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Instarmac confirmed as COVID-19 Secure

Instarmac Group plc can confirm that they have complied with all Government guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace, and are now officially COVID secure.

In order to be classified as COVID secure, Instarmac Group plc had to meet all ‘Five Steps to Safer Working Together’ as outlined by the Government. These five steps are:

  1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment and share the results with the people who work at Instarmac
  2. Implement additional cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
  3. Take all reasonable steps to help people work safely from a COVID-19 Secure Workplace or from home
  4. Take all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance
  5. Where people cannot keep 2m apart, procedures have been implemented to ensure at least a 1m distance and taken all mitigating actions possible to manage transmission risk

As well as meeting all of the above requirements, Instarmac have put additional social distancing signage throughout the building, have requested all meetings are pre-booked to ensure the numbers of staff and visitors on-site are controlled to support social distancing measures and have followed the latest requirements for Track and Trace.

What’s more, automatic temperature screening and sanitiser dispensing systems have been installed at every entrance at Instarmac, giving confidence to colleagues and visitors that Instarmac is a safe and secure place to work and visit.

For further information on Instarmac Group plc and the rigorous safety practices they have implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please email or call +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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Gary Pierce celebrates 30 years service at Wondertex

Celebrations are aplenty at Instarmac, as Gary Pierce, Senior Sales Manager, is reminiscing on his 30 years service at Wondertex.

In  this special article, Gary shares some of his favourite memories over the last thirty years.

“I may have joined Wondertex in 1990 but it actually began much earlier than that. My Dad was one of the first employees at Wondertex when it was established in 1970. They were making products in a chicken shed back then – hard to believe now.

“When they had outgrown the chicken shed, they moved to a bigger building which happened to be on a farm. I had great fun visiting the farm with Dad when I was a little boy. I also had vivid memories of answering our home telephone and taking orders from contractors from about the age of 12.”

In 1982, Wondertex was purchased by RMC and moved to its first modernised production and warehouse facility in Littlehampton. It was during this time, that whilst studying, Gary worked in production before joining the administration team full time in March 1990.

“It wasn’t just me either! As well as my Dad being Director, my Nan, Brother, Sister and Uncle have all worked at Wondertex at some point in their career – it’s clearly in the Pierce blood! Me and Dad would also rope in family and friends as we would often spend our weekends testing new formulations on their ceilings and walls – luckily we never had any disasters!

“I have had many job roles throughout my career at Wondertex including Administrator, Production Manager, Sales Office Manager and General Manager. It’s given me a great understanding of the industry and what characteristics are expected of our products.”

Gary has been part of the Instarmac team since 2013 when Wondertex joined their award-winning portfolio of products. As Senior Sales Manager, Gary is able to utilise his 30 years of experience to deliver the much-loved range of drylining, jointing and decorative texturing products to Dryliners and Decorators across the UK.

“There have been many changes in the last 30 years but the one constant is the quality of people I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by.

“From everyone working on the machines, to the people in the office keeping me on the straight and narrow, to the Drivers of our trucks today and all the managers along the way – it’s the people that make a business. Thank you all for making Wondertex the strong and reliable brand that it is.”

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Wondertex to Exhibit at Trade Decorator’s First Virtual Event

Wondertex, part of the award-winning Instarmac Group plc, are delighted to be exhibiting at Trade Decorator FESTIVAL, the first virtual event for painters and decorators.

Taking place from 28th September – 9th October 2020, Trade Decorator FESTIVAL will provide the painting and decorating industry with the opportunity to engage with manufacturers, specifiers and end users, as they discover the latest products, tips and trends.

Utilising live chat, webinars, webcasts and a live chat room, attendees will enjoy a varied online programme all from the comfort of their own home.

Join Gary Pierce, Senior Area Sales Manager and Alan Collins, Technical Training and Site Support Manager at 9am on 2nd October as they host a decorating masterclass to demonstrate the versatility of prem fill & finish filler and smoother.

Wondertex prem fill & finish is specially formulated for plasterers and decorators as a multi-use, one product does all. Designed for filling and finishing plasterboard joints, prem fill & finish is ideal for repairing any accidental damage, snagging or channelling work.

The smooth consistency of prem fill & finish allows the product to glide easily into joints and dry smooth for effortless sanding – elbow grease definitely isn’t required here!

Available in two handy sizes, providing the perfect amount of material for all project sizes, prem fill & finish boasts minimal shrinkage, so you can be assured that once the material is in, it won’t crack or come out.

What’s more, everyone who takes part in the Wondertex Masterclass will have the opportunity to receive a free sample of prem fill & finish.

