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Instarmac climbs 40 places and secures top honour for the 7th year

UK based manufacturer, Instarmac Group plc, has been recognised in The Sunday Times’ annual ‘Top 100 Best Small Companies To Work For’ list for the seventh year.

The top 100 places are awarded following research conducted by Best Companies, an accreditation which focuses on workplace engagement.  Instarmac has achieved 3 star status, the highest level possible, and only given to extraordinary companies.  2016 has seen Instarmac climb 40 places to secure their position within the list at number 38, a fantastic achievement and their best ever ranking.

Managing Director, John Holcroft said: “I am thrilled with our position this year and very proud of the work carried out.  At Instarmac we understand the importance of providing a happy workplace where every member of the team feels valued and rewarded for their hard work.  To move up 40 places is a tremendous achievement”.

Instarmac has been manufacturing products for the highway maintenance, tiling, flooring, landscaping and internal finishing markets since 1977.

Instarmac has continued to build on its organisational success and has grown year on year, achieving ambitious sales growth thanks to the dedication of an engaged workforce.

To find out more about Instarmac and the range of trusted, certified and proven materials they offer please email enquiries@instarmac.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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UltraTile helps Bella Italia create bold new Mediterranean design

Bellas nationwide are getting a fun and fab new makeover! Creating this colourful, quirky new Italian style dining experience is commercial wall and floor tiling contractors, The Great Northern Tiling Company (GNTC), using UltraTile adhesives.

A TTA member and esteemed UltraTile partner, GNTC secured the commercial contract for the Beckton restaurant’s makeover. The prestigious contract included kitchen, front of house, toilet and bar areas, all of which had their own distinctive type of tile from 400mm squared to brick slips and mosaics. GNTC choose to use their preferred adhesives UltraTile ProFlex SP and ProFlex SP+ES throughout the project.

Both adhesives are S1 classified, can be laid at depths up to 20mm and are available in a choice of white or grey. ProFlex SP has a pot life of 1 hour and is rapid setting allowing grouting to commence after 2.5 hours. ProFlex SP+ES its sister product boasts all the same great qualities with an extended pot life, ideal for intricate work, of 2 hours and a set time of 16 hours.

The adhesives are suitable for fixing porcelain, glass, mosaic and natural stone tiles. They can be used on either walls or floors, internally or externally and with underfloor heating or on swimming pool installations.

Billy Lockwood, GNTC states: “We use UltraTile products because of their competitive prices and their high quality performance.” Several other Bella Italia restaurant makeovers were also completed last year by GNTC using UltraTile materials.

The new look restaurant is now open and is a main attraction of the Gallions Reach Retail Park. Diners are impressed by the vibrant atmosphere created by the new interiors.

If you would like more information, please call 01827 254402 or email ultratile@instarmac.co.uk. Full product information, including datasheets, can be found by visiting ultratileadhesives.co.uk.

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Instarmac Launches NEW Website

Instarmac are proud to announce the launch of their new website – instarmac.co.uk. The website, launched earlier this month, has been developed using the latest online technology and designed with their customers’ needs in mind.

The new website boasts many improvements and new features including a dedicated homepage for each of Instarmac’s 6 brands – UltraCrete, UltraScape, UltraTile, UltraFloor, Wondertex and Granfix. Each of the branded homepages feature commonsense product categories which allow visitors to find what they need easily and quickly.

Visitors to the website will also benefit from the improved product pages which have been designed so information can be found quickly – essential when contractors are on-site and need information instantly. What’s more, every product includes an enhanced product calculator, related products and a download area where visitors can view and download  technical and safety datasheets, brochures and application videos.

Instarmac operate across a number of sectors including rail, highways, public realm, commercial and retail and for the first time, visitors to instarmac.co.uk are able to find the perfect product for their project by visiting Instarmac’s Sector pages. Each of the 6 brands pages feature a number of industry case studies – providing real life examples of how Instarmac’s products can be applied.

