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Overbanding: The Truth

Overbanding is certainly a contentious subject and its use on our road network has been controversial with reports of accidents due to skidding and unsightly images of bitumen creeping out from the sides of a patch repair.

Sealing the joints of a repair to prevent water ingress and progressive fretting makes sense, so why isn’t overbanding being used on every permanent repair? Is it due to bad press? Are contractors concerned that products are costly and not fit for purpose? Are  the products on the market blighting the roads with unsightly repairs?

With reports in the press of tragedies on our road network, it has never been more important to ensure only certified products are used for repairs. To guarantee road safety is maintained it is compulsory to choose a solution that is HAPAS Approved, as per the requirements of the SROH S11.7. This clause states ‘All materials used for overbanding shall have a current HAPAS Approval certificate’ and offer ‘a minimum skid resistance value of 55′ – particularly important for motorcyclists, cyclist and horses. Failure to comply can lead to early failure and violate SROH requirements.

Overbanding is costly, is an argument put forward and whilst this may be the case in the short term, the long term benefits of using overbanding are much more cost effective. Overbanding materials have been proven to provide an excellent method of preventative maintenance. Designed for application to asphalt roads they provide a permanent repair by preventing water ingress and progressive fretting – a prime reason for the failure of reinstatements.

Using materials that provide a first time permanent repair eliminates costly repeat visits to the same site, which in turn vastly reduces the whole life costs of a repair. New overbanding solutions are quick and easy to heat apply and can be trafficked instantly which minimises the need for costly traffic management,

So the preconceived ideas of overbanding are wrong. These concerns over cost, safety and application have certainly moved forward over recent years with manufacturers developing materials which deliver all of the benefit with none of the risk. Overbanding is safer, more efficient and providers neater and more attractive surface finish than historic methods.

Innovation, listening to the needs of the industry and providing real solutions has always been of the utmost importance to Instarmac Group plc. With this in mind, in 2012, they worked alongside the British Board of Agrément to develop the UK’s first HAPAS approved thermoplastic overbanding tape – UltraCrete Instaband ECO.

Instaband ECO has been tested over time to ensure compliance SROH requirements. It has been proven to provide a waterproof seal on asphalt and is an excellent method of preventative maintenance. The product’s simple application method provides contractors with an effective way of protecting and prolonging the life of new and in-situ reinstatements, as well as repairing joints and cracks in older wearing courses.

Instaband ECO boasts a skid resistance value of 60, exceeding the demands of SROH, and can be opened to traffic in just 10 minutes, eliminating costly Section 84 fines.

Instaband ECO is available for specification via the RIBA Product Selector. Add Instaband ECO to your specification.

Instarmac: Listening, innovating and delivering to the market.

For further information on HAPAS and the benefits of using HAPAS Approved products, please contact our team of technical experts by calling 01827 254402 or emailing ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk

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UltraCrete Revitalises Riga’s Streets

Following on from last year’s success at Northern Europe’s Art Nouveau capital, Instarmac’s Latvian partner, Delta Urban, have supplied world renowned reinstatement materials to assist with the rehabilitation of a number of roads and pavements throughout the centre of Riga – a project partly funded by the European Union.

Part of the project required hundreds of gullies and manholes to be repaired on some of Riga’s busiest roads, therefore it was imperative that the materials chosen would withstand constant and heavy trafficking and with minimal disruption.

UltraCrete has been the number one ironwork solution in Riga for more than 10 years. Delta Urban supplied the chosen contractors, Roakdeks and Parvalde, with UltraCrete M60 rapid strength bedding mortar and QC10 F rapid set flowable concrete for the repairs.

UltraCrete M60 is a rapid strength bedding mortar ideal for use with all access covers as well as for the bonding of granite setts, flags and bedding kerbs. M60 boasts superior compressive strength which means areas repaired with M60 can be opened to traffic in just 1 hour – ideal for the busy streets of Riga where traffic needs to keep moving.

Part of UltraCrete’s range of high specification concretes, QC10 F is a rapid setting, fibre modified concrete formulated for the backfilling around manhole frames and gullies. QC10 F has an impressive compressive strength and is opened to traffic in just 90 minutes.

Both M60 and QC10 F have been independently tested by an accredited laboratory and are proven to fully comply with the Highways Authority Product Approval Scheme (HAPAS) – an approval they have met and exceeded for over 10 years. M60 and QC10 F are proven to provide first time, permanent and durable repairs with a service life of at least 5 years.

For further information on M60, QC10 F and the other materials that make up UltraCrete’s HAPAS Approved Manhole Installation System please email international@instarmac.com or call +44 (0) 1827 254402.

You can contact Delta Urban by visiting deltaurban.lv or emailing info@deltaurban.lv.

