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EXPAND YOUR RANGE WITH CONSTRUCTA-PRO

The expanding foam range from Everbuild - a Sika company - is growing once again with the addition of Constructa-Pro; a high strength adhesive foam designed for use in a multitude of applications. 

Developed to be fast curing, Constructa-Pro is ideal for small jobs which require a quick fix, as well as large applications including fixing plasterboard and insulations board, fixing skirting boards or as a mortar substitute for building rough garden walls. Once cured, it is also rot-proof and moisture and temperature resistant from -40˚C to +80˚C.

Gun-applied and available in 750ml tins, Constructa-Pro can be used on stone, brick, concrete blocks, wood, plasterboard, metal and much more, making it a truly multi-purpose adhesive foam for the trade.

For more information on Constructa-Pro or any other product within the Everbuild and Sika ranges, contact your local sales representative. Call the sales office on 0113 240 2424 or visit www.everbuild.co.uk

STIXALL Double Sided Tape

STIXALL Double Sided Tape

This is a Stick Up!

‘Normal’ double-sided tape does a job, but it does have a few problems in use. It is usually made as thin as a standard sticky tape, and that can create some problems in handling. Sticking the first bit down is easy because it comes off the roll sticky-side ready – but then getting the backing off to reveal the second sticky side is where having long fingernails and a knack with double-sided tape is very handy. Also, once stuck, the ‘stick’ on some double-sided tapes is not particularly strong, so to be safe, standard double-sided tapes should not be used for hanging objects more than a couple of hundred grams in weight.

This leaves the market open for a double-sided tape with real bonding strength that is also invisible and will stick on most smooth-ish substrates. It is not fashionable to reveal fixing points these days so it is great to have a solution like STIXALL double-sided tape.

STIXALL Tape comes in a 19mm wide by 2.5m long roll and the blurb says it will bond on virtually all substrates and it will be “durable and long lasting.”

I think the first time you realise that you are dealing with a very strong adhesive is when you try to pull the clear protective display film from the roll – it doesn’t come off too easily. The lesson is perhaps that if you don’t use all of the roll, store it in a plastic bag so it doesn’t pick up dust and debris from your tool box.

The tape itself feels and looks like a 2mm-thick layer of silicone. It feels sticky, but is not so sticky that it can’t be handled easily – for example it won’t stick to your skin and it is easier to manage because of its thickness. That common problem of tapes that stick to themselves and then can’t be separated is minimised on the STIXALL tape. Without the backing in place the tape is stretchy – but should not be stretched when being applied to a substrate. 

Applying the tape is simplicity itself – simply lay it down where you want it and press gently on the backing tape to get the initial tack. It is possible to lift the tape again gently if you go wrong – something not really possible on standard double-sided tape. Once you are satisfied with the position of the ‘first fix’ simply pull the blue backing off – you won’t need to twist it or use a fingernail or blade to do this – it comes off really easily.

STIXALL Double Sided Tape

Then the next bit is critical – clearly you need to ensure that the other substrate is clean and correctly positioned before it is pushed up against the sticky tape and then it needs to have some pressure applied to it for a few minutes to ensure a good bond.

I tried the STIXALL on ceramic tiles, Perspex and on smooth birch plywood. On really smooth surfaces like Perspex, once stuck, it is almost impossible to remove it without using force – usually enough to crack the plastic rather than break the tape.

Even on the plywood the bond was very good and showed that you could use the STIXALL to hang small pictures etc quite safely.

Aimed at: Discerning users who need STRONG double sided tape.

Pros: So good you can make it stick on almost anything and the bond is strong too – try it to hang pictures, even!

SIKA® MULTI STICK - THE MULTI-TALENTED GRAB ADHESIVE YOU NEED IN YOUR TOOL BOX

Sika® Multi-Stick is a new generation in hybrid polymer grab adhesive from Everbuild – A Sika Company - designed especially for the trade with the ability to bond virtually anything to everything.

Solvent free and based on new SPUR technology, Sika® Multi Stick boasts incredible initial grab, high bonding strength and excellent slip resistance and is capable of bonding almost all materials, both porous and non-porous including glass, marble, brick, concrete, metals and hard plastics. Suitable for both interior and exterior applications, Sika® Multi Stick is completely waterproof and weatherproof and can even be applied to wet surfaces, underwater or in the rain.

Available in 350ml plastic cartridges and packaged into eye catching printed boxes, this product is sure to fly off the shelves and into toolboxes everywhere.

For further information on Sika® Multi Stick or any other product from the Everbuild and Sika brands, contact your sales representative, call the sales office on 0113 240 2424 or visit  www.everbuild.co.uk.

Sika Appoints New General Manager

Global building product manufacturer, Sika, has appointed Dragan Maksimović as General Manager, a role that will see him build on the continued growth of the company across its multiple UK markets. 

Dragan joined Sika in 2002. Based in Belgrade he was responsible for developing the company’s operation in Serbia where the company today has become market leader in a number of local market sectors with a strong operation and its own production facilities for concrete admixtures and mortars.

The new appointment will see him build on the already well established Sika and Everbuild brands in the UK. In 2016, the company is aiming to achieve 6% growth in net sales whilst maintaining profitability levels. Major focuses that will help the company achieve this centre on further development of its network of specifiers, strengthening relationships with key specialist distributors and adding to the Sika contractor networks. The company will also continue to focus efforts on securing major projects via its Major Project Management Team, who have shown great success in 2015, as well as developing inter-company business.

