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Introducing ARDEX EG 18 Plus

When tiling swimming pools, wet areas or installations that require hygiene protection, an epoxy grout is often the best solution.

ARDEX EG 18 Plus is a new, improved formula three-part epoxy grout that provides a hygienic, durable and impervious finish.

You can see this product being demonstrated FIRST at SPATEX 2022 – the UK’s dedicated international pool, spa and wellness show taking place at Coventry Building Society Arena in Coventry.

Visit the ARDEX stand from 1st to 3rd of February to see the product in action.

The three-part technology found within ARDEX EG 18 Plus locks the colour within the filler, ensuring improved, longer lasting colour-tones. It also provides for easier mixing and easier application with an epoxy grout float.

Improved rheology ensures the grout holds well in the joints – even on walls.

What’s more, ARDEX EG 18 Plus cleans off far easier than other epoxies: emulsifying pads are not required (but can be used if preferred). Installers can just clean off with a good quality sponge – even on heavily textured, anti-slip tiles.

It also cleans off easily from just 15 minutes after application, with a long clean off time of 45 minutes (cleaning off from 15 mins to 60 mins after application).

Ideal for swimming pools, bathrooms, hydrotherapy spas, hospitals, domestic and food preparation areas, ARDEX EG 18 Plus can withstand full loads after 2 days of curing.

After 7 days it is resistant to aqueous salts, chlorine water, commercial cleaning agents, dilute mineral acids.

Available in White, Bahama Beige, Silver Grey, Grey and Anthracite it can be used from 2mm to 12mm joints – perfect for any installation or design where a hygienic or water impervious grout is required.

Contact the ARDEX team for more information, or pre-register to join us at SPATEX 2022 for FREE at https://spatex-2022.reg.buzz/

ARDEX donates to local charity fighting poverty

ARDEX UK, a Haverhill-based specialist manufacturer of construction materials for the tiling, flooring and general construction trade, have donated £2,000 to local charity Reach Haverhill.

Reach Haverhill, which has facilities on Hollands Road and Leiston Road, works to help people out of poverty by providing several services to help them get back on their feet.

Visitors to Reach Haverhill can ask for help with housing and benefit queries, CVs and job applications as well as providing access to online resources. Timed appointments and home visits are also available for complex matters.

Reach Haverhill aims to get to the root of the issue. A client may come in asking for food or furniture, but this may be a symptom of an underlaying problem, or complex set of problems.

Together with the client, they conduct thorough financial assessments to begin to understand the real need. Reach then works to help them get control and back on their feet.

Peter Bell, Managing Director at ARDEX UK said: “Reach provides vital work, particularly at Christmas time, supporting those in poverty in and around Haverhill get the support they need to help start to turn their lives around.

“ARDEX recognises the outstanding work they provide to the community, which is why we have chosen the charity to receive a donation from us to support their amazing work.”

Henry Wilson MBE, CEO of Reach said: “This is fantastic support and will go a long way in helping many families struggling to keep their homes warm and put food on the table. 

“Just the other day we received a call from young mum, her partner had just left and was panicking about how she was going to feed her baby let alone herself. 

“This gift will mean that we can continue helping families who often end up in hardship through no fault of their own!

“I really cannot thank ARDEX UK enough for their very generous support.”

To find out more or donate to Reach Haverhill visit www.reachhaverhill.org.uk.

ARDEX achieves international greenhouse gas emission standard

ARDEX UK, part of the global ARDEX Group, specialist manufacturers of construction materials for the tiling, flooring and general construction trade, has achieved ISO 14064:1 (otherwise known as CEMARS) for the quantifying and reporting of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and removals.

ARDEX UK is one of the first companies in the ARDEX Group – along with their sister company Building Adhesives – to achieve this standard and are believed to be one of the first companies in the tiling and flooring sectors to be reporting their GHG emissions through this internationally recognized standard.

This standard will assist both companies by providing accurate data to assess the impact of the various initiatives to be adopted in their efforts to deliver ambitious Carbon Neutral plans by 2030 (scope 1 and 2).

To achieve this internationally recognized standard, ARDEX UK worked with Achilles (an independent consultancy) to accurately measure its GHG emissions and create positive strategies to manage and continually reduce impacts.