The improvements don’t stop there! The new website features a Support Centre, which includes a collection of technical articles, user guides and FAQs, a Video Library, which has a selection of company and product application videos, and a Live Twitter Feed, where visitors can read and share the latest tweets from Instarmac.

The website is fully responsive allowing visitors to access the new features on all devices; and the developments don’t stop here! Look out for the Instarmac App coming soon.

For further information please call +44 (0) 1827 254402 or email enquiries@instarmac.co.uk. You can also follow Instarmac on Twitter @InstarmacGroup.

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Get the job done quickly – but get it done right or it will cost you!

Recently it was reported that councils could face fines of up to £5000 for roadworks overrunning into weekends, so could we see lane rental schemes used further to encourage more efficient works?

Schemes should encourage those to carry out roadworks in a less disruptive manner and could provide a financial incentive that will:

  • reduce the length of time that sites are unoccupied, hence reducing total works durations;
  • improve planning, coordination and working methods to maximise efficiency;
  • see more works carried outside of peak periods, reopening the highway to traffic at the busiest and/or making greater use of evening or weekend working;
  • optimise the number of operatives on site to enable works to be completed as quickly as possible;
  • complete works to the required standard first time, and with permanent reinstatement, reducing the need to return to the site to carry out remedial works.

By specifying and using the correct HAPAS approved reinstatement products you can ensure a permanent repair and also reduce your time on the road.

UltraCrete products from Instarmac offer a range of high performance, rapid setting bedding mortars for the reinstatement and installation of all types of ironwork, access covers and frames.  UltraCrete Envirobed HA104® and Envirobed Flowable HA104® provide superior compressive & tensile strength and can be open to traffic in 1 hour!

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair 6mm and 10mm does exactly what it claims by providing a first time permanent repair which is instantly trafficable and can be applied in all weathers.

So do lane rental schemes work?

A study into London’s Lane Rental scheme shows that since its introduction in 2012 the amount of serious and severe disruption caused by planned roadworks has been cut by 46 per cent on the capital’s busiest roads, reducing delays for all road users.

All the main utility companies are also now signed up to the use of rapid drying materials like those offered by UltraCrete considerably reducing the amount of time required to reopen roads and helping to save approximately 2,700 days of disruption across London.

For further information on either the Envirobed products or our renowned Instant Road Repair please visit our website www.ultracrete.co.uk call us now on +44(0)1827 254402 or email us at ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk

 

Sources:

Department of Transport Lane Rental Schemes: Guidance to English Local Highway Authorities

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/tfl-lane-rental-scheme-first-annual-monitoring-report-2012-13.pdf

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UltraFloor supports CFJ/CFA Flooring Apprentice of the Year Award 2016

UltraFloor is once again delighted to support CFJ’s annual competition.  By working with industry leaders this award aims to reward and recognise hard work, commitment and excellence within the flooring sector.

Submissions are now open for the CFJ/CFA Flooring Apprentice of the Year Award 2016, we are proud to be involved for another year and encourage employers and tutors to nominate their apprentice today by contacting the CFA office for an official entry form.

This is a unique opportunity open to all apprentices, including non-CFA members.  Prove how talented you are and be in with a chance to win tools and materials worth over £3000 including £1000 worth of UltraFloor products!  Not to mention a FITA training course, ticket to the CFJ/CFA awards lunch, free publicity in CFJ magazine and £500 cash.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it could be you!

The deadline for entries is the 29th February 2016.

Last year’s winner, Lewis Hoe of Floorserve was delighted to win the prestigious title and has enjoyed all the prizes over the last 12 months, whilst benefiting from the recognition.  He was particularly delighted with the UltraFloor material and states: “It is all nice to work with.  I have used your top coat [Level IT Top] before and since winning I have used Level IT Two in my own showroom as well as on changing rooms, shops and office projects with Level IT Super30 as well.”

The UltraFloor range consists of smoothing underlayments, repair mortars, a primer and damp proof membrane all for commercial flooring applications.  For more information please visit ultra-floor.co.uk or call 01827 254402.

