Coronavirus Update: Business as usual

As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to expand globally, we want to communicate our commitment to business continuity. First and foremost we are closely following the latest government guidelines to maintain the health and safety of our employees, customers and suppliers.

We have invested heavily in our disaster recovery procedures which means we are more than prepared to process all customer orders and deliver them as and when required.

Our Senior Managers and sales staff are equipped to work from home with full remote access.

Finally, we have also implemented preventative measures at our manufacturing site to ensure our products can be produced as normal, ensuring continuity of supply.

Our teams remain here for you and we will continue to monitor the situation and provide you with further updates accordingly.

We wish you all good health and thank you for putting your trust in us. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by calling +44 (0) 1827 254400 or emailing enquiries@instarmac.co.uk

 

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UltraCrete protest helps to bring extra UK pothole funding

The recently announced UK budget will include £2.5bn to be made available to fix potholes and resurface roads over five years.

 

Official National Pothole Day sponsor, UltraCrete, is delighted to have received the news that the new budget will bring more than £600bn to be spent on roads, rail, broadband and housing by the middle of 2025. Ministers say this represents the largest capital investment in infrastructure for generations, with 2.5bn will be made available to fix potholes and resurface roads over five years.

 

This budget announcement comes after UltraCrete, and ally, Mr Pothole (AKA Mark Morrell), protested about the deficit in funding for road repairs by driving a bright orange tank through London earlier this year. Their mission was to draw attention to the current shortfall in road repair funding and to help local authorities and the like, tackle the crumbling road networks permanently, and they seem to have succeeded.

 

Richard Moss, Brand Manager at Instarmac said: ”This is great news. We are really pleased that the government has listened to and acted on our calls for more funding to repair potholes. We certainly raised awareness on 15 January with our protest, you only have to see the video footage of National Pothole Day around London and Westminster, as well as the fantastic national media coverage we received, to realise that it must’ve had an effect. While we feel there could have been more investment released, with the careful use of good quality, permanent repair materials and thorough material training, this additional financial injection should provide some much needed repairs to our vital road network.”

 

For more information about UltraCrete permanent repair products or to book a demo or training please contact UltraCrete’s team of experts by emailing ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk or calling 01827 254402.

UltraFloor rises to the challenge of a speedy Greggs refit

 

Level IT Super30 and Prime IT MSP make last minute floor installations a piece of cake.

Background

Nationally recognised, high street bakers, Greggs, opened a new retail outlet at Ventura Park in Tamworth, West Midlands, in October 2019. Before opening, the unit required a complete refit and change of purpose from the previous occupant. This included laying a new floor.

 

The challenge

The refit needed to be undertaken within a tight schedule, with only one week to complete the installation.

The flooring contractor for the project, Stoll Flooring, had selected 131m² of Karndean and Altro flooring to lay as part of the refurbishment.

Given the popularity of Greggs stores and usual level of foot traffic through the outlets, the installation products needed to be high performing and robust.

As food would be prepared on site upon opening, the installation products used also needed to be low odour.

 

The solution

Fast acting, effective primers and underlayments are bread and butter for UltraFloor. Having successfully used these products before on other installations, Stoll Flooring selected Level IT Super30, and as UltraFloor recommends that subfloors should be primed prior to the application of a finishing compound, contractors Stoll Flooring, also selected Prime IT MSP.

Prime IT Multi-surface Primer is a moisture tolerant, water based acrylic primer, sealer and bonding aid. Formulated to promote adhesion to all UltraFloor smoothing underlayments, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer reduces pinholing, minimising the risk of costly failures.

With a coverage rate of 200m² at 3:1 dilution, Prime IT Multi-surface Primer is a must-have product for all retail or commercial flooring installation projects.

Level IT Super30 is a ‘level and lay in a day’ product which utilises specially blended cements and a high quality polymer liquid.  It is a speedy product for fast turnaround projects. The product sets in 30 minutes and can be overlaid with bonded floor coverings after just 3 hours.

As Level IT Super30’s formulation is free from ammonia and protein, it creates a very low odour and is suitable for confined spaces and is ideal for use in biological sensitive areas.

In addition, the product is designed to compensate for shrinkage and is polymer modified, both adding to its high performance and compatibility.

 

The results

The project was completed successfully and on time. Barry Marsden, Director at Stoll Flooring said: “Prime IT MSP and Level IT Super30 were the perfect pairing for this retail project. The speedy walk on time, even in the colder autumn temperatures, allowed us to complete the job on time and get on to our next job much quicker than if we were using a standard set floor leveller. Also the low odour properties of Level IT Super30 were perfect for a food preparation environment. We find we can always rely on UltraFloor products to get the job done properly and on time.”

 

For further information on UltraFloor contract flooring solutions, please call 01827 254400 or email ultrafloor@instarmac.co.uk

Instarmac successfully transitions to ISO 45001:2018 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY

Award winning, UK manufacturer of pothole repair, highway maintenance, tiling, floor levelling, paving and drylining products, Instarmac Group plc, is delighted to confirm its successful transition to ISO 45001:2018.

 

ISO 45001 is the world’s international standard for occupational health and safety, issued to protect employees and visitors from work-related accidents and diseases. The certification also ensures legal compliance, provides improved risk management and positions Instarmac to meet current and any future regulatory challenges.

 

ISO 45001 standard was launched in 2018, companies already certified to OHSAS 18001 are obliged to migrate to the ISO 45001 standard within three years of this date, the Instarmac Group plc has undertaken its transition well in advance of the directed timescale.

 

Emma Kavanagh, QHSE Compliance Manager for Instarmac said: “This is an important recognition, not only does this transition provide our customers with further confidence that we are committed to the continual improvement in Health and Safety, it is also central to creating safe working conditions for our most important asset, our people.”

