Founded in 1987, Fairfield Dairy is situated in Howick, KwaZulu Natal. Recently, a large extension to the dairy was planned which would require not only highly durable flooring, but coatings that should comply with the stringent hygiene standards set by the food and beverage industry. It therefore came as no surprise when products from Sika’s top quality Sikafloor and Sikaflex ranges were specified by specialist contractor, Concrete Laser Flooring, who commenced work on this 2500m2 project in December 2011.

Over 1,000 kits of Sikafloor-20 N PurCem, a heavy duty, high strength, polyurethane modified screed, were supplied to coat the floors of the new production rooms. Its fluid consistency and rapid one-step application requires less labour to install than conventional heavy-duty PU trowel grade screeds.

Sikafloor-29 N PurCem, a product providing vertical, coving and detailing solutions to areas of abrasion and high chemical exposure, was applied around the floors and on the walls of the dairy. This high strength, polyurethane mortar provides a finely-textured, smooth aggregate appearance, is ideally suited for food processing plants, freezers, laboratories and workshops.

Both of these Sikafloor products conform to international standards pertaining to contact with foodstuffs and provide excellent mechanical, abrasion and chemical resistance. They are 3-part, non-taint, odourless and VOC free and have bond strengths in excess of the tensile strength of concrete. Their fast-curing properties result in the absolute minimum of production downtime.

To seal the floor joints, Sika Primer-3N and Sikaflex PRO-3 WF were used; the primer being a one-component, epoxy-polyurethane solvent while the moisture-curing, elastic sealant provides a 25% movement capability, bubble-free curing as well as high mechanical and chemical resistance.

With Fairfield Dairy operating on a 24 hour basis, it was imperative that the contractor complete the project timeously so as not to interfere with production. Although these applications required a high degree of attention to detail, the excellent workmanship of Concrete Laser Flooring in combination with the ease of application and outstanding quality of Sika’s world-renowned products, resulted in the project being completed in the time allocated.

Fairfield Dairy can rest assured that its new extension will stand the test of time.