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Surfex 2024

It’s a wrap!

We’re thrilled to have concluded a successful Surfex 2024 exhibition, where we had the opportunity to connect with industry professionals and showcase our products and services.

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Orbital | Design. Print. Web. Design for their exceptional design skills, which brought our brand to life at the exhibition. Their creative vision and attention to detail were invaluable in creating a memorable experience for our attendees.

Additionally, we’d like to thank DD Exhibitions for their outstanding work in building and installing our stand, as well as their insightful suggestions and expert guidance on how to make our stand visually stunning and structurally sound. Their input helped us create a truly impactful presence that exceeded our expectations.

Most importantly, we would like to thank each and every one of our visitors who took the time to stop by our stand and learn more about our offerings. We appreciate your interest in what we do and look forward to staying in touch.

Surfex Ltd 2024 was an excellent opportunity for us to network, build relationships, and showcase our capabilities.

Celebrating Success: 2 Big Awards

We are thrilled to share some incredible news with all of you – we have been honoured with not just one, but TWO prestigious awards that truly reflect our core values and unwavering commitment to our community, employees, and the environment!

Health & Safety in Manufacturing Award 2024 & North West Family Business Judges Award 2024.

Winning the Health & Safety in Manufacturing Award at the highly competitive and prestigious The Safety & Health Excellence Awards is a testament to the dedication of our team in ensuring the well-being of everyone who steps foot into one of our manufacturing facilities.

Dan Bower, our QHSE manager, shared his thoughts:

“Surpassing some larger, more well-established nominees is a recognition of the steps we’ve taken to improve safety standards and create a secure work environment for all.”


And that’s not all – we are also proud recipients of the Judges Award at the North West Family Business Awards 2024, celebrating the heart and soul of family-run businesses and the incredible people who make them thrive – they are the lifeblood of the UK economy. This award reflects our deep-rooted values, our amazing team, and our strong connection to our community and the environment. It is a recognition of the whole team at Rakem Group, who were acknowledged on the night with this special award.

Kieran Rafferty, our Managing Director, noted:

“These awards are not just trophies on a shelf – they represent the essence of who we are and the spirit of everything we stand for. They serve as a reminder of the positive impact we strive to make every day, not just in our business but in the lives of those around us.”



We at Rakem Group would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to those who nominated and judged us. We recognise that we could not have achieved this without the tireless dedication of our team, the unwavering support of our community, and the shared vision we all hold dear.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of this incredible journey with us.

March Charity Lunch


Thank you all for coming to the March Charity Lunch! On this month’s committee was Ste Headley, Ruth Aluko, and Saif Mohammed, who all got to donate £1000 to a charity of their choice.
Firstly, we supported Ste’s cause, which was supporting St. Steven’s School in getting some much-needed books. During the COVID pandemic, students have missed out on a lot of learning, so the books that are being bought with our donation will give them a chance to catch up and stay on track.
Then we donated to Ruth’s chosen charity, which is Trinity Food Bank. A member of the Bury Community Support Network, Trinity Food Bank not only supply food for those in need across Bury and Radcliffe , but also offer energy advice, signpost to other services, and also offer a low level mental health service.
Finally, we donated to Rainbow Trust, Saif’s charity of choice. Rainbow Trust are the premier organisation dedicated to offering invaluable emotional and practical assistance to families navigating the challenges of having a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness. We recognise the importance of their work in providing support during such difficult times, do we are honoured to contribute to their mission of bringing comfort and relief to those in need.

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Rakem Group Supports Barrie Wells Trust


Did you know we have been proud supporters of the Barrie Wells Trust since 2019? The Barrie Wells Trust is a charitable organisation, founded and funded by entrepreneur and philanthropist, Barrie Wells MBE. Their Box4Kids initiative provides VIP experiences for seriously ill and disabled children and their families at major sporting and entertainment venues. Since 2019, we’ve donated the box to over 300 Box4Kids guests to enjoy a range of evens from JLS to WWE Raw Live, and most recently we were able to gift them the box to Cirque Du Soleli! Here’s to many more!

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Annual Wellbeing Day 2024


Our recent annual Wellbeing Day was a resounding success as our staff immersed themselves in nutrition sessions, workshops on preventing back pain, mental health discussions, and even a Pilates session! From gaining insights into healthy eating habits to opening dialogues about mental wellness, our Wellbeing Day reflects our dedication to the overall health and happiness of our amazing team!

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Charity Lunch • February


For February, we donated to #ANDYSMANCLUB, who we have donated to in the past.
#ANDYSMANCLUB are a men’s suicide prevention charity, offering free-to-attend peer-to-peer support groups across the United Kingdom and online. Andy’s Man Club aim to end the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and help men through the power of conversation. Thanks to Robert for coming down and introducing the charity!

We also donated to The Big Fandango, who are a Community Arts Centre run by volunteers on Bolton Street in the Centre of Bury. They are a Community Interest Company and a not for profit organisation, and like Andy’s Man Club, suicide prevention sits at the heart of everything they do. Thank you to Rebecca and Michelle for popping down and explaining to everyone where the donated money will be going!

