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Zink COMPANY NEWS 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk Cembrit Leeds the way at college With the industry suffering from a lack of skilled workers, Cembrit is helping to educate the ‘roofers of the future’ by donating roofing materials to Leeds College of Building for the roof slating and tiling apprenticeship scheme. Cembrit has contributed approximately 1,000 Westerland fibre cement slates, 600 Glendyne natural slates, and 120 angled ridges, to help deliver valuable roofing training to the apprentices. The materials are used to train the apprentices to measure, cut and correctly install roof slates and accessories. This level of training sets the students in good stead for entering into the roofing industry. Chris Messenger, a lecturer at Leeds College of Building, said: “We are very grateful to Cembrit for the fantastic support the company has provided us. “Roof slating is a difficult and expensive skill to master, so having the Cembrit slates to practice on is invaluable. This method of teaching has proven successful, with past apprentices being recognised at Skillbuild. We consider ourselves to be a centre of excellence in roof training in Britain, and have won several accolades. None of this would be possible without the support of Cembrit.” Established in 1960, Leeds College of Building offers courses related to construction and the built environment, including apprenticeships, further and higher education and business training. The roof slating and tiling apprenticeship trains students in key roofing skills, including measuring, marking, grading, cutting, positioning, installing, securing and finishing the slates. 012 RCIMAG.COM FEB RUA RY 2018 Copper Stainless System Building Products, a new business brand that specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of internal and external solutions, has been created to embrace the resurgence in demand for complete and integrated building systems. “Cost-effective functionality combined with high performance, safety and aesthetics, are all determined by the integration of components into a properly designed system,” said John Cowley, chief executive of the newly-founded operation. “That’s why we’ve brought a number of our businesses together into a single entity.” The creation of System Building Products unites some well-known construction manufacturing names including Omnis, a roofing and cladding manufacturer. John added: “Increasingly, the trend in the construction industry is away from individual components, and towards well-designed, properly integrated systems, which are appropriately installed. By bringing our businesses together, we are evolving to meet that demand.” As part of an ongoing plan, the company is continually investing in manufacturing and operations, as well as the development of innovative products and services. The businesses which have come together to form System Building Products are said to have a long history of landmark projects. These include: roofing systems for Wembley Stadium and the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, the renovation of the fourth span of Paddington Station’s roof and rainscreen cladding, together with framing for Ferrari’s showroom in Egham. www.systembuildingproducts.com A new brand to embrace the needs of the construction industry And the award goes to... IKO! IKO Plc has been rewarded for all of its hard work and support at Willmott Dixon’s annual awards ceremony, by winning the Supply Chain Product Partner of the Year award. This award recognises the contribution IKO has made over the last year to Willmott Dixon’s goal of delivering excellent quality products. IKO has been working closely with Willmott Dixon from the early project design process, to the final site inspections, giving the company advice on choosing the right roofing system for various different projects. Willmott Dixon says its research has shown that the roofing defects have been massively reduced as a result of the correct roofing system and designs being offered, as well as the collaboration between the installing contractors and IKO’s field engineers, who inspect the projects and make suggestions for further improvements. IKO says that this early engagement and collaborative work ensures that Willmott Dixon can hand over a project with zero defects and “leave a legacy that it can be proud of.” www.ikopolymeric.com Russell Roof Tiles says it is about to invest £500,000 into its Lochmaben factory. As part of its on-going capital investment programme, the manufacturer of concrete roof tiles is investing in new machinery and equipment in its utility and main tile plants on its 11-acre Halleaths site, one of three manufacturing sites in the UK. The Lochmaben factory now employs a team of 70 making concrete roof tiles, where sustainability and eco-credentials are of the utmost priority. This latest investment follows a period of continued growth in the construction sector, with growing demand for roofing products for both housing and commercial projects. Gearing itself for continued and sustained growth, the company has now invested £7 million in new capital equipment since it became independent six years ago (including this latest investment) across its sites. Andrew Hayward, managing director at Russell Roof Tiles, said: “It’s important that Russells continues to invest in its manufacturing facilities, using the latest technology to continue to drive the business forward and keep up with current and predicted growth.” The company says that the new equipment will help it to deliver existing and new customer orders, and increase capacity for its growing collection of colours and profiles. www.russellrooftiles.com Keeping Russell Roof Tiles on top Ged Ferris, marketing manager at Cembrit, said: “At Cembrit, we understand the importance of developing skills at college level, and support CITB where we can. “We have received great feedback from the lecturers and students, and are delighted to make a small contribution towards the future skills base of UK roofing.” www.cembrit.co.uk A roofing project for Edenbrooke Leisure Centre in Fleet, Hampshire, which was undertaken by one of the companies that have come together to form System Building Products. Anthony Carlyle (MD at IKO Polymeric) and Kerry Parker-Wray (key account manager at IKO Polymeric)


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