Instarmac honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2022

Now in its 56th year, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the most prestigious business award in the country, with hundreds of businesses applying each year in the hope of receiving this coveted accolade.

World-class Staffordshire based manufacturer, Instarmac Group plc, are honoured to receive the highly esteemed Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade 2022 – an award only given to businesses with outstanding overseas trading activities.

On this prestigious honour, Tim Boniface, Group Finance Director at Instarmac, commented: “Everyone at Instarmac is delighted to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – even more so to receive it in the same year of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

We are very proud of our international partners and our history trading across the globe. We have been working with our manufacturing licensees for many years and are full of pride to see their success in making the world’s roads as safe as possible.

I am beyond excited to represent Instarmac at a Royal reception later this year and to welcome the Lord-Lieutenant for Staffordshire to our world-class manufacturing facilities in Tamworth.”

A specialist in the manufacture of cement and bitumen based products, Instarmac Group plc have been working with their global partners since 1998 and during that time, their International presence has gone from strength to strength.

Global Export Manager for Instarmac, Angus Longward, commented: “It has been a great honour building our network of global licensing partners. We have a fantastic relationship with every business and support them in every way we can. I look forward to welcoming more manufacturing partners to our global family in the future.”

On their partnership, Mr Tanaka, President of Shinreki, Japanese Licensee, said: “We have recently celebrated our 33 year partnership with Instarmac. During that time we have built a very successful business and are now the number one supplier of Instant Road Repair in Japan.”

Jörg Reick, Proprietor of Instamak, German Licensee, commented: “Our business has grown over the last 25 years and we have become a market-leader in Germany and surrounding countries.”

Matthew Kinson, VP Business Development, Da-Lee Pavement Products, Canadian Licensee, said: “We only started manufacturing Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair® 3 years ago and we are already turning over $1 million and building a strong reputation in Canada and the USA.”

KÖSTER Flooring Systems – Approved Applicator Training

KÖSTER Flooring Systems are running an approved applicator training course on 13th and 14th April.

Day 1 covers the full VAP vapour control system for industrial and commercial applications, including shot blasting, screeds, and heavy-duty finishes.

Day 2 – Covers our Koster VAPLite and Universal Floor systems – aimed at residential basements and smaller floor areas where shot blasting may not be practical.

Successful completion of this course will result in the participant receiving a Koster approved applicator certificate and I.D. card. listing the products covered. (Those attending only day 2, will be approved for VAPlite and Universal Floor applications).

For further details and booking form click here

Flowcrete launches game-changing new Flowcrete Mondeco formulation

Flowcrete has transformed its Mondeco seamless terrazzo flooring, developing a high-performance formulation to give architects and specifiers long-lasting beauty underfoot.

Used the world over for floors that combine quality, beauty and performance, the new collection incorporates elements of the most specified designs in Flowcrete Mondeco’s 40 year history.

The new formulation offers superior UV stability, the option of larger aggregates for extra visual impact, and a choice of 12mm and 9mm options, as well as a more economical 6-7mm version.

With a focus on exclusivity and easy specification, the new range is centred around eight collections, which together offer 32 design options, using a variety of aggregates encapsulated in a choice of four RAL coloured resins.

In-keeping with the classic origins of terrazzo, the eight collections are inspired by Italian names that reflect the unique individual qualities of each aggregate and resin mix. These include Moderno, (modern look) featuring a new, contemporary style based on a darker aggregate, Scintilla (mirror) which features mirrored glass, and Solare (radiant) a stunning design featuring on-trend yellow and orange stones.

The new UV stability formulation also enables a stunning finish to be achieved with the whiter designs in the existing range, Mondeco Arctic, which sees a new design addition, with a much whiter marble, named ‘Snow’, completing a choice of three white shades in the collection.

Developed to stylishly stand the test of time, Flowcrete Mondeco offers exceptional strength and impact resistance, combined with low maintenance requirements. It also brings solid sustainability credentials, primarily due to the longevity of the finish, which can last the lifetime of a building.

It also has a low VOC formulation and depending on the design, up to 60 per cent of Flowcrete Mondeco’s composition can also be drawn from recycled clear, coloured mirror glass chippings.

Michelle Mendes, Flowcrete Market Manager, said: “With a rich variety of colourful and decorative aggregates, seamless terrazzo is the ideal choice to transform a simple entryway or corridor into a space of power and elegance.

“Mondeco can be installed in a variety of complicated patterns and precision cut forms using brass or aluminium trims, which are laid on the surface of the floor in a matrix that designates each area of the design.

“It is so adaptable, it can be pre-cast in different moulds and shapes to create stair treads and risers, allowing for a seamless transition between the floor and wall.”

“We’ve set out to launch an enhanced seamless terrazzo flooring offer, which has been simplified in terms of the specification experience and delivers new advances in creativity and performance.

“The launch represents years of research and development, to make this stunning floor finish better than ever. It’s also much easier to install, making sure the contractor can keep to tight deadlines and work better with other trades on site.”

The new Flowcrete Mondeco range is the ideal choice for a wide variety of locations with very high footfall, from shopping centres to stadiums, in fact anywhere that needs a high performance, attractive finish with reinforced UV resistance and colour stability over time.

It joins other systems in the Mondeco portfolio, completing a total of 12 collections to choose from, including a fast-curing version, Mondeco Rapide, and an electrostatic terrazzo option, Mondeco ESD TZ. It also offers a version with silver ion-based anti-microbial technology for the ultimate in hygiene performance, which is popular in operating theatres and pharma.

As well as exceptional products, as a Construction Products Group (CPG) UK company, Flowcrete customers also have access to enhanced resources, including technical support from industry experts.

Full training, including RIBA Approved CPDs currently delivered virtually, application training (both practical and theory) and on-site support such as surveys, complete the service package. In line with the new Mondeco launch, Flowcrete has introduced a new RIBA approved CPD seminar, ‘Specifying Seamless Resin Terrazzo.

Other construction product brands under the CPG (UK) banner include TREMCO, illbruck, Dryvit, Nudura, and Nullifire.

Offering fire protection, as well as sealing, bonding, insulation, waterproofing and roofing solutions, as well as flooring, the high-performance building materials’ brands protect and weatherproof the entire building envelope, while also providing a single source of contact for specifiers.

Michelle Mendes added: “Our full system approach represents a unique offer to the specification sector and is something that the marketplace has not seen before.

“It means architects, developers and other specifiers can create stunning floors that create a wow-factor while also blending in with any environment, and mixing with other materials such as wood, carpets, soft furnishings.

To find out more about Flowcrete’s luxurious Mondeco terrazzo range visit the website at or contact flooringuk@cpg-europe to order a sample 01942 251400

Sherwin-Williams launches new fast-curing screed system for heavy traffic areas

Sherwin-Williams, a leading global coatings manufacturer, has launched a new fast-curing cementitious floor levelling screed system for areas undergoing heavy traffic.

Sher-Crete® SLX and Sher-Crete® BU products provide underlay and floor screeds with thicknesses up to 50mm in a single application, making them suitable for any areas where an underlay or floor levelling screed is required including warehouses, production facilities and storage areas for diverse industries including the aviation and automotive sectors.

The Sher-Crete Topscreed range can be used with resin flooring products where a thick sub-screed is required to create a smooth or level finish to heavily textured substrates.

Available to purchase in the United Kingdom and across Europe, Sher-Crete SLX is a powder product which requires the addition of just water. Applied by trowel or pump, its polymer-rich high-strength formulation creates a monolithic bond to a substrate, while its protein-free properties make it suitable for biologically sensitive areas such as laboratories, pharmaceutical settings or biologically sensitive areas.

The fast-curing schedule of the product allows for light traffic in as little as two hours and forklift traffic in 36 hours. It can then be sealed with a resin coat such as Resuflor™ HB to create an aesthetically pleasing anti-slip floor which is resistant to chemicals and process liquids, creating a hygienic, cleanable finish.

Jeremy Waterhouse, Flooring Product Manager at Sherwin-Williams, said: “Sher-Crete SLX and Sher-Crete BU screeds extend the underlay screed options we can provide for rough substrates. The practicality of the products offers major time and cost-saving advantages for projects in the industrial and commercial sectors with quicker installation times and fast curing schedules.

“With this expanded product range, we offer contractors more options that are essential to complement our resin flooring finishes and provide complete flooring solutions.”

Sher-Crete SLX can be applied at thicknesses from 5 to15 millimetres as a wearing surface, while Sher-Crete BU base screed can be applied from 5 to 50 millimetres in thickness.

To learn more about Sher-Crete or other high performance flooring systems, visit the Sherwin-Williams website:


Akeel Ahmed is the latest addition to the Kemtile team – having just been appointed as Business Development Manager by the UK leading of hygienic and sterile flooring and Stonhard division.

In his new role, Akeel will be responsible for the growth and development of contact with existing customers, as well as identifying and securing new opportunities.

With an enviable background in pharmaceutical flooring, he will also play a key role in strengthening Kemtile’s growing market presence within this global market – highlighting Stonhard’s enviable resin solutions, which are the specification of choice amongst world renowned brands such as AstraZeneca, Fusion, Pfizer, Recipharm, Cytiva and Bard Pharmaceuticals.

Also, within his remit, Akeel will be responsible for developing and undertaking Kemtile and Stonhards CPD’s in the UK, as well educating architects, engineers and design companies on the benefits and technicalities of specifying the brands’ products and services.

Having previously worked for another well-known manufacturer of resin flooring systems, Akeel brings with him to Kemtile a wealth of experience, contacts and a proven track record in the sector.

Commenting on the new appointment, Kemtile National Sales Manager David Priest said: “Akeel’s expertise and approach is already proving to be a great asset to our company, and we’re delighted to welcome him on board. His role here is varied and underpins many areas that we’ve identified as important for future strategic growth and commercial success of the business. We wish him all the best in helping both the Kemtile and Stonhard brands to realise our ambitions.”

Akeel said on his appointment to Kemtile: “I jumped at the opportunity to join such a longstanding and respected business, and I feel that my experience and expertise is particularly relevant and makes me really suited to the role.”

