The Best of British

Posted: Thursday 1st November 2007

…. That is how Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham, Minister for Trade and Investment, described Flexcrete Technologies, specialist manufacturer of Portland cement based protective coatings and technical mortars, when he officially opened their new factory in Leyland. With a long history in both the clean and dirty water markets, sales at home and overseas have expanded to the point where the move was necessary to keep pace with demand.

First launched in 1984, the Flexcrete brand quickly gained a reputation for reliability and ease of use, and the firm offers a wide range of cementitious compounds and coatings which are approved for use in public water supplies. Totally compatible with existing concrete and applied to a damp surface, Flexcrete systems have been the natural choice in many instances, and the range is widely adopted throughout the industry for both new build and refurbishment contracts.

When it comes to contact with effluent and the related issues associated with hydrogen sulphide attack of concrete, Flexcrete comes into its own with materials which are fully resistant even when tested for long term immersion in sulphuric acid. This allows contractors to rapidly turn around reinstatement projects without any of the technical risks and environmental considerations attached to the use of alternative resin systems, thereby offering considerable economic benefits.

Flexcrete is a key supply chain partner for a number of Framework refurbishment contracts, as well as providing solutions for new build sites. The firm’s latest development, Cemprotec Elastic, has been selected to waterproof the roofs of one of Britain’s largest new reservoir projects, as durability is unaffected by exposure to direct sunlight. It exhibits over 100% elongation, and in line with the rest of the range, it is proven to withstand a 100 metre hydrostatic head.

Flexcrete generates over half of its turnover from export sales and has references in the water industry from market as diverse as Libya and USA. It has recently received clearance from the dTI to despatch Lancashire-made coatings for the next phase of lining works on the Qom WWTW project in Iran, having successfully participated in earlier trial applications. Reflecting on his visit to Flexcrete before departing from the new factory, Lord Jones said,

I completely applaud you, my heart is with you and you’re a great example of whatBritainin the 21st century is all about.”

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