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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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Charity Lunch: December


It’s been a while, and we hope everyone has had a great Christmas and New Years! Before our break, we had our final Charity Lunch of the Year! We were happy to donate to three great charities, nominated by this months’ Charity Committee.

First, we donated to Pheonix RDA, a registered charity who welcome guests of all ages with physical and mental disabilities and give them the experience of horse riding. Pheonix RDA are ran by volunteers and all income is from donations, and we are always happy to see what our donation goes towards. Our donation paid for the installation and service pack for a hoist so they can now help even more people correctly and safely.

Our second charity is a charity who we’re proud to support regularly, Bolton Lads and Girls Club. Based in Bolton and founded in 1889, BLGC has something for all young people in Bolton, including sports, art, mentoring, and community outreach work for those who need it the most.

Finally, we were happy to invite in Laura from Laura’s Wish. Laura’s Wish was one of the first charities we donated to when we first started our charity initiative, and we were more than happy to invite her in to donate again. Laura has Cerebral Palsy, and our donation will be going towards Laura and other people with disabilities access treatment and equipment not provided by the NHS.

Everyone at The Rakem Group is so proud of the work we have done in 2023 and can’t wait to see what we can do in the next 12 months!

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Charity Lunch: November


Another fantastic month for our Rakem Group charity lunch! This month we split the money between three different causes, all nominated by our Charity Committee!

Our first cause was Maggie’s Tots, a playgroup held every Tuesday at a church in Heywood. The playgroup is run by a group of volunteers who were overjoyed by the donation and plan to spend it on brand-new toys for all of the children who attend.

Our second charity was Avid’s Angels Cat Rescue, a Bolton-based charity that helps cats all around the Northwest. Avid’s Angels provide a safe and nurturing environment for every cat and kitten that comes into their care. Their team of passionate volunteers works tirelessly to ensure that each cat receives the love and attention they deserve. Founder Katie even brought in a special guest – Willam!

The third charity for the month is Trust House Bury. As the holiday season approaches, our Charity Committee, Scott Tilley decided to nominate Trust House Bury as the recipient of some of the money this month. Trust House Bury is an organisation that supports the community by offering a community cafe, a food pantry, advice and guidance, and holistic support to all of those who need it.

The food pantry is a small shop on the premises, where those who need to use it can do their shopping, take things they need, and fill up a bag with up to £20 worth of shopping for just £2.

Tyler Wilson from our Marketing department and Chief Chemist Scott Tilley from our technical team had the opportunity to visit Trust House in Bury, where centre manager Katie Jenkins gave them both a tour, and explained how the money we donated will be going towards food packages for everyone who uses the food pantry, to make sure they get a special Christmas care package so they can still have a hot Christmas Dinner for Christmas Day!

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