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A new Instarmac International brochure has landed!

The new Instarmac International brochure is unveiled.


The new brochure showcases how interested parties can become the market leader in their country by establishing a profitable, sustainable and successful business. It includes full details about the Instarmac world leading products, a clear explanation on how to become a licensee or distributor, how Instarmac International supports global partners, as well as insights from existing licensees and distributors.


Instarmac is a specialist in the manufacture of cement and bitumen based products to the world market for over 40 years. The business has a solid reputation based on the research, development and production of innovative materials for use in highway maintenance, urban regeneration, tiling, commercial flooring and internal finishing solutions.


Angus Longward, Global Export Manager, said; “We are looking for innovators and entrepreneurs across the globe to join our team in 2020 and manufacture our proven and durable pothole repair material, UltraCrete Instant Road Repair®. We are also looking for innovative distributors worldwide to sell our quality road maintenance and paving solutions. This is the perfect opportunity to build a successful business in 2020 by selling proven, market leading products.”


To explore this exciting opportunity in the online version of the brochure please click here

Or alternatively email with your details and Instarmac International will forward you a copy of their new brochure.

UltraCrete will be leading the war against potholes on National Pothole Day 2020

UltraCrete is to become the main sponsor of National Pothole Day on Wednesday 15th January 2020. Teaming up with ‘Mr Pothole’ AKA Mark Morrell, they will be travelling to London to take the war against potholes to the heart of central government with a stand out event, more of which will be disclosed at a later date.


The aim of the event is to raise awareness surrounding the deficit in the road maintenance budget, with the hope that more can be done to release funds and to help local authorities tackle this national road crisis permanently. The significant investment shortfall in road maintenance has created a local road network plighted with potholes and over the past year nearly 700,000 new potholes were reported on the country’s highways*. Additional funding is certainly required to deal with this growing problem, indeed, in July of this year, the Transport Select Committee cited that £10 billion is needed for the repairs, but even then it would still take a decade to complete the work.**


Multi award-winning, UltraCrete is a market leading specialist in the manufacture of bitumen based road repair products to the world. With over 40 years of experience, the brand has a solid reputation based on the research, development and production of innovative materials for use in highway maintenance so is clearly well placed to spearhead this important issue.


As well as campaigning for additional funding, the core 2020 National Pothole Day messaging focusses on the need for repairs to be of a permanent nature and education surrounding their effective delivery and execution. Commenting on this Richard Moss, UltraCrete National Sales Manager said; “It’s important that as well as securing additional financial support from the government, our campaign helps us to work together with local authorities to utilise any funding provided to the fullest. Manufacturers like us, need to help share the road repair responsibility. We can do this by passing on our expertise via best practice guidance and road repair training. To help local authorities further, it’s also critical we ensure the products we provide are trusted permanent solutions, not just quick fixes. We work closely with the relevant associations and seek third party testing and approval, such as HAPAS and PAS, to ensure our products do just that.”


Mr Pothole commented; “It’s fantastic that UltraCrete have come on board to spearhead National Pothole Day. They are a trusted market leader in both thought and product, but are also extremely switched on to local authority needs. One of the reasons I wanted to work closely with them is that they are keen to work in unison with local authorities to help them confidently plan permanent repairs, this holistic approach is a critical factor in ending the pothole backlog.”


As well as the event in London on 15th January 2020, UltraCrete will also be providing an Awareness Day at their state of the art facility in the West Midlands on 14th January 2020. Local authorities are encouraged to come along to see the best products and practice surrounding permanent pothole repair along with on the spot training and guidance. If you work for a local authority and would like more details or to attend this event, please forward your details to


Look out for more exciting details about National Pothole Day on 15th January 2020 coming soon!


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*Source: Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

**Source: Moneywise

UltraScape BS 7533 steps up to the paving challenge in Apia, Samoa

UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System has been used as part of the upgrade of Apia city centre high street.


Apia is the capital and the largest city of Samoa. The city is located on the central north coast of Upolu, Samoa’s second largest island. Apia is situated on a natural harbour at the mouth of the Vaisigano River.

