SIKA APPOINTS PRODUCT MANAGER TO PROGRESS HIGH-PERFORMANCE FLOORING RANGE WITH ‘EXCITING INNOVATION’

Global building products manufacturer, Sika, has appointed a Product Manager to oversee its evolving UK flooring range.

Berk Aydin takes up the role within the company’s Flooring division, having held the same position at Sika Turkey for the past six years.

A highly-experienced Flooring Product Engineer, Berk has also excelled in Planning, Marketing and Sales roles within the construction industry. As Sika Product Manager he will be responsible for underpinning the UK Flooring range’s compatibility with market requirements and exciting innovation.

Speaking of the requirements of his latest Sika role, Berk, 33, said: “Sika has an ever-changing and dynamic flooring product range. Each day could see new technology become available. Therefore, as manufacturers, we need to ensure our products are fully-equipped with such advancements. This dedication to innovation and extracting even higher performance levels from our flooring range is why the Sika brand remains so respected throughout the industry. As Flooring Product Manager, I look forward to ensuring that fine reputation is upheld.”

As well as ensuring Sika flooring systems contain the latest technologies in order to maintain their best-in-class performance, Berk will be looking to introduce new colour ranges to support industry and customer trends. Additionally, continuing product compliance with local legislations and global sustainability requirements, will be among Berk’s remit as Product Manager.

Berk, who has an MBA and a BSc in Civil Engineering, added: “Our success is built upon us listening to our customers and responding to their needs. Fulfilling their requirements and those of the industry takes an agile, collaborative, flexible and dynamic approach. We have these abilities in abundance at Sika. In my new role I’ve found myself a great team to work with. This team spirit will be key to our long-term success.”

CONICA – Key changes within the senior leadership team

CONICA Ltd, the Newark-based international sport and play surfacing and resin flooring specialist, confirms Richard Hills, Chief Financial Officer, retired at the end of August.

During his 25 years with the company, Richard was an integral part of the leadership team and his professionalism, knowledge and guidance have been key to our success.

In addition to his duties at CONICA, Richard has always been an advocate for the sports and play sector, representing the industry in a number of roles, including as the Finance Chair at SAPCA (Sports and Play Construction Association).

CONICA would like to thank Richard 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 Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. We also appreciate that he has kindly agreed to remain available to the business to handover key tasks and to provide guidance and support during the balance of the year and accounting cycle.

The accounting functions of Richard’s role are now handled by Steph Henderson, Financial Controller.

To support our continued growth, CONICA is also pleased to announce that Verity Gale has joined the business in the role of Commercial Manager. She will be responsible for a wide range of pricing, planning, contract and reporting tasks.

Verity joins us from AAR where she was responsible for key commercial aspects of the relationship with Northrop Grumman and RAF Waddington. 

CONICA wishes Richard a long, happy and healthy retirement and welcomes Verity on board.

Instarmac a world leader in health and safety practice

Instarmac Group plc are celebrating after landing an internationally recognised award for demonstrating high health and safety standards for the ninth consecutive year.

Organisations receiving a RoSPA Gold Medal Award are recognised as being world-leaders in health and safety practice, ensuring their colleagues, customers, clients and contractors all get home safely to their families at the end of every working day.

Every year, nearly 2,000 entrants vie to achieve the highest possible accolade in what is the UK’s longest-running health and safety standard industry awards, and Instarmac are delighted to have been recognised by RoSPA for the ninth year in a row.

On winning this prestigious industry award, Emma Kavanagh, QHSE Compliance Manager for Instarmac commented: “The health and safety of our colleagues, customers and visitors has always been of the utmost importance to everyone at Instarmac, but never more so than in the last 12-18 months. We have introduced a number of additional safety measures throughout the building to ensure we keep everyone as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are particularly proud of the automatic temperature screening and sanitising dispensing system we have installed at every entrance which has helped minimise infection as much as possible.

We are delighted to have been awarded with the RoSPA Gold Medal for the ninth year and are now one step closer towards our goal of winning a President’s Award for 10 consecutive Gold Awards.”

For more information on Instarmac Group plc, their product offering and career opportunities, please call 01827 254402 or visit Instarmac.co.uk. You can keep up-to-date with all the latest news from Instarmac by following them on Twitter @InstarmacGroup or connecting with them on LinkedIn.

The first woman to achieve a highly specialised industry NVQ qualification

The Preparation Group is committed to improving standards and producing high quality products, solutions and services and is proud to announce that “Jessica Wells is the first female to achieve NVQ level2 in “Specialist Concrete occupations (Construction) – Substrate Preparation and Profiling”.

The Company recognises that investment in our team is the key factor to drive the business forward, to learn through accredited training provides a recognised career path for our employees. Jess started her employment with The Preparation Group in October 2018, moving from the Care Industry.

Jess said: “I enjoy journeying around the country with the people I work with, there is never a dull moment. I am onsite with guys using high tech machinery, I thought working on site might be intimidating, but if you are interested in learning, people will show you how to do things right, help and support you. Go for it, it is entirely down to you.” “My goal is to be a site manager to mentor and train more females. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female you need to love what you do to deliver results.”

