Danny wins CITB ‘Apprentice of the Year’ Award

Danny Malone is employed by Coatech as a Resin Flooring Installer and has recently completed a Resin Flooring apprenticeship with FeRFA, The Resin Flooring Association. We are delighted to announce that he has been awarded the “Apprentice of the Year” accolade from the CITB’s regional Training Group at their recent annual awards.

Danny achieved his NVQ Level 2 in Insitu Resin Flooring in October 2017. The two-year NVQL2 qualification is offered as a Specialist Apprenticeship Programme through a partnership between FeRFA (The Resin Flooring Association) and the CITB.

Danny enjoyed both the theoretical and practical aspects of the course and is pictured above receiving his NVQL2 certificate at a prestigious Apprentice graduation ceremony held at the Belfry Golf resort.

In addition to achieving his NVQL2, his success was recognised by the CITB’s North East Wales Construction Training Group winning their ’Apprentice of the Year’ Award. The award presented at their AGM and annual awards evening recognises an apprentice who has made significant progress in their trade on a pathway to a successful career in construction.
FeRFA CEO, Helen McGachie explains how vital a route to qualification is to specialist sectors such as resin flooring “We are delighted with Danny’s achievement and success which recognises the importance of achieving a skill and qualification. The Specialist Apprenticeship Programme (SAP) has been developed to meet employer needs for a qualified workforce and is actively encouraging newcomers into the industry.”

Contracts Director, Mathew Shufflebotham, said: “It was clear to see from the offset that Danny was keen to learn all he could about the trade, hence we enrolled him onto the NVQL2 apprenticeship to structure his training and to help his professional development. It is great to see that his efforts have been rewarded with the achievement of his NVQL2 and this award. It is testament to the passion he has for his job and the effort he has put into his learning and development. He should be very proud of his achievements.”

Danny has also written a ‘Day in the Life’ case study for the CITB’s ‘Go Construct’ website to help inspire others to consider a career in Resin Flooring, a link to which can be found at: www.goconstruct.org/learn-about-construction/find-the-role-for-you/career-explorer/floor-layer/

Resin Bound Surfacing Product Awareness Training, delivered by the experts

The Ronacrete Product Awareness Training Course is designed to make you aware of the essential elements which make up a good and durable surfacing.

We want all of our contractor customers to know the ins and outs of resin bound surfacing installation; what is best practice and what to avoid. We don’t just show you how a mixer works and how to apply the mixed material. Every step of the process is covered, from surface preparation, to setting up your tools on the day, to getting the best finish possible. Every part of the process is covered in detail and we explain why we suggest installation should be carried out that way. Many of the people we have trained have attended training courses elsewhere, but have left them confused and questioning suggested methods which then causes problems on site.

Our training session begins with a presentation, not just about resin bound surfacing, but about SuDS compliance and the importance of the base and sub-base build up that will support the resin bound surface. We discuss the importance of using the correct aggregates and how lack of awareness about essentials can cost you a lot of money. Following the presentation we sit and discuss all the different aspects of resin bound surfacing and where things can go wrong on site, suitable installation conditions and maintenance after completion, which we hope you will share with your clients. Once the discussion is complete, we move to the demonstration area. This is where we demonstrate the different methods we have discussed and show how effective they are on site. Every person in attendance then has the opportunity to try our methods and carry out a small installation. After everyone has had a go, we head back for lunch and a Q&A session. At the end of the course, each company is provided with product literature and a sample case which covers our full range of resin bound surfacing blends, which have been tested for permeability, strength and slip resistance.

The process doesn’t end when session finishes, we believe that ongoing support is vital. Ronacrete provides free on-site support to all our customers and approved contractors whenever it is needed. It is important to us that whoever is installing our products is comfortable doing so, as this makes sure the best results are achieved and if the contractor wants us on site to answer any questions, then that is where we will be.

If you want to learn about resin bound surfacing and fully understand the essentials, please get in touch with the industry experts on 01279 638 700 or visit https://www.ronacrete.co.uk/page/product-awareness-training/

Apprentices learn how to prepare for the perfect finish

The 16th group of resin flooring apprentices continued their training this month with a two-day session on Surface Preparation.

Starting with the essential techniques of correct floor preparation and through a combination of classroom teaching and practical experience, the trainees learnt the various methods of surface preparation and the choice of equipment available. The Preparation Group’s provided its custom-built facility at Lincoln for the training and Stephen Walker, who ran the two day sessions, gave the apprentices plenty of opportunity to try a range of machines.

This group has now completed the first ten modules of their two year apprenticeship and will continue their training with further combined classroom and practical sessions on Coatings, Self smoothing, Screeds & Covings and Flowable Screeds. Apprentices in Resin group 16 are pictured here with Stephen Walker (second from right): Daniel McLaughlin and Jordan Speed (4m Floors UK) Matthew Marvin (Central Flooring) Danny Malone (Coatech Ltd) Jack Findlay (Genco Construction) and Adam Moore, Jason Earl & Jake Ross (IRL Group Ltd)

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Instarmac recognised as a Great Place to Work!

Instarmac Group plc, home to market-leading brands UltraCrete, UltraScape, UltraTileFix, UltraFloor and Wondertex, has officially been named a ‘Great Place to Work®!’

Instarmac were just one of 66 organisations in the UK to be recognised by Great Place to Work® out of hundreds of entrants. Companies were categorised into large, medium and small according to the number of employees in their workforce. Instarmac are delighted to have been placed in 18th position for medium sized companies, alongside other well-known manufacturers such as Lindt and Danone. Great Place to Work®, in partnership with the Guardian and Sunday Telegraph, is recognised worldwide and celebrates trust and engagement within an organisation. Great Place to Work® believe a successful company is built through day-to-day relationships with employees who trust the people they work with, have pride in what they do and enjoy the company of people they work alongside – values Instarmac have always prided themselves on. Every Instarmac employee was given the opportunity to complete the Great Place to Work Trust Index® survey, which consists of 58 core statements and assesses an employees’ experience of the workplace covering 120 areas including Strategy, Direction, Values, Career Development, Recognition, Reward and Wellbeing. These responses are then analysed to determine whether or not a company really is a great place to work! Instarmac’s Managing Director, John Holcroft, commented: “This is only our second year entering these prestigious awards and we are delighted to have been ranked in 18th place. This is a huge achievement for every member of the Instarmac team and we will continue to work hard to ensure that Instarmac remains a successful, happy and great place to work.” This achievement is the latest in a long line of awards for Instarmac. In the last 12 months they have been placed in the ‘Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work’ for the 9th year, were placed in 20th position in the 75 Best Companies to Work For in the Midlands, been ranked number one in the Mid Market 300, were named as a Low-Risk Operator by the DVSA, were presented with the coveted RoSPA Gold Medal Award and completed the transition to the new ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 accreditations, one of the first companies to do so. For further information about Instarmac and their range of proven, trusted and certified materials, please visit Instarmac.co.uk or call 01827 254402. Stay up-to-date with the all the latest news from Instarmac by following them on Twitter @InstarmacGroup and connecting with them on LinkedIn. Would you like join a Great Place to Work? Instarmac are hiring! To view their latest vacancies, please visit Instarmac.co.uk/about-us/careers.

TPS360 To Hold Resin Flooring Apprentice Open Day

TPS360 are to hold an open day for prospective resin flooring apprentices on Wednesday 9th May.

TPS360 are recruiting to strengthen their teams of installers. We are offering the right candidates the opportunity to train to NVQ2 level in insitu resin flooring gaining industry recognised qualifications, with opportunities for supervisor and management positions in the future as part of their growing team. Training will include attending a national NVQ program which takes place across the country and honing skills in a training facility at Caerphilly, whilst gaining site experience alongside our existing teams. The open day will be held at TPS360, Unit E, 26 Sir Alfred Owen Way, Pontygwindy Industrial Estate, Caerphilly, CF83 3HU on 9th May.

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HTC expands DURATIQ™ line with entirely new grinder

Power and versatility in a compact format – introducing the DURATIQ™ 5

HTC – innovator in floor grinding – is now adding the entirely new DURATIQ 5 to its award-winning DURATIQ line of grinders. The DURATIQ 5 has a grinding width of 515 millimeters (20.3 in) and is available in two models – one with a motor rated at 2.2 kW (3 HP) and the other at 4.0 kW (5.4 HP). Both models have an entirely new design with the focus on ease of handling and power, which are key factors in this popular machine segment. At the same time, the DURATIQ 5 boasts features that are unique for its size. The DURATIQ 5 models will replace the ever-reliable HTC 420 and HTC 500. Below are just some of the 75 new features on the DURATIQ 5: • Digital control panel that provides full control of the DURATIQ 5’s capacity and functions, unmatched by any other grinder of this size • New grinding head, hermetically sealed and dustproof for maximum reliability • Effective and energy-efficient motors for higher grinding performance • Modular chassis and grinding head with quick couplers for easy transport and optimal handling • Mist Cooler System increases productivity 78% • Easy-to-handle weights enable three different grinding pressures • 20 different handle settings for optimal ergonomics With its compact dimensions, the machine is suitable for both small and medium-sized surfaces. HTC’s assortment includes more than 120 compatible tools, making the DURATIQ 5 a very versatile machine. It can handle everything from grinding concrete and other rough surfaces to polishing natural stone and sanding wooden floors. The DURATIQ 5 has been developed from the ground up by HTC’s own R&D department based on the same technology as its big brothers, the DURATIQ 6 and 8. Because of the precise yet extremely robust design of every component, the service interval is an impressive 1,000 hours. Cathérine Königk, HTC’s head of marketing, summarizes her thoughts on the launch: “We’re happy to be able to continue the traditions from the popular HTC 420 and 500, and offer our customers a more powerful yet ergonomic machine. Operators gain a complete overview of the machine’s capacity and functions in an entirely new way with the digital control panel. We believe this is something that will be much appreciated. We’re tremendously proud of how our R&D department has succeeded in utilizing the technology from the larger models and adapting it and the associated benefits to this compact format.” The DURATIQ 5 will be launched worldwide on 11 April 2018. Discover the advantages of DURATIQ grinders at www.duratiq.com.

Multi-Hire Power Tools Ltd To Hold Two Training Days in April

Multi-Hire Power Tools Ltd, the specialist surface prep tool hire company are putting on two one day training events on shot blasting and floor stripping.

The areas covered will include​:​ – Machine selection, – Applications, – Health & safety, – Tips, benefits and pitfalls. These will cover both theory and practical issues, run by seasoned trainers and experts. The training days are free to attend and include a BBQ lunch. Dates – 10th April Shot blasting, 11th April Floor stripping. Venue – Multi-Hire Power Tools Ltd. Warrington. Places are limited and running out so do book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.​ Please email andy@multi-​h​ire.co.uk​.​

FeRFA AWARDS 2017 SHOWCASE THE BEST IN THE INDUSTRY

The FeRFA, The Resin Flooring Association, held its 2017 Awards at The Belfry on 17 November. These once again highlighted the very best projects and examples of first class flooring installations that the resin flooring industry has to offer.

The gala Awards dinner, hosted by comedienne Jo Caulfield celebrated excellence in the resin flooring industry. Awards were presented in five different categories to recognise the workmanship, diversity, innovation and commitment to quality and training shown by its members.

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FeRFA ANNUAL EVENT 2017

The FeRFA, The Resin Flooring Association, held its 2017 Awards at The Belfry on 17 November. These once again highlighted the very best projects and examples of first class flooring installations that the resin flooring industry has to offer.

The gala Awards dinner, hosted by comedienne Jo Caulfield celebrated excellence in the resin flooring industry. Awards were presented in five different categories to recognise the workmanship, diversity, innovation and commitment to quality and training shown by its members.

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Instarmac Celebrates Top Honour For The 9th Year

Staffordshire based manufacturer, Instarmac Group plc, are delighted to have been placed in the prestigious ‘Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For’ for the 9th year in recognition of their commitment to more than 175 employees.