As part of a regeneration programme, the Samoa Government released funds to rejuvenate the capital’s main high street. Zheng Construction was engaged as the contractor for the project and New Zealand UltraScape distributor, Horizon International Limited, advised and provided the UltraScape mortar system for the upgrade of the 560m² of 80mm stone paving required for the project.


The challenge

Climate and weather were a critical considerations for the project, Apia features a hot and humid climate, however, the climate is not equatorial because of the trade winds and there are also a few cyclones, so any mortar solution would need to be robust enough to survive these changes in conditions.

The costal location of Apia was also a consideration, the paving and mortar needed to be capable of withstanding saltwater and precipitation.

Apia still has some of its early, wooden, colonial buildings which remain scattered around the city, it was therefore important that the integrity of these buildings and their environment was retained.


The solution

The selected UltraScape BS 7533 compliant Mortar Paving System comprised of pro-bed bedding mortar, pro-prime slurry primer and flowpoint smooth in natural grey grout.

Pre-blended for ease of use, pro-bed can be laid from 10mm – 75mm, is shrinkage compensated and can be opened to foot traffic in just 12 hours, which allowed the contractor to complete the project in good time.

Formulated to provide an exceptional bond between the paving element and pro-bed, pro-prime slurry primer eliminated potential costly failures caused by general wear and tear and heavy load bearing.

Ideal for large scale projects, flowpoint smooth grout was used in natural grey to sympathetically tie in with the selected paving.


The results

Tom Abbott, the design lead for Beca said: ”We are very pleased with UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System. It was easy to use and quick setting. The construction life of 40 years was particularly important to the end client as was the system’s value for money”

UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System is available throughout New Zealand through Horizon International Limited. To contact Horizon International please call 0800 682 745 or visit

For further information on UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant system, please contact Instarmac’s International Sales Team by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402 or emailing


Instarmac continues to be recognised as a centre of excellence for wellbeing in the workplace

There are few employers that would disagree that a workforce in a good state of health and wellbeing contributes to enhanced business outcomes and employers should take action to improve the health and well-being of their workforce. Aside from the mutually beneficial impact it could have for employees and the business, it’s the right thing for enterprises in the twenty-first century to do for their people and for wider society. *

Employee wellbeing encompasses all the physical, psychological, social and financial aspects of working life. Positive wellbeing can allow people to perform to their fullest potential, thriving inside and outside the workplace.

It is no surprise that 83% of workers feel that their wellbeing influences their productivity and a 1/3 of workers have stated wellbeing as a contributing factor for leaving a job.**

Great Place to Work®, in partnership with the Guardian and Sunday Telegraph, celebrates trust and engagement within an organisation. The Excellence in Wellbeing award is awarded to companies who are committed to creating a happier and healthier work environment.

These values lie at the heart of Instarmac and they are proud to announce that they have retained the Great Place to Work® Excellence in Wellbeing award for 2020.

This Autumn every Instarmac employee was given the opportunity to complete the Great Place to Work Trust Index® Survey – a questionnaire that seeks employees experiences and views. To measure the levels of wellbeing in an organisation, all employees were asked questions about their fulfilment at work, work-life balance, work environment, financial security, mental and physical health and inter-personal relationships. These responses were then analysed to determine whether or not the company really is committed to their employee’s wellbeing.

Instarmac sored highly in financial security, with 95% of employees feeling financial secure in the organisation and its future. 91% of employees felt that Instarmac provides a good working environment and promotes health and wellbeing in the workplace. Instarmac also scored highly in interpersonal relationships, which is the basic human need to feel connected to and care about by others, particularly colleagues and line managers.

When asked the Question: Is there anything unique or unusual about this organisation that makes it a great place to work? This is what employees said…

‘Instarmac is a great place to work for many reasons. The company provides a wealth of opportunities for each team member to make a positive and lasting change – we are encouraged to challenge the status quo, drive change and continually improve. We hold Kaizens to deliver these changes and make a difference. Bright ideas that are implemented are rewarded with a cash incentive. The list of benefits is extensive, 29 days holiday plus the 8 bank holidays, life cover of £120,000, performance and profit related pay – I’ve received at least 8% of my gross salary in bonus every year, excellent pension, private medial cover, dental cover. Use of 3 holiday homes, one in Tenerife and two in Cornwall with fuel / flight allowances paid too! We are rewarded for our attendance – each year those staff that have not had a day off work outside of their annual leave, are entered into a prize draw to win holidays, gift experiences, city breaks, personal shoppers. We are regularly treated to lunch. We have had fish and chips, pizzas, noodles, ice cream vans visit our premises. We have free fruit, soft drinks, tea, coffee, biscuits at our disposal every day. There are regular prize draws held to see concerts, sporting events… We work hard, we make a difference, we have fun and we are richly rewarded. Instarmac truly is a great employer. I am very lucky and proud to be part of the business’.

