With close to 35 years under its belt, Flowcrete Group has enjoyed a rich and colourful history that spans six continents.
Since the company's launch in 1982, Flowcrete has had much to celebrate. Employing some the best people in the industry, flooring some of the world's most iconic buildings and enjoying countless other awards and operational successes, Flowcrete is a flooring company with much to look back on and undoubtedly a bright future still ahead.
2016 | Craig Brookes Appointed President of Flowcrete Group
In 2016, Flowcrete appointed Craig Brookes, previously the Flowcrete Group Vice-President and International Managing Director, to spearhead global operations as its new President.
Craig Brookes said: “Being appointed President of Flowcrete Group is an incredible honour, especially as over my two decades at Flowcrete I’ve seen the company expand and grow from a small UK business to world leader in resin flooring active across six continents.
2016 | Flowcrete Africa Launches East African Office
Flowcrete East Africa, a new resin flooring business based in Nairobi, Kenya, was officially launched on April 2016, at an event attended by Flowcrete South Africa’s management team as well as prominent members of Kenya’s construction industry and key clients.
A new warehouse, located at Unit 13 Norda Industries, Plot 12715/609, Mombassa Road, Nairobi, Kenya, will enable Flowcrete East Africa to rapidly supply large-scale construction projects with high quality resin flooring materials.
2015 | Flowfresh Floors Attain HACCP International Certification
In 2015, Flowcrete secured International HACCP Certification for its Flowfresh range of antimicrobial protected cementitious urethane floors.
This certification means that food and beverage producers operating a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) based food safety programme can specify flooring materials, safe in the knowledge that they will meet the relevant regulatory authority’s standards for safe procurement, production and processing as well as the requirements of the world’s leading quality and food safety standards.
2015 | RPM President Awards Flowcrete’s High-Fliers for Collaborative Value Creation
Flowcrete welcomed RPM International Inc.’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Ronald A. Rice, and Vice President of Planning and Financial Analysis, Melissa Schoger, to its UK headquarters to present RPM’s Connections Creating Value award to five Flowcrete employees.
These awards recognise key members of the resin flooring manufacturer’s global team whose active collaboration between Flowcrete’s international companies and other RPM subsidiaries has added significant value to all the businesses involved.
2014 | Flowcrete Americas Opens its New Manufacturing Plant
In 2014, Flowcrete Americas celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant and office facility in Spring, TX.
The 30,000 square foot site is almost double the size of its old facility, making room for significantly larger production, office, warehouse, and laboratory areas, in addition to six more loading docks and double the number of both packaging and liquid mixer stations.
For enhanced safety, the plant features a highly protective fire suppression system that includes a foam-based, high-density ceiling sprinkler system, as well as end rack sprinklers.
2013 | World’s Largest Mall Redecorates with Deckshield
The largest and most visited shopping mall in the world, The Dubai Mall, used over 540,000 square metres of Flowcrete’s Deckshield car park decking to refurbish its huge parking facility in 2013.
To cater for the large numbers of visitors the retail centre has built the biggest car park in the MENA region, with over 14,000 parking bays across three high rise buildings. The difficult on-site challenges deteriorated the initial floor finish and so the owners chose Deckshield to ensure a seamless, waterproof, colourful and long-lasting finish despite the harsh conditions.
2011 | Sustainable Construction Boosted by Isocrete Green Screeds Range
2011 saw an environmental milestone in the flooring industry with the launch of the Isocrete Green Screeds range from Flowcrete UK.
To further Flowcrete’s commitment to providing the construction world with sustainable building materials it developed a line of screeds free from Ordinary Portland Cement and which is manufactured from up to 40% recycled materials.
2012 | Flowcrete Celebrates 30 Years of Trading
Since its inception in 1982 to its 30 year anniversary in 2012, Flowcrete has built up a long list of achievements, awards and accolades that include working on some of the world’s most prestigious construction projects, expanding into 6 continents and successfully integrating with the global manufacturing powerhouse RPM – to name just a few.
And the plans don’t stop there, as Flowcrete’s energetic and ambitious staff are always setting themselves new targets to reach, looking for new innovations to implement and seeking out new markets to explore.
2010 | Flowcrete Taps into the Growing Indian Marketplace
In 2010 Flowcrete sealed its bid to tap into the Indian marketplace with the opening of a new office in the south of the country.
Flowcrete India opened in the major industrial region of Chennai, to give the company a launch pad into the growing number of construction projects taking place on the sub continent.
Located on the south eastern coast of India, Chennai - once known as Madras - is developing rapidly.It is host to a number of industries such as automobile, technology, hardware manufacturing, and healthcare industries.
2008 | Flowcrete Joins RPM International Inc.
In 2008, Flowcrete became part of Ohio-based RPM International Inc, a stock-exchange listed company with subsidiaries that manufacture and market high-performance coatings, sealants and speciality chemicals all over the world.
Frank Sullivan, chief executive of RPM, praised Flowcrete's' vision and entrepreneurship and said: "In this fast-growing and highly fragmented market, service and reputation are critical to long-term growth.
2007 | Flowcrete Secures Investors in People & Queen's Award Success
In 2007 Flowcrete received a glowing report for its staff management in an Investor In People report.
