FeRFA Annual General Meeting 2020

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the members of FeRFA Limited will be held online on Friday 27th November 2020 at 12pm.

All members are welcome to attend. Due to the current restrictions, the meeting will be held virtually.

Please email the office on secretariat@ferfa.org.uk for details on how to join the meeting. 

Screeders Are Part of the Latest Solution to Surface Insulation

Warmfill Ltd are providing screeders with an opportunity to add a lucrative service to their portfolio – to be involved in another stage of the base preparations. Indeed, the most profitable stage . . .

THE INSULATION

Warmfill are experiencing a journey of growth, and with that, are interested in developing relationships with established screeding firms throughout the UK and Ireland.

To discover the commercial viability of this opportunity contact Warmfill Ltd on www.warmscreed.com, +44 (0)28 9042 793, or email grace@warmfill.com

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Fosroc Joint Sealant Selection

Although a relatively small budget component of a flooring project, when sealant works fail,the repercussions and access costs can be extreme – which makes the correct selection of joint sealant very important. Fosroc can advise on the correct product for your application from their range of joint sealants including:

Nitoseal MS300 – one-part floor joint sealant, for heavily trafficked areas where a tougher seal is required. Nitoseal MS300’s primer-less application and fast rate of cure enable joint sealing work to be completed quickly. Its advanced technology enables it to bond to damp surfaces and not stain decorative stone materials. It is suitable for saw cut and perimeter joints. Nitoseal MS300 is used in stadia in conjunction with Fosroc’s Flamex S to provide a trafficked, fire rated joint.

Nitoseal PU800 –  two-component gun grade sealant for internal joints subject to heavy loading and abrasion, or where chemical resistance is required. Easily installed to give a flush finish it can be used in factories, warehouses, distribution centres as well as shopping centres. It is particularly effective where there is forklift truck traffic.

Thioflex 555 – two-component fast curing joint sealant ensuring rapid return to service (30 minutes machine grade, 4 hours hand grade). It has excellent bonding and movement capabilities and is ideally suited for fast installation due to its high extrusion rates. Thioflex 555 is extremely versatile and can be used in a wide range of applications and its high durability ensures a long service life.

Thioflex 600 – two-component, gun and pouring grade, sealant for sealing movement joints in building and civil engineering structures, including superstructures, floors, basements and subways. Thioflex 600 has excellent adhesion to most common substrates, providing a tough seal and high chemical resistance.

For further information on the Fosroc sealant range or advice in choosing the appropriate sealant for your project contact enquiryuk@fosroc.com.

You can also view Fosroc’s latest webinar ‘A Guide to Joint Sealants’ by registering here.

WARMSCREED Insulated Floor Screed Launch New Products for the Floor Screed Industry

Warmfill has manufactured and supplied expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation products to the insulation industry in UK and Ireland for over 20 years. 

From their factory, based in the Port of Larne, Co Antrim, they can supply products to meet their customer requirements.

 Why is Warmscreed & WS2020 so exceptional? 

  • For new build and retro fit installing to floors 
  • Mix on site using our treated beads – just add cement & water 
  • Deliver with traditional pumping methods or barrow 

Warmscreed & WS2020 advantages 

  • High Profits with low start-up costs 
  • Simply mix WARMSCREED – with CEM1 and water 
  • Pump to the floor void and float to level finish 
  • Fast drying! Robust! No thermal brakes or bridging! 
  • Suitable for UFH systems 
  • Finish with traditional top coat screed and resins 

 For full details, call Warmscreed on +44 28 90 427933 or email sales@warmfill.com. Full details on request or visit warmfill.com 

Fosroc Launch Patchroc 250

Fosroc have been manufacturing concrete repair mortars for over 50 years. During that time they have built up a fantastic reputation for developing and manufacturing cutting edge technology products. To complement their existing floor repair mortars Patchroc and Paveroc, Fosroc have recently launched Patchroc 250. Patchroc 250 is a one part cementitious repair mortar that has the following characteristics: –

  • Can be applied at a thickness from 25 – 250mm in one pour
  • Fast strength gain allows a return to traffic in 2 hours at 20oC
  • Can be used as a trafficable surface
  • Ready for the application of resin products in as little as 3 – 4 hours depending on the temperature
  • Low heat generation and low hydration shrinkage reduces the risk of cracking even at high application thicknesses
  • No need for a primer
  • Effective in low temperatures
  • Easy to apply and can be mixed to a trowellable or fluid consistency

Patchroc 250 can be used on repairs internally or externally and is strong enough to receive a number of resin finishes having been tested to BS EN 1504 – 3 R4 class. Read more here.

