Construction Update - June 2023

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SIP Build UK and Hemsec creating sustainable buildings for our future together See inside... June 2023 Copper pipes improving buildings fire safety see pages 6 & 7...

Creating sustainable buildings for our future, together: SIP Build UK and Hemsec work together to build on a shared vision.

SIP Build UK and Hemsec announce their partnership with the aim of providing a costeffective, end-to-end solution for the creation of energy-efficient building systems. With energy prices soaring and millions of UK households living in fuel poverty, we must consider the ways we construct now more than ever.

Many house builders are driving energy savings through a combination of materials and technology; however, we believe that a fabric-first approach delivers huge benefits for the homeowner and the environment. In addition, as building regulations change, a fabric-first approach will increase thermal efficiency to futureproof the build by considering the entire building envelope, with construction materials sitting at the heart of this.

Building with SIPs can significantly contribute to meeting Future Home Standards and Passivhaus standards, resulting in reduced days that require heating, significantly reducing energy bills. Additionally, when building with SIPs, homes are airtight, resulting in cooler homes during the warmer weather.

Through the partnership, SIP Build UK and Hemsec aim to build on existing synergies to provide high-quality sustainable building systems, with a focus on taking

responsibility in today’s environment for the generations of tomorrow.

Sarah Gazzola, Sales & Marketing Director at Hemsec commented: “At Hemsec, we are on an exciting journey to become a B-Corp certified company and therefore it is extremely important for us to build relationships with organisations where there is a synergy in our values and purpose. With a strong alignment in the direction we’re heading, we are looking forward to building on the relationship we have with SIP Build UK and hope to make a real difference in the construction industry through providing high-quality panels that contribute to an energy-efficient future for homeowners.”

Chris Duckworth, Managing Director at SBUK Group, added: “The future direction allows us to make the most of being a market leader with Nationwide Coverage, SIPs are regularly featured on Grand Designs and other property programmes, we have seen demand soar in this marketplace. Energy efficiency is harder to achieve using traditional methods and the short supply of brick layers is moving many developers and builders towards Offsite Manufacture. Our partnership with Hemsec and our dedicated teams and systems enables us to continue our passion for better products and processes which aim to increase efficiency, quality, resident satisfaction, environmental performance and sustainability.”

About Hemsec

Hemsec is the UK’s leading independent and longest-standing composite insulated panel manufacturers. With over 90 years of experience in the industry, Hemsec has played a key role in shaping the use of insulated panels across many industries. Find out more:

About SIP Build UK

SIP Build UK is part of the market leading SBUK Group. For over a decade SIP Build UK take great pride in the design and manufacture of high performance, thermally efficient buildings delivered and installed within budget on site on time. With extensive knowledge and years of experience they cover the length and breadth of England and Wales. Offering SIP, Timber Frame, Cladding and Light Steel Frame Systems they pride themselves on a consultative approach. Find out more:

Q&A with SIP Build UK

Can you give a short background to SIP Build UK and its successful growth into what is now a wider Group offering sustainable building expertise?

SBUK emerged in 2012 in the knowledge that the UK building industry was going to face an overhaul in regulations that would demand the use of building systems with improved thermal efficiencies.

These improved and more stringent regulations combined with a further requirement to future proof new dwellings has allowed the group to develop distinct offerings using energy efficient, sustainable timber systems be it with SIPs or Pre Insulated Timber Frames.

The group now has a number of high performance solutions to offer that we can tailor to each projects thermal, aesthetic and commercial requirements.

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All of the stocked timber was used and supply became very tight, prices went through the roof and product became scarce. As an industry we seem to have been at the front of the recessionary pressures before they worked through to the consumer markets.

Ukraine has had impact on supply for many products but the majority of the UK’s timber does not come from this region. Steel however continues to rise in cost at pace as a result of the steel mills been hugely impacted as a result of the war.

For specifiers looking to adopt a SIPS approach – what are the key strengths and benefits of the panels – both from a commercial perspective and for self-build housing options?

The specification of correctly accredited SIPs systems provides the specifier with an extremely predictable system removing variables from the project. Engaging with a company like SBUK group at the earliest stage allows for a predictability in thermal performance, cost and program time from the outset.

The increasingly stringent building regulation changes can still be achieved with an “of the shelf approach” guaranteeing

thermal performance targets, while the offsite manufacture of systems allow for fast and predictable program times on site, reducing variables and therefore risk for the project overall.

What key projects have you been working on over the last 18 months? Is there one in particular where you have really made a difference?

We have recently featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs – The Derbyshire Longhouse.

This was an extremely challenging project that required the meticulous design, manufacture and install of our SIPs to a complex Steel Frame. The Roof panels particularly as all angles were different on each roof plane, providing no square side as a starting point. This was a deliberate feature to create more interesting detailing and architectural flare.

This was achieved and excelled through our highly skilled and collaborative approach as without an exceptional understanding of SIPs and building systems this project would not have worked!

