New Floor Grinder PG 680 RC from Husqvarna

New Husqvarna PG 680 RC – with unique oscillation function for greater productivity

Husqvarna can now present a brand new floor grinder – Husqvarna PG 680 RC – with a unique oscillation function. This allows the operator to mimic manual operation movements for higher efficiency and greater productivity. At the same time, PG 680 RC is flexible and fits through a standard door opening.

The oscillation is a new function for all Husqvarna’s remote controlled floor grinders. With it, the user achieves the best possible grinding pattern by adjusting amplitude and frequency. It also gives a flatter floor by eliminating so called ridges otherwise created between passes. At the same time, the oscillation function saves time for the operator, as you only have to go over the floor once with the machine, instead of using the cross hatching technique.

Another advantage with oscillation is that you get a broader sweep of the grinder when operating and this reduces ridging on soft floors. The remote control function that comes with PG 680 RC can also be tailored to different surfaces to achieve superior results.

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Key Appointments Strengthen Flooring Specialist

Conica Ltd, the Newark-based international sports, play and functional flooring specialist, has added to its growing team with two new sales appointments.

Paul Maidment has joined the company as Chief Sales Officer. As the company’s new CSO, he will focus on generating additional revenue through a shift in focus to the company’s functional flooring range.

“CONICA isn’t a business that needs fixing, it’s one that requires additional revenue and a renewed focus,” explains Paul. “I’ve joined a market-leading organisation with exceptional levels of customer service.

“We see the opportunity to develop business further with our functional flooring range as showcased in Switzerland. By promoting the range in the UK, focusing on recruiting new partners and a specialist external sales team, we could boost business hugely.”

Paul has held senior positions for a large number of high profile building materials companies including Saint Gobain, SIG plc and Lafarge. His expertise will help in promoting CONICA’s range of flooring systems to the building sector.

Also joining the CONICA team is Michael Davis, as the new Business Development Manager. Michael has worked in the sports construction industry since 2001, primarily with pitch contractors and sports floodlighting, notably as National Sales and Marketing Manager for McArdle Sport Tec, and has a wealth of expertise in the field.

“I have an awful lot of industry contacts,” he enthuses. “And my main role with CONICA is to essentially expand our portfolio and make sure that key pitch contractors are aware of the depth and breadth of our sports flooring range.”

CONICA is confident that Paul and Michael’s combined industry insight, sales expertise and core contacts will help guide the company to an even more flourishing future.

For more information about CONICA’s range of sports, play and functional flooring ranges, visit www.conica.com

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Concrete restoration made easier with Husqvarna’s smaller grinding machines

Husqvarna’s range of smaller grinding machines make the restoration of concrete even easier.

The Husqvarna PG 280 and Husqvarna PG 450 are robust, compact and easy to transport.

PG 450 has a planetary drive and is a versatile and easy to use grinding machine that can do all kinds of applications, such as concrete grinding, coating removal, concrete repair and polishing. It can also be used for the popular HiPERFLOOR® polished concrete solution. In addition, the planetary drive guarantees a flatter surface. PG 450 has single phase power which means it can be used in both industrial and domestic applications.

When developing PG 450, Husqvarna also took the opportunity to update the existing smaller machine, PG 280 with the same chassis. “On the PG 280, we have also added an edge grinding function with a wall protector for controlled edge grinding”, says Joakim Leff-Hallstein. PG 280 is also equipped with a new wheel setting with foot pedal, a lid cover and improved segment placement for diamond tools.

Both machines are now even more robust, compact and easy to use and transport.

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Senso rebrands to Sphere8

FeRFA contractor Senso is re-branding to Sphere8 and will continue to provide the exciting, innovative and award-winning floors for the high-end domestic and commercial sector it has specialised in.

Dutch Design (UK) Systems Ltd (DDUK), trading as SENSO in the UK, was the product of a joint venture between expert in this field Alexander Dennis and Dutch Design Group. Both parties have different strategic views as to how to invest in and develop the UK business and have therefore reached a joint decision to separate the UK business from the SENSO Group. With effect from 26th April 2016 Alexander Dennis has acquired the entire share capital of DDUK and will continue to head and develop the business.

Following the separation, DDUK and Alexander Dennis will commence a 12 month programme of rebranding to Sphere8 with effect from 1 June 2016. The staff, premises and company registrations of Sphere8 remain the same and all contracts remain unaffected. For Sphere8 in the UK the changes allow investment to support a period of unprecedented growth to keep pace with the growing market for seamless surfaces.

For any questions related to this matter please contact on 0208 969 0183, or visit the website at www.sphere8.com

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Schlüter-Systems Shortlisted for Responsible Business Awards 2016

Schlüter-Systems Ltd. has been shortlisted for Business in the Community’s 2016 Responsible Business Awards, the most prestigious and rigorous awards championing responsible business at home and abroad.

Driven by the charity, Business in the Community (BITC), HRH The Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Network, the 2016 Responsible Business Awards celebrate inspiring examples of businesses that are making a significant difference by taking action to improve their local communities, create more inclusive workplaces and tackle environmental challenges.

The announcement of the 2016 Responsible Business Awards shortlist coincides with Responsible Business Week (18-22 April 2016) an annual initiative to increase awareness of the positive contribution of business in society.

Business in the Community received 297 entries for the Responsible Business Awards, shortlisted 103 and re-accredited a further 82 entries for demonstrating continual impact in their responsible business programme.

Schlüter-Systems Ltd. was recognised for an initiative that started out initially to improve staff retention rates, but continues to grow today due to its abundant success, achieving way beyond the original targets.

Including all staff, the initiative hopes to create a better culture within the company, improve work/life balance and aid employees in improving their physical and mental health. The initiative was shortlisted for the ‘Bupa Wellbeing at Work Award’.

Commenting, Joachim Backes, Managing Director, Schlüter-Systems Ltd., said: “At Schlüter-Systems, we firmly believe that if we have a content workforce, we will also have content customers.

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Sika launches new flooring products at demonstration days

Sika, leaders in the development of innovative flooring systems, invited contractors to get to grips with its latest high-performing products at two hands on launch events.

The open days saw more than 50 contractors from across the country take in a range of product demonstrations, ensuring they had an in-depth understanding of how they work and the benefits they bring.

Visitors to the northern launch, held at Sika House, Preston, were shown Sika’s new PurCem Gloss systems, which deliver highly durable, aesthetics and easy to keep clean floors, as well as the latest addition to the extensive Sika cementitious range, SikaScreed P-24, which offers remarkable drying times, being overcoatable with all flooring types within just 24 hours. So spectacular is its rapid-set quality, SikaScreed P-24 can carry pedestrian traffic in just three hours at 20°C.

Sika’s newest Cementitious Level products were also showcased. The -100, -300, -300 Rapid and -400 Level offerings are all one part, polymer modified, pumpable self levelling fast hardening cementitous underlayment used for the levelling and smoothing of interior floors, primarily commercial, residential and domestic properties.

Contractors at the southern launch, held at Sika Gardens, Reading, were also given a demonstration of Sika ComfortFloor® 3000, a new substrate within the Sika ComfortFloor® Decorative range. 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.

Sarah James, Marketing Manager, Flooring, at Sika, said: “The open days gave us the opportunity to show contractors precisely how our new products work, explain how they will benefit from using them – from exceptional drying times to fantastic finishes and market-leading durability – and answer any questions they may have. “Feedback has been really positive so it’s something we’ll definitely look to repeat with forthcoming product launches.”