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Instarmac completes first manhole reinstatement in North America

Instarmac Group plc are pleased to announce that, earlier this year, they installed their first manhole cover in Canada using their HAPAS Approved Manhole Installation System.

Carried out in conjunction with the Region of Peel, the reinstatement was completed quickly with minimal disruption to motorists and in temperatures above 95ºF.

Made of up high performance bedding mortars, back fill concretes, cold lay asphalts and overbanding, Instarmac’s Manhole Installation System has been independently tested and approved by the Highways Authority Product Approval Scheme for over 10 years and is proven to offer a first time permanent reinstatement. It even provides a permanent repair in all weathers and climates including freezing temperatures and extremely hot weather – ideal for countries with changeable weather patterns.

Ironwork reinstated with Instarmac’s system is opened to traffic in as little as 1 hour minimising disruption to motorists and eradicating lengthy lane closures. What’s more, Instarmac’s Manhole Installation System boasts a service life of over 5 years, eliminating costly repeat visits to the same site.

The Region of Peel were so impressed with the performance and speed of Envirobed HA104® high performance bedding mortar that they have confirmed with Instarmac’s Canadian partner, Da-Lee, this material will be used on a number of other problematic manhole covers throughout the area.

Instarmac’s Manhole Installation System is made up of Envirobed HA104® high performance bedding mortar, M60 rapid strength bedding mortar, PY4 polyester resin system, QC10 F rapid set flowable concrete, Instant Road Repair cold lay asphalt, SCJ seal and tack coat spray and Instaband ECO thermoplastic overbanding tape. For further information on these materials and the other products available in their range of world renowned highway maintenance materials, please visit www.instarmacinternational.com or email international@instarmac.com.

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UltraCrete Permanent Pothole Repair is King of the Mountains

Instarmac’s French partner, Vert Bleu, have supplied UltraCrete Permanent Pothole Repair to repair the mountainous roads near Saint Jean de Maurienne on Stage 17 of the Tour de France.

Now in its 104th year, the world famous Tour de France spans a staggering 3,540km over 3 weeks and 21 stages. Stage 17 crosses the Isere, Savoir and the Hautes Alpes, and conquering this legendary Alpine terrain, a winner is crowned King of the Mountains.

In preparation for the arrival of 198 cyclists, each route was checked for defects with a number of potholes in Saint Jean de Maurienne repaired using UltraCrete Permanent Pothole Repair.

UltraCrete Permanent Pothole Repair is a first time permanent repair which has been continuously developed over the past 40 years and used all around the world with excellent results. It is being used on a daily basis in all climates, from the snow bound island of Hokkaido in Japan, to the tropical monsoon hit roads of Malaysia, in the freezing cold Scandinavian winters, the heat of the Namibian desert and the temperate climates of Europe.

There are many cold lay asphalt repair products available, but Instarmac backs up its technical claims! Strength is gained by compaction, becoming stronger the more traffic travels over it, making it perfect for heavily trafficked roads and areas of turning and braking.

With a skid resistance value (SRV) of > 88, UltraCrete Permanent Pothole Repair provides a safer repair for cyclists and other road users as the repair is compatible with the existing road surface and offers maximum grip for tyres – even in wet weather!

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour, compact – UltraCrete Permanent Pothole Repair can be applied in all weathers – it can even be used in freezing temperatures. What’s more, potholes repaired with UltraCrete Permanent Pothole Repair can be trafficked instantly making it ideal for environments where delays and disruption are not an option!

This innovative material conforms to rigorous European Testing, has been independently tested by the British Board of Agrément and is proven to be a quality, flexible and durable solution for first time, permanent pothole repairs.

Permanent Pothole Repair is widely available throughout France through Vert Bleu. To contact Vert Bleu, please call +33 (0)4 79 84 41 or visit www.ultracrete.fr.

For further information on Permanent Pothole Repair and the other first time permanent repair products available from UltraCrete please email international@instarmac.com or visit www.instarmacinternational.com.

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Instarmac achieves prestigious RoSPA Gold Medal Award

Instarmac Group plc are delighted to have been awarded the coveted Gold Medal, an honour only given to those who achieve 5 consecutive Gold Awards in the annual RoSPA Health and Safety Awards.

In its 61st year, these respected awards are open to businesses and organisations of all sizes, across a wide spectrum of industries and celebrate those who are committed to raising health and safety management standards.

The judging panel of 24 leading industry experts, measure the performance of each organisation on areas such as identification, assessment, prevention and control and health risks, wellness at work, communication of information, and active monitoring and reviewing of health performance. They also consider any specific activities which distinguish an organisations approach to health work.

RoSPA’s Chairman, Michael D Parker CBE presented Instarmac’s Quality and Operations Manager, Darren Gough with the respected award during a ceremony held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

“The health and safety of all those who work, visit and deliver to our premises in Tamworth has always been of the highest importance. The QHSE team at Instarmac have worked intensively to achieve this prestigious accolade and we are thrilled to receive this award for the 5th year in succession, as it continues to signify our commitment towards health and safety” Darren Gough.