“It goes without saying that I’m delighted to join the business and to playing my part in achieving our ambition to become the single source solution of choice for UK commercial flooring and drainage systems across a wide range of sectors.”

For further information visit, call 01925 763045 or email

Instarmac’s Technical Manager celebrates 25-year service award

Celebrations are aplenty at Instarmac as Technical Manager, Sham Ali, celebrates 25 years’ service.

Sham Ali joined Instarmac on the 1st April 1996 as R & D Technologist. Within 6 months of his employment, Sham formulated and brought to market five new products – a huge achievement that helped lay the foundations for Instarmac to become the respected and trusted company it is today.

After being promoted to Technical Manager in 1997, Sham’s next focus was to expand the Instarmac portfolio to include tile adhesives, grouts and floor levellers – products which would go on to make up the UltraTileFix and UltraFloor brands.

As well as pioneering many game-changing products, Sham has played a critical role in obtaining independent and third party approval for a number of UltraCrete’s products and systems. Sham has worked closely with the British Board of Agrément for 20 years and helped UltraCrete gain its first approval in 2001 for their world-renowned Instant Road Repair. Other approvals followed including UltraCrete’s Manhole Reinstatement System in 2005, Permanent Pothole Repair in 2011 and Instaband ECO in 2012.

What’s more, Sham assisted with the specification, design and installation of the state-of-the-art laboratory equipment at both Instarmac’s Kingsbury Link and Dordon sites.

It’s not just R&D that has benefitted from Sham’s experience and spectacular knowledge. Sham assists with technical site visits and provides telephone support for any customer that needs it. He has visited licensees in both Malaysia and Canada to commission their manufacturing plant for the production of Instant Road Repair and sits on a number of industry committees.

“I am honoured to work with a number of industry committees including FeRFA, CFA, RSTA, TTA, the Stone Federation and BSI. Working in partnership with such bodies helps us to fully understand the needs of the industry and allows us to develop standards to drive change and raise standards across the industry as a whole”.

When looking back over his career at Instarmac and his proudest achievement to date, Sham commented: “I have been lucky to enough to work on some fantastic projects – including the refurbishment of the bridge decks at Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham – but I would have to say my proudest achievement so far is the development of Envirobed HA104®.

“When we launched this product there was nothing else like it in the industry. It was a completely unique product. We achieved something really special with Envirobed HA104®. It elevated our product offering and the reputation of Instarmac. A really proud moment for me.”

During his time at Instarmac, Sham has formulated, developed and enhanced many of today’s much-loved highway, paving, tiling and flooring products. Sham is a crucial member of the Technical team and pillar of support for the business as a whole. Congratulations Sham on this fantastic long-service award.

To contact Instarmac please email or call +44 (0) 1827 254402.


Watco UK has launched its new Watco app, providing quick and easy access to products, advice and support. The app collates everything you need in one place in order to select, buy and apply Watco products, as well as to manage industrial floor maintenance projects effectively.  Available for both iOS and Android mobile devices, the app is available now via the Google Play and Apple App stores.

Watco, the UK’s market leading manufacturer and supplier of industrial strength paint, repair, and maintenance materials, is committed to manufacturing the best products teamed with excellent service. When working with Watco, businesses have access to world-class technical support and a team that will help them find and apply the right product for the job at hand, every time.

The new Watco app redefines how that service is offered, opening up a direct channel of communication and support. Through this new conversational platform, customers can launch real-time, face-to-face conversations with Watco technical experts; initiate virtual video site visits and get tailored advice wherever they are.

At the same time, users also get instant access to information, technical advice and application guides for products they have purchased. They can also request, review and approve quotes as well as placing product orders, creating a single and easily accessible source for all enquiries, orders, advice, and information.

Ed Suthon, Managing Director at Watco commented: “This launch accelerates our digital transformation plan and is part of our on-going promise to provide exceptional product support, advice and service to our customers. We have always been here to help our customers every step of the way and I am delighted that we can now offer that, direct from their back pocket, via our mobile app.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Watco, a company that shares in our vision of proactive, personalised, and customer-centric service,” added Paul Jarrett, Managing Director at Watco’s app development partner Sonin. “This project is a great example of how an app based service can provide added value to customers throughout the entire buyer journey – from those very initial conversations all the way through to application.” 

To find out more about Watco, please visit To learn more about the Watco app and find out how to download, please visit:

Allocation of LeesonBound BBA UVR

As you will no doubt be aware there are currently significant supply disruptions in the raw material market for resin bound products.

This issue is particularly affecting the supply of UV stable resins, with 3 of the major base raw material producers declaring Force Majeure for reasons of fire and the recent snow disruption in Texas. The upstream raw materials are made almost exclusively in Texas, and as such, this will affect all of the suppliers of the raw materials for the Part B component of the system.

These disruptions are likely to continue for the next 3-4 months, the exact timing is not yet clear in what is a very dynamic situation, but we hope that from June there will be some improvement.

There has been commentary of repeated Force Majeures on these UV raw materials since 2017. That is not correct, MDI (non UV) was affected in 2017. The UV has not been meaningfully disrupted until this year.

Leeson Polyurethanes is the market leader in resin bound surfacing, and as such we have long standing agreements with our key suppliers. This means that Leeson has secured sufficient materials until the end of May, based on the historic volumes supplied to our customers in 2019 and 2020 over that period.

We can therefore reassure our existing customers of sufficient historic ongoing supply i.e., on an allocation basis, but that allocation matched to your historic purchases with Leeson Polyurethanes, thereby supporting you as best possible within the constraints we have placed upon us.

There are likely to be increases based on the increased prices we are having to pay to secure materials, but as ever, we will mitigate those increases as much as practical to you our customer.

If you require further information, please contact your Sales Manager, who is best placed to assist you.

We thank you for your support and understanding, and together we will weather this issue.


Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX, a high-performance, polyurethane, self-serving, UV-resistant, marble effect flooring system, has been shortlisted for a prized industry award.
The innovative PU coating, which produces a fine marble-like design as part of its hard-wearing, smooth, low-maintenance surface finish, is among the finalists in this year’s Tomorrow’s Contract Floors Awards. The contest celebrates the most innovative products and services in the flooring industry. A public vote is now open until March 2021 to decide the award’s overall winner.
Bill Woodham at Sika Flooring, said: “I’m delighted with this nomination. Sika Comfortfloor® Marble FX is a genuinely innovative addition to the flooring market. We’re proud of it, and its final placing in the Tomorrow’s Contract Floors Awards suggests the judges of this revered contest are equally as impressed with its capability.”
Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX is further evidence of Sika’s success in creating PU coating solutions which look as good as they perform. For internal use only, its marble-like design is achieved through a newly-developed colouring method of the base material – Sikafloor®-3000 FX, resulting in a surface that meets the highest standards of comfort and resistance with exceptional style.
With a spectrum of colour shades to suit whichever visual effect is required for a particular commercial environment, Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX meets the strictest emission requirements of various green labels. This helps protects the flooring’s installers and the building’s future occupants in terms of ecology, health and safety.
Bill continued: “Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX increases the opportunity for businesses to install hygienic and seamless surfaces which enhance their brand and their building’s character, as well as creates a comfortable, clean and safe environment for staff and customers. Its development is testament to our technical teams’ commitment to raising the standards of commercial flooring.”

Ryebrook becomes an Employee Owned Company

Ryebrook Resins Flooring Ltd, who were a pioneer in the installation of resin floors to industrial, institutional and educational clients became an “Employee Owned Company” on the 6th October 2020. Along with two other companies’ who together form a holdings group, founded in 1989.

The three companies, which make up the holdings group, and have all traded for more than 25 years, were handed over to an Employees Trust in a move to secure the jobs and future of its staff based at its Head office in Medway, alongside its 70 mobile technicians and licensees.

The Employee Trust board will be made up of Directors and employees of all three companies, plus an independent director.

During the handover of the Company to the Employee Trust, employees and contractors were thanked for helping with the growth and success of the companies through their continued contribution over the years to the businesses. It was felt that the setting up the Employee Trust would generate the security of everyone involved in the businesses and will reward them for their endeavours into their futures.

Husqvarna Launches an all-new range of floor grinders

Equipment manufacturer Husqvarna Construction Products further strengthens its position on the global floor grinding market by launching not one, but a complete range of no less than eight new floor grinders.
The machines have been developed with the user in focus—ensuring a smarter way of working. Please click here for further information


Hygienic flooring experts Kemtile have celebrated 40 years in the UK commercial flooring sector and becoming part of an ambitious global flooring group by investing in a brand refresh.

The rebrand reflects the Warrington-based firm’s new position as a division of Stonhard – one of the world’s leading manufacturers of resin flooring for commercial markets – and promotes its well-established credentials as excellent specifiers and installers of hygienic flooring solutions in both food and beverage and pharma sectors.

It marks a new era in the lifecycle of the Kemtile business and supports the company’s long-standing reputation for delivering ‘excellence’ in flooring every step of the way.

Led by Operations Director Jamie Cook the rebrand underpins years of trusted solutions, experience, skill, attention to detail, and solutions from the groundworks up, built to last.

Designed to promote quality and confidence it will align well with its blue chip customer base, which includes some of the best known names in the food and beverage and pharma industries.

Jamie Cook commented: “After 40 years trading history and having been acquired by an international group it was time to reshape our branding and we are delighted with the new look. Its fits with our new ambitions for the UK market and beyond.”

The new branding extends across the company from website and social channels to advertising, signage, clothing, pens and the company’s fleet of vehicles.

For further information visit

CONICA appoints a UK Head of Operations

CONICA Ltd, the Newark-based international sports, play and functional flooring specialist, has added to its growing team with the appointment of Mike Hill as UK Head of Operations.

After almost 20 years with the business John Bramwell, Operations Director will be retiring at the end of October this year. During his time with the company, John has been a fundamental part of everything the company achieved and will leave CONICA with one of the best truck tyre recycling plants anywhere in the world. CONICA would like to thank John for his outstanding contribution to the business and especially his willingness to go above and beyond anything we could have wished for, or expected, during this very challenging COVID-19 period.

