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Instarmac achieves prestigious new ISO Accreditation

ISO have recently made changes to the 9001 and 14001 accreditations and Instarmac Group plc are proud to announce that during their recent audit they received a positive recommendation for continued registration of OHSAS 18001 and achieved transition to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.

Darren Gough, Quality and Operations Manager at Instarmac commented: “This is a fantastic achievement by the team involved as the ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 standards will become obsolete in September next year.”

ISO have re-written the entire 9001 and 14001 standard to create one framework. The new framework focuses on 10 points, including Context of the Organisation, Leadership, Planning, Support, Operation, Performance Evaluation and Improvement and these points will be applied to all standards to create a uniformed framework for all new ISO certificates.

On these changes, Darren Gough explained how Instarmac achieved the new accreditation: “During 2016 we created a gap analysis to understand ‘where we were’ and ‘where we needed to get to’ in preparation for our transition audit in 2017. The transition to the new 2015 versions encouraged us to focus more on risk analysis and any challenges we foresee in the management of our business processes. Using tried and tested tools, such as FMEA, we were able to determine our biggest risks, highlighting actions required and implementation driven by leadership and management commitment.

The ISO standards allow Instarmac to reflect a good level of professionalism and demonstrates best practice. Our Quality Management System is a tool we continually use to improve our operations whilst determining how we can meet the requirements of our customers.”

These accreditations are a great accomplishment for Instarmac as they show customers their intent to continually improve all aspects of their business and demonstrates how they are committed to providing first class customer service and world class products that perform each and every time.

For more information about these accreditations and the other policies and initiatives implemented at Instarmac, please call +44 (0) 1827 254402.

Trust – Schemes that Speak for Themselves

When specifying materials for a project, architects will often look at past schemes, how else can you be assured of product sustainability, durability and success?

For many years UltraScape has worked with contractors, architects and designers to create exceptional landscapes across the UK and worldwide.

UltraScape offers a range of bedding, priming and jointing materials that meet and exceed the strict demands of the British Standard 7533 and deliver great results time and time again.

These premium products have been specified by contractors, architects and engineers for an ever-expanding portfolio of public realm projects across the world.

King’s Cross, MediaCity, Wembley Stadium, Piccadilly Place Manchester and The Savoy Hotel are just some of the UK sites enjoying the long term confidence of UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system.

It is not just in the UK that UltraScape has been transforming landscapes. UltraScape Flowpoint has been specified and used to install 9,000m² of paving at the Dubai Opera house, the number one destination for performing arts in the Emirates. The 2,000 seat theatre is home to world famous products as well as a stunning rooftop restaurant and sky garden where diners can enjoy views of The Dubai Fountain and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

UltraScape is committed to continually re-evaluating and reducing environmental impact. UltraScape’s ECO products contain recycled glass, supporting customers’ own sustainability targets without compromising product quality or performance. They are ideal for schemes looking to achieve an ‘excellent’ CEEQUAL award, or where a BREEAM assessment is to be conducted.

UltraScape has been used on a number of redevelopment projects of historic interest including Tallinn Old Town Estonia, Lincoln Cathedral and Swansea Castle. The ECO credentials, aesthetic nature and durability of the materials make them the perfect addition to such schemes.

UltraScape’s product portfolio is also keeping the rail industry on track with a number of materials having been approved for use on the London Underground and Overground. UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system played a major role in helping to transform one of the UK’s busiest train stations, Birmingham New Street, otherwise known as Grand Central Station. The fast setting nature of the products was important as the station was fully operational throughout construction with trains departing every 37 seconds and over 140,000 passengers passing through daily.

UltraScape has been helping to deliver exceptional schemes for over 12 years and has developed a trusted reputation, working and supporting architects on an ever-expanding portfolio of major projects worldwide.

It is this portfolio of projects that delivers architects confidence and makes UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System the only choice for those who want to get it right first time.

For further information on UltraScape’s schemes worldwide, please email ultrascape@instarmac.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1827 254402.

Instarmac Celebrates Top Honour for the 8th Year

Instarmac Group plc were delighted to secure a position in the prestigious ‘Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For’ for the 8th year at the recent awards ceremony held in London earlier this year.