Praise was heaped on the positive, loyal, dedicated and well-motivated staff at the company, as well as the staff development policies and family-life/work life balance arrangements.
The management team were commended for their approachable and receptive manner.
Further award recognition followed in 2008, with the company attaining its first ever Queen's Award for Enterprise for its phenomenal growth in the export arena.
2006 | Flowcrete Enters the African Market
In 2006 Flowcrete acquired Ivory Industries - a South African synthetic system manufacturer that was rebranded as Flowcrete South Africa.
The company went on to gain international recognition for providing extremely durable and resistant synthetic resin systems for corrosion and abrasion protection in the industrial environments.
Today, Flowcrete Africa has two manufacturing facilities located in Durban and Johannesburg as well as sales offices in Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi.
2006 | New Partnership Gives Germs the Slip
In 2006 Flowcrete joined forces with internationally renowned chemicals and performance materials company, Perstorp Chemicals AB, to utilise its Polygiene® compound for state-of-the-art antimicrobial flooring systems.
Flowcrete floors containing Polygiene® provide an effective solution for a variety of sectors including hospitals, pharmaceutical production plants, food processing areas, kitchens and cafeterias.
2005 | Flowcrete Enters the American Market
Growth across the pond saw Flowcrete establish itself in North America, opening a manufacturing plant and sales office to head up stateside operations located in Houston, Texas.
The new facility and sales infrastructure would allow Flowcrete to penetrate the North American market as well as Central and Latin America.
2003 | Flowcrete Goes Digital with First Website
With the digital revolution in full swing, Flowcrete launched its first ever website bringing global clients a snapshot of the company's entire product portfolio at their fingertips.
With Flowcrete's new online portal, a new era of reaching the company's target market was about to begin.
2002 | 20 Years of Trading Sees More Growth
An ever-growing client base including Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Nokia, GlaxoSmithKline, Roche Pharmaceuticals, L'Oréal and Sharjah Mega Mall Shopping Centre ensured growth across the industrial and commercial sectors overseas.
The further acquisition of Perstorp Construction Chemicals in 2002 opened up new markets in Scandinavia, Poland and Eastern Europe proving Flowcrete had much to celebrate on its 20th birthday.
1995 | Flowcrete Takes First Steps Towards International Success
1995 signalled the year that Flowcrete's world domination really began with the acquisitions of Isocrete Floor Screeds, Gyvlon Floor Screeds, Chryso UK and Beaver Anchorlyte.
At the same time as bringing new businesses in, Flowcrete was also expanding opening offices in Hong Kong, the Czech Republic, Thailand, China and a manufacturing plant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In this era of fast growth a number of projects were coming online including the largest ever screed contract to date at Chek Lap Kok Airport in Hong Kong.
1992 | A Hygienic Solution for the Food & Beverage Industry
Recognising the importance of the clean barrier within food processing, production and packaging environments a new flooring formulation was on the cards. Flowcrete's R&D team headed to the lab to develop a new floor solution that would positively assist in microbial control.
A polyurethane mortar containing an antimicrobial additive within the resin matrix was born, Flowcrete Flowfresh range, which remains today as one of the company's most popular product lines.
1991 | The Red Army Hits the Road
Known as the Red Army of the UK flooring industry, Flowcrete began to expand its nationwide sales team - all of who were instantly recognisable from the company's traffic red logo car fleet.
The team ventured to all four corners of the country, securing sales for the company's growing portfolio of seamless resin floor and wall coating solutions.
1990 | £1 Million Turnover and SMART Success
It wasn't until 1990 that the company really began to take shape. Its growth up to then had been decidedly modest following its first contract, however growing attention from household names had finally allowed Flowcrete to hit the £1 million turnover milestone.
This was swiftly followed by a number of award successes from the British Department of Trade and Industry including the Small firms' Merit Award for Research and Technology (SMART).
1989 | Mark Greaves Joins Flowcrete
The turn of the century witnessed the arrival of Mark Greaves to the company - a business graduate with a plan to take the company's growth forwards.
Since joining the company in 1989, Mark has taken the business from its Cheshire roots and established it as a major global player within the industry. After 26 years' service within Flowcrete, Mark has now been appointed President of The Euclid Group - the construction chemicals group of RPM International Inc.
1989 | Flowcrete Cuts Ribbon at First Manufacturing Plant
Like many small businesses Flowcrete was R&D oriented and vastly undercharged for its services. A £40,000 turnover in 1982 rose to £600,000 moving closer to £1 million in 1989. But progress wasn't fast enough.
To really take off, Flowcrete needed a business plan and a bigger manufacturing space. With some help from the bank, Flowcrete was able to open its first manufacturing facility in Congleton, South Cheshire.
1982 | Peter Gibbins, Flowcrete Founder
In the beginning, British inventor, Peter Gibbins - the late founder of Flowcrete - was challenged by a leading confectionary brand to develop a flooring solution that would offer an enhanced resistance to sugar.
Proposing a cement-based resin formulation containing hardwearing aggregates that would be laid as monolithic screed on a suitable base and later diamond ground to reveal a smooth surface, Flowcrete's first product line was born.