How do you see the timber sector developing over the next 18 months and what plans has SIPbuildUK for 2023 – it seems to be a busy time as the wider Group now offers a range of construction options?

Reducing energy consumption in new builds while using sustainable and responsibly sourced systems / materials remains a main focus in the industry. This is obviously amplified by the situation in the Ukraine and soaring energy prices.

With further demand from clients and specifiers to improve the as built performance of dwellings coinciding with more stringent measures being implemented through SAP we see quality businesses that have the correct accreditations, systems and knowledge in place for these timber systems leading the market.

The offsite, fabric first approach of SIPs and Pre Insulated Timber Frame systems reduce variables, risk, materials, wet trades, program time and labour requirements on site while exceeding current regulations with ease.

With traditional methods of construction finding it increasingly difficult to achieve these standards while keeping wall thicknesses and skilled labour under control, the use of timber systems will continue to boom.

The number of national house builders now adopting these systems on mass and pledging to increase the use of these systems in the future is proof of this.

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Wieland Electric have recently delivered a fully pluggable modular wiring system to feed power and lighting throughout the new 11 storey Louisa Martindale Building at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

The new building is the first of the three stage 3Ts Redevelopment programme that is replacing all the facilities on the front half of the hospital with two brand new clinical buildings and a much-needed service yard. All Wieland products were delivered as a ‘plug and play’ system, prewired and pre-tested, reducing installation time and allowing for tight deadlines. Metalynx2 represents a new, smarter generation, helping to deliver even greater savings on costs and installation time, with structured wiring now firmly established as

the norm for fast-track projects. As a result, it is suitable for power distribution and lighting control (including DALI and KNX), and the ability to customise Metalynx2 components for unique projects provides endless design flexibility. Furthermore, Metalynx2’s inherent flexibility ensures that any changes to the system can be accommodated swiftly and with minimal downtime. The Dali lighting control also used Wieland’s popular gesis® GST connectors to deliver power and control signals to the luminaires.

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Titon delivers the ultimate package

By combining the Titon Ultimate® dMEV fan with the new Titon FireSafe® 100mm Push Through Wall Kit terminal, it’s the perfect combination to help fight condensation and mould.

Ideal for refurbishment or new build, the unique offering meets stringent building regulations Part F and B and can be utlised with the new dMEV auraSMART app.

The high performing Titon Ultimate® dMEV is an ultra-quiet low profile fan. It has a one fan fits all solution and is ideal for bathrooms, kitchens and utility room applications. With adjustable continuous and boost speed settings available, the Titon

Ultimate® dMEV utilises an efficient DC motor and incorporates a uniquely designed impeller/guide vane combination to produce high flow rates and pressure.

The social housing version is the perfect solution for landlords who want to make sure that mould and condensation are not a constant problem. The Titon Ultimate® dMEV is easy to maintain, simple to monitor using its unique relative humidity data logging facility and can be commissioned in minutes.

The new dMEV auraSMART app will connect to your ventilation system to provide monitoring, control and user-friendly operation and system commissioning.

Helping maintain an indoor air quality for a healthy home environment via its data logging facility, the Titon Ultimate® dMEV has exceptionally low specific fan power down to 0.11 W/l/s and offers outstanding sounds levels of 10 dB(A), whilst meeting stringent newly proposed 20 Pa back pressure requirements. Available in three versions; standard, humidity and humidity control with data logging, the Titon Ultimate® dMEV is perfect at fighting condensation and mould issues within a home.

The new Titon FireSafe® 100mm Push Through Wall Kit is a circular high flow terminal designed for powered ventilation systems offering low resistance to airflow, but high resistance to fire as set out in Approved Document B (fire safety) volume 1: Dwellings, 2019 edition. Ideal for new build, refurbishment and social housing residential applications, it is constructed from sheet steel (A1) and polyester powder coated to classification A2-s1, d0.

Titon FireSafe® 100mm Push Through Wall Kit is designed to be installed from the inside of the dwelling and will create a seal to the external all. The range consists of a Ø100 round version at 630mm long.

James Griffiths – Marketing Manager stated; “The development of the Titon Ultimate® dMEV was a result of listening to our customers’ requirements and needs, the addition of the Titon FireSafe® 100mm Push Through Wall Kit, a fire-rated through-the-wall duct and the dMEV auraSMART app to allow control over wi-fi, a unique function in the market place at the moment is an example of how Titon can respond to market requirements and create a one stop solution ideal for any application.”

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Titon are pleased to announce that they now offer the ultimate ventilation package for bathrooms and kitchens.

Improving the fire safety of buildings with copper pipes

Ever since the Grenfell tragedy and the subsequent inquiry into the fire, the topic of building fire safety has been high on the agenda. With the revelation that many homes, shops and offices are filled with flammable materials, people are becoming increasingly concerned and the government is now racing to remove combustible cladding from buildings across the UK.