Achilles’ Carbon Reduce (powered by Toitu) scheme highlights the necessary data required which is then measured, monitored and calculated under the ISO 14064:1,scheme. Following successful completion and assessment, executive reports are produced for independent verification.

Solutions to manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at source were then provided, with external impartial auditors authorised to verify GHG inventories in accordance with the standard’s requirements.

David Shepherd, UK Operations Director and Corporate Lead on Supply Chain & Operations, said achieving ISO 14064:1 certification puts both companies on the path to Carbon Neutral Status by 2030 (scope 1&2).

“Against the backdrop of COP26 in Glasgow, we are all know the consequences on the planet of failing to reduce our carbon emissions.

“Every company in every sector of industry has a responsibility to reduce emissions with a goal of being carbon neutral. However, before you can act, you must be able to understand those emissions.

“Measuring GHG emissions under ISO 14064-1 including company vehicles, business travel, fuel and electricity, water and waste, helps us accurately identify areas of the business where we can reduce our emissions.”

Even before achieving ISO 14064:1, ARDEX UK have put in place several measures to reduce their carbon footprint including:

  • Converting diesel forklifts to electric
  • Partnering with a 100% renewable energy provider
  • Replacement of energy inefficient lighting with more efficient LED systems
  • Promoting the use of electric company vehicles and installation of EV charging points
  • Reducing the use of “virgin” plastics
  • Increasing the use of recycled raw materials

About Ardex

Ardex GmbH is one of the global market leaders for high-performance specialty building materials. As a family-owned business, the company has pursued a sustainable growth path for more than 70 years. The Ardex Group now employs more than 3,900 staff and is present in more than 100 countries on all continents, with a virtually comprehensive presence in one of its core markets, Europe. With more than ten major brands, Ardex generates total sales of more than 930 million euros worldwide.

 

ARDEX takes up majority stake in wedi

Witten, 21 September 2021. Ardex continues to grow: the Witten-based construction chemicals specialist is taking up a majority shareholding in wedi GmbH, a leading manufacturer of system solutions for high-quality wet room solutions domiciled in Emsdetten – it is the largest acquisition in the company’s history. The employees of both family-run companies have already been informed of the development. In this respect, the management made it clear that wedi will continue to operate independently. In addition, Stephan Wedi and Fabian Rechlin will remain in place as the manging directors of wedi. Stephan Wedi will also continue in his shareholder role.

For Mark Eslamlooy, CEO of the Ardex Group, this cooperation is a milestone in the development of the company – and his delight at the future collaboration with wedi is correspondingly great. “The Ardex Group is taking a major step forward with the acquisition of the market leader for watertight shower and construction systems. There could be no better way to enhance our systems competence – Ardex and wedi are two strong brands which complement one another in an ideal manner. As family-run companies, we also share a common understanding of the importance of customer proximity, innovation and quality. All in all it is the perfect basis for a successful cooperation.”

The managing directors of wedi, Stephan Wedi and Fabian Rechlin, also regard the cooperation as tremendously beneficial for the two companies. Above all the international Ardex network and the complementary strengths in the product areas were an important factor for wedi in reaching its decision. “Ardex is a perfect growth accelerator for us – one only has to think of the many global markets and the joint innovation potential. It was of tremendous importance to us that we find a partner with whom we can safeguard our independence and contribute our strengths to ensure joint growth. To this, we will also implement the already planned capacity expansions together with Ardex. The matter is one very close to my heart, and from the very outset my gut feeling about Ardex was extremely positive,” says Stephan Wedi.

wedi is already very successful in Europe, and in particular in Germany and France, and it is the market leader in North America – since 2017 with its own factory in Batavia, Illinois. The objective of the cooperation with the other companies in the Ardex Group is that of developing this position. “wedi and Ardex complement one another excellently, not just in Germany, but also in other core markets such as the USA, Australia and New Zealand, France, England, Austria, Switzerland or Benelux. The innovative strength of the Ardex Group is enormous, and as a result, we expect to make considerable advances,” adds Fabian Rechlin. “Our partners in the trade have long been encouraging us to take a major step forward. We are doing so now.”