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UltraScape launch a New Permeable Paving System

UltraScape are constantly innovating and driving change to provide expert and specialist paving materials that meet and exceed the ever-evolving demands of the industry. With this in mind, they are delighted to present perma-bed, a new and unique permeable bedding mortar for paving installations.

UltraScape perma-bed has been specifically designed with permeability in mind. Formulated to drain away any water migrating into the pavement via cracks or damaged areas, perma-bed reduces water related pavement failures as rainwater will drain away naturally rather than sit on top of the stone, or worse, stay within the joint, freeze, expand and then break out.

What’s more, the free passage of water through the cured product ensures that correctly laid paving will not suffer from reflective staining emanating from the underside the paving elements.

UltraScape perma-bed exceeds the strict requirements of BS 7533 and is proven to provide a perfect bound base for natural stone paving, cobbles, concrete paving, flags and block paving.

Pre-blended to reduce costs, increase productivity and minimise on-site mixing errors, perma-bed is resistant to freeze/thaw weather patterns an can receive foot traffic in 12 hours and vehicular traffic in 24 hours.

Completing UltraScape’s Permeable Paving System is premjoint – a next generation, high specification, decorative, brush-in jointing compound that can be applied by either a wet or dry method.

Available in three beautiful colours – Cosmic Black, Storm Grey and Natural Cashmere – premjoint is the perfect choice for a seamless transition for paving inside to outside living spaces.

For further information on perma-bed and the other specialist paving materials available from UltraScape, please contact their team of experts by emailing or calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

UltraScape is an approved CPD provider to RIBA and RIAI. To find out more about their CPD ‘Paving the Way: The Benefits of BS 7533‘ please email

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Paving the Way for Decades

UltraScape have been successfully providing the industry with a high quality paving installation system for over 20 years. Their specialist materials are proven to work alongside all stone manufacturers with excellent results every single time.

Over the last 20 years, UltraScape have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. They have built longstanding relationships with architects, specifiers and contractors, and have listened to the needs of the industry to develop a suite of trusted and proven paving installation materials.

UltraScape have always prided themselves on providing the industry with quality paving materials. With this in mind, each of the products that make up UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System has been put through rigorous independent testing by an UKAS accredited laboratory to assess their performance capabilities and to ensure they give the best performance possible in real time situations.

What’s more, UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System is proven to work perfectly with all stone manufacturers, allowing you to use their premium installation materials with the paving stone of your choice. By choosing UltraScape, you are not restricted to using a sole supplier of both stone and installation materials, but are given the freedom to use your first choice of paving with full confidence that UltraScape will perform no matter which stone manufacturer you use.

UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System comprises of specialist bedding, priming and jointing materials, all of which have been manufactured in their state-of-the-art UK production facility using the latest technology and innovations available.

The superior performance of UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System is just one reason why these materials have been used time and time again all around the world. UltraScape bedding mortars are available in 3 sizes – 25kg, 1 tonne bulk bags and 30 tonne silos – allowing you to choose the perfect quantity of material for your project.

In addition, their world-renowned jointing materials are available in a variety of beautiful colours to perfectly complement all varieties, textures and colours of stone.

UltraScape have even gone one step further to offer their loyal customers a first class customer support package. This includes maintaining strong relationships with their supply chain to ensure they always meet their customers’ needs and quality testing all raw and finished materials to ensure a superior performance every time.

All products are delivered on UltraScape’s privately owned, FORS Silver accredited fleet, which is fully tracked in-house, meaning their customers always receive a first class service which operates to the highest efficiencies and standards.

Whether at contractor or early planning stage, UltraScape’s Site Support Team is always available for one-to-one dedicated assistance tailored to suit your needs. Their help with problem solving, practical use and product performance ensures you have the ability to experience their products at your convenience and guarantees confidence of application throughout your project.

As well as offering on-site assistance, UltraScape regularly welcome visitors to their custom built training facilities where guests can attend a Material Awareness Session or complete a RIBA Approved CPD.

UltraScape’s fully RIBA accredited CPD Seminar, ‘Paving the Way’, has been educating the industry on the benefits of using BS 7533 compliant materials for over 10 years. They have created a package of options so that you can complete your CPD using the most convenient method for your needs. Visit to see their full CPD offering.

Choose UltraScape’s proven and certified BS 7533 Mortar Paving System for the performance and assurance that comes with a UKAS seal of approval – you can’t afford not to!

For further information on UltraScape and how you can benefit from their expertise, please contact their team of specialists by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402, emailing or connecting with them on LinkedIn.