‘The company put a lot into our personal wellbeing, private health care, dental treatment, pension, 3 free to use holiday home with financial contribution to travel for employees and their family members, in the canteens there is fresh fruit, free tea and coffee, tv, pool table, dart board, we have an annual profit related bonus, the company prides itself on its clean up to date modern factory environment. Yes, this is a GREAT PLACE TO WORK’.

For further information on what makes Instarmac a great place to work, please call their experienced team on 01827 254402.

Would you like to join a Great Place to Work and experience the Instarmac Difference? Good news, Instarmac are hiring! View our latest vacancies.


* Source CIPD

**Source PwC

Christmas Opening Hours

During the Christmas period, we will be open on the following days:

  • Monday 23rd December
  • Tuesday 24th December
  • Friday 27th December
  • Monday 30th December
  • Tuesday 31st December

We will be closed on the following days:

  • Wednesday 25th December
  • Thursday 26th December
  • Wednesday 1st January

We will resume normal business hours (8.00am – 5.30pm) from Thursday 2nd January 2020.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


UltraTileFix launch training academy days

New training dates for 2020 at the UltraTileFix Academy

Make it a New Year’s resolution to learn a new skill or brush up on the latest tiling techniques

Suitable for both new and experienced contractors, UltraTileFix’s Training Academy Days cover a wide range of topics including subfloor preparation, application of smoothing underlayments and a guide to tiling adhesives.

The UltraTileFix Training Academy Days will be hosted by Alan Collins and Martin Pouncey. Both are expert trainers with over 30 years direct experience and have a wealth of tiling knowledge, having previously worked with well-known manufacturers and brands such as Topps Tiles and Hardie.

Everyone who attends an Academy Training Day will benefit from a free full days 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.

Courses are held at the UltraTileFix state-of-the-art training premises in Tamworth, where attendees will also get to see the innovative manufacturing processes and development behind the UltraTileFix range of products.

Thomas Hatton, T Hatton Maintenance, said: “Alan and Martin are both very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the company. The hands on approach you get with the products in the training facility is a game changer! Not being stuck in a classroom all day makes a world of difference. I would recommend anyone within the trade to attend the training at Instarmac.”


Places are limited, please call 01827 254449 today to book your FREE place on our courses below.


January 23rd               Application of Smoothing Underlayments


February 27th             Subfloor Preparation


March 26th                   Tiling Techniques Updated


April 23rd                      Tiling Guide to Adhesives


May 28th                      Application of Smoothing Underlayments


June 25th                     Subfloor Preparation


July 23rd                      Tiling Techniques Updated


August 27th                  Tiling Guide to Adhesives


September 24th           Application of Smoothing Underlayments


October 22nd               Subfloor Preparation


November 26th –              Tiling Techniques Updated


December 17th           Tiling Guide to Adhesives



Get floor tiling jobs done in time for the festive season with ProLevel Two

But it’s not just for Christmas! UltraTileFix ProLevel Two can be relied on to last for many years to come too

ProLevel Two is a two part, mid-strength smoothing underlayment that has a set time of just 2.5 hours. It can be tiled within 10 hours, so it’s perfect to help get jobs completed in good time for the upcoming Christmas festivities and gatherings.

Suitable for internal use, ProLevel Two is exceptionally flexible and moisture tolerant, making it the ideal choice for projects with underfloor heating or timber floors as it can tackle tiling tasks of 2-15mm depths. Due to its handy sizing, it is convenient for contractors to carry and with its 1 bag to 1 bottle mixing ratio, it is very simple to blend.

ProLevel Two is a two-component system consisting of a powdered blend of cements, graded fillers and additives, and a pre-gauged polymer liquid. It conforms to CT C25 F5 EN 13813 classification and comes with the UltraTileFix Lifetime Guarantee for peace of mind.