Independent family-owned companies

Furthermore, for both companies it is important that they retain their independence in full. In the future wedi will be a stand-alone company within the Ardex Group – headed by its current managing directors Stephan Wedi and Fabian Rechlin. The trading name, location, brand name and marketing strategy will not change either. The same is true of the contact persons for clients and suppliers.

Inventor of watertight shower and construction systems

wedi is the market leader for watertight shower and construction systems in Europe and North America. The success story began in 1983 with the invention of a totally watertight building board – to this day the board with the blue core is still the company’s trademark. What began as a one-man operation in his garage at home is now an international company with more than 500 employees and a further production site in the USA.

The parties have agreed not to disclose the economic terms of the cooperation. Metzler Corporate Finance exclusively supported wedi in the transaction as M&A advisor.


About Ardex

Ardex GmbH is one of the global market leaders for high-performance specialty building materials. As a family-owned business, the company has pursued a sustainable growth path for more than 70 years. The Ardex Group now employs more than 3,900 staff and is present in more than 100 countries on all continents, with a virtually comprehensive presence in one of its core markets, Europe. With more than ten major brands, Ardex generates total sales of more than 930 million euros worldwide.

About wedi

wedi GmbH, based in Emsdetten, is a leading manufacturer of and systems provider for directly tileable, watertight construction elements in Europe and North America. The extensive portfolio is complemented by high-quality design surfaces which provide additional design options in the bathroom. With its innovative system solutions and guaranteed system reliability, wedi offers long-lasting, complete solutions for wet rooms. The family company, founded in 1983 by Helmut Wedi, currently employs around 500 members of staff and is active in more than 50 countries.

Please address press queries to:

 Ardex GmbH

Janin Settino, Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse 45, 58453 Witten, Germany

Phone: +49 2302 664-598, janin.settino@ardex.de

wedi GmbH

Volkmar Harnischmacher, Hollefeldstrasse 51, 48282 Emsdetten, Germany
 Phone: +49 2572 156-190, volkmar.harnischmacher@wedi.de

Floor Screed Case Study. ARDEX A 29 at Coalville Leisure Centre

Midlands Floor Screeding demonstrate the versatility of ARDEX A 29 Rapid Drying Floor Screed Cement at the new £22.5m Coalville Leisure Centre.

Councillor Richard Blunt, leader of North West Leicestershire District Council which is building the centre, said:

“This leisure centre is the culmination of years of hard work from both the district council and our partners as we strive to achieve our ambition of providing top-quality health and wellbeing facilities for people in North West Leicestershire. By 2022 Coalville with have one of the best leisure facilities in the country.”

The centre itself includes:

  • An eight-lane 25m main pool and learner pool with moveable flooring,
  • 120 station gym, 25 spin cycles and two exercise studios
  • Café with healthy eating options
  • Eight court sports hall and three squash courts
  • Changing Places facility accessible from the lobby
  • Clip ‘n’ Climb
  • Sauna, steam and spa pool

The original screed specification asked for multiple products to address the varying and challenging substrates across the centre. But after Louis Dewsbury (Managing Director at Midlands Floor Screeding Ltd.) consulted with the ARDEX team it became apparent that a better solution was possible.

With factors such as strength, workability and cost effectiveness being paramount to provide the client with the best floor possible. The solution came with ARDEX A 29 Rapid Drying Floor Screed and ARDEX A 18 and E 100 as the two ideal bonding agents.

ARDEX A 29 provides a great combination of speed (tile in as little as 24 hours and continue with all other floor coverings after only 7 days), economy (mix as 1 part cement to 7 parts sand!) and performance (great workability with a massive 90 minute working time).

ARDEX A 29 being installed unbonded to the cafe areas.

Midlands Floor Screeding are the midlands largest screeding contractor focusing on large commercial projects in the education, leisure, residential sector etc. And what people find is, when ARDEX and Midlands Floor Screeding work together, they get a quality product, one that they use time and time again.” Louis Dewsbury, Managing Director  

For more information on ARDEX screeds and how they can help your project, get in touch with the ARDEX Specification Team or ARDEX Sales Team.

