pothole callouts reach three year high

Pothole callouts reach three year high

In 2018, the RAC reported that drivers breaking down after hitting a pothole had reached a three year high. With claims of 31,000 potholes across 12,000 miles of Britain’s roads, awaiting repair and local authorities paying out £3.2 million in compensation claims in one year alone, a permanent solution to the pothole crisis has never been needed more.

Tough Patch® Rapid repair material has been rigorously and thoroughly tested and is proven to provide a first time permanent repair, eliminating costly repeat visits to the same site, helping to alleviate the frustration of many drivers who have been victim to dangerous potholes.

Quick and easy to apply, Tough Patch® Rapid can be used to repair defects in pavements, driveways, car parks and on high speed roads – it even provides a permanent repair in wheel turning locations such as junctions, traffic lights and roundabouts.

Ready to use straight from the bag or bucket, Tough Patch® Rapid requires no special preparation and can be trafficked immediately, meaning costly traffic management can be removed swiftly, allowing drivers to continue on their journey uninterrupted and helping to increase productivity as contractors can move on to their next repair quickly.

What’s more, Tough Patch® Rapid eliminates many of the risks associated with hot asphalt repairs, such as extremely hot temperatures and dangerous fumes, providing contractors with a much safer working environment.

Watch an application video of Tough Patch® Rapid.

Tough Patch® Rapid is just one of the many first time permanent cold lay asphalts available from UltraCrete. Many of the products in their world renowned range have been independently tested by a third party, can be applied in all weathers and are available in 25kg buckets or bags.

For further product information, pricing enquiries or to request a free product demonstration, please contact UltraCrete’s team of technical experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Instarmac awarded RoSPA Gold Medal Award

Instarmac awarded RoSPA Gold Medal Award for 6th Year

An independent adjudication panel at RoSPA have once again awarded Instarmac Group plc with highly coveted Gold Medal Award. 

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has commended Instarmac’s Health & Safety processes and their continual improvement for the sixth year running.

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

In 2018  the experienced panel of judges measured Instarmac’s impressive performance indicators and highlighted their excellent health and safety management. On winning this prestigious award, Darren Gough, Instarmac’s Quality and Operations Manager, commented: “We are thrilled to receive this award for the 6th year in succession, as it shows our customers, visitors and colleagues our commitment towards health and safety practices.”

This award represents another significant achievement by a nationally recognised independent body for this truly British manufacturing success story. Instarmac Group plc have also been named as a Great Place To Work®, were placed in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies for the ninth 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 call 01827 254402. You can keep up-to-date with all the latest news from Instarmac by following them on Twitter @InstarmacGroup.

changing the way we think about resources

Changing the way we think about resources

In 2017, the Mineral Products Association (MPA) highlighted their growing concerns over the country’s shrinking aggregate reserves.

Based on information provided by MPA members, the Annual Mineral Planning Survey Report (AMPS 2017) revealed that whilst sales of sand and gravel increased by 2.5% and crushed rock by 5.3%, reserves have remained worryingly low. Sand and gravel has reserves of just 60% and alarmingly only 6% of crushed rock sales were replaced during the previous year.

These worrying statistics confirm that the demand for raw materials continues to far outweigh any new reserves, which in turn, raises an important question – what can we do to help? One solution is to change the way we think about resources.

For many years, most manufacturers and production facilities have operated using a linear economy. This ‘take, make, dispose’ method of manufacturing means that instead of recycling the raw materials and any waste associated with the production process, they are disposed of instead.

Not only does this manufacturing process produce a huge amount of unwanted waste, it also creates a significant amount of pressure on trying to find resources the country just doesn’t have.

In order to create a truly sustainable future, we need to change the way we use resources and ensure all manufacturing processes are carried out with a circular economy in mind. A circular economy emphasises the importance of keeping resources in use for as long as possible and once the maximum value has been extracted, recovering and recycling these resources so they can be used again.

As a leading UK manufacturer, Instarmac understand the importance of a circular economy and constantly look for ways to reduce their impact on the environment. As well as successfully implementing a number of environmental policies across the business, such as climate control, solar panels and intelligent lighting, their in-house Research and Development team have also developed a number of products which continue to boast the high performance capabilities their customers expect, whilst containing 20% recycled material.

