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Zink COMPANY NEWS 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk Knauf Insulation wins NBG’s Supplier of the Year Wigan company takes gold at prestigious regional business awards 012 RCIMAG.COM JANUARY 2018 Copper Stainless SMD has explained why it is happy to share technical data with clients, the construction industry and even rival businesses. Poole-based SMD has published its latest concept design guide that includes design look-up tables for floor decking. Available online as an interactive resource and in print format, the SMD publication is said to contain thousands of detailed specifications. It is aimed at structural engineers, architects and anyone looking to use SMD’s products. Jamie Turner, technical director, said: “Our commitment is very much geared towards driving industry standards higher. We want to be the ‘go to’ place for technical knowledge. “Our company mission is to be the UK’s leading provider of structural floor and roof solutions, so we must be philanthropic in the sharing of data. “The White Book is intended to simplify the concept design stage – a three-stage interactive process for designers to use to ensure they select the right product for their project.” SMD publishes many documents within its technical reference library, including Technical Guidance Notes (TGN Online), Elements Design Software, BIM specifications and training presentations. Jamie added: “TGN Online is a very useful tool we have created – it was intended as an external resource, but SMD staff also find it invaluable. “We have taken 10-15 years of technical queries from the industry which have been answered by SMD and spent a long time formatting them into this comprehensive and essential resource. “This means our customers and clients can more often than not find the solutions they need on our website without having to call – and our staff can also answer queries with confidence using the TGN Online tool as a knowledge hub.” TGN first went online this year and Jamie says it can answer 90-95% of queries. He said: “Much of the information is in the public domain and there are no trade secrets, but TGN certainly makes the job easier and the client experience smoother and more cost-effective.” smdltd.co.uk Driving up industry standards Waltham Abbey-based Roof-Link has achieved the Order of Distinction award in the annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. Roof-Link joint managing director, Michael Hockley, said: “We are delighted to have achieved the RoSPA Order of Distinction. Health and safety is of the utmost importance to all of us at Roof-Link and to have our efforts recognised through winning this award is a tribute to the hard work of our entire team.” Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety, and held in high regard around the world, as winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Achieving the standard required is no mean feat.” The majority of awards are noncompetitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years. www.roof-link.co.uk Roof-Link picks up a ROSPA award G & B North West, a Wigan-based manufacturer of roofing materials, has won regional recognition at this year’s EEF Future Manufacturing Awards. G & B North West, which employs 80 staff won the Innovation Award, sponsored by HVM Catapult. This award celebrates manufacturing innovation, whether demonstrated through product development or operating practices that have driven greater productivity, efficiency or business growth. G & B North West was up against competition from a range of innovative businesses – small and large – from across the region. It was selected by a panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts and academics after impressing them with their hands-on approach to product development and installation. With the regional title now secured, G & B North West will now go on to compete for the national title at an awards gala dinner in London in January next year. Matthew Chialton, sales director at G & B North West, said: “This award is testament to our hard-working and dedicated team, and we are delighted to have won. It puts us on the map as a modern and innovative company and goes some way to demonstrate the valuable contribution made by local manufacturers, like ourselves, to our region. We can’t wait to share this news with all our staff, customers and suppliers. “It’s fantastic to get this far and now w e’re all lookin g forward to the national finals in January to see how we measure up against the r est of the UK.” www.gandbnw.co.uk Mineral wool manufacturer Knauf Insulation has taken home the roofing and insulation industry’s Supplier of the Year award at the National Buying Group (NBG) Conference Awards, for the fifth year running. The ceremony, which took place in Liverpool on Tuesday, November 14, saw the builders’ merchant sector come together to celebrate the best in the industry. For the third successive year, Knauf Insulation’s commercial manager, John Gaunt, also scooped the Account Manager of the Year award. John said: “I’ve been at Knauf Insulation over 19 years so I’ve built some great relationships with our customers. It’s an honour to receive this award for the third time. It’s been a real collaborative effort, working together to achieve a common goal and challenge the traditional merchant – supplier relationship. The results we’ve had as a business are testament to that. I expect 2018 to be another excellent year working with NBG and our merchant customers.” These latest awards come after significant investment in recent years by Knauf Insulation in its strategic merchant partnerships. The Merchant Support Team supports regional and area sales managers, who provide a dedicated point of contact. The team also delivers regular training sessions on its products, how they should be installed and other relevant areas such as regulatory changes and market conditions. www.knaufinsulation.co.uk John Dibble, MD of Building & Plumbing Supplies, Steve Duke, commercial director at Knauf Insulation and Nick Oates, MD of NBG


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