However, Jess has run up against issues faced by women working in a sector dominated by men, such as a lack of suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) and work clothing, and even a recent site not having women’s welfare facilities or female toilets.

Jess was assessed by Ferfa (The Resin Flooring Association) Appointed Assessor Mr Jack Longdon, with over 49 years of industry expertise, appointed by Ferfa in 2018. Jack confirmed that Jess was the first female to be assessed and that she handled the largest equipment with ease and expertise, demonstrating ability and determination to get the job done right.

With the UK having one of the lowest percentages of female professionals in the Construction Industry, Jess is an inspiration, and we hope to encourage more females to train and benefit from the carer opportunities that the Surface Preparation, Polishing and Resin Flooring industry offers. There is no difference between male and female in terms of skills, expertise and added value to the industry and respective companies”. Tracey Glew – “Jess has worked extremely hard to achieve her goals, we are proud of her achievement and will support her to achieve her future ambitions”.

The industry has changed a lot since The Preparation Group started 30 years ago, there is considerably more awareness in the importance of investment in training, recognition of achievements and rewarding for achieving qualifications.

For further information please email: marketing@ppcgroup.co.uk or call 01522 561460 or visit our website https://www.ppcgroup.co.uk/

Sika launches Schönox Renotex 3D – an industry-first thin-layer screed system for damaged or contaminated flooring

Leading building products manufacturer, Sika, has launched a pioneering thin-layer screed system that can be applied to surfaces beyond the capability of traditional screed solutions and helps avoid the deconstruction and reinstatement of existing subfloors.

With a minimum layer thickness of only 14mm, Schönox Renotex 3D is thought to offer the thinnest floating screed in the world. The hybrid system comprises a patented mesh which in combination with Schönox HS 50 – a low-stress hybrid levelling compound – allows for the application of extremely thin layers of screed. Despite its slender composition, the screed retains a supremely hardwearing and heavy-duty consistency.

Gavin White, Marketing and Product Manager at Sika said: “Schönox Renotex 3D is another Sika product that lives up to our reputation for innovation. We believe it will prove itself an asset to customers and the construction industry as a whole, as it provides the versatility, strength and support that is out of reach to most screed systems.”

The Schönox Renotex 3D’s hybrid cement and gypsum composition inspires its rapid-install, fast-curing, super-strong performance, enabling it to be walkable in just two hours and flooring-ready in two days. Pumpable, with minimum shrinkage and excellent self-levelling properties, the system’s high load and live load capacity makes it ideal for contaminated flooring or ageing concrete unable to take traditional coatings.

Other benefits of the Schönox Renotex 3D include:

  • Improved heat transmission for underfloor heating
  • Mininmises thickness and weight with fire insulation
  • Provides impact and sound reduction

To coincide with the product’s launch, Sika hosted a live webinar which showcased Schönox Renotex 3D’s pioneering properties. Hosted by members of Sika’s technical team, the one-hour presentation – which included a Q&A session – was warmly received by representatives throughout the construction industry.

Gavin White at Sika added: “The webinar attracted a large audience and the feedback received from attendees on the product and the presentation was extremely positive. I’d like to thank all those who tuned in for their interest, with a special mention also for the Sika team for making it such informative and interesting viewing. I think we’d all agree, though, the real star of the show was Schönox Renotex 3D; an industry-first screed system with the quality and versatility to make good floors that might otherwise be beyond repair.”

To learn more about the new Sika Schonox Renotex 3D visit: https://gbr.sika.com/en/webinars.html

Level IT Bond now goes even further

UltraFloor are delighted to announce that contractor’s favourite floor leveller, Level IT Bond, now includes extra polymer liquid so each bag and bottle now goes even further!

Instarmac’s team of in-house product development chemists constantly assess the performance and capabilities of UltraFloor’s range of subfloor preparation materials to look for further improvements.

With this in mind, Level IT Bond now includes extra polymer liquid, enhancing the flow of this fantastic smoothing underlayment, even further.

What’s more, all UltraFloor 5 litre bottles, including Level IT Bond, are now made from 100% recycled material – a huge step forward for UltraFloor and the flooring industry as a whole.

Level IT Bond is a rapid curing, high performance free flowing two-part smoothing underlayment. It has exceptional adhesion characteristics making it suitable for use over a wide variety of subfloors and substrates, including old adhesive residues without the need to prime first.

This versatile and moisture tolerant floor leveller has a set time of 90 – 120 minutes, can receive foot traffic in as little as 1.5 – 2 hours, and can receive bonded floor coverings after just 4 hours.

With a coverage of approximately 5sqm at 3mm and an exceptional flow, it is unsurprising that Level IT Bond is a firm favourite for today’s flooring contractor.

Level IT Bond is suitable for all flooring environments and has been used at wide variety of projects including Wembley Stadium, Old Trafford Cricket Ground and The Gym Group.