The top 100 places are awarded following research conducted by Best Companies – research which involves completing an anonymous survey on topics such as Leadership, Wellbeing, Giving Something Back, Personal Growth, My Manager, My Company, My Team and Deal. Instarmac are delighted to have achieved a 3 star status, the highest level possible and only given to extraordinary companies. Such a successful result secured their position within the list at number 78 and promotes them as a leading employer. John Holcroft, Managing Director at Instarmac commented: “It’s always been my aim to work alongside a team of people who are happy to come to work, who are enthusiastic about what we do and share my passion for giving something back to the local community. This respected award is testament to the dedication of our entire workforce and I feel enormous pride having been awarded this top honour for the 9th year.” This achievement is the latest in a long line of awards for Instarmac. In the last 12 months they have been ranked number one in the Mid Market 300, were named as a Low-Risk Operator by the DVSA, received a FORS Silver Award, were presented with the coveted RoSPA Gold Medal Award and completed the transition to the new ISO accreditations, one of the first companies to do so. For further information about Instarmac and their range of proven, trusted and certified materials, please visit instarmac.co.uk or call 01827 254402. Stay up-to-date with all the latest news from Instarmac by following them on Twitter @InstarmacGroup and connecting with them on LinkedIn. Would you like to work for a Sunday Times Top 100 Company? Instarmac are hiring! To view their latest vacancies, please visit instarmac.co.uk/about-us/careers.

VI Distribution becomes a Tramex Distributor

Tramex, manufacturer of high-quality moisture and humidity measurement equipment, are delighted to announce that VI Distribution, supplier of specialised products for the resin flooring and coatings industry, are now distributors of Tramex moisture meters.

VI Distribution will be offering a range of Tramex moisture metres in both analogue and digital, also available as a complete inspection kit. For more information visit www.vidistribution.co.uk or www.tramexmeters.com

Sika Has Added An Experienced Flooring Expert To Its Network Of Area Technical Managers Through The Appointment Of Martin Oakes

The 45-year-old brings 15 years of Polyurethane experience from the Sports flooring sector to his new position in the Sika Flooring team.

This role will see him liaise closely with customers across the East to West
 Midlands, part of North East and North West England and North Wales, helping to
address any technical issues they may have.   Speaking about his new position, Martin said: “Part of what appealed to me about joining Sika, recognised as industry leaders, was how the company’s ethos differs from its competitors. I’ve found out very quickly, for example, that we not only
supply products and systems but provide solutions.   “Every project is different and has its own particular challenges that require a
unique combination of Sika products to overcome. It’s my job to work closely
with specifiers and contractors across my area to help them find the right
solutions for these challenges.”

Kemtile Moves To New Warrington Headquarters

Leading hygienic flooring and drainage specialists Kemtile has just moved to new premises on Taylor Business Park in Warrington – taking 16,000 sq. ft. of office and warehouse space.

Kemtile is relocating its 18-person head office team from a smaller space on the same park on a 5-year-lease. Its move to this fully renovated, newly refurbished unit sees the company increase its working space by a third. Stephen Westley, director of Kemtile, said: “Our decision to move to significantly larger premises reaffirms our strategic growth plans for the future, whilst acknowledging and celebrating our commercial achievements over the last two decades. “We have traded very successfully from Taylor Business Park since 1979 but since 1998, when my co-director Jamie Cook and I took over, our turnover has increased year on year – even during the recessions of 2008 and 2009 – and we’ve grown considerably in terms of size, capabilities and customer base. “Our move into new premises – which provides us with an additional 5,000 sq. ft. of office and warehouse space – marks a very exciting time for us as a company. “We chose the new unit because it offers us clean, modern office and warehouse space, excellent motorway links and, most importantly, a really pleasant work space with room for the team to grow in the future. In fact, we’ve already expanded the team with the appointment of a dedicated Health and Safety Manager. The provision of a dedicated training room is another exciting addition to our facilities and we very much look forward to increasing our team in terms of numbers as well as skills and expertise, which in turn we’ll pass on to our customers.” Kemtile has been supplying hygienic floors to the food & drink and pharmaceutical industries for almost 40 years and has become a leading player, working on projects across the UK for major producers and employing 50+ skilled flooring contractors. A clear understanding of the food and drink sector’s operational and legislative demands means Kemtile can provide total flooring solutions to suit including sub-structures and drainage. Customers in recent years include Princes, Kellogg’s, Heineken, Unilever,Heinz, 2 Sisters Food Group, Cargill and Moy Park with repeat business driven by quality of workmanship, attention to detail and excellent customer service. For further information visit www.kemtile.co.uk.

Mapei Supports Macmillan At The Dragon Ride L’Etape In Wales

On Saturday 11th June Mapei UK and 123floors took part in the annual L’Etape Wales Dragon Ride from Margam Park in aid of Macmillian Cancer Support raising over £125 whilst racing the 95 mile ‘Medio Route’.

Battling a mix of 30mph gusts, torrential rain and sunshine, Martin Hallam from Mapei UK and Jason Brook from 123floors completed the course in a fantastic 7 hours. Climbing around 8000ft and having an average speed of 13mph. Martin commented: “The major climbs of the day were the Bwlch, Rhigos – the highest road climbs in wales, Glynneath and Cimla hill as well as the undulating Brecon Beacons and Neath Valley. Not to mention the Devils Staircase – I now know why they give it this name!” Jason said “It was a tough day in the saddle but we both really enjoyed it and looking for the next cycling challenge!!” For more information about Mapei’s fundraising for Macmillian and to donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/teams/mapei

Integrated Flooring Technologies Retain ISO Standards

IFT have successfully retained certification to the ISO 9001 (quality) and 14001 (environmental) 2015 standards.

This further ensures that Quality and Environmental systems are of the highest standards for all clients. ISO 9001 is the internationally recognized standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS). It is the most widely used QMS standard in the world, with over 1.1 million certificates issued to organizations in 178 countries. The ISO 14000 family of standards addresses various aspects of environmental management. It provides practical tools for companies and organizations looking to identify and control their environmental impact and constantly improve their environmental performance. More information can be found at www.iso.org

Flowcrete Achieves Demanding Environmental Standards

Flowcrete UK has attained the ISO 14001:2015 environmental management system certification thanks to its dedication to sustainable, environmentally friendly working practises.

ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that helps organisations identify, manage, monitor and control environmental issues in a holistic manner. The Managing Director of Flowcrete UK, Kevin Potter, said: “I am very pleased to announce that Flowcrete UK has successfully met the demanding requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 environmental management system. “This achievement represents a lot of hard work and commitment from the team here at Flowcrete UK and puts us in a great position to move forward, knowing that our daily operations are more sustainable, more efficient and more fit for the future than ever before.” The ISO 14001:2015 policy sets the best practise benchmark for a long list of sustainable processes, including reducing a company’s carbon footprint, improving recycling, reducing packaging, minimising waste and improving efficiencies on finite natural resources. Committing to these principles has required Flowcrete UK to analyse all of its daily practises through a green lens and making environmental commitments an integral part of each employees’ day-to-day activities. Flowcrete UK’s EHS & Compliance Manager, Stuart Hutton, said: “This accreditation will not only drive a positive change in our activities and processes but will also mark a step change in the culture of Flowcrete UK which will help support our growth in the future.” The demanding standard requires Flowcrete UK to ensure the environmental integrity of its operations at all times by adhering to the four principles of: • Prevention: Protecting the environment through the prevention of pollution and reduction of waste. • Compliance: Guaranteeing compliance with environmental laws, regulations and emissions monitoring. • Communication and Training: A commitment that employees will be educated and environmental objectives communicated to all members of staff. • Continuous Improvement: Regularly reviewing daily activity and always being on the look out for new opportunities to evolve adherence to these four principles. Stuart Hutton added: “For Flowcrete UK, complying with these four key principles meant thinking about ways to innovate and do things differently to the norm. In effect this has meant implementing a range of initiatives, from exploring eco-friendly office stationery and making carbon footprint a key consideration in product development to cleaning up water sent to the treatment plant and pursuing a zero waste to landfill policy. “However, we can never rest on our laurels, as ISO 14001:2015 compliance means always looking for new ways to improve.” By conforming to this environmental management system, Flowcrete UK will not only be able to take advantage of efficiency cost savings but it will also demonstrate its ability to meet current and future statutory and regulatory requirements, emphasise its commitment to the environment and improve morale among staff.

IFT Employees Earn CITB SMSTS Certificate

Congratulations to the IFT employees who have gained their CITB SMSTS (Site Managers Safety Training Scheme) Certificate.

This adds to their pool of already qualified supervisors and helps to further ensure compliance of site responsibilities with regards to health, safety, welfare and the environment.

The SMSTS covers all relevant legislation affecting safe working in the building, construction and civil engineering industries. It highlights the need for risk assessment in the workplace, the implementation of the necessary control measures and adequate communication to sustain a health and safety culture within the workforce.

It is endorsed by Build UK as the standard training for all supervisors working on Build UK sites and provides an understanding of health, safety, welfare and environmental issues. It highlights legal responsibilities and the need to promote health and safety to supervise effectively.

More information can be found here: http://www.citb.co.uk/training-and-courses/site-safety-plus/site-management-safety-training-scheme/

The Preparation Group’s New Website Goes Live

The Preparation Group, specialists in environmentally friendly solutions for preparing, cleaning and finishing, has launched a new website with the aim of providing a one stop shop for professionals in the industry to learn more about the often ‘unseen’, but crucial, area of surface preparation.

The new website provides easy access to the company’s full range of equipment, tools and accessories, assists with what to select and when, explains how machines work and offers guidance on the most cost-effective solutions for removing, preparing, polishing and cleaning any horizontal surface. Designed to be user-friendly, visitors can see equipment specifications and videos and find out information about contracting services, equipment hire, technical support and training.

Says Tracey Glew, Managing Director; ‘Our new website aligns our digital presence with the high quality of our products and brand. Designed to be reactive on all devices with an easy-to-navigate interface, it is the foundation on which to build something bigger with interaction from our social media sites. The site will evolve to provide technical guidance and information on the equipment and services that will work for specific projects. Our aim is to ensure that site visitors continue to be engaged and have reasons to re-visit frequently,’

Visit http://www.thepreparationgroup.com to find out more.

Enquiries to – The Preparation Group Tel – 01522 561 460

 

Instarmac are proud to announce the acquisition of Aztec Aerosols

Instarmac Group plc announce that they have acquired Aztec Aerosols Ltd based in Crewe.

Instarmac Group plc is a privately owned company established in 1977 whose primary activity is manufacturing. It has developed an excellent reputation for innovation, exceptional levels of customer support, manufacturing skills and people development.

Operating within the construction and building market place the company produces products for the highway maintenance, tiling, commercial flooring, urban regeneration and internal finishing markets. Materials are manufactured at the company’s industry leading facility based near to Tamworth in the Midlands.

Winners of several awards including being a Times Top 100 company to work for since 2009, Instarmac is excited about its latest acquisition. Aztec Aerosols was originally founded in 1964 and has over 50 years of specialist knowledge. During this time it has combined technical knowledge with innovation to deliver great products and service to its customers.

Manufacturing will remain at the Crewe production facility under the leadership of Brady Collins, Managing Director who commented: ‘Instarmac and Aztec Aerosols Ltd share many common goals. The team here at Aztec have a vast amount of experience. We look forward to working together on product development and driving improvement to our customers.’

John Holcroft, Instarmac Group’s Managing Director stated: ‘The acquisition of Aztec Aerosols Ltd further strengthens the group’s offer and diversifies its market activities. Commercial opportunities exist within the current groups customer base and I welcome the additional technical skills that will enhance both companies.’

Instarmac Achieves Prestigious RoSPA Gold Medal Award

Instarmac Group plc are delighted to have been awarded the coveted Gold Medal, an honour only given to those who achieve 5 consecutive Gold Awards in the annual RoSPA Health and Safety Awards.

