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FeRFA Celebrates Its 45th Anniversary In Flooring

THE popularity of resin flooring has grown year on year and as we mark the 45th anniversary of FeRFA, the trade association which represents this specialist sector, we can reflect upon the changes which have taken place.
In comparison to many construction trades, the resin flooring sector may seem quite small, but in terms of influence, it has a huge impact across the UK manufacturing sector alone, where it provides high performance and durable flooring to withstand the most rigorous of processing environments.
Whilst originally developed as an industrial flooring system, a commitment to technical development and innovation has now resulted in resin flooring systems that offer impressive durability and wear resistance, together with aesthetic and design appeal.
Comfort flooring, or ‘liquid vinyl’ has definitely grown in popularity, particularly in the commercial sector where it offers the user the comfort properties typically provided by cushion vinyl but with the added benefit of providing a seamless hygienic floor.
The versatility of resin flooring systems is showcased each year when the FeRFA annual awards are presented. The excellent quality of all award applications and the diversity of resin flooring applications, across different sectors, from designer studios, retail and prestigious new build projects, to traditional industrial flooring, is clear evidence of the growing markets and new opportunities for resin flooring systems.
This year, the resin flooring industry will be coming together on Friday, November 28, at The De Vere Staverton Park hotel for a networking lunch and AGM, followed by the prestigious awards dinner when the 2014 Award winners will be announced.
As with any flooring system, choosing the correct resin flooring system is essential to ensure that it meets the specific requirements of the user. All resin flooring systems are based around the FeRFA Classification/BS8204-6 which defines eight basic types in terms of thickness, intended use, and the type, extent and frequency of trafficking.
The best place to learn more about resin flooring and its application is via the FeRFA website www.ferfa.org.uk
The website has been developed to provide the most comprehensive source of information on the correct selection process, as well as guidance on specialist applications, where properties such as chemical resistance, static dissipative and slip resistance are required.
Information on resin flooring is also available within a series of FeRFA Guidance Notes which cover a wide range of useful topics, and are free to download from the website.
The installation of resin floors is a specialist skill area and FeRFA as the association representing resin flooring fully endorses a qualified workforce through the achievement of NVQ Level 2 and above.
As the training provider for the resin flooring and surface preparation sector, FeRFA runs apprenticeship schemes, supervisory and contract management training, together with one day upskilling courses.
A qualified workforce raises standards in the industry and gives the client the assurance and evidence of the contractor’s ability to undertake the work involved.
For more information on FeRFA and resin flooring see: www.ferfa.org.uk
Footnote: The FeRFA AGM and awards dinner will be held on Friday November 28 at the De Vere Staverton Park Hotel, near Daventry, in the spacious County Suite.
The event starts with a networking lunch, followed by the AGM and presentations. The annual awards and graduate apprentice presentation will be held after dinner, followed by live entertainment.
www.ferfa.org.uk T: 01252 714250
Helen McGachie is ceo of FeRFA

This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.