Learn more about Level IT Bond, and the other products in UltraFloor’s range of expert subfloor preparation materials, by booking a place on one of UltraFloor’s popular Academy Days. Hosted by Alan Collins and Martin Pouncey, Technical Training and Site Support Managers with a combined 45 years of experience in the flooring industry, UltraFloor’s Academy Days provide the perfect opportunity for those working within the industry to brush up on the latest flooring techniques, get hands-on practical experience and receive a one-to-one consultation.

To book your place on upcoming Academy Day or to register for an UltraFloor webinar please visit instarmactrainingacademy.co.uk.

For pricing, stockist information, or to place an order, please contact UltraFloor by emailing ultrafloor@instarmac.co.uk or calling +44(0) 1827 254402.

Keep up-to-date with the latest product developments, news and events from UltraFloor by following them on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Instarmac launch online Training Academy

Workplaces have changed dramatically over the last 12-18 months with everyone rapidly adapting to the ‘new normal’. We have all had to adjust to new ways of working and learning, and with the demand for online training ever-increasing, Instarmac have spent the last few months researching and considering new approaches to training.

With this in mind, Instarmac are proud to launch their online Training Academy. Visitors to the Instarmac Training Academy will be able to continue their learning regardless of whether they are working from home, in the office, or out on site.

The Instarmac Training Academy has it all. Visitors can take part in webinars, complete CPDs, download podcasts, watch a variety of ‘how-to’ videos and access a huge library of technical and educational resources.

Prefer your training in-person? Visit instarmactrainingacademy.co.uk to book your place at one of Instarmac’s extremely popular Academy Days, held at Instarmac’s bespoke indoor and outdoor training facilities in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

Whether you are a highway contractor, tiler, flooring contractor, or an architect looking to earn CPD points, the Instarmac Training Academy has tailored training perfectly suited to you.

For further information on Instarmac’s Training Academy, to see the calendar of events, or to book your place on an upcoming event, please visit instarmactrainingacademy.co.uk.

Be the first to hear about upcoming events and the latest resources available, by following Instarmac’s Training Academy on LinkedIn and on Twitter @InstarmacTech.

CONICA further strengthens its Operations team with the appointment of a Health, Safety, Quality & Environmental Engineer.

In response to the continued growth of the UK business, CONICA Ltd, the Newark-based international sports, play and resin flooring specialist, is pleased to announce that Mark Wood has joined the business in the role of Health, Safety, Quality & Environmental (HSQE) Engineer.

This exciting new role will allow us to further build on our already well established processes, whilst creating an enhanced focus on environmental management.

Mark joins CONICA with a wealth of knowledge and a strong background in similar roles. 

CONICA welcomes Mark on board.

SIKA’S PIONEERING THIN-LAYER SCREED SYSTEM OVERCOMES THE WORST FLOOR SUBSTRATES WITHOUT THE NEED FOR COSTLY DECONSTRUCTION

Sika, a global leader in the manufacture of innovative building products, is to host a live webinar to promote the launch of its Versatile thin-layer screed system – Schönox Renotex 3D.

The online presentation, which takes place at 11.00 am on Friday, 18th June, includes an in-depth look at the pioneering floor solution; an effective alternative to dry screeds for building projects where a conventional screed is unsuitable due to a building’s load-bearing capacity. With a minimum layer thickness of only 14mm, Schönox Renotex 3D is thought to offer the thinnest floating screed in the world.

Gavin White, Marketing and Product Manager at Sika said: “We’re extremely excited to be giving Schönox Renotex 3D its official launch via our webinar. It’s yet another Sika product that lives up to our reputation for innovation. The Schönox Renotex 3D system’s versatility is its strength and we believe this system is a real asset to the industry. The webinar is an opportunity for flooring professionals to learn how Schönox Renotex 3D can benefit them.”

A hybrid system, Schönox Renotex 3D comprises a patented mesh which in combination with Schönox HS 50 – a low-stress hybrid levelling compound – allows for the application of extremely thin layers of screed. Despite its slender composition, the screed creates an extremely robust substrate to receive floor finishes in commercial and industrial environments with a prevalence of foot traffic. 

Such is its strength, Schönox Renotex 3D refurbishes contaminated and damaged floors without the need to deconstruct them, resulting in a time and cost-effective application. In terms of its adaptability, Schönox Renotex 3D can be used in conjunction with underfloor heating, fire insulation and sound insulation. Suitable with most floor coverings, rapid-apply, self-stablising Sika-patented Schönox Renotex mesh is key to the system’s outstanding performance. In addition, it has low installation height and requires minimal preparation, hence it is user-friendly and long-term effective. This powerful set of properties add up the overall impact of Schönox Renotex 3D – an exceptional versatile, rapid-drying screed system for the worst possible flooring. 

Further information regarding the system and its application is available via the webinar, which will last for approximately one-hour and includes a Q&A session with Sika Floor’s expert technical team. There is also a chance to discover more about Sika’s full range of Schönox screeds, floor adhesives, primers and waterproof membranes.

