UltraScape paves the ‘Future of Living’

UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System has been used to install 15,000sqm of paving at Dubai Creek – the next generation in contemporary life, work and play.

Located on the banks of the historic creek, Dubai Creek is home to 711,399 serviced apartments and 7.3million sqm of residential space. Surrounded by 700,000sqm of open spaces and parks, Dubai Creek was born from ‘the fusion of creativity and innovation’ and will ‘redefine the future’ of its residents.

Dubai Creek has been designed to the highest standard, a feature that was extended to all surrounding areas.

As well as needing to provide the perfect aesthetic, the paving installation materials needed to excel in the humid and hot temperatures famous in Dubai, and have a quick set time so as not to hinder the project’s completion.

The Solution
With this in mind, Parsons, the Consultants working on this exciting development, adopted the use of UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System to install 15,000sqm of paving around the Marina, Promenade and Boardwalk next to the Dubai Creek waterfront.

Instarmac International’s partner, Tanseeq LLC, supplied UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System to satisfy the Engineers requirements and design.

UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System is made up of tested, trusted and proven materials including pro-bed HS bedding mortar, pro-prime slurry primer and flowpoint tropical smooth flowable grout.

UltraScape pro-bed hs provides the ultimate laying course for all types of paving. It 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 tropical smooth was used in Charcoal & Natural Grey to joint the selected pavers. UltraScape flowpoint tropical smooth has been formulated for use in hot climates and can be applied in temperatures in excess of 35°C – perfect for this project.

UltraScape flowpoint tropical smooth is a flowable grout which allows for large areas of paving to be grouted quickly. Suitable for joints from 3mm to 50mm and as a deep as 200mm, flowpoint tropical smooth has been developed over a number of years to provide a durable finish which will not crack or stain – even in the extremely hot temperatures in Dubai.

With an initial set of just 15 minutes, and a walk on time of one hour, it is unsurprising that flowpoint tropical smooth has been synonymous with fast application, cost-effective and robust jointing, the world over.

The work was completed to an excellent standard by one of Dubai‘s premier landscaping contractors, Proscape LLC.

For more information about UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System, please contact Instarmac International by emailing international@instarmac.com or calling +44 (0) 1827 254400.



Source: Properties.emaar.com

Instarmac’s Technical Manager celebrates 25-year service award

Celebrations are aplenty at Instarmac as Technical Manager, Sham Ali, celebrates 25 years’ service.

Sham Ali joined Instarmac on the 1st April 1996 as R & D Technologist. Within 6 months of his employment, Sham formulated and brought to market five new products – a huge achievement that helped lay the foundations for Instarmac to become the respected and trusted company it is today.

After being promoted to Technical Manager in 1997, Sham’s next focus was to expand the Instarmac portfolio to include tile adhesives, grouts and floor levellers – products which would go on to make up the UltraTileFix and UltraFloor brands.

As well as pioneering many game-changing products, Sham has played a critical role in obtaining independent and third party approval for a number of UltraCrete’s products and systems. Sham has worked closely with the British Board of Agrément for 20 years and helped UltraCrete gain its first approval in 2001 for their world-renowned Instant Road Repair. Other approvals followed including UltraCrete’s Manhole Reinstatement System in 2005, Permanent Pothole Repair in 2011 and Instaband ECO in 2012.

What’s more, Sham assisted with the specification, design and installation of the state-of-the-art laboratory equipment at both Instarmac’s Kingsbury Link and Dordon sites.

It’s not just R&D that has benefitted from Sham’s experience and spectacular knowledge. Sham assists with technical site visits and provides telephone support for any customer that needs it. He has visited licensees in both Malaysia and Canada to commission their manufacturing plant for the production of Instant Road Repair and sits on a number of industry committees.

“I am honoured to work with a number of industry committees including FeRFA, CFA, RSTA, TTA, the Stone Federation and BSI. Working in partnership with such bodies helps us to fully understand the needs of the industry and allows us to develop standards to drive change and raise standards across the industry as a whole”.

When looking back over his career at Instarmac and his proudest achievement to date, Sham commented: “I have been lucky to enough to work on some fantastic projects – including the refurbishment of the bridge decks at Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham – but I would have to say my proudest achievement so far is the development of Envirobed HA104®.

“When we launched this product there was nothing else like it in the industry. It was a completely unique product. We achieved something really special with Envirobed HA104®. It elevated our product offering and the reputation of Instarmac. A really proud moment for me.”

During his time at Instarmac, Sham has formulated, developed and enhanced many of today’s much-loved highway, paving, tiling and flooring products. Sham is a crucial member of the Technical team and pillar of support for the business as a whole. Congratulations Sham on this fantastic long-service award.

To contact Instarmac please email enquiries@instarmac.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1827 254402.

Instarmac Holdings acquires 20% share in Fabulosa

Home cleaning sensation Fabulosa (My Fabulosa Ltd) is set for further expansion, following major funding from Instarmac Holdings, a group of entrepreneurial minded manufacturing and distribution businesses based in the UK.

The recent multi-million pound partnership by Instarmac Holdings, equates to a 20% shareholdings in Fabulosa, the rapidly growing and highly ambitious young household manufacturing business, established in 2019, by co-founders Mike and James Sharpe.