In its 61st year, these respected awards are open to businesses and organisations of all sizes, across a wide spectrum of industries and celebrate those who are committed to raising health and safety management standards. The judging panel of 24 leading industry experts, measure the performance of each organisation on areas such as identification, assessment, prevention and control of health risks, wellness at work, communication of information, and active monitoring and reviewing of health performance. They also consider any specific activities which distinguish an organisations approach to health and work. RoSPA’s Chairman, Michael D Parker CBE presented Instarmac’s Quality and Operations Manager, Darren Gough, with the respected award during a ceremony held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. “The health and safety of all those who work, visit and deliver to our premises in Tamworth has always been of the highest importance. The QHSE team at Instarmac have worked intensively to achieve this prestigious accolade and we are thrilled to receive this award for the 5th year in succession, as it continues to signify our commitment towards health and safety.” Darren Gough This achievement is the latest in a long line of awards of Instarmac. In 2017 they were placed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies for the eighth year, were ranked number one in the Mid Market 300, were named as a Low-Risk Operator by the DVSA, received a FORS Silver Award and completed the transition to the new ISO accreditations, one of the first companies to do so. For more information on Instarmac, their product offering and career opportunities please visit Instarmac.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1827 254402. You can keep up-to-date with all the latest news from Instarmac by following them on Twitter @InstarmacGroup.

Instarmac Ranks Number One in Mid Market 300

Every year Insider magazine lists the Midlands top performing 300 businesses with a turnover of £20 – £50million and Instarmac Group plc are delighted to have been ranked number one in this respected list.

Sponsored by HSBC, Coventry University and the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Insider magazine uses Experian IQ to measure each company’s turnover and pre-tax profit. Using these two numbers, an average is taken and the top 300 are drawn in order from that list. As well as turnover and pre-tax profit, Insider also looked at profit margin, the amount of businesses exporting and number of employees. Their research showed that, not only have average profits and exports increased but Midlands businesses have also created 10,306 jobs over the past year – great news for local businesses and residents. Instarmac Group plc are a market-leading manufacturer of cement and bitumen based products to the world markets. Established in 1977, Instarmac have built a solid reputation based on the research, development and production of innovative materials used in the highway maintenance, urban regeneration, tiling, commercial flooring and internal finishing sectors. Instarmac are committed to providing high specification products that are durable and independently tested, backed up by first-class customer, technical and sales support. This achievement is the latest in a long line of awards of Instarmac. In 2017 they were placed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies for the eighth year, achieved a RoSPA Gold Award for the fifth year, were ranked as a Low-Risk Operator by the DVSA, received a FORS Silver Award and completed the transition to the new ISO accreditations, one of the first companies to do so. For more information on Instarmac, their product offering and career opportunities please visit Instarmac.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1827 254402. You can keep up-to-date with all the latest news from Instarmac by following them on Twitter @InstarmacGroup.

Integrated Flooring Technologies Shortlisted For Prestigious Business Award

Integrated Flooring Technologies have been shortlisted in the Family Business of the Year Category at the Glasgow Business Awards 2017.

Their nomination will go to round two judging before the winners are announced on Thursday 5th October at a glamorous ceremony at the Hilton Glasgow.

The Preparation Group Achieves SafeHire and re-joins HAE board

The Preparation Group, specialists in environmentally friendly solutions for preparing, cleaning & finishing, has achieved the HAE (Hire Association Europe) SafeHire accreditation. It is the only surface preparation company to comply with the scheme criteria.

Kate Walshaw, The Preparation Group’s Hire Group Manager has also been appointed as an HAE Supply Chain board member. After being co-opted onto the Board over 8 months ago, Kate’s re-election shows that she has clearly made a positive impact. Says Kate; ‘I am delighted to have been voted onto the HAE board again and in gaining SafeHire, we have demonstrated our commitment to a high standard of hire operations. Customers hiring our grinders, planers, shotblasters, STG’s, hand tools and vacuums can be assured that we run a professional service, with health & safety at the forefront of everything we do and with an emphasis on delivering full customer satisfaction. Many government offices and councils are already insisting on the SafeHire accreditation when engaging with a hire company for contract work so it will become increasingly important to our business.’ Paul Robertson, SafeHire Certification Scheme assessor commented: ‘The Preparation Group were a pleasure to deal with and worked hard to achieve their accreditation within the time frame. They are a perfect example of what SafeHire is all about. They made huge efforts towards all aspects of the scheme and grabbed the opportunities to improve, which will result in real commercial benefits.’ With the election of Kate to the Supply Chain Industry Board and achievement of SafeHire, The Preparation Group cements its place as the leading surface preparation tool hire business in the UK.

Central Flooring Services Recognised At Altro Installation Recognition Awards

The Altro Installation Recognition Awards have been designed to celebrate the skills and hard work of installers.

Central Flooring Services Ltd have been recognised by Altro for their installation at MM Flowers in Alconbury, Cambridgeshire. MM Flowers is the UK’s leading, vertically integrated cut flowers specialist, supplying major UK and European retailers. The company required a new build site to be laid with a resins solution that could provide a slip resistant rating of R12. Central Flooring Services laid 5000m² Altro Crete slip-resistant variant at 9mm to the large building and provided a first-class finish. CFS diverted 100% of all the waste from Landfill satisfying the customer that we had installed all his resin floors whilst using water-based products, made in the UK, whilst being installed by responsible contractor.

FeRFA GOLF DAY – THE RESULTS ARE IN!

The 2017 FeRFA Golf Day took place on Friday 16th June at Erewash Valley Golf Club, organised by FeRFA Vice Chairman Tom Dossett. The event was well attended, with 11 teams participating from Remmers UK, Sika, Altro, Mapei, HTC Europe, The Preparation Group, 4m Floors UK, Resin Coating Specialists, IRL Group, Floor and Walls and Boud Minerals.

Remmers UK emerged as winners this year with 87 points. In second place were Altro Limited with 85 points, Resin Coating Specialists in third with 82 points, and 4M Floors in fourth place with 80 points.

Steve Allen of Sika was awarded Longest Drive, Nearest The Pin 4th was Lee Hopkin of Resin Coating Specialists. Nearest The Pin 14th was Matt Haddick of HTC Europe and Nearest The Pin 18th was Lee Hopkin of Resin Coating Specialists.

FeRFA would like to thank the official event sponsors Remmers UK, Sika, HTC Europe and PPC. Prizes were generously donated by Zircon Flooring, ART, IRL Group and Altro.

We will provide details of the 2018 event in due course.

Arturo win 2017 CFA award for Resin Floors

Arturo was delighted in winning the 2017 CFA Award for Resin Floors.

Sharon Hart from Arturo received the award at the awards luncheon held at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire on 26th April.

The CFA Resin Floors Award is such a prominent accolade to win as it is voted for by flooring contractors. Kenton Penny, Managing Director proudly remarked, “It is an honour to win such a prestigious award. Thanks to everyone who voted for Arturo. The innovative designs made possible by our resins have been recognised and now display an external sign of excellence.” Sharon Hart added “A unique floor can determine the atmosphere of a room or workplace. Arturo specialises in resin design flooring, offering a wide range of possibilities and pushes the boundaries of what a floor can do.”

Break with the confines of convention, Arturo is your place to explore the new found creativity of resin-based flooring systems. For stand out projects that demand performance and beautiful aesthetics, Arturo provides extremely durable resin flooring and in a huge variety of RAL colours to give designers and specifiers the opportunity to create stunning floor designs. Arturo has a wide product range and provides the perfect solution for either epoxy or polyurethane resin flooring subject to either light or heavy duty usage. Arturo can be used across a wide variety of commercial or public locations including schools, healthcare, retail and industrial environments.

Call: 01788 530 080

Fax: 01788 536 508

E-mail: info@ arturoflooring.co.uk

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Arturo gains Environmental Product Declarations

Arturo Unique Flooring gains Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) to help improve the environmental credential of their products.

Arturo Unique Flooring gains Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) to help improve the environmental credential of their products. The following Arturo products now have an EPD:

EP6900 Construction Resin

PU2030 Self-smoothing Floor

PU2060 Self-smoothing Floor

PU3320 Floor Seal

PU7320 Floor Seal

The environment is one of the most significant issues facing the construction industry and clients are increasing looking at sourcing building materials which are sustainable. Environmental building certification such as LEED, BREEAM and SKA also put pressure on companies to develop sustainable and eco-friendly buildings.

An EPD is an independently verified and registered document that provides information about the life-cycle environmental impact of a product. Products with an EPD are suitable for clients which require a SKA rating. SKA rating is an environmental assessment tool for sustainable installations and is designed for companies which want to install resin floors in an environmentally sustainable way.

Arturo provides unrivalled possibilities for design with infinite colour options and bespoke designs. The systems also provide exceptional resistance, sound insulation and easy maintenance. A unique floor can determine the atmosphere of a room or workplace. Arturo offers a wide range of resin floors and pushes the boundaries of what a floor can do.

www.arturoflooring.co.uk

Central Flooring Services Win Prestigious Award

Central Flooring Services were rewarded for their continuing efforts in sustainable resin flooring, being awarded a Green Apple Award at The Houses of Parliament on Friday 9th June.

The judges said that Central Flooring Services were setting the standards in their industry by not only recycling up to 100% of all the waste generated on Customers sites, they install sustainable systems where possible.

Central Flooring Services install all types of factory flooring, from floor coatings and screeds, to safety demarcation and anti-slip.

Resin Surfaces Speak Of Global Opportunities After Joining Sherwin-Williams

Ivy Wroe, Sales Director of Resin Surfaces (RSL), has today spoken for the first time about the impact of becoming part of Sherwin-Williams.

RSL, which celebrates 35 years in business this year, joined the world-leading coatings giant in May last year.

The company will now lead the Sherwin-Williams commercial flooring business in the EMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Africa and India), working alongside a sister business in the US.

The aim is to build a significant global presence in the sector.

Next month (July 2017) RSL will relocate its administrative and manufacturing headquarters from Hazel Grove to Sherwin-Williams’ Bolton operation as the final stage of a merging of people and skills.

Ivy, who has joined the board of Sherwin-Williams EMEAI, commented: “The last 12 months has been an extraordinary journey for us all. “Becoming part of Sherwin-Williams is testament to everyone’s hard work in helping us build a business over three decades which has led the way in resin wall and flooring solutions both in the UK and internationally.

“We now have the opportunity to take our product knowledge and technical expertise to a worldwide audience and lead Sherwin-Williams’ offer, certainly in the EMEAI region, but also wider, in close collaboration with our US counterparts.”

Ian Walker, General Manager for Sherwin-Williams EMEAI, said the deal with RSL reflected its dominance in the resin wall and flooring sector. “We wanted a partner with an established reputation for technical knowhow and new product development to help us build a global presence in what is a new sector for us.”

He continued: “Ivy’s team showed all the drive and ambition we needed to see to know that a relationship with them would be mutually beneficial. We are already making great progress in introducing their specific skills and experience into our worldwide network of existing contacts and opening up new ones together.”

Sherwin-Williams is a US Fortune 500 company serving the construction, retail, industrial, automotive and marine sectors. It reported $11.8 billion sales revenues to end of 2016 and the company employs over 37,600 people worldwide from its Cleveland HQ.

In an upbeat message to the firm’s wide range of customers Ivy concluded: “We are grateful for all the best wishes we have received in recent months from customers and the UK resin flooring industry as a whole. It’s good news for everyone.

“Being part of a bigger business means better career opportunities for our people, better investment in products and an extended global reach. The future is indeed very bright for resin flooring.”

Apollo Construction Solutions Launches Drive Restore (A1398)

Apollo Construction Solutions (APCS) is excited to launch Drive Restore (A1398), a unique and cost effective solution for rejuvenating resin bound surfaces.

