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RCI April 2017

Zink COMPANY NEWS 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk Construction begins on IKO’s PIR factory Friday, March 10, saw IKO host a ‘Spade in the Ground’ event to mark the start of construction of its 470,000ft² PIR insulation factory at the Alconbury Weald development in Cambridgeshire. Construction of the new factory represents £30m of investment from the UK manufacturer of flat roofing and insulation solutions. The majority of products manufactured at the plant will be sold to the UK market through merchants or as part of a flat roof system. Tim Leathes, of commercial developer Urban&Civic, commented: “IKO is a great addition to the growing community of Alconbury Weald, and we are pleased this incredible location can provide their first UK insulation manufacturing base. We will continue to work with the IKO team to support their commitment to bringing low carbon construction materials into the UK market. This ground-breaking ceremony marks the second largest footprint-building within the Alconbury Weald Campus.” When fully operational, the Alconbury plant will create up to 160 jobs in the local area and produce insulation for around 40,000 homes a year in the UK. By manufacturing the insulation boards in the UK, the factory will also help reduce the environmental impact and cost of importing materials from abroad. Andy Williamson, IKO UK group managing director, added: “I’m delighted to mark the start of construction of the new IKO enertherm insulation factory with an event which involves key members of the local community. The development of this plant is a great example of UK manufacturing.” “IKO has achieved the highest standards for environmental management (ISO 14001) and BES 6001 for responsible sourcing of construction products on three of our existing UK factories. The new factory will operate to these standards too, an excellent example of how the construction industry is taking a lead on environmentallyfriendly manufacturing.” Construction of the factory is due to be completed in September 2017 and its official opening is planned for March 2018. www.ikogroup.co.uk (L-R) Robin Butler (Urban&Civic MD), Jonathan Djanogly (MP, Huntingdon), Andy Williamson (IKO MD), Roger Harrison (Huntingdonshire District Councillor), Robin Howe (Executive Leader, Huntingdonshire District Council), Karl Gasson (Chairman, Stukeleys Parish Council) Dakea hits the road Recticel plans for production investment 012 RCIMAG.COM APRIL 2017 Copper Stainless Knauf and Veolia announce £10m investment in ‘first of its kind’ glass facility Knauf Insulation has entered into a long-term contract with Veolia, which will see £10m invested in a new glass cullet processing facility, next to its manufacturing plant in St. Helens. The new facility will be operated by resource management company Veolia and will create 18 new jobs once complete at the end of 2017. It will see Veolia clean, dry and refine tens of thousands of tonnes of recycled glass, to be used by Knauf Insulation in the production of its energy saving insulation products. The crushed glass “cullet” will be melted and spun into the glass mineral wool products it sells to some of the UK’s biggest housebuilders and construction firms. John Sinfield, managing director at Knauf Insulation Northern Europe, said: “The construction of the new facility will help grow the St Helens’ economy by creating permanent jobs and using local firms to complete its construction. “Working with Veolia on this investment perfectly aligns with our goals for improving the efficiency and sustainability of our processes. And, given recent building product shortages impacting the construction sector, the announcement also highlights our commitment to proactively working to safeguard our supply.” Cllr Graham Morgan, chair of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, said: “The authority is always working with its contractors to promote the circular economy in relation to the reuse and recycling of raw materials, and this new facility is an excellent example of local solutions that can reduce costs and the impact on the environment. “We’re also pleased that Veolia’s investment has created 18 direct local jobs at the facility, and many more along the supply chain in the area.” The process of using glass cullet uses less energy than traditional methods of manufacturing mineral wool insulation, with the associated energy saving generated from recycling a single glass bottle equal to powering a 100-watt light bulb for almost an hour. www.knaufinsulation.co.uk (L-R) John Sinfield and Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive VP at Veolia UK & Ireland Recticel has announced that its insulation division plans for a new state-of-the-art production facility in the UK, enabling the company to significantly increase its production output as well as to create new jobs. The investment by Belgian-based Recticel group shows its confidence in the post-Brexit British manufacturing and construction market. Kevin Bohea, commercial director at Recticel UK, said: “The plans and designs are in place, so this is an incredibly exciting time for Recticel. Following the successful growth of the UK business, it became clear we needed to further invest in this country to match the expectation and growth in demand from our customers. This new operation will allow us to support their growth in the foreseeable future.” www.recticelinsulation.co.uk Dakea is taking its latest product, Ultima, on a three-month roadshow of more than 70 UK builders’ merchants. Visitors to the Dakea roadshow truck will gain an “immersive experience” of the latest in window design and technology. Self-contained within the Dakea truck, the roadshow provides a unique experience for installers who can relax on the luxury seating, enjoy HD screens and surround sound, while getting up close with the new Ultima roof window. Andrew Birch, account manager at Dakea, commented: “At each stop we will be revealing details of our installer scheme Dakea Rewards, which gives back to our installers for every purchase of a Ultima roof window with an annual reward.” To find your closest participating merchant, visit: www.dakea.com/professionals/you r-local-stockist


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