New FeRFA Apprentices start their Resin Flooring Training

A record number of apprentices -13 – started their training in resin flooring recently. The two year course will lead to an NVQ level 2 diploma and are fully grant funded by CITB for in scope employers.

The students were all guided by FeRFA trainer, Terry Foxley for the first of their two day modules which included an introduction to the scheme, an induction from CITB, and an in-depth health & safety training session.

Resin Group 18 are: Craig Bowden (Britannia Industrial Flooring Ltd), Jordan Kingston (Coatech Ltd), Craig MacGregor and Phillip Rockett (Euro Resin), Meshach Barrow and Daniel Dainty (John Lord & Son Ltd) Michael Hutchinson, Philip Whitehall, Darren Collinson and Robert Rochford (Polydeck Resins Ltd), Lewis Pearce (Ryebrook Resins Flooring Ltd), Brendan Thomas (Stonhard UK Ltd) and Joe Walters (Top Team UK Ltd)

More details on the apprenticeship scheme and other training opportunities are on the FeRFA website at: https://www.ferfa.org.uk/training.php

Kemtile Bids a Fond Farewell to ‘Mr Ucrete’

This month, Ian Scriven – one of the country’s leading commercial and industrial flooring specialists – will retire from a sector that he has helped drive and develop for over four decades in the UK and Ireland.

At the age of 71, Ian will leave his role as Business Development Manager for Cheshire-based Kemtile following a most successful four year career swansong with the leading installer of hygienic food grade floors and drainage.

Ian joined Kemtile in 2012 after working in close partnership with the company for many years in his previous role at BASF Construction Chemicals, where he was Sales Manager for its flooring division.

Prior to that, Ian was a member of the original ICI Chemicals team that designed and developed UCRETE heavy duty polyurethane screeds more than 35 years ago – initially to be installed within its chemical and pharmaceutical facilities to protect concrete floors from their inert weaknesses.

Holding the position of Sales and Marketing Manager for its Building Products and Flooring Division beginning in 1988, Ian counts one of his highlights in his long career was helping to introduce UCRETE to the food and drink production sector from its original pharmaceutical and chemical roots.

Needless to say, Ian played a pivotal role in positioning the UCRETE system as the number one UK brand and product of choice for clients and specifiers in all of these industries.

As part of an ever-rich career history, immediately before joining Kemtile, Ian undertook a 12month consultancy and project sales development role for his previous employer BASF, this time for its Wind Energy Division. Appointed due to, in part, his previous experience of cement and grout from an even earlier appointment at Blue Circle Cement in 1973, the BASF team successfully procured two offshore wind power projects in the Baltic Sea and in Gwynt y Môr, off the North Wales coast.

Amongst career highlights of his time at Kemtile, Ian cites the many seminars to large consultancy engineers and architects working within the food and drink manufacturing industry. Using his many years of experience and expertise, Ian has helped develop the Kemtile brand – and not only UCRETE but its entire product offering – to key players within the food and drink processing and manufacturing sectors.

Kemtile’s Stephen Westley says: “We are obviously very sad to say goodbye to Ian but we wish him a fond farewell as he embarks upon what is a most well-deserved retirement.

“He’s been a colleague and friend for many years and has added such value to Kemtile. We’re the longest established UCRETE licensed applicator in the world and, for the last five years, we’ve been named by BASF Construction Chemicals as its number one purchaser of UCRETE in the UK and Ireland.

“Our success in this area – and indeed in the development of Kemtile’s reputation and product offering across all areas of our business – is due to, in no small part, the loyalty and commitment Ian has shown to us over many years. That is as both a partner and employee. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ian for this and, on behalf of everyone at Kemtile, we wish him every happiness and success for the future.”

Reconomy Triumphs at National Recycling Awards

Reconomy, the UK’s leading provider of outsourced waste management services, enjoyed a night to remember at this year’s National Recycling Awards, scooping the award for 2016 Resource Management Business of the Year.

The company fought off stiff competition from other businesses, including Totus Environmental and CAMS Fire & Security, to claim the prize at the gala event held in Central London.