As the UK’s largest privately-owned liquid adhesive, sealant, primer and resin manufacturer, we have worked with decorative surfacing companies for over twenty years and developed a strong reputation for supplying high performance polyurethane resins.

From our time in the industry, we understand the real issue facing our customers is addressing dull and matted drives and other large decorative surfaces. In the past, restoring resin surfaces was a lengthy and costly process. This was until we developed Drive Restore (A1398); it is a hardwearing UV-resistant polyurethane sealer that:

• Restores tired resin bound surfaces to their natural beauty.

• Minimises projects costs through spray application.

• Assists with anti-slip and may help with remedial work*.

With a patent pending, Drive Restore (A1398) is easily spray-applied via a pressurised canister system and provides a tough layer to restore and extend the life of the surface, whilst maintaining SUDs compliance.

Drive Restore (A1398) enables our customers, home owners, local authorities and facilities managers to enjoy the fresh and glossy appearance of their decorative surfaces for longer*.

In addition, Drive Restore (A1398) ensures economical even coverage, unlike a roller-coat product. It can re-life UV and non- UV surfaces, including driveways, paths and other large decorative areas. Drive Restore is sold throughout our carefully selected partners throughout the UK.

For further product information, including data sheet, Aspen and Floor Slip Resistance reports, please visit www.apolloconstructionsolutions.co.uk or contact us at 01827 542 81.

*Drive Restore (A1398) should only be used for such projects with Apollo Construction Solutions’ approval or our partners’ approval.

* QUV Testing indicates that Drive Restore (A1398) can last up to 2 years.

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Husqvarna revs up to develop the global floor grinding industry

The future looks bright for concrete floor grinding. With the global development of the industry still in its early years, Husqvarna has acquired two other leading players in the field – HTC Floor Grinding Solutions and Pullman Ermator. By combining the strengths and expertise of the three brands, it aims to expand the floor grinding market worldwide.

Floor grinding equipment and tools can be used for many applications: from levelling and preparing a concrete floor before adding a new surface layer, to polishing concrete into a beautifully shining floor with a premium look.

What’s more, polished concrete floors are durable and easyto clean and maintain, making them ideal for industrial and commercial sites. This is the message that Husqvarna wants to convey to forward-thinking architects, property owners, builders and flooring contractors all over the world.

Henric Andersson, President of Husqvarna Construction Products, explains: “The combination of HTC and Husqvarna will create a strong platform to educate floor owners and architects about the benefits of polished concrete floors. By combining our efforts, we can position floor grinding as the preferred method for surface preparation as well as making polished floors an even more popular flooring solution”.

More clients entering the market will lead to a growth in demand. Furthermore, flooring contractors can expect accelerated development of equipment and tools, as well as increased access to support from the business and application experts within Husqvarna.

“We aim to develop the market, improving productivity and costs for both contractors and floor owners. This gives us a stronger position to help our customers achieve beautiful and easily-maintained floors – and lower their environmental impact” says Henric Andersson.

“With Husqvarna, HTC and Pullman Ermator working side by side we will be able to develop even better solutions for our customers. By integrating Pullman Ermator’s market-leading dust and slurry management solutions into the concept, we will become an even stronger actor with the capability to innovate more effective solutions – increasing our customers’ productivity, and reinforcing our market-leading position.”

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Tackling Hazardous Waste Changes – How Will They Impact Construction?

It can be a real challenge keeping up with the ever-changing rules and regulations around waste legislation. Failure to comply can result in significant fines or even criminal prosecution. Reconomy takes two aspects of hazardous waste regulations that have changed in recent months.

You’ve got to be on the ball when complying with waste legislation. Unlike a football match, it’s not a game of two halves. It’s one where you have to be on your toes for the whole match. Drop the ball and the penalties are punitive. It can be a real challenge keeping up with the ever-growing rules and regulations.

But there is some good news from the sidelines. Two aspects of the Hazardous Waste Regulations have changed in the last quarter. The first is less paperwork (I can hear you cheering from the stands). The second is the format of the unique consignment note code. You may not think these are major changes and you would be right. Nevertheless they are changes you have to keep up with if you don’t want to receive a red card.

So now:

* If you produce or store 500kg or more of hazardous waste per year you will no longer need to register your premises with the Environment Agency provided you are in England. If you are in Wales you should continue to register with Natural Resources Wales.

* You still have to complete a consignment note code (if the waste is produced in England) but instead of the premises registration number you should put the first six letters or numbers (not symbols) of the business name.

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Resin 16 Apprentices Take Final Training Module

Apprentices from the 16th resin flooring group thoroughly enjoyed their final training session – run by FeRFA trainer Terry Foxley and Andy Hill from PFT Central.

Everyone had the opportunity to handle the specialist pumping equipment used for the application of the flowable screed and were guided through each step of the process of mixing and laying pumped screeds. The group were shown the correct setting up procedure of the M-tec mixing pump, preparation of the floor area, setting levels, how to carry out flow tests and safe operation of the pump.

Instarmac kindly supplied all the materials as well as hosting the two-day session at the Tamworth headquarters. The apprentices will continue their training gaining on-site supervised experience with their employers, all of which will be logged in preparation for their assessment with Kevin Cook and Mike Squirrell.

The apprentices in Resin group 16 are: Daniel McLaughlin and Jordan Speed (4m Floors UK), Matthew Marvin and Adam Moore (Central Flooring), Danny Malone (Coatech Ltd), Jack Findlay (Genco Construction), Jason Earl (IRL Group Ltd)

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Apprentices get well prepared at lastest training

Resin 18 apprentices had plenty of opportunity to try a range of machines this month at The Preparation Group’s training facility in Lincoln.

FeRFA Trainer, Stephen Walker, who ran the two day sessions, began by going through the essential techniques of proper floor preparation and continued, through a combination of classroom teaching and practical experience, with the various methods of surface preparation and the choice of equipment available.

This group has now completed the first ten modules of their two year apprenticeship and will continue their training with further combined classroom and practical sessions on Coatings, Self smoothing, Screeds & Covings and Flowable Screeds.

Apprentices in Resin 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)

Tackling Hazardous Waste Changes – How Will They Impact Construction?

You’ve got to be on the ball when complying with waste legislation. Unlike a football match, it’s not a game of two halves. It’s one where you have to be on your toes for the whole match. Drop the ball and the penalties are punitive.

It can be a real challenge keeping up with the ever-growing rules and regulations.

But there is some good news from the sidelines. Two aspects of the Hazardous Waste Regulations have changed in the last quarter. The first is less paperwork (I can hear you cheering from the stands). The second is the format of the unique consignment note code. You may not think these are major changes and you would be right. Nevertheless they are changes you have to keep up with if you don’t want to receive a red card.

So now: * If you produce or store 500kg or more of hazardous waste per year you will no longer need to register your premises with the Environment Agency provided you are in England. If you are in Wales you should continue to register with Natural Resources Wales.

* You still have to complete a consignment note code (if the waste is produced in England) but instead of the premises registration number you should put the first six letters or numbers (not symbols) of the business name.

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How Can PAS 402 Help Reduce Waste in Your Building Project

Through the creation of PAS 402, everyone in the industry can now have confidence that the construction and demolition material that goes into a skip and leaves a site will be handled according to a strict standard.

Developed in conjunction with the British Standards Institution (BSI), the specification requires waste management firms to demonstrate performance in a number of key areas of waste management, including landfill diversion and materials recovery.

It means that as a construction firm you have verifiable and authoritative information to hand when you undertake a waste management audit for a new building project. This will make it easier to assess the right contractor for the job and give you a greater chance of achieving the best and most cost-effective levels of recycling and reuse.

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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 [@] innoveo.co.uk

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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 www.instarmac.co.uk 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 @ aco.co.uk

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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

Stick with Uzin – you can now exchange loyalty points for Wolff Tools and Machines – starting from just 25 points.

To reward loyal customers Uzin is offering you the chance to collect points to exchange for Wolff Tools and Machines.

First you need become a member of the UZIN loyalty scheme. Register online now to receive news and special offers across the year.

Click here to register.

Once you have registered, simply order UZIN products to obtain points. Once you have collected enough points, depending on how many points you have collected, a variety of Wolff Tools and Machines can be claimed.

 

Resin 16 apprentices practice their techniques at Resdev

The 16th group of resin flooring apprentices spent three days as Resdev’s training facility in Elland this month practicing the application of screeds and coving.

The apprentices had plenty of practical hands-on experience and the group thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to apply quartz materials and gain practice on their trowel work to take those skills into the workplace.

On the final day, FeRFA trainer, Terry Foxley gave the learners a review of the course as a whole and guidance on the next steps in the apprentices’ progress towards achieving their NVQ level 2 Diplomas.

Boud Minerals kindly supplied the quartz mix for the Resdev screed – all of which was donated free of charge. The apprentices were able to perfect their techniques in screeding and coving working on purpose built wooden frames.

The apprentices in Resin group 16 are: Daniel McLaughlin and Jordan Speed (4m Floors UK), Matthew Marvin and Adam Moore (Central Flooring), Danny Malone (Coatech Ltd), Jack Findlay (Genco Construction), Jason Earl and Jake Ross (IRL Group Ltd)

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NEW UltraFloor Level IT Super Flex 30

Lay after an hour onto movement prone substrates with the NEW UltraFloor Level IT Super Flex 30

UltraFloor supply premium solutions for subfloor preparation. Their popular range has been expanded with a flexible smoothing finishing compound, Level IT Super Flex 30.

A two component system, Level IT Super Flex 30 is rapid setting and drying and boasts a fibre reinforced formulation. Due to a high polymer content it also offers excellent flexible properties. It has been specifically designed for use over a wide variety of subfloors including steel mezzanine decks, flooring grade plywood and can also be applied over damp proof membranes. In addition, Level IT Super Flex 30 can be used as a finished wear surface.

In as little as 30 minutes the product can be walked on and decorative floor coverings can be applied after 1 hour, and resin finishes after 24 hours, saving you time and money on site.

Level IT Super Flex 30 is suitable for depths between 2-10mm and can be used with underfloor heating systems and in biologically sensitive areas due to a protein free and low odour formulation. Single units, a 20kg bag and 4l bottle, will cover 6.5m² when applied at a 2mm thickness.

For further product information including the datasheet please visit ultra-floor.co.uk or to place an order call 01827 871871. UltraFloor Level IT Super Flex 30 is available now nationwide, call us for your local stockist. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest news, competitions and much more from UltraFloor on Twitter, follow: @Ultra_Floor.

Contractors Invited for CONICA Event

CONICA LTD is offering flooring contractors the chance join it for a visit to the company’s head office in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

The two-day visit, on 8 and 9 March 2017, will give contractors an opportunity to learn from the experts on how to install the full range of CONICA resin flooring products, including car park deck coatings.

The practical demonstrations and workshops are being held at CONICA’s main Swiss production plant, where flooring products have been developed and manufactured for 40 years.

James Berry of CONICA LTD will be leading the UK delegation: “This is the first time we’ve taken UK-based flooring contractors to Switzerland so that they can see first-hand how to install seamless resin flooring perfectly. It really is an ideal opportunity for any installation company looking to improve its skills and its offering.”

Anyone interested in joining the delegation should contact James Berry on 07960 939670 or by emailing james.berry [@] conica.com.

CONICA’s expertise and continuous research and development enable it to offer the perfect solutions for flooring and waterproof systems for industrial, public and private buildings, car parks and civil engineering projects in addition to permeable paving solutions. British innovation, Swiss quality and 40 years of experience make CONICA what it is today. Combine this with being able to provide its customers with everything they need from a single source and you can understand why CONICA is seen as the number one supplier of seamless resin flooring in its respective markets.

For more information about CONICA’s range of sports and functional flooring ranges, visit www.conica.com

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How to Segregate Your Waste to Cut the Cost of Construction

Advice from Reconomy on how to incorporate segregation into your waste management plan in order to cut disposal costs.