The news follows Fabulosa’s impressive trading statement in February announcing a substantial £30 million sales for the 12 months ending December 31st, and sharing their ambitious plans in place to achieve a £40 million turnover by the end of 2021.

For both companies, the move has been a natural progression. Instarmac’s aerosol manufacturing facility in the group’s portfolio has been producing Fabulosa’s aerosol products for the past 18 months, and the partnership will further strengthen the relationship and customer service advantages of both parties.

Paul Butcher of Instarmac Holdings will now join the Fabulosa board, and the partnership is viewed by both parties as an invaluable horizontal integration opportunity.

This development means that both companies will be well placed to drive the synergies between Fabulosa and Instarmac Holdings facility Aztec Aerosols, with their combined requirement of 12 million aerosol cans annually, and ambitious international expansion plans. Additionally, this will only strengthen their long term plans and commitment to sustainable volumes.

To support the partnership, Instarmac Holdings has committed an additional £1.5 million for the purchase of a state-of-the-art aerosol filling line, together with a further £0.5 million spend for the construction of a warehouse extension to accommodate the forecast increased capacity.

John Holcroft, Group CEO of Instarmac Holdings comments: “As a major supplier to Fabulosa, we built up a close relationship, and are extremely impressed with the management’s highly innovative, dynamic and consumer-focused approach. They have created major disruption in a mature and very static sector, and are continuing to grow at a rapid level. We are now looking forward to supporting the board with their onward journey.”

James Sharpe, Co-Founder of My Fabulosa Ltd states: “This is a pivotal move for our brand, and testament to how far we have come in such a short space of time. The business is hungry and gearing up for further significant expansion. There is a strong cultural fit between the two businesses, and we are incredible excited about the prospect of what we can now achieve with Instarmac Holdings, particularly with the synergies we can drive through both businesses and our ambitious international growth.”

UltraTileFix changes the game with latest product launch

As we gently ease out of lockdown, our patio and outdoor areas have never been more important than they are today.

The tiling industry has seen a huge trend for indoor/outdoor living and with the help of UltraTileFix’s latest product, you can help make those external tiling dreams a reality.

ProPave Mortar is a fibre-reinforced cement binder which, when mixed with aggregates and water, produces a rapid drying high strength bedding mortar, ready to receive popular floor finishes such as porcelain and natural stone tiles.

Suitable for depths of 30-100mm, ProPave Mortar is mixed with sharp sand and water for easy workability and can be used to raise the height of existing slabs to create a seamless transition between interior and exterior tiling.

ProPave Mortar is a fantastic ‘one product does all’ that will accept light traffic after just 12 hours and 24 hours in highly trafficked areas such as drives and pathways.

What’s more, ProPave Mortar is fibre-reinforced for added strength and durability, increasing the life of your patio, and is quick curing, halving the time to traffic when compared with Portland cement.

ProPave Mortar can be used in conjunction with a Type 1 hard core base or existing concrete slabs and is proven is reduce build up, allowing for shallow applications at just 30mm.

Interested in finding out more? Why not book a free product demonstration with UltraTileFix’s Site Support Team. To find out more, please email ultratilefix@instarmac.co.uk.

Choose ProPave Mortar for patio strength with durability built in. For more information on ProPave Mortar and the other external tiling materials available from UltraTileFix, please contact their team of tiling experts by emailing ultratilefix@instarmac.co.uk or calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

UltraFloor takes further steps forward in sustainability

Sustainability and environmental impact has always been a high priority for UltraFloor. They are committed to being as sustainable as possible and are delighted to announce that all UltraFloor bottles are now made from 100% recycled material – a huge step forward for UltraFloor and the flooring industry as a whole.

UltraFloor pride themselves on their sustainability practices and what better testament than achieving zero waste to landfill since 2014. This means that 100% of manufacturing waste is recycled and not sent to landfill.

This is just one initiative UltraFloor have successfully implemented with the aim of creating a truly sustainable future.

Are pallets taking up space in your yard? UltraFloor can take them back! Their experienced Drivers can collect your unwanted pallets and return them to Instarmac to be reused – reducing waste to landfill, freeing up valuable space in your yard or storage area and helping to further protect the environment.

What’s more, all collections and deliveries are made on UltraFloor’s state-of-the-art privately owned fleet, all of which now feature AdBlue. AdBlue is an additive which is used alongside diesel to reduce mono-nitrogen oxide emissions produced from the exhausts of vehicles. AdBlue transforms the harmful mono-nitrogen toxins in diesel into nitrogen and water vapour reducing the negative impact vehicle emissions have on the environment.

Other initiatives include intelligent lighting, a grey water system, the use of solar energy and climate control across their entire building.

All of UltraFloor’s environmental practices have been acknowledged by ISO 14001 – an independent accreditation which UltraFloor have been awarded with for the past 14 years.

ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised standard which ‘sets out the criteria for an environmental management system’. Every year, for the last 14 years, UltraFloor have had their environmental practices audited by an independent third party. This thorough audit investigates how their manufacturing processes impact on the environment and the steps they have taken to address this.

The ISO standards allow UltraFloor to reflect a good level of professionalism and demonstrates best practice. This accreditation is a great accomplishment for UltraFloor as it shows customers their intent to continually improve all aspects of their business and how committed there are to providing sustainable solutions.

For further information on UltraFloor’s sustainable and environmental policies, please visit Instarmac.co.uk or contact their experienced team by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.