To continue to help the operational side of the business continue to develop and thrive, CONICA is pleased to announce that Mike Hill joined the business on Monday 7th September as our Head of Operations. Mike most recently worked for Siemens Mobility in Lincoln and brings with him a wealth of mechanical, hydraulic and electric/electronics engineering experience gained during his time with the RAF (working on fighter jets) and with Siemens. “I am delighted to have joined CONICA at such an exciting time in their development.” Said Mike. “Already an industry leader, CONICA has ambitious and innovative plans to grow its capacity significantly in the short to medium term, further investing in its already highly skilled workforce and green credentials. I look forward to working with CONICA’s existing supplier and customer base and building on our already strong partnerships.”

CONICA wishes John a long, happy and healthy retirement and welcomes Mike on board.

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 . . .


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, +44 (0)28 9042 793, or email

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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

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 Full details on request or visit 

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 or 07747 762277.


Sika has developed a unique crack-bridging solution for the time and cost-effective refurbishment of car parks. It includes an innovative application method that has been developed for surfaces with direct traffic.

The Sikalastic® OneShot Parkdeck System contains a combination of proven technologies: fast-curing pure polyurea liquid, and a tough-elastic, coloured, polyurethane seal coat. Developed to protect surfaces subject to direct traffic, the Sikalastic® OneShot system provides safe, robust decking for multi-storey and underground car parks; it’s a slip-resistant, highly-durable product with high crack-bridging ability to reduce time on site. This is achieved through its unique application method via special two-part spray equipment, which is used to apply ultra-rapid Sika® Concrete Primer and the crack-bridging waterproofing membrane Sikalastic®-8800, in preparation for the system’s roller-applied, non-slip polyurethane seal coat.

The Sikalastic® OneShot Parkdeck System’s time and cost-effectiveness is enhanced by its sand constituent, which is fully-bonded and removes the need to remove excess particles.

Simon Clark Product Manager at Sika said: “Sikalastic® OneShot Parkdeck System is another result of our drive for innovation in the flooring market. With this system, we have developed a solution that saves time and expense in relation to car park deck installation, without compromise to performance. Its Sika technologies guarantee car park flooring that looks as good as it lasts.”

As well as withstanding the long-term stresses and strains of traffic movements, the Sikalastic® OneShot Parkdeck System offers superb resistance to related issues such as rainwater, atmospheric carbonation, de-icing salts and automotive fluids, movement and groundwater.

The Sikalastic® OneShot Parkdeck System returns a car park to service quicker and minimises the loss of revenue – in one shot.


Global building products manufacturer, Sika, has launched a ‘next generation’ range of primers and coatings which fulfil the flooring market’s need for rapid, durable products with added sustainability.

Sikafloor®-150 and Sikafloor®-151 are multi-purpose primers which benefit the environment, as well as create durable, high-performance flooring. Comprising two-part, epoxy resin and suitable for use as levelling mortar and mortar screed, the products conform to the environmental ‘low-emitting materials’ standard: LEED v4 EQc 2. The primers’ low odour composition enhances their strong sustainable performance.

Sikafloor®-150 and Sikafloor®-151 are also notable for their rapid curing time; ensuring installers involved in the most complex of projects are able to meet the appointed deadline. Exhibiting excellent penetration due to their low viscosity, the primers are ideal for low-to-medium absorbent substrates.

In addition, Sika has launched Sikafloor®-2640 – a solution when reliable performance and rapid, easy application are a prerequisite. This two-part, epoxy floor coating and seal coat, which offers excellent blush resistance, provides either a seamless smooth, high gloss finish; or optimum slip, mechanical and chemical resistant profiles in areas such as car park decks, warehouses and manufacturing facilities, food and drink manufacturing plants, airport hangers, workshops and garages.

Sikafloor®-2640 is accredited to standards EN 15404-2: surface protection product for concrete – coating; and EN 13813: resin screed material for internal use in buildings. Simon Clark, Product Manager at Sika said: “We are extremely excited to be introducing these superb products to the marketplace. They are testament to our continued drive for innovation in developing flooring solutions which provide long-term benefit for our customers and the industry as a whole, whilst cementing our reputation as leaders in our field.”


Sika has launched the next generation of enhanced performance, faster cure floor coatings that are suitable for a range of applications where safety and durability are paramount.

Sikafloor®-2640 is a two-part, epoxy floor coating and seal coat which is notable for its easy application and hard-wearing, long-term performance.

With excellent blush resistance, Sikafloor®-2640 provides either a seamless smooth, high gloss finish, or a range of slip resistant profiles for areas where optimum mechanical and chemical resistance is required, such as car park decks, warehouses and manufacturing facilities, food and drink manufacturing plants, airport hangers, workshops and garages.

Sikafloor®-2640 has been developed using low emission resin, increasing its sustainable credentials which are further enhanced by its low odour properties. A range of thicknesses can be achieved with this system, depending on the anticipated wear.

For hygiene-critical areas used for food and drink manufacture, it is vital that the flooring is low maintenance and easy to clean, Sikafloor®-2640 has both aspects covered.

Accredited to standards EN 15404-2: surface protection product for concrete – coating; and EN 13813: resin screed material for internal use in buildings, Sikafloor®-2640 is the solution when reliable performance and a rapid and easy application are a prerequisite.

Simon Clark, Product Manager at Sika, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be introducing Sikafloor®-2640 to the marketplace. Its enhanced performance, developed by Sika technology, makes this product a leader in its field. Rapid-cure, easy-to-apply and exceptionally durable, we believe Sikafloor®-2640 represents a new level of flooring excellence.”

Chris Orme Joins Fosroc

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VI Distribution Continue To Operate And Deliver

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

Supply Chain and Product Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the VI website for information on all available products.

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.”


Two of our FeRFA members, Sika in conjunction with Zircon Flooring Limited has been shortlisted for a renowned industry accolade following an outstanding refurbishment of a London TV studio.

The project on behalf of international news broadcaster CNN is a finalist in this year’s Contract Flooring Journal/ Contract Flooring Association (CFJ/CFA) Awards. Its shortlisting is in the ‘Flooring in Industrial Spaces’ category.

For the refurbishment, Sikafloor supplied the high-quality flooring system – Sikafloor® MultiDur ES-24 ECF – that resulted in the studio being furnished with a super-flat, super-smooth waterproof surface to uphold operations at one of the world’s most-watched news services.

Bill Woodham at Sika, said: “This is extremely good news. The CFJ/CFA Awards are respected throughout the industry, therefore a ringing endorsement of the superb work carried out during the CNN project. This was a true joint effort, with Zircon making wonderful use of our high-performance flooring solutions.”

For the CNN studio floor refurbishment, Zircon’s challenge was to deliver a durable, resin-based anti-static floor with a tolerance of +/-1mm over a 3-metre straight edge, a reading which far exceeds the British Standard. Sikafloor’s system was more than capable of ensuring the required outcome was achieved. 

Despite encountering a number of logistical challenges at the BREEAM site, the floor installation was completed to the client’s one-month deadline. The project provided further evidence of Sika and Zircon’s collaborative ability to deliver quality, safe, durable flooring.

Bill Woodham at Sika, added: “This was an extremely high-profile project, and our excellent working relationship with Zircon Flooring was key to its success. To have been shortlisted among the finalists in this esteemed award is a great achievement.”


Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX facilitates the creation of an array of structures and patterns to elevate commercial flooring to unprecedented aesthetic realms.

The PU coating system’s fine marble-like design is achieved through a newly-developed colouring method of the base material – Sikafloor®-3000 FX, resulting in a surface that meets the highest standards of comfort and resistance with exceptional style.

Simon Clark, Product Manager for Flooring, at Sika, said: “Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX is further evidence of our success in creating PU coating solutions which look as good as they perform. In the development process, we ensured the system met the strictest emission requirements of various green labels. This will help protect the flooring’s installers and the building’s future occupants in terms of ecology, health and safety.”

Integral to the appearance of the Sika ComfortFloor® Marble FX system is the elegant, matt- look provided by its top coat, Sikafloor®-306 W. This not only provides the surface with an attractive finish, its seamless attributes make for an extremely easy and comprehensive clean. Sikafloor®-306 W is the result of the latest sealer development and is another extension of the Sika ComfortFloor® range. Its elastic properties allow it to withstand point loads, whilst good UV and yellowing resistance is among its other additional benefits.

With 72 standard colours available in its ComfortFloor® range, there is a spectrum of shades to suit whichever visual effect is required for a particular commercial environment. The majority of these colours are available within the system’s basecoat, Sikafloor®-3000 FX, for additional decorative flourish.

Simon added: “Sikafloor®-3000 FX is an exceptional addition to the commercial flooring market. It further increases the opportunity for businesses to install surfaces which enhance their brand and their building’s character as well as create a comfortable, clean and safe environment for staff and customers. Systems such as this require immense research and technical knowhow to develop. As innovators of more than 50 years’ experience in the global manufacture of building products to call upon, Sika was well-placed to supply this latest industry innovation.”


Brand new manufacturing and headquarters facility for John Lord Group

The John Lord Group has recently moved its headquarters into a brand new 25000 sq ft factory at the prestigious Park 66 development, at junction 2 of the M66 in Bury.


John L Lord & Son Ltd (the group founding company) has operated at its Ainsworth Road site in Bury since 1901, set up by John Lloyd Lord as a manufacturer and installer of chemical and abrasion resistant floor finishes and vessel linings. Today, the company employs the latest technology to address the same markets, now transferring its manufacturing and contracting business to the new site.


The existing site will be retained for new special projects, as part of ambitious plans for the business going forward.


Driven by sustained on-going growth, the new factory is significantly larger than the previous facility, enabling all manufacturing operations to be carried out under one roof. It will provide significantly more office space for streamlined administration, plus easy access from the motorway network.


The new site will also be the group headquarters, from where the group administration team will manage trading activities at both Bury locations as well as two sites in Nottingham.


