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Zink CLADDING & SHEETING 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk Panel Systems hits the road with latest investment Panel Systems, UK manufacturer of architectural, decorative and composite panels, has invested in its own fleet of commercial vehicles, as part of its ongoing commitment to customers. The investment in two new trucks and a drawbar, which totals £200,000, means that Panel Systems will now be able to manage its own deliveries in-house from its dedicated transport division, located at Waleswood near Sheffield. As a result, the company has also created two new roles within the business, with a new transport manager and a truck driver appointed to run its delivery operations. Chris Ibbotson, managing director at Panel Systems, said: “Investing in our own fleet made sense both financially and logistically, as these new trucks offer us greater flexibility and will help to reduce lead times. Operating our own vehicles means we have more control over scheduling the deliveries. Furthermore, it will reduce the handling of our products, which will minimise the potential for damage and will improve customer satisfaction.” The trucks are DAF CF Euro 6 models, part of DAF’s range of lower emission vehicles that comply with strict Euro 6 standards to reduce levels of harmful exhaust emissions. Panel Systems is also in the process of obtaining FORS (Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme) accreditation, a voluntary scheme which aims to raise the level of quality and standards maintained within fleet operations. It is awarded to operators that can demonstrate that they are achieving high standards of legal compliance, safety, efficiency and environmental protection. Chris added: “This is the first time that we have operated our own fleet in 26 years, so it is exciting to see the new trucks out on the road. These new vehicles will help support the future growth of the business, as we’re experiencing strong demand for our panels from the construction, commercial vehicle and OEM markets.” This is the fourth major investment that Panel Systems has made in the business in less than a year, with the company having recently purchased a new beam saw and two new adhesive spray booths for bespoke projects and invested in inhouse testing facilities, totalling over £200,000. Panel Systems provides the construction industry with architectural composite panels which are used by window and curtain walling contractors to create façades for new and refurbished buildings. The company also fabricates a wide range of external cladding boards such as Trespa, Eternit and Rockpanel to complement its architectural panel products. Panel Systems has the ability to take customers’ designs for architectural panels and create either simple or complex arrangements for cutting, punching and routing a variety of materials for the architectural and OEM markets. www.panelsystems.co.uk Any high-spec timber build demands the very best in envelope protection, both during construction and once occupied, but particularly in places of great exposure from the elements. When Cornwall Timber Build came to specify a suitable reflective breather membrane for the walls of a new housing development on the rugged Cornish coastline, they found that only new Tyvek e-Guard W1 ticked all the right boxes. This means that, in addition to low emissivity values, the project also benefits from superior UV-resistance while the membranes are uncovered, plus enhanced airtightness, and crucially, complete confidence in water hold-out (at above TRADA recommendations). New Tyvek e-Guard W1 for walls occupies a unique position in the market by offering above W1 water hold out. TRADA recommends W1 as a minimum for sites of the level of exposure of this location. Cliff Road in Mevagissy is situated on high ground and at the mercy of all the variety and power of the Atlantic weather. Tyvek e-Guard W1 delivers 1.7m water column, a near passive standard of airtightness, resistance to four months UV exposure, and dependable vapour permeability. In terms of reflective capacity, metallised Tyvek e-Guard W1 is certified as having a thermal resistance value for all cavities larger than 20mm of 0.75 m²K/W (using the NPL guarded hotbox method) and reflects 95% of heat radiation, providing interior comfort throughout the year. The product has also recently been granted STA AssureGold accreditation. Stuart Dewey, of Cornwall Timber Build, said: “When the building components for the site were being prepared in the factory, we knew that the location was classified as severe exposure. This limited our choice of breather membrane to those with a W1 or better water hold out. Most metallised membranes offer only a W2 (50mm water column) rating, but Tyvek e-Guard W1 is far superior. In fact, its 1.7m water head means that we can use this material all over Cornwall and the rest of the UK, in any type of geography, while meeting and even exceeding industry guidelines.” There are five 200 m² plots in the Mevagissy development, offering 050 DECEMBER 2017 RCIMAG.COM high quality timber frame homes, with external finishes varying between natural slate and block and render. Eventual occupants can look forward to enjoying not only the beauty of their location, but also comfortable interior conditions and lower energy bills, even if the weather outside is travelling through Cornwall’s traditional extremes. www.construction.tyvek.co.uk Copper Stainless Tyvek e-Guards exposed cliff housing


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