National Flooring Goes Tree Planting

The National Flooring Company demonstrated its continuing commitment to environmental issues by supporting a local tree planting initiative.

In 2010 the Peterborough Environmental City Trust (PECT) launched Forest for Peterborough, a project which aims to plant over 180,000 trees by 2030. The scheme is run in conjunction with Investors in the Environment, a not for profit environmental accrediation scheme that was first established to help local businesses in Cambridge. Forest for Peterborough relies heavily on volunteered support to reach this target and as a result runs volunteer days around the Peterborough area.

Working towards their green accreditation for the 3rd year running, The National Flooring Company, along with sister company, Degafloor, volunteered to help towards this target in the Bretton Woods area of Peterborough. To gain one of their “essential actions” set out to achieve the green status, staff members and their families, gave up their spare times on a Saturday morning to help plant trees. The company’s efforts meant that over 200 trees were planted which enabled the initiative to reach their yearly target.

The National Flooring Company has a continued commitment towards environmental initiatives and believes that supporting a local not for profit organisation is not only beneficial in achieving the company’s aims but also in improving the local area.

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Remmers Website – New, Improved & Accessible on the Move

Remmers UK Ltd has given their website a fresh new look and the fluent, responsive design means that it can now also be viewed on both desktop and mobile devices easily.

The new site enables all visitors access to a wide range of detailed information quickly and efficiently.

Highlights include Remmers product catalogues, technical data sheets, in-house and NBS specification guides, colour charts, literature and system specific project references along with a host of other helpful product and system information. The website also has an up-to-date news section and integrated social media links to Remmers Twitter, Facebook and Linked-In pages.

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Screeding Apprentices continue with their practical modules

The second specialist screed training module took place this month at The Preparation Group’s excellent training facility in Lincoln.

Following a day of classroom theory from industry expert Andy Vincent of Tekfloor, the apprentices on this scheme had the opportunity to mix, pump and lay a calcium sulphate screed under the professional tuition of Andrew Hill of PFT Central.

The two-year specialist apprenticeship scheme has been developed to meet the specific requirements of the screeding sector and this module was supported by Tekfloor, Frances Flowers and Anhydritec with the provision of materials and technical guidance.

The apprentices will take their next modules at Instarmac in September. Learners in this group are: Michael Gibbs and Thomas Henderson of Trent Construction Services and (not in photo) Jordan Burgess and Scott Barclay of TPS360.

Sika Provides the Solution for Hygiene Critical Environments

Global building products manufacturer, Sika, has launched Sikagard® a new range of high performance, ultra-low emissions wall coatings that offers the simplest and most effective method of achieving a seamless surface when exceptional hygiene is paramount.

Designed for the most demanding hygienic environments including hospitals, pharmaceutical laboratories, food and beverage production facilities, the Sikagard® range provides far more than traditional paints, with exceptional durability and enhanced resistance to cracking.

For the installer, Sikagard® offers easy application by brush, roller or spray applied systems. This water based, low odour solution is fast drying with the ability to apply two coats in one working day. Compatible with most common substrates, once applied it offers good resistance to repeated cleaning regimes.

With good air quality a vital consideration in any indoor environment, Sikagard® offers ultra-low emissions. With over 97% reduction in VOCs, the product has an A+ rating, according to a leading European labelling scheme, which is significantly ahead of any Europe-wide requirements.

In applications which may require enhanced impact resistance, the Sikagard® hygiene coatings can be reinforced with Sika® Reemat glass fibre matting which is available in two grades – Sika® Reemat Lite and Sika® Reemat Premium. The material is easily incorporated into the Sikagard® systems which once cured provide a high performance, seamless finish that is both highly durable and aesthetically pleasing.

“The new Sikagard 400 range reinforces our position and an innovator and market leader,” commented Mark Gatrell, Research and Development Manager at Sika. “In demanding hygiene environments like operating theatres, standard paints are no match for this new range of specifically developed hygienic coatings.”