The Sunday Times Top 100 Companies was introduced in 2001 and has since become one of the most anticipated awards ceremonies of the year.

The Times Top 100 awards are split into 4 categories – ‘Best Companies’, ’25 Best Big Companies’, ‘Best Small Companies’ and ‘Best Not-for-Profit Organisations’ – and each celebrate happy and motivated workforces across the country.

Each year sees thousands of companies register to take part in the surveys – which cover topics such as Leadership, Wellbeing, Giving Something Back, Personal Growth, My Manager, My Company, My Team and Fair Deal – with only the top 325 being rewarded this prestigious accolade.

The top 100 places are awarded following research conducted by Best Companies and Instarmac were delighted to be included in this esteemed list for the 8th year.

John Holcroft, Managing Director at Instarmac, commented: “At Instarmac we live by a simple philosophy which is to Work Hard, Have Fun and Make a Difference and our dedicated and engaging workforce do just that. I am delighted that Instarmac has been recognised as a ‘Best Company to Work For’ and feel tremendous pride having been awarded this top honour for the 8th time’.

For further information about Instarmac and their range of proven, trusted and certified materials, please call +44 (0) 1827 254402. Stay up-to-date with all the latest news from Instarmac by following them on Twitter @InstarmacGroup and Liking them on Facebook.

DVSA Ranks Instarmac as Low-Risk Operator

Instarmac Group plc are delighted to announce that their fleet of 37 vehicles and 36 drivers have been identified as a ‘Low-Risk Operator’ by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

The DVSA use the Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) to determine the safety of a vehicle based on 2 factors – Roadworthiness and Traffic. The DVSA use this score, based on data collected over a 3 year rolling period, to give a company their risk type – Low, Medium or High.

Data is taken from annual tests, roadside inspections and inspections at the operators’ premises. These inspections include vehicle tests, driver’s hours and any tachograph offences where points are given for any defect or infringement of the rules. The more serious the defect the more points are given.

To be classified as low risk, an operator needs to receive a combined OCRS score of less than 10 and Instarmac Group plc were thrilled to receive a score of just 3.

This achievement is the latest in a long line for Instarmac’s award-winning fleet, the most recent being the FORS Silver Award which monitors operational performance, including all aspects of safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions and improved operations.

For further information on Instarmac Group plc’s fleet, please visit www.instarmac.co.uk or email enquiries@instarmac.co.uk.

UltraCrete Brings Joy to Students at Portuguese School

Instarmac’s Portuguese partner, Asfaltovia, have supplied UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® Red to a local school to help them create a new playground for their students.

Domus Social – Empresa de Habitação e Manutenção do Município do Porto, E.M. required a red asphalt to complete their new playground at local school EB Caramila in Oporto, Portufal. The required asphalt needed to provide a permanent finish and cause minimal disruption as possible to the daily routine of the school.

In previous projects of this size, CCR Engenharia – Construçõ Corte Recto, the chosen contractor for this project, had used hot asphalt as the finishing surface. However, access to the playground was very limited and therefore was not possible to get the machinery needed to lay hot asphalt – an alternative product was required!

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® Red is available in 25kg buckets which allowed the contractors to gain access to site easily, without the need for large equipment. The bucket can also be re-sealed and used another day which meant that no product goes to waste.

What’s more, Instant Road Repair has been independently tested and approved by the Highways Authority Product Approval Scheme (HAPAS) for over 10 years, and is proven to be a quality, flexible and durable solution for first time, permanent repairs.

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour compact – UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® Red can be applied in all weathers – including the sweltering temperatures in Portugal – and can be trafficked instantly which meant the students of EB Caramila school could enjoy their new playground in no time at all!

Not only is UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® Red suitable for repairs in roads and footpaths, the colour of this cold lay asphalt means it is also ideal for repairs to cushions and ramps, bus lanes, cycle tracks, bus stops and colour coded car parks.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® Red is one of the many first time, permanent cold lay asphalts available from Instarmac. To find out more, please email international@instarmac.com or call the International Sales Team on +44 (0) 1827 254402.