Stephen Lord, Group Chairman and fourth generation of the family-owned business said: “As the fifth generation joins the business, we have ambitious plans for the future. This move puts us in a great position to go to the next level as an expanding group with a diversified platform of activities”


“Bury has always been an important part of our business and family history. That is why it was so important for us to find a facility here.”


John L Lord & Son Ltd.’s Managing Director Mark Hadfield said “We are committed to continuing to grow our business. We currently employ around sixty people, and this will increase with demand. Our management team will ensure that we build a skilled workforce through apprenticeships and vocational training”


“Our brand-new state of the art factory will improve operating efficiency, providing better service for our customers and a safer, more comfortable working environment for all of our employees.”


Star Uretech joins the Good Business Charter Star

Star Uretech is delighted to announce it has joined companies such as Capita, London  City Airport and Deloitte in signing up to the Good Business Charter (GBC), an accreditation that seeks to raise the bar on business practices for employees, tax, the environment, customers and suppliers.

Star Uretech is proud to be the first in the Resin Flooring sector to join the GBC. It has never been more important for businesses to regain trust and show they care about more than just profit.

The Good Business Charter exists for all companies and charities with 10 employees or more across all industries and sectors and works through a simple online self-certification process. At a time when people are caring more about who they work for and who they buy from, the Good Business Charter offers a straightforward accreditation which recognises organisations which prioritise and care for their employees, the environment, customers and suppliers, whilst also paying their taxes according to the spirit of the law. The GBC and its members seek to inspire many other businesses to follow suit.

The Good Business Charter has the support of both the CBI and the TUC which both have trustee representation on its board. Other partners of the GBC include the Living Wage Foundation and   the Prompt Payment Code. The GBC has been set up by a charity called the Good Business Foundation and accreditation will be free for all companies in the first year.

Chairman of the GBC board, Simon Fox, said:“The Good Business Charter brings together 10 standards, most of which already exist, but in separate places. We have bought them together to give a coherent overall position for businesses  to aspire to. We believe that the GBC has enormous potential to  change  business practice for  good. We hope that because of its simplicity and cost effectiveness, it will quickly gain support.”

Mark Almond of Star Uretech Ltd, said:“We take great pride in the ethical way in which we choose to run our business and we are delighted to receive accreditation from the Good Business Charter. We aim to prove that it is not just possible to run a successful company which chooses to do the right thing but that an ethical approach actually helps us to achieve our targets and continued success”


Leading hygienic flooring company Kemtile has put the experienced George Morton in charge of existing clients and new business development across the North of England.

George brings 30 years of construction and flooring installation expertise to the Territory Manager role and will now work as part of an extensive commercial team based in Kemtile’s UK HQ in Warrington.

Kemtile, which celebrated 40 years trading history in 2019, was acquired by US-based RPM Performance Coatings Group in July 2018, joining the worldwide Stonhard division, a specialist epoxy resin flooring manufacturer with a 90-year pedigree of its own.

It represents a new era in the UK for both firms, combining in-depth expertise for specification, manufacture and installation all under one roof for the first time.

It’s full circle for George, who spent three years with Stonhard until 2013, where he added resin flooring to a vast knowledge of concrete floors and construction in general and established an enviable sales record.

Taking some time out to run his own business, developing opportunities and managing all aspects of flooring build and install across the UK, George has now returned to the company in an exciting new role in the newly merged organisation.

He will be tasked with selling the ‘single source’ commercial flooring solution across Kemtile’s heartland food and drink marketplace and exploring opportunities in pharma, aerospace and engineering where the Stonhard UK brand is strong.

Current customers across both brands include Wright Foods, GKN Aerospace, Wrights Pies, Rhokett and KP Snacks.

He said: “Selling bespoke flooring solutions for both Kemtile and Stonhard is a really fantastic opportunity for me and a chance to complete unfinished business here! I think the sky’s the limit for these two brands. Both are second to none in experience, knowledge and commitment to delivering a high-quality service. I can’t wait to get started.”

Jamie Cooke, Operations Director commented: “We are delighted to bring George back into the business. He has a first class understanding of how to source and create tailored flooring solutions for customers in a wide range of sectors and is already familiar with the Stonhard brand and our commitment to on time, on budget delivery. He is going to be a great asset to our Northern client base and will help us lead Kemtile into the next phase of growth as part of an exciting worldwide Group.”

For further information visit, call 01925 763045 or email

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Keeping it clean

Go back to basics for best resin flooring performance

By Jeremy Waterhouse, Flooring Product Manager, Sherwin-Williams

Developments in flooring are progressing at a rapid pace, now delivering anti-microbial benefits which dramatically reduce the risk of bacterial surface growth. However, in the food and beverage industry this should be taken as an additional benefit and not as a substitute for good practices, including a regular cleaning regime. This article provides a thorough assessment of what these good practices should be.

Installing the correct surface is key

A key part of the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) principles that food businesses must adhere to is cleanability – meaning installing industrial flooring which is balanced between being non-slip and easy to clean.

When planning the cleaning regime and techniques for a manufacturing plant or warehouse, there are key points to consider: from the specification of flooring types at installation stage through to the chemicals and equipment used in the cleaning process.

Resin floors are formed from a range of base polymers, including epoxy and polyurethane, and are supplied in a wide range of finishes which can be tailored to the needs of the end user. One frequent issue with a resin floor is the balance between slip resistance and cleanability. Some flooring solutions with built-in aggregate, which reduce the potential for slipping, can also require more intensive and abrasive cleaning techniques. Similarly, a matt finish will require more thorough cleaning than a gloss finish due to the former’s micro texture.

The appropriate cleaning regime is determined by several factors, and the best practice is to discuss these needs with an applicator and resin manufacturer as part of the specification process, as well as carry out localised cleaning trials in non-visible areas before treating the entire surface.

Soft or medium bristles recommended

Similarly, consideration must be given to the cleaning equipment and products that will work best to ensure resin surfaces can remain hygienic. The original scrubbing brush technique or mops and buckets have been left behind by mechanically driven machines with pads or brushes. Think about the choice of bristle rigidity paramount to balancing thorough cleaning with protecting the integrity of the flooring.

At Sherwin-Williams, our experts generally recommend soft to medium bristle brushes, as these work well on most surfaces. However, best practice is to only use brushes which follow the profile of a resin floor. In very coarse systems, the use of a pressure washer and potentially steam cleaning can be an effective preferable method of removing the soiling. This option should only be used on resin flooring systems which have been suitably specified and installed to withstand such processes.

Sherwin-Williams has formulated a range of resin flooring and maintenance cleaning products using natural and ecologically sound materials, which contain no caustic alkalis, harmful solvents or aggressive biocides. They are safe in use and have a superior environmental profile. Selecting the correct cleaning materials for your flooring can substantially help to break down the soiling and lift it from the floor surface, provided it is applied correctly and allowed to work on the surface for a defined period before being washed away.

Resistant to attack from sugars and acids

Great care must also be taken to ensure the correct flooring system is chosen with regards to the cleaning chemicals and residual sugars, particularly in the food and beverage industry. Sugars and acids can act very corrosively with epoxy flooring. Similarly, factories which undertake a Clean-In-Place regime which involves cleaning interior equipment and fittings with corrosive acids and sodas and then washing them away with hot water can find it has a potentially fatal effect on epoxy flooring systems.

In these scenarios, the FasTop™ flooring range by Sherwin-Williams, including FasTop RS69 and FasTop TG69, provides the best performance in terms of chemical resistance, hygiene, cleanability and slip resistance.

FasTop product range offers multiple hygiene benefits

FasTop, the HACCP-certified, food-safe resin flooring polyurethane screed range from Sherwin-Williams, offers considerable (and in some cases unique) benefits to food and drink manufacturers. The backbone of its polymer chemistry includes natural resins extracted from plant sources as well as synthetic resins with a Campden BRI certification for non-taint properties and HACCP’s food safety validation. Recently, the FasTop range became available in a new innovative packaging concept where the resin components are supplied to site in pouches instead of buckets, contributing to a much cleaner job site and reducing the amount of waste generated in the installation phase. The pouches use less than one-fifth of the weight of plastic used for plastic buckets with this product. As a result, twice as much product can now be delivered on each pallet, with empty pouches taking up 40 times less space compared to used buckets. This means reduced waste from packaging, which makes waste disposal more economical.

Such sustainability and safety enablers add to a combination of other features that positively impact both installation and service phases of its life cycle. The industry-leading range has been formulated to allow installation in a single application which cures in a matter of hours using the above-mentioned innovative and sustainable cementitious urethane resin technology. The long-term protection it provides is anchored in its self-sealing, self-levelling and slip-resistant properties with tolerance to steam cleaning, boiling water and process liquids up to 120°C and down to -40°C for freezer temperatures.

Provided with a range of optional primers and topcoats that further enhance the ability to adapt the systems to different technical and aesthetical demands, FasTop solutions are ideal for use in a wide range of industries, from food and beverage preparation, processing and handling premises to pharmaceutical and chemical plant processing and heavy-duty plant and traffic areas.

For expert advice on optimal flooring solutions for your food and beverage facility, or cleaning your resin flooring, contact the Sherwin-Williams team today.

The Preparation Group – Launch of the Worst SubFloor Awards

As surface preparation contractors, The Preparation Group thinks it has seen it all, but is inviting Flooring Contractors, Installers and Material Manufacturers to submit the worst subfloors they come across and how they turned them around. Says Lesley Collins, BDM; ‘We have launched the UK’s first Worst Subfloor Awards to showcase the best examples of what can be achieved, when all looks initially dire!  You know the projects. The ones where you hang your head and think, what on earth do I do now? We are after a picture of the offending subfloor before it has been tackled via mechanical or chemical preparation, maybe even both, and a picture of the wonderful transformation at the end. We are posting updates across our social media platforms. Entry forms are available by emailing – you’ve got to be in it, to win it!’