This achievement is the latest in a long line of awards for Instarmac. In 2017 they were placed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies for the eighth year, were ranked number one in the Mid Market 300, were named as a Low-Risk Operator by the DVSA, received a FORS Silver Award and completed the transition to the new ISO accreditations, one of the first companies to do so.

For more information on Instarmac, their product offering and career opportunities, please visit instarmac.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1827 254402. You can keep up-to-date with all the latest news from Instarmac by following them on Twitter @InstarmacGroup.

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Instarmac ranks number one in Mid Market 300

Every year Insider magazine lists the Midlands top performing 300 businesses with a turnover of £20 – £50million and Instarmac Group plc are delighted to have been ranked number one in this respected list.

Sponsored by HSBC, Coventry University and the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Insider magazine uses Experian IQ to measure each company’s turnover and pre-tax profit. Using these two numbers, an average is taken and the top 300 are drawn in order from that list.

As well as turnover and pre-tax profit, Insider also looked at profit margin, the amount of businesses exporting and number of employees. Their research showed that, not only have average profits and exports increased but Midlands businesses have also created 10,306 jobs over the past year – great news for local businesses and residents.

Instarmac Group plc are a market-leading manufacturer of cement and bitumen based products to the world markets. Established in 1977, Instarmac have built a solid reputation based on the research, development and production of innovative materials used in the highway maintenance, urban regeneration, tiling, commercial flooring and internal finishing sectors.

Instarmac are committed to providing high specification products that are durable and independently tested, backed up by first-class customer, technical and sales support.

This achievement is the latest in a long line of awards of Instarmac. In 2017 they were placed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies for the eighth year, achieved a RoSPA Gold Award for the fifth year, were ranked as a Low-Risk Operator by the DVSA, received a FORS Silver Award and completed the transition to the new ISO accreditations, one of the first companies to do so.

For more information on Instarmac, their product offering and career opportunities please visit Instarmac.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1827 254402. You can keep up-to-date with all the latest news from Instarmac by following them on Twitter @InstarmacGroup.

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Reducing our Environmental Impact

Instarmac are committed to continuously re-evaluating and reducing environmental impact to encourage a positive, long-term future.

Investments have been made in Grey Water and Intelligent Lighting Systems alongside solar panels and ‘smart’ climate control that operates across the entire manufacturing site. By avoiding excessive stock lines, in 2004, Instarmac achieved ‘zero waste to landfill’ meaning 100% of their waste is now recycled.

Where feasible Instarmac also use recycled materials such as recycled glass in their products and in the last 12 months has supplied customers with over 1,000 tonnes of recycled material contained in market leading products such as Envirobed HA104® and Flowpoint ECO.

Commitment to produce high performance products that promote sustainability and reduce environmental impact is at the forefront of all that Instarmac deliver.

For more information about Instarmac’s range of environmental products please call +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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Flowpoint paves the way in Bilzen, Belgium

Flowpoint, part of UltraScape’s BS 7533 approved Mortar Paving System, has been used in the construction of Bilzen’s town square and new shopping precinct.

Located in Limburg Belgium, Bilzen is home to over 30,000 residents and spans an area of 75.9 square kilometres. Over the past 10 years, Bilzen has undergone a transformation; a new shopping area has been created and many areas of the town have been refurbished.

Supplied by Instarmac’s Belgian partner Nijst Natuursteen Bvba, Flowpoint flowable rapid set grout has been used at every stage of Bilzen’s redevelopment. Flowpoint was first used in 2006 in the refurbishment of the main town square – an area that, over a decade later, still looks as good as the day it was finished.

Flowpoint has been used on a variety of other projects throughout Bilzen including a parking area in front of the town hall and church, pavements for the bustling cafés, parking areas in the town centre and the installation of paving at the new shopping precinct. Later this year, more pavements will be restored with new cobbles and pointed with Flowpoint.

Flowpoint was chosen for these projects for a number of reasons. Independently tested and approved, Flowpoint is proven to be compliant to British Standard 7533. This standard guarantees Flowpoint’s performance in areas of heavy traffic, turning and braking – a key feature for any areas of paving where vehicles will travel over it.

Available in 2 colours – Natural Grey and Charcoal – and in 3 varieties including Smooth and ECO, Flowpoint is a flowable grout which allows for large areas of paving to be grouted quickly. Supplied in 25kg bags, Flowpoint can be used to grout joints from 3mm to 50mm and as deep as 200mm in one application – ideal for projects where a number of different sized stones will be used.

What’s more, Flowpoint has a design life of over 40 years, can be walked over in just 1 hour and receive vehicular traffic in 4 hours, causing minimal disruption to pedestrians and motorists alike.