Available in a wide spectrum of colours, the Sikagard® hygienic coatings range offers the aesthetic flexibility and design adaptability to match your project needs.

RSL promotes Dale Banton to National Sales Manager

Resin Surfaces Ltd (RSL) has handed the top UK sales job in the firm to a consistently high performing Business Development Manager.

Dale Banton, who has been with the specialist manufacturers of resin floor and wall finishes for three years, has taken over as National Sales Manager and will report to Jeremy Waterhouse, Sales Director. He will be responsible for a team of business development managers covering England, Scotland and Wales.

Dale made his name at the firm managing new business development opportunities with customers, architects and facilities management companies. He was also active in maintaining relationships with customers in a key account development and project management role. He forged effective links with regional and national flooring contractors and was involved in showcasing customer work to promote the RSL brand. He also consistently delivered against sales targets and has now been rewarded.

Jeremy Waterhouse said of the appointment: “Dale has shown great commitment in the last three years and nurtured and developed key relationships which have undoubtedly contributed to exceptionally strong growth for the firm as a whole. The new national position is recognition of that fact and our belief that he can now push on to achieve a great deal more at a UK level.”

Dale Banton commented: “I have really enjoyed the last three years here and am delighted to now have the chance to move the national sales strategy forward in 2016 and beyond.

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FeRFA Resin 14 apprentices go with the flow and complete practical training

The 14th group of resin apprentices finished their formal training this month with their final session on flowable screeds, this included a day of classroom tuition with Terry Foxley, the FeRFA Trainer, followed by a second day of practical sessions.

FeRFA member, Instarmac, supplied all the materials and hosted the training at their Tamworth facility. PFT Central were on hand to guide the apprentices through each step of the process of mixing and laying pumped screeds. The group were shown the correct setting up procedure of the M-tec mixing pump, preparation of the floor area, setting levels, how to carry out flow tests and safe operation of the pump.

As well as getting hands-on experience with the pump, which is an essential part of the scheme, the apprentices gained invaluable advice on laying techniques.

The feedback from the group was excellent and they enjoyed the experience of handling pumped screeds and using specialist pumping equipment.

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), Aeron Lumley (Protective Coating Systems UK Ltd, Lloyd Davies (Page Industrial Flooring) and Stephen Cox

This last module completes the apprentices formal training and they will continue to gain practical experience under supervision with their own companies to prepare for their on-site assessments. Successful candidates will be awarded their full NVQ Diploma Level 2 at FeRFA’s Awards Event in November.

FeRFA Apprentices learn the art of self-smoothing at BASF

BASF hosted another practical training session for FeRFA apprentices at their training facility in Redditch.

FeRFA trainer, Terry Foxley, spent two days with the group (the 15th in resin flooring) giving them expert advice and guidance on the installation of self smoothing systems and creating coving details using materials supplied by BASF. The two day sessions included both classroom and practical sessions so all the apprentices could get hands-on experience. The apprentices can now take the techniques they learnt into the workplace and continue their training under supervision with their employers.

The apprentices in group 15 are:

Christopher Davey (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) and Stephen Cox from group 14, pictured with FeRFA trainer Terry Foxley – far left.

The group has two more modules to complete – one on Flowable Screeds and a final module on Screeds and Covings. They will then move on to the assessment phase of the apprenticeship and continue to gain experience through on site supervised training with their employers towards their NVQ level 2 Diploma in Flooring: In Situ Resin.

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Flowcrete Group Appoints Craig Brookes as President

Flowcrete Group Ltd has appointed Craig Brookes, previously the Flowcrete Group Vice-President and International Managing Director, to spearhead global operations as its new President.

Craig Brookes has been working at Flowcrete for 20 years and over this time he has been instrumental to Flowcrete’s rapid growth, with a highly successful personal track record of building and sustaining businesses across different global markets. The global leader in polymer flooring technology promoted him to the role after former President, Mark Greaves, stepped up as President of The Euclid Group, the construction chemicals group within the multi-national company, RPM International Inc.

