06 June 2020

Spotlight - Chowgule ABP Coatings (india) Pvt Ltd

Chowgule ABP Coatings (India) Pvt. Ltd. (CABP), a part of the 100 year Chowgule group headquartered in Mumbai, is a joint venture between the Chowgule Group and AB Polymerchemie GmBH of Germany. Founded in 2010, the company specialises in high quality industrial floor coating systems based on epoxy and polyurethane resins. CABP provides services to the aviation, automotive, electronic, pharma, food, car-decks, commercial – residential buildings, paper, textile, hotel, hospital and other industries.


Why not install an Epoxy or Polyurethane floor, which lasts......rather than re-do often?

These floor coatings are installed on the floor, to actually protect the concrete floor from abrasion and damage, to increase the life of the concrete floor. An then what actually happens is that the floor coating itself is not good enough to survive the service life.



Why does this happen ?

This is mainly because most of the epoxies in the industry today contain solvents. But a self leveling epoxy is supposed to be solvent free. Some epoxies though containing solvents, prefer to call themselves solvent free self levelings; and they get away with it because, some solvents are not classified as solvents yet.



So how do you identify them ?

You can easily do this by smell. If there is presence of solvent, then it would be immediately detected by their characteristic of giving a sharp smell. Solvent free systems are odourless.



What has this got to do with the customer/client ?

Solvents are added to thin a material or to increase their workability. But they being volatile, will evaporate into the air on curing. You are now then left with a material thickness which is less when dry (DFT) as compared to the thickness when the material was wet.(WFT). So the higher the solvent content, lesser the thickness of material the client will get when the floor is handed over to him.

Because of the presence of solvent, the application time increases because the solvent will keep coming upto the surface to evaporate and the flooring material will need to be spike rolled more. Besides the curing time also is delayed, which increases the chance of dust getting stuck to the top layer spoiling the final finsh.

Besides, apart from this, the shore D, which is the hardness factor of the product is also less and slowly picks up the hardness and strength. Hence the polymeric bonds on the surface are not that strong , thereby the chemical resistance and mechanical abrasion resistance also reduces.

Moreover, the epoxy will also be more brittle compared to a pure solvent free (actual solvent free) self leveling product.



What do we have to offer ?

  • Solvent free products.
  • Nonylphenol* free products.
  • High chemical resistance
  • Higher flexibility compared to regular epoxy products.
  • Long service life eventually.
  • Technical support for product selection and application.

*Nonylphenol is a hormonally dangerous and carcinogenic material.

Grease Removal System.

This is the most dreaded condition in a industrial flooring project.

As on date, there is no solution to an oil infested concrete floor. Everybody will wash their hands off, in these conditions.



So what does the client do to get the floor coating installed ?

He would either re-do his concrete floor, which is time consuming with loss of production days or he will burn the oil from the floor. This burning option is only good enough if the contamination is superficial. If the penetration of oil/grease/fat is deep then with burning only the top layer is removed temporarily, they would rise up again by capillary and prevent the primer from bonding with the concrete. Moreover, burning also damages the top layer of the concrete floor, which is then very hard to repair.



What solution do we have to offer ?

Our system actually gets rid of all the oil/grease/fat in the concrete floor by emulsifying it and we also seal the concrete floor to prevent the oil/grease from rising up again and prevent any de-lamination of the floor coating. This is done in combination of product and equipments.

All this without any production day loss, and also without damaging the concrete. Infact, the concrete stays as it is; except that now it is free of any oil/grease/fat which can prevent installation of the floor coating.

Besides, all this is warranted by Chowgule's.



Moisture barrier systems.

Why delay a project because of moisture on the floor ?

Why delay the project after the pour of fresh concrete/levelling screed concrete for the substrate to dry.

Why does a recently done floor coating, show bubbles and hamper the movement on the floor ?

Why live with the problem of continuous moisture vapour pressure from below, damaging the floor coatings ?

You can prevent all this with a one-stop solution for all the moisture related issues. These moisture related issues could range from

  • Having a damp/wet floor
  • There is heavy water vapour pressure from below the surface of concrete
  • Slow curing due to the dampness in the floor.

All these can be resolved with a high strength non-breathable permanent moisture barrier (PMBs). The regular products available in the industry today can only help if there is dampness in the floor, but all these will succumb to the vapour pressure from below the surface to the top.

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