What’s more, they also provide their customers with a plastic container and pallet recycling scheme, which helps to reduce waste sent to landfill whilst saving their customers time and money as they no longer have to dispose of these items themselves.

For more information on a circular economy and how Instarmac can help you achieve your sustainability promises, please call 01827 254402 or email enquiries@instarmac.co.uk.

Working together towards a circular economy.

War_Memorial_to_Commemorate WW1 centenary

UltraScape helps village commemorate WW1 centenary

2018 marks the centenary of World War One with millions of people taking part in Remembrance events up and down the country. Valuable funds have been raised for The British Legion with many villages and towns across the country taking part in activities to commemorate those who list their lives fighting in both World Wars.

Over the last 18 months, the Long Itchington War Memorial Group (WARMLI) have organised a number of activities and have raised over £35,000 to build a war memorial as a mark of Remembrance to the men from their Parish who bravely gave their lives fighting for their country during the two world wars.

The residents of Long Itchington Village in Warwickshire, have worked tremendously hard to raise the money needed for their war memorial and so it was extremely important to UltraScape that the materials used and the installation of the paving was carried out perfectly  to ensure the villagers are able to enjoy the memorial for years to come.

With this in mind, Nick Holmes, UltraScape’s Technical Training and Site Support Manager, visited Long Itchington to deliver all the paving materials needed to install the war memorial and the surrounding paved area, materials which were kindly donated by UltraScape, and to carry out training with O’Brien Contractors Ltd to ensure the paving was installed correctly.

The 40m² area of paving and 3 inscribed monoliths were supplied by Marshalls and installed using UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System.

Made up of bedding mortars, slurry primer and innovative flowable grout, every product in UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System has been independently tested by an UKAS accredited laboratory to assess their performance abilities. This method removed the uncertainty of site batched mortars and offers a minimum construction life of 40 years.

Pre-blended for ease of use, Pro-Bed HS fine bedding mortar provides the ultimate laying course for all types of paving. Available in 3 sizes, 30 tonne silos and 1 tonne bulk bags, Pro-Bed HS provides you with the perfect amount of material for all project sizes.

Pro-Bed HS can be laid from 10mm – 75mm, is shrinkage compensated and can be opened to foot traffic in just 12 hours, allowing contractors to move on to the next part of the project quickly.

Formulated to provide an exceptional bond between your paving element and Pro-Bed HS, Pro-Prime slurry primer eliminates costly failures caused by general wear and tear and heavy load bearing.

To complete the installation, Flowpoint rapid set grout was used to joint  the selected pavers. With an initial set after just 15 minutes, and a walk on time of one hour, it is unsurprising that Flowpoint has become synonymous with fast application, cost-effective and robust jointing.

On completion of the project, Peter Hyde, the War Memorial Designer, commented: “We have been amazed at the generosity that individuals and companies have shown towards the war memorial project. UltraScape’s help and expertise was invaluable at a crucial stage of the build.”

For more information on UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System please call 01827 254402 or email ultrascape@instarmac.co.uk.

Linear vs Circular Economy

Linear vs Circular Economy

For many years, most manufacturers and production facilities have operated using a linear economy. This ‘take, make, dispose’ method of manufacturing means that instead of recycling the raw materials and any waste associated with the production process, they are disposed of instead.

As you can imagine, not only does a linear economy product a huge amount of unwanted, and sometimes dangerous landfill waste, it also puts a lot of pressure on the country’s plummeting resources as new raw materials need to be found and utilised.

In order to create a truly sustainable future for generations to come, we need to ensure all manufacturing processes are carried out with a circular economy in mind. A circular economy emphasises the importance of keeping resources in use for as long as possible and once the maximum value has been extracted, recovering and recycling these resources so they can be used again.

Whereas a linear economy will only damage the environment further, a circular economy will decrease the impact of production and consumption in the UK, significantly reduce waste and will lessen the pressure on the country’s dangerously low natural resources.

As a leading UK manufacturer, Instarmac understand the importance of a circular economy and look for ways to reduce their impact on the environment. Delivering sustainable products and solutions has always been of the utmost importance to Instarmac and influences every business decision they make.

With this in mind, Instarmac have successfully implemented a number of environmental policies at their state-of-the-art premises in Staffordshire.

They provide their customers with plastic container and pallet recycling scheme, helping to reduce waste to landfill whilst saving their customers time and money, have invested in Grey Water and Intelligent Lighting Systems as well as installing solar panels and climate control across their entire building. Furthermore, since 2014, Instarmac has boasted ‘zero waste to landfill’ which means 100% of waste is recycled.

