Technical Finishes CEO asks for more liaison on construction materials

Mike Grose, Chairman of Technical Finishes, the 20 year old company (which has been operating at the Cape for eleven years), said recently in a presentation to potential Cape clients that, if there is one thing that continues to surprise him about the construction industry, it is that they so regularly fail to ask for advice or help in the quarters where they can find it.

“A problem will be encountered; two or three “heads” will get together and discuss it. In nine cases out of ten they will revert to some inefficient, inadequate solution that they already know does not work well – but nobody takes the trouble to find out if there is a viable alternative or if, perhaps, one could be developed.”

Technical Finishes, said Grose, has thrived on finding solutions to problems experienced in the construction industry. As a result, it has built up a range of some 250 products – and the process is ongoing.

“Only this week,” said Grose, “we have spoken to one of our biggest customers who IS looking for a cement based flooring product that will eliminate certain major problems they have had so far. We will have a new trial sample with them within ten days – if only other firms could be as willing to discuss their challenges.”

Certain of Technical Finishes’ best known products, said Grose, had all come about because customers had drawn attention to a need: Smooth ‘n Patch, a concrete floor repair system, now in existence for 20 years, Skimplaster, a similar system for treating and waterproofing walls, Pumadur RT, a resin bonded hardwearing corrosion resistant floor covering, ideal for the food and wine industry and Solidkote 2000 had all been developed because other solutions were either non-existent or not totally reliable – and each of these, he said, had saved clients “a small fortune”.

“The construction industry should learn to communicate better. Opening up the road to worthwhile technical innovation depends on firms such as ours being kept aware of what is needed,” said Grose.

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