Gavin White added: “Those with a vested interest in the development of products which increase the scope of a screed’s application and performance will not want to miss this webinar. We look forward to seeing you all on 18thJune.”To book a place on the webinar, or for more information visit:https://sika.webex.com/sika/onstage/g.php?MTID=e071013c47e2a446fdbeca40af4ce6937

HUSQVARNA AND HTC: COMBINING THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Husqvarna Construction today announces that the HTC products, services and solutions are now fully integrated into the global Husqvarna Construction offering to the surface preparation industry. The introduction of the rebranded range, promoted under the tagline “The Orange Evolution”, is enhanced with the launch of brand new products.

By combining two existing eco systems, the floor grinding customers will have a much wider choice of products, features and solutions at hand – all under one roof and one brand.

“We are thrilled to introduce the most comprehensive product range on this growing market for surface preparation. With this powerful combination we open up a whole new world of options for our customers,” says Stijn Verherstraeten, Vice President Concrete Surfaces & Floors.

To further build on the strong heritage from HTC, Husqvarna Construction launches a series of product innovations, including:

• a new family of high-performing polishing tools

• a tool holder “Multi” allowing to fit both Redi Lock® and EZchange™ tools • a new portfolio of edge grinding tools for hand-held grinders

• a new range of chemicals for the creation and maintenance of polished concrete floors

• an enhanced process of the Superfloor™ method to polish concrete floors.

“We are committed to developing the floor grinding industry, we strongly believe in the benefits of polished concrete floors and we want to help our customers win interesting flooring projects as well as complete their work in the most productive, sustainable and safe manner,” said Stijn Verherstraeten. 

Build your screed with speed with UltraFloor Screed IT UltraCem

UltraFloor are delighted to present the flooring market with Screed IT UltraCem – the time saving alternative to sand and cement.
Traditionally, sand, cement and water are used to build a new screed from scratch. By using these materials, screeders are able to build up an even, deep concrete slab which is ready to receive a floorcovering after approximately 28 days.
Time is money and waiting 28 days for the screed to be ready is often too long if project deadlines are to be met. Screeders are usually the last trade on site and therefore feel the most pressure to save time and meet the desired completion date.
With this in mind, UltraFloor are excited to announce the launch of their latest flooring innovation – Screed IT UltraCem – a product that is guaranteed to save you time and money.
Screed IT UltraCem is a fibre modified hydraulic binder, which can replace general cement, and when mixed with graded aggregates and water will produce a rapid drying high strength screed which is ready to receive floor finishes such as ceramic/natural stone tiles, wood, lino, carpet etc. between just 24 hours and 4 days – a huge difference compared to the 28 days needed for traditional methods.
Suitable for both internal and external applications, Screed IT UltraCem is fibre reinforced for added strength, which means you don’t need to purchase fibres separately to get the same structural benefits.
What’s more, Screed IT UltraCem has been tailored to meet the needs of the UK flooring industry and is approved for use with 4mm graded aggregate if following our recommended mix designs.
Screed IT UltraCem is widely available through UltraFloor’s extensive distribution network. For further details of this innovative product, to place an order, or to find your nearest stockist, please contact UltraFloor by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402, emailing ultrafloor@instarmac.co.uk or sending a message on any of their social media channels.

WATCO TAKES IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH CONCREX CARBON FIBRE

Watco, is one of the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of high-performance industrial strength paint, repair and maintenance materials, has recently launched the next generation of its best-selling Concrex product, further expanding the Concrex range. Concrex Carbon Fibre is a premium epoxy resin mortar designed to permanently repair damaged concrete floors. It is now even stronger, more chemical resistant and dries even faster.

Concrex Carbon Fibre has been designed to offer its users a solution that is guaranteed to repair areas where other mortars on the market would fail. As such, the versatile repair mortar is ideal for a wide range of applications including very heavily trafficked floors, holes, ramps, loading bays, step nosings and guide rails.

With a resin-rich formula that is loaded with epoxy and reinforced with carbon fibre and ceramic, Concrex Carbon Fibre offers real benefits over the original Concrex formulation – already a market leading product. With interlocking sand particles and the ability to be feather edged, the solution provides both stronger results and a smoother finish.

Developed from the same formula as the original Concrex, it is due to recent advances in resin technology and access to new raw materials that Watco’s chemists have been able to create the new formula with enhanced strength, temperature resistance and reduced cure time. Concrex Carbon Fibre also includes a 15% increase in novolac resin content to boost the repair mortar’s chemical resistance and prevent damage in the event of spilt chemicals.

The high resin content of Concrex Carbon Fibre also enables the repair mortar to form kerbs and repair step nosings, allowing it to be shaped using a trowel and providing the strength required to hold it in place. It can also be paired with Watco’s Tack Coat if intricate repairs or thin screeding is required.