BBA approves UltraCrete Instant Road Repair for the 19th year

UltraCrete, part of the award-winning Instarmac Group plc, are celebrating after their world renowned cold lay surfacing material, Instant Road Repair, received BBA HAPAS Certification for the 19th year. 

To ensure compliance, UltraCrete are audited every 6 months by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) according to an agreed quality plan which includes production surveillance. A full review of the certificate is then completed every 3 years. This review involves visiting UltraCrete at their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to confirm formulations, conduct literature reviews and visit a number of repair sites to ensure certified products are performing within specification.

Each repair site must be at least 2 years old, is chosen at random from a list of twenty and is assessed for signs of weathering and deterioration. Only once the BBA are satisfied that all these targets have been met and the repair sites are still in excellent condition is a certificate re-issued.

Driving innovation and providing the industry with superior products that are known to provide a quality, first time permanent repair has always been of the utmost importance to UltraCrete. This approval shows their customers that they are committed to supplying them with reinstatement materials that will stand the test of time.

Quick and easy to apply, UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® can be used to repair defects in pavements, driveways, car parks and type 3 & 4 carriageways – 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, Instant Road Repair requires no special preparation and can be trafficked immediately, meaning costly traffic management can be removed swiftly, keeping costs to a minimum, and allowing contractors to move on to another project quickly, increasing productivity.

Instant Road Repair is just one of many BBA HAPAS approved products available from UltraCrete. Other products include a Manhole Installation System, Permanent Pothole Repair cold lay asphalt and Instaband ECO thermoplastic overbanding.

Choose UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® for outstanding performance and assurance that comes with a BBA seal of approval – you can’t afford not to!

For more information on Instant Road Repair or to book your free product demonstration, please contact UltraCrete by emailing or calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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Instarmac wins 8th consecutive RoSPA Gold Medal Award

Instarmac Group plc are celebrating after landing an internationally-recognised award for demonstrating exceptional health and safety standards for the eighth consecutive year.

Organisations receiving a RoSPA Gold Medal Award are recognised as being world-leaders in health and safety practice, ensuring their colleagues, customers, clients and contractors all get home safely to their families at the end of every working day.

Every year nearly 2,000 entrants vie to achieve the highest possible accolade in the what is the UK’s longest-running health and safety industry awards, and Instarmac are delighted to have been recognised by RoSPA for the eighth year in a row.

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.

Emma Kavanagh, QHSE Compliance Manager for Instarmac, commented: “The health and safety of our colleagues, customers and visitors has always been of the utmost importance to everyone at Instarmac. We are delighted to have been awarded with the RoSPA Gold Medal Award for the eighth year and are now working towards our goal of winning a President’s Award for 10 consecutive Gold Awards.”

With the world still battling and healing from the effects of Covid-19, it’s never been more important for employers to implement and maintain the strictest of health and safety standards.

With this in mind, Instarmac Group plc have implemented a number of additional measures to their already rigorous standards, including an automatic temperature screening and sanitiser dispensing system at every entrance to ensure they minimise the risk of infection.

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®, a Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies, 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 Group plc, their product offering and career opportunities, please call 01827 254402 or visit You can keep up-to-date with all the latest news from Instarmac by following them on Twitter @InstarmacGroup or connecting with them on LinkedIn.

Flowpoint used at world’s largest shopping mall

Instarmac International’s partner in Dubai, Tanseeq LLC, have supplied world-renowned flowpoint grout as part of a nine-storey extension at The Dubai Mall – the world’s largest shopping mall.


The 140,000 sq. ft. extension, Dubai Mall Zabeel, is a shopping oasis including delicious dining options, 63 new retail stores as well as an additional 3,000 car parking spaces.

The Challenge

Part of this exciting development involved installing 1,600sqm of paving at the front of Dubai Mall Zabeel to create an attractive and inviting walkway. The Dubai Mall welcomes 80 million visitors every year, and with an additional 20 million visitors expected in the forthcoming year, it was imperative that the materials chosen to install the paving would be able to withstand this constant heavy trafficking.

Dubai is famous for its humidity and hot temperatures, and Jacobs, the Consultants working on the Zabeel project, needed a paving grout that would excel in a hot climate and have a quick set time so as not to hinder the project’s completion.

The Solution

Instarmac International’s partner, Tanseeq LLC, supplied UltraScape flowpoint tropical to satisfy Jacobs requirements for performance and programme, which was then utilised to grout 1,600sqm of granite paving.

Forming part of the UltraScape Mortar Paving System, flowpoint tropical 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 in desert climates.

UltraScape flowpoint tropical is a flowable grout which allows for large areas of paving to be grouted quickly and with ease. Available in 25kg bags, flowpoint tropical is used to grout joints from 5mm to 50mm and as deep as 200mm in one application.