For further information on this or any other of our Fosroc repair products please get in touch with Chris Orme on Chris.Orme@Fosroc.com or 07747 762277.

Chris Orme Joins Fosroc

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

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

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

VI Distribution Continue To Operate And Deliver

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

Supply Chain and Product Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the VI website for information on all available products.

Kemtile Director Stephen Westley Retires

Stephen Westley, who has run the Kemtile hygienic flooring business with co-director Jamie Cook, for over 40 years, is retiring and moving to an ad hoc consultancy position from this month.

The move follows the acquisition of Kemtile by US-based RPM Performance Coatings Group 18 months ago.

Stephen has been working with Jamie and the senior management team at RPM since then to effect a smooth integration of Kemtile people and service delivery within the wider Group, which serves 65 countries worldwide.

Stephen’s role will be shared going forward. Chris Cloherty has joined the business as General Manager, responsible for office management, finance and administration, and Robert Whelan has become Operations Manager, both reporting into Operations Director Jamie Cook, who will continue to lead the business in the new era. 

The acquisition has seen a joining of forces with leading resin flooring manufacturers Stonhard in the UK, and Kemtile’s ambition is to become the single source solution of choice for UK commercial flooring needs in a range of markets.

Stephen has been involved in hygienic flooring all his working life since joining Ab-Chem Limited in Trafford Park in 1979.  Leaving there in 1987 Stephen formed Williamson Corrosion Control with Maurice Williamson in Crewe and eventually Sandbach, which is where he met co-Director Jamie, working on a floor for him at Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries. Jamie joined the business soon after.

In 1996 they set up Cook Industrial Services, also in Sandbach, to carry out mainly floor tiling. Two years later they met Terry Hardman, who owned Kemtile, which mainly laid resin floors.  In no time there was a deal done to merge the companies under the Kemtile brand.

Stephen and Jamie grew the business from £0.7m to over £12m turnover in twenty years, culminating – for Stephen – in its own recent sale.

Stephen reflected that the years seem to have gone in a flash and commented: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Kemtile, and my working years as a whole, and have been lucky that it has given me a good life. It is not been without its dramas – what business is – but we have survived all sorts and we sold with great pride to RPM in July 2018.

“We knew that we had built a highly respected business, well worthy of being part of a worldwide group as prestigious as them.”

He continued: “We have been lucky to have such an excellent team in the office, on the sites, in the warehouse and with sub-contractors over the years. We’ve all worked hard and had many laughs along the way, despite us employing too many supporters of football teams who play in red!”  Stephen is a very keen Manchester City fan! 

Speaking of the prospects for Kemtile as part of RPM, Stephen added:  “The future looks very bright – despite the present Covid-19 upheaval – for Kemtile and Stonhard in the UK. It is a great fit and with the new products, additional staff, support and financial stability I am sure it will take Kemtile to the next level and deliver market leadership for many years to come.”

Stephen’s wife Carol, who has managed the company accounts since 1998, is also retiring.

Stephen said: “I would like to thank Carol, as none of this would have been possible without her support, hard work, dedication and excellent accounting skills over the years.” 

Jamie Cook said that Stephen’s contribution had been immeasurable and he would be missed.

“When you work alongside someone for 20 years you get to know them well and I am very proud of all we achieved in that time, the amazing team we built around us  – including Carol, of course, who kept us on the financial straight and narrow.

“The foundations we laid – literally – have set us on course now for an exciting future.  I am delighted that Stephen will still be part of that for a while so we can draw on his vast experience of the hygienic flooring market. We wish him and Carol well as they start a new chapter in their lives.”

FeRFA ANNOUNCES SHORTLIST FOR 2019 AWARDS

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.

The winners will be announced at the FeRFA Awards Dinner on Friday 29 November at the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre & Orchard Hotel by the host Reverend Richard Coles.

