New Lion Nathan Brewery gets "Off on the Right Foot" with high-performance, non-slip flooring.
- New Zealand's largest brewery facility utilises BASF's Ucrete® DP to provide safe, non-slip flooring solution.
- New floor allows robust non-slip safety and easy cleaning.
- Quick application substantially shortens project schedule.
Auckland, New Zealand - June 24, 2010 - Lion Nathan Brewery's new facility at East Tamaki looks set to change the face of the company's New Zealand brewing operations well into the next century. The new brewery facility is now equipped with BASF's high-performance, non-slip flooring solution, Ucrete® DP, for the beer processing, packaging and warehousing areas, with a focus on quality, long-term performance and reduced environmental impact.
With a projected life-span of 100 years, the facility required a high-performance flooring solution to withstand adverse conditions over the long term. The project engineers Beca chose Ucrete® DP from BASF Construction Chemicals to meet the challenging conditions.
The contract for the new floors was awarded to leading New Zealand flooring applicators Topcoat Specialist Coatings Limited. Speaking about the new floors, Mark Ambridge, General Manager with Topcoat, commented, "When it comes to selecting an appropriate flooring solution for a facility such as this, quality, toughness, longevity and ease of cleaning are all of paramount importance. Ucrete® DP delivers outstanding performance on all fronts."
"Lion Nathan had previously installed Ucrete® DP floors in sections of its Christchurch facility and, not surprisingly, the performance of these floors - together with is performance in numerous facilities around the world - made Ucrete® DP an obvious choice for the new East Tamaki brewery," he said.
Another major benefit of Ucrete® DP is the speed with which it can be applied. For the Lion Nathan brewery project, it was applied to a shot-blasted concrete floor slab at a thickness of 5-6mm. This was followed by a broadcast application of K20S non-slip aggregate and a final roller coat application of the Ucrete® topcoat.
"Ucrete® DP is extremely quick to put down," Ambridge said. "In fact, with our crew of 12, we were able to lay the 3,500m2 Packing Room floor in only five days from start to finish."
"What's more, the floor's short curing time means that the area can be opened to foot traffic after only 8 hours - and vehicular traffic after 24 hours - and this can make a massive difference in projects with tight construction schedules such as this," he said.
Some 6,000m2 of Ucrete® DP floors have been installed at the new brewery, including 1,200m2 in the Beer Processing Area and 3,500m2 in the Packaging Room. Ucrete® DP has also been used in a number of smaller internal and external bunded areas. Topcoat was also recently contracted to install a further 800m2 of Ucrete® DP flooring in another of the brewery's processing areas.
Specifically developed for the floor, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, Ucrete® DP combines outstanding strength and non-slip performance characteristics with a finish which non-tainting, non-dusting, microbiologically inert and extremely easy to clean. It also offers exceptional resistance to aggressive chemicals, heavy impact and temperatures from -40ºC to 120ºC.
Ucrete® DP meets the requirements of both the U.S. and European standards for slip resistant pedestrian surfaces, as well as those of AS/NZS 4586:1999 Slip Resistance Classification of New Pedestrian Surface Materials in relation to "high slip risk" areas.
"We're extremely happy with the way the new floors have gone down and the finished result," Ambridge added. "And most importantly, so is the client - both Lion Nathan and its construction company Mainzeal are extremely pleased with the quality of the finished floors".
Namely one of New Zealand's largest manufacturing facilities, the new brewery, which cost over $250 million, opened stage one in September 2009, and stage two was completed in March 2010.
Situated in a massive 16.7 hectare site in South Auckland, the brewery facility replaces Lion Nathan's Khyber Pass site in the Auckland suburb of Newmarket, and becomes the new 'home' to many of New Zealand's top-selling beers, including Steinlager, Speight's, Mac's, Lion Red, Stella Artois, Corona, Guinness and Wither Hills.
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BASF’s Construction Chemicals division is the leading supplier of chemical systems and formulations for the construction industry. Continuous innovation and tailor-made solutions ensure its customers are more successful. Its Admixture Systems business unit specifically helps customers in the ready-mix, precast, manufactured concrete and underground construction industries. The Construction Systems unit offers a wide range of products for sports and industrial flooring, external renders and wall insulation, expansion joints, wood preservatives as well as specialist repair mortars, tile adhesives and waterproofing membranes. The division operates production sites and sales centers in more than 50 countries and achieved sales of about €2 billion with approximately 7,100 employees in 2009.
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