The top prize is a full day course in The Preparation Group’s Training School on ‘An Introduction to Mechanical Surface Preparation’ tailored around the winner’s needs, for up to five staff. Entries must be submitted by 31st October 2020, ready for judging in November. The company will be looking at the severity of the subfloor’s condition and the quality of the finished floor.

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The Resin Mill makes top 100 list for the fastest growing companies in the UK

FeRFA member and specialist resin bound supplier, The Resin Mill, has been ranked 56th in The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100, a league table that ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their last three years.

FeRFA member and specialist resin bound supplier, The Resin Mill, has been ranked 56th in The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100, a league table that ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their last three years. The league table is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each December, with an awards ceremony at the Branson family home in May next year.

Scott Haley, Operations Director states: ‘It came as a complete surprise that we would be included in this years fast track 100 but we are delighted that we made the list. All the hard work of our staff over the last few years had helped push the company to where it is today and I couldn’t be prouder of our achievements. Our future couldn’t look brighter and as we look forward into expanding the company and taking on more employees it should help our thriving local economy. This is an exciting time for us all.’

The Resin Mill was founded by Jason Wainwright and Scott Haley in 2015 and specialises in supplying quality resin bound materials to contractors, councils and multi-national companies all over the UK. Their School of Resin training academy leads the way in educating newcomers to the industry.


A high-profile project, for which Sika supplied the quality flooring solution, has collected a prized industry accolade.

Sika, in collaboration with Zircon Flooring, achieved a ‘Highly Commended’ status in the Large Commercial Project of the Year category at this year’s FeRFA resin flooring association awards. The triumph commemorated the companies’ joint delivery of a super-flat, seamless floor refurbishment at ITV’s Leeds-based studio where the popular soap Emmerdale is filmed.

Pete Hollingworth at Sika said: “What fantastic news. The ITV project was a model collaborative effort between Sika and Zircon Flooring. To have our efforts recognised at the FeRFA awards, which celebrate the very finest in resin flooring, is a tribute to the expertise and diligence of all those involved. We were up against strong competition from entrants across the UK in the large commercial category, which makes our Highly Commended award particularly noteworthy.”

The FeRFA awards celebrate the workmanship, diversity, innovation and commitment to quality and training shown by its 130-plus members. This year’s winners were announced at a ceremony in Nottingham, which also commemorated FeRFA’s 50th year as the ‘voice of the resin industry’.

For the ITV studio floor refurbishment, Zircon installed Sikafloor® MultiDur ES-24 ECF across a 788m2 surface area. A proven system for TV studio/media projects on account of its protective, electrostatic conductive self-smoothing properties, Sikafloor® MultiDur ES-24 ECF ensured the new surface achieved the required floor tolerance of +/- 1mm over a 3-metre straight edge, which is a requirement for HD and the new 4K filming.

Pete at Sika added: “Sika’s culture of innovation also deserves credit for this latest FeRFA award. It means we have a product-based solution to suit a range of complex flooring requirements.”

Individuals  on the picture from left to right:
Mark Spowage (CEO FeRFA),
Harald Maul from Dorfner (Sponsor)
Jami from Innoveo (Sponsor).
Murray MacQueen (Sika)
Tony Ledger (Zircon Flooring)
Keelan Draper  (Zircon Flooring)
Stewart Draper (Zircon Flooring)
Bill Woodham (Sika Ltd)
Reverend Richard Coles (Event Host)

John Holmes wins FeRFA Award

John Holmes, MD of Reprotec Group, has won the prestigious award for ‘Outstanding Contribution’ to FeRFA (Federation of Resin Flooring Association), the national body representing the Resin Flooring sector.

John was presented with his award at a glittering ceremony held in Nottingham on Friday 29 November and it was made extra special in that FeRFA was also celebrating its 50 Anniversary!

Reprotec was established in 1988 and John’s involvement with FeRFA spans more than 20 years.  John working alongside a select band of Industry experts, John was instrumental in bringing together manufacturers and contractors to introduce technical quality standards and to design the training, validation and implementation of the very first NVQ Level 2 Resin Flooring Apprenticeship qualifications. 

He has been a driving force for technological advancement and expansion of the range of qualifications in the resin flooring industry via FeRFA and by leading the way in best practice.

John said: “I am proud of the fact that back in 2007 five of our employees gained the very first NVQ Level-2 qualification and were part of the first cohort of 19 to do so nationally, and that those same employees continue to work at Reprotec today and have progressed in their careers.  More recently, one of the original cohort achieved NVQ Level 6 through the FeRFA Contracts Management Pilot-Scheme.  He is now ‘Head of Operations’ and an excellent role-model for advancement within the Industry.” It is no surprise that Reprotec has held ‘Investor in People’ award since 2006.

John’s philosophy is not to ‘sell’ services and products, but to ‘educate’ customers about resin applications and as part of this, his other passion of environmental sustainability was acknowledged by the award.  This includes working with reputable suppliers to promote environmentally sustainable products in line with all standards and integrating his ‘Green Theme’ throughout his company. His environmentally sustainable conscience and continual improvements are at the forefront of his passion for Resin Flooring, opening up opportunities within new market sectors.

John said: “It’s been a great year.  We started the year by winning NEPIC ‘SME of the Year 2019’ and ended the year with the FeRFA ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Award. It is a privilege to gain awards however to be recognised by ones’ peers within your own profession makes it extra special. I am delighted to accept the award but behind every achievement there is a team effort, and I would like to thank Team Reprotec for their hard work and support.”


Sika Schönox HS 50, Sika’s innovative hybrid levelling screed, has been shortlisted for a coveted industry award.

The low-stress compound, which is ready for vinyl application in just 48-hours, is among finalists in this year’s Tomorrow’s Contract Floors Awards.  The contest celebrates the most innovative products and services in the flooring industry. Sika Schönox HS 50 has been shortlisted, with the winner being decided by an online vote which opens in January.

 Pete Hollingworth, Business Unit Manager at Sika Flooring, said: “This is extremely exciting news about a very exciting product. Schönox HS 50 represents genuine innovation. It speeds-up the flooring process without compromising quality. We believe our product is ‘next level’ as far as floor technology is concerned; the judges of this revered industry award would appear to agree. We are very proud to hear of its nomination.”

Containing Patented Active Dry Technology, Schönox HS 50 combines the flow-ability and surface finish of a calcium sulphate screed whilst possessing the rapid-curing properties of cement-based systems. Largely unaffected by humidity and temperature, Sika Schönox HS-50 allows for applications in the summer and winter months without curing issues.

In terms of industry accreditation, Schönox HS 50 is marked as EC 1PLUS R and fulfils the Blue Angel criteria for its environmentally-friendly credentials. It is also classified to EN 13813 as CA-C35-F10.


Kemtile – the flooring and drainage specialist to the food and drink manufacturing sector – is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month.

Formed in autumn 1979, the size and success of the Cheshire-based company has consistently grown over four decades in terms of size, capabilities and customer base.

Starting as a three-person team, Kemtile was acquired by US-based RPM Performance Coatings Group a year ago. It is now a division of its industrial brand, Stonhard, which provides a range of products and services to various markets in more than 65 countries across the globe.

Kemtile clients include Princes, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Heinz, 2 Sisters Food Group, Cargill and Moy Park.

The company recently relocated its head office team into a larger, fully renovated and newly refurbished premises on the same business park that it has always occupied.

This increased its workspace by a third, which is now filled, in part, by the Stonhard UK team after moving its national headquarters from Hampshire to Warrington during the summer – bringing the company’s full staff headcount to 60.

Jamie Cook, Operations Director of Kemtile, said: “We are, of course, delighted to celebrate such a milestone and I’m very proud of our growth and successes during the last four decades.

“From rather humble beginnings, our experience, expertise and attention to detail has earned us an enviable reputation amongst food and drink manufacturing companies and pharmaceutical processors.

“I took over the company with my co-director, Stephen Westley, back in 1998. Since then, we’ve worked with lots of leading brands – as well as many smaller players – and have become a hygienic flooring supplier of choice.

“Our acquisition reaffirms our success and will help us to realise our strategic growth plans for the future. It’s certainly an exciting time for Kemtile – and the wider Stonhard and the RPM Performance Coatings Group – and we’re very much looking forward to what’s still to come.”

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CONICA announces new UK dedicated website

After many months in development, CONICA is excited to announce that the brand new UK website is now live.

CONICA develops, manufactures and supplies an extensive range of surfacing solutions for the playground, sports, landscaping and resin flooring markets.

Established in 1977, Conica’s experience and expertise is extensive, it offers outstanding technical expertise, exceptional product quality and comprehensive customer service.

With manufacturing facilities in the UK and Switzerland, CONICA can deliver tailored solutions to meet a wide range of customer requirements.

From individual product components, such as PU and epoxy resins, EPDM and recycled tyre granules that are fully compatible with one another, to complete surfacing solutions, clients can choose from an outstanding range.

The new website has been designed to be bright, easy to use and full of relevant and useful information.  It provides a dedicated platform for delivery of information that relates specifically to the UK, where some key elements of the product range are unique.

Visit the new website now at

For more information or to get in touch email or call 01636 642 460

CONICA – surfacing solutions for an active world.


Murray MacQueen has joined Target Market Flooring’s specialist team as Area Technical Manager for North-East England and Scotland.

This new challenge will see Murray working with contractors, architects and engineers on specification projects that include Sika screed and Sika resin coating solutions for industrial and commercial projects including car parks and deck finishes.

Prior to his appointment, Murray worked in the Sika Specialist Distribution team, managing key accounts that support the supply of products for key projects via the distribution supply chain. In total he has been with Sika for more than 10 years, having previously worked at Sika Everbuild. It has enabled him to gain vast specialist sales experience within the construction sector.

Murray, who began his Sika Flooring role in September, said:  “The move to Sika Flooring represents a huge opportunity for me. The sector has always interested me. Whether it be the health sector, the food and drink industry or manufacturing, Sika has a flooring solution for a wide range of applications. I’m looking to demonstrate how Sika systems are the number one choice for new-build and refurbishment projects.”