There are five Awards being presented this year for:

• Small Industrial Project of the Year

• Small Commercial Project of the Year

• Large Industrial Project of the Year

• Large Commercial Project of the Year

• Outstanding Contribution to FeRFA (there is no shortlist for this Award)

View the full press release here

FeRFA Golf Day 2019 – Results in!

FeRFA members met for the annual golf day at a sunny Erewash Valley Golf Club in Derbyshire. The event was a great success and congratulations go to the overall team winners, Altro Limited, whose team secured victory with 85 pts. Remmers UK came in a close second with 84 pts, The Preparation Group were third with 82 pts and Resdev collected the 4th place prize on count back from Uzin Arturo with 76 pts.

Longest drive was spectacularly won by Rob Harris with a drive that reached the green on the 365 yard par 4 16th hole and nearest the pin prizes from the 4th and 14th holes were collected by Alan Milner and Grant Wilson respectively.

A big thanks to all the event sponsors for their generous donations, Sika, Remmers UK, The Preparation Group, TPS360, HTC, Uzin Arturo and Long Rake Spar. Thanks also go to IRL Group for the provision of an additional prize awarded to Uzin Arturo as a consolation.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone again in 2020 when, hopefully, the sun will shine again and it will be equally enjoyable.” Tom Dossett – FeRFA Chairman

1st Place – Altro

2nd Place – Remmers
3rd Place – PPC
4th Place – Resdev

FeRFA AWARDS SHOWCASE THE BEST IN THE RESIN FLOORING SECTOR

Once again the FeRFA Best Practice Awards have highlighted and celebrated the best projects and innovation that the resin flooring industry has to offer.

The gala Awards dinner, hosted by world cup-winning former rugby player Kyran Bracken, took place at The St Johns Hotel, Solihull, on Friday 23 November and saw awards presented in five different categories, recognising the workmanship, innovation and commitment to quality shown by FeRFA member companies.

Many congratulations to this year’s winners, who are as follows. Small Industrial Project of the Year, sponsored by Boud Minerals, was won by IRL Group & Remmers. The project was at Swiftool Precision Engineering Limited, Sutton in Ashfield, where the floor was transformed from a tired-looking space into a newly refurbished workshop area and walkway colour-matched by in-pail tainting. The project was completed within 72 hours causing minimum disruption, meaning the client was able to showcase their facilities to a potential high-profile customer. The product used was Remmers Epoxy Flex PH.

 

 

The Large Industrial Project of the Year category , sponsored by ACO Building Drainage, was won by Integrated Flooring Technologies & Flowcrete for the Macallan Distillery, Scotland. Aesthetics were a critical aspect of this project, with over 21,000m 2 of flooring installed within a complex facility at a remote location. The use of resin flooring ensured that the floors in the industrial space would maintain a functional, visually attractive finish for a long period of time, with tourist areas having to withstand foot traffic of approximately 50 – 60,000 visitors per annum. The products used were Flowfresh, Peran SL and Flowcrete Quartz Structure.

 

Small Commercial Project of the Year was sponsored by Innoveo/Dorfner. The category was won by Zircon Flooring and Sika for the Leeds Art University. High-skill levels were required on this TV studio project to ensure that a totally flat floor was achieved. The performance of the specified products was crucial to create the ideal floor for the environment. It was required to be level, durable and smooth, as well as aesthetically pleasing and safe from damage caused by static electricity. The products used were Sikafloor® 161, Sikafloor® Level-30, Sikafloor® 220W, Sika Earthing Kit and Sikafloor® 262 AS N.

 

 

Large Commercial Project of the Year was sponsored by Stallard Kane Associates and was won by Coatech and Flowcrete for the Menai Science Park (M-SParc)in Gaerwen, Anglesey . The resin flooring on this project needed to reflect the high-tech, architecturally innovative principles, which are central to the new business centre. This requirement was met by using a combination of systems in a unique layout. Matching products were used internally and externally on pathways around the building and in the courtyard areas to give the impression of the surfaces flowing from inside the building through to the outside and vice-versa. The products used on the project were Flowcrete Peran Comfort, Flowcrete Rustik Glamourstone.

 

This year saw the introduction of the Innovation Award. Sponsored by Cobra Insurance, this was won by Altro for their new Quickcure Extra product. This is a rapid curing seal coat. It enables reduced downtime, resistance to water spotting and spillages, in addition to providing a hard-wearing finish.

