The NEC Commercial Graphics department has launched a sustainable range to organisers looking for more environmental options.

The on-site team manages the production, delivery and installation of graphic solutions to organisers. As part of the NEC’s sustainable initiative, NEC Sustain, offering a greener alternative was an imperative.

Jane Carter, head of commercial graphics, said: “The NEC is committed to sustainability, and offering organisers a more environmentally sensitive option is really important to us. However, we recognised when sourcing materials and suppliers that a sustainable range had to deliver on creativity and flexibility. We are very excited about the new sustainable range because it offers organisers a green alternative without any compromises.”

The sustainable graphics range uses a PVC-free composite board that can be made into any type of display solution that would traditionally use timber, and includes wall sections, wedges and directional signage. The boards are 100 per cent recyclable in all conventional waste-paper recycling streams and FSC certified, which means the raw material is sourced from managed forests. The core of the board is made of approximately 75 per cent virgin fibre and 25 per cent recycled fibre and is produced with a small amount of waste.


NEC Sustain is the NEC’s sustainability programme that looks at ways to make events more sustainable. The programme has been running for more than ten years and has enabled the NEC to introduce a whole host of waste and energy saving initiatives designed to lead the way in ecological event production and management. Once a show is finished the board is recycled as part of the NEC’s comprehensive recycling policy. This means it is transported to a local plant just seven miles from site where it is sorted. The recyclable material is then transported to a second plant in Wolverhampton where it undergoes further sorting and grading. It is then bulked and enters the commodities market. The remaining waste is utilised as Waste to Energy and generates electricity for homes and businesses in the Birmingham area. Any residual ash from the Waste to Energy process is used in road building schemes.