Environmental and social responsibility report

Instarmac releases their first Environmental and Social Responsibility Report

Market-leading manufacturer, Instarmac Group plc, have always prided themselves on their environmental, sustainable and ethical practices. The release of their first Environmental and Social Responsibility Report demonstrates their desire to operate as responsibly as possible.

In 1987, the UN defined sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” This concept has always resonated with Instarmac and has influenced all business decisions over the last thirty years.

Instarmac know that sustainability is not limited to products and how  they are manufactured – it is embedded across all aspects of their business. From limiting their impact on the environment, delivering sustainable solutions, supporting and rewarding their 193 employees, to ensuring they actively support the local community.

Instarmac’s Environmental and Social Responsibility Report provides a detailed overview of their environmental achievements to date as well as their commitment to increasing sustainable practices even further.

Instarmac’s vision is to become a £75 – £100 million turnover business by 2023. This report highlights their desire to achieve this purpose with integrity. In 2019, Instarmac were named as a ‘Great Place to Work®’ for the third year running as well as one of the Best Workplaces for Women for the first time. They have continued to strengthen their environmental management system, receiving ISO 14001 for the twelfth year in a row, further illustrating their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint.

In addition, Instarmac have a long history of charitable giving. In the last two decades their Directors and employees and have raised approximately £200,000 for a number of different causes.

On the launch of this exciting report, John Holcroft, Managing Director at Instarmac, commented: “Since our founding over 40 years ago, we have built a solid reputation based on research, development and innovation. Our success comes down to all departments working together with uncompromising ethics, ensuring the best quality products and service is provided to our customers. We are proud of what we have achieved. Instarmac’s success have been sustained through out ambitious nature and our determination to do better. This means we are not standing still, instead we are looking to the future and our long term goals.”

Instarmac have used this report to set themselves some challenging short and long-term goals for the future including reducing their carbon footprint by 5% by 2022, increasing their recycling rate to 75% within the same period and to provide a minimum of 10 graduate opportunities over the next 5 years.

Download a FREE copy of Instarmac’s Environmental and Social Responsibility Report.

For more information on Instarmac’s environmental, social and ethical achievements, commitments and aims, please contact their team of experts by calling +44 (0) 1827 254400 or emailing enquiries@instarmac.co.uk.

Tough Patch® delivers fast, reliable and consistent pothole repairs for Kier

 

UltraCrete successfully fills the gap with its first time permanent repair material for planned and reactive maintenance in all weathers

The background

Leading UK construction and infrastructure service suppliers, Kier, are responsible for the maintenance of the major roads in Gloucester, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcester and Herefordshire. This is Kier’s largest UK Contract for the Highways Agency.

The challenge

In order to manage the increasing pothole maintenance issue for these extensive road networks, Kier had been using a mixture of pothole repair products from multiple suppliers, which were giving inconsistent and mixed results, in particular during the winter months.

The infrastructure services company was also under pressure from the Highways Agency to keep road closures and disruption to a minimum whilst undertaking repairs, so were seeking a solution that would provide a first time permanent repair for planned and reactive maintenance to address this.

The solution

The UltraCrete team met with Kier’s Operations and Enhanced Customer Response Unit (ECRU) teams to help them find a solution to standardising their patch and pothole repair methods.

Having analysed the issues, Tough Patch® was recommended by the UltraCrete team due to its consistent reliability and quick installation.

Tough Patch® is a PTS PAS approved, cold lay surface material for road repairs, which utilises a reactive binder that rapidly cures to create a first time, permanent repair that will accept traffic immediately after installation. By ultilising Tough Patch®, the amount of time needed for closures on a highway can be reduced, resulting in a significantly safer working environment for the Keir operatives carrying out the work.

Tested in accordance with MCHW SHW Volume 1 Clause 104.15 and 104.16, Tough Patch® has been proven to provide a permanent repair in a variety of environments and weather.

As well as complying with all the test requirements of the revised Specification for Highway Works (SHW) Clause 946 and as defined in Specification for the Reinstatement of Openings in Highways (SROH),Tough Patch® has been proven to outperform these standards in a number of areas.

SROH requires all cold lay materials to be capable of being cored within 6 months of installation and thanks to its superior formulation, Tough Patch® surpasses these requirements, allowing cores to be taken after 24 hours.

In addition to the SHW and SROH test requirements, Tough Patch® 6mm and 10mm grades have been assessed for wheel tracking and permanent deformation at 60ºC – the standard is only 45ºC – and both grades demonstrated enhanced performance to classify as suitable for “very heavily stressed sites requiring very high rut resistance.”

Tough Patch® permanent surface repair material can be used in all weathers and is proven to last the life of the road, eliminating costly repeat visits to site.

UltraCrete SCJ was also recommended to be used in conjunction with Tough Patch®. This product prolongs the life of the repairs, improves bond, prevents water ingress and is BBA HAPAS approved.

The UltraCrete team demonstrated Tough Patch® at the meeting and subsequent trials of the product were undertaken by Kier between December 2019 and February 2020.

The results

The trials were successful and Tough Patch® has been adopted by Kier to use on major roads in Gloucester, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcester and Herefordshire.

Gary Wood, Senior Storeman at Kier praised the UltraCrete product and team commenting: “The interaction and collaborative working relationship between the operatives and supplier has resulted in a product that will now be used across Gloucester, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcester and Herefordshire. We invited the UltraCrete team along to view our side of the process and in doing so; they have helped us to implement improvements across the board.”

For further information on UltraCrete’s Highway Reinstatement Materials, please call 01827 254400 or email ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk

Visit https://www.instarmac.co.uk/ultracrete/for more information