Furthermore, Concrex Carbon Fibre is simple to prepare. There is no need to use a primer and while other repair mortars require a three-part mix that can take up valuable time, Concrex Carbon Fire is already part mixed with the resin and aggregate combined. Users need simply add the grey activator to the mix and the product is ready to go. Fast drying, the repair is ready for traffic again in just one hour. With a 20-year guarantee against impact or abrasion failure, Concrex Carbon Fibre provides peace of mind that the repair will last.

Steve Chanter, Product and Operations Director at Watco, commented: “We are constantly working to improve our tried-and-tested formulations and the new and improved Concrex Carbon Fibre is the first in a series of re-formulations and new product launches coming this year.

“By blending carbon fibre and ceramic into this formulation, we have enhanced the performance of what was already the number one best-selling epoxy resin repair mortar on the market, providing Watco customers with the ultimate solution that cannot be beaten.”

For more information on Concrex Carbon Fibre, please visit www.watco.co.uk/concrex-carbon-fibre and for Watco’s full product portfolio, please visit www.watco.co.uk.

FeRFA ANNOUNCES SHORTLIST FOR 2019 AWARDS

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

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

There are five Awards being presented this year for:

• Small Industrial Project of the Year

• Small Commercial Project of the Year

• Large Industrial Project of the Year

• Large Commercial Project of the Year

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

View the full press release here

COMFORTFLOOR’S SEAMLESS QUALITY PUTS TV STUDIO REFURBISHMENT ON SOUND FOOTING

Sika’s seamless, durable flooring system helped transform an empty storage area into a fully-operational TV studio and event space.

The building, owned by specialist fit-out and finishing contractor which is located in Wrotham, Kent. To facilitate the storage space’s renovation into a TV studio capable of hosting and broadcasting events, the company required a robust surface adept at withstanding foot traffic wear and tear. It also needed to allow for the smooth movement of heavy recording equipment.

This led to the specification of Sika ComfortFloor® PS-23, a seamless, resin-based system, which not only enhances user comfort and safety, its odourless, solvent-free properties contribute to a healthy indoor environment. In addition, its flat surface makes it quick and easy to clean, further contributing to occupants’ wellbeing.

The ComfortFloor® solution was installed across a 120m2 area incorporating a corridor and studio entrance. Initial work involved applying a layer of Sikafloor®-161 primer to the building’s concrete substrate. This was followed by a wear layer of Sikafloor®-330, before a top coat of Sikafloor®-305W. The smooth, durable yet comfortable and aesthetically pleasing finish was installed using a trowel, squeegee and spiked roller. The new flooring will also be used to showcase a range of Sika resins and ComfortFloor® finishes.

The Contracts Manager, said: “The new studio is designed for use by people from a range of industries. Therefore, it was vital the floor’s make-up ensured it enabled the highest durability, whist showing the studio in the best possible light. The Sika ComfortFloor® system was absolutely ideal for the task.”

The studio’s floor was installed over a three-day period The three-part Sika ComfortFloor® system’s rapid installation and impressive finish has helped put the smart new TV studio on sound footing.

FeRFA AWARDS SHOWCASE THE BEST IN THE RESIN FLOORING SECTOR

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

THE NEW PERSONNEL FROM FeRFA

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

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

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

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September 2018

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

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

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

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September 2018

The View From FeRFA

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

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

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

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

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

 

August 2018

FeRFA Awards 2017 Showcase The Best In The Industry

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

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

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Resin 16 Apprentices Take Final Training Module

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

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

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

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

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Apprentices get well prepared at lastest training

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

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

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

Apprentices in Resin 18 are: Craig Bowden (Britannia Industrial Flooring Ltd), Jordan Kingston (Coatech Ltd), Craig MacGregor and Phillip Rockett (Euro Resin), Meshach Barrow and Daniel Dainty (John Lord & Son Ltd), Michael Hutchinson, Philip Whitehall, Darren Collinson and Robert Rochford (Polydeck Resins Ltd), Lewis Pearce (Ryebrook Resins Flooring Ltd), Brendan Thomas (Stonhard UK Ltd) and Joe Walters (Top Team UK Ltd)

Two new apprenticeship groups start this month

This month we welcomed 14 new apprentices – nine started on the In Situ Resin scheme and five on the surface preparation scheme. The two year courses will both lead to an NVQ level 2 diploma and are fully grant funded by CITB for in scope employers.

FeRFA Trainer Terry Foxley guided the apprentices in this group for the first of their two day modules which included an introduction to the scheme, an induction from CITB, and an in-depth health & safety training session.

Resin 19 and Prep 9 Group On the Resin Scheme the apprentices are: Liam Griffin (Britannia Industrial Flooring) Neil Garnon (F & G Industrial) Mitchell Cross (Orchid Flooring) Luke Oliver, Adam Oliver and Nicholas Lancaster (Polydeck Resins) Ben Tanner and Stefan Mordecai (TPS360) and Gregor Eckert (Veitchi Industrial)

On the Surface Preparation Scheme the apprentices are: Thomas Mallett (F & G Industrial) Sean Vickery and Richard Hughes (TPS360) Brian George and David Logan (Veitchi Industrial)

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First Screeding Apprentices Qualify for NVQ level 2 Diplomas

Congratulations to Thomas Henderson and Michael Gibbs, from Trent Construction Services, who are the first two apprentices on the FeRFA screeding apprenticeship to qualify under the scheme.

