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RCI July 2017

Zink COMPANY NEWS 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk SR Timber duo set for Monte Carlo rally Merger expands company’s portfolio Guttercrest says it has further strengthened its range by acquiring ABP’s aluminium coping, guttering and downpipe products, universally known as Alifabs. Guttercrest accepted the opportunity to expand its portfolio after ABP directors decided to concentrate on other interests. Alifabs, founded in 1957, started business supplying aluminium building products and lightweight structures to the construction industry. After specialising in copings, its architectural coping system gained the approval of the British Board of Agrément (BBA). As a result, Guttercrest says it now has the only BBA tested and certified coping system. J ULY 20 1 7 Copper Stainless SR Timber is entering a team for a charity car rally to Monte Carlo this September, which will take them through ten European countries in just four days in a road-legal car that costs less than £500 to buy. Shaun Revill and Duncan Hargreaves from the company have signed up for the Pavestone Rally, which is raising as much money as possible for two charities: the Rainy Day Trust and the Teenage Cancer Trust. The pair have bought a car on eBay and will decorate it and then drive it whilst in fancy dress through countries including France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Italy before arriving in Monaco on Thursday, September 7. “We are experts in timber – not cars,” said Shaun. “So we hope we have picked one that can stand up to the demands of four days of gruelling driving. Between us, we can do some basic car maintenance, but that’s about it – so we’re hoping we’ve picked a good one so that we can enjoy the rally as much as possible. “One thing we do know for sure, and that’s how we’re going to decorate it – it’s going to pay homage to our flagship Premium Gold timber roofing batten. We’re Going for Gold.” The route will take them from Dover to Belgium and Luxembourg before heading through Germany and Switzerland to Liechtenstein. From there, they will go through Austria and head over the Stelvio Pass into Italy before driving back to France and finishing in Monte Carlo. Duncan added that he is confident that Team SR Timber will raise much more than the £1,500 minimum that organisers hope that each team can raise. “I’m sure all our customers and suppliers will rally round and support our efforts to raise money for two very deserving charities that will benefit enormously from every penny we are able to raise through sponsorship and donations,” said Duncan. “Besides, we have high standards to live up to because our last big charity fundraiser topped more than £5,000 for the British Heart Foundation, after two members of staff climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last year.” www.sr-timber.co.uk Guttercrest manufactures over 40 different standard types of aluminium gutters, downpipes, fascias, soffits and wall copings. The addition of ABP’s product lines will also include the Alifabs 016 RCIMAG.COM G146 and G55 guttering with complementary downpipe system and the Ali-fabs Clickfix coping. These products will increase Guttercrest’s plans for growth after a £5m investment in a new 40,000ft² facility in Shropshire in 2016. The new site complements the existing 26,000ft² site, both of which have been fitted with technology to streamline processes, reduce leadtime, and increase stock availability. Gary Power, director at Guttercrest, commented: “ABP and Guttercrest held talks about Guttercrest taking over the ABP / Alifabs product lines. Alifabs copings and rainwater systems are a highly respected brand in our industry, so we’re very pleased that they chose us to carry their products into the future, and further enhance Guttercrest’s existing range.” www.guttercrest.co.uk Centurion has unveiled a new training and product innovation suite at its global headquarters in Thetford. The company says the six-figureinvestment in the Clarity Counts University and other substantial improvements in the head office will provide customers and employees with a dedicated education and training centre, in order to offer the best insight and understanding of abovethe neck safety standards and Centurion’s product range. Hundreds of distributor partners, specifiers, wearers and employees will directly benefit from access to the Clarity Counts University. Officially opened by Bill Davis, a former director of the business and a direct descendant of James Adler, who co-founded the business in 1879, the development of the Clarity Counts University forms part of a wider investment at the Thetford headquarters to support Centurion’s current growth and future ambitions. This includes several new meeting rooms that have been specifically designed to host customers, a new open office design that extends across two stories with 12 additional workspaces, a variety of factory refurbishments including revamped rest facilities, LED lighting and other energy saving investments across all the production and warehouse areas. Jeff Ward, CEO at Centurion, said: “Customer partners can now see products being made, tested, showcased and explained. It is a destination now for partners to spend the day with us and be reminded that there is not a more important purchase decision than the right head protection system for workers shaping our world. “The renewed building and showrooms mark an exciting chapter for us. It’s a chance for us to strengthen relationships and create strategic partnerships with our customers and suppliers, ensure we offer the best training in a futurethinking working environment, and showcase our range of premium product solutions.” www.centurionsafety.eu ‘Clarity Counts University’ launched (L-R) Duncan Hargreaves and Shaun Revill CEO Jeff Ward at the new training


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