ARDEX Fast Track Screed Team

Click here to see the full range of ARDEX Fast Track Screeding products

ARDEX UK and Building Adhesives Ltd (BAL) – UK Commercial team announcement

The ARDEX Group is a global is leading solution and service provider of innovative building systems, with 55 subsidiaries and 3,450 employees in over 100 countries on all continents.

As part of the ARDEX Group of companies within the UK, both ARDEX UK and Building Adhesives Ltd (BAL) businesses are quite rightly very proud of their history and their own distinct cultures and it is this heritage we have been building on, to progressively develop one culture, with one mindset, with everyone acting as one team and sharing one vision.

At the beginning of 2021, ARDEX UK and Building Adhesives Limited (BAL) have moved ahead with the next phase of their “Stronger Together” strategy with a new leadership structure taking responsibility for the UK Commercial teams.

Reporting into David Hackett, General Manager – Building Adhesives Ltd (BAL), David Lyman, formerly BAL Sales & Marketing Director will take on the new role of UK Commercial Director with responsibility for the key functional areas of Tiling, Flooring and the Home Improvement Channel (HIC). 

UK Marketing and Training will also report into David Lyman.  Andy Reid, formerly ARDEX Business Development Director takes on the recently formed role of UK Business Development Director overseeing major project specification selling across the UK for both ARDEX and BAL, also reporting into David Hackett.

Peter Bell remains as the Managing Director of both businesses and member of the ARDEX Group Global Management Committee.

As part of his pre-retirement plan until July 2021, Lee Kidd – ARDEX Sales & Marketing Director will provide support to the newly re-structured UK Commercial Team and support the business transformation with his vast experience of the respective markets.

The move consolidates the activities of all UK teams and more formally combines the forces of ARDEX and BAL for a stronger and more coordinated approach to the market.

Introduction the key players in the ARDEX Screed Team

Take a look at the key products that make up the ARDEX Fast Track Screeding Team:

IN GOAL – ARDEX A 18

Screed Bonding Agent with Colour Indicator

in goal - ardex a 18

Offering power agility and strength.

• Produces a slurry ideal for bonding ARDEX Screed Cements.

• High adhesion strength maximises the bond between the screed and the substrate.

• Colour change reduces the risk of the application of screeds into dry bonding slurries

Find out more about ARDEX A 18

CENTRE-BACK – ARDEX A 70 GYPFLO

Quick Drying Flowable Calcium Sulphate Screed

defence ardex a 70

Providing a quick, flowable liquid screed with excellent cover.

• Walkable in as little as 6 hours.

• Ready to receive floorcoverings in as little as 14 days.

• Excellent flow properties.

Find out more about ARDEX A 70

CENTRE-MIDFIELD – ARDEX A 29

Rapid Drying Floor Screed for Internal and External Use

midfield - ardex a 29

The perfect all-rounder.

• Outstanding performance at a true 1:7 mix.

• Extended 90 minute working time.

• Install ceramic tiles from 24 hours and all other floorcoverings after 7 days.

Find out more about ARDEX A 29

CENTRE FORWARD – ARDEX A 38

Ultra Rapid Drying Floor Screed for Internal and External use

centre-forward ardex a 38

One of the fastest screeds in the Premier League.

• Walk on after just 3 hours

• Receives ceramic and natural stone tiles directly after only 4 hours

• Install carpet, wood and vinyl floorcoverings after 48 hours

Find out more about ARDEX A 38

MANAGERS – ARDEX SALES & SPECIFICATION TEAM

Offering support at every stage of your game.

ARDEX Screed Management

• Technical Expertise

• Site support

• Moisture tests

• BRE tests

• Specification support

• Training

Get in touch with the ARDEX Specification Team or ARDEX Sales Team.

ARDEX Fast Track Screed Team

Click here to see the full range of ARDEX Fast Track Screeding products

How to Resurface a Garage Floor

Resurfacing a garage floor need not be a daunting task. In this step by step guide, we show you how to apply ARDEX K 301 External Self-Levelling Concrete Resurfacing Compound to bring life back to old and damaged concrete floors. It’s also ideal for resurfacing damaged concrete driveways, paths, courtyards and patios.

1. Prepare the old garage floor

Clean the old garage floor

Use a degreaser to remove oil, grease or similar contaminants and rinse well. A jet wash is perfect for removing dirt and any loose debris. The prepared surface must have the appearance of clean sound concrete with some exposed aggregate in the surface. There must be no traces of any dirt, previous treatments or surface contamination.