The two year screeding apprenticeship, developed in partnership with and grant funded by the CITB, was launched in March 2015. Trent Construction Services provided excellent support to their apprentices throughout the training and assessment periods, enabling them to become an industry first.

Of their achievement, Chris Henderson, MD of Trent Construction Services Ltd, said, “Thomas & Michael have both worked extremely hard over the past couple of years and we’re proud to see that this commitment has been recognised in them achieving this qualification.”

We are delighted for them both, this is a great achievement. Throughout the two-year pilot scheme, Thomas and Michael have shown such a positive and enthusiastic attitude to learning both the theory and the practical elements for each training module. Their progress has been clearly evidenced by their increased level of skill and competence. The achievement of the NVQL2 is well deserved.

 

Good luck to them with their careers and we hope to welcome them both to the apprentice graduation at the Belfry in November to receive their framed certificates.

Resin 16 apprentices practice their techniques at Resdev

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

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

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

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

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

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Apprentices’ latest training gets them well prepared

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

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

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

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

The apprentices in Resin 17 are: Steve Baker, Lee Cornish and Gary Ashby (Polydeck Resins) Jake Brown (Central Flooring Services), Simon Murphy (Ultrasyntec), James Murray (Surtech) and Charles Abel (Hart Site Services), Brian Quinn (Veitchi Industrial Flooring), Daniel Moreland and Mark Harrison from (Reprotec UK).

Screeding apprentices complete final module

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

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

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

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

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FeRFA Best Practice Awards 2016

FeRFA recognised excellence in resin flooring at a glittering awards ceremony held in the Woodlands Suite of the Belfry Hotel.

Over 250 guests were entertained by radio and TV personality Colin Murray before presenting the awards which celebrate the workmanship, diversity, innovation and commitment to quality and training shown by its members.

From a short list of excellent projects of great quality and variety, the judges had the difficult job of choosing the winners in the four categories as follows:

Small Industrial Project of the Year (presented by Ian Rimmer of sponsors Huntsman Polyurethanes) Winner: REPROTEC UK and ALTRO for Walkers Snack Foods Highly Commended: RESIN COATING SPECIALISTS and FLOWCRETE for Larton Farm Cattery

Large Industrial Project of the Year (presented by Ian Rimmer of sponsors Huntsman Polyurethanes) Winner: IRL GROUP and REMMERS for Project Hercules Rolls Royce

Small Commercial Project of the Year (presented by Emel Jami and Harald Maul of sponsors by Innoveo / Dorfner) Winner: SURTECH and ALTRO for Emilia Wickstead Highly Commended – SPHERE8 and REMMERS for Ruby Violet Wharf Road

Large Commercial Project of the Year (presented by Barry Nicol of sponsors Stallard Kane Associates) Winner: POLYDECK RESINS and ALTRO for University of West of England Bristol Highly Commended – SPHERE8 and REMMERS for Gasholders Kings Cross

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FeRFA AWARDS SHORTLIST 2016 ANNOUNCED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New FeRFA Apprentices start their Resin Flooring Training

A record number of apprentices -13 – started their training in resin flooring recently. The two year course will lead to an NVQ level 2 diploma and are fully grant funded by CITB for in scope employers.

The students were all guided by FeRFA trainer, Terry Foxley for the first of their two day modules which included an introduction to the scheme, an induction from CITB, and an in-depth health & safety training session.

Resin Group 18 are: Craig Bowden (Britannia Industrial Flooring Ltd), Jordan Kingston (Coatech Ltd), Craig MacGregor and Phillip Rockett (Euro Resin), Meshach Barrow and Daniel Dainty (John Lord & Son Ltd) Michael Hutchinson, Philip Whitehall, Darren Collinson and Robert Rochford (Polydeck Resins Ltd), Lewis Pearce (Ryebrook Resins Flooring Ltd), Brendan Thomas (Stonhard UK Ltd) and Joe Walters (Top Team UK Ltd)

More details on the apprenticeship scheme and other training opportunities are on the FeRFA website at: https://www.ferfa.org.uk/training.php

Latest FeRFA apprentices take part in their second training sessions

The newest group of apprentices (our 17th) headed for Halesowen this month, to take their second block of modules at the UK headquarters of FeRFA manufacturer, Mapei.

Terry Foxley, the FeRFA trainer, took gave them a thorough introduction to resin flooring systems. Followed by modules on work practice and project planning on the second day. The apprentices were also given time to get familiar with FeRFA’s on-line elearning portal and went through the health and safety module and all passed the on-line test.

The apprentices in this group are: Brian Quinn (Veitchi Industrial Flooring) Steve Baker, Lee Cornish and Gary Ashby (Polydeck Resins) Jake Brown (Central Flooring Services), Simon Murphy (Ultrasyntec), James Murray (Surtech) and Charles Abel (Hart Site Services), Daniel Moreland and Mark Harrison from Reprotec UK.

