Two new apprenticeship groups start this month

This month we welcomed 14 new apprentices – nine started on the In Situ Resin scheme and five on the surface preparation scheme. The two year courses will both lead to an NVQ level 2 diploma and are fully grant funded by CITB for in scope employers.

FeRFA Trainer Terry Foxley guided the apprentices in this group 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 19 and Prep 9 Group On the Resin Scheme the apprentices are: Liam Griffin (Britannia Industrial Flooring) Neil Garnon (F & G Industrial) Mitchell Cross (Orchid Flooring) Luke Oliver, Adam Oliver and Nicholas Lancaster (Polydeck Resins) Ben Tanner and Stefan Mordecai (TPS360) and Gregor Eckert (Veitchi Industrial)

On the Surface Preparation Scheme the apprentices are: Thomas Mallett (F & G Industrial) Sean Vickery and Richard Hughes (TPS360) Brian George and David Logan (Veitchi Industrial)

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Dorfner at the European Coatings Show

Between 4th and 6th April 2017 the newest trends and technologies covering all aspects of the production of paints, varnishes, sealants, building chemicals and adhesives will be showcased at the ECS in Nuremberg. For Dorfner this is a welcome opportunity to show the company’s latest highlights.

The Focus will be on GRANUCOL® CONDUCT 2.0, the highly conductive filler in attractive new colors. Dorfner also presents DORSICOAT®, the award winning dust free filler system for flooring and DORVALIT® SHO, a new type of hydrophobic filler for coatings and paints.

The competent consultation of the sales personnel and a pleasant environment at the booth round off the trade fair appearance – Just come over and take a look! Find Dorfner in Hall 7A, Booth 309.

For further information please contact Ms. Emel Jami at Innoveo Limited. Tel: 0750 669 6242 or emel.jami [@]

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Husqvarna Group to acquire HTC

Husqvarna Construction Products has announced an agreement to acquire the HTC Floor Grinding Solutions division.

The combined ambition and strength of HTC, Pullman Ermator, and Husqvarna will enable the company to educate contractors, floor owners and architects about the benefits of polished concrete as a flooring solution or using grinding as a preparation method. Increasing the preference for these solutions will ultimately enable the growth of this market sector overall.

Husqvarna Construction plans to apply a multi-brand strategy to utilise the full strength of each brand. Customers will benefit from even greater resources and bigger opportunities to develop even better products. For the HTC business this would very much mean “business as usual” with its sales organisation continuing to offer and support their products as before. The acquisition is expected to complete in June/July this year.

PPC’s 180 Grinder and 202DSLP Vacuum – a formidable team

The Preparation Group has launched the PPC 180 Grinder, designed for use in confined floor areas and for edgework along with the 202DSLP Longopac® Vacuum. Together they are a revolution in removing problematic materials from concrete whilst at the same time controlling and minimising exposure to dust.

Critically, the 180 Grinder avoids the operator having to work on their hands and knees. Anti-vibration features also remove the risk of hand/arm vibration meaning that there is no restriction on length of usage.

The powerful 2.5kw motor and interchangeable accessories, including turbo grinding discs for hard and soft floors and polycrystalline diamonds for adhesive removal, render the tool ideal for; cleaning and keying all types of surfaces, removing concrete laitance, smoothing and levelling, de-scaling and removing sticky compounds and paint. It is also quickly assembled and disassembled with a fold down handle for easy transportation.

The unique steel dust shroud design allows airflow, preventing restriction of movement and ensuring uniform results. This shroud connects the 180 Grinder to a dust extraction unit and The Preparation Group recommends the compact, portable 202DSLP Longopac® Vacuum. The advantage of the 202DSLP is that it can used with all types of surface preparation equipment, from large machines down to small hand tools and also in isolation with an optional wand. It features a revolutionary airflow system for high suction levels and a Longopac® Safe Bagging System to ensure a dust free operation where all airborne particles are safely contained. Instead of a dust bin, dust and solid material is collected into a continuous anti-static feeding bag which is twisted and sealed by the operator into smaller bags for disposal. The 202DSLP vacuum delivers exceptional filtration levels, supplied with an ‘M’ class filter as standard or can be made ‘H’ type. It is available as a ATEX rated for use in food and petrochemical environments.

