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Altro has unveiled its new Altro Flexiflow resin flooring, a product that reportedly offers all the quality and robustness of an Altro resin, with one key difference – flexibility.
The new product boasts good indentation recovery and high impact resistance for protecting a wide range of environments. It can be used to overlay day joints and it takes up building movement so it can be applied over existing expansion joints, within certain tolerances, says Altro.
Flexiflow comes in three product options, giving customers, designers and specifiers a broad choice of solutions within a wide spectrum of environments.
The standard version of Flexiflow is said to combine flexibility and toughness and is available in 2mm thickness. It is designed for medium-duty industrial premises with rolling loads, for example corridors, workshops, production areas and mezzanine decks.
Other suitable applications include pharmaceutical sites, mortuaries and clean rooms, craft design and technology areas, circulation areas, atria, high traffic display areas, exhibition halls, museums, markets and heavy commercial areas.
The Flexiflow comfort version also reportedly offers robustness and flexibility, but with added comfort underfoot. Available in 2mm thickness, this product is described as being great to walk and stand on and is suitable where people are on their feet all day.
Applications include light production areas and laboratories, mental health seclusion rooms and low stimulus rooms, aged care facilities, retail, museums, galleries, atria and operating theatres.
Flexiflow flooring also has an acoustic option, available in 5 to 6mm thickness.
This is designed to provide 18dB noise reduction as standard and an enhanced level of comfort underfoot, reducing the fatigue caused by long periods of standing on hard floors in areas such as music rooms, libraries, school classrooms and assembly rooms.
The product is available in 28 standard pastel, solid and bright colours, with the option of bespoke shades, giving complete design freedom.
There is minimal requirement for joints, and the product is self-levelling, which means a perfect, seamless and uniform finish with uninterrupted lines.
In addition, its matt surface is claimed to be mark resistant, enabling it to stay looking good for longer. A PUR top coat is said to provide UV colour stability, durability and ease of cleaning.
The product’s self-levelling ability enables it to go down fast on site, and can be laid over green concrete with AltroProof Solo primer to speed up installation.
The flexible nature of the product means it’s more tolerant of a variety of substances, reducing the need for remedial work.
Flexiflow is also described as having superb green credentials with more than 50% renewable natural oil content, making it much kinder to the environment.
It can easily be refreshed by applying a new topcoat dressing to replace only the wear layer. This means there is no need to uplift and replace the main body of the floor, thereby extending its lifecycle.
Furthermore the product contains very few Volatile Organic Compounds, making the product kinder to the environment.
RCR Flooring Products, comprising three of the leading companies in industrial concrete flooring, launched together under their parent brand for the first time at the 2014 UK Concrete Show held at the NEC in Birmingham last February.
RCR Flooring Products comprises Permaban, Rocland and Rinol, each a respected name in its field, and owned by international flooring group RCR Industrial Flooring.
Permaban is well known in the UK and internationally for its armoured joints and formwork. Rocland manufactures dry-shake surface hardeners, acknowledged worldwide for their ease of application and colour variety. Rinol has a heritage of over 50 years in the flooring industry and specialises in synthetic resin coating systems.
Although the companies trade under their own brand names, they work closely together under their corporate divisional banner of RCR Flooring Products.
This enables the companies to develop bespoke, integrated flooring specifications which enhance the floor’s durability and performance throughout the life of a building.
RCR chief operating officer Christophe Cortinovis explained the strategic importance of the division’s presence at the show.
‘This is an important step for our products division; and demonstrates how RCR companies work as a team.
‘Permaban manufactures its armoured joints in the UK and distributes Rocland products here too so the UK is already an important market for RCR, and we look forward to seeing this continue and amplify with the introduction of our Rinol resins.’
RCR products have been used on numerous prestigious projects for blue-chip clients worldwide, including Airbus, Caterpillar and Honda.
Permaban, Rocland and Rinol are owned by RCR Industrial Flooring, an international group which operates worldwide and provides an integrated service for industrial flooring.
In addition to supplying flooring products it also offers consultancy services, as well as specialist sub-contracting for concrete floors through its global network of applications companies.
WH Surface Preparation UK tells floorlayers ‘If you fail to prepare your surface, prepare for your surface to fail.’
Following an intensive six week programme, WH Surface Preparation now has its new north west operations base open and ready for business, operating with modern technology and remote connections to control all aspects of the daily running and security of this depot. The address is Unit 29 Westbrook Park, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1AY (T: 0161 241 8526).
There are currently two full time staff members, but more will be employed over the next few months. The depot currently has over £100k of hire fleet stock items and over £10k of sales stock with more arriving every day.
This facility is planned to support the company’s on going operations of surface preparation equipment and coatings across the UK.

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