Flowcrete Reinvigorates Kah Motor’s Mitsubishi Service Centre
08 Jun 2015
Flowcrete Asia recently collaborated with the successful car dealership Kah Motor to renovate the failing floor of its Mitsubishi dedicated 3S Service Centre in Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur.
The Kah Motor Co. Sdn. Bhd. facility in Jalan Ipoh is a pioneering car dealership that has offered 3S services under one roof for the past 40 years. Sites like this have been pivotal to Mitsubishi’s increasing motor vehicles sales in Malaysia, which last year were reported to be 14,184 units, the highest since 2005.
The automotive market in Malaysia has experienced steady growth in the last decade with many brands recognising Malaysia as a key market, further expanding their production capacity and also actively increasing sales by introducing new, innovative models.
The existing epoxy finish in the service centre was peeling off as a result of poor workmanship and Kah Motor knew that it had to act fast in order to protect both its own high quality image and Mitsubishi’s. With that in mind, Flowcrete Asia was called in to provide a new, stylish and robust flooring system.
In order to prepare the substrate 2,100m2 of Flowcrete’s damp proof underlayment Flowcem was applied at a 2mm thickness in order to protect against moisture vapour rising through the substrate. Flowcem allows for the installation of moisture sensitive floor finishes onto concrete and cementitious screeds which have a moisture content of up to 100% Relative Humidity when a surface is dry.
The service centre also benefitted from the installation of 2,100m2 of the solvent free, durable, high performance epoxy resin coating system Flowcoat HS in a striking light blue shade to bring the facility back up to the high standards synonymous with both Kah Motor and Mitsubishi.
Flowcrete’s approved applicator had to overcome numerous obstacles during installation, such as the careful removal of the previous epoxy flooring system and the delivery of equipment such as the car jack lift before the floor was completely finished.
The Flowcoat HS system is often used as a hard wearing coloured floor coating in areas such as service centres, factories, warehouses, plants and storerooms to brighten up dull floors and provide a durable yet attractive floor finish.
Flowcrete Asia’s industrial flooring solutions are designed to stand up to the harsh conditions common to service centre environments and provide excellent resistance to corrosive chemicals, abrasions and heavy loads while maintaining an easy to clean surface.
The current line-up of vehicles that pass through the Jalan Ipoh 3S service centre includes a range of models, from the locally-assembled ASX compact SUV to eco cars the Mirage and Attrage, Triton pick-up trucks, the Pajero Sport SUV, the Lancer GT sedan, Pajero SUV and the 100% electric car i-MiEV.
Mitsubishi prides itself in achieving the pinnacle of environmental performance using state of the art technology and now the floor finish within its Jalan Ipoh service centre also fits that brief. Flowcrete’s environmentally friendly systems are at the forefront of sustainable flooring technology.
The complete installation took Flowcrete’s approved contractor just two weeks and the client was thrilled with the speedy turnaround and calibre of the work completed on its site.
Recently Flowcrete Asia has also been involved in many other high profile automotive facility upgrades such as at UMW Toyota and Shanghai General Motors, where both clients were in dire need of the resin flooring specialist’s expertise.
A deteriorating floor made UMW Toyota move out of its old Kulai service centre and showroom, and so it decided to install Flowcrete Asia’s flooring solutions in its new premises to ensure a durable and long lasting surface. Flowcrete Asia was chosen for this project thanks to their previous success at other UMW Toyota locations. Hardwearing and reliable systems were applied in the car service centre, delivery bays and reception area to ensure that the new buildings avoided unsightly and inefficient floors.
In order to upgrade facilities at the company's main production plant, Shanghai GM undertook a programme of refurbishment works, which included re-surfacing its 12,000m2 building. Following the successful installation of a workable sample during the tendering stage, Shanghai GM selected a combination of Flowcrete Asia's epoxy floor coating systems.
The resin flooring specialists Flowcrete Asia can provide industrial coatings and joint-free self-levelling epoxies through to heavy duty polyurethanes and epoxy mortar systems, the diverse product portfolio on offer ensures that it always has the right solution for all types of automotive environments.
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Notes to Editors
Flowcrete Asia Pacific has its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and is one of the four divisions that make up Flowcrete Group Ltd. Flowcrete Asia Pacific includes Flowcrete Hong Kong, Flowcrete Vietnam, Flowcrete Indonesia, Flowcrete Singapore and Flowcrete Thailand.
Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a world leader in the manufacture of seamless industrial and commercial resin floor, wall and coving solutions as well as other specialist coating technologies. Flowcrete Group Ltd. has international manufacturing facilities in Europe and Africa as well as Central and South East Asia.
Flowcrete supplies world-class seamless flooring solutions to transform environments across the globe including; decorative seamless resins, waterproof car park deck coating systems, seamless resin terrazzo, durable antimicrobial flooring, fast curing systems, corrosion protection and self-levelling underlayments.
Flowcrete's ambitious and dedicated team, led by President Craig Brookes, is inspired by excellence in people, products and service as well as continual innovation and sustainable growth. Flowcrete continues to use its global expertise to introduce environmentally friendly, hygienic and aesthetically attractive floors to create a better and more sustainable world.