Jason Reid, Brand Manager for UltraTileFix said: “This product is a time saver, which at this time of year is critical for contractors, but not only that, it is a high performance product which can sustain daily trafficking, whether this is foot traffic in a domestic installation or heavy wear and tear in a commercial application. The strength of the product can sustain heavy, large format tiles but also has the flexibility to accommodate movement in the subfloor. And of course, like all the other UltraTileFix products, with the guarantee, it can be trusted to last a lifetime”

For more information on UltraTileFix ProLevel Two visit

About UltraTileFix: UltraTileFix is part of the award-winning Instarmac Group plc. UltraTileFix offer a comprehensive range of ready mixed pastes and cementitious powder wall and floor adhesives, grouts, silicones, ancillary products and levelling compounds


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UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant Mortar Paving System makes a new Whitby attraction ship-shape

UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant Mortar Paving System has been used as part of the refurbishment of Endeavour Wharf in Whitby, North Yorkshire


Whitby’s latest family tourist attraction is The Endeavour Experience, this visitor experience focuses around the HM Bark Endeavour, the only life size replica of Captain Cook’s ship in the northern hemisphere. This magnificent vessel was recently berthed in Endeavour Wharf to become a fascinating museum.

The challenge

In order to develop the attraction fully, the selected 1500m² dockside area surrounding the ship required paving and cobbles to be reinstated.

A robust, long-life, cost effective mortar solution was required to secure the paved and reclaimed cobbled area, with the capacity to cope with a heavy tourist footfall and saltwater conditions with precipitation. Additionally the area needed to be safe and slip resistant for pedestrians, yet sympathetic to the historic surrounding environment. Speed of application was another key requirement for the project.

The solution

UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant Mortar Paving System was selected by Scarborough Council for the job, to be laid by Wilf Noble Construction & Plant Hire Ltd. This effective system comprises of pro-bed HS fine bedding mortar, pro-prime slurry primer and flowpoint rapid set flowable grout.

UltraScape pro-Bed HS is a fine bedding mortar formulated to meet and exceed the strict requirements set out in the British Standard. Pre-blended for ease of use, 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. It was supplied in 1 ton bulk bags in this instance; perfect for large pedestrianisation projects.

Formulated to provide an exceptional bond between a paving element and pro-bed HSpro-prime slurry primer is formulated to eliminate costly failures caused by general wear and tear and heavy load bearing.

Ideal for large scale projects, flowpoint rapid set flowable grout is available in three varieties and two colours – Charcoal and Natural Grey. With an initial set after just 15 minutes and a walk on time of one hour, flowpoint  provides fast application, cost-effective and robust jointing.

Projects incorporating BS 7533 compliant materials can be relied on to reduce failures and considerable whole life cost savings. All products in UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System have been independently tested by an UKAS accredited laboratory to assess their performance capabilities. This method removes the uncertainty of site batched mortars and offers a minimum construction life of 40 years.

The results

John Woodhead, Northern Area Engineer for Scarborough Borough Council said: “This was the perfect product specified for bedding/grouting the high quality York-stone paving used to repave the entire area adjacent the new “Endeavour Experience”. My desire was to deliver a solution that was sustainable, attractive and long lasting in what is the busiest area in Whitby Town centre, excellent result!”

For further information on UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant system, please call 01827 254400 or email


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UltraCrete is aiming to help future proof Scotland’s roads


The UltraCrete team will be exhibiting on stand E26 at the upcoming Traffex Scotland on 13th & 14th November 2019 at the SEC in Glasgow.


Traffex Scotland is the country’s only event dedicated to help “future proof” the Scottish road network .The UltraCrete team will be on hand at the event to answer maintenance and repair queries on the topical subject of potholes and to discuss their range of permanent repairs for this ever increasing road and pathway problem.


Visitors to the stand can discover more about UltraCrete’s range of BBA HAPAS and PTS PAS approved products and systems including their mortars M60, M90 and Envirobed® HA104, as well as their hero pothole repair product, Tough Patch®.