Instarmac are proud to have had their environmental practices audited by an independent third party and have been awarded with the internationally recognised ISO 14001 for over 12 years.

For more information on a circular economy and how Instarmac can help you achieve your sustainability promises, please call 01827 254402 or email enquiries@instarmac.co.uk.

Working together towards a circular economy.

Source: WRAP

UltraTileFix launch training academy days

UltraTileFix launch Training Academy Days

Whether you want to learn a new skill or brush up on the latest tiling techniques, UltraTileFix’s Training Training Academy Days are for you!

Suitable for both experienced contractors and those beginning their tiling career, UltraTileFix’s Training Academy Days cover a wide range of topics including Subfloor Preparation, Application of Smoothing Underlayments and a Guide to Tiling Adhesives – you are certain to come away with lots of great tips for use on your next project.

Launching in December 2018, UltraTileFix’s Training Academy Days will continue throughout 2019 and will be hosted by Alan Collins and Martin Pouncey, expert trainers with over 30 years experience. Both Alan and Martin have a wealth of tiling knowledge having worked as tilers themselves and between them have worked with well-known manufacturers and brands such as Topps Tiles and Hardie, with Martin also having spent time working as a college tiling lecturer.

Everyone who attends an Academy Training Day will benefit from a free full days’s training with lunch provided. What’s more, everyone who completes the training will leave with a certificate, goody bag plus £50 worth of UltraTileFix material.

Held at UltraTileFix’s state-of-the-art training premises in Tamworth, you will also see their innovative manufacturing processes and how UltraTileFix products are developed – these fantastic Training Academy Days are an event that’s not to be missed!

Places are booking up fast, so don’t delay. Call 01827 254449 today to book your FREE place on one of the below courses.

13th December 2018 – Subfloor Preparation

21st February 2019 – Application of Smoothing Underlayments

18th April 2019 – Tiling Guide of Adhesives

20th June 2019 – Subfloor Preparation

15th August 2019 – Application of Smoothing Underlayments

17th October 2019 – Tiling Guide of Adhesives

19th December 2019 – Subfloor Preparation

For further information on UltraTileFix’s Training Academy Days or to learn more about their product offering, please contact their team of technical experts by email.

UltraScape support Help for Heroes

UltraScape support Help for Heroes

As part of their support for the much-admired charity, Help for Heroes, Tesco Maintenance have cleaned and repointed 400m² of reclaimed paving at Tedworth House in Wiltshire, and UltraScape are delighted to have played a part in this important rejuvenation project.

Tesco have been a proud support of Help for Heroes for a number of years, helping to raise money by supporting national collection weekends, selling branded merchandise in stores and maintaining a number of rehabilitation facilities through their maintenance division – Tesco Maintenance.

One such facility is Tedworth House. Forming part of Help for Heroes countrywide Recovery Centres, Tedworth House is available to wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel, Veterans and their families. The centre aims to inspire those who have become injured whilst serving their country and “enable them to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives.”

Tedworth House is made up of 46 en-suite bedrooms, four family rooms, kitchen, two lounges, adaptive gym with specialist equipment plus Hero Garden and Café.

Part of the ongoing maintenance at Tedworth House required 400m² of reclaimed paving, located outside the Hero Cafe, to be cleaned and repointed. The project was completed using UltraScape flowpoint rapid set grout, which was kindly donated by UK manufacturer, Instarmac Group plc.

Part of the UltraScape Mortar Paving System, flowpoint has been independently tested to British Standard 7533 and has been developed over a number of years to provide a durable finish which will not crack or stain – even when applied in cold and hot temperatures.

Ideal for large scale projects, UltraScape flowpoint is  available in three varieties and two colours – Charcoal and Natural Grey – the second of which was used at Tedworth  House.

With an initial set after just 15 minutes and a walk on time of one hour, it is unsurprising that UltraScape flowpoint has become synonymous with fast application, cost-effective and robust jointing.

The durable nature of UltraScape flowpoint will allow the residents of Tedworth House to enjoy the tranquil and relaxing atmosphere of the Hero Cafe for many years to come.

For further information on flowpoint and the other materials in UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System, please contact the UltraScape Sales Team by email or by calling 01827 254402.