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Sweet Success in Sweden for Flexcrete's Hygiene Coatings

Flexcrete’s Biodex HB hygiene coating has been chosen for the refurbishment of a major sugar plant in Sweden. The biostatic coating was chosen by Nordic Sugar, the leading sugar supplier in Northern Europe and part of German-based Nordzucker Group. The company produces almost 1 million tonnes of sugar each year from its processing plants in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Lithuania. Sugars are produced for the industrial, retail and food service sectors, as well as animal feed products. Refurbishment works were carried out at Nordic Sugar’s large plant in Örtofta, Sweden, and an effective hygienic coating was required for the protection and decoration of the production and storage areas. Nordic Sugar Örtofta is one of the largest and most efficient sugar-producing facilities in Europe and during the busy production season, the plant is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Due to the nature of the environment, it was absolutely critical that the chosen product would not taint foodstuffs during application.

Biodex HB – a high build, water-based, matt finish, resin-rich biostatic coating – was chosen as it is non-leaching and non-toxic, so is totally safe to use in food processing environments. It was also specified on the basis of its ability to provide a totally seamless, easy clean finish with effective anti-microbial protection. Formulated using state-of-the-art chloride technology combined with the latest generation biocide technology, Biodex HB incorporates active in-film protection, allowing for the ultra-slow controlled release of biocidal ingredients into the coating film throughout its long life span. It is proven to combat the growth of a wide range of mould, fungus and bacteria – including E.coli, Aspergillus and Penicillium. Biodex HB is elastomeric and vapour permeable and won’t crack or flake even when subjected to condensation, steam cleaning, substrate movement or extreme temperature changes. The Coating Contractor for this project was Esgard Inc. AB.