A Revolutionary Technology Is Invented
Spraylock Africa is the African distributor for Spraylock Concrete Protection (SCP) and Spraylock Adhesives, which are based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, and led by Fred Land.
Located in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, Spraylock Africa is headed by Carl White.
His team continues to stand by SCP solutions, which are built upon unique technology with a more than 35-year-long track record in the market, as well as a team of experienced and skilled people who are passionate about and dedicated to solving their clients’ unique concrete challenges.
In the early 1970s, Bill Ward was contacted by his previous employer to assist with an offshore oil well that had blown out. Backpressure build-up resulted in oil leaking through the casing and the pressure build-up could not be stopped.
The company was in danger of losing the offshore well as there was no known solution at the time.
Ward, a known problem-solver, had invented a technology that could plug pores in concrete to stop bleed water migration.
The oil company barged in loads of concrete and about 300 drums of Ward’s product. His product was pumped down one side of the dual line pipe and concrete poured down the other.
The concrete quickly hardened when it came into contact with the chemical, and the pipe permanently sealed. This was a significant accomplishment, especially because of the extreme pressure build-up. Shortly thereafter, Ward used this procedure to save another offshore well.
Using the funds received for saving the wells, Ward began refining the product, concentrating on developing an environmentally clean technology that penetrated the pores in the concrete. Ward focused his attention in the laboratory to perfect the manufacturing process. Without any marketing efforts, the product was sold and used worldwide.
Ward, and his wife Darlene’s company, DARCHEM, continued to develop chemical products to enhance concrete durability, permeability and overall concrete performance, including materials formulated to deeply penetrate, moisture-proof and protect concrete.
For over 20 years, Fred Land had been developing and marketing an aerosol flooring adhesive with a reputation for solving moisture problems and meeting fast-track building schedules. Spray-Lock® Adhesives were industry proven and time tested on millions of cubic metres of flooring solutions worldwide. His extensive experience in addressing flooring-related moisture problems led him to Ward’s technology for solving moisture problems in concrete.
Ward’s wife, Darlene, said, “We had many offers to buy our company, but we were not comfortable with any of them until we met Fred Land. We knew he was a man of great integrity and someone we could trust.”
On July 15, 2010, DARCHEM granted Land’s company the exclusive right to control the technologies, including the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sales of these products. This led to the launch of Spray-Lock Concrete Protection®.
“The Spray-Lock team will stand by this product. This is considering that it is based on a unique technology that was developed more than 35 years ago and a team of extraordinary individuals who have learned how to make and apply the product and, just as importantly, are passionate about solving their clients’ concrete challenges.”