In 2013, Sika acquired Everbuild Building Products, the UK’s largest manufacturer of Sealants, Adhesives and Construction Chemicals. This acquisition proved to be a major success for Sika with the Everbuild brand achieving sales in excess of £87 million in over 70 countries. 

“I strongly believe that teamwork stands behind every result and that people do make the difference,” commented Dragan. “Relationships inside the company and towards the customers are the main drivers for sustainable good results. Sika UK is a strong company and I am looking forward to the challenge of growing the brand in the UK.”

Sika UK has grown steadily over the past few years, reaching one of the highest sales and profit results of Sika globally, despite operating in challenging market conditions.

Dragan takes over from Ivo Schaedler who has taken on the extended responsibility of Area Manager Europe South, responsible for the UK, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Mauritius within Sika.

For more information, please contact Helen Waller at [email protected]

EverBuild's Geo-Fix All Weather -The All Weather Solution for Patios

 

Years ago, I returned some good quality shoes I had bought because they leaked profusely the first time I wore them out in the rain. The shop assistant looked shocked and seemed to be quite put out when I suggested that a pair of shoes in our climate ought to have some water resistant properties.

Judging from our increasingly wet weather we will have to start making the products we use more capable of dealing with the sorts of weather conditions we have on our Soggy Little Island.

EVERBUILD is a British based company and has taken up the British weather challenge with its new All Weather Geo-Fix jointing compound for patios and paving.

I have to say that to me this makes utter sense – to have to wait for dryish weather before applying a jointing compound outdoors in our climate is completely absurd. You might find yourself restricted to very few days in a year. More to the point, over the course of a small job, the contractor may find that no working day is dry enough to apply the jointing compound and may have to return to the job later – at his own expense of course.

Geo-Fix is already the market leading jointing compound available in the UK, and the introduction of the Geo-Fix All Weather compound is likely to extend the practicality of the product even further.

When I tried it out, I found that Geo-Fix is very easy to use. The joints between the paving stones should be at least 6mm wide and 25mm deep. This means that the compound can get enough strength, when set, to seal the gaps between the paving stones and retain some strength too.

Once all the joint gaps have been established and cleaned of all excess mud, moss and other stuff likely to interfere with a good joint, a simple wetting with a hosepipe or watering can will ensure that the whole area is wet enough for the compound to work, but all standing pools of excess water should be swept away.

It is only now that the vacuum-sealed bag should be opened and the contents spread over the area to be jointed. Once the bag is opened the curing process begins, so there is a limited window of about 45 minutes of curing time at normal temperatures. In hot weather the curing time is reduced to about twenty minutes so it might be a case of “all hands on deck” to get the work done in time.

Using a soft outdoor broom or brush, the compound needs to be swept into the joints. It helps if it is swept at a 45 degree angle because this helps the compound “catch” in the joints.

Now comes the intense bit. The compound needs to be compacted into the joints with a pointing tool. It may be necessary to top up the compound in the joints as it is compacted so that the joints are full and have the best appearance.

The joints should then be given a hard smooth finish with the pointing tool as it is the compacting process that is key to a good result.

Once the whole area is done the excess compound needs to be brushed away and collected before it starts setting hard. On a big area, it may be necessary to do the sweeping up section by section.

Geo-Fix all weather comes in three different finishes – Natural Stone, Slate Grey and Anthracite and is cleverly designed to be water permeable so that surface water on the paving can seep away between the joints. The hard-set surface will also resist the growth of weeds between the paving.

I followed all the instructions carefully when I tried out Geo-Fix All Weather on a small area of what I laughably call my patio. It really is as easy to use as the above instructions say, and I was very pleased with my efforts. In truth, the only thing that would completely improve my patio would be to dig it up and lay it again – but I do have to thank EVERBUILD for at least giving me a steer for future improvements.

The advantages of Geo-Fix All Weather should be obvious to all users, but EVERBUILD has also realized that retailers should gain significant benefits too. Effectively, the “patio season” has been extended to throughout the year (except maybe Christmas and New Year?) by the All Weather product.

It seems that decking is on the wane and hard surfaces are becoming increasingly popular, perhaps because they are easier to maintain, so the extended season and increased uptake of paving means that there are even more opportunities for retailers to stock and sell paving products.

Accordingly, EVERBUILD is now offering a range of incentives to help retailers take advantage of the extended season.

The press campaign has already begun in key trade journals aimed at the building and landscaping trades so that the trades are fully aware of the new Geo-Fix products. Experience has shown that once the trades know about a new product they like their stockist to have it on the shelves.

EVERBUILD has designed and distributed a whole new range of point-of-sale materials too. These include banners, posters, applied colour sample cards and leaflets so that customers will be made fully aware of the new Geo-Fix All Weather product and its advantages.

There are also some excellent introductory offers for retailers to consider. For example a half pallet of 24 tubs of Geo-Fix will earn the retailer one free tub of Natural Stone colour and four free heavy duty builders’ ponchos to give away.

A whole pallet of 48 tubs will get three extra tubs free and eight builders’ ponchos. Those ponchos will help those builders get patio laying in all weathers…!

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