Air Monitoring Services from Oceans-ESU

Do you require protection measures for the public or your workforce from harmful emissions/dust? Oceans ESU team is able to provide this and more.

Oceans-ESU Ltd is a highly respected technical consultancy specialising in providing tailored air monitoring services and advice for a variety of industrial, retail and municipal applications including for the application of resin flooring.

Monitoring works may include the capability for remote logging or full-time attendance by an experienced Site Chemist. Services include: COSHH and DSEAR risk assessments, analysis of vapours, fumes and dusts, advice on Workplace Exposure Limits and biological monitoring for certain hazardous substances. Follow-up works include interpretative summaries, conclusions and recommendations.

Other consultancy services provided by Oceans include bioremediation, using our reed bed technology, and contaminated land remediation

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Apprentices train at Resdev’s brand new centre

Resdev hosted a three day training module for the 14th group of FeRFA In Situ Resin Flooring apprentices at its newly opened Resin Technology Centre in Elland.

The aim of the three days is to give the apprentices plenty of practical hands-on experience and the group thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to apply quartz materials and gain practice on their trowel work to take those skills into the workplace. On the final day, FeRFA trainer, Terry Foxley gave the learners a review of the course as a whole and guidance on the next steps in the apprentices’ progress towards achieving their NVQ level 2 Diplomas. The group will take the final module on Flowable screeds in April.

Resdev provided all the materials for the sessions and the apprentice worked in pairs to perfect their techniques in screeding and coving on purpose built wooden frames. The assistance FeRFA receives from its members in supporting these schemes as well as the CITB, who provide grant funding, helps to provide very cost effective training for FeRFA contractors. The candidates in this group are:

Andrew Siddons (Central Flooring), Thomas Singleton (John Lord), Warren Woodward & Lee Youds (Mike Thelwell Flooring Ltd), Ben Gladman & Tom Hogg-Beck (Polydeck Resins) and Aeron Lumley (Protective Coating Systems UK Ltd, Lloyd Davies (Page Industrial Flooring) and Stephen Cox. The assistance FeRFA receives from its members in supporting these schemes as well as the CITB, who provide grant funding, helps to provide very cost effective training for FeRFA contractors.

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A small solution to a big problem…

The Degafill permanent pothole repair solution is robust and fast curing to provide the perfect solution.

Potholes are a serious concern for many a car park across the UK and since they are increasing not only in quantity, but also in size, Degafloor has recently introduced a re-packaged Pothole Repair System to make it more cost effective and more widely available to all car parks large and small that might benefit from a proven, sustainable, and permanent solution.

The unique fast curing and ultra robust properties of Degafill have been a huge success within the parking and road maintenance industry. However, the original larger unit size for the system didn’t allow for cost effective distribution by courier, so this has been addressed to enable the system to be sold and shipped at a much lower overall cost. There is an added benefit too in that the new kit size is smaller than the original (22.8kg versus 27.2kg) resulting in less waste.

Not only will the new kit size allow for more cost effective distribution via courier networks, it will also pave the way for the product to be sold to individual customers, in addition to our well established approved installer network. This means that even more potholes can now be repaired in a simple, cost effective and permanent manner. Better still, each repair is ready to receive full traffic loads within just 20-30 minutes of installation.

RSL’s Ivy Wroe receives Responsible Capitalism Award

Ivy Wroe, Managing Director of Resin Surfaces Limited (RSL) has been awarded the prestigious SME Dahrendorf Responsible Capitalism Award for her role in developing the company’s sustainable product range.

The awards are instituted by FIRST – the multidisciplinary International Affairs organisation – and honour international business leaders who have excelled in both commercial success and social responsibility.

Entrants were judged on their responsible running of a company, their consistent demonstration of social responsibility in line with commercial success, and the interaction of the business with both the environment and its community.

Ms Wroe’s award success is founded on RSL’s strategic growth and sustainable product innovation, which she has driven despite recent economic challenges.

Today, the specialist resin floor and wall finishes manufacturer offers the largest range of solvent-free, water-based products than any other UK company.

These include the market-leading Resuthane Polyurethane resin screed system and Resucryl WB coatings – both water-based low VOC ranges that are less harmful during both the manufacturing and application processes.

Ivy was presented with her award by Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid at a special ceremony held at Lancaster House in London. It was attended by over 300 prominent business leaders, parliamentarians and ambassadors. She commented: “As a relatively small manufacturer, it’s often difficult to keep up with product innovation, let alone drive it. But at RSL, that’s exactly what we’re doing.

“We’ve are now being seen as industry innovators within the resin systems marketplace. Being naturally concerned for the environment, environmental impact and sustainability is key to our decision making process.

“Needless to say, we are delighted to receive such prominent recognition with this award. It’s testament to the hard work of the RSL team who – in partnership with our suppliers – have achieved such enviable green credentials. So a big thank you to everyone involved. Together we’ve proven that you can purposefully, passionately and profitably run a business – making a difference and leaving a legacy.”