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Rakem Group working with Woellner Chemie


The Rakem Group are pleased to announce that we are working with Woellner Holding GmbH & Co. KG Dr. to distribute their high-quality range of silicate chemistry into the coatings, construction chemicals, paper and fire protection markets. Please contact sales@rakem.co.uk for more information on how the Woellner range of silicates can enhance your development project.

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New Stain Blocking Sealer Paint from Maker Products


The Problem

Paint refurbishment jobs can be hindered by old stains on existing surfaces. In this situation, water or oil-based stains can migrate through freshly painted surfaces to reveal unwanted discolouration on the final painted surface. This wastes a significant amount of money in terms of time and paint materials and leaves the consumer with an inferior result or the prospect of repeating the paint job.

To mitigate this issue, the application of a stain blocking sealer is a sensible choice for DIY and trade decorators to ensure excellent results with fast turnaround times.

Stain Blocking Primers

Stain blocking primers work by hindering the diffusion of water or oil soluble compounds that would otherwise produce unwanted stains on visible surfaces. Traditional primers that contain high amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) are effective, however, they can have a detrimental effect on human health by reducing indoor air quality and are generally considered worse for the environment. Water-based primers are often viewed as a safer alternative due to their inherent lower VOC levels when compared to solvent-based paints. To boost performance of some aqueous primers, formulators can include Zinc Oxide as an additional stain blocking ingredient, however it should be noted that this metal oxide has significant issues in terms of its’ toxicity to aquatic organisms.

A New Option From Maker

A new primer is available from Maker Products Ltd that provides superior stain-blocking performance with favorable environmental and toxicological profiles. This primer utilizes a new acrylic polymer that has very low temperature film coalescence behavior meaning VOC levels are small compared to similar commercial products. Additionally, due to the tailored polymer chemistry with the binder we have chosen, our primer does not need Zinc Oxide to achieve industry leading stain-killing performance. A recent study conducted at a 3rd party laboratory found our primer to give similar performance to a commercially available, market-leading stain-blocking primer. For more information, please contact sales@rakem.co.uk

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The World of TIO2


The Rakem Group would like to welcome you to the world of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2). TiO2 is an inorganic material that is widely used in the paints and coatings industry as a high quality pigment and opacifier. In fact, TiO2 is used in a huge range of applications, including cosmetics, plastics, construction and paper.

Why use TiO2?
Of all of the known white pigments, none are whiter or brighter than TiO2. TiO2 also produces coatings with very high opacity (hiding power), meaning that coatings based on TiO2 can be applied in thinner or even potentially single coats. In specific coatings formulations, TiO2 can be used as a photocatalyst to decompose environmental pollutants. TiO2 is a multifunctional raw material in a wide range of applications.
 
Can TiO2 be replaced?
No. There is no complete replacement for TiO2 in coatings, but there are a range of products which can be used to partially replace (or extend) the TiO2. These partial replacement raw materials (functional extenders/fillers) can be used to lower formulation costs or bring additional properties to an end-coating formulation.
 
TiO2 Optimisation
In actual fact, if TiO2 was used in a white paint without the addition of functional fillers/extenders then the resulting paint would not be an effective, efficient, economical or practical use of the TiO2. Using the correct package of functional fillers/extenders can optimally space the TiO2 particles within a coating formulation. By combining the TiO2 with the correct size filler particles at the correct dosage, industries can obtain optimum TiO2 pigment hiding power and whiteness. Depending on PVC and other factors, generally 0.3µm – 0.9µm filler particles can optimally space TiO2 particles and give improved opacity and whiteness.

The Rakem Group are able to supply a full suite of functional extender/fillers.
Synthetic Barium Sulphate
Natural Barium Sulphate
Calcined Clays
High Purity Ground Calcium Carbonate
Precipitated Calcium Carbonate
Synthetic Zinc Sulphide
Lithopone
Orgawhite 2000 (Opacifying Polymer)
 
The Orgawhite 2000 opacifying polymer is an excellent additional product in the TiO2 optimisation armoury. The Orgawhite 2000 opaque polymer has a specifically created hollow-sphere structure, which provides a controlled and consistent level of air void hiding in paint through the refractive index differential between the internal air void and the outer polymer shell.
 
With over 25 years of supplying TiO2 to a wide range of industries, including coatings, inks and plastics, Rakem Group is ideally placed to support your TiO2 needs. Contact sales@rakem.co.uk for more information on the range of TiO2 and functional extenders/fillers that we have available. Please visit The Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association if you would like more information about the uses of TiO2.

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January: Charity Lunch


And that’s a wrap on our first Charity Lunch of 2024!
This month, we had the theme of ‘Hospice Month’, and we were proud to share the money between two great hospices, Bury Hospice and Forrest Holme.
Bury Hospice is very near and dear to our hearts at Rakem Group, and we’re proud to continuously support them. We were also happy to have their Corporate Fundraiser and Director of Income Generation to join us and explain what the money will go to and who it will benefit. Always great to see you, Nina and Laura!
We also donated this month to Forrest Holme. Located in Poole and nominated by our IT Technician, Nick Winfield, this one was great to show that no charity initiative is too far away.
Thank you to everyone for coming down, and we can’t wait to continue the charity initiative through out 2024!

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