To contact Asfaltovia, please please www.asfaltovia.com or email grimnir@asfaltovia.com.

Weatherproof your Road Network with Maintenance Solutions from UltraCrete

Potholes are inevitable after periods of wet and freezing weather. They form when rainwater gathers in cracks in the road surface. When they freeze, they expand, effectively forcing the road open. The more this process is repeated, the larger the hole becomes.

Wet weather adversely affects pothole repair too! Hot mix asphalt (HMA) is difficult to lay in wet weather, the rain cools the mix too soon to finish compaction and this can cause premature failure. Furthermore the water will most likely soften the base, weakening its structure.

Traditional HMA and associated equipment is difficult to transport to remote sites too, especially in poor weather conditions. Although HMA is a popular method, cold mix asphalt is an effective alternative since it can be used all year round for pothole and patch repairs. It can be delivered and applied in a broad range of environments, using minimal equipment.

UltraCrete’s HAPAS approved Permanent Pothole Repair is a flexible cold lay asphalt that can be used in all weathers and is the ideal solution for the repair of potholes in roads, driveways and car parks. The product’s flexibility means it is compatible with the existing road surface ensuring a durable repair that removes the burden and expense of return visits. Permanent Pothole Repair comes in handy 25kg re-sealable tubs, eliminating waste and can be trafficked immediately.

Potholes aren’t the only problem for motorists in severe weather! It is also one of the main causes of ironwork failure, in particular manhole covers. Poor installation and quality of bedding material is also to blame in some cases.

UltraCrete offers a fully HAPAS approved reinstatement system for the installation of all types of access covers. It comprises of a range of bedding mortars, backfill flowable concrete, cold lay asphalt, bitumen seal and tack coat spray and a thermoplastic overbanding.

The system includes UltraCrete’s Envirobed HA104® high performance bedding mortar, the cementitous alternative to resin based products. It contains a special blend of cements, polymer graded aggregates and recycled glass and is particularly suitable for use in wet weather conditions. It achieves an impressive 53N/mm² compressive strength in just 3 hours too, providing significant resistance to the elements! Furthermore, installations made using UltraCrete’s reinstatement system are ready to receive traffic in little over an hour, great for sites that require a quick turnaround which is especially advantageous for those contractors working in severe weather conditions!

UltraCrete’s fast track, weather proof repair products mean that work doesn’t stop just because of poor weather conditions prevail. Moreover, their longevity offers a lasting solution and eliminates repeat visits, reducing maintenance costs, traffic management outlay and disruption to motorists.

For further information please call 01827 254402 or email ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk

Grab an Apple Watch with Instarmac at Traffex

Join us at Traffex 2017, 4th-6th April, Europe’s largest dedicated traffic management, parking, highways maintenance and transport event.

The exhibition will be held in hall 5 at the NEC in Birmingham and will showcase the latest advancements that will shape the future of the UK’s road network.

Visit us on stand G10 where we will be showcasing our innovative range of HAPAS approved highway maintenance solutions from our UltraCrete brand.

Fed up of costly failures? Want better value? UltraCrete’s repair materials can save you time and money!

Find out how to combat the pothole blight with UltraCrete’s Permanent Pothole Repair cold lay asphalt. It is ideal for planned and reactive maintenance of potholes in roads, driveways and car parks. It is instantly trafficable and can be applied in all weathers. Use with UltraCrete’s SCJ Seal and Tack Coat spray for a permanent repair. See it being demonstrated in our Instarmac Live! area adjacent to our stand. Our programme also includes practical demonstrations of our range of fast setting concretes for backfilling, surface repairs and post installation. All products offer early trafficking, helping you to achieve project deadlines and avoid unnecessary fines.

Instarmac are offering visitors to the stand a chance to win an Apple Watch! Come along to find out how you can take part in our fantastic competition and see how we can help you to reduce your whole life costs. Register for free by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you there!

For further details on any of the products mentioned in this release, please call UltraCrete on 01827 254402, email ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk or visit www.ultracrete.co.uk.

