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The Silver Lining at Cadbury India's Chocolate Factory

  • Product: Flowfresh MF, Flowfresh RT, Flowguard WB & Flowfresh Cove
  • Market Sector: Food & Beverage
  • Location: India
  • Client: Cadbury India (Mondeléz International)
  • Date: 2013

Flowcrete India has supplied a wealth of hygienic floor, wall and coving solutions under a major refurbishment project for one of the country's leading chocolate snack and confectionary brands, Cadbury India, at its Induri plant located in Pune, just outside of Mumbai.

Having recently been acquired by Mondeléz International - an American multinational food and beverage conglomerate with its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois - a major refurbishment project was set in motion for Cadbury India's 40 year old Induri plant, with flooring highlighted as a critical focus of the overhaul amongst other improvements to facilities.

Some 7,000 square metres of Flowcrete India's antimicrobial and seamless polyurethane flooring system, Flowfresh MF at 4mm, was selected for application across all corridors as well as in the staff canteen, chocolate moulding areas and raw material storage rooms. 1,500 square metres of a heavy duty alternative from the same range, Flowfresh RT at 6mm, was selected for use in the plant's oven crumb facility, which is subject to extremely high temperatures and thermal shock conditions. Both Flowfresh MF and Flowfresh RT contain a silver-based antimicrobial agent, Polygiene®, which destroys gram positive and gram negative bacteria on contact and remains active for the lifetime of the floor.

In addition, some 25,000 square metres of Flowcrete's wall coating system, Flowguard WB was applied across all wall and ceiling areas as well as 2,500 meters of polyurethane coving to ensure a hygienic transition between the floor and wall.

The entire project represented a challenging undertaking for Flowcrete India. Not only did the 40 year old plant host a wide variety of existing substrate conditions - ranging from Kota stone to damaged epoxy finishes - but the entire installation had to take place over a tight 12 day shutdown period. Flowcrete India's approved applicator dedicated a 120-strong skilled workforce to the project, which divided into three teams worked around the clock to deliver a fully operational facility on deadline for the chocolate giant.

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