OPEN FOR TRAINING The Academy for Excellence for Flooring is open for training, with a series of measures that ensure the protection and safety of all trainees and colleagues.

The Academy has been able to ensure its continued programme of training at both Foundation and Master Installer level by limiting courses to four candidates. As this has caused higher demand than normal, flooring professionals are being encouraged to contact the Academy directly to discuss availability and current programmes.

Upon arrival, delegates will be allocated a seat, separated at distances of 2m, and this remains theirs throughout the course (one-day or two-day duration). The same pre-assignment of areas also applies for training bays. All materials and tools are pre-sanitised and prepared with trainees using only allocated equipment.

The Academy is also allocating all candidates with individual catering, closing the kitchen and shop area until it is deemed safe to reopen for candidates. Academy clothing can still

be purchased through a member of staff. Sanitisation points have also been implemented throughout the centre to encourage the regular cleaning of hands when travelling around the Academy. The wearing of face masks is also being encouraged wherever social distancing is not possible.

Lee Thompson, Procurement and Technical Manager, said: “We’re delighted to be training again at

Academy and our recent courses have been able to provide installers with skills as they capitalise on the widespread pent-up demand the industry has been experiencing.

“We’ve taken every possible measure to protect our colleagues and course attendees and we’re on hand to help alleviate any fears or concerns about the course before booking your place.”

F. Ball’s marine-certified products include specialised adhesives for installing carpet, vinyl and rubber floorcoverings, and high-performance levelling compounds to create a super smooth, sound subfloor onto which a floorcovering can be installed.

The company’s marine products have been used to install flooring in some of the world’s most prestigious cruise ships and Mediterranean super yachts, as well as polar exploration vessels, New Orleans paddle steamers showboats, and offshore oil rigs.


EXPO EUROPE F. Ball and Co. Ltd. will be exhibiting at Cruise Ships Interiors Expo Europe which takes place at London Excel from 2-3 December 2020. The

company will be demonstrating its range of market-leading flooring adhesives and floor levelling compounds, which are essential in optimising the aesthetic appearance of installed floorcoverings on cruise ships and maintaining the integrity of the installation throughout its working life.

Amongst the key products for marine applications are Stopgap 700 Superflex and Stopgap 1200 Pro levelling compounds, which are recommended for substrates subject to flexing or movement with temperature changes such as steel decking, and Styccobond F49 Hybrid PS temperature tolerant vinyl adhesive, which is able to withstand extreme changes in temperature, from -20°C to +60°C, and is resistant to water. WHAT'S NEW| 09

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