Tough Patch® 6mm grade is a rapid curing, permanent cold-lay surfacing material (PCSM) suitable for defect repairs, potholes, trench reinstatement, utility installations, patching in car parks, driveways and other local repairs. Ideally suited for use on bituminous /asphalt and cementitious paving and road substrates. It is also available in 10mm grade for permanent repairs in type 3 & 4 roads and as a temporary / permanent repair in higher category roads.


M60 is a market leading bedding mortar which conforms to HD27/15, and is ideal for use with all access covers, as well as for the bonding of granite setts, flags and bedding kerbs. It can be opened to traffic in 60 minutes in temperatures as low as 5°C – perfect for cold weather working.


M90 is ideal for bedding access covers and general repairs. This general purpose mortar conforms to HD27/15, and a rapid strength gain and can be opened to traffic in 90 minutes.


Envirobed® HA104 has been HAPAS Approved since 2005 and conforms to HA104/09. Its superior compressive, tensile and flexural strengths make it ideal for use in heavily trafficked / wheel track locations. It can be open to traffic after just 1 hour.


Stand visitors can get the full low down on these innovative products, and there will be the opportunity to arrange free UltraCrete product demonstrations and training, either on a customer’s site or at the Instarmac UltraCrete premises, to ensure the best possible installation and effective lifetime of these renowned permanent repair products.


About Traffex Scotland

Traffex Scotland is the country’s only event dedicated to help “future proof” the Scottish road network. The event provides a platform for debate and discussion on a range of different subjects related to the design, management, maintenance and development of the Scottish roads and associated sectors. It also features some of the latest thinking and insight behind how Mobility as a Service, ITS and traffic management systems can help drive change on the network, as well as a focus on innovation and skills, training and development of the industry’s workforce.

To register for your free visitor pass please click here.

About UltraCrete

Choose UltraCrete for all your highway maintenance needs. Our proven and trusted range includes first time permanent patching materials, high specification concretes, fast setting repair mortars and anti-skid reinstatement solutions. UltraCrete products are widely used for repair and maintenance projects across a range of sectors.

For further information on UltraCrete’s range of HAPAS Approved highway maintenance materials, please contact the UltraCrete sales team by email or by calling 01827 254402

UltraScape paving products provide aesthetics and durability to the new Royal Bank of Canada office entrance in Jersey


Instarmac International’s BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system has been specified to install paving at the Royal Bank of Canada’s new headquarters in Dandara’s stunning development on the Esplanade, St Helier, Jersey.

The new Esplanade Quarter straddles the boundary between St Helier’s stylish new waterfront and the old town. The highest quality materials were utilised for the new Royal Bank of Canada building and its surrounding area and it has become a landmark building in the financial quarter since its recent completion.

The challenge

It was important to create a stylish and safe externally landscaped environment that echoed the iconic new bank building with its idyllic seafront setting and spectacular bay views.

Effective paving products were needed to withstand the heavy vehicular traffic, a sea/saltwater environment and a variety of weather conditions and temperatures. Additionally, it was critical to ensure the longevity of the development as well as retaining cost effectiveness.

The solution

Landscape and Property Services contractor Augres worked closely with property developer Dandara, to ensure the highest quality products were used for the development. UltraScape’s BS 7533 system was specified comprising of Flowpoint standard flowable grout, Pro-Prime slurry primer and Pro-bed HS bedding mortar.

With a construction life in excess of 40 years, UltraScape’s BS 7533 system was used to install 700m² of coloured granite. The system is robust enough to withstand both pedestrians entering the building and cars dropping people off at the entrance, whilst still remaining aesthetically pleasing and complementing the built environment and waterfront location. Its rapid setting properties were also key, as it enabled pedestrian areas to be opened to traffic in as little as 12 hours and vehicular in as little as 24 hours.

The results

Patrick Ryan, Director of Augres said: “The feedback regarding the development has been excellent. This building is a very prestigious project and has been cited as the largest building in Jersey. It was paramount that the best possible products were used throughout and that included the external landscaping. As well as aesthetic appeal, the sustainability of the outside space was critical, particularly with the high footfall at the entrance to the building. We have been very impressed with the UltraScape products and their value for money and are confident that they will continue to work in terms of place, purpose and people in the years to come.”


For further information on UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant system, please email