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a.b.e. Construction Chemicals supplied specialised products for new flooring at the Kraft Foods SA wafer production plant in Port Elizabeth.

Cynthia Hoffman, a.b.e. regional manager in the Eastern Cape, says the company’s abe.flo HPU ‘white sands’ three-component polyurethane self-levelling, chemical-resistant system was applied to 800 square metres of the Kraft Foods floor.

abe.flo HPU provides a hard-wearing floor finish with exceptional chemical resistance. It is particularly suitable for food processing factories as it provides a seamless and hygienic finish without any crevices where dirt and bacteria can collect. It is also easy to clean and sterilise and generally requires low maintenance. abeflo has a low odour during installation –  and this was major benefit during application at the food processing plant,” Hoffman states

She says a special challenge in this project was that the client required a non-slip floor surface. “A build-up of fine sugar dust on the floors had made it slippery and a safety hazard to employees working in the plant. a.b.e. consequently supplied our abecote PUD,  a single-pack, water-based polyurethane clear coating  – mixed with an alumina non-slip aggregate – to make the floor surface non-slippery.”

Additionally, a.b.e.’s flexothane EPU was applied to the floor’s movement joints. flexothane EPU is a tough two-component, abrasion-resistant, epoxy-modified polyurethane joint sealant.

Coterite, a vastly experienced a.b.e-approved flooring applicator, handled the flooring project. “Coterite has been a leading flooring applicator in the Eastern Cape for over 30 years and has been extensively trained by a.b.e.,” Hoffman adds.

Finally, abecote WD337, an a.b.e. water-based epoxy was applied to factory walls.

The main contractor on the Kraft Foods SA construction project is Siya Zama GVK Building and Restoration.

 

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