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Instarmac’s ongoing community support reaches new heights

British manufacturer, Instarmac Group plc has once again shown support to charities and good causes alongside their nominated charity, the Gentleman’s Night Out by donating over £7000 in 2015 alone.

Instarmac, a company whose company motto is ‘Work Hard, Have Fun, Make a Difference’ supported several local and national causes in 2015, including the well known Red Nose Day, BBC programme DIY SOS and popular Macmillan’s Coffee Morning.  Local beneficiaries were Queen Alexandra College in association with Blind Dave, the Red Boots Childrens Charity and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is over 150 years old and has over 270,600 patient visits per year.  The opening of their new cancer ward is imminent and last year Instarmac made a generous contribution towards the cost of new internal furnishings.  A very large cuddly toy dog was also presented to the ward, which will be raffled by the nurses raising further funds to support the new ward.

In the Autumn a group of Instarmac production employees organised a charity football match.  The event was held in aid of the company’s nominated charity the Gentleman’s Night Out.  Based in Birmingham this organisation distributes and funds within the West Midland’s region, Instarmac has supported them for 10 years by regular initiatives such as Dress Down Day contributions.  A very competitive football game saw the Warehouse Lions defeat the Production Pythons and over £900 raised from the match and raffle ticket sales.

For further information please call 01827 872244.  If you would like to keep up-to-date with Instarmac and their charity initiatives, please follow their Facebook page Instarmac Group plc or Twitter account: @InstarmacGroup – they are sure to be having fun along the way, while making a difference.

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Finish in half the time with the new prem fill & finish rapid from Wondertex

Wondertex launch new rapid setting filler and smoother.

Wondertex the internal finishing brand from the Instarmac Group, has added this exciting new product to their jointing range.  prem fill & finish rapid is a powder blend rapid setting filler and smoother designed for filling and finishing plasterboard joints and smoothing unwanted textured surfaces.

The product has been specially formulated for plasterers and decorators as a multi-use, one product does all.  prem fill & finish rapid offers a quick turnaround for plasterboard jointing, surface smoothing, repair and snagging work.  What’s more, prem fill & finish rapid can be applied to painted surfaces saving time, the most valuable resource of all contractors.

The product has a working time of 30 minutes and boasts the following performance features:

  • Super fine for a smooth finish
  • Dries hard and fast for a durable finish
  • Minimal shrinkage for no cracks
  • Rapid setting for early effortless sanding

prem fill & finish rapid is available in 7.5kg buckets / 56 to a pallet and will achieve a coverage of up to 60 linear meters of tapered edge plasterboard jointing.  After 90-200 minutes drying time the second coat can be applied.

If you would like more information or prices 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.

Wetroom

New flexible waterproofing WETROOM SYSTEM from Instarmac

WETROOM SYSTEM is the newest addition to both the UltraTile and Granfix premium tile adhesives and grout brands from the Instarmac Group.  The product is a flexible waterproof coating for the protection of water sensitive backgrounds, ideal for use in wetrooms, domestic bathrooms, kitchens and showers.

Wetrooms are very much an in vogue feature which offer a stylish and contemporary addition to the home increasing property value and creating space, not to mention, their practical commercial use in the health and social care sectors.

The new Instarmac WETROOM SYSTEM can be used to prepare areas prior to tiling, waterproofing whilst providing strength and flexibility and still enabling tiles to adhere.  Often referred to as a tanking kit, the product is easy to use by professionals and amateurs alike.  This two-component system consists of a brush applied flexible waterproof coating and membrane tape.  Applied using a layer installation method it covers 0.5kg per square metre.  It is compatible for use with underfloor heating and tiles can be applied 24 hours after application.

WETROOM SYSTEM can be applied to most common substrates including moisture sensitive backgrounds such as plaster, plasterboard and tile backing boards.  It may be used beneath ceramic, porcelain, natural stone and glass tiles.

WETROOM SYSTEM is available from the end of April in 8kg buckets.  Please call 01827 254402 to order or visit instarmac.co.uk for more information including datasheet download and a step-by-step application guide.

Indoor champ

Meghan Beesley: February 2016

February has been a really eventful month!  I was so excited to be able to open my 2016 season indoors.  The first few weeks were good to train even if the weather has been a bit cold.  However, I got through it by telling myself that it isn’t long untill my warm weather training camp in Florida.

I raced at BUCs (British University Championships) over the shorter distance of 200m.  This was a really tough day as my heat was at 10am, my semi at 1.30pm and the final at 3.15pm.  I always struggle when I don’t have time to fit in much food.  I really enjoyed the occasion and ran an indoor PB and broke the Championship record.  I am forever wanting more and wanted a little faster but I didn’t really decrease my training for the event so it is a good indication with where I am at this time of the year.  I love racing for my University and it was great to be back winning events.

I then had to prepare for UK Championships in Sheffield, 400m.  It is nice to race indoors as there are no 400m hurdles due to the banks of the track, so it gives me an opportunity to see how other events are going.  I won the 400m, the last time I won this title was 2008 (my other senior title) so I was pretty happy to be back to winning ways.  It was a tough race, I hadn’t raced a 400m yet this year and in the final I went through a little too fast and didn’t relax enough so I could just feel the other competitors coming back to me.  In the past I have had people just run past me at the last minute so I think that was in my head.  I was a little disappointed with the time I ran (as I do always want to be better) but it was great to win and do a lap of honour in the UK, something which I have never done before.

In 3 weeks I am going to Orlando, whilst I am there I am doing my first 400m hurdles.  I am looking forward to getting back into some harder training over the next couple of weeks before I start my 2016 outdoor season.  It is great to go to America to train, it gives me a change of scenery and the weather is more consistent at this time of year.

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UltraTile TTA Awards Finalists 2016

We are delighted to have been announced as a finalist in 2 categories at this year’s TTA awards:

Nominated for ‘Excellence in Marketing‘ is ‘For tiling jobs that need to be perfect – UltraTile delivers‘.  This two-stage marketing campaign from UltraTile was delivered with the goal of increasing brand awareness amongst end users and retailers and to increase sales of tile adhesive, ProFlex S2.  It utilised social media platforms and radio as new media channels.  A mass audience was reached, website visitors increased by 40%, twitter followers by 54.8% and sales by 70.1%.

Nominated for ‘Best Environmental Initiative‘ is UltraTile’s continuous environmental performance.  Manufacturing is notorious for having a negative impact on the environment, but through various initiatives across the business, we have successfully established sustainable development within tiling adhesive production.  Sustainability and environmental issues are very important to UltraTile and are always considered when making business decisions.  We continue to improve our environmental performance with the aim of creating a truly sustainable future.

The ceremony takes place on 14th May, for further information click here.  We look forward to seeing lots of you there to, hopefully, celebrate with…fingers crossed!

CFA APPRENTICE

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.