The correct and proper segregation of construction waste remains a crucial part of any waste management strategy. Reconomy has created a simple step-by-step guide to show you exactly why you need to segregate waste, and how to incorporate segregation into your waste management strategy and sustainability practices.

Demonstrating a commitment to waste segregation and sustainable practices can be the difference between landing a project, meeting a deadline, coming in under budget or losing a major project entirely. Our simple guide will show you exactly why you need to segregate waste, and how to incorporate segregation into your waste management strategy and sustainability practices.

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A Construction Manager’s Guide to Selecting Right Skip Hire Firm

Hiring the right skip hire firm can help construction companies improve their bottom line, but price should not be the only consideration.

What are you looking for from a skip hire firm? The obvious answer for many construction managers will be competitive pricing – but a focus on value, rather than simply how much you pay to hire a skip, will ultimately produce a better result for your project’s bottom line.

Clearly, there are some basic principles your skip hire firm should meet. You’ll need a provider that operates in your area, though using a single national provider with local coverage can have advantages over the hiring of individual firms for each project. You should also check firms are compliant with construction-related waste management legislation – that they have the appropriate waste carriage licences and environmental permits, for example.

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NVQ6 Success for Reprotec’s Elliott Lindsay

Elliott Lindsay has been awarded the NVQ6, having been one of the first candidates on the pilot scheme which launched in 2014.

Having left school with few qualifications, Elliott joined Reprotec 15 years ago as a general labourer. He was able to benefit from the time and money the company put into its workforce; with regular personal development meetings, training plans, in-house supervised and other training. Elliott was amongst the first 19 nationally to achieve the newly established NVQ2 in resin flooring qualification in 2008. This gave him the encouragement to retake his Maths and English exams as well as completing the SMSTS and a business outward bound management training course, which then enabled Elliott to take the next step and achieve his NVQ3 Supervisory Management qualification.

The high point for him has been to gain his NVQ6 in specialist contracting operations which is a degree level course. Elliot said: “This is the best achievement of my career to date, and my challenge now is to put all that I have learnt into practice. It is thanks to John Holmes, our MD and the Reprotec team that I have got where I am today. They see the value of investing in training to help their staff achieve and develop as well as for the good of the company.”

John Holmes, Reprotec’s MD, added: “Elliott’s endeavour to achieve NVQ Level 6, even though it was hard work and quite testing at times, is a testament to his attitude and dedication to his profession. We are so proud of Elliott and no doubt he can achieve even more in the future.”

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Star Uretech celebrates living wage commitment

The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Star Uretech has been accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Star Uretech, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.95 and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour introduced this April.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK.Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Mark Almond, General Manager at Star Uretech says “As a company our ethos differs from what has become standard practice and paying our staff a decent wage for a hard day’s work is just one of the changes we have made to how Star Uretech operates. We place great importance on the well-being of our staff, our honesty regarding our products and a general desire to do the right thing. Morals and profit are not mutually exclusive and our ethical approach to business not only helps us to retain our customers but is playing a large role in securing new customers and helping our business grow. We have always been a market leader in our industry and hopefully other companies will continue to follow our lead and make the living wage commitment.”

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Katherine Chapman said: “We are delighted to welcome Star Uretech to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. “The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited nearly 3,000 leading employers, including Star Uretech, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the National Living Wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that.”

Rebranding for Altro

Exciting new developments ahead for Altro!

Designed for Possibilities – Made for People.

Over the past few months Altro has been working on developing its brand; talking to customers about what their current and future expectations are. Based on this, it is presenting a new brand and identity which represent the expanded possibilities it sees now and in the future.

The new website, logo and strapline reflects the new brand and product focus. It might look different, but there will be no change to the same high levels of customer care, technical knowledge and product innovation you’ve come to expect from Altro.

Over the coming months we will provide you with our extended portfolio of solutions, as well as new products that will give you even greater choice in colour, design and performance.

We are Altro.

Cost, Time and Compliance – 6 Ways to Control Waste

From planning to tracking progress on your construction project, don’t let waste add to your construction cost problems. Reconomy offers top tips on how to manage the cost of construction waste.

51% of construction companies claim they could increase profitability and simplify their supply chain by modernising the way they do things, according to a survey by the University of the West of England.

The cost of construction waste management is a major factor in the profitability of a construction project, as construction firms come under mounting pressure to minimise resource use across the supply chain, comply with legislation and satisfy competing demands from clients.

Collectively, construction, demolition and refurbishment accounts for around half of the UK’s waste, creating an estimated 100 million tonnes annually. This puts the industry firmly in the spotlight – and organisations such as Defra and the BREW (Business Resource Efficiency and Waste) are pushing for action across the industry.

But real change requires considerable effort along the entire length of the supply chain. The cost of construction waste must be controlled from the top through good communication, monitoring and collaboration.

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Introducing the Euclid Group: A World Leader in Construction Chemicals

The Euclid Group has announced its formation by joining several RPM International Inc. subsidiaries in business together, with the predominant operating companies being Euclid Chemical, Eucomex, Toxement, Cave, Viapol, Flowcrete, RPM Belgium and Vandex.

The formation of the new Group creates an advanced manufacturer of smart building solutions with strategically located infrastructure and offices around the world.

The Group’s combined product portfolio positions it as a leading supplier to the global construction and engineering industry. Brands without a foothold in particular regions will be able to leverage the Group’s global infrastructure to rapidly introduce product lines into new markets.

The Euclid Group unites several of the world’s leading construction chemicals brands, principally: Euclid Chemical, Eucomex, Toxement, Cave, Viapol, Flowcrete and RPM Belgium Vandex.

The Euclid Group will be comprised of 34 plants, over 2,100 worldwide employees and a sales presence in 55 countries.

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Mapei to exhibit at Architect @ Work 2017

Mapei will be exhibiting at Architect @ Work, in Olympia, London on 25-26 January 2017. Visit Mapei specification managers and product specialists on Stand 21, who will be on hand to offer advice.

Mo Aljan, National Specification Manager at Mapei commented “We anticipate another excellent event and look forward to exhibiting at Architect @ Work again this year. We will be showcasing Mapei’s new comfortable seamless flooring solution, Mapefloor Comfort AR/X system, discussing project requirements, and providing technical advice.”

Mapefloor Comfort System AR/X is an attractive and self-smoothing resin-based flooring system, which provides a seamless comfortable level of flooring in commercial environments.

Due to its elastic properties Mapei’s comfort flooring system proves advantageous when a good level of comfort is required underfoot. This is provided from the matting at the base of the system which also has excellent soundproofing capabilities, reducing the impact of noise transmission into areas below. Recently installed at BDP Architects practice in Bristol, the flooring system has a high resistance to wear and abrasion from constant foot traffic and moveable office furniture such as castor chairs.

Apprentices’ latest training gets them well prepared

The 16th group of apprentices held their last training session of 2016 at The Preparation Group’s training facility in Lincoln.

The two-day session started with the essential techniques of proper floor preparation and continued, through a combination of classroom teaching and practical experience, with the various methods of surface preparation and the choice of equipment available.

Stephen Walker, who ran the two day sessions, gave the apprentices plenty of opportunity to try a range of machines.

This group has now completed the first ten modules of their two year apprenticeship and will continue their training with further combined classroom and practical sessions on Coatings, Self smoothing, Screeds & Covings and Flowable Screeds.

The apprentices in Resin 17 are: 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), Brian Quinn (Veitchi Industrial Flooring), Daniel Moreland and Mark Harrison from (Reprotec UK).

Schlüter-Systems gives feature staircase the edge with illuminated profiles

Schlüter®-LIPROTEC illuminated profile technology in conjunction with Schlüter®-TREP stair nosing profile gives a feature staircase a unique lighting design with a modern, slip resistant finish, within the entrance to Longvale’s brand new facility.

Industrial Sensor Specialist, Longvale, was founded in the mid-1980s and supply products such as Mechanical Switches and Special Sensors from manufacturers around the world to industries ranging from Oil and Gas to Rail and Automotive and many more; however, their new facility, located at Lancaster Park in Burton Upon Trent, now allows them to design and produce bespoke solutions for customers themselves.

Schlüter-Systems has been a market leader in essential flooring accessories since it was founded in 1966 and it provides complete system-solutions and technical support for residential and commercial projects, large or small.

Schlüter introduced the new range of illuminated profiles to add a fourth dimension to architecture, with lighting playing an essential role when it comes to inspired design. Schlüter®-LIPROTEC is an intelligent lighting concept that combines lighting and profiles within the tile and stone covering. A choice of indirect or direct light is available, with Schlüter profile technology, allowing you to emphasise curtain walls and illuminate stairways, foyers, bathrooms and more, all with an innovative, unique appearance.

Intelligent receivers control the LED strips with power supply units that convert the mains voltage to the 24 V required. Pre-programmed colour changes can be selected using the control system, where you decide the mood with the touch of a button. If the client is looking for a particular ambiance or to bring brand colours into the design, then the system can be programmed from 16 million colours.

Suitable for moisture-rich rooms, the LED strips are completely encapsulated and conform to IP65, allowing subtle detail to be incorporated into the smallest rooms in the house, office, hotel, or wherever your imagination takes you.

For this particular project Schlüter®-LIPROTEC-PB with indirect and direct light was combined with the high quality Schlüter®-TREP-E stair nosing profile in a brushed stainless steel finish, turning the staircase into a stunning focal point with an illuminated subtle accent. The Schlüter®-TREP range also improves safety on staircases, maintaining and protecting installations to keep the edges of the floor coating intact.

How to Get the Most Volume in your Skip

By addressing volume issues associated with skip hire, disposing of waste can actually boost your business.

A skip may seem like the most unlikely of allies for protecting your bottom line, but construction site managers are increasingly embracing innovative techniques to maximise the volume potential of their on-site skips and other waste containers.

Waste management is at a premium on construction sites, as the sector struggles to deal with the 109m tonnes of construction waste it generates every year – that’s 33% of total waste in the UK and 45% of the country’s overall CO2 emissions. While handling waste responsibly is crucial for environmental reasons, there is also a very real business case to be made for introducing an efficient waste management policy. Once you’ve chosen the right skip hire company, you need to think about how you deploy and fill those skips.

Such a common piece of equipment on site may seem like the most unlikely of allies for protecting your bottom line, but construction site managers are increasingly embracing innovative techniques to maximise the volume potential of their on-site skips, and generating significant savings in the process. From the efficient disposal of light mixed waste (LMW) and wood to plasterboard, more efficient skip utilisation can produce cost savings of up to 30% if skip volumes and waste streams are fully optimised.

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The Resin Mill Win at The Business Awards

The Resin Mill reign victorious at the prestigious Examiner Business Awards fighting off stiff competition to take home the award.

The Resin Mill are crowned winners of the prestigious New Business Award at the Examiner Business Awards of the Year 2016.

The Resin Mill team were thrilled with being awarded the Examiner Business Award, ‘New Business of the Year 2016’, at a fantastically glittery ceremony at the John Smith Stadium hosted by BBC presenter Harry Gration, MBE. It was a strong category with some stiff competition so it made the win feel highly credible.

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Screeding apprentices complete final module

Screed 1 apprentices recently spent two days at the training facility of The Preparation Group in Lincoln learning about acoustic and thermal insulation, and underfloor heating systems.

The first part of the training module covered compliance and testing, robust details and installation methods for thermal and acoustic insulation, and was delivered by industry expert Ian Griffiths of Thermal Economics. The main focus of the second session was underfloor heating systems and installation methods from industry specialist Andy Vincent.

This is the final classroom module for this group who will use the skills learnt in the classroom to continue gaining experience in the workplace with their employers. They are due to complete in March 2017 following assessment by the FeRFA industry assessor. This group of apprentices will be the first in the UK to achieve the NVQL2 Insitu Flooring Screeds qualification via an apprenticeship route.

