Midlands Firm Invents a Way Forward in Sustainable Resin Flooring

Leicestershire-based Abacus Flooring Solutions has made history by inventing a way to use waste plastic, that would otherwise go to landfill, in industrial resin flooring. 

The ground-breaking invention, named Abaplas, is set to transform the flooring industry as well as providing an eco-friendly method for replacing harmful bulking materials in other products such as tile adhesives. Nick Megson, managing director of Abacus Flooring and the brains behind the pioneering Abaplas system, has already proven his idea after carrying out a painstaking series of tests over several years. Having arrived at the perfect formula, which performs even better than traditional resin flooring, his world-beating patent for Abaplas has now been approved. 

Resin flooring, along with many other industrial products, has traditionally been manufactured using silica sand, which is a dangerous and potentially carcinogenic substance when inhaled. Abaplas instead contains non-harmful recycled plastic which is ground down to a white powder. The process will vastly reduce the volume of waste plastic ending up in landfill or the world’s oceans. 

Nick said: “We carried out so many tests that it seemed as if it would never happen. We conducted tests using numerous grades and types of plastic before we finally achieved the fantastic result we have today. “

“On our first ever project using this product, the installation guys said it was the best self-smoothing resin system they had used. Further research uncovered many other uses for our 100 per cent recycled plastic, in things like our primer coats, scratch coats, self-smoothing screeds, repair compounds – and even things like tile adhesives. It could turn the plastics recycling industry completely on its head and really make major strides in helping to save the planet.” 

The world’s first resin flooring using 100 per cent recycled plastic was installed by Abacus in the enormous VIP Visitor Centre auditorium at JCB’s global headquarters in Staffordshire, UK.  The company has since gone on to install Abaplas flooring in warehouses, medical facilities and football stadiums throughout the UK. Nick has established a new firm, Abaplas Recycling Limited, to handle all the plastic recycling for Abacus as well as beginning the sales of treated plastic for use by other product manufacturers. 

Abaplas has already led to Abacus winning a number of awards, including a Green World Award – a global environmental campaign that rewards the world’s greenest countries, communities and companies. With more than three decades of experience working with resin flooring, Nick has been the industry’s ambassador for sustainability and recycling since 2005. Abacus is also a member of the Resin Flooring Association (FeFRA), of which Nick sits on the board of directors to help maintain industry standards. He founded Abacus Flooring Solutions with his wife Amanda during lockdown three years ago. The company now turns over more than £1m per year and manages an ever-expanding order book at its manufacturing headquarters in Coalville, Leicestershire.  

For more information, visit www.abacusflooringsolutions.co.uk

Ancorite Announces Investment in UK Business

A leading surface protection company, Ancorite Group, announces investment in its UK business with the Steuler Group acquiring 75% of Ancorite Holdings Limited (and its subsidiaries) in three stages completing in 2024.

Steuler Group, who are headquartered in Hoehr-Grenzhausen near Frankfurt in Germany, are one of the largest designers, manufacturers, and installers of anti-corrosive surface protection products globally. It employs over 2700 employees with revenue of around 440 million Euros.

Ancorite Group Managing Director Mark Nicholson commented, ‘We are delighted to become a new family member of the Steuler Group. This will future proof the long term continued success of the business with synergies complementing our current service offering of specialist floor coatings, rubber and refractory linings, anti -corrosive linings and GRP pipework. It will also allow access and opportunities to new market sectors, products and services to support the growth and future ambitions of the Group.’

For more information on the company’s combined service offering, visit the following websites:


Kemtile Brings Single Source Hygienic Flooring Expertise to Foodex 2023

Warrington, UK: Kemtile, one of the UK’s leading specifiers, manufacturers and installers of hygiene flooring and specialist drainage solutions, will be exhibiting at Foodex Manufacturing Solutions, the UK’s premier trade event for the food and drink processing, packaging and logistics industries.

From 24-26th April 2023 at NEC Birmingham, on stand G49, Kemtile will showcase their ‘single-source’ flooring and drainage solutions designed to meet today’s stringent Food and Beverage (F&B) requirements.

With over four decades of experience in the industry, Kemtile will offer individual advice on flooring and drainage systems focusing on fit-for-purpose solutions providing the quality, durability and longevity required in busy F&B processing environments.

As a division of Stonhard, Kemtile offers an even more extensive portfolio of products, many of which have HACCP certifications. Kemtile’s expertise has been called upon by industry brands such as Greggs, ingredients giants Blends, and Scotland’s newest distillery Glen Mhor in Aberdeenshire.

Jamie Cook, Director of Kemtile, commented: “Foodex is a key event for us. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet our existing customers and new ones, championing the benefits of working as part of the Europe-wide Stonhard Group with access to many bespoke flooring solutions.”

“The three-day event will also allow us to demonstrate our experience of an increasing number of turnkey projects for leading brands in the industry.”

On the Kemtile stand, attendees will be able to see a range of high-quality products from Kemtile’s partner companies such as Polysto, the leading manufacturer of composite HACCP designed kerb systems, which are exclusive to Kemtile in the UK, and the German-engineered Wiedemann Technik stainless steel drainage systems.

Jamie added: “We are looking forward to getting back to this important food and beverage show after a number of years away and using it as a platform to start new conversations with customers across the UK around hygienic flooring and drainage requirements.”