Bill Woodham, Sikafloor’s Target Market National Area Manager, said: “We’re delighted to have Murray on board. He has worked extensively in the construction industry and brings with him a wealth of opportunities and contacts. Murray will be joining an evolving team that continuously strives to meet and exceed customer expectations and deliver a best-in-class customer experience. We look forward to Murray building on the success he has already achieved at Sika.”


Edgar Janoher has left his Spanish homeland to join Sika UK as an Area Technical Manager

Responsible for special project sales of concrete repair and carbon fibre strengthening solutions, Edgar held the same role at Sika Spain before deciding to relocate with his wife and young daughter.

His Area Technical Manager duties will involve promoting Sika’s refurbishment product range in in the Greater London area focusing on helping engineers and specifiers find the best concrete repair and structural strengthening systems for key projects.

In making the transition, Edgar has swapped the hustle and bustle of Barcelona for the more sedate streets of south London, which he now calls home.

He said: “Coming to England presents a huge opportunity for me and my family. It’s a huge challenge, but everything has gone well so far. We’re not missing the weather or the food just yet.”

Prior to joining Sika in 2015, Edgar worked as a quantity surveyor in his native country. He said his long-term plan is to remain in the UK.

“I want to demonstrate that I can make the move from Spain a success,” he said. “It’s also important for me to repay the faith Sika has shown in me. I can’t wait to get started and hopefully hit the ground running.”  

Sherwin-Williams wins HACCP vote of confidence for specialist flooring systems

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has been awarded an internationally-recognised food and beverage industry standard accreditation for a specialist range of flooring systems designed for manufacturing and processing plants across EMEA.

The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) body has certified the company’s FasTop range of decorative flooring systems which can be adapted for diverse industrial and commercial uses.

HACCP operates a rigorous product certification scheme for equipment, materials and services used by food industry operators to ensure food is protected against any risk of contamination.

“When choosing these flooring systems from Sherwin-Williams, our customers in the food and beverage industry can be reassured they meet the globally-recognised requirements of HACCP covering the quality of our processes and products,“ said Jeremy Waterhouse, Flooring Product Manager, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings.

The HACCP certification mark recognises that any food industry operator can buy equipment, materials and services confident that any potential food safety risk has been identified and appropriately reduced by the supplier. Applications for FasTop systems includes meat plants, breweries, dairies, commercial kitchens, pharmaceutical and chemical plant processing and heavy-duty plant and traffic areas. High-performance flooring systems from Sherwin-Williams are used in diverse industries including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, industrial, retail, commercial and aerospace offering non-taint, hard-wearing and decorative benefits; impact, slip, abrasion and thermal shock resistance; and chemical protection. For more information see the Sherwin-Williams website.

Machine operation made easy

The Preparation Group has introduced easy to read ‘How to Use’ cards onto its range of Shotblasters, Grinders, Planers, Scrapers, Dust Extractors and tools. The cards have clear, step by step pictorial instructions and include QR codes that when scanned with a mobile phone or tablet camera, take people directly to a video that shows switching the machine on, changing components and fitting accessories.

The company has spent the last few months producing a series of videos for its youtube channel that aim to simplify using its machines and highlight important Health and Safety features.

Says Tracey Glew, Group Managing Director, ‘Our Marketing and Technical personnel have been committed to leading the way in innovation and Health & Safety. The launch of our ‘How to’ initiative for The Preparation Group’s 110v equipment in the hire market has been a huge success and we have now rolled it out to all of our equipment including videos for our 3 phase machines. Our range is also SafeHire certified and we will continue to address key issues to ensure user confidence in a clean, safe operation and the health and safety of others where operations are being conducted.’

The full range of videos can be found on The Preparation Group’s youtube channel.

The Preparation Group is SafeHire certified.

Kate Walshaw, The Preparation Group’s Group Hire Manager has been re-elected as an HAE (Hire Association Europe) Supply Chain board member, demonstrating that she has clearly made a positive impact. In the same month, the company renewed its Hire Industry Trusted Supplier (HITS) status and for the third year running, proved its commitment to providing quality surface and floor preparation products and services as a HAE member by attaining its SafeHire Certification.

SafeHire is a continual Business Improvement program that sets and helps to maintain high standards of operation within the Hire industry. The SafeHire certificate lasts for three years but is reviewed annually, raising awareness with government and trading standards. It has mutual recognition from PQQ organisations as a pre-requisite to their accreditations and Build UK members.

Kate heads the Hire division and has been dedicated to continual improvement in quality and delivery of customer satisfaction, providing competitively priced surface preparation, removal and finishing equipment, accessories and solutions –  as is at the core of this certification. Kate and her team provide a wealth of knowledge to benefit Hire customers and is passionate about giving the best possible service and advice.

Tracey Glew Managing Director says; ‘Kate has worked hard over the last few years championing the benefits of HAE membership and the associated standards, with her customers being her number one priority and we are extremely proud of Kate’s continued commitment. ‘

For advice or equipment demonstrations call the hire team on 01522 561 460 / email

Instarmac are named as a ‘Great Place to Work®’ 2019 UK Best Workplaces™ for Women

Tamworth based Instarmac Group plc are delighted to have been officially named as a ‘Great Place to Work®’ 2019 UK Best Workplaces™ for Women (medium sized organisation category).

In order to qualify for this prestigious award, Instarmac Group plc had to meet a number of strict criteria, including having already been ranked as a Great Place to Work®, employing a minimum of 25% women in their work force, having a minimum of 25% of women employed in higher positions e.g. Manager, Senior manager etc., and to have demonstrated a confidence level of 80% from data gathered by direct feedback from the company’s female workforce.

Organisations selected for the Best Workplaces™ for Women go above and beyond for women in their workforce, making sure they are treated fairly when it comes to pay, recognition, training and promotion opportunities, and that work-life balance is promoted and supported. Some of the specifics Instarmac Group plc were commended for included paying employees equally regardless of their sex, childcare vouchers, flexible and part-time working hours, as well as offering a ‘bonus’ to those who return to work following their maternity leave.

Zoe Rees, Head of Sales at Instarmac Group plc, commented: “In any business, a workplace culture built on trust and inclusion that supports and empowers women throughout the various stages of their career is key to sustained company development, collaboration and innovation. At Instarmac we value diversity and feel it creates more, valued, engaged employees and therefore happier customers. Being named in the Best Workplaces™ for Women list is a fantastic achievement and clearly indicates the way in which our company values, empowers, and promotes the contribution of women across all aspects of our business.”

This is the third in a hat trick of impressive workplace awards that Instarmac have received to date this year.  Earlier in the year, the growing West Midland Company received a Great Place to Work® award for the third year running and was also presented with the Great Place to Work® Excellence in Wellbeing Award – an award only given to companies who are committed to creating a happier and healthier work environment.

Commenting on the latest award, Karen Williams, Head of Human Resources at Instarmac Group plc said “We are very proud to have received this recognition from Great Place to Work®’ 2019 Best Workplaces for Women. We work hard here to ensure our recruitment and hiring is inclusive, as well as ensuring fairness around pay, recognition, training and development opportunities and work/life balance. This award helps us to strive to do better, as well as recognising the ways we have contributed to provide a supportive environment for women to progress within their careers and balance their work and family commitments”

John Holcroft, Managing Director of Instarmac Group plc said; “At Instarmac we have always been forward thinking and inclusive in our recruitment and employment approach. Historically, construction has been a predominantly male dominated industry, however, over the past 28 years our workforce has included many female employees, at all career levels, both office based and out in the field. There is more to be done within the industry to increase the recruitment and retention of a female workforce, but here at Instarmac we make every effort to continue to be a great place to work for all and are very honoured to have been officially recognized as such.”

About Instarmac Group Plc

Established over 40 years ago, Instarmac is a multi-award-winning market-leading West Midlands based company that specialises in the manufacture and distribution of cement and bitumen based construction products to the world markets. It aims to apply the foundations of a great workplace – fairness, respect, feeling valued and trusted – to everyone, regardless of who they are.

For more information please visit

About Great Place to Work®’ 2019 Best Workplaces for Women

The organisations on the UK Best Workplaces ™ for women list have introduced policies and programmes that foster development and empower women to grow their careers. The latest research by Great Place to Work® UK shows that although 2019 has seen the highest recorded level of female employment at 71.8%, women are still experiencing unfair practices at work, including unconscious bias, unequal pay and under-representation in senior management positions. The Best Workplaces™ for Women understand the importance of prioritising gender neutrality to help build a trusted culture of collaboration and innovation where people feel valued and committed to achieving organisational goals. Their leaders are dedicated to creating a great experience for all employees and for their customers.

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It really is a family affair at Kemtile, as the leading hygienic flooring company strengthens its team with the appointment of not one but two Sleights.

Dave was the first of the Sleight family to be recruited as Contracts Manager earlier this year. And now son Mike has joined Kemtile as estimator surveyor.

Dave brings with him 33 years’ experience to the company, gained with some of the biggest brands from the UK’s food and drink, construction, pharmaceutical, commercial, retail and aerospace sectors.

And now Mike, a Keele University graduate with four years industrial and commercial flooring industry experience under his belt, is supporting and advising Kemtile customers throughout the quotation process for their flooring projects.

Dave says of the family additions to the team: “For over three decades, I have managed the end-to-end installation of a wide range of epoxy, polyurethane, MMA and tiled flooring systems across many different industries. It goes without saying that I’m now delighted to have now brought my knowledge and experience to Kemtile. I’m guessing some of this must have rubbed off on Mike over the years as he entered into the same sector when he left university.

“With a real focus on project planning and cost-management, I feel that I can add real value to Kemtile’s customers old and new – delivering top quality industrial flooring and drainage solutions to meet the most exact requirement and highest expectations for long term results.

“I’m very much looking forward to furthering my career here at Kemtile, whist playing a key role in the continued success and growth of the business.”

Kemtile Director Stephen Westley said of the double appointment: “We were delighted to have attracted someone of David’s calibre to the company and straight away our customers were reaping the benefits of his vast experience and expertise. When we found out that his son Mike had embarked upon a similar career path and had so many valuable skills to offer the company too, we were keen to recruit him.