The apprentices in this group are shown in the centre with: (L-R) Andy Vincent (trainer), Michael Gibbs and Thomas Henderson (Trent Construction Services) and Scott Barclay from TPS360 then Ian Griffiths (trainer) of Thermal Economics.

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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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Central Flooring Services Ltd continue to expand

The Directors at Central Flooring Services Ltd are proud to announce they have secured the services of Nick Megson as Sales and Marketing Director.

Nick has been involved in the Resin Flooring Industry for some 25 years, during this time has gained invaluable experience in both manufacturing and contracting with the resin flooring market.

He was an early enthusiast for the FeRFA recycling scheme and has been instrumental in the success of creating zero to landfill and researching materials that are manufactured using up to 50% recycled products.

Central Flooring is undergoing an exciting expansion programme and Nick will be heading up both the Sales and Marketing departments.

Nick said “I have known Central Flooring for many years and have always admired the way they have grown the business.”

Directors Richard Jinks and Kyle Stokes added “We have some great plans for taking Central Flooring to the next level and with Nick on board, we can continue to grow and seek new markets.”

Accreditations for John Lord

John L Lord & Son Ltd, widely renowned as a leading specialist industrial and commercial flooring company, is proud to announce its recent accreditations, demonstrating its commitment to achieving the highest standards and provide Total Responsibility for all flooring projects from start to finish.

As well as being an approved SafeContractor, it is also BS EN ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems) and BS EN ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems) approved. John Lord is also an assured vendor under the Altius scheme.

Both BS EN ISO 14001 and 9001 cover the manufacture and supply of resin and ceramic flooring systems, aggregate and resin blending, warehousing and distribution of industrial flooring products.

The Safe Contractor Scheme reassures clients that health and safety is being handled correctly and sufficiently on its sites and the company health and safety processes have been assessed to make sure they are suitable for the work being undertaken.

Altuis uses its experience, resources and systems in the most effective way to make the supply chain safer, more reliable and more competitive.

Established in 1901, the business is family owned and has over 110 years’ experience within the Resin Flooring, Industrial Flooring and Commercial Flooring sectors, and over this period has grown to become one of the largest flooring contractors in Europe.

What Does the 2015 Update to ISO 14001 Mean for Construction Companies

Can you reduce the cost of compliance and ensure responsble waste management. Read Reconomy’s latest blog that takes a closer look at the latest update to ISO 14001 and examines what it means for construction companies.

The recently released update to the ISO 14001 EMS standard, ISO 14001:15 has been designed to help businesses reduce the cost of compliance as well as identify and capitalise on opportunities. Construction businesses, whether they are adopting the standard for the first time or updating from an existing standard, will find in ISO 14001:15 a suite of useful measures aimed at enhancing their ability to address their environmental impact. At the same time, it should help them take into account the increasingly complex challenges which construction businesses frequently encounter, such as responsible waste management.

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FeRFA AWARDS SHORTLIST 2016 ANNOUNCED

The shortlist for this year’s FeRFA Awards has been announced and the awards will be presented by Colin Murray at the Annual Dinner on Friday 11 November at the Belfry Hotel

FeRFA recognises excellence in resin flooring by presenting annual awards to celebrate the workmanship, diversity, innovation and commitment to quality and training shown by its members.

This year there are four Awards to be presented and the shortlisted entries are:

SMALL INDUSTRIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Huntsman Polyurethanes (UK) Ltd: RESIN COATING SPECIALISTS / FLOWCRETE – Project: Larton Farm Cattery, Merseyside REPROTEC UK / ALTRO – Project: Walkers Snack Foods, Peterlee ZENITH POLA FLOORING / REMMERS – Project: Instrumentation Lab, Jaguar Land Rover, Whitley

SMALL COMMERCIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Innoveo / Dorfner COATECH / MAPEI – Project: BDP Architects, Bristol IRL GROUP / SIKA – Project: Kevin Earles Kitchen, West Bridgford SPHERE8 / REMMERS – Project: Ruby Violet, Wharf Road, London SURTECH / ALTRO – Project: Emilia Wickstead, London

LARGE INDUSTRIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Huntsman Polyurethanes (UK) Ltd) IRL GROUP / REMMERS – Project: Project Hercules, Rolls Royce, Solihull MCDAID SCREEDING / SIKA – Project: Costa Coffee, Basildon RESIN COATING SPECIALISTS / FLOWCRETE – Project: Paint Shop, Bentley Motors, Crewe ZIRCON FLOORING / SIKA – Project: Rolls Royce, Chichester

LARGE COMMERCIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Stallard Kane Associates 4M FLOORS UK / ALTRO – Project: Hiscox Building, York CENTRAL FLOORING / ALTRO – Project: Kirkgate Market, Leeds POLYDECK RESINS / ALTRO – Project: Future Space at University of West of England, Bristol SPHERE8 / REMMERS – Project: Gasholders Kings Cross, London ZIRCON FLOORING / SIKA – Project: Alaraby TV Studio, London

Images of all the short-listed projects can be viewed on the FeRFA website.

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What Does Brexit Mean for Waste Management in the UK Construction Industry

As the waste management industry comes to terms with Brexit, the implications of life without EU directives and funding are being fully explored.

Fears of prolonged chaos – as EU directives are unpicked and new regulations envisaged – are being balanced by acknowledgement that referendum hype heightened anxieties on both sides.

A recent report ‘Brexit: Assessing the ESG Implications’ by Sustainalytics argues that the probability of policy changes in most areas affecting waste management remains ‘low or moderate’ because UK foundational law underpins EU directives.

Report co-author Doug Morrow said: “On both sides of the debate, the Leave and the Stay, there was an exaggeration of what it will mean for UK companies.”

But there are fears that air quality and waste reduction commitments could be abandoned as Britain frees itself from EU directives. Reconomy’s blog takes a closer look at how the UK’s waste management and construction sectors are assessing their industry prospects post-Brexit.

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Coatech wins at the North Wales Young Business Awards

Coatech was delighted to win a prestigious accolade at the recent ‘North Wales Young Business Awards’ at a glittering ceremony held at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

Coatech beat off strong competition to win the ‘Best Partnership’ Award for brother/sister management team Mathew and Emma Shufflebotham. The Company was also a finalist in the ‘People’s Choice Award Category’

The awards night was a fantastic celebration of the hard work, achievements and dedication of business owners and managers all under the age of 35, from a wide range of industries across North Wales.

The Best Partnership Award category recognises the team that possesses strong business acumen, and works together to strive for excellence across all aspects of the business. Factors such as fantastic business ethics, customer service and working in partnership with their employees to achieve success were all key to standing out in this category

Contracts Director, Mathew Shufflebotham, said: “Winning this award at the NWYBA is a fantastic achievement for Coatech and a great opportunity to put the Resin Flooring industry on the map. We hope that it will help us with our plans to develop and grow our business further”

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The Resin Mill shortlisted for Business Award

Resin Bound Supplier in the final three for prestigious business award, “New Business of the Year”.

The Resin Mill, leading suppliers of resin bound and bonded materials, is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted as one of the final three in the category of “Business Hub Kirklees – New Business of the Year”, delivered by the largest and longest standing business awards event, the Examiner Business Awards.

The Examiner Business Awards recognise the unsung heroes of the local business community – the organisations and individuals who contribute in great measure to the regional economy by their efforts in areas such as innovation, creativity, community involvement and overseas trade.

The awards will be presented on 3rd November at John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield.

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Sika create superb new Training and Showroom Area

Global building product manufacturer, Sika, has transformed the basement of its Preston centre into a stunning training conference room. The five-figure refurbishment at Sika House includes an interactive showroom area where visitors can discover a range of top-quality Sika products.

The renovation project was a collaborative, in-house venture which called upon the experience and expertise of Sika staff from across the UK and Europe. Sika solutions were used to build and fit-out the entire facility.

The conference training room has capacity to host up to 40 people. A breakout showroom area features products from Sika’s entire range of construction-based solutions, while augmenting the exhibition space are a series of interactive TV screens. These provide a useful information tool for visitors on the scope and availability of high-quality Sika products.

Staff across all levels of the Sika business played their part in the refurbishment. Architect interns took the opportunity to learn about the company’s products on a “live” project by proposing design concepts which included remodelling the floor plan, as changes were made throughout the build.

The project was also an opportunity to showcase the newly-launched Sikagard® Hygienic coating 400 Series, a solution specifically for hygiene-critical environments and applied to the converted basement’s walls. In preparation for the installation of the Sika Flooring systems, the main floor substrate was levelled using the new Sikafloor®-300 Rapid Level, an extremely low emission cement-based, self-levelling compound which was used in conjunction with the seamless Sika ComfortFloor®, a smooth, low VOC, coloured elastic resin floor offering superb comfort, high levels of wear and noise resistance, and excellent crack-bridging properties.

The aesthetics of the facility is further enhanced by the design freedom of specifying ComfortFloor, allowing for a creative design finish to be applied using bespoke colour patterns throughout the space. The result of this Europe-wide team effort is a modern, attractive conference training room and showroom facility; a vital development hub for current and future Sika staff, and the ultimate public showcase for Sika’s unrivalled product range.

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Landfill Tax Update – What Will It Cost You and Your Supply Chain

Reconomy’s latest blog posting takes a closer look at what these ongoing landfill tax rises could potentially mean for you and your supply chain.

As of April 2016, landfill tax rates have risen across the UK. The standard rate is now £84.40 per tonne, and that rate is set to increase even more over the coming years. While the devolved governments are yet to announce their prices, English companies already know that they’ll be charged £88.95 per tonne to use landfills by 2018.

These charges represent a significant outlay for the construction industry, so it’s no wonder that more and more companies are looking to adopt waste management best practices to keep these costs down. So just what will the landfill tax rises cost you and your supply chain, and how can you mitigate the rising prices of waste disposal?

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Instarmac Products at the Touch of a Button

Instarmac is proud to announce the launch of its new product planner App. The App has been developed using the latest mobile app development technology and has been designed with customers’ needs in mind.

Have you ever been stuck on site with no internet connection and need to find out how quickly your tile adhesive will set? When your pothole repair can be trafficked? Which smoothing underlayment you should use? The new Instarmac Product Planner App completely solves this problem!

Each of Instarmac’s 6 brands – UltraCrete, UltraScape, UltraTile, UltraFloor, Wondertex and Granfix – have dedicated product pages allowing the user to find information easily and quickly. What’s more, each product has its own enhanced product calculator and technical and safety datasheets which can be accessed and downloaded without the need for an internet connection.

The App boasts many features including tutorial videos, an easy to use search function and a ‘Favourites’ list where the user can keep a list of their most favoured products and brands, allowing them to access information even more quickly when on-site.

Users can also be kept up-to-date with all the latest product developments at Instarmac via the App notifications.

The Instarmac Product Planner is FREE to download on Google Play and in the App Store now.

DCP acquires Everlac GB

Don Construction Products (DCP) is pleased to announce its newest acquisition in Haverhill, United Kingdom, Everlac GB Ltd.

Everlac has an excellent track record in developing and producing coating and finishing products for more than 35 years. It produces products for many industries but specialises in sports coatings. Everlac offers coating solutions for tennis courts, multisport surfaces, netball courts, gym floors, and playgrounds. Everlac uses the best in modern coatings technology to satisfy the needs of the contractor and player using the sports facility.

Everlac prides itself in using the latest of resin and coating technologies to give brighter pigmentation, longer lasting and harder wearing coats without the environmental issues associated with solvent based coatings. Its dedication to high quality and bespoke products that cater to all customer needs has made is it so successful in the last 10 years that their products are now supplied through their wholly owned subsidiary ‘Sports Coatings Ltd.’

DCP has been looking for some time to expand its manufacturing base, particularly on the resin side and since early this year has been working towards this acquisition, which has recently been completed. Lesley Clarke, Business Development Manager at DCP, comments, “Everyone at DCP is delighted to be working with the team at Everlac, this has given us the opportunity to offer an improved range of quality products to our customers at very competitive prices within the market. Over the next few months we will be working hard with everyone there to bring more products on board and look forward to releasing more information as it becomes available.