FeRFA receives excellent support from its manufacturing and associate member companies who offer top quality training facilities and free materials, enabling FeRFA to deliver cost effective training to its contractor members.

Screeding Apprentices continue with their practical modules

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Candidates in this group are:

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

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

FeRFA Apprentices learn the art of self-smoothing at BASF

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

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

The apprentices in group 15 are:

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

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

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FeRFA’s latest resin flooring apprentices start

Ten new apprentices were welcomed to the training scheme for in situ resin flooring this month.

For these first sessions the apprentices were given an introduction to the course and an in-depth health & safety training module delivered by Terry Foxley, the FeRFA trainer. They also had the opportunity to meet with their Apprentice Officer and receive an induction from CITB. Resin Group 17 are:

Jake Brown (Central Flooring Services), Charles Abel (Hart Site Services), Steve Baker, Lee Cornish and Gary Ashby (Polydeck), Daniel Morland and Mark Harrison (Reprotec UK), James Murray (Surtech), Simon Murphy (Ultrasyntec) and Brian Quinn (Veitchi) All schemes lead to an NVQ level 2 diploma and are fully grant funded by CITB for in scope employers.

More details on the apprenticeship scheme and other training opportunities are on the FeRFA website

First Practical Modules for Screeding Apprentices

The FeRFA Screeding apprentices have had their first opportunity to mix and lay screeds as part of their two year NVQL2 training scheme.

The two day course, held at the excellent training facilities of The Preparation Group in Lincoln, included both classroom and practical training on traditional applied screeds. With screeding material kindly donated by Flowcrete, the apprentices set up a mixing station, test the material and laid the screed with reinforcement in various bays, at thicknesses of up to 80 mm. PPE for this session was provided by VI Distribution.

The apprentices will return to Lincoln in May for the next module which covers Calcium Sulfate screeds.

Learners in this group are: Jordan Burgess, Scott Barclay (TPS360), Michael Gibbs and Thomas Henderson (Trent Construction Services).

Apprentices train at Resdev’s brand new centre

Resdev hosted a three day training module for the 14th group of FeRFA In Situ Resin Flooring apprentices at its newly opened Resin Technology Centre in Elland.

The aim of the three days is to give the apprentices plenty of practical hands-on experience and the group thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to apply quartz materials and gain practice on their trowel work to take those skills into the workplace. On the final day, FeRFA trainer, Terry Foxley gave the learners a review of the course as a whole and guidance on the next steps in the apprentices’ progress towards achieving their NVQ level 2 Diplomas. The group will take the final module on Flowable screeds in April.

Resdev provided all the materials for the sessions and the apprentice worked in pairs to perfect their techniques in screeding and coving on purpose built wooden frames. The assistance FeRFA receives from its members in supporting these schemes as well as the CITB, who provide grant funding, helps to provide very cost effective training for FeRFA contractors. The candidates in this group are:

Andrew Siddons (Central Flooring), Thomas Singleton (John Lord), Warren Woodward & Lee Youds (Mike Thelwell Flooring Ltd), Ben Gladman & Tom Hogg-Beck (Polydeck Resins) and Aeron Lumley (Protective Coating Systems UK Ltd, Lloyd Davies (Page Industrial Flooring) and Stephen Cox. The assistance FeRFA receives from its members in supporting these schemes as well as the CITB, who provide grant funding, helps to provide very cost effective training for FeRFA contractors.

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FeRFA apprentices train at Sika

Sika hosts the resin coating module for the 15th group of apprentices at its Welwyn Garden City training facility.

As well as providing classroom facilities, Sika provided all the necessary materials for the practical sessions. The candidates gained valuable guidance and hands-on experience during the two days The apprentices in this group are: Christopher Davey & Liam King (IRL Group Ltd), Alex Bowers (John Lord & Son Ltd), Paul Ratcliffe, Anthony Rowell and Matthew Haines (Midland Industrial Flooring), Anthony O’Keeffe (Senso) and Robert Atkins (Central Flooring Services). The apprentices now have to complete their modules on Self Smoothing, Screeds and Coving and finally, Flowable Screeds. They will then continue to work with their employers, supervised on-site, to reach the necessary proficiency to be assessed for their NVQ level 2 Diplomas. The assistance FeRFA receives from its members in supporting these schemes as well as the CITB, who provide grant funding, helps to provide very cost effective training for FeRFA contractors. The FeRFA website has comprehensive information on training and grants, including the apprenticeship schemes for In Situ Resin flooring and Surface Preparation, Upskilling courses and NVQs.

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Preparation is key for the perfect finish

The Preparation Group’s custom-built training facility at Lincoln hosted the training on surface preparation for FeRFA apprentices in the Resin 15 and Screed 1 groups.

The trainer, Stephen Walker, gave the apprentices plenty of opportunity for hand-on experience with the machines.

Starting with the essential techniques of proper floor preparation, with a combination of classroom teaching and practical experience the trainees learnt the various methods of surface preparation and the choice of equipment available.

