Volac appoints Kemtile for hygienic flooring solution
This flooring design and installation project – at the company’s Felinfach plant, in Ceredigion, West Wales – saw Kemtile reunite with Whitland Engineering to build a new dryer tower that will increase capacity at this modern dairy production facility.
Using the latest membrane filtration and drying technologies, the plant produces Volac’s high-performance whey protein isolates for the sports and active nutrition markets, lactose for use in a range of food applications and base powders for young animal milk formulas. The site is also powered by a low-emission biomass CHP energy centre, helping to deliver a minimal carbon footprint.
Kemtile’s many previous hygienic flooring specifications for Volac, complete over a number of years, have included the installation of both Kagetec ceramic tiling and resin systems.
For this particular project, Kemtile specified 1576m2 Stonhard Stonclad GS over four floors. This high-performance epoxy system cures to an extremely hard, impact-resistant mortar and offers the benefits of abrasion, wear and chemical resistance.
The Stonclad GS epoxy resin was then finished with Stonkote HT4 – a chemically resistant and hardwearing topcoat with a texture 2 surface profile for slip resistance, which makes it particularly suitable for this processing environment. Its addition further improves cleanability and aesthetics as it hardens to an attractive gloss finish and increases resistance to damage from abrasion and chemical spillages.
These specifications were complemented with 834msq of Kagetec GFK – a cost-effective, hygienic tiled floor system with the benefits of quick installation and high mechanical, load-bearing properties, resistant to thermal shock.
Kemtile’s co-polymer screed provided the base for the project and a stainless-steel gulley system and drainage channels – manufactured by from Wiedemann-Technik – were also installed.
Elgan Jones, chief engineer at Volac, said: “As a company, we enjoy a longstanding and successful relationship with Kemtile and we’ve brought them onboard to design and install a number of our flooring systems over the years. We are consistently impressed with the solution and installation they provide.”
Kemtile’s Mark Appleton said: “It’s always good to be asked back to design and install flooring systems for clients who are clearly happy with previous jobs and want to work with us again. It was a very challenging brief as we had restricted access to the multiple floors involved, but we did it with the help of Whitland Engineering. We hope that this is the latest of many more in the future.”
For further information, visit: www.kemtile.co.uk/sectors/dairy.