RSL gets the best from Polyaspartic technology to develop new range

The UK’s leading specialist manufacturer of resin floor and wall finishes, RSL, will launch Elladur™ this month taking the very best of polyaspartic technology to the next level.

An experienced team of chemists and product developers at Resin Surfaces Ltd has devised a new generation of polyaspartic materials with game-changing benefits for the marketplace. Martin Wroe, Commercial Director at RSL said: “We have been road-testing Elladur™ in key markets with specialist contractors for the last 12 months and are very excited to be bringing the Elladur™ range to market this Autumn. It meets the need for efficient, greener flooring solutions – and thanks to the skills of our chemists – is a truly innovative take on a proven material which used to be challenging to handle – not anymore.” The most common barriers to effective flooring solutions using polyaspartics have been length of pot life and odours present during application and impact on the environment. Elladur™ is the first resin solution to combat all of these issues. At the same time, it delivers the durability, performance, and quality that you come to expect from an RSL floor. The range is fast-curing, even at low temperatures, solvent free, UV stable, low odour, and can be applied to a wide range of substrates in a variety of applications. By reducing installation time from days to just a few hours Elladur™ has already helped RSL make serious inroads into the custodial and retail sectors, both of whom need a super swift return to service and minimal disruption. But this key benefit is of interest to companies in many industrial and commercial environments. Pharma and manufacturing are key targets going forward. Being low odour, Elladur™ also helps contractors speed up completion times. An Elladur™ surface can be back in full working order long before competitor products.

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Coatech nominated for prestigious award

Coatech is delighted to announce that they have recently been shortlisted as finalists in the forthcoming ‘North Wales Young Business Awards’.

The awards recognise and celebrate the dedication and achievements of business owners under the age of 35.

Coatech has been nominated in two categories, the first being best ‘Best Partnership’ for brother/sister team Mathew and Emma Shufflebotham, and also for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ category which recognises ‘excellence, performance and commitment to customer service’.

The ‘People’s Choice Award’ category, is a public vote and you can vote for Coatech at http://www.nwyba.co.uk/peoples-choice-award/

The winners will be announced in a prestigious black-tie event being held at Venue Cymru, North Wales on September 17th.

Its a fast F1 finish with Husqvarna PG 820 RC

Husqvarna PG 820 RC gives a facelift to Formula One circuit in Germany.

At the end of July a somewhat unusual surface preparation mission was completed. 5.000 square meters of a thick lacquer layer was removed from the Hockenheimring Formula One circuit in Germany. The Hockenheimring maintenance team had a challenging task ahead. They needed to remove old advertising spaces from the ground at the Hockenheimring Formula One circuit in Baden-Württemburg, Germany.

The difficult part was removing the thick lacquer layer that was piled over decades without damaging the pavement. And all that on an area of 5.000 square meters. The Hockenheimring team had been looking for a fast and effective solution for a long time, when they finally found and decided to invest in the PG 820 RC floor grinder.

The team had a very distinct deadline, they needed to finish the work by the end of July, in time for the big annual Formula One event “Der große Preis von Deutschland”.

The German Husqvarna surface preparation specialist, Karl-Heinz Butz, trained the Hockenheimring team in how to operate the machine. He also gave overall support to the whole project. “The team was very eager to learn and the remote-control was really a big advantage when preparing an area as big as this one”, says Karl-Heinz.

He continues: “The time window in which we had access to work on the pavement was limited. Actually, due to regular practise on the circuit, we could only use the machines between 6 and 9am. Therefore the machine had to be very effective and fast. PG 820 RC is both.

The job was completed in time and the customer was very pleased with the result. They will continue to use their PG 820 RC on the same areas over and over again in order to remove and replace different promotions that are painted on the ground. They will also use the machine for preparing the tracks. That way they can adjust the track to fit different needs and create the suitable conditions for instance dragster racing as well as Formula One.

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Kemtile appoints estimator / surveyor Paul Doyle

Kemtile – the hygienic flooring, wall systems and drainage specialists based in Warrington – has further strengthen its capabilities with the appointment of Paul Doyle as Estimator / Surveyor.

Paul brings with him to Kemtile a decade’s experience in surveying and estimating for specialist resin flooring projects.

Prior to that, Paul had undertaken similar roles within the construction sector – working on a wide variety of projects including general building, refurbishments and facades.

His experience and understanding of such a breadth of construction projects is set to greatly enhance Kemtile’s already excellent service offering. He is now one of the company’s first points of contact with food and drink manufacturing clients – providing expert pricing and surveying advice for both BASF Ucrete polyurethane resin floors and Kagetec ceramic tiling systems.

Paul said: “It goes without saying that I’m delighted to have joined the team here at Kemtile. The company’s outstanding reputation is founded on its high standards of delivery on projects and excellent management from start to finish – and I wanted to be a part of it.

“I believe that my previous experience stands me in good stead to continue to provide our clients with the levels of knowledge, expertise and service for which Kemtile is renowned. I’m very much looking forward to developing my role and experience here.

Stephen Westley, Joint Managing Director at Kemtile, says: “Paul brings with him proven experience of the specialist flooring sector, which makes us even better equipped to meet needs of our growing client base within the food and drink processing sectors.

“As our client base grows we need to ensure that we increase our team. Paul’s appointment enables us to continue to grow our capabilities and we are delight to welcome him to the Kemtile team.”

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New Husqvarna DC 6000 – greater performance and efficiency

The new Husqvarna DC 6000 comes with a self-opening gate valve, new filter and an improved raise and lower function. With all the updates, the new DC 6000 is more user-friendly and contributes to higher efficiency and greater performance.

The new DC 6000 is more automated, thus enabling the operator to grind non-stop and keep a better focus on the result.

”With the functions of the new gate valve, the cyclone with dust is auto-dumped every three minutes. This prevents overfilling and saves time for the user”, says Joakim Leff-Hallstein, Global Product Manager Floor Grinding, Husqvarna Construction Products. “In addition, DC 6000 comes with an improved filter which enhances cleaning and keeps a continuous air flow over time.”

Another update on the dust collector are the cones on the cyclone and filter units. The cones ensure that the dust remains in the bag after being dumped. It is also easy to see how full the dust collector is while operating. Also, DC 6000 has an improved raise and lower functionality. It is now a one man operation to lower and raise the unit, with a rail attached to the lower frame and bearings attached to the upper frame.

“All the updates combined mean higher efficiency and significantly less dust on the floor and in the air, which saves time but also contributes to a more healthy environment for the users. I am sure that the new version of our DC 6000 will receive a warm welcome on the market”,concludes Joakim Leff-Hallstein.

Main benefits

Self-opening gate valve

• New HEPA 13 filter

• Cones on the cyclone and filter

• Improved transport position

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RonaDeck Low VOC Tool Cleaner/Trowel Finishing Aid

Ronacrete introduces a new low VOC trowel cleaner to its RonaDeck range of resin bound and bonded surfacing products.

RonaDeck Low VOC Tool Cleaner/Trowel Finishing Aid is an eco friendly solvent which is readily biodegradable with low volatile organic compound emissions. It is used for removing uncured polyurethane and epoxy resins from equipment used in the resin bound surfacing and resin bonded surfacing application process. Regular cleaning with RonaDeck Low VOC Tool Cleaner/Trowel Finishing Aid will ensure that equipment is sufficiently clean and prolong usable life.

RonaDeck Low VOC Tool Cleaner/Trowel Finishing Aid is an effective alternative to white spirit, Xylene and other volatile solvents. The product cleans more efficiently, because the solvent is slow to evaporate, providing more working time, when compared with acetone, cellulose thinners and other highly volatile solvents.

Features and benefits

• Low VOC content

• Low odour

• Biodegradable

• Non Chlorinated

• Not dangerous for transportation

• High flash point > 800C

For more information about RonaDeck Low VOC Tool Cleaner/Trowel Finishing Aid and other products in the RonaDeck range visit http://www.resin-bound-and-bonded-surfacing.ronacrete.co.uk/, email tech @ ronacrete.co.uk or phone 01279 638700.

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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

National Flooring Goes Tree Planting

The National Flooring Company demonstrated its continuing commitment to environmental issues by supporting a local tree planting initiative.

In 2010 the Peterborough Environmental City Trust (PECT) launched Forest for Peterborough, a project which aims to plant over 180,000 trees by 2030. The scheme is run in conjunction with Investors in the Environment, a not for profit environmental accrediation scheme that was first established to help local businesses in Cambridge. Forest for Peterborough relies heavily on volunteered support to reach this target and as a result runs volunteer days around the Peterborough area.

Working towards their green accreditation for the 3rd year running, The National Flooring Company, along with sister company, Degafloor, volunteered to help towards this target in the Bretton Woods area of Peterborough. To gain one of their “essential actions” set out to achieve the green status, staff members and their families, gave up their spare times on a Saturday morning to help plant trees. The company’s efforts meant that over 200 trees were planted which enabled the initiative to reach their yearly target.

The National Flooring Company has a continued commitment towards environmental initiatives and believes that supporting a local not for profit organisation is not only beneficial in achieving the company’s aims but also in improving the local area.

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Remmers Website – New, Improved & Accessible on the Move

Remmers UK Ltd has given their website a fresh new look and the fluent, responsive design means that it can now also be viewed on both desktop and mobile devices easily.

The new site enables all visitors access to a wide range of detailed information quickly and efficiently.

Highlights include Remmers product catalogues, technical data sheets, in-house and NBS specification guides, colour charts, literature and system specific project references along with a host of other helpful product and system information. The website also has an up-to-date news section and integrated social media links to Remmers Twitter, Facebook and Linked-In pages.

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Screeding Apprentices continue with their practical modules

The second specialist screed training module took place this month at The Preparation Group’s excellent training facility in Lincoln.

Following a day of classroom theory from industry expert Andy Vincent of Tekfloor, the apprentices on this scheme had the opportunity to mix, pump and lay a calcium sulphate screed under the professional tuition of Andrew Hill of PFT Central.

The two-year specialist apprenticeship scheme has been developed to meet the specific requirements of the screeding sector and this module was supported by Tekfloor, Frances Flowers and Anhydritec with the provision of materials and technical guidance.

The apprentices will take their next modules at Instarmac in September. Learners in this group are: Michael Gibbs and Thomas Henderson of Trent Construction Services and (not in photo) Jordan Burgess and Scott Barclay of TPS360.

Sika Provides the Solution for Hygiene Critical Environments

Global building products manufacturer, Sika, has launched Sikagard® a new range of high performance, ultra-low emissions wall coatings that offers the simplest and most effective method of achieving a seamless surface when exceptional hygiene is paramount.

Designed for the most demanding hygienic environments including hospitals, pharmaceutical laboratories, food and beverage production facilities, the Sikagard® range provides far more than traditional paints, with exceptional durability and enhanced resistance to cracking.

For the installer, Sikagard® offers easy application by brush, roller or spray applied systems. This water based, low odour solution is fast drying with the ability to apply two coats in one working day. Compatible with most common substrates, once applied it offers good resistance to repeated cleaning regimes.

With good air quality a vital consideration in any indoor environment, Sikagard® offers ultra-low emissions. With over 97% reduction in VOCs, the product has an A+ rating, according to a leading European labelling scheme, which is significantly ahead of any Europe-wide requirements.

In applications which may require enhanced impact resistance, the Sikagard® hygiene coatings can be reinforced with Sika® Reemat glass fibre matting which is available in two grades – Sika® Reemat Lite and Sika® Reemat Premium. The material is easily incorporated into the Sikagard® systems which once cured provide a high performance, seamless finish that is both highly durable and aesthetically pleasing.