But whilst a big focus has been placed on cladding since Grenfell, it’s also important to consider the fire resistance of other materials, such as pipes.

The importance of

fire-resistant materials

Fire resistant materials play a key role in reducing fire risks and yet, many buildings in the UK are equipped with materials that offer little to no protection against fires.

A fire-resistant material is one that doesn’t burn easily. While no material is entirely fireresistant, each material burns at a particular temperature and has therefore a certain degree of fire resistance.

In practice, fire-resistant materials are those able to withstand the temperature of the average building fire, which is around 1,100°C. The likes of concrete, steel, glass and copper can all be considered fire-resistant, because their ignition point exceeds this temperature. Most plastics, on the other hand, have an ignition temperature of just 350°C–500°C.

The risks of plastic piping

Plastic is often used for the pipes that supply water, heating and sprinkler systems in buildings. Plastic pipes have become a popular choice, particularly among plumbers and homeowners looking to conserve costs, with around 60% of water supply systems in newbuild homes in the UK made of plastic.

However, a mounting body of evidence is now shedding light on the fire risks associated with plastics, which have been found to spread fires and release dangerous toxins when exposed to high temperatures.

Most plastics are flammable and will burn when exposed to an open flame, releasing gases and smoke. Plastics made up primarily by carbon and hydrogen – which includes most plastics used in construction – burn very well.

The fire resistance of a particular plastic varies based on its composition and the type of flame that it’s subjected to. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), used widely for pipes, is less flammable than

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most other plastics but will still ignite in the event of a fire.

Other plastics like polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) will melt at temperatures of 130°C –160°C and catch fire at temperatures of 400°C or less. Due to the relatively low melting points of these materials, virtually all plastics must be specially treated with flame retardants before use.

Plastic pipe fumes

Plastic pipes have been found to release dangerous chemicals when exposed to high temperatures. These chemicals include chlorine dioxide, methyl chloride, and hydrogen chloride.

The harmful toxins released into the air by burning plastic have been linked to a vast number of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, as well as certain cancers and birth defects. Nearly six years on from the Grenfell fire, it was revealed that up to a dozen firefighters involved in tackling the blaze had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

What’s more, a recent study published in

Scientific Reports further elucidates the dangers of burning plastic faced by firefighters. The study, which surveyed over 10,000 serving firefighters in the UK, found that over 4% had received a cancer diagnosis, with the agespecific cancer rate up to 323% higher than that of the general population.

The body of research into the dangers of plastic fumes continues to grow, and the available data is already damning. Plastic building materials carry a real threat of severe health issues and even terminal illness when exposed to the temperature of a typical fire.

Copper credentials

With the mounting evidence of the fire dangers of plastic, natural materials such as copper offers the perfect alternative when it comes to reducing the risk of toxic fires.

As a solid material, copper is not considered flammable and only in powder form does the red metal present a serious risk to fire safety. This means that copper pipes can generally be relied upon to withstand a fire.

Copper’s natural fire resistance comes from its relatively high melting point of around 1,085°C, which exceeds the temperature of most building fires. It’s also considerably higher than the melting point of other building materials like plastic and aluminium. In addition, copper has a lower thermal expansion coefficient, meaning it retains its shape and structure when exposed to high temperatures. During a fire, copper pipes will expand only marginally, reducing the need for repairs following the fire. Comparing copper to popular plastic building materials like PVC, PE and HDPE, copper

can be trusted to resist ignition and retains its structural integrity in the event of a fire.

It’s time for the construction industry to prioritise the safety of buildings, rather than opting for the cheapest option meeting the minimum standards. Copper provides the toxic-free and noncombustible alternative that we need, making buildings safer now and for future generations.

Make the safe choice. Choose copper.

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Semicircular balcony demands resolved by Schöck

All apartments at the Triptych Bankside development, next to the Thames in Southwark, benefit from spacious balconies, with an emphasis on the quality of the finishes. However, their highly unconventional and dramatic semicircular profiling meant Schöck had to demonstrate its design expertise in meeting the structural load-bearing thermal break requirements.

Triptych Bankside is at 185 Park Street, in Southwark. It comprises three elegant building forms within a landscaped park setting and is a close neighbour of the Tate Modern, the Millenium Bridge and the Globe Theatre. The mixed-use development provides two residential blocks – fifteen and nineteen storeys respectively – along with office accomodation and creative workspace in a ten storey building. There are also retail and cultural amenities at ground level. A subtle twisting form, combined with undulating curved terraces wrapping around the exterior, affords the buildings a considered architectual elegance

– but central to the residential buildings design is also its ability to be adaptive and maximise both amenity space and local views. The development has a commitment to the local community too and Triptych Bankside is facilitating the delivery of 57 new, purpose-built almshouses, to be operated by the United St Saviour’s Charity, which has been working in Southwark since 1541. In addition the design reinstates the lost historic street, Emerson Place, which creates new pedestrian connections through the site to the River Thames and which features a continuous flow of green spaces including a central public square.

