Hygiene Top of the Bill for Unilever's Green Site in SA

Flowcrete has secured a major coup at Unilever's new manufacturing plant in Durban, South Africa, with the installation of a number of the company's seamless epoxy and polyurethane resin flooring.

Home to world famous dry food brands including Knorr, Robertson's, Knorrox, Aromat and Rajah, the new plant has been designed with sustainability in mind. After a thorough consultation with Flowcrete South Africa, a number of resin systems were chosen to surface different zones of the 22,000m2 plant.

Flowcrete's Flowcem DPM was first applied across the site to provide a damp-proof layer that would control moisture levels within the substrate. Flowcem DPM has excellent adhesion to both concrete and screeds as well as being able to tolerate up to 99% relative humidity in the substrate.

20,000m2 of Flowcrete's self-levelling, solvent-free epoxy floor coating system, Flowshield SL, was installed in all general warehousing and manufacturing areas as well as in all staff locker and changing facilities. Flowshield SL is a popular flooring choice, particularly within the food and beverage industry, where it provides an attractive, resilient and robust surface with a smooth impervious finish.

A number of other systems from Flowcrete were specified for specialist areas of the site, including 500m2 of Flowcrete's antistatic resin, Flowshield ESD SL, which was applied in the raw materials area to provide a safe and chemical resistant finish, as well as Flowfresh HF, which was used in kitchen and shower areas.

For the staff canteen, Flowcrete's decorative quartz flooring system, Peran STB was chosen to create a vibrant and welcoming platform underfoot, whereas for the site's external loading bay, Flowcrete's waterproof deck coating system, Deckshield ED was selected for its ability to withstand heavy traffic and impact.

Project Details

  • Client: Unilever
  • Products: Industrial Flooring, Flowfresh
  • Market Sector: Food and Beverages, Manufacturing
  • Location: Durban, South Africa
  • Year: 2011

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