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FeRFA apprentices train at Sika

Sika hosts the resin coating module for the 15th group of apprentices at its Welwyn Garden City training facility.

As well as providing classroom facilities, Sika provided all the necessary materials for the practical sessions. The candidates gained valuable guidance and hands-on experience during the two days The apprentices in this group are: Christopher Davey & Liam King (IRL Group Ltd), Alex Bowers (John Lord & Son Ltd), Paul Ratcliffe, Anthony Rowell and Matthew Haines (Midland Industrial Flooring), Anthony O’Keeffe (Senso) and Robert Atkins (Central Flooring Services). The apprentices now have to complete their modules on Self Smoothing, Screeds and Coving and finally, Flowable Screeds. They will then continue to work with their employers, supervised on-site, to reach the necessary proficiency to be assessed for their NVQ level 2 Diplomas. The assistance FeRFA receives from its members in supporting these schemes as well as the CITB, who provide grant funding, helps to provide very cost effective training for FeRFA contractors. The FeRFA website has comprehensive information on training and grants, including the apprenticeship schemes for In Situ Resin flooring and Surface Preparation, Upskilling courses and NVQs.

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Ronacrete celebrate 35 years of FeRFA Membership

Ronacrete has now been a member of FeRFA, the Resin Flooring Association for 35 years, having joined the association in 1980.

Ronacrete initially joined FeRFA as a manufacturer of epoxy resin floor coatings. Now the market leading manufacturer of resin bound surfacing systems Ronacrete has joined FeRFA’s technical team advising on best practice for the resin bound surfacing industry which currently has no standards for performance and quality, health and safety or effect on the environment. Ronacrete is the only resin bound surfacing manufacturer and FeRFA member.

“Ronacrete has always been committed to the manufacture of high performance products that meet industry standards for quality and safety while having minimum impact upon the environment. This is reflected in the fact that Roncrete has been a member of FeRFA for over three decades and backed up by ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OH SAS 18001 accreditation. RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing is also tested to comply with BS 8204-6:2008+A1:2010 Appendix B for slip resistance. I look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.”

Daniel Osen, Managing Director, Ronacrete “FeRFA has been representing the resin flooring industry for 45 years, during which time the trade association has gone from strength to strength thanks to the commitment, support and best practice standards of its members such as Ronacrete, who has been in membership for 35 years and has the honour of being one of FeRFA’s longstanding members.”

Helen McGachie, Chief Executive Officer, FeRFA

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Instarmac climbs 40 places and secures top honour for the 7th year

UK based manufacturer, Instarmac Group plc, has been recognised in The Sunday Times’ annual ‘Top 100 Best Small Companies To Work For’ list for the seventh year.

UK based manufacturer, Instarmac Group plc, has been recognised in The Sunday Times’ annual ‘Top 100 Best Small Companies To Work For’ list for the seventh year.

The top 100 places are awarded following research conducted by Best Companies, an accreditation which focuses on workplace engagement. Instarmac has achieved 3 star status, the highest level possible, and only given to extraordinary companies. 2016 has seen Instarmac climb 40 places to secure their position within the list at number 38, a fantastic achievement and their best ever ranking.

Managing Director, John Holcroft said: “I am thrilled with our position this year and very proud of the work carried out. At Instarmac we understand the importance of providing a happy workplace where every member of the team feels valued and rewarded for their hard work. To move up 40 places is a tremendous achievement”.

Instarmac has been manufacturing products for the highway maintenance, tiling, flooring, landscaping and internal finishing markets since 1977.

Instarmac has continued to build on its organisational success and has grown year on year, achieving ambitious sales growth thanks to the dedication of an engaged workforce.

To find out more about Instarmac and the range of trusted, certified and proven materials they offer please visit or call +44 (0) 1827 871871.

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New Sika Comfortfloor 3000 – the choices are limitless

Available in an expansive range of colours to meet a wealth of aesthetic requirements in public and commercial buildings, Sika ComfortFloor® 3000 is the new high performance base for the market leading Comfortfloor® Decorative range of resin flooring.

A two part, self-smoothing polyurethane resin, ComfortFloor® 3000 is the new substrate within the Sika ComfortFloor® Decorative range. Developed to offer low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) levels which improves health and safety conditions during the floor installation process, this easily applied, high performance liquid can even be used to create two tone floors by mixing colours during application to help realise the most modern creative concepts.

Tough, durable and seamless, ComfortFloor® 3000 is easy to clean and low maintenance and the ideal flooring solution for hospitals, schools, retail, leisure, offices, entrance halls, lobbies, museums as well as residential use.

Mark Bushell, Business Unit Manager, Sika Flooring commented: “This is another exciting development and builds on the proven track record of the ComfortFloor® range of products. Offering design freedom and a wealth of benefits, this will provide specifiers with an easy to clean, hard wearing floor which has endless design possibilities.”