This group has now completed the first ten modules of their two year apprenticeship and will continue their training in 2016 with further combined classroom and practical sessions on Coatings, Self smoothing, Screeds & Covings and Flowable Screeds.

The apprentices in this group are:

Resin: Christopher Davey & Liam King (IRL Group Ltd), Alex Bowers (John Lord & Son Ltd), Paul Ratcliffe, Anthony Rowell and Matthew Haines (Midland Industrial Flooring), Anthony O’Keeffe (Senso) and Robert Atkins (Central Flooring Services)

Screeding: Michael Gibbs and Thomas Henderson (Trent Construction Services), Scott Barclay and Jordan Burgess (TPS360 Ltd)

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New Chairman and Officers for FeRFA

FeRFA is delighted to announce the election of a new Chairman for the coming two years and a newly elected Council for 2016.

FeRFA Chairman – Tracey Glew

Tracey Glew is not only FeRFA’s first female Chairman but also the first to come from the surface preparation side of the industry.

Tracey has been an active member of the FeRFA council for over 14 years (the last two years as Vice Chairman) and worked with FeRFA to both develop the NVQ Level 2 Diploma for Prepare & Profile Substrates, and as a training provider for the apprenticeship schemes at PPC’s bespoke training facility.

Tracey Glew founded The Preparation Group in 1991, which started out as Surface Preparation Contractors, removing, preparing, polishing and cleaning surfaces across a wide spectrum of industries. In 1997 Tracey decided to market her own range of Surface Preparation Machines and Tools and over the years, has worked tirelessly to gain recognition for surface preparation as a specialist skill.

FeRFA Council 2016

The following members were elected to Council for 2016:

Contractor Members: Scott Burns (McDaid Screeding Services Ltd), Bob Davies (IRL Group Ltd), Kyle Stokes (Central Flooring), Tracey Glew (PPC UK Ltd), John Hill (SPE International Ltd), Nick Megson (Reprotec UK Ltd) and Darren Watkins (TPS 360 Ltd)

Manufacturer Members: Chris Orme (Mapei (UK) Ltd), Mark Bushell (Sika Ltd), Heloysa Remoaldo (Altro Floors), Tom Dossett (Remmers Ltd), John Wright (Resdev Ltd), Karl Brannigan (Instarmac) Associate Members: Mike Clarke(Protech Plastics Containers Ltd) and Emel Jami (Innoveo)

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Apprentices Honoured at FeRFA Awards Dinner

The highlight of this year’s awards ceremony was welcoming nine of this year’s successful apprentices on to the stage to collect their NVQ level 2 diplomas from Tim Blackman, CITB’s National Specialist Accredited Centre (NSAC) Manager, at the FeRFA Awards Dinner.

In congratulating the apprentices on their achievement, Tim Blackman acknowledged the commitment required from both the trainee and their employers over the two years. He also applauded the progress FeRFA had made to develop qualifications for the resin flooring industry, working with the CITB to develop these and run the apprenticeship schemes. Since the pilot scheme in 2007, FeRFA has supported 78 learners through the 2 year programme, with a further 41 learners currently on the schemes.

The following were at the ceremony to receive their awards: For Resin Flooring: Tom Marvell (Central Flooring) Geoff Goode, Wayne Goode and Shane Goode (IRL Group) Paul Walker (4m Floors UK) Steve Dugan and Kenny Dickson (Orchid Flooring) Stephen Lynass (Veitchi) and for Surface Preparation: Mark Hall (The Preparation Group) David Raymond (Orchid Flooring) Lee Barker (PPC) Danny Medland (Central Flooring Services) William Score (Kemtile) and Jo Hall (Surtech Flooring) were unable to attend the event.)

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FeRFA Celebrates 45 years with a Glittering Awards

The FeRFA Awards Dinner was celebrated in style this year (its 45th) at the famous Belfry Hotel. The awards were presented by comedian Fred MacAulay to a packed audience in the Woodlands Suite at the hotel.

Each year FeRFA members showcase their projects that demonstrate the versatility and wide range of applications for resin flooring as well as their innovation and ingenuity in overcoming the challenges that some projects present. As usual the judges were impressed with the quality and variety of the projects presented.

The Awards were presented by Fred MacAuley with the Award sponsors: Cobra Insurance Brokers, Huntsman Polyurethanes, Innveo/Dorfner, Protech Plastics Containers and Stallard Kane Associates, to:

Small Industrial Project of the Year – Central Flooring and Altro for Gate Gourmet, Heathrow

Large Industrial Project of the Year – IRL Group and Sika for Dove/Nestle

(Highly commended Zircon Flooring and Sika for GE Energy)

Small Commercial Project of the Year – Senso and Remmers for Twickenham Studios

(Highly commended – Reprotec UK and Altro for Newcastle Theatre Royal)

Large Commercial Project of the Year – Zenith Pola and Sika for Coleshill School

Trainer of the Year – Coatech

FeRFA Member of the Year – IRL Group

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