Helping Deliver a Good Night Guarantee

King’s Cross Premier Inn has been refurbished using smoothing underlayments from UltraFloor.

HSB flooring contractors finished the hotel refurb in 2016, following several weeks of work whilst the hotel remained open. When a building remains operational during a project additional challenges are always presented. This project ran without issue or delays due to the versatile UltraFloor Level IT Bond and speedy Level IT Super30 being selected for installation.

Level IT Super30 is the original ‘level and lay in a day’ product which utilises specially blended cements and a high quality polymer liquid. This speedy products sets in 30 minutes and can be overlaid with bonded floor coverings after 2 hours and unbonded in just 45 minutes!

Level IT Super30’s formulation is free from ammonia and protein, creating a very low odour material suitable for confined areas, proving particularly suitable for schools, hospitals and the hospitality sector. In addition, the product is designed to compensate for shrinkage and is polymer modified, both adding to high performance and compatibility.

Level IT Bond is a rapid curing, high performance two-part smoothing underlayment. It has exceptional adhesion characteristics making it suitable for use over a wide variety of subfloors and substrates.

The product’s exceptional formulation enables it to be used over adhesive residues, eliminating the need for priming. Its rapid setting properties allow for floor coverings to be laid after only 4 hours, both helping to reduce dramatically valuable down time of areas in the hotel.

For further product information including the datasheet, please click here or to please an order call +44 (0) 1827 254402. Keep up-to-date with the latest news, competitions and much more from UltraFloor on Twitter, follow @Ultra_Floor.

Instarmac tiling solutions used to create bespoke mosaic masterpiece

A community project headed by mosaic artist, Tracey Cartledge has been completed using Instarmac adhesive and grout.

Chorlton Central Church commissioned the striking external focal point to be designed by Tracey, who holds weekly mosaic classes at the church. Manchester based tiler and Instarmac advocate, Andy Carroll was asked to support the mosaic installation with his expertise and product knowledge.

Extended set tile adhesive, ProFlex SP+ES was used to fix the mosaic tiles creating a piece which was inspired by a Bible passage centred upon the themes of peace and harmony. This adhesive is a firm favourite of Andy’s, boasting a 2 hour pot life, an application thickness of 3-20mm and a S1 classification making it ideal for use on timber floors.

Flexible Instarmac grout was used to finish the piece off. This product is available in a choice of 9 colours including Tracey’s selected Grey. It boasts mould and water resistant properties, and can be used with underfloor heating.  It is fast setting and suitable for wall or floor joints up to 20mm.

Members of the local community are now enjoying the stunning detail and vibrant colours of the mosaic feature.

For further product information please call +44 (0) 1827 254402.

UltraFloor helps Showcase a Legendary Brand in Gateshead

Aiken Flooring Contractors have completed subfloor preparation using UltraFloor materials on a Harley Davidson showroom project in Gateshead.

The project was secured by CFA member, Aiken Flooring Contracts who worked to a tight deadline and finished the showroom floor in only 4 weeks. The work included floor prep, priming, damp proofing, bulking out and levelling prior to floor covering application. The UltraFloor range of materials were chosen due to their reliable performance and helped to secure a successful and cost-effective project.

UltraFloor Multi-surface Primer was used to prior to the application of the damp proof membrane and leveller. This popular primer is suitable for porous and non-porous substrates, enhancing adhesion and reducing pinholing for a bond-proof installation.

Rapid curing primer membrane, DPM IT is designed to provide protection against subfloor moisture. Boasting a 98%RH floor moisture tolerance the two-part epoxy resin system cures in 5 hours.

High flow, two-component smoothing underlayment Level IT Two can be applied at depths between 2mm and 12mm. For deeper sections up to a maximum or 30mm, as required in the showroom, a graded aggregate filler can be used to bulk out prior to levelling. Low odour and protein free, Level IT Two can be overlaid after 12 hours with bonded floor coverings.

For further product information including the datasheet, please click here or to place an order call +44 (0) 1827 254402. Keep up-to-date with the latest news, competitions and much more from UltraFloor on Twitter follow @Ultra_Floor.