“The new Sikagard 400 range reinforces our position and an innovator and market leader,” commented Mark Gatrell, Research and Development Manager at Sika. “In demanding hygiene environments like operating theatres, standard paints are no match for this new range of specifically developed hygienic coatings.”

Available in a wide spectrum of colours, the Sikagard® hygienic coatings range offers the aesthetic flexibility and design adaptability to match your project needs.

RSL promotes Dale Banton to National Sales Manager

Resin Surfaces Ltd (RSL) has handed the top UK sales job in the firm to a consistently high performing Business Development Manager.

Dale Banton, who has been with the specialist manufacturers of resin floor and wall finishes for three years, has taken over as National Sales Manager and will report to Jeremy Waterhouse, Sales Director. He will be responsible for a team of business development managers covering England, Scotland and Wales.

Dale made his name at the firm managing new business development opportunities with customers, architects and facilities management companies. He was also active in maintaining relationships with customers in a key account development and project management role. He forged effective links with regional and national flooring contractors and was involved in showcasing customer work to promote the RSL brand. He also consistently delivered against sales targets and has now been rewarded.

Jeremy Waterhouse said of the appointment: “Dale has shown great commitment in the last three years and nurtured and developed key relationships which have undoubtedly contributed to exceptionally strong growth for the firm as a whole. The new national position is recognition of that fact and our belief that he can now push on to achieve a great deal more at a UK level.”

Dale Banton commented: “I have really enjoyed the last three years here and am delighted to now have the chance to move the national sales strategy forward in 2016 and beyond.

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FeRFA Resin 14 apprentices go with the flow and complete practical training

The 14th group of resin apprentices finished their formal training this month with their final session on flowable screeds, this included a day of classroom tuition with Terry Foxley, the FeRFA Trainer, followed by a second day of practical sessions.

FeRFA member, Instarmac, supplied all the materials and hosted the training at their Tamworth facility. PFT Central were on hand to guide the apprentices through each step of the process of mixing and laying pumped screeds. The group were shown the correct setting up procedure of the M-tec mixing pump, preparation of the floor area, setting levels, how to carry out flow tests and safe operation of the pump.

As well as getting hands-on experience with the pump, which is an essential part of the scheme, the apprentices gained invaluable advice on laying techniques.

The feedback from the group was excellent and they enjoyed the experience of handling pumped screeds and using specialist pumping equipment.

Candidates in this group are:

Andrew Siddons (Central Flooring), Thomas Singleton (John Lord), Warren Woodward & Lee Youds (Mike Thelwell Flooring Ltd), Ben Gladman & Tom Hogg-Beck (Polydeck Resins), Aeron Lumley (Protective Coating Systems UK Ltd, Lloyd Davies (Page Industrial Flooring) and Stephen Cox

This last module completes the apprentices formal training and they will continue to gain practical experience under supervision with their own companies to prepare for their on-site assessments. Successful candidates will be awarded their full NVQ Diploma Level 2 at FeRFA’s Awards Event in November.

FeRFA Apprentices learn the art of self-smoothing at BASF

BASF hosted another practical training session for FeRFA apprentices at their training facility in Redditch.

FeRFA trainer, Terry Foxley, spent two days with the group (the 15th in resin flooring) giving them expert advice and guidance on the installation of self smoothing systems and creating coving details using materials supplied by BASF. The two day sessions included both classroom and practical sessions so all the apprentices could get hands-on experience. The apprentices can now take the techniques they learnt into the workplace and continue their training under supervision with their employers.

The apprentices in group 15 are:

Christopher Davey (IRL Group Ltd), Alex Bowers (John Lord & Son Ltd), Paul Ratcliffe, Anthony Rowell and Matthew Haines (Midland Industrial Flooring), Anthony O’Keeffe (Senso) and Robert Atkins (Central Flooring Services) and Stephen Cox from group 14, pictured with FeRFA trainer Terry Foxley – far left.

The group has two more modules to complete – one on Flowable Screeds and a final module on Screeds and Covings. They will then move on to the assessment phase of the apprenticeship and continue to gain experience through on site supervised training with their employers towards their NVQ level 2 Diploma in Flooring: In Situ Resin.

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Flowcrete Group Appoints Craig Brookes as President

Flowcrete Group Ltd has appointed Craig Brookes, previously the Flowcrete Group Vice-President and International Managing Director, to spearhead global operations as its new President.

Craig Brookes has been working at Flowcrete for 20 years and over this time he has been instrumental to Flowcrete’s rapid growth, with a highly successful personal track record of building and sustaining businesses across different global markets. The global leader in polymer flooring technology promoted him to the role after former President, Mark Greaves, stepped up as President of The Euclid Group, the construction chemicals group within the multi-national company, RPM International Inc.

Craig Brookes said: “Being appointed President of Flowcrete Group is an incredible honour, especially as over my two decades at Flowcrete I’ve seen the company expand and grow from a small UK business to a world leader in resin flooring active across six continents. “Now, Flowcrete Group has never been better placed to capitalise on our geographical infrastructure, advanced technology and extensive expertise to provide resin flooring materials to more construction projects than ever before – regardless of whether the development is in London, Chicago, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, Chennai or Dubai.” “I’m delighted to have been chosen to lead the company into a new, exciting and ever more profitable future.”

In 2000, Craig Brookes re-located from the UK to Malaysia to establish manufacturing operations in Kuala Lumpur, building a central hub for Flowcrete’s operations across the Asia Pacific and Central Asia. Since then Mr Brookes has also championed state-of-the-art manufacturing centres in Johannesburg, Durban and Chennai as well as distribution facilities in Sydney, Cape Town, Nairobi, Jakarta, Bangkok, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.

A keen sport and car enthusiast, Craig Brookes lives in Kuala Lumpur with his wife Karen and has two grown-up daughters Shelby (23) and Remi (19).

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UltraFloor launches new flowable bulking concrete

UltraFloor is delighted to announce the launch of Fill IT, a rapid setting, rapid drying flowable bulking concrete for internal and external use.

The addition of this exciting new product to the UltraFloor range provides a quick and cost-effective alternative to the labour and time intense traditional method of mixing underlayments with aggregates.

UltraFloor Fill IT is a general purpose, rapid setting flowable backfilling concrete designed to eliminate bulking of underlayments on site with aggregates. It is ideal for deep section repairs, unwanted utility and drainage channels and access covers. Its self-compacting flow properties make it a very easy material to apply to a variety of internal and external substrates. The product is suitable for application depths from 30mm – 300mm in one pass, and its rapid setting and drying properties allow it to be covered with final floor finishes within 24 hours.

The product’s formulation is enhanced with added fibres for extra strength reinforcement and is shrinkage compensated for a seamless finish. What’s more its excellent flow eliminates the need for using a trowel when applying. UltraFloor Fill IT has a working time of 5 – 10 minutes and a set time of 20 minutes.

The product is packaged in a 25kg poly bag which contains both the cement and aggregate components ready for mixing with water.

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Celebrating 50 years of Schlüter®-Systems

1966 was a significant year for German tiler, Werner Schlüter, because he founded the company Fliesen-Schlüter and the very beginning of Schlüter-Systems.

This year sees the 50th anniversary of Schlüter-Systems and what an important half-century it has been; from those early days as a tile layer to a company that has evolved into seven subsidiaries globally; steeped in heritage and leaving a legacy that continually strives to push boundaries, technology and innovation to revolutionise the industry.

We all take things for granted, we expect things to work and last a long time. The testing and quality control that goes into Schlüter products mean you can expect the very best and won’t be disappointed. This ethos underpins the service and support element of the business too, not just the systems and solutions Schlüter provide.

Schlüter-Systems guarantees lasting installations today and always, from the original tile profile Schlüter®-SCHIENE that founded the business, to tried, tested and trusted solutions such as Schlüter®-DITRA 25, which has provided uncoupling, waterproofing and vapour resistant properties since 1987; through to the latest innovations such as Schlüter®-DITRA-HEAT-TB, their most effective electric underfloor heating solution yet; and Schlüter®-LIPROTEC, intelligent technology that combines lighting and profiles within the covering.

Staff from the UK subsidiary were invited to the new Schlüter-WORKBOX in Germany to join in the celebrations with the Schlüter family and their colleagues worldwide. The Schlüter-WORKBOX is a state-of-the-art training centre. It was recently awarded a Platinum Certificate by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) – the highest certificate level offered by the Council for buildings of this kind.

To meet the certification criteria, Schlüter-Systems extensively relied on the company’s own solutions, such as the thermal comfort floor Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM as well as natural construction materials.

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New Floor Grinder PG 680 RC from Husqvarna

New Husqvarna PG 680 RC – with unique oscillation function for greater productivity

Husqvarna can now present a brand new floor grinder – Husqvarna PG 680 RC – with a unique oscillation function. This allows the operator to mimic manual operation movements for higher efficiency and greater productivity. At the same time, PG 680 RC is flexible and fits through a standard door opening.

The oscillation is a new function for all Husqvarna’s remote controlled floor grinders. With it, the user achieves the best possible grinding pattern by adjusting amplitude and frequency. It also gives a flatter floor by eliminating so called ridges otherwise created between passes. At the same time, the oscillation function saves time for the operator, as you only have to go over the floor once with the machine, instead of using the cross hatching technique.

Another advantage with oscillation is that you get a broader sweep of the grinder when operating and this reduces ridging on soft floors. The remote control function that comes with PG 680 RC can also be tailored to different surfaces to achieve superior results.

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Key Appointments Strengthen Flooring Specialist

Conica Ltd, the Newark-based international sports, play and functional flooring specialist, has added to its growing team with two new sales appointments.

Paul Maidment has joined the company as Chief Sales Officer. As the company’s new CSO, he will focus on generating additional revenue through a shift in focus to the company’s functional flooring range.

“CONICA isn’t a business that needs fixing, it’s one that requires additional revenue and a renewed focus,” explains Paul. “I’ve joined a market-leading organisation with exceptional levels of customer service.

“We see the opportunity to develop business further with our functional flooring range as showcased in Switzerland. By promoting the range in the UK, focusing on recruiting new partners and a specialist external sales team, we could boost business hugely.”

Paul has held senior positions for a large number of high profile building materials companies including Saint Gobain, SIG plc and Lafarge. His expertise will help in promoting CONICA’s range of flooring systems to the building sector.

Also joining the CONICA team is Michael Davis, as the new Business Development Manager. Michael has worked in the sports construction industry since 2001, primarily with pitch contractors and sports floodlighting, notably as National Sales and Marketing Manager for McArdle Sport Tec, and has a wealth of expertise in the field.

“I have an awful lot of industry contacts,” he enthuses. “And my main role with CONICA is to essentially expand our portfolio and make sure that key pitch contractors are aware of the depth and breadth of our sports flooring range.”

CONICA is confident that Paul and Michael’s combined industry insight, sales expertise and core contacts will help guide the company to an even more flourishing future.

For more information about CONICA’s range of sports, play and functional flooring ranges, visit www.conica.com

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Concrete restoration made easier with Husqvarna’s smaller grinding machines

Husqvarna’s range of smaller grinding machines make the restoration of concrete even easier.

The Husqvarna PG 280 and Husqvarna PG 450 are robust, compact and easy to transport.

PG 450 has a planetary drive and is a versatile and easy to use grinding machine that can do all kinds of applications, such as concrete grinding, coating removal, concrete repair and polishing. It can also be used for the popular HiPERFLOOR® polished concrete solution. In addition, the planetary drive guarantees a flatter surface. PG 450 has single phase power which means it can be used in both industrial and domestic applications.

When developing PG 450, Husqvarna also took the opportunity to update the existing smaller machine, PG 280 with the same chassis. “On the PG 280, we have also added an edge grinding function with a wall protector for controlled edge grinding”, says Joakim Leff-Hallstein. PG 280 is also equipped with a new wheel setting with foot pedal, a lid cover and improved segment placement for diamond tools.

Both machines are now even more robust, compact and easy to use and transport.

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