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RCI May 2017

Zink COMPANY NEWS 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk Redland backs young blood with support for roofing students Paul Smith, managing director of Longworth, has announced that the new Longworth southern office covering the Greater London and South West areas is now officially open. The decision to open a southern office is said to be a key part of Longworth’s expansion plans. By moving closer to the Capital, Longworth is aiming to deliver its local service, providing “detailed market knowledge of customer needs and outstanding customer support”, which it says shows its dedication to its customers. The company says it has experienced significant growth in the last three years and the new southern office will provide it with greater access to significant contracts and landmark projects in London and the South West of England. MD Paul Smith commented: “The expansion into the southern region is a very exciting move for the business. One which will ensure the continued successful growth of the business, but also cement our position within the elite of the Building Envelope industry.” Longworth says the new southern office, based in Slough, Berkshire, will ensure that it continues to provide its existing and new customers with the same high levels of craftsmanship, project delivery and service. www.longworth-uk.com Celotex and TLX Insulation have teamed up in a unique partnership to offer a solution for re-roof situations where a vapour barrier can’t be fitted because there’s an existing ceiling under rafters, and the roof can’t be raised. The Celotex Rafter-Gold system combines the insulation performance of Celotex’s GA4000 board with the freedom from condensation risk of TLX Gold 2-in- 1 insulating breather membrane. TLX Gold can be draped over the rafters without the need to counter batten. It combines a high-quality breather membrane with a heat-reflecting underside, which actually responds to increasing humidity levels by increasing its breathability. The company says GA4000 boards from Celotex are well established in the market for providing excellent thermal performance at an economic price. Together the products offer a synergistic performance to achieve the best possible U-value combined with freedom from condensation risk, filling a real gap in the refurbishment market. The Celotex Rafter- Gold system is offered for rafter depths of 100mm and 125mm, achieving Uvalues of 0.33 W/m²K and 0.26 W/m²K respectively. Both buildups are LABC Registered Details and both products have BBA Certificates, giving a guarantee of performance. Speaking to RCI, Thomas Hunt, sales director for TLX Insulation, commented: “TLX insulation is delighted to announce this new partnership with Celotex. For the two leading manufacturers in their respective areas to come together in this way and develop a truly innovative solution for the pitched roofing market, is a huge step forward for the industry. It moves away from promoting individual products to developing genuine systems for our customers.” www.tlxinsulation.co.uk www.celotex.co.uk Redland says it is investing in the future of the pitched roofing sector with the launch of a new programme to support young roofing students. The programme provides a range of support items to ten selected colleges and training groups, delivering technical training from the company’s National Training Centre team, alongside complimentary tiles and accessories to practice with, through to plant tours and access to online learning modules. Redland says the programme is part of a wider company strategy to upskill the industry. After becoming the first dedicated pitched roofing industry training centre in the UK, the Redland National Training Centre has trained over 45,000 people. Most recently, Redland has become the only pitched roofing manufacturer approved for the CITB-funded Basic Competency Programme (BCP). The BCP certificate is part of a process that entitles operatives to apply for the three-year Red ‘Experienced Worker’ CSCS ‘ticket’, allowing them to work on site while working towards the next level of qualification. Other benefits of the support package – to students and colleges alike – include educational display materials, ongoing training support from the National Training Centre and a Young Redland Roofer pack. Alastair Blant, Redland’s technical trainer, recently delivered a one-day pitched roofing estimating course to NVQ level three students at Leeds College of Building. He commented: “The level of engagement from the students was fantastic. These guys are working hard as part of their apprenticeship to be excellent roofers and myself and the team at Redland want to do everything we can to help them succeed and become the best that they can.” Steve Connell, curriculum manager of construction crafts at LCB, added: “Working with Redland is great for the college and for the students alike. We get to be associated with one of the leading brands in the UK, and the students get the ongoing support from their training team, adding value to their training here.” www.redland.co.uk/student 012 RCIMAG.COM MAY 2017 Copper Stainless Celotex and TLX Insulation join forces Prime Minister Theresa May visited IKO Polymeric’s production facility in the old mining town of Clay Cross on May 27, along with the newlyselected Conservative Party candidate Lee Rowley. Her visit was a part of the election campaign and focused on Brexit discussions; such as the current impact of Brexit on UK manufacturers and the importance of getting the best deal for the UK economy. The Prime Minister’s visit began with a meeting with managing director Anthony Carlyle and divisional director Dave Embery to discuss the expectations of the business from a strong Government. After meeting the office staff, she headed down to the production area for a full factory tour. IKO Polymeric says the Prime Minister took particular interest in the company’s contribution to the local economy, having found out the majority of the workforce was local, living within only a few miles radius. Anthony Carlyle, managing director of IKO Polymeric, commented: “It was such an honour to welcome Theresa May to our premises in Clay Cross. We are very proud of the environmentally-friendly manufacturing facility we have here, and the contribution we make to the local community. It was a privilege to show her around and talk about the topics which affect our everyday business, as well as the opportunities for us post-Brexit.” During her visit, Theresa May also conducted a TV interview with local and national news outlets, to answer questions about some key issues in the constituency and across the country. www.ikopolymeric.com (R-L) Divisional director Dave Embery, Prime Minister Theresa May, managing director Anthony Carlyle and factory manager Andrew McArthur Longworth expansion leads to new office Longworth’s new office in Slough Theresa May visits IKO Polymeric


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