“We’re celebrating our 40-year anniversary this year and it’s an exciting time in terms of our own growth and development so it’s great to have this father and son team on board. Welcome to the company, David and Mike.”


Sika ComfortFloor® has been judged one of the best surface solutions in the country.

The resin-based system was one of 50 shortlisted finalists in this year’s Tomorrow’s Contract Floor (TCF) Awards, which honour the best products and services in the construction industry. The winner was decided by an online poll, with Sika ComfortFloor® gaining an extremely creditable third place.

Pete Hollingworth Business Unit Manager for Sika Flooring in the UK said: “This result is a superb endorsement of ComfortFloor®’s proven properties as a safe, durable flooring solution for a range of hygiene-critical applications including schools, hospitals and kitchens through to education facilities or office and retail spaces looking for something which can be tailored to bespoke design schemes.”

Shortlisted products in the TCF Awards, now in their eighth year, were selected for their innovation, ease of installation, safety, style, and sustainable qualities.

Pete added: “Sika ComfortFloor® is a triumph of technical innovation. It’s proof of the company’s drive to develop flooring systems which simplify the installation process without compromising quality. Congratulations to all those involved in the creation and promotion of this exemplary system.”


Altro is celebrating 100 years in business. Founded in 1919 by a small group of individuals with a big idea, the company now has more than 900 employees globally, with a heritage of innovation including inventing safety flooring, developing a hygienic walls system and creating the world’s first adhesive-free safety floor.

Richard Kahn is Altro’s CEO, and the third generation to lead this Hertfordshire-based family company that has offices across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. “One successful innovation could be luck; repeated success needs a little help,” he explains. “We’ve always known that speaking with, listening to and partnering with customers, end users, contractors, engineers and designers is the key to getting what we do right. It’s allowed us to be bold and to explore design and functional possibilities, without losing sight of who we’re doing it for.”

Altro’s first safety floor was installed in 1950 in a church hall in Nottingham. Remarkably, that same flooring is still in place and when last tested still rates PTV≥40, meaning it has kept users safe for nearly 70 years. Altro has continued to turn creative thinking into practical real-world solutions that can transform everyday spaces into environments that improve the wellbeing of everyone that uses them. Innovations include developing sparkle-free safety flooring which has transformed design for dementia, and Altro XpressLay: the world’s first adhesive-free and fully recyclable safety flooring.

Altro shares its centenary with the Bauhaus design school, which was also founded in 1919 and is based in Dessau just a few hundred metres from Altro’s German site. In developing the new Altro Ensemble modular flooring collection, the design team took inspiration from the Bauhaus philosophy of bridging the gap between form and function to engineer products that meet the customers’ biggest challenges, such as the need for cleanability, sustainability and flexibility.

“While the world in 1919 couldn’t seem more different from today’s, our excitement at embracing and developing new technologies and ways of working is exactly the same as back then,” says Richard Kahn. “Add to this that we remain a family business, with family values and I think you have the reason why we’re here today, celebrating our centenary.”

To learn more about Altro’s milestones over the last 100 years please follow this link to view a short video.


Sika ComfortFloor® has been shortlisted for a prized industry award.

The resin-based solution is a finalist in this year’s Tomorrow’s Contract Floor (TCF) Awards.

Now in their eighth year, the TCF Awards honour construction-based products and services that help guarantee a perfect floor finish on every installation. Shortlisted products and services are selected for their innovation, ease of installation, safety, style, and sustainable qualities.

Sarah James Marketing Manager from Sika said: “Sika ComfortFloor’s selection as a finalist for this year’s Tomorrow’s Contract Floor Awards is recognition of the range’s superb contribution to the commercial flooring industry. It’s received many fine testimonials from contractors and clients alike, so to have this additional acclaim is particularly pleasing.”

BBA Approval for Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates DALTEX Resin Bound Surfacing System

The DALTEX UVR Resin Bound System has been awarded certification by the BBA (the British Board of Agrément) – the highest industry standard available for the resin bound industry.

BBA certification is widely recognised throughout the construction industry as a symbol of quality and reassurance. It’s a mark of quality, safety and reliability and indicates the product’s fitness-for-purpose, providing peace of mind to building control, government departments, local authorities, architects, specifiers, industry insurers and resin bound contractors and landscapers.

The DALTEX UVR System is a resin bound surfacing system with enhanced UVR resistance for use in domestic driveways, patios, paths, pedestrian areas and lightly trafficked car parks.  The BBA accreditation confirms that the DALTEX UVR System is manufactured and supplied to meet the exacting standards required for strength and stability, durability, permeability and skid resistance.

Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates is the manufacturer of DALTEX dried aggregates and is very proud to have achieved the BBA accreditation for the DALTEX UVR System which adopts the industry minimum standard depth of 18mm.

Sam Buckley, Managing Director at Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates said: ‘The BBA accreditation for DALTEX dried aggregates and DALTEX UVR resin eptiomises our commitment to promoting the very highest standards of resin bound installation. We have over 30 years experience and as the manufacturer of DALTEX dried aggregates – the no 1 brand in resin bound –  we feel it is our responsibility to help our customers in every way possible.  We are delighted that our BBA accreditation can give them the peace of mind that they are using the highest quality materials available. Of course, this is also something that they can pass onto their customers too.

Derbyshire Specialist Aggregates offer over 30 DALTEX single dried aggregate colours and have also recently launched DALTEX Bespoke – a range of 40 resin bound blends which can be used for driveways, patios and paths in both commercial and residential projects.

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BBA Approval for The Resin Mills Resin Bound Surfacing

The Resin Mill have been awarded The British Board of Agreement, (BBA), technical approval certificate for their resin bound products.

The BBA is the UK’s leading certification body for the construction industry and achieving the certificate epitomises product excellence. The BBA is the ultimate mark of quality and assurance with systems having to pass a series of comprehensive and rigorous tests which are in line with building specification guidelines.

For resin bound systems, it confirms the strength, stability, durability, skid resistance and permeability of the systems, confirming they have been assessed to the highest standards. This means that architects, specifiers and local authorities looking for impartial product approval can be assured of the reliability of resin bound systems from The Resin Mill. Their certification is one of the most comprehensive in the resin bound industry, covering their full range of resin bound colours, on both types of polyurethane resin, UV and Non-UV. It also certifies resin bound surfacing that has been installed with or without sand.

It is a huge achievement for The Resin Mill to receive BBA approval. Jason Wainwright, Managing Director at The Resin Mill said about The BBA: ‘It all fits in with our company ethos of quality and peace of mind. It’s about improving and growing the market in a professional manner. Being a supplier of BBA approved products will give our clients the upper hand in a competitive market place.’

The Resin Mill produce and supply quality polyurethane resin for resin driveways, paths and patios. Their resin bound materials have been supplied to some of the most prestigious resin bound installs across the UK. For more information please visit

All you need to do is Renovate IT!

UltraFloor, part of the award-winning Instarmac Group plc, are delighted to announce the launch of Level IT Renovate – a flexible and versatile smoothing underlayment ideal for refurbishment projects.

Developed for the renovation of existing floors, UltraFloor’s latest smoothing underlayment is fibre reinforced for added strength and to minimise the risk of hairline cracks – reducing a common cause of costly failures.

Suitable for deep applications from 3-40mm, Level IT Renovate is multi-purpose for extensive use and boasts excellent flow properties, making this flexible and versatile floor leveller ideal for a wide range of flooring substrates.

Level IT Renovate is a single part smoothing underlayment, offering a unique alternative within the UltraFloor range, and is suitable for use over most strong and stable subfloors, which makes this semi-rapid fibre reinforced floor leveller perfect for both commercial and domestic applications.

In addition, Level IT Renovate is protein free, reducing the risk and spread of bacteria, and is low odour providing a pleasant environment for contractors, homeowners and any staff working within the project area.

What’s more, Level IT Renovate has a working time of 20-30 minutes, can be walked on in as little as 2 – 2.5 hours and can receive floor coverings in just 4 hours, allowing contractors to move on to another project quickly.

Sold in contractor friendly 20kg bags, Level IT Renovate is compatible with underfloor heating systems and is delivered on UltraFloor’s privately owned, FORS Silver accredited fleet, 48 bags to a pallet.

For further product information, pricing enquiries, or to place an order, please contact the UltraFloor team by emailing or calling 01827 254402.

Two New Appointments at Reprotec

North East based Reprotec UK, specialists in resin flooring systems and bespoke surface protection technology, has announced two appointments.

Mr Elliott Lindsay, who joined the company at the age of 16 years, has been appointed to the senior position of Head of Operations.  In the time Elliott has been with Reprotec he has progressed from NVQ Level 2 in Specialist Floor Laying to NVQ Level 6 Leadership and Management.

Also joining Reprotec is Trevor English in the role of Business Development Manager. Trevor has 17 years’ experience in sales and marketing.

Managing Director, John Holmes, said: “We are delighted by both appointments.  We welcome Trevor to Reprotec and congratulate Elliott on his promotion; I look forward to working more closely with both.”

Reconomy Success at London Construction Awards

Reconomy were honoured at the 2018 London Construction Awards.

Having been shortlisted for the category of Supplier of the Year, Reconomy were selected ahead of 15 other shortlisted companies to claim the award.

Having supported numerous high-profile London projects in recent years, including the Thames Tideway Tunnel and the redevelopment of the 2012 Olympic Stadium, Reconomy were praised by the judges for pioneering new technologies that maximise data capture and process-automation, bringing an innovative approve to the waste industry, which has a long-established reputation for being traditionalist.


County Durham-based Reprotec Group, an award-winning surface repair and protection specialist is celebrating 30 years in business.


Founded in 1988 by managing director John Holmes, Reprotec was originally set up as a sales agent selling high-tech surface engineering, covering Scotland and Ireland. Based in an office at Gateshead Business Centre, this work led the firm to introduce resins for engineering and maintenance repair compounds and Reprotec as it’s known today was born.

