Global leader in industrial vehicles, Iveco chose flooring solutions
from Flowcrete for their new manufacturing facility in Pretoria, South Africa.
The largest flooring project in South Africa at the time, the 55,000m²
installation required multiple specialist and bespoke systems to be applied
throughout the large manufacturing complex. Flowcrete’s flooring systems were
shortlisted following an extensive specification process carried out by Iveco to
ensure the finished surface within its new facility would be able to withstand
the intensive nature of manufacturing activities.
Seven companies presented flooring samples during the specification
process with Iveco selecting the systems provided by global resin flooring
specialist Flowcrete as the best fit for its latest development.
Flowcrete South Africa’s Managing Director Craig Blitenthall explained
that Iveco chose quality over cost; though there were cheaper alternatives
available, Flowcrete was finalised as the supplier as it was best placed to
meet Iveco’s demanding requirements.
To meet Iveco’s high aesthetic requirements Flowcrete had to supply its
solutions in the same colours as the client’s international standards. The
resin flooring specialist developed and produced floors in bespoke tones that
matched Iveco’s corporate colours.
There were several challenges for Flowcrete during the execution of the
project. Prior to the application of the floor finish, the concrete substrate
had to be assessed to determine the extent of damage caused by a fire that had
broken out during construction. To fix this floor layer the underlying concrete
slabs were taken out and the area rescreeded. Support beams and sliding doors
that had been fire damaged were removed and the floor cavities left behind were
filled in with Conrep SF65.
Flowcrete’s epoxy resin floor coating Flowcoat SF41 was
installed across the main production areas of the facility as well as on the
walkways. Featuring hard-wearing and chemically resistant characteristics, this
solution is ideal for large-scale manufacturing plants as it will maintain a
seamless, impermeable and bright surface despite the inevitable heavy workload,
oil and grease spillages, hot water washes and the physical impact of heavy
Optimising the working environment of industrial facilities in a number
of ways, Flowcoat SF41 also features an adjustable anti-slip profile, which
means that graded aggregates can be tailored to reduce the risk of slips and
trips depending on the location. Flowcoat SF41 was additionally used for
demarcation lines, creating bright and clear yellow signage to aid navigation
around the busy, multi-complex site.
Different flooring systems were installed in various areas of the
facility to meet specific application requirements. While the polyurethane
resin system Flowfresh HF ESD was installed in the laboratory and paint mixing
rooms, Flowfresh WR ESD was applied as coving around the drains. Both systems
not only create a seamless and easy-to-clean floor, but also have electrostatic
dissipative properties to avoid static charge build-up. Static charges in the
floor within the laboratory can damage sensitive electrical equipment and present
a dangerous ignition source within a paint room.
Flowcrete’s combination of flooring solutions provides Iveco the
assurance that its new facility would be able to withstand the inevitable
demands of manufacturing 20 tonne trucks and maintain an unblemished surface for