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“At present, no other UK product for concrete-to-steel applications meets these load-bearing requirements, or meets the current and future thermal performance required by building standards (Part L).“

Special demands need a special solution

The special demands of the Triptych Bankside semicircular balcony profiling required bespoke Isokorb T type SK units to be designed with specific postional load capacities, using built-in steel reinforcement. The T type SK is a complete system structural thermal break for minimising thermal bridges between cantilevered steel constructions on reinforced concrete components. Since it can be prefabricated to a large degree, installation time on the building site is reduced. Also, due to its superb loadbearing capacity, the engineering and structural design is ideal, even for heavy modern balconies. It is capable of absorbing large bending moments and shear forces; and is certified as a safe and verifiable solution through independent third party evaluations from the BBA and Oxford Brookes University. At present, no other UK product for concrete-to-steel applications meets these load-bearing requirements, or meets the current and future thermal performance required by building standards (Part L).

Minimising thermal bridging is critical

The entire project is built very much with sustainability in mind and minimising any risk of thermal bridging at the balcony detailing is critical for a number of reasons. Namely, local heat loss will result in more energy being required to maintain the internal temperature of the building. Also, low internal surface temperatures in the area of any thermal bridge can cause condensation and this in turn is likely to result in structural integrity problems. Mould growth too is a possible risk, which in a residential situation can cause asthma and allergies.

A dependable and fully compliant product range

The Schöck Isokorb range of structural thermal break solutions is the largest in Europe and in the UK helps projects meet full compliance with the necessary Building Regulations (and the impending Future Homes Standard criteria where relevant). In addition to the Isokorb type used on this project, there are also solutions for concrete-to-concrete, steel-to-steel, renovation projects, Passive House – and even a maintenance free alternative to wrapped parapets. All products have the security of independent BBA Certification, which provides NHBC approval. The temperature factor requirement (fRSI) used to indicate condensation risk, which must be equal to, or greater than 0.75 for residential buildings, is also easily met by incorporating the Isokorb.

Contact Schöck on 01865 290 890; or visit the website at for full details of the Isokorb range

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Above: Graphic of a typical T type SK installation (for a straight balcony) Below: Design for one of the balcony types

Office refit? Go to the wall to minimise energy costs, maximise floor space

With new agile working, more and more offices are being refitted- latest data reveals in Central London alone, more than 70% of office construction is refurbishment(1).

Gilberts Blackpool- the UK’s leading independent air movement specialist- has a pioneering ventilation solution, that optimises sustainable natural resources and cuts energy consumption. It has the added benefit of optimising useable floor space, and removing the need for suspended ceilings or exposed building services thus delivering an uncluttered working environment aesthetic.

The solution is Gilberts’ MFS stand-alone, hybrid ventilation solution. Essentially a natural ventilation unit that can operate solely on fresh air, it includes a quiet, low energy fan to supplement airflow only as conditions demand (such as the recent heatwave).

Installed through the external façade or window ( or the rooftop), Gilberts’ MFS mixes ‘used’ internal and fresh external air to ventilate the internal space providing free cooling with heat recovery and no risk of cross contamination.

A mixing damper within modulates airflow to allow the new, fresh air to mix with the warm exhaust air, thus extracting its heat without the need for an exchanger. The integrated low energy fan energises to blend the internal air, ensuring an even distribution of airflow, controlling CO2 levels without stratification. The smart Mistrale Control Unit (MCU) gives individual, automatic room control, requiring no occupier input to maintain the comfort levels within.

Each MFS unit can be accessorised with an LPHW coil to temper the air to provide Covid compliant ventilation without compromising the internal temperature, or filter boxes to control NOX and other pollutants (F2-7 or F7+). Integrated into the heating system- including heat pumps- Gilberts’ MFS can utilise the warmth generated from LPHW systems to warm or cool the internal space as needed without the need for radiators and all associated ancillary capital costs. Free night cooling is standard; a boost mode enables the air within the space to be “purged” for fast redress of air quality and temperature

As a solus ventilation unit, MFS costs as little as £5/ room/year(2) to operate. Using it as the means of room heating adds just £2.19/room/year(2). Its sustainable credentials are further enhanced by its design: the MFS range attains air leakage better than legislative requirements – 5m3/HR/m2, and a U value of 1W/m2/°C.  As with all Gilberts’ ventilation solutions, it delivers efficient weather performance via its bespoke louvre system (up to Class A). MFS has also been engineered to minimise embodied carbon

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MFS has already been proven to help achieve BREEAM Excellent(3), contributing points towards Energy and Health & Wellbeing.

From a design perspective, being at high level through the external façade, MFS airs the internal space without the need for a suspended ceiling to conceal ductwork. It enables high level architectural features to be exposed and highlighted without the intrusion of exposed ventilation systems. Its location through the façade and entrainment process also eliminates draughts and cold spots.

