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RCI April 2017

Zink COMPANY NEWS 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk As part of Cembrit’s ambitious plans to expand its operation in the UK, it’s claddings, building boards and corrugated sheets, in addition to its natural and fibre cement slate, will be stocked and sold from three hub operations in Reading, Normanton and Llandow (Nr. Cardiff). This move is supported by the creation of a 12-strong customer services department, including new recruits based at the depots reporting to customer services expert Steve Walden. Customer services is supported by a supply chain and logistics operation of a further 13 personnel at the depots and head office. Thomas Heldgaard, MD of Cembrit, commented: “Our impressive four unit Reading depot becomes fully operational in March. This new structure of dedicated customer service and logistics departments at each depot will improve availability and response to customers and provides a basis for long term growth.” New depot manager Craig Barry added: “Reading is well located and will eventually include a training centre and showroom within easy reach of customers and prospects who want to learn more about Cembrit’s broad range. This facility will enhance the customer experience for all who deal with Cembrit.” Access to additional meeting rooms in Reading and London means London-based specifiers can visit to discuss cladding projects and familiarise themselves with the Cembrit product range. Cembrit’s new UK headquarters has been opened at the Thames Innovation Centre in Erith, Kent. The new headquarters is a result of the continued growth the company has been experiencing in the UK over recent years. The premises provide the company with more efficient office space and a 014 RCIMAG.COM APRIL 2017 Copper Stainless Kingspan Group has been awarded Business Superbrand status for 2017 – the fifth time the building products manufacturer has earned the title. Based on the survey results from 2,500 individual business professionals from across the UK, as well as the independent and voluntary Business Superbrands Council, the challenging process has been identifying the UK’s leading business-to-business brands since 2001. Managed by The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA), nearly 1,500 brands were assessed for the three key attributes of quality, reliability and distinction. Stephen Cheliotis, chief executive of TCBA and chairman of the Business Superbrands Council, described how the accolade is directly linked to how brands are perceived, and is an important signifier of the high regard each Superbrand is held in the UK: “A strong reputation is undoubtedly one of the key drivers of business success and growth, so those brands achieving Superbrands status can rightly feel pleased about their achievements and upbeat about their futures.” Kingspan Group is a global manufacturer of advanced building envelope systems and solutions for the creation of high performing, energy efficient buildings. As well as helping to reduce CO2 emissions through its products, the business says it works hard to minimise the environmental impact of its manufacturing processes and is on track to achieve a Net Zero Energy target across all of its facilities by 2020. Kingspan says it engages closely with all stakeholders, from customers and employees to local communities and shareholders, and exemplifies the business case for practising the principles of sustainability. Gene Murtagh, chief executive of the Kingspan Group, commented: “Achieving Superbrands status is a real endorsement of our intention to be more than just a manufacturer of building products. We have demonstrated through our business model that a low energy future is not just desirable in combatting climate change, but also achievable and economically beneficial. Buildings today should be productive as well as functional. Our aim is to help architects, contractors and end users to realise this ideal, by providing training, research and expertise, so that they can get the most out of our products. We constantly work towards differentiation through innovation, and we are proud that our efforts have once again been recognized by our peers.” www.superbrands.uk.com/content/ 2016/2/12/kingspan-group Kingspan holds Superbrand title Olympia Tools, the UK-based distributor and exporter of hand tools and workwear, has revamped its online presence in a way that it says makes it easier to understand its product range. Speaking of the new site, Vahe Der Kureghian, purchasing and marketing director at Olympia Tools, said: “Olympia Tools offers a comprehensive portfolio of literally hundreds of different products to trade customers around the world. “Our new site makes it easier for these customers to browse our entire range. It is also makes it quicker and simpler for them to navigate to a specific product and to find all the relevant information they might need. Each product is accompanied by full details of sizes, materials, finishes, benefits and more.” As well as providing product information, the new Olympia Tools website also outlines the company’s commitment to the highest levels of quality, service and support and puts a range of useful resources at the browser’s disposal. These resources include product videos and product health and safety information as well as downloadable catalogues and product manuals. The new Olympia Tools website is designed to be viewable and usable on all devices – including laptops, tablets and smartphones. Concluding, Vahe Der Kureghian added: “We’re proud of the new Olympia Tools website and its launch follows many months of planning and hard work. We hope trade buyers of hand tools and workwear will find it a useful way of sourcing products to meet their needs.” www.olympia-tools.co.uk Olympia Tools unveils a new look dedicated sample facility, which allows Cembrit to showcase its full range of roofing, cladding and corrugated sheet products. Thomas Heldgaard added: “2017 is a significant year for Cembrit’s expansion in the UK, as well as other areas. We have recently opened a state-of-the-art factory in Hungary, expanded our product range and ventured into new markets. The move into our new HQ comes at the same time as we increase our workforce. These developments support the growth we are experiencing and show our commitment to ensuring we are offering our customers the best service possible.” Cembrit’s new supply chain department is located at Head Office where Michael Dunthorne and Katherine Eden, supply chain coordinators, report to Lyn Knox, area supply chain manager and support the logistics and operations personnel at Cembrit’s four depots. Cembrit’s Bovey Tracey operation remains as a specialist slate depot serving the West Country. www.cembrit.co.uk Cembrit plans for expansion in the UK Kingspan engages closely with all stakeholders, from customers and employees to local communities and shareholders


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