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Kemtile bids a fond farewell to ‘Mr Ucrete’


This month, Ian Scriven – one of the country’s leading commercial and industrial flooring specialists – will retire from a sector that he has helped drive and develop for over four decades in the UK and Ireland.

At the age of 71, Ian will leave his role as Business Development Manager for Cheshire-based Kemtile following a most successful four year career swansong with the leading installer of hygienic food grade floors and drainage.

Ian joined Kemtile in 2012 after working in close partnership with the company for many years in his previous role at BASF Construction Chemicals, where he was Sales Manager for its flooring division.

Prior to that, Ian was a member of the original ICI Chemicals team that designed and developed UCRETE heavy duty polyurethane screeds more than 35 years ago – initially to be installed within its chemical and pharmaceutical facilities to protect concrete floors from their inert weaknesses.

Holding the position of Sales and Marketing Manager for its Building Products and Flooring Division beginning in 1988, Ian counts one of his highlights in his long career was helping to introduce UCRETE to the food and drink production sector from its original pharmaceutical and chemical roots.

Needless to say, Ian played a pivotal role in positioning the UCRETE system as the number one UK brand and product of choice for clients and specifiers in all of these industries.

As part of an ever-rich career history, immediately before joining Kemtile, Ian undertook a 12month consultancy and project sales development role for his previous employer BASF, this time for its Wind Energy Division. Appointed due to, in part, his previous experience of cement and grout from an even earlier appointment at Blue Circle Cement in 1973, the BASF team successfully procured two offshore wind power projects in the Baltic Sea and in Gwynt y Môr, off the North Wales coast.

Funded by RWE Innogy – in partnership with Stadtwerke München GmbH, and Siemens AG – the £2billion Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm is a flagship for the energy company. It now operates as the second largest offshore windfarm in the world with 160 turbines.

Amongst career highlights of his time at Kemtile, Ian cites the many seminars to large consultancy engineers and architects working within the food and drink manufacturing industry. Using his many years of experience and expertise, Ian has helped develop the Kemtile brand – and not only UCRETE but its entire product offering – to key players within the food and drink processing and manufacturing sectors. 

Kemtile’s Stephen Westley says: “We are obviously very sad to say goodbye to Ian but we wish him a fond farewell as he embarks upon what is a most well-deserved retirement. 

“He’s been a colleague and friend for many years and has added such value to Kemtile. We’re the longest established UCRETE licensed applicator in the world and, for the last five years, we’ve been named by BASF Construction Chemicals as its number one purchaser of UCRETE in the UK and Ireland.

“Our success in this area – and indeed in the development of Kemtile’s reputation and product offering across all areas of our business – is due to, in no small part, the loyalty and commitment Ian has shown to us over many years. That is as both a partner and employee. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ian for this and, on behalf of everyone at Kemtile, we wish him every happiness and success for the future.” 

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