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Concrete flooring

The history of HTC Superfloor™

  • HTC Superfloor™
    HTC Superfloor™
  • HTC Superfloor™ in a museum
    HTC Superfloor™ in a museum
  • HTC Superfloor™ in a museum
    HTC Superfloor™ in a museum
  • HTC Superfloor in Malmö
    HTC Superfloor in Malmö
  • HTC Superfloor™ in customer center
    HTC Superfloor™ in customer center
  • HTC Superfloor™ in a production environment
    HTC Superfloor™ in a production environment
  • Armoured tanks on an HTC Superfloor™
    Armoured tanks on an HTC Superfloor™

HTC Superfloor™ - From a humble beginning to the world market

Polished concrete flooring has existed in different forms and was performed with HTC equipment also before 1996. However, the technique was greatly refined during a project in 1996 where HTC got the opportunity to push the development of diamond tools and grinding methods forward. Suddenly there were completely new areas of use for concrete flooring in industrial and public premises. The result was a totally new flooring concept, HTC Superfloor™, which was introduced in our company newsletter HTC News during 1997. The technique for polished concrete flooring at this point mainly consisted of grinding the concrete floor with water, but a fast development of the diamond tools soon lead to the dry grinding methods utilized today. Presently, polished concrete flooring or more specifically HTC Superfloor™, is introduced to architects, concrete producers, construction companies and facility owners on a global market.

Concrete

Concrete is a material that doesn’t bring thoughts to mind about a beautiful and aesthetically appealing environment. But still we use concrete, almost without exception, in all buildings we construct. Why? It depends on the concretes qualities as a hard, reliable, economic and ecologic material with long life cycle.
 
The use of concrete is not a modern occurrence, but rather antique. Even the old Romans had their concrete or concretum, a Latin word which means solid matter. And concrete really proved to be a solid material because the oldest remnants of concrete found by archaeologists are several thousand years old. Some of the most impressive older concrete constructions was erected during the Roman period, for example the Pantheon in Rome. Around the Mediterranean Sea you can still find aqueducts, drainage systems and amphitheaters built in concrete for 2000 years ago.

After the Roman era the technique to produce concrete was lost. It is not until the middle of the 19th century that concrete is becoming the dominating construction material of our time. In England a new production method for concrete is introduced, by burning a mixture of limestone and clay at very high temperatures. The result was cement that resembled the English Portland stone, hence the common name “Portland cement". In England and on the continent big cement factories were rapidly growing. Cement became the raw material in the concrete production.

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