With environmental performance to match, ComfortFloor® is the only resin flooring solution in the market to be classified in the BRE Green Guide with an A+ rating, setting a benchmark for sustainability in the industry.

Combining innovation in product development, the highest standards of manufacturing and technical expertise, the Sika ComfortFloor® range of floor and wall solutions for domestic, commercial and industrial applications will meet and exceed client expectations, industry best practices, and building regulations and legislation. As a global leading building product manufacturer, Sika offers unrivalled levels of technical advice, industry knowledge and product guidance for customers working on resin flooring projects of all sizes.

For further information on ComfortFloor® 3000 and Sika’s range of flooring products visit or for general enquiries including technical, on or off site support, please call 0800 1123863.

PPC nominated for TCF Awards 2016

The Preparation Group’s mobile contracting division, Professional Preparation Contractors (PPC), has been nominated as one of the top 50 products/services in the industry by Tomorrow’s Contract Floors.

The Preparation Group’s mobile contracting division, Professional Preparation Contractors (PPC), has been nominated as one of the top 50 products/services in the industry by Tomorrow’s Contract Floors.

The finalists were selected from new launches as well as trusted solutions, which have been relied upon by contractors and fitters for many years.

In 2016, PPC celebrates 25 years of providing tailored solutions for surface preparation, removal and finishing.

On introducing the awards for this year Sarah Robinson, Editor of Tomorrow’s Contract Floors said; ‘As we know, in the flooring industry time is of the essence and we are always on the lookout for the products and services which help you get the job done on time while having the durability to last. All our finalists were selected on merit for their innovation or proven dependability.’

The Preparation Group’s experienced and skilled team has removed, prepared, polished and cleaned millions of square metres of different surfaces across a diverse range of industries, including the extremely specialised and high security, all with differing requirements.

Specialist skills include cleaning and texturing concrete, asphalt and stone; re-instating anti-slip; reducing levels; polishing concrete, terrazzo and marble; preparing steel to SA3 and removing everything from paint, screeds and adhesives to asbestos and car park decking systems.

Highly trained, all operators are diligent and committed to providing quality workmanship in the most demanding environments. PPC has built a strong reputation for completing projects to stringent timescales and has an enviable record for Health and Safety endorsed by its Safe Contractor accreditation and CHAS membership status.

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Tekfloor celebrates its Third Birthday

Tekfloor has just celebrated its third anniversary, since it was set up by Steve Foster and Andy Vincent to distribute nationally to floor screed layers.

This month Tekfloor celebrated its third birthday and looks back to the occasion three years ago when Steve Foster and Andy Vincent looked at a vast and completely empty warehouse in Rotherham, wondering how they could ever fill such a space. Less than six months later they were looking for a bigger shed!

Tekfloor’s goal was to be the best national distributor to floor screed layers by specialising in only “floor zone” products and materials at a competitive price, whilst offering the best level of customer service in terms of reliable deliveries, even at short notice, and excellent product technical support.

During the first year Tekfloor’s growth was far greater than expected. Turnover doubled the original business plan and staff numbers grew rapidly, now greater than 40. A second distribution centre soon became necessary and was located near Bedford to serve London and the South.

Over the three years Tekfloor has become a stockist and distributor for many of the major screed and flooring brands as well as large quantities of commodity products such as cement. The Tekcem brand has also been added, including a range of products and materials, many of which are developed in Tekfloor’s own Laboratory. Although the focus remains firmly on screed layers, the floor finishes market is also being serviced with an extensive range of levellers and thin screeds as well as primers and repair materials etc.

Acquiring an in house fleet, together with FORs approval, was the next major step to ensure a range of vehicles are available to service the bespoke needs of Tekfloor customers where over 60% require next day delivery with timed slots. The Tekfloor team work hard to ensure a customer is never let down, achieving 100% is and always will be the only standard that is good enough.

The future for Tekfloor looks —— interesting!

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Tom Dossett elected as FeRFA Chairman

FeRFA is delighted to announce that Tom Dossett of Remmers UK Ltd has been elected Chairman for the next two years.

Tom has been in the construction industry for 20 years, nine years within the ready mixed concrete and screeds sector working for Tarmac, and for the following 11 years specifically in resin flooring. Tom has worked in a technical sales role for over 10 years, dealing with all market sectors from Automotive and Aerospace through to Education and Retail. Having joined Remmers UK Ltd in 2010, he has happily settled into the role of Midlands Technical Sales Manager for all market sectors. He has been an active member of the FeRFA Council for over four years as the Remmers UK Ltd representative.

Tom’s appointment follows on from the election of Tracey Glew, MD of The Preparation Group, who is not only FeRFA’s first female Chairman but also the first to come from the surface preparation side of the industry.

Together and with the assistance of FeRFA Council they will build on the success of FeRFA in promoting resin systems as the flooring of choice across a range of sectors, raising standards of health and safety and ensuring the future of the industry through a skilled and qualified workforce.

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