Instarmac Group plc acquires Granfix Products

Instarmac Group plc is proud to announce the recent acquisition of Granfix Products Ltd.

Instarmac is an established manufacturer of high quality materials for the tiling and commercial flooring sectors, as well as a renowned market leader in the urban regeneration and highway maintenance industries. The acquisition of the Granfix brand will support Instarmac’s continued growth and greatly contribute toward expanding their product offering to the tiling market. By working alongside their already successful Ultra Tile brand Granfix will elevate Instarmac to a market leading supplier to the tile trade.

Granfix Products Ltd. has been manufacturing high quality wall and floor tile adhesives, finishes, cleaning and maintenance products for wall and floor tiles since 1992. Production of all Granfix products will transfer to Instarmac’s production plant based in Tamworth, Staffordshire which has been ISO certified for over a decade.

The acquisition now makes Instarmac the forerunner in the tiling adhesives market and enhances the company’s future growth and performance.

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RSL wins Manufacturer of the Year Award

Stockport-based international resin flooring manufacturer Resin Surfaces Ltd (RSL) has won the prestigious Manufacturer of the Year award at the EN Northwest Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

The Awards, created by Excel Publishing, were presented at a lavish ceremony at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa facility in Cheshire and saw winners in 14 categories crowned, representing the best in owner-managed businesses in the North West.

The event, which was celebrating its 14th year as the North West’s premier business awards evening, were ably hosted by Lord Digby Jones, following the late withdrawal of former Apprentice guru and Alan Sugar’s former right hand man Nick Hewer.

RSL’s win was testament to 12 months of growth and development for the firm, based in Hazel Grove, under the stewardship of Managing Director, Ivy Wroe.

Ivy commented: “It is a terrific honour to be handed this award, and it’s recognition for everyone’s hard work and their contribution to a great year for us. As one of the UK’s leading resin floor and wall manufacturers we see it as part of our role to push back boundaries – both in terms of product development and geography – and excite our industry with new ideas. It has a galvanising effect on everyone. Doing well in awards is the icing on the cake.”

Commercial Director, Martin Wroe, added: “Winning this award means the world to us. We are proud to be a British manufacturer in a global marketplace, and it demonstrates that what we do is being noticed and recognised by the business community.”

RSL’s entry centered on the company’s environmental standards, and the growth of its exporting activity, which has grown organically in recent years through UK contracts resulting in international projects in Russia, Romania, Norway, Lithuania, Spain, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates and the Faroe Islands. In 2004 international trade accounted for 0.1% of RSL’s turnover, it now accounts for 20%, with predictions for an increase to 35- 40 % of turnover in the coming years

RSL’s win was also due to its commitment to product innovation, including its development of a new range of greener, easier-to-use fast-cure resin products.

For a full list of Entrepreneur of the Year Award winners go to

Zircon Flooring Achieves SafeContractor Accreditation

Zircon Flooring has recently been accredited under the SafeContractor Scheme.

SafeContractor is one of the leading health and safety assessment schemes in the UK and its accredited contractors can demonstrate that they take health and safety seriously and that they have suitable arrangements in place when on clients’ sites.

To become an accredited Safecontractor a company submits to a review and audit of health and safety policies, procedures and documentation by qualified auditors.

Surface Dryer stops your projects slowing down

The Preparation Group’s PPC700 Turbo Dryer stops damp conditions halting your project and speeds up the drying of joints.

As Winter approaches, The Preparation Group’s PPC700 Turbo Surface Dryer represents the ideal solution for outdoor and indoor projects, where a dry surface is required quickly. It delivers a highly powerful and efficient drying action.

Powered by a 7Hp diesel engine and propane cylinder, gas and air are mixed within the main body of the unit providing a direct burst of heat through the front wand. The compact, self contained design produces a heat capacity to 1200°C. It is easy to manoeuvre and requires no compressor.

The PPC700 Turbo Surface Dryer has a wide range of applications including; drying floors prior to shotblasting, removing surface contaminants, drying joints prior to re-sealing and raising background surface temperature for the application of specialist materials e.g. resins.

Says Tracey Glew, Managing Director; ‘The PPC700 presents a solution to problems that can slow a project down. Our Contracting Division uses it and it has become a critical piece of equipment in our portfolio. An example project is where we needed to dry a runway at a major airport prior to the application of line markings. It has no vibration hazard so can be operated for long periods of time.’

For a full specification or demonstration of the PPC700 Surface Dryer’s capabilities call The Preparation Group on 01522 561460.

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New! World of Altro 2016

Selecting your next Altro product couldn’t be easier with the 2016 edition of World of Altro…

The brochure is divided into comprehensive sections, packed full of information about what our products do, the shades they are available in and has guidance on application areas.

Resin flooring is covered in a 34 page section giving full details of all the products available.

It can be viewed online at Altro Brochure downloaded in full or in sections as required.

For a printed copy contact Altro via the contact page on the website