By using the MFS for heating there is no need for radiators, further freeing utilisation of the internal space and provision of clean, uncluttered aesthetics.

From a building owner perspective, MFS is cost effective to install, requiring no ductwork. Being primarily natural ventilation, it is attractive to potential occupiers from sustainability and operational cost perspectives. It maximises their use of the floor plan. This combination helps reduce churn rates.

“MFS helps simplify the complex issues architects are facing in todays’ fast-paced office design environment. In one unit, it delivers a highly cost-efficient, sustainable option, that liberates design of the internal space, from floor to ceiling, creating an internal environment that enhances the health & wellbeing- and therefore productivity- of staff.”

Find out more about MFS by clicking here

Founded 50+ years ago, privately owned Gilberts is recognised as a leader in commercial air movement. It is unique in having its own, on-site (85,000ft2) manufacturing facility, producing engineered solutions, with an in-house test centre. Technical expertise is supported with full in-house testing addressing air movement and combining with computational fluid dynamics CFD).

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Snickers Workwear Hoodies – built for comfort

Along with the Work Trousers range, these Hoodies and Sweatshirts are probably the most popular products among Snickers Workwear users. Designed specifically for professional craftsmen and women, they’re built for durability and comfort.

The ‘full zip’ or ‘overhead’ styles are ideal as mid-Layer working clothes. They’ll fit well with a jacket on chilly days and can be worn as an outer layer in the spring and summer months. You can choose from a selection of fabric options that include Polartec® micro fleece and cosy polycotton.

Street-smart and great for on-site work or leisure activities there’s over 40 styles and

a host of colours to choose from including the new khaki green option as well as Class 1 and Class 2 High-Vis. They’re also available with the unmistakable Snickers logo and are ideal for company profiling.

Getting more information on the Snickers

Workwear clothing range is easy. You can call the Helpline on 01484 854788; check out and or email

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MSA Safety sponsors Hard Hat Awareness Week 2023

Now in its fourth year, Hard Hat Awareness Week (HHAW) was specifically designed and created to encourage best practice around safety equipment, awareness of head injuries, and to educate on real-life impact scenarios.


manufacturer and supplier of safety equipment and

for the construction industry, MSA Safety has announced that it will be sponsoring the UK’s Hard Hat Awareness Week 2023, which takes place between 12-18 June.

As chief sponsor of Hard Hat Awareness Week, MSA Safety will be taking part in the event in a variety of ways, from roundtables and discussion panels to product demos – all with the aim of supporting the initiative’s efforts to highlight the criticality of wearing head protection when working in risky situations.

Russel Pieters, Senior Field Sales Manager for MSA, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be sponsoring Hard Hat Awareness Week this year, as a company that has a lasting heritage and huge focus on head protection helping to keep people safe whilst they work.”

Head protection is a critical issue that warrants greater attention. According to research conducted in the UK, around one in five of all fatal and non-fatal injuries are head related. This is compounded by unsafe habits. Despite hard hats being a critical component of keeping employees safe from harm, an MSA Safety survey revealed that nearly half of workers “rarely” or “don’t ever” wear a hard hat, while less than one in five wear a hard hat most of the time.


“HHAW is a great event which presents a fantastic opportunity to really raise awareness of the risks of not getting head protection right, as well as the benefits of choosing the best safety equipment for workers. At MSA we disregard the notion that hard hats serve one purpose. Physical safety is paramount, but there are many associated benefits of great head protection, from confident and happy workers to more productive and efficient businesses,” said Pieters.

Chris Tidy, Founder of Hard Hat Awareness Week, added: “We’re extremely pleased to welcome MSA Safety on board as key sponsor of HHAW. Manufacturers have such a fundamental role to play in ensuring the highest levels of safety when it comes to head protection, so we’re excited to have such a formidable player in safety strongly represented during this year’s edition. MSA has been really forthcoming in their support of what we’re trying to achieve.”

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Aluprof Redefines Energy Efficiency with the Launch of a New Window and Door System

Successor to the company’s highly popular MB-70 system, the highly anticipated new system provides excellent thermal insulation properties within a 70mm frame. With a Uw starting at just 0.72 W/(m2K) and available as an open in/out window or door and fixed light arrangements, the system is set to become a favourite with many specifiers offering exceptional performance, durability, and aesthetics for both residential and commercial projects.

Thermal efficiency of the new system is achieved through the use of advanced thermal break technology, multichamber profiles and highquality insulation materials, which help to create a highly effective reduction of thermal conductivity for heat transfer. These features help create a comfortable and energy-efficient indoor environment all year round.