To dam run-off areas use a profile or some foam tape. We normally use a large foam draught excluder, it does the job, and is fairly inexpensive.

2. Repair any damaged concrete

Repair any holes or cracks in the concrete

Repair and infill any holes or static cracks with a suitable concrete repair mortar such as ARDEX A 46.

3. Prime

Apply the primer

Prime the clean and dry area with ARDEX P 51 diluted to 1:7. (1 part primer to 7 parts water) and work into the concrete using a broom. Aim to fully saturate the floor area, as dry, porous concrete can absorb the water from freshly laid resurfacing compound and affect its performance. If any ponding or puddles of primer form, just remove with a broom so excess water is not incorporated into the K301 during application. We apply ARDEX K 301 whilst the priming layer is still damp.

For areas subject to heavy loading or regular rubber wheeled traffic, prime with ARDEX R 3 E (see datasheet for details).

4. Mix the ARDEX K 301

Mix the ARDEX K 301 External Self-Levelling Resurfacing Compound

In a clean mixing container add the powder to the required amount of clean water whilst stirring thoroughly until a lump-free mortar is produced. The mix proportions by volume are approximately 5 parts ARDEX K301 powder to 1 part clean water. (A 25kg bag requires 5¼ litres of water).

If working on a gradient, the water in the mix can be reduced to stop any run-off on a slope.

The use of an ARDEX mixing paddle with a 10mm chuck slow speed (600 -1000 r.p.m.) electric drill makes light work of mixing. ARDEX K301 mortar should be applied within 30 minutes at 20°C. This time is extended at lower temperatures and reduced at higher temperatures.

One bag of ARDEX K 301 will cover 3m2 at 5mm thick. To work out how many bags you need, use the product calculator on the ARDEX K 301 page.

5. Resurface The Garage Floor

Resurface the garage floor

Pour the mixed ARDEX K 301 onto the garage floor whilst the primer is still damp. The mixed mortar will flow out and self-smooth during the first 10 minutes of its 30 minute working time. Use a steel trowel or float to spread the mortar to a smooth finish.

To create a more non-slip surface, allow the compound to partially set, (approximately 20-40 minutes under normal conditions), then finish with a stiff broom.

Once set, the freshly applied ARDEX K301 must be protected from adverse climatic conditions e.g. rapid drying air flow, direct strong sunlight, frost, etc., or appropriate curing measures taken until hardened.

ARDEX K 301 can be applied from 2-20mm and is walkable from 2-3 hours. Allow 48 hours for light vehicular traffic.

Printable flyer: ARDEX K 301 How To for External Concrete Resurfacing

ARDEX K 301 Product Page

ARDEX P 51 Primer Product Page

How to repair a damaged concrete kerb

Repairing a damaged concrete kerb is easy with ARDEX A 46 General Purpose Repair Mortar. It can be used to fill, resurface and smooth damaged concrete and is suitable for internal and external use. Furthermore, repairs can be done quickly as it sets in only 30 minutes.

Main features and benefits:

• No priming required
• Slump free – ideal for vertical, even overhead repairs
• Easy to smooth and float
• Shrinkage compensated – no cracks
• Sets within 30 minutes and can receive finishes in 4 hours
• For internal and external use

Pack size:
11kg bag or van friendly 5kg bag-in-a-bucket.

Coverage:
An 11kg bag of ARDEX A 46 will produce approximately 8 litres of mortar. (Covering approximately 4m2/m2/mm).
A 5kg bag of ARDEX A 46 will produce approximately 3.6 litres of mortar.
(Covering approximately 1.4m2/m2/mm).

For more information visit: https://ardex.co.uk/product/ardex-a-46/

COVID-19: Building Safety update from the Government

To assist the industry the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) have provided further guidance on-site operating procedures and how construction sites should operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CLC has also published advice to industry on the temporary suspension of sites where this is relevant. We will update this page as further advice is produced.

When considering their position employers may also refer to the latest Public Health England guidance to employers on reducing the spread of COVID-19.

For further information go to the business support pages on GOV.UK.