The UK’s major salt producer, British Salt produces in excess of 800,000 tonnes of pure high quality white salt every year. The company’s Middlewich factory is one of the most modern in Europe, using the latest production technology and incorporating advanced ecological planning for maximum production efficiency and advanced environmental disciplines.
As part of the company’s programme of continuous investment and improvement, British Salt was looking to carry out improvement works to flooring in the primary purification area, where high concentrations of salt in the atmosphere had led to some levels of flooring degradation.
Warwickshire-based Impact Flooring Services recommended a range of products manufactured by industrial resin flooring specialists Resdev to provide a long term solution to handle the aggressive conditions in the plant.
Following extensive surface preparation including floor planing and digging out sections of the concrete slab damaged by salt, Impact Flooring applied Resdev’s Pumaprime TC, a medium viscosity resin primer/tack coat used for bonding epoxy screed compositions.
Areas where the concrete had been dug out were filled using Resdev’s Pumabulk, a polyurethane resin reinforced with graded silica sands specifically developed as an infill for flooring surfaces prior to application of the final flooring system.
The floor was then sealed using Resdev’s Pumaprime SF, a solvent free epoxy primer used to seal and prime concrete, which absorbs into the substrate sealing off surface defects which may otherwise cause bubbling on the final surface finish.
Impact Flooring Services then applied Resdev’s Pumadur HF to a thickness of 9mm. Pumadur HF is a heavy duty polyurethane resin flooring system providing the highest order of durability, with excellent resistance to abrasion and chemical attack. The material is also stable to steam cleaning processes.
Commenting for British Salt, Production Manager Ron Barber professed himself pleased with the end result. “The project was completed in stages, on time and to our requirements, fitting around the challenging production timescales to meet increased demand for road salt during the extremes of bad weather last winter,” he stated.