Low-dust DORSICOAT® quartz products recognised at awards

The dust-free DORSICOAT® product family was commended within the scope of the eleventh German Hazardous Material Protection Award by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS).

The prize has been awarded for more than 20 years for exemplary and pioneering activities which offer protection against hazardous substances. This year, among other things, practical solutions, innovative concepts and good ideas, which offer protection from dusts, were awarded. An independent jury comprised of people from science and research, ministries and the industry conducted the assessment of the received ap-plications. The award ceremony was held on October 25, 2016 at the Federal Minis-try of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) in Berlin.

With the DORSICOAT® product family, Dorfner has enhanced crystal quartzes and their mixtures in such a way that processing is now possible virtually dust-free thanks to a special coating. The products, which are included in the Refinerals® product class at Dorfner, enable a much more pleasurable work performance. They are particularly used in resin-bound floor coverings.

The DORSICOAT® product family is characterised by an almost completely dust-free processing capability. A special coating is applied to the crystal quartzes which almost completely prevents the formation of particulate dust. Thereby the coated quartz crystals are compatible with the binders of all commonly used organically-bound floor systems. DORSICOAT® significantly increases the safety and protects the health of employees at the workplace, the international regulations as well as the legal requirements. The low dust development of the products was confirmed by tests conducted by the Institute for Hazardous Materials Research of the BG Raw Materials and the Chemical Industry (IGF). Additionally the product is in accordance with the recommendations, campaigns and initiatives of the Professional Association of the Construction Industry.

But DORSICOAT® also increases the quality of the coating, because the surface deficiencies which are caused by dust do not occur anymore. By coincidence it was also discovered that the productivity of employees clearly increases at dust-free workplaces (and with it the productivity rate per square meter).

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FeRFA Best Practice Awards 2016

FeRFA recognised excellence in resin flooring at a glittering awards ceremony held in the Woodlands Suite of the Belfry Hotel.

Over 250 guests were entertained by radio and TV personality Colin Murray before presenting the awards which celebrate the workmanship, diversity, innovation and commitment to quality and training shown by its members.

From a short list of excellent projects of great quality and variety, the judges had the difficult job of choosing the winners in the four categories as follows:

Small Industrial Project of the Year (presented by Ian Rimmer of sponsors Huntsman Polyurethanes) Winner: REPROTEC UK and ALTRO for Walkers Snack Foods Highly Commended: RESIN COATING SPECIALISTS and FLOWCRETE for Larton Farm Cattery

Large Industrial Project of the Year (presented by Ian Rimmer of sponsors Huntsman Polyurethanes) Winner: IRL GROUP and REMMERS for Project Hercules Rolls Royce

Small Commercial Project of the Year (presented by Emel Jami and Harald Maul of sponsors by Innoveo / Dorfner) Winner: SURTECH and ALTRO for Emilia Wickstead Highly Commended – SPHERE8 and REMMERS for Ruby Violet Wharf Road

Large Commercial Project of the Year (presented by Barry Nicol of sponsors Stallard Kane Associates) Winner: POLYDECK RESINS and ALTRO for University of West of England Bristol Highly Commended – SPHERE8 and REMMERS for Gasholders Kings Cross

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IFT offers Integrated Flooring Solutions

Leading specialist flooring company, Industrial Floor Treatments Ltd, has undergone significant changes within the business and has recently rebranded as IFT-Integrated Flooring Technologies.

The company, which now provides integrated flooring solutions, was established in 1985 and employs 45 staff from offices in East Kilbride and Bishop Auckland. 2016 has been another successful year for the business, with turnover increasing 20% over the past two years. In order to remain competitive within the marketplace, IFT has evolved considerably from just industrial flooring and now provides clients with a variety of services including floor screeds and leveling, resin flooring, food safe flooring, car park decking systems, raised access flooring, underfloor heating and hygienic wall cladding.

Managing Director Greg Love comments: “The marketplace is still competitive, however despite Brexit, confidence across Scotland’s construction industry appears to be on the increase and IFT has evolved to provide additional services to clients so that contractors no longer need to look outside Scotland to service their requirements. We are looking to develop our local workforce over the next 12 months, from apprentices to experienced floor installers, in order to keep up with demand.

There are a number of high profile projects across Scotland in development and the key focus of main contractors appears to be on quality of supply. There is a clear need in the market for large office space as outdated office accommodation in the major commercial centres is refurbished or replaced. We are also seeing a spike in enquiries from the end-user market, in particular for those businesses involved in exporting.”

IFT is recognised throughout the industry for its Quality of Service and rigorous Health & Safety and Environmental systems. The company works with a number of industrial and commercial clients throughout Scotland and the North of England including Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine and Diageo, and has recently worked on high profile projects such the Woods Groups new head offices at City Park Aberdeen where they installed the car park decking system and raised access flooring, and the Kelvin Hall refurbishment project where IFT were the flooring contractor appointed to install both the screeding and resin flooring on this historic and much loved Glasgow venue transformed into an exciting new centre of cultural excellence.

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