Craig Brookes said: “Being appointed President of Flowcrete Group is an incredible honour, especially as over my two decades at Flowcrete I’ve seen the company expand and grow from a small UK business to a world leader in resin flooring active across six continents. “Now, Flowcrete Group has never been better placed to capitalise on our geographical infrastructure, advanced technology and extensive expertise to provide resin flooring materials to more construction projects than ever before – regardless of whether the development is in London, Chicago, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, Chennai or Dubai.” “I’m delighted to have been chosen to lead the company into a new, exciting and ever more profitable future.”

In 2000, Craig Brookes re-located from the UK to Malaysia to establish manufacturing operations in Kuala Lumpur, building a central hub for Flowcrete’s operations across the Asia Pacific and Central Asia. Since then Mr Brookes has also championed state-of-the-art manufacturing centres in Johannesburg, Durban and Chennai as well as distribution facilities in Sydney, Cape Town, Nairobi, Jakarta, Bangkok, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.

A keen sport and car enthusiast, Craig Brookes lives in Kuala Lumpur with his wife Karen and has two grown-up daughters Shelby (23) and Remi (19).

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UltraFloor launches new flowable bulking concrete

UltraFloor is delighted to announce the launch of Fill IT, a rapid setting, rapid drying flowable bulking concrete for internal and external use.

The addition of this exciting new product to the UltraFloor range provides a quick and cost-effective alternative to the labour and time intense traditional method of mixing underlayments with aggregates.

UltraFloor Fill IT is a general purpose, rapid setting flowable backfilling concrete designed to eliminate bulking of underlayments on site with aggregates. It is ideal for deep section repairs, unwanted utility and drainage channels and access covers. Its self-compacting flow properties make it a very easy material to apply to a variety of internal and external substrates. The product is suitable for application depths from 30mm – 300mm in one pass, and its rapid setting and drying properties allow it to be covered with final floor finishes within 24 hours.

The product’s formulation is enhanced with added fibres for extra strength reinforcement and is shrinkage compensated for a seamless finish. What’s more its excellent flow eliminates the need for using a trowel when applying. UltraFloor Fill IT has a working time of 5 – 10 minutes and a set time of 20 minutes.

The product is packaged in a 25kg poly bag which contains both the cement and aggregate components ready for mixing with water.

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Celebrating 50 years of Schlüter®-Systems

1966 was a significant year for German tiler, Werner Schlüter, because he founded the company Fliesen-Schlüter and the very beginning of Schlüter-Systems.

This year sees the 50th anniversary of Schlüter-Systems and what an important half-century it has been; from those early days as a tile layer to a company that has evolved into seven subsidiaries globally; steeped in heritage and leaving a legacy that continually strives to push boundaries, technology and innovation to revolutionise the industry.

We all take things for granted, we expect things to work and last a long time. The testing and quality control that goes into Schlüter products mean you can expect the very best and won’t be disappointed. This ethos underpins the service and support element of the business too, not just the systems and solutions Schlüter provide.

Schlüter-Systems guarantees lasting installations today and always, from the original tile profile Schlüter®-SCHIENE that founded the business, to tried, tested and trusted solutions such as Schlüter®-DITRA 25, which has provided uncoupling, waterproofing and vapour resistant properties since 1987; through to the latest innovations such as Schlüter®-DITRA-HEAT-TB, their most effective electric underfloor heating solution yet; and Schlüter®-LIPROTEC, intelligent technology that combines lighting and profiles within the covering.

Staff from the UK subsidiary were invited to the new Schlüter-WORKBOX in Germany to join in the celebrations with the Schlüter family and their colleagues worldwide. The Schlüter-WORKBOX is a state-of-the-art training centre. It was recently awarded a Platinum Certificate by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) – the highest certificate level offered by the Council for buildings of this kind.

To meet the certification criteria, Schlüter-Systems extensively relied on the company’s own solutions, such as the thermal comfort floor Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM as well as natural construction materials.

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