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New look decorating solutions from Wondertex

Wondertex, the internal finishing brand from the Instarmac Group, is pleased to announce the launch of prem texture and prem adhesive their new look decorating solutions.

These products were previewed at last year’s National Painting and Decorating show to an excited audience, and are now available nationwide.  prem texture is a decorative finish material which can be applied to ceilings or walls to create or remove a variety of textured patterns.  prem adhesive is suitable for fixing all gypsum and fibrous mouldings including cove and cornice systems.

Both products boast improved formulations and new eye-catching long life bags.  Extensive in-house research and development was used to perfect the new formulations for professional painters and decorators.  Both new bags offer greater protection and ensure complete freshness due to the addition of a polyethylene liner layer, which reduces moisture ingress.

prem texture’s enhanced formulation provides a crack free finish perfect for over painting.  The product is available in 25kg bags / 48 bags to the pallet.  prem adhesive is now available in new size 15kg bags / 56 per bags to the pallet and offers the strongest adhesion yet with a 60-90 minute working time.

If you would like more information, please call 01827 254402 or email wondertex@instarmac.co.uk.  Keep up-to-date with Wondertex’s latest news and competitions on Twitter by following @Wondertex_UK.  The new Wondertex website is now live, please visit wondertex.co.uk to take a look and to access product datasheets and calculators.

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UltraFloor’s proven service to the healthcare sector

UltraFloor has a long and successful history of subfloor preparation projects within the healthcare sector and with a superior range of smoothing underlayments on offer, this is of no surprise. 

UltraFloor offers a complete range of smoothing underlayments with all purpose, fast track, fine flow, fibre reinforced and deep fill options available.   Not forgetting their complimentary primer, repair mortars and damp proof membrane products.

Level IT Smooth, Level IT Top and Level IT Base smoothing underlayments can be pump applied for a quick and easy application onto large areas and most will receive foot traffic in just a few hours – ideal for projects where minimal disruption is a high priority.  UltraFloor products are protein free meaning that they are suitable for biological sensitive areas offering peace of mind when a healthcare sector project has been secured.

Their portfolio of contract flooring solutions have been used widely across a number of hospitals across the UK including the Darlington Memorial, Dulwich and Birmingham Heartlands.  Other healthcare success stories also include the Langthorne Health Centre and the Burton-on-Trent Healthcare at Home site.

Why not try their range today?  For further product information including datasheets please visit ultra-floor.co.uk or to place an order call 01827 254402.

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Make your mark with UltraTile’s new colours

UltraTile, tile adhesives, grouts and ancillaries brand from the UK manufacturer Instarmac Group, has added the new grout colour Charcoal, and Limestone and Charcoal silicones to their expertly formulated finishing range.

These additional products create an extra dimension to the existing range, fulfilling a wider choice of design specification requirements. The dramatic Charcoal grout and matching silicone are ideal for use with lighter tiles creating a striking contrast, which is perfect for a fusion inspired look. The new soft Limestone silicone complements the existing UltraTile range of natural grout colours and is ideal for use with natural stone and neutral themes.

Suitable for all kitchen and bathroom applications UltraTile FlexJoint grouts and ProSeal IT silicones are used nationwide and are a firm favourite of many tiling contractors. The premium wall and floor grout boasts mould resistant and water repellent properties for hygienic domestic or commercial applications. Pure silicone sealant, ProSeal IT is fully ISO compliant with high bond and elasticity for all sanitary applications.

UltraTile FlexJoint’s versatility is demonstrated by its prestigious project portfolio which includes the Ducati headquarters at Silverstone, Leicester University halls of residence and the world-famous Belfry hotel and resort in the West Midlands.

If you would like more information, please call 01827 254402 or email ultratile@instarmac.co.uk. Full product information, including datasheets, can be found by visiting www.ultratileadhesives.co.uk.
UltraTile FlexJoint and ProSeal IT are sold in 3kg and 10kg bags and 310ml tubes respectively. Have you tried them for yourself? We would love to hear from you, tweet us your projects using: @Ultra_Tile.

All products available from the 1st March 2016.