Chris Orme Joins Fosroc

Chris Orme has joined Fosroc as National Specification Manager. Chris will be working alongside Fosroc’s area teams across the UK and ROI and will be responsible for developing opportunities and specifications for Fosroc’s Concrete Repair, Coatings, Grouts, Flooring and Sealant ranges. With over 20 years’ industry experience working in sales, marketing and technical roles within the construction products sector. Chris commented ‘Fosroc are an internationally renowned company who are known for producing technically innovative and high quality construction products. These products are backed up by a very experienced commercial and technical team who work together to give Fosroc’s wide customer base the products and service they need to complete projects successfully. It’s this team ethos that has drawn me to the Company and I am looking forward to being part of this moving forward.’

Fosroc are also now offering people the opportunity to increase their knowledge of Fosroc’s product range through e-learning presentations. Fosroc have several webinars available to view on demand on their website webinar page. These include presentations on Quick Return to Service Products as well as one on Resin Flooring Systems.

If anyone wishes to arrange for their company to view one of these presentations we would be pleased to offer a virtual Q & A session for the company at an appropriate time over Microsoft Teams.  To arrange this please contact us at


Global building products manufacturer, Sika, showcased its latest customer initiatives and flooring products during a presentation at its site in Preston.

Attended by Sika customers from the flooring and car park markets, the two-day programme took place late February prior to lockdown measures being introduced. It included an in-depth introduction to the company’s new contractor schemes, demonstrations of its new, innovative flooring solutions, and question and answer sessions hosted by Sika’s Technical and Application teams. 

The presentation included an introduction to Sika ParkDeck, a new contractor scheme for companies installing waterproof decking car park systems for new-build and refurbishment projects, and Sikalastic® OneShot Parkdeck System – a unique polyurea resin-based sprayed membrane system that provides a crack-bridging, fast cure, hard-wearing, seamless finish for exposed car parking decks.

It also focused on the launch of Sika Strata, a new contractor scheme for customers installing flooring solutions for commercial and industrial projects. As with Sika ParkDeck, the scheme is designed to maintain quality standards within the industry and allow contractors access to Sika products and training.

ComfortFloor® Marble FX, a new addition to Sika’s revered ComfortFloor® range which remains the only resin flooring system to be accredited with a BREEAM Green Guide A+ rating for the system’s entire build-up, also featured as part of the presentation. This unique decorative system has almost limitless design possibilities and can be tailored to incorporate colours, patterns and imagery to suit a particular need.

Other products covered during both days of the presentation included Sika’s new range of lower-emission, epoxy primers, Sikafloor® 150 and 151, which replace Sikafloor® 156 and 161. and Sikafloor® 2640, a ‘next generation’ epoxy high-build textured floor coating and seal coat that can be used in warehousing and manufacturing facilities

Speaking of the Sika Strata and Sika ParkDeck contractor scheme initiatives, and the presentation programme, Bill Woodham, National Sales Manager at Sika, said: “The contractor schemes are designed to help businesses grow by having an association with – and the support of – Sika: a leading global manufacturer in the construction industry. Overall, the presentation provided an invaluable introduction to our new flooring products and initiatives. We thank all those who took the time to visit our Preston offices over the two days.”

VI Distribution Continue To Operate And Deliver

VI continues to operate with a reduced number of staff, where possible staff are working from home and in line with government advice the warehouse continues to dispatch orders on a daily basis. 

Supply Chain and Product Update

In order to help keep sites operational and to keep the construction and other industries open, VI are working hard to improve availability of all standard stocked items along with an increased range of cleaning and sanitising products and general site operating supplies, all in line with the government advice and changes to the Site Operating Procedures (SOP). 

One challenge faced has been the break down in certain supply chains, some manufacturers for the time being have closed and others offer a reduced service. 

That said the stock of VI’s most popular items are holding up well. 

One area of stock which has been affected is certain items of PPE. 

Much has been said regarding PPE availability in the press and VI have been seeing this on some of the products that would normally be stocked. 

Understandably manufacturers are prioritising the NHS and healthcare providers and therefore those said items are becoming harder to source in terms of availability and price. 

Please CLICK HERE for more information regarding products impacted by the break down in supply chain and what actions VI are taking in the short to medium term in order to overcome this shortfall along with alternative products and delivery information.

Visit the VI website for information on all available products.