The MB-79N aluminium system joins a wide range of architectural aluminium systems provided by the leading European systems company. UK Managing Director, Wojciech Brozyna explains the design concept behind the new system, “The Aluprof product portfolio includes many popular systems favoured in the UK. However, our customers are asking us to reduce frame sizes and optimise the design to provide a competitive system. We believe the MB-79N system accomplishes that, and showing our commitment to the UK architectural market we have suited into the new system an open-out window arrangement as well. We believe it will be a gamechanger for architects, designers, and developers who prioritise sustainability, performance, and aesthetics in their projects.”

Similar to other Aluprof systems, the MB-79N profiles are available in three thermally efficient variants. The economical version, MB-79N E, features a one component central seal. The MB-79N ST version is offered with a two component central seal and the

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It is not often that a new aluminium system enters the market which ticks all the boxes, but the new MB-79N from Aluprof seems to do just that.

MB-79N SI variant is provided with a two component central seal along with inserts of thermal insulation cores. For external doors, Aluprof also offers the MB79N SI+ variant that comes with a internal perimeter gasket and insulation cores inside the profiles. Together with thermally efficient framing profiles the new system can accommodate double or triple glazed units up to 63 mm thickness in windows and up to 54mm thickness in doors. These options make it possible to specify common thickness of glazed units, including acoustic glazing.

Furthermore the MB-79N System is designed to offer security doors, rated RC1 to RC3 including the option of providing panel doors in a wide range of designs.

MB-79N is also compatible with two existing Aluprof systems, the MB-86 and the MB-104 Passive, both of which are well known to the company’s customers. These systems share the same accessories and gaskets with popular multi-point locking systems by renowned companies such as Roto, FUHR and GEZE.

Aluprof is a renowned brand in the UK construction industry, with a reputation for delivering highquality aluminium systems that meet the evolving needs of the market. The MB-79N system is backed by extensive research, development, and testing, ensuring compliance with the latest industry standards and regulations. Aluprof UK also provides comprehensive technical support, including specification and design assistance, installation guidance, and after-sales service, to ensure a smooth and successful implementation of the MB-79N system in any project.

Further information about systems and specification support is available through the company’s website at or direct from their UK head office in Altrincham by phoning +44 (0) 161 941 4005.

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FEIN announces new grinding range to elevate industry safety and performance

FEIN, the leading power tools and accessories manufacturer, has announced a new grinding product range, revealing new safety and performance features to meet the latest user needs.

Following the launch, power tool operators working across disciplines will be able to choose from the extended range of over 40 grinding tools, with corded and cordless options available. The range has been developed as a result of first-hand industry feedback, to provide a product suitable for every application, for example, angle grinding, die grinding and stainless-steel processing.

The portfolio includes the launch of the CG 15 compact angle grinder - the first of its class to feature a fully encapsulated, brushless FEIN PowerDrive motor. The tool’s powerful, yet efficient, 1500W motor and superior power-to-weight ratio allow user to operate with superior efficiency and endurance. Furthermore, the angle grinder has been designed with cost and longevity considerations in mind, it requires fewer wearing parts, has longer service intervals and incurs lower maintenance costs throughout its life.

The CG 15 grinder also offers users extensive protection through a variety of safety features which were driven by user feedback, including restart protection, kick back check, jam monitoring and an efficient brake which brings the tool to a stop in less than 2 seconds.

Safety remains an important topic in the industry, with grinding tools classified by RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) as one of the most dangerous tools, with 5,400 injuries recorded annually. FEIN’s Protago high-safety angle grinder, featured in the grinding tool range, was created in collaboration to set new safety standards in the industry. Bouygues, the construction giant, had previously banned the use of compact angle grinders following a serious accident, however, together

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with FEIN, the teams developed the Protago with safety features that almost fully eliminate the serious risks associated with improper operation.

The Protago, in addition to 9 other tools in this launch, is now available on the 18v AMPShare battery platform, powered by Bosch. The multi-brand shared system allows users to power over 200 different tools from over 30 brands with just one AMPShare battery, eliminating the costly requirement to purchase a specific battery type per tool.

Speaking on the grinder range extension, Andy Mills, managing director at FEIN UK shared: “Our grinder portfolio was developed as

a result of our application-based approach at FEIN, which means that we are out in the industry meeting users to gain a detailed understanding of their working environments and the challenges they are facing to ensure that our products are meeting their needs. By continuing this approach with our grinding tools and this development, we are really proud to be offering users the right product for every application.”

“This grinding tool launch will also see an additional 10 FEIN products becoming available on AMPShare. We are really excited to see our customers responses to this development because we know how the shared battery system makes

their lives easier and enables them the freedom to pick the best tool for the job – and we will be continuing to make our products available on AMPShare throughout the year.”

FEIN has a rich history in providing application-based solutions for end-users across metalworking sectors. With over 150 years’ experience in manufacturing power tools, FEIN is research and innovation-led, continuing to meet the industry’s needs with new product features year after year.

