13 June 2019

Two products
supplied by a.b.e. Construction Chemicals were used for one of the biggest new
flooring projects in KZN in recent years: the massive new Makro store in
Cornubia, on the outskirts of Umhlanga, close to Mount Edgecombe where a.b.e.
is based. 

The project was
handled for a.b.e. – part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group – by a.b.e. KZN Technical
Sales Consultant, Blaine Williams, and his Gauteng counterpart, Warren Trew,
who has had a long association with the flooring contractors, CHC-SA Concrete
Flooring, a preferred supplier to Makro and the rest of the Massmart SA Group.

a.b.e.’s abecron
LA concrete hardener (CH), was applied over 17 000 m2 of the
new Makro floors, following a decision by Chris Howes, CHC-SA’s founder and MD,
to opt for a “user-friendly’ product with reduced working time to cope with the
dimensions of the project.

abecron LA CH is
a non-metallic level assisting (LA) natural aggregate dry shake surface
hardener – a ready-to-use product for hardening industrial, commercial and
residential concrete floors. In line with the Chryso SA Group’s policy on
sustainability, abecron is one of the wide range of dustless self-levelling
cementitious products, grouts, and plasters, and self-levelling cementitious
products now produced by a.b.e. which reduce health risks and area

Applied over
freshly-levelled and floated concrete, abecron LA provides a low-cost solution
for hardening new concrete floors, producing stronger floors with improved wear
resistance and up to twice the serviceable life of a plain concrete floor.
Among the product’s other advantages are:

  • Facilitates
    easier floating;
  • Reduced
    water demand with inherent lower delamination risks;
  • High
    density floors with easy to clean surfaces;
  • Increased
    resistance to liquid penetration;
  • Available
    in several attractive colours (light grey was selected for the Makro flooring);
  • Superior
    finished surfaces provided by the levelling assistance technology.

After the
completion of the five-month flooring project, the flooring’s demarcation lines
were applied by Cross-Con CC, using a.b.e.’s abecote 400 Hi-Build 1mm ‘Brilliant
Yellow”. abecote 400 Hi-Build is a solvent-free epoxy flooring system
comprising a clear resin and hardener, filler and pigment paste. The product
resists chemicals, is seamless and hygienic, and can be applied on a variety of

Makro is the
first tenant in the 28-hectare Cornubia Ridge Logistics Park, adjacent to the Gateway precinct and accessible
from all major highways including the M41 and N2. or phone 011 306 9000.

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