What’s more, flowpoint tropical has a design life of 40 years, can receive foot traffic in 1 hour and vehicular traffic in as little as 4 hours – ideal for projects where delays are not an option, such as this one.

UltraScape flowpoint tropical is available in two beautiful colours – Natural Grey and Charcoal – the latter of which was used at this prestigious site.

The Results

“We were delighted with the performance and finish of flowpoint tropical. Getting products to work in extremely high temperatures can sometimes be problematic but the hot climate wasn’t an issue for flowpoint tropical.” Jacobs.

UltraScape flowpoint tropical is available throughout the UAE through Tanseeq LLC. To contact Tanseeq please call +971 (04) 361 7199 or visit

For further information on flowpoint tropical and the other materials that make up UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System, please contact Instarmac International’s sales team by emailing or calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

UltraScape premjoint used at multi-million pound private residence

UltraScape premjoint jointing compound has been used to joint 65sqm of sandstone paving at a multi-million pound private residence in an exclusive residential area in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield.

Designed with an Arts and Crafts style and boasting a leisure complex, four bedrooms and extensive indoor and outdoor living areas, this modern contemporary family home is the epitome of luxury living.

The Challenge
As part of an enhancement project to the outdoor area, the existing jointing compound needed replacing with a grout that would be durable yet compliment the York handmade bricks, sandstone pavers and natural stone detailing of the property.

The Solution
UltraScape premjoint is the next generation in decorative, brush-in jointing solutions. Suitable for use with granite, porcelain and other premium quality natural stone, premjoint jointing compound was the obvious choice for completing this luxury refurbishment project.

Traditional jointing materials can often look patchy and discolour easily. UltraScape premjoint has been formulated using coloured quartz for its excellent shades and colour stability compared with others on the market, which rely on mixing quartz with sand. It’s this difference that really sets premjoint apart from all other brush-in jointing sands.

Using popular natural paving stones as a guide, premjoint is available in 3 attractive colours – Cosmic Black, Natural Cashmere and Storm Grey – the latter of which was used at this prestigious property.

What’s more, premjoint eliminates the need for hand pointing, can be used in all weathers, is frost resistant and once applied, can be walked over in just 24-48 hours – ideal for busy environments such as this family home.

The homeowners were delighted with premjoint. The existing sandstone pavers look brand new when teamed with the storm grey jointing compound and the finished look has further enhanced this impressive property.

To find out more about premjoint, and to request a free colour swatch of each of the striking colours available, please contact UltraScape by emailing or calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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Application of Enviro Mastic polymer modified mastic asphalt

UltraCrete Enviro Mastic complies with the new SROH

Introduced in May 2020, the revised standards are changing the way repairs and reinstatements will be carried out on our road network.

The SROH (Specification for the Reinstatement of Openings in Highways) promotes industry best practice and a right first time approach to help prolong the life of repairs and reinstatements on our pavements, footpaths and roads.

For highly trafficked areas, SROH has always demanded the use of independently tested PAS (Product Approval Scheme) approved products and for the first time in its history, this now extends to polymer modified mastic asphalt (PMMA).

The fourth edition of the SROH also references the difficulty often faced when trying to achieve the required level of compaction in narrow trenches or areas which lack adequate space. The SROH now advises that for all sites where ‘compaction is impracticable or where conventional equipment cannot be used owing to existing restrictions’, that PMMA be used to carry out the reinstatement or repair.

UltraCrete have always prided themselves on driving innovation and developing new products to stay ahead of the game. With this in mind, they are delighted to provide the industry, and their partners, with a PAS approved mastic asphalt, which fully complies with the latest edition of the SROH.

UltraCrete Enviro Mastic is a PTS PAS approved, hot applied polymer modified mastic asphalt that gives superior performance in the patching and repairing of carriageways, footpaths, footways and cycle tracks.

Stored as a granular material, UltraCrete Enviro Mastic is poured straight from the bag on site, into a pre-heated mastic mixer and only takes 45-60 minutes to melt – much quicker than other products on the market which can take up to 2 hours.

Polymer modified for increased flexibility and durability when in-situ, Enviro Mastic is available in 20kg bags consisting of loose aggregates and pellets of modified bitumen, rather in large blocks of raw material, which helps you to easily work out exactly how much material you need, reducing wasted product.

What’s more, every bag of Enviro Mastic contains more than 50% recycled material helping you to reduce your carbon footprint and reach environmental goals.

For further information on the new SROH standards, Enviro Mastic or to book a free product demonstration, please contact UltraCrete’s team of experts by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402 or emailing

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