Energy saving, the 202DSLP’s twin motors, with a combined power of 2.3kw, allow the operator to increase/decrease power and suction, optimising dust containment or saving energy when the selected operation does not require full operating capacity. Additional socket to plug tools eliminate the need for extra cables and transformers.

The 180 Grinder and the 202DSLP are robust for daily use, easily stored, transported and manoeuvred and require minimal maintenance.

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Instarmac Celebrates Top Honour for the 8th year

Instarmac Group plc were delighted to secure a position in the prestigious ‘Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For’ for the 8th year at the recent awards ceremony held in London earlier this year.

Instarmac Group plc were delighted to secure a position in the prestigious ‘Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For’ for the 8th year at the recent awards ceremony held in London earlier this year.

The Sunday Times Top 100 Companies was introduced in 2001 and has since become one of the most anticipated awards ceremonies of the year. The Times Top 100 awards are split in to 4 categories – ‘Best Companies’, ’25 Best Big Companies’, ‘Best Small Companies’, and ‘Best Not-for-Profit Organisations’ – and each celebrate happy and motivated workforces across the country.

Each year sees thousands of companies register to take part in the surveys – which cover topics such as Leadership, Wellbeing, Giving Something Back, Personal Growth, My Manager, My Company, My Team and Deal – with only the top 325 being rewarded with this prestigious accolade.

The top 100 places are awarded following research conducted by Best Companies and Instarmac were delighted to be included in this esteemed list for the 8th year.

John Holcroft, Managing Director at Instarmac, commented: “At Instarmac we live by a simple philosophy which is to Work Hard, Have Fun and Make a Difference and our dedicated and engaging workforce do just that. I am delighted that Instarmac has been recognised as a ‘Best Company to Work For’ and feel tremendous pride having been awarded this top honour for the 8th time’.

For further information about Instarmac and their range of proven, trusted and certified materials, please visit or call +44 (0) 1827 871871. Stay up-to-date with all the latest news from Instarmac by following them on Twitter @InstarmacGroup and Liking them on Facebook.

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New ACO literature puts Hygiene First

ACO Building Drainage has launched a new brochure for its HygieneFirst range of hygienically engineered drainage systems and accessories.

Reflecting the company’s commitment to raising awareness for the importance of using hygienically designed drainage in food processing environments, the HygieneFirst brochure includes information about the principles of best practice hygienic design as well a comprehensive specification guide and product information.

Andy Buchan, Divisional Managing Director of ACO Building Drainage, comments: “Food safety, hygiene and cost control are critical factors in the successful operation of a commercial food business and drainage has a vital role to play. Our HygieneFirst philosophy embodies our commitment to raising standards across every part of the hygienic drainage process and to designing products that incorporate hygienic design based on leading academic research and global best practice.

“The inclusion of best practice guidance from the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) means our new HygieneFirst brochure will enable specifiers and end users to make informed choices about the drainage systems they use, to mitigate the risk of bacterial contamination and ultimately to optimise the hygienic performance of their food processing facilities.”

To obtain a copy of the new HygieneFirst brochure, call 01462 810400 or email abdinfo @

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First Screeding Apprentices Qualify for NVQ level 2 Diplomas

Congratulations to Thomas Henderson and Michael Gibbs, from Trent Construction Services, who are the first two apprentices on the FeRFA screeding apprenticeship to qualify under the scheme.

The two year screeding apprenticeship, developed in partnership with and grant funded by the CITB, was launched in March 2015. Trent Construction Services provided excellent support to their apprentices throughout the training and assessment periods, enabling them to become an industry first.

Of their achievement, Chris Henderson, MD of Trent Construction Services Ltd, said, “Thomas & Michael have both worked extremely hard over the past couple of years and we’re proud to see that this commitment has been recognised in them achieving this qualification.”

We are delighted for them both, this is a great achievement. Throughout the two-year pilot scheme, Thomas and Michael have shown such a positive and enthusiastic attitude to learning both the theory and the practical elements for each training module. Their progress has been clearly evidenced by their increased level of skill and competence. The achievement of the NVQL2 is well deserved.


Good luck to them with their careers and we hope to welcome them both to the apprentice graduation at the Belfry in November to receive their framed certificates.

New Uzin Loyalty Scheme

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