 

 

 

FeRFA congratulates all those who won Awards this year, and also extends its thanks to those companies who entered Awards – the time and effort required to produce high quality entries is very much appreciated. Special thanks also go to the sponsors and judges and to all those who came along to the galaAwards night, helping to make the evening a highlight of the year for the resin flooring industry.

THE NEW PERSONNEL FROM FeRFA

The past summer has seen an important personnel change at FeRFA, the Resin Flooring Association, with the retirement of longstanding CEO Helen McGachie and the arrival of a new incumbent Mark Spowage

Helen had been Chief Executive at FeRFA for 13 years, during which time the Association has changed dramatically, growing its membership base, considerably increasing and diversifying the services it offers to its members, launching a highly successful recycling scheme and constantly pushing forward innovative training initiatives. Helen transformed FeRFA into the ‘go to’ resource for training in the resin flooring industry, and this undoubtedly reflects Helen’s passion for this subject more than anything else. She is now leaving the Association to enjoy a well-earned retirement.

So FeRFA is delighted to welcome its new chief executive Mark Spowage. A self-confessed “techie”, Mark views his main role as to build on the work carried out by Helen during her tenure at the top.

View the full release

September 2018

FOR DURABILITY, HYGIENE AND SLIP-RESISTANCE, IT HAS TO BE RESIN FLOORING

Resin flooring is the flooring of choice for industrial applications whether manufacturing or warehousing. These include the most aggressive environments, because of the excellent performance characteristics of resin flooring and its ability to provide a seamless, hygienic, durable and slip-resistant floor.

FeRFA, the Resin Flooring Association, represents the majority of companies in the sector and uses a classification for different resin flooring types. This is the basis of the British Standard BS8204-6. The resin types are defined from Type 1 to Type 8, based on the applied thickness of the resin system. The thickest type is greater than 6mm and is effectively impervious, for the heaviest loading and trafficking. The FeRFA classification system allows a cross-reference between products from different manufacturers, irrespective of brand names, and provides useful guidance when selecting a resin flooring system.

View the full press release

September 2018

The View From FeRFA

FeRFA – the Resin Flooring Association aims to improve its service to members and to create a ‘go to’ resource for the whole resin flooring industry with the launch of a new website this summer.

The FeRFA website has been an important resource for companies in the resin flooring industry for a number of years. This month the Association is launching an entirely new site which includes all the familiar features which the industry has come to value, such as best practice technical guidance. FeRFA’s online presence now has a refreshed, modern look and a simple, intuitive user interface.

The first impression the visitor has of the new site is that it is highly visual and image-led, showcasing some of the best resin flooring installations on the market. High quality project imagery highlights the potential of resin flooring. Case studies are divided into a number of key sectors, including manufacturing, commercial, aviation, retail and other areas. The main image on the homepage ‘rotates’, meaning that a new image comes up each time the page is refreshed, again showcasing key projects and installations. The homepage also features an updated FeRFA logo.
To make it easier than ever before to find a FeRFA member, it is possible to search on Member Category (for instance contractor or manufacturer), Flooring Type, Industry Sector or Service offered. This makes it straightforward for the industry to access the high quality services offered by FeRFA members.
The new site is built on WordPress and uses a Content Management System to enhance ease of use for both user and administrator. The fact that new content can be quickly and easily added also means that the content will be newer and more relevant than ever before. Members are able to update their entries on the site in a straightforward and intuitive fashion. Each member has their own login details, enabling them to upload, not just basic company information, but news stories and articles which they believe may be of interest to the wider resin flooring community.

The site also features very powerful Google analytical tools, so that numbers of visits, most visited pages, length of time on the site and other useful data is collected. This data can be used for further development and enhancement of the site in the future.
Up to 50 per cent of visits to most websites nowadays are from mobile devices – and this is only set to increase in the future. Visitors will therefore find that the new site is fully optimised for mobile use. Using Responsive Web Design, the site is developed in a way which allows it to perform effectively on any sized device. This includes a column layout which automatically reformats when expanded or shrunk to different resolutions. This in turn impacts on how the site rearranges itself for mobile screens, what content appears and in what order. Responsively designed sites also appear higher up in search engine rankings, making it easier for the industry to find the information that they need.

The new site can be seen at www.ferfa.org.uk

 

August 2018