Sunday, January 24, 2021

Industry Focus- Industrial Flooring

FLOOR IT RIGHT

 

The criticality of the right Industrial Flooring can’t be undermined in today’s time when there’s growing awareness among the companies as well as their esteemed clientele. A good industrial flooring should have the right prerequisites encompassing aesthetics, quick install ability, longevity, economy, slip resistance, quality, functionality, durability, eco-friendliness, and moisture resistance. Through this article, Construction Opportunities brings you the latest trends in the industrial flooring and the GET RIGHTS to impart a solid foundation to the building, writes PRERNA SHARMA

 

The growing advancement in every field and the heightened need for sustainability has placed a greater emphasis on the selection of the right flooring for the right building. In lieu of this, companies before coming up with a flooring solution take into account various factors such as the movement of people/machinery in a premise, the ambient environment, nature of activities taking place within the building and much more. Industrial flooring necessitates improved hygiene, prevention of hazardous emissions, worker safety and floor surface durability from both mechanical as well as dynamic thermal stress and there comes the responsibility of manufacturers to select the right flooring solution.

 

As per Grand View Research, the global flooring market size was estimated at USD 369.26 billion in 2019 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 5.9% from 2020 to 2027. The rising need for aesthetic interior materials in building structures is anticipated to fuel the product demand. The strong growth of the construction sector, especially in the emerging economies is expected to further support the market growth.The availability of several types of flooring materials coupled with the provision of customizations for designs, dimensions, and colors has provided end user with a wide range of options. Moreover, a wide distribution network of the industry players has resulted in product reach to major construction projects, thus have supported the growth in the past few years.

 

Some of the key materials used in the industrial flooring market are epoxy, concrete, rubber and PVC, epoxy, and vinyl. Epoxy-chemistries have attracted the attention of industrial flooring solutions providers. The growth trajectories in the industrial flooring market are influenced by the rise in demand for various systems in food & beverages, chemical, pharmaceutical, mechanical manufacturing, logistics, and healthcare.

 

Resilient materials are gaining traction in commercial application, such as offices, fitness centers, and hospitality buildings. Easy maintenance, high durability, low environmental impact, and high stability are the factors contributing to this rising popularity. However, these materials are less likely recyclable, which is expected to restrain the growth. Rubber flooring is primarily used in commercial spaces, attributed to their waterproof and slip resistance properties, making them suitable for harsh environments. Natural and synthetic rubber floor tiles are exclusively used in fitness centers, health clubs, dance floors, and other high-impact spaces.

 

Ceramic and natural stone tiles are the popular choices when it comes to durability and extended life of the floor. Seamless flooring is applied in the industrial environment, wherein, a large floor area is covered with resins and concrete materials. The maintenance and installation of a seamless type is less expensive as compared to its counterparts.

 

In 2019, soft covering flooring accounted for the revenue of USD 47.5 billion and is anticipated to accelerate at a CAGR of 4.9% in the future. Growing demand for cushioned floors and aesthetically enhanced materials for interior decoration is likely to support the demand for carpets and broadloom floors.

 

 

Demand dynamics

 

Industrial flooring market has evolved heavily on the back of changing requirements of end-use industries, especially in logistics industries. Providers of industrial flooring solutions and chemical companies developing materials for the flooring system have strongly focused on meeting industry-specific needs. Perhaps the most discerning factor that can affect the choice of end-use industries in the industrial flooring market is eco-friendliness. Industries world over are increasingly leaning on adopting flooring solutions that allow end-use industries meet the sustainability quotient.

 

The drive for new solutions industrial flooring market hinges on the rapid pace of industrialization in various parts of the world. The demand has grown prominently in commercial facilities such as transportation, warehouses, and bulging industrial activities in SEZs. New methods of reinforcement of concrete and laying process are boosting the generation of opportunities in the industrial flooring market. The choice of the process helps in enhancing the performance such as strength and flexibility.

 

Over the past few years, the durability and flexure strength have been high on agenda for solution providers in the industrial flooring market. More prominently, end users have demanded that not just performance attributes, flooring should also meet eco-friendliness. The paints used and the processes employed must reflect this, all of which shape the emerging trajectories of the industrial flooring market. Constant advances in the chemistries have enabled solution providers to equip flooring with unique chemistries and hence unique performance.

 

The development of advanced and eco-friendly products, aggressive pricing strategies, and marketing management are the other factors considered by the players to compete in the market. For instance, the introduction of interlocking and self-adhesive flooring materials and the provision of customizing the floors have provided a competitive edge to the players.

 

Growing trends of installation of decorative materials in building interiors to improve the aesthetics and to provide a natural look to the flooring, the market players have introduced natural stone and wood flooring products. In addition, the composition of materials and creative textures are the factors driving the popularity of resilient floors.

 

 

 

Considerations before selection

 

The right floors can increase safety, reduce maintenance, protect sensitive equipment, and provide the long-term durability companies require to make the most out of their facilities. Consideration of the below mentioned six key elements of a floor’s planned use can make a big difference in selecting the right type of industrial resin floors, as mentioned by an American company, Floortech:

 

Traffic: The first thing to identify is the type and volume of traffic anticipated for the floor. A warehouse floor subjected to forklift traffic throughout the day has different needs than a storage room in a small retail shop that sees infrequent foot traffic. The type of traffic will help identify the right resin material for your purposes; for example, a parking deck floor requires the ultra-hard, durable surface offered by epoxy or PMMA resin flooring to withstand continuous vehicle traffic. Conversely, a gymnasium floor may be better suited to the more flexible finish of polyurethane flooring. The volume of traffic is another important factor, especially as it affects cleaning, maintenance and repair costs.

