Bakhresa’s Flour Mill Flooring Refurbishment with Flowcrete
31 Aug 2016
- Bakhresa Group specified 11,000m2 of resin flooring to turn an old Durban facility into a state-of-the-art flour mill.
- Flowshield was chosen for its ability to create a hard wearing, easy to clean and long lasting finish.
- Flowcrete was the only manufacturer that could deliver the materials in time to meet Bakhresa Group’s deadline.
- Bakhresa Group required all its floors to match a custom Sand Yellow colour.
The USD800 million food producer Bakhresa Group specified a hardwearing epoxy floor as part of its recent renovation project to turn an ageing Durban facility into a state-of-the-art flour mill.
Bakhresa knew that the floor coating would need to maintain a hygienic surface despite the challenging working conditions that are unavoidable within large-scale food production facilities, which can include heavy equipment, intense cleaning regimes, corrosive by-products, thermal shock and frequent foot traffic.
To ensure the floor was up to the task, a combination of high performance resin solutions from Flowcrete South Africa was chosen for the revitalised flour mill.
The resilient, self-smoothing epoxy flooring system Flowshield SL was applied within the mill’s critical production area. The ability of Flowshield SL to withstand high mechanical and chemical stress made it the perfect fit for this part of the site, as it will be able to maintain a seamless finish in the face of Bakhresa’s busy daily workload.
The joint-free, impervious nature of this system makes it a hygiene asset within food and beverage facilities, as it leaves no hard-to-clean gaps for bacteria, mould, mildew and fungi to get trapped within. Instead, any dirt or grime can be quickly and easily washed away by the site’s cleaning routine, minimising the risk of contamination incidents.
The non-critical areas of the site, such as the warehouse, packaging and logistics spaces, were coated with the epoxy resin finish Flowshield SL 1000. This system would provide the same hygienic and aesthetic properties as the production room floor but it could be thinner in these areas as it would not have to endure such rigorous conditions.
In total, 11,000m2 of resin materials were required to bring the facility’s floor up to the necessary standard. Flowcrete South Africa supplied all the systems in a custom Sand Yellow colour in order to meet the client’s aesthetic requirements.
Bakhresa chose Flowcrete for the project, as it was aware that the resin specialist had a long history of supplying food and beverage producers with floors designed to overcome the industry’s multiple challenges.
As well as being able to provide floors that met the various practical demands across Bakhresa’s new site, Flowcrete South Africa was the only manufacturer that was able to deliver the materials quickly enough to meet the renovation’s strict deadline.
Flowshield SL is ideal for businesses that want to limit the time required to complete a flooring project, as it can be quickly installed and its fast cure formulation avoids long waiting periods where it is impossible to walk across the site or send in follow-on trades.
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Notes to Editors
Flowcrete Africa has offices in Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi and is one of the four divisions that make up Flowcrete Group Ltd.
Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a world leader in the manufacture of seamless industrial and commercial resin floor, wall and coving solutions as well as other specialist coating technologies. Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a subsidiary of RPM International Inc. and has international manufacturing facilities in Europe and Africa as well as Central and South East Asia.
Flowcrete supplies world-class seamless flooring solutions to transform environments across the globe including; decorative seamless resins, waterproof car park deck coating systems, seamless resin terrazzo, durable antimicrobial flooring, fast curing systems, corrosion protection and self-levelling underlayments.
Flowcrete's ambitious and dedicated team, led by President Craig Brookes, is inspired by excellence in people, products and service as well as continual innovation and sustainable growth. Flowcrete continues to use its global expertise to introduce environmentally friendly, hygienic and aesthetically attractive floors to create a better and more sustainable world.