities and practices.
Morbern joins a field of prestigious winners. The entire list can be found at www.bestmanagedcompanies.ca.
Morbern announces immediate availability of products for the needs of the architectural and design community doing business in California. As of Jan. 1, 2020, the state no longer allows the sale or distribution of upholstered furniture (or its components) which contains flame retardants, part of Assembly Bill 2998 which passed in 2018 and became effective this month.
“We’ve been developing FR-free vinyls for several years now,” said Morbern Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing John Weaver. “As we talked to architects, designers and manufacturers, we began to understand the challenges with flame retardants, so our R&D team went to work developing product formulations which removed retardants from the majority of our commercial interiors line.”
AB 2998 is the most stringent U.S. law concerning regulation of residential flame retardant exposure. It expands on California Technical Bulletin 117-2013, enacted in January 2015, which tightened flame retardant standards on upholstery and took the focus from filling materials to the cover fabric.
Morbern currently has 16 products in stock that are compliant with TB 117 and AB 2998. Each product has a multitude of colorways.
- Allante Free – a soft hand with leather-like qualities for the hospitality and public seating markets
- Americana – a fabric-like, heathered texture for the contract market
- Bantam – free of anti-microbial additives, phthalates and flame retardants for healthcare and hospitality markets
- Bloom – Morbern’s first FR-free product for the healthcare market, with three patterns
- Freedom – a digital print for the healthcare market
- Hexx – a weather resistant hexagon pattern for the hospitality market
- Maverick – a stain-resistant topcoat makes for easy cleanup in the hospitality market
- MorCare – select patterns are FR-free for the healthcare market
- Natural Linen – a textured surface for healthcare and hospitality markets
Later in 2020, Morbern will introduce several additional vinyls that comply with California AB 2998.
The Business of Furniture highlighted Americana, the new (n)deavor! digital product from Morbern. With the look and feel of classic menswear, this coated fabric provides the durability with the aesthetic of fabric.
See the clipping below.
Morbern has been named as a regional finalist for Canada’s Best Managed Companies 2020. The company was nominated during the summer and successfully advanced through two levels of competition to become a finalist. Morbern is the only new finalist in Eastern Ontario, and joins 19 other repeat finalists in the territory that will go on to the national evaluation level.
Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is Canada’s leading business awards program, recognizing excellence in private Canadian-owned companies. Each year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the caliber of their management abilities and practices.
Morbern is nominated for not one, but two of Interior + Sources’ Reader’s Choice Awards. Please visit the following link to vote:
Surf is nominated under the Materials category.
Americana is nominated under the Textiles category.
One time voting is allowed per email address.
Voting ends October 31st, 2019.
Morbern’s newest marine vinyls, Surf and Bayside have just received the International Maritime Organization Marine Equipment Directive Wheelmark, or IMO MED Wheelmark, certification.
The IMO MED Wheelmark is a quality management system which sets performance and testing standards for marine equipment placed on vessels sailing on international waters. The certification is recognized internationally and it remains valid for five years.
Surf and Bayside are designed to handle all the challenges that long exposure to sun and water bring. Both employ Morbern’s Splash construction, a pink-stain resistant vinyl formulation, the gold standard in the marine industry. With UV protection, crack resistance and 4-way stretch, they are ideal materials for boat interiors and exteriors. They can handle the weather with their mildew resistance, 1,000 hours of exposure under WeatherOmeter testing, and a cold crack rating of -25 degrees Fahrenheit.
The IMO MED certification’s icon, the “wheel mark” accreditation, will be included on all new product cards, indicating the company’s vinyl can be specified for large vessels and passenger ships.
The contract trade magazine, The Business of Furniture, highlighted Bayside and Surf in their First Looks section. Learn more about both products here.