 

Purpose: The intended use of the space is an important consideration when selecting industrial resin flooring. If the floor is in a food production facility that handles milk and dairy products, PMMA or polyurethane flooring is a better choice as organic lactic acids can corrode and yellow an epoxy resin floor. Conversely, industries involving exposure to sulfuric acids should avoid PU floors, opting instead for PMMA or epoxy. For sterile environments, such as clean rooms, PMMA is an ideal choice for its hygienic, closed-pore properties, which also make it extremely easy to clean.

 

Budget: While it’s always advisable to choose an industrial flooring system that’s fit for purpose rather than by cost, your available budget will rightly play a part in selecting a type of floor. It’s important to note that the price of any industrial floor includes more than just the cost of materials and installation.

Over time, companies need to account for cleaning and maintenance costs, as well as the cost of repairing any damage and even replacing the floor in the future.In addition to materials and labor costs, companies may need to account for time lost while your floor is being fixed. PMMA floors have the fastest installation and cure time of all resin flooring options, which minimizes downtime during installation as well as repair.

 

Environment: Various environmental conditions can affect industrial resin floors differently, including temperature, moisture and exposure. Polyurethane floors have excellent resistance to high temperatures and direct heat, making them an ideal solution for hot environments, such as in front of ovens in a bakery where high electrical conducting is required, epoxy offers the optimum solution.

PMMA resin flooring is extremely durable and scratch-resistant, as well as the easiest type of resin floor to repair, which makes it an ideal choice for locations exposed to a range of traffic and weather conditions.

 

Colour: Colour is an important consideration for floors when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, light and the comfort ability of a space or work environment. If your space gets little natural light, light colour can make it look brighter and larger, resulting in a more pleasant environment. A bold or flashy colour like yellow or red may seem like a good idea but can become tiring on the eyes over time. White or cream may look very nice but can be difficult to keep clean. Highly customizable flooring also offers an opportunity to personalize a space.

 

Finish: Industrial flooring systems offer a range of finishes to suit a floor’s intended purpose. Anti-skid coatings are essential for workplace safety, especially in wet conditions. There are coatings available to resist damage from heavy vehicle traffic and to prevent chemical damage or corrosion. A flexible floor finish can be important to minimize damage from small scratches, such as from high heels or dropped utensils.

Moisture-resistant finishes can help prevent damage or moisture ingress that could cause mould and mildew. Finally, industrial floors with hygienic finishes are important in the food processing and pharmaceutical industries, where cleanliness is essential. Identifying the needs of your floor in these key six areas can make the task of selecting an industrial floor an easy one.

 

The global manufacturing industry is experiencing significant growth owing to rapid industrialization in major economies. Industrial development in Asia Pacific and North America has majorly contributed to the establishment of new facilities and renovation of the existing ones, thus is likely to aid the demand for flooring products in the future. Rising demand for highly durable and cost-efficient product for use in high-traffic commercial and industrial sectors is projected to drive the growth. The development of new hassle-free installation techniques and related products will considerably drive the market for commercial flooring in the coming years.

 

Fast Facts

  • According to Mordor Intelligence report, the global industrial flooring market is estimated to witness a healthy growth, at an estimated CAGR of over 4% in the future.
  • Stringent regulations on VOCs released on flooring are likely to hinder the markets growth.
  • Increasing popularity of eco-friendly bio-based flooring and promising performance of polyaspartic coatings are projected to act as an opportunity for the market’s growth in the future.
  • Asia-Pacific holds the major share in the consumption of industrial flooring. The region is also expected to witness the fastest growth, powered by the growth in the industrial activities in the region.
  • Technological advancements have introduced materials with an interlocking mechanism that makes easy installation. The market players have introduced self-adhesive flooring products that are widely accepted for do-it-yourself applications. The flooring market players offer custom made designs and textures to stay competitive.

 

We have queued up few launches of our flagship products that has a proven global history and certification from recognized bodies. Resin terrazzo (our Mondeco series), Industrial floors for warehouses without conventional reinforcements (With Macro-Fibers & Shrinkage compensating products), Electro static Dissipative flooring for & Entire gamut of solutions for the cold storage industry withstanding the lowest temperature and temperature fluctuations. Vivekanandan Margasahayam, Vice President, Tremco CPG (India)

 

 

 

Our R&D are incessantly churning out innovative products to meet the present and futuristic challenges. We have recently unveiled MMA floorings in the market which are the rapidest setting floorings available in the market. Also, we are seriously working on Sports floorings, a new domain for us, based on polyurethanes as well as hybrid acrylics. Recently, we launched the first indigenously developed epoxy terrazzo floorings in the country and bagged the esteemed Chennai airport order. 1K, MCU floorings are also being introduced which is quite a rage in the developed countries. DR. SUBASH CIPY, MANAGING DIRECTOR,  CIPY POLYURETHANES PVT. LTD

 

 

With the modernization and the growing concern for sustainability, clients look upon us a flooring solution expert. ARDEX ENDURA has lined several new Launches like High abrasion PU coatings, Antistatic & Dissipative Epoxy/PU concrete flooring and other products in the coming months to cater to the needs of the Indian Industrial flooring. N. VENKATESH, SENIOR GENERAL MANAGER,  ARDEX ENDURA INDIA PVT

 




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