A colourful, high performance floor finish was recently created by Flowcrete South Africa for South Africa’s second largest tobacco company, Philip Morris International (PMI), in Boksburg.

The floor area of this plant has to be able to withstand a long list of challenges, such as forklift truck traffic, point loading from heavy pallets and machinery, frequent cleaning, the affects from tools and equipment and exposure to large quantities of tobacco. PMI needed a finish that would effectively support the plant’s daily activity of producing a number of high profile cigarette brands such as Marlboro and Chesterfield, as an incorrect finish could lead to a cracked, hard to clean, substandard floor, which could impede the large-scale plant’s operations.

Flowcrete South Africa supplied 12 000m² of Peran STB across the entire plant including in the production area, packaging rooms and warehouse. This decorative, durable, epoxy resin floor coating is made up of colour stable quartz granules sealed within a clear resin binder. This formulation ensures that the floor retains its colour and seamless finish for the long term, even when faced with difficult industrial conditions.

The floor coating was specified in a newly available emerald green colour, helping to create a pleasant working environment for staff and visitors. Clear pathways around the site were incorporated in the floor with white signage. These pathways provide clear routes for pedestrians and forklift truck drivers, and also ensure that pallets and equipment are put in the right place in the plant.

In order to fit into the plant’s limited shutdown period and to accommodate the installation of new equipment, the flooring installation had to be completed within tight time frames. PMI chose Peran STB thanks to the quality of the product and, after previous successful flooring partnerships, knew Flowcrete would be able to complete the task to a high standard.

For more information, contact Flowcrete on Tel: +27 (31) 461 3411 or via www.flowcretesa.co.za.