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The perfect blend: vebrocrete MF chosen for Glasgow coffee roastery 
The perfect blend: vebrocrete MF chosen for Glasgow coffee roastery

Vebro Polymers’ high performance PU concrete, vebrocrete MF, has been installed in Matthew Algie’s Glasgow production facility. 

Established in 1864 and originally blending tea for wholesale customers across the city, the company turned its attention to coffee after the second world war, eventually growing to supply its famous blends, among other peripheral goods and equipment, to cafés, restaurants and hotels throughout the UK. 

Having thrived on innovation since its inception, the company not only introduced the UK’s first ever Fairtrade espresso bean after its Managing Director visited Portland, Oregon and saw the thriving coffee scene and vowed to start the espresso revolution in the UK, it also launched the UK’s – and probably the world’s – first Triple Certified espresso meaning it is Fairtrade, organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified. 

The company’s award-winning Glasgow roastery, close to the banks of the River Clyde, is home not only to Matthew Algie’s manufacturing, but also one of its three SCA (Speciality Coffee Association) accredited training campuses, the other two being in London and Dublin. 

vebrocrete MF is a HACCP International certified medium-duty PU concrete, boasting a wide range of application and performance benefits, providing top-notch hygiene, durability and chemical resistance. 

Designed to thrive in food & beverage environments, vebrocrete MF showcases its true potential in dry and semi-wet processing and preparation areas, where demands are rigorous. It effortlessly withstands moderate temperature swings, successfully handles chemical spillage challenges and efficiently copes with medium to duty traffic. 

Resistant to temperatures up to 70°C, the flow-applied polyurethane concrete system also provides excellent resistance to corrosive foodstuffs and aggressive cleaning solvents, making it ideally suited to coffee processing facilities like Matthew Algie.

With HACCP International certification underpinning its credibility, vebrocrete MF delivers a hygienic finish that meets the highest global standards. 

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is the most internationally recognised system based on the production of safe food. It is a preventive risk assessment tool that takes a careful look at food safety hazards and provides guidelines to guarantee that the facility, its equipment, staff and working processes never constitute a health or hygiene hazard. 

vebrocrete MF’s polyurethane concrete screed formulation not only delivers exceptional chemical and wear resistance but also ensures durability. 

The FeRFA Type 7 system, installed at Matthew Algie at a 4.0 mm thickness, is designed to provide a seamless, hard-wearing and durable finish to floors, primarily in industrial applications where hygiene is key. 

FeRFA is the UK’s leading trade association for the industrial and commercial resin flooring, screeding and surface preparation industries.   

The leading authority for over 50 years on resin flooring systems, FeRFA has led the way in promoting the benefits of resin flooring as a high performance solution for industrial and commercial applications, as well as taking a leading role in developing national and international standards for resin flooring, screeding and surface preparation. 

In line with BS 8204-6, Section 6.2, FeRFA divides polymer flooring into eight groups that define the specific criteria of a polymer floor — ranging from light duty floor sealers, through to extremely hardwearing trowel finished aggregate-filled floor systems.  

vebrocrete MF was installed at the Glasgow coffee roastery by the team at Integrated Flooring Technologies (IFT), an East Kilbride based resin flooring, car park deck coating and cementitious levelling screed installation company, first established in 1985. 

Employing all of the company’s own skilled operatives and continuing to ensure that they are suitably trained for the work they undertake, IFT is committed to providing a high quality and proactive service to all of its clients. 

IFT, well-established as an expert in the installation of industrial flooring carried out a full mechanical preparation of the concrete slab, as well as exposed repairs, prior to the installation of vebrocrete MF  and vebrocrete Cove for floor-to-wall coving. Once the PU concrete flooring system had cured, the slab’s joints were transmitted through by saw cut and sealed with a polyurethane jointing compound. 

Vebro Polymers is a supplier of polymer flooring, specialist coatings, rapid-set cementitious underlayments and car park deck wearing solutions with manufacturing and office headquarters in the UK and Asia. 

Our products and systems have been expertly designed for use in a wide variety of applications including industrial and manufacturing facilities, food and beverage processing plants, multi-storey car parks, commercial venues, retail and shopping centres, institutional buildings, mixed-use developments as well as transport and infrastructure construction. 

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