The National Recycling Awards recognise excellence and innovation across the entire recycling and resource management sector, with hundreds of companies submitting entries every year. As Resource Management Business of the Year, Reconomy was required to demonstrate exceptional customer service levels, market innovations, growth and high performance throughout the last 12 months.

Commenting on the win, Reconomy Managing Director, Paul Cox, said: “We were thrilled to have been nominated, so to have won this award is a fantastic acknowledgement of the hard work that everyone at Reconomy puts in each and every day. It’s been an incredible 12 months for everyone associated with the company and this award is a wonderful way to cap it off.”

UltraFloor add to moisture protection range

UltraFloor is delighted to announce the launch of Suppress IT, a single component, two-coat moisture vapour suppressant.

UltraFloor Suppress IT is ideal for use over a variety of substrates including concrete floors, sand/cement screeds and most absorbent construction materials. It is a water based product which is designed to suppress residual construction moisture, providing a protective primer membrane prior to further floor preparation.

Using a two-coat application method without the need to prime, Suppress IT is easy to use and available in a resealable bottle for reuse eliminating waste. It is possible to overlay the product in as little as 60 minutes and once cured the product will achieve up to 95% relative humidity. Suppress IT allows earlier installations of floor coverings and successful completion of time sensitive projects in an ever demanding construction industry.

Suppress IT is packaged in a 5ltr bottle and available nationwide today. This latest addition to the UltraFloor range of professional flooring solutions provides a popular alternative to the damp proof membrane.

For further product information including the datasheet please visit ultra-floor.co.uk or to place an order call 01827 871871. Keep up-to-date with the latest news, competitions and much more from UltraFloor on Twitter, follow: @Ultra_Floor.

Latest FeRFA apprentices take part in their second training sessions

The newest group of apprentices (our 17th) headed for Halesowen this month, to take their second block of modules at the UK headquarters of FeRFA manufacturer, Mapei.

Terry Foxley, the FeRFA trainer, took gave them a thorough introduction to resin flooring systems. Followed by modules on work practice and project planning on the second day. The apprentices were also given time to get familiar with FeRFA’s on-line elearning portal and went through the health and safety module and all passed the on-line test.

The apprentices in this group are: Brian Quinn (Veitchi Industrial Flooring) Steve Baker, Lee Cornish and Gary Ashby (Polydeck Resins) Jake Brown (Central Flooring Services), Simon Murphy (Ultrasyntec), James Murray (Surtech) and Charles Abel (Hart Site Services), Daniel Moreland and Mark Harrison from Reprotec UK.

FeRFA receives excellent support from its manufacturing and associate member companies who offer top quality training facilities and free materials, enabling FeRFA to deliver cost effective training to its contractor members.

Schlüter’s Second Touchdown at the Home of England Rugby

The Schlüter-Systems’ Innovation Event returned this year to the home of England rugby, Twickenham Stadium.

Following on from the success of last year’s innovation event, architects, specifiers and contractors gathered once again to ‘try’ their hand with underfloor heating and wetroom systems with the event host and market-leading solutions provider, Schlüter-Systems Ltd, hoping for a conversion!

The event kicked off with a drinks reception in the exclusive Council Room, followed by an evening meal in the pitch-view ‘Members’ Lounge’ at Twickenham Stadium including an overnight stay in the Marriott Twickenham Hotel. The following day, delegates had a full line up of presentations and demonstrations, with the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals; this also gave attendees a comprehensive understanding of the benefits of specifying solutions that give more secure, lasting installations which are quick and easy to install.

Schlüter recognises the need for thorough training and have worked in partnership with architects and specifiers for over 20 years, providing RIBA approved CPD seminars and trusted advice for projects both large and small. Their tailored specification service offers advice and flexibility from start to finish, providing bespoke drawings and designs for clients to ensure lasting installations for complete peace of mind.

Innovation Events like this offer a perfect opportunity for architects, specifiers and contractors to increase their knowledge and understanding through interactive and practical training alongside the all-important theory.

This second successful event concluded with a tour of the impressive stadium including the England rugby team dressing room, for all of the rugby fans amongst the group.

For further information on RIBA approved CPDs and training events call: 01530 813396 or visit: www.trainedwithschluter.co.uk