NNECTIONS uary with the industry showcasing their greenest product offerings yet.

F. BALL BROADENS HORIZONS F. Ball and Co. Ltd. continued its drive to boost exports at DOMOTEX 2020.

Attended by the company’s full export team, including recently appointed export managers Steve Perry, covering the Americas, and Gareth Lewis, who covers the Asia Pacific region, the exhibition was used by F. Ball to showcase the latest innovations in subfloor preparation products and adhesives for floorcoverings to an international audience.

The highlight of the weekend was a drinks reception at the company’s stand, which featured a preview of its new one-part, heavy-duty adhesive for the most demanding environments in internal and external settings, Styccobond F73 PLUS.

With sustainability very much a worldwide focus, F. Ball also exhibited new packaging solutions aimed at reducing the amount of plastic entering the waste stream. These included its recently- launched ‘eco pouches’ for its Stopgap 400 Repair compound and Stopgap


NEW DEVELOPMENTS Adhesives specialist STAUF demonstrated its traditional strength in research and development once again at the DOMOTEX trade fair. The family-run company was able to present not one but two new developments. The stand was clearly divided into two – with one side dedicated to STAUF WEP 180, a multifunctional epoxy-resin primer that offers special added value. The other side of the stand presented STAUF’s new AKZENT line, which is a complete range of products for wood flooring and surfaces and is made using environmentally-friendly raw materials.

STAUF WEP 180 primer – the problem solver on site

STAUF WEP 180 is a multipurpose, solvent-free, dispersion-based, two- component epoxy resin primer that reinforces unstable substrates and

500 Micro floor finishing compound. The new ‘eco pouches’ are fully recyclable and require significantly less plastic to produce than previous packaging.

Those attending the exhibition could also pick up a free copy of the latest edition of the F. Ball’s industry-acclaimed Recommended Adhesives Guide (RAG), which details the compatibility of the company’s adhesives with over 6,000 branded floorcoverings. The 2020 version of the RAG features more adhesive recommendations than ever before;

every one is endorsed by the floorcovering manufacturer.

Darren Kenyon, F. Ball sales director, said: “DOMOTEX continues to be one of the most important events in the flooring industry calendar as we increasingly expand into new global territories. The volume of visitors to the stand means that increased investment in this year’s exhibition has really paid off. It was great to meet visitors from around the world, including new and existing customers.”

primer on cement screeds with a higher residual moisture content of up to 4 CM%. Furthermore, it is suitable for direct bonding with almost all reactive adhesives and, after being sprinkled with silica sand or having an intermediate primer coat of STAUF VDP 160 applied, it can be filled or plastered over.

AKZENT – the complete natural range for wood surfaces

significantly improves the strength of materials thanks to its extremely high level of penetration into mineral mortar systems. The primer has a short drying time and forms a film on the surface, which means that crumbling screeds can be ‘rescued’ very quickly and easily. STAUF WEP 180 can also be used as a dispersion- based, two-component epoxy resin

With the introduction of the AKZENT product line, STAUF has revitalised its range of surface treatments. By making modifications, STAUF was able to achieve significantly better product properties for practically all the surface treatment products and to ensure simpler handling at the same time. For users and customers, this means a perceptible added value in comparison to previous products. DOMOTEX REVIEW| 43

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