Reprotec Group consists of Reprotec UK that specialises in providing innovative, environmentally-friendly repair and protection solutions, using resin-based products to protect the fabric of buildings, and Repair and Maintenance Suppliers, an online division that sells repair and maintenance products to both the public and trade.

The firm works nationwide across all industry sectors including automotive, food production, chemical, engineering, pharmaceutical, education and aerospace; offering a one-stop-shop for all types of surface repair and protection solutions.

Reprotec’s reputation for quality systems stems from all operatives being fully qualified from NVQ Level 2 in specialist Floor Laying and beyond, and this is the basis for further training and progression within the company. Reprotec is proud of the fact that five of their employees, who were among the first ever national cohort of 19 apprentices studying NVQ Level 2 in specialist Floor Laying in 2005, are still with the company today.

Reprotec also has a firm commitment to the environment and sustainability, this has seen the company introduce a ‘Changing SPACES Green-Theme’ approach to their contracting services; and as a fully-licenced waste carrier, it operates a policy of no dust, no fumes, 100% recycling and 100% landfill avoidance.

John Holmes, managing director of Reprotec Group, said: “I’m delighted to be celebrating our 30th year in business, it has been an unforgettable journey filled with triumphs, challenges, and growth.

“I would like to think that our continued success can be attributed to our core values which have never changed in 30 years: quality, honesty, integrity, respect, care and hard work – which are echoed in our service commitment to our customers and our commitment to our employees.

“We started off back in 1988 and it is a testament to all of our staff, past and present, and their hard work that we have grown to become a leading surface repair and protection specialist. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Congratulations to North East based Reprotec – 30 Years in Business!

Congratulations to North East based company, Reprotec, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

John Holmes, MD of Reprotec, said: “We at Reprotec are delighted to be celebrating our 30th birthday. We are an SME working across all industry sectors, and the success of our company is a testament to all our staff both past and present, who share our values and commitment.”

To find out more, we asked John Holmes to answer 10 questions about the success of the business.   

1. What does Reprotec do and when was Reprotec started?

Reprotec Group consists of our Reprotec UK specialist contracting services, an award-winning market leader in surface protection technology, specialising in resin flooring systems including visual floor management signage and H&S demarcations.  Reprotec UK provides bespoke surface solutions for the repair and protection of the fabric of buildings and structures, both concrete and steel, and this includes floors; walls; roofs; tanks; bunds and other industrial vessels.  Reprotec Group also includes our other company, Repair and Maintenance Suppliers, whereby we sell our products to trade and public backed by 30 years of technical support.

The business started in October 1988, and back then we were based at the Gateshead Business Centre TVTE.

 2. Why did you start the company?

I always had aspirations to be my own boss and working for myself rather than being told what to do.

 3. Where did the company name come from?

Reprotec is a combination of Rep/air and Pro/tection Tec/hnologies which seemed to sum up what we are all about.  We repair and protect the fabric of buildings and structures using resin technologies.

 4. Who was your very first customer?

Originally, Reprotec was set up as a sales agent selling high-tech surface engineering in conjunction with my former employer, Multi Arc UK Ltd, covering both Scotland and Ireland, so our first customers were not like our present customers.  However, it was this work that led us to introduce resins for engineering and maintenance repair compounds, as we saw a need in the market.

We operate nationwide across all sectors, providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ for floor and surface protection solutions.

5. How has the company developed over the years?

Reprotec has always been at the forefront of development, having introduced specialist apprenticeships and other NVQ training up to NVQ Level 6 and degree level management; we have long held accreditations such as CHAS, Constructionline and Investors in People.  The industry was very much in its infancy 30 years ago, and since then it has evolved into a profession, with its own trade association, Resin Flooring Association (FeRFA), of which Reprotec is a long-standing member.

 6. How has the company grown?

I’m delighted to say that Reprotec has expanded into becoming Reprotec Group that includes our Reprotec contracting services and our material sales company, Repair and Maintenance Suppliers Ltd that sells our products to trade and public.

 7. What are your company values?

Reprotec’s values have never changed in 30 years and are very much based upon my personal values of quality, honesty, integrity, respect, care, hard work and giving people an opportunity to develop personally and in their career within the industry; all our staff are fully employed and trained to a high standard.

Reprotec is committed to its environmental and sustainability ethos, having introduced our ‘Green-Theme’ approach to our contracting services; and as a fully-licenced waste carrier, Reprotec operates a policy of no dust, no fumes, 100% recycling and 100% landfill avoidance.

8. What’s your proudest achievement?

Seeing Reprotec Team develop personally and professionally.  This is highlighted by five of our operatives completing the first ever of our industrial sector NVQ level 2 in specialist Floor Laying back in 2005.  They were part of an initial cohort of nineteen, and those guys are still employed by Reprotec today; and this was their basis for progressing further within the business.

9. What does the future hold?

The foundation and ethos of Reprotec Group is very strong and the opportunities for growth are exceptional.  The challenge to our Reprotec Team is getting there.

 10. What advice would you give to new start-up companies?

Be strong with your beliefs and values, and your systems of work.  Look after your people; aim to give them the tools to achieve their very best.



VI Industrial Supplies Add Trimaco Dust Containment Products To Their Range

Want to create a simple, effective dust barrier system? Protect surfaces? Enclose work areas?

Trimaco E-Z up dust containment poles and Peel + Stick Zippers used to protect surfaces and enclose work areas when used in conjunction with our temporary protective sheeting whether it be medium duty clear polythene sheeting or heavy duty visqueen sheeting enabling quick, easy and convenient dust control.

Creating a dust barrier couldn’t be simpler with the heavy duty aluminium dust containment poles, available from VI Distribution in 2 heights, 12ft and 20ft. These E-Z up poles are simple and easy to use, clip onto your chosen protective sheeting and adjust the pole to the ceiling height and the unique foot pedal will ensure a snug fit.

Once your temporary barrier is created, use the re-sealable Trimaco Peel & Stick Zipper to create an instant door through the protective sheeting, the zipper is double sided for ease of operation from both sides, alternatively use two zippers to create an instant roll up door, peel off the backing paper and attach zipper to the desired area on your sheeting and cut through with a utility knife.

Using the two products together gives you a quick, easy and convenient dust barrier and creates temporary floor and surface protection, ideal for construction & building sites, laying resin floors, painting and decorating and many more areas.

Place your order for Trimaco products and protective sheeting online today  or call the office on 01270 750520 to find out more information.

Resin Bound Training Direct From Geveko Markings

At Geveko Markings we know resin and we are devoted to creating the most efficient solutions that are right for our customers. As a UK manufacturer of resin bound and bonded paving systems there are few suppliers that can offer their customers the same level of support and expertise as us. Using our extensive knowledge and experience, in resin paving systems, Geveko Markings, have developed a training course to give contractors the confidence to produce beautiful installations, opening the door to new business opportunities in the resin paving market. Whether you’re new to resin paving or an experienced contractor our training course gives you in-depth knowledge of resin paving systems as well as hands on experience applying both the bound and bonded systems.

Our one day training course consists of a presentation that gives you a clear understanding of resin binders and their use within bound and bonded paving systems. We will discuss the importance of the sub-base and how best to prepare the area prior to installation, so that you can achieve a strong and durable resin surface, and we can make you aware of some of the issues that you may face when approaching an installation and how best to deal with them. Resin paving is a very versatile material and we give you some creative inspiration on how both systems can be used to create shapes, patterns and even text, so that you have something different to offer your customers. After lunch everyone will have the opportunity to have practical training with both our systems, get a feel for our material and see how easy it is to apply. At every stage our knowledgeable staff will be on-hand to answer your questions and give you guidance.

We strongly believe in giving our contractor customers all the information and support that they need to start or progress in their resin paving business. We are always available to answer your questions and we are happy to attend and support you at your first application. Geveko Markings is a member of the FeRFA Resin Bound Technical Committee which is developing a UK Training Standard for Resin Bound systems.

If you are interested to learn more about resin bound and bonded systems and how they can work for you, please contact us on 01963 364640.

Dural To Host Open Day

Dural are holding an open day on Thursday 15th November at their UK Headquarters. The event will take place between 10.30am and 2.30pm and everyone in the trade is welcome. There will be:

  • Several demonstrations on industry related products
  • Warehouse tour
  • Technical expertise on hand all day
  • Food and drink provided
  • Meet the Dural team

The event is free to enter but Dural are advising that you register your interest by emailing or calling 01924 360110

Denholm Industrial Services Ltd Awarded RoSPA Gold Medal for 8th Consecutive Year

Denholm Industrial Services are pleased to announce that they have been successful in achieving the 2018 RoSPA Gold Medal award for the 8th consecutive year, for health and safety performance during the period of January 01, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

This award pays testament to the hard work that Denholm have undertaken throughout last year on achieving a positive safety performance and will hopefully act as a further catalyst for them to drive towards achieving the same accolade in the years ahead.

As Denholm Industrial Services Ltd strives to become the leader in the field of surface preparation the RoSPA awards are seen as key to demonstrating the professionalism of the company and how seriously they take their health and safety responsibilities. Denholm commit to these high standards every working day and this Gold Medal Award for the eighth year running sits proudly alongside their ISO accreditations 9001, 14001 and 18001.

The management would like to thank all staff both office based and site operatives for the continued support in adopting and following Denholm’s health and safety policies and procedures as they continue with their exemplary record. The company wishes to extend gratitude to all  respective teams and clients for assisting them in achieving the Gold Medal Status once again.

With over 30 years experience in the construction industry specialising in floor surface preparation, here at Denholm we are the foremost experts in surface preparation with their clients making the best use of their consultative approach to floor surface preparation.

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:

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

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 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

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

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​​.​

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 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

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 or

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

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

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

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:

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 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 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 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.

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.

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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.

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 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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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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Dorfner at the European Coatings Show

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

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

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

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

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Husqvarna Group to acquire HTC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Instarmac Celebrates Top Honour for the 8th year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New ACO literature puts Hygiene First

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

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

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

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

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

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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.


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 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’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

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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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