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DEWALT® Introduces New

20V MAX* Brushless 1/2 in. Drill/Driver and 20V MAX*

Brushless 1/2 in. Hammer Drill for a Variety of Drilling and Fastening Applications

DEWALT, a Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) brand and leader in total jobsite solutions, today announced a new 20V MAX* Brushless 1/2 in. Drill/Driver (DCD793) and Hammer Drill (DCD798). Engineered for optimal speed, control and precision in a multitude of jobsite applications, the drills each feature a two-speed transmission, a variable speed trigger and a 1/2-in. metal ratcheting chuck.

Designed with an efficient brushless motor and 2 in. shorter in length** (compared to the DCD771) at 6.38 inches, the 20V MAX* Brushless 1/2 in. Drill/Driver delivers up to 16% more power*** (compared to

the DCD771) and can be used for a variety of applications. The 20V MAX* Brushless 1/2 in. Hammer Drill features an integrated hammer mode function and is 1 in. shorter in length† at only 6.93 in. (tool head length only). This hammer drill quickly drills into materials, including wood, masonry and metal, with up to 28,050 bpm in hammer mode for masonry drilling. Each tool produces 404 unit watts out of power†† with up to 1,650 RPM (noload) and features an on-tool LED.

The 20V MAX* Brushless 1/2 in. Drill/Driver and 20V MAX* Brushless 1/2 in. Hammer Drill will be available in March as bare tools and in kitted options. The kitted options will include a DCB203 battery and charger (for the bare tool options, the battery and charger will be sold separately).

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* Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

**The DCD793 is over 2 in. shorter in length compared to DCD771, tool head length only.

***The DEWALT DCD793 with a DEWALT DCB203 battery (sold separately) provides up to 16% More Power vs. DEWALT DCD771 with a DEWALT DCB203 battery (sold separately).

† DCD798 is over 1 in. shorter in length compared to DCD778, tool head length only.

†† Based on using DCB203 battery

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New tools boast 404 unit watts out of power and up to (no-load) 1,650 RPM.

BP & Centrica plan huge Northern England hydrogen projects

Multiple hydrogen projects, valued into billions of pounds, are being pursued in northern England by large global energy companies such as BP, Centrica, Lhyfe and Equinor.

UKenergy policy revisers have increased Britain’s hydrogen target production aim of 5GW to 10GW. Widening the role of hydrogen in UK decarbonisation efforts signifies that it could potentially be used as a source of heat for commercial and domestic properties across certain regions in England.

Comments Rinnai’s Chris Goggin, “Northern England could be linked by a chain of hydrogen production facilities that produce carbon reducing energy resources. It is therefore feasible that hydrogen will be used as a source of heat for domestic and commercial properties across northern England and North Wales – and this could be kickstarting a potentially greater UK wide hydrogen network”

UK international energy companies BP and Centrica as well as several other large global energy companies are planning on several huge hydrogen projects across northwest and northeast England. Northern England will be connected to various high output hydrogen production facilities increasing the likelihood of widespread consumption in domestic and commercial capacities.

Norwegian state-owned oil and gas company Equinor has submitted a bid for UK governmental funding of £16 million with the aim of constructing a blue hydrogen facility in the Humber region of England. A final investment decision will be made in 2025 on the Hydrogen to Humber (H2H) Production 2 site.

Equinor also plan to install a further blue hydrogen facility close

to their H2H project. The Saltend project will begin operations in 2028 if construction and approval processes are not complicated by unforeseen events.

Both Saltend and Humber projects will use natural gas to produce blue hydrogen and utilise CCUS technology (Carbon Capture & Underground Storage) that will detain a vast majority of created emissions. Equinor also received £8.4 million in government funding, a figure matched by private investments to begin Saltend construction.

BP (British Petroleum) is pursuing an additional blue hydrogen facility in northeast England. H2Teesside will target 1GW of hydrogen production by 2030 with a final investment decision being made in 2027.

BP is further planning a green hydrogen facility located in northeast England - HyGreen Teesside. Production aims to be operational by 2025. Initial capacity will be around 80MW. BP will pursue a future planned expansion of up to 500MW.

Other notable hydrogen projects include Centrica transforming their offshore gas storage facility –Rough, into a hydrogen and natural gas storage installation. Centrica’s Rough facility consists of a partially depleted gas field in the Southern North Sea, 18 miles off the east coast of Yorkshire.

Once modifications are complete

Rough will be the world’s largest hydrogen storage facility and is a further example of hydrogen’s potential prominence in northern

England’s future energy mix. Investment by Centrica to convert their storage facility is thought to be around £2 billion.

A final hydrogen project located in, or around north England is a collaboration between French hydrogen company Lhyfe and Centrica. Both companies will work together to produce offshore wind generated green hydrogen. The initial pilot project will be located in the southern section of the North Sea.

Northeast and northwest England will soon have multiple hydrogen clusters and large hydrogen production projects becoming operational, including HyNet Northwest, a £750 million blue hydrogen joint venture project that includes big companies such as Cadent, Essar Oil UK and Eni UK.

