It’s not every day that the Ashford Formula is applied to a vertical concrete surface. While it has been applied to a variety of non-flooring concrete surfaces, this particular application of the Ashford Formula to 100 cast-in-place concrete columns at the Dallas Love Field Terminal Expansion project is quite unique.
With 360,591 square feet (33,500 square meters), PLURAL is the largest and most modern printing plant in South America. Operating in Brazil since 1996, PLURAL is a joint venture between Folha Group, a national leader in newspaper and internet production, and Quad Graphics USA, the largest printing plant of private capital in the world. Together they share 36 years of history.
The Ashford Formula was specified in this project as the choice hardener and sealer for PLURAL’s concrete needs. The Ashford Formula was used as a curing agent as soon as the surface was firm enough to walk on and before hairline checking and temperature cracking began. The entire surface was saturated with the Ashford Formula for 45 minutes. The results of the project have been excellent, leading to the application of the Ashford Formula on the concrete floors of the second largest printing company in Brazil, Gráfica E Editora Posigraf S/A.
Aditec Químicos e Instalaciones S.A, located in Costa Rica, has been servicing the construction industry since 1983. The company imports state-of-the-art products for enhancing the performance of concrete floors. Curecrete Distribution, Inc. has supplied products to Aditec for more than fifteen years, amongst which the Ashford Formula is still one of its stars and always an absolute success.
The most prestigious construction companies and industrial plants have used the Ashford Formula to reinforce, protect, and preserve the concrete slabs in their projects, facilities and parking lots with superb results. The Ashford Formula was applied to 58,350 square feet (5,421 square meters) at a car dealership in La Uruca, San Jose, Costa Rica. Applying the Ashford Formula is especially beneficial in car dealerships, were oil and other harsh chemical spills are routine. The Ashford Formula prevents such materials from seeping down into the concrete, having closed the pores from within.
Dai Dong Tien Plastics Company is a highly respected company in Vietnam. They currently provide more than 250 kinds of plastic products for both factories and households, locally and throughout the world. With such a large network of distribution, Dai Dong Tien management is well aware of product quality and customer satisfaction. In order to meet growing production needs, Dai Dong Tien has refurbished its older factories and built new ones.
In 2005, team Ashford Formula Vietnam performed an initial trial to show Dai Dong Tien how well the Ashford Formula performs. The floor results were scientifically verified by an independent testing laboratory. After seeing the results, Dai Dong Tien asked Ashford Formula Vietnam to apply the Ashford Formula to the concrete floors of five of their newly built factories.
The recently constructed Hyundai Car Factory in Nošovice, Czech Republic is the second largest car manufacturing facility in the country, and Hyundai’s largest car manufacturing plant in Europe. Completed in November 2008, this facility is capable of producing 300,000 cars annually.
eMZet s.r.o., exclusive distributor of the Ashford Formula in the Czech Republic, treated over 1.3 million square feet (124,000 square meters) of concrete floors at this new facility. Meetings with Hyundai began in the late summer of 2007 and was followed by a successful application of the Ashford Formula on 107,640 square feet (10,000 square meters) of brand new concrete in the material supply section of the main warehouse. As a result of this very successful initial application, Hyundai requested that the Ashford Formula be applied to it’s transmission building, and subsequently to several other buildings totaling more than 1.3 million square feet (124,000 square meters).
Although the application was at times complicated, due to the machinery already being in place, eMZet s.r.o. was grateful to have the opportunity to partner with Hyundai and deliver exceptional results with the Ashford Formula. As Hyundai was one of the only car manufacturers in the world to record sales growth in 2009, eMZet s.r.o. is proud to have contributed to their success.
The GAMECO Hangar Facilities in Guangzhou, China can service as many as four wide -bodied planes or 12 narrow-bodied planes at a time.
To accommodate such heave duty traffic, the Ashford Formula was applied to more than 1,000,000 square feet (96,000 square meters) of concrete surface. The results were a fortified surface ready to handle any amount of aircraft at any given time.
After months of washing the floors with truck soap, the natural sheen on this Ashford Formula treated floor was no longer apparent and the floor began to take on a dull appearance.
After remedying the facility’s maintenance program by eliminating the use of truck soap, the natural sheen of the Ashford Formula floor became more and more apparent as time progressed.
Shown here is a current photo of the floor. This is an excellent example of how the Ashford Formula penetrates and becomes an integral part of the concrete slab and is not merely a top-surface coating like so many other sealers on the market today. Had the Ashford Formula been a top-surface coating, it would have deteriorated away as a result of the truck soap, and the sheen of the floor would never have re-developed as it so beautifully did.
In 2008, the Ashford Formula was applied to approximately 65,000 sqf (6,000 sqm) of concrete surfaces at the new oceanographic museum, the Ozeaneum in Straslund, Germany.
Architects for the museum specifically requested a non-shiny floor surface, ensuring that the focus remained on the exhibits and not the sheen of the floor. As a result, the Ashford Formula was applied on an over-layment, which had a rougher finish, and therefore produced a lesser sheen. While Ashford Formula floors are widely known for their beautiful sheen, this floor was prepared according to the specific requests and expectations of the planners, and met the expectations of both the users and architect.
As a result of the Ashford Formula’s performance, Norsa GmbH (int’l distributor of the Ashford Formula in Germany) was recently asked in 2010 to apply the Ashford Formula to another area of the museum called “Giants for the Ocean.” Initial specifications for this particular area only called for a dry shake hardener.
On May 22, 2010, the Ozeaneum was selected as the “European Museum of the Year.”
Our exclusive distributor in Germany, NORSA GmbH recently completed the floor for SEW Eurodrive’s cor porate headquarters in Bruchssal, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. They owners of the building specified the Ashford Formula on the 416,029 square feet / 38,650 square meter project, which was started in December 2008 and completed in August 2009. SEW Eurodrive is an “international organization that manufactures geared motors, frequency inverters and servo drives.” They employ over 11,000 people worldwide.
According to NORSA, the project was “an overall great experience” because the “quality standards during construction were set high.” The building owners understood that cleaning the floors were very important to achieving an excellent floor. Applicators originally cleaned the entire floor in preparation for the Ashford Formula, and for every subsequent application phase the owners cleaned and prepared the floor for the applicators.