Gloss-Finish, Aliphatic PU Flooring Topcoat Launched to the Australian Food & Beverage Industry
Flowcrete Australia has today announced the arrival of the first gloss-finish, fully aliphatic polyurethane screed topcoat to the Australasian flooring market, Flowfresh FCUV.
For many years, cementitious polyurethane screeds have been popular with food manufacturing and processing clients looking to install a durable, chemical and slip resistant surface into both wet and dry production, storage and packaging halls.
The seamless nature of polyurethane screeds ensures a floor that is easy to clean and maintain; preventing the build-up of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms in joints and perforated grout lines.
The material’s impressive thermal shock resistance properties and ability to expand and contract under temperature variables with the underlying slab ensures a floor can be cleaned with steam and hot water wash down processes, delivering a sanitary surface that complies with many food safety regulations.
Despite an international reputation for strong performance in the food and beverage industry, cementitious polyurethane has always had a chink in its armour.
Ultraviolet or UV rays from the sun and indoor light fixtures can cause some polyurethane surfaces to fade, discolour and chalk over time. As with epoxies, 100% solids polyurethane screeds can often be categorised over time by a soft-yellowing effect.
Although functional, the nature of a ‘matt finish’ floor leaves an unattractive result which can be more difficult to maintain than a gloss finish. Flowcrete Australia’s latest innovation, Flowfresh FCUV, has been designed to counteract these effects. Representing the latest in polyurethane chemistry, Flowfresh FCUV is the first gloss-finish aliphatic polyurethane topcoat to be introduced to the Australian market.
Aliphatic polyurethane screeds are based on aliphatic isocyanates and mostly polyester and/or acrylic polyols. The term ‘aliphatic’ means open-chain (non-cyclic) hydrocarbons, and it can also apply to open-chain hydrocarbon subunits of larger organic molecules.
Aliphatic polyurethanes are known for their enhanced strength, colour stability and increased resistance to UV degradation. Aliphatic polyurethanes are installed as a thick film and will flow slowly in temperatures above 50°F.
Flowfresh FCUV is available in a wide range of vibrant colours and comes with an easy-to-clean high gloss finish. The material also includes Polygiene®, a silver-ion based antimicrobial additive that inhibits the growth and spread of bacteria on the surface of the floor.
The product has already proved a hit in the market, as 1,200m2 of the product has already been installed in Sunny Queen Farm’s 4,000m² greenfield egg production facility in Wacol, QLD.
The $13m integrated food manufacturing, storage and distribution facility produces a range of ready-to-eat egg products and is set to be the home of Sunny Queen’s on-going expansion – consolidating elements from two of the company’s existing operations in Carole Park and the other at Yatala.
Managing Director for Flowcrete Australia, Sean Tinsley, said: “Flowcrete Australia was instrumental in bringing polyurethane cement technology to the market in Australia and was the first and only manufacturer to offer a natural antimicrobial finish. The launch of our Flowfresh FCUV gloss-finish aliphatic polyurethane cement topcoat in Australia is another major milestone for polyurethane concrete technology. This product has been installed in projects across Australia and is creating a buzz amongst the industry.”
“This is the product that everyone has been waiting for and will hopefully improve the aesthetics and clean-ability of food and beverage environments whilst still offering the same level of performance features as our matt finish topcoat.”
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Notes to Editors
Flowcrete Australia, part of Flowcrete Group Ltd, is a world leader in the manufacture of seamless industrial and commercial flooring with international manufacturing facilities in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.
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, corrosion protection, self levelling underlayments, underfloor heating and now underfloor acoustic insulation.
Flowcrete's ambitious and dedicated team 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.
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