The north of England will be linked by a chain of hydrogen production facilities that produce carbon reducing energy resources. It is therefore feasible that hydrogen will be used as a source of heat for domestic and commercial properties across northern England and North Wales.

As part of Rinnai’s H3 range of products that have been adapted to suit modern decarbonising customer requirements, hydrogen ready boilers that accept hydrogen blends and 100% hydrogen are available for purchase. Rinnai will continue to provide customers with detail regarding potential future energy shifts that may affect customer options.

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Rinnai’s h3 decarbonisation offers pathways & customer cost reductions for commercial, domestic and off-grid heating & hot water delivery

Rinnai’s H3 range of decarbonising products include hydrogen / BioLPG ready technology, hybrid systems, and a wide range of LOW GWP heat pumps and solar thermal. Also, within Rinnai’s H3 range is Infinity hydrogen blend ready and BioLPG ready continuous flow water heaters which are stacked with a multitude of features that ensure long life, robust & durable use, customer satisfaction and product efficiency.

Rinnai’s range of decarbonising products - H1 / H2 / H3 - consists of heat pump, solar, hydrogen in any configuration, hybrid formats for either residential or commercial applications. Rinnai’s H3 range of products offer contractors, consultants and end users a range of efficient, robust and affordable decarbonising appliances which create practical, economic and technically feasible solutions. The range covers all forms of fuels and appliances currently available - electric, gas, hydrogen, BioLPG, rDME solar thermal, low GWP heat pumps and electric water heaters.

Rinnai H1 continuous water heaters and boilers offer practical and economic decarbonization delivered through technological innovation in hydrogen and renewable liquid gas ready technology.

Rinnai’s H1 option is centred on hydrogen, as it is anticipated that clean hydrogen fuels will become internationally energy market-relevant in the future; Rinnai water heaters are hydrogen 20% blends ready and include the world’s first 100% hydrogenready hot water heating technology.

Rinnai H2 – Decarbonization simplified with renewable gas-ready units, Solar Thermal and Heat Pump Hybrids. Rinnai H2 is designed to introduce a practical and low-cost option which may suit specific sites and enable multiple decarbonisation pathways with the addition of high performance.

Rinnai H3 – Low-GWP heat pump technology made easy - Rinnai heat pumps are available for domestic and commercial usage with an extensive range of 4 - 115kW appliances.

Rinnai’s H3 heat pumps utilise R32 refrigerant and have favourable COP and SCOP.

Rinnai is a world leading manufacturer of hot water heaters and produces over two million units a year, operating on each of the five continents. The brand has gained an established reputation for producing products that offer high performance, cost efficiency and extended working lives.

Rinnai’s commercial and domestic continuous flow water heaters offer a limitless supply of instantaneous temperature controlled hot water and all units are designed to align with present and future energy sources. Rinnai condensing water heaters accept either existing fuel or hydrogen gas blends. Rinnai units are also suited for off-grid customers who require LPG and BioLPG or rDME.

Rinnai products are UKCA certified, A-rated water efficiency, accessed through multiple fuel options and are available for purchase 24/7, 365 days a year. Any unit can be delivered to any UK site within 24 hours. Rinnai offer carbon and cost comparison services that will calculate financial and carbon savings made when investing in a Rinnai system. Rinnai also provide a system design service that will suggest an appropriate system for the property in question. Rinnai offer comprehensive training courses and technical support in all aspects of the water heating industry including detailed CPD’s. More information can be found on Rinnai’s website and its “Help Me Choose” webpage.

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First despatch at Desford: Europe’s biggest brick factory begins rollout

The first bricks have now been despatched from the biggest and most efficient manufacturing plant in Europe, Forterra’s new Desford factory in Leicestershire.

Forterra's first despatch numbered 23,740 bricks

The leading building products manufacturer has invested £95 million into future-proofing its Desford factory to achieve outstanding overall equipment effectiveness while upgrading production capacity to a massive 185 million bricks per year, ensuring it becomes the largest, most efficient brick factory across the UK and Europe. Situated just two miles from the M1 and with excellent transport links, the new Desford site will offer a range of red and buff bricks designed to meet the demands of UK housebuilders.

For Desford’s first despatch, 23,740 Cheshire Red Multibricks were packed onto trucks from Forterra’s Euro 6 fleet, which uses the ultra-fuel-efficient i-save engine to reduce emissions while delivering top transport efficiency.

The first two batches of bricks were delivered to Taylor Wimpey, one of the UKs largest housebuilders. Once the Desford factory opens to full operating capacity, it will despatch over 1,000 packs of bricks per day and produce enough bricks to build 24,000 new homes per year, competently meeting the demands of the housing sector.

Incorporating state-of-the-art innovations with sustainability mechanisms, robotics hardware and advanced packaging solutions, the factory upgrade is set to emit approximately 25% less carbon dioxide per brick than the old factory, a reduction in emissions