Flowpoint is distributed throughout Belgium by Nijst Natuursteen Bvba. To contact Nijst please call +32 (0)89 41 62 9 or email info@nijst-natuursteen.be.

For further information on Flowpoint and the other materials available in UltraScape#s Mortar Paving System, please email international@instarmac.com or call Instarmac’s International Sales Team on +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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Potholes cause chaos around the tunnels of Rhône-Alps

Instarmac’s French partner, Vert Bleu, have used UltraCrete Instant Road Repair to repair dangerous potholes in and around tunnels in the Rhône-Alps, France.

Millions of cars and heavy goods vehicles regularly travel through the many road tunnels in the Northern Alp region. Regular trafficking, braking and turning from heavyweight vehicles and trucks had caused severe damage to the wearing course on a roundabout connecting the French highway to such a tunnel.

Numerous cold asphalts had been trialled on the roundabout in an attempt to repair the damage but every product used thus far had failed, causing further disruption to motorists and costly repeat visits for the local municipality.

A new repair product was needed that would withstand heavy and constant trafficking and provide a permanent repair in areas of braking and turning. After careful research, a trial was completed using world renowned UltraCrete Instant Road Repair and Vert Bleu are delighted to report that the repair has now been in place for over 4 months and shows no signs of failing – a significant improvement compared to the previous repair products used.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair is a cold asphalt technology, which has been continuously developed and perfected over the past 40 years to provide a first time permanent pothole repair.

There are many cold lay asphalt repair products available, but Instarmac backs up its technical claims! Strength is gained by compaction, becoming stronger the more that traffic travels over it, making it the perfect repair product for heavily trafficked roads and areas of vehicle turning and braking, such as this one.

Instant Road Repair has provided permanent repairs on some of the world’s busiest roads including the German Autobahn, Gardiner Expressway in Canada, UK motorways and New York Bridges and Tunnels.

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour, compact – UltraCrete Instant Road Repair can be applied in all weathers including hot, wet and cold – it even provides a permanent repair in freezing temperatures!

Independently tested by the Highways Authority Product Approval Scheme for over 15 years, Instant Road Repair is proven to be a quality, flexible and durable solution for first time instant and permanent pothole repairs.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair is available throughout France through Vert Bleu. To contact Vert Bleu please call +33 (0)4 79 84 41 or visit www.ultracrete.fr.

For further information on UltraCrete Instant Road Repair and the other materials available in UltraCrete’s highway maintenance range, please email international@instarmac.com or call the International Sales Team on +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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Instarmac to Exhibit at the Ontario Water Conference and Trade Show

Launched in 2011, the Ontario Water Conference and Trade Show is organised by the Ontario Water Works Association, Ontario Municipal Water Association and the Ontario Water Works Equipment Association and is the premier water event in Ontario.

The Conference will take place at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls from 7th – 10th May and is expected to attract thousands of visitors, all of which are looking for the latest innovations in the water industry.

Visitors to booth 307 will discover the world’s number one permanent utility reinstatement material – Instarmac Instant Road Repair. Experts from both Instarmac and their Canadian partner Da-Lee, will be on hand all day to offer advice and guidance and to demonstrate the many benefits of using Instant Road Repair.

Instarmac Instant Road Repair is different from traditional cold applied oil based asphalts, which are often used as a temporary repair by utility companies throughout Canada. Instant Road Repair is a reinstatement asphalt which has been continually developed over the past 40 years and offers a first time permanent repair which eradicates costly repeat visits to the same site.

Instarmac backs up its technical claims! Strength is gained by compaction, becoming stronger the more traffic travels over it, making it the ideal product for repairs to trenches and manhole reinstatements in highly trafficked roads. This innovative material conforms to rigorous European Testing, has been independently tested by the British Board of Agrément for over 15 years and is proven to be a quality, flexible and durable solution for first time, permanent reinstatements.

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour, compact – Instarmac Instant Road Repair can be applied in all weathers including hot, wet and cold – it even provides a permanent repair in temperatures as low as 15ºC.  Furthermore, reinstatements completed with Instarmac Instant Road Repair can be trafficked instantly causing minimal disruption to motorists and eliminating lengthy lane closures.

What’s more, on Wednesday 10th May at 2.15pm, Instarmac’s Canadian representative, Matthew Kinson, will be presenting a technical paper where audience members will discover the latest cold asphalt technology and the cost savings of using this technology as a permanent reinstatement material.

Since the beginning of 2016, Instarmac Instant Road Repair has been widely used with great success throughout Ontario, British Columbia and New York State.

For further information on Instarmac Instant Road Repair, and the other highway maintenance materials available from Instarmac, please email international@instarmac.com.

To find out more information about the Ontario Water Conference and Trade Show please visit www.waterconference.owwa.ca.