2020 initiative eliminating negative impact on the environment

Interface is the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet. The company’s heritage began with the invention of the first carpet tile approximately 50 years ago by a Dutch company which is called Heuga, now part of Interface. From that spark of invention, Interface has continued to invest in innovation through its award-winning modular carpet designs, pioneering environmental practices and ground-breaking manufacturing technology.

The company’s products are designed for a wide range of commercial environments including: corporate, healthcare, education, retail, hospitality and government. Leading the industry in environmental achievement and the exploration of lower impact products and processes, Interface is committed to its goal of eliminating any negative impact it has on the environment by 2020. This initiative, the brainchild of Interface’s late founder and Chairman, Ray Anderson, is known as Mission Zero.

As a long term strategy, Mission Zero is expressed through a holistic, sustained stream of initiatives and Interface is continuously working to develop innovative ways to meet its goal.


In Europe, Interface has manufacturing sites in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, and Scherpenzeel, in the Netherlands.

Knights of Old’s association with Interface began in 2008, with frequent inbound services running semi-finished goods for carpet manufacture from Craigavon in Northern Ireland to the Interface Production Unit in Scherpenzeel. Around 99% of the products Interface sells in Europe are manufactured in Europe.


For UK and European distribution, Interface takes advantage of Knights of Old’s wide service portfolio. As part of Partnerlink Europe, Knights of Old operates both groupage and full load services to Ireland and Europe. For Interface, utilising groupage helps prevent trucks travelling with partial loads, reduces emissions and saves more than £229,900 a year in distribution costs.

The Interface supply chain is focused on maximum efficiency, and Knights of Old provide a seamless delivery and backhaul operation of finished product, which is delivered to customers on timed deliveries. Communication between parties is via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).

Despite the vast volume of carpet produced in Craigavon every day, there is no warehouse facility on-site. And, given that there is limited parking space for trailers, all products are immediately loaded on the Knights of Old trucks in preparation for dispatch. This part of the operation requires flawless management between Knights of Old and Interface, as a mistake in planning would result in significant lost production time.

As further evidence of the ongoing collaboration between both parties and to help Interface towards it Zero targets, Knights of Old and Interface recently reviewed and optimised the loading efficiency of the trunking line between Craigavon and Scherpenzeel. This in turn further reduced the carbon footprint of linehaul transportation.  


Rob Heeres, Interface’s  European Planning & Logistics Director said: "I cannot recall a single incident whereby Knights of Old has let us down. Our operation is a complex process, completely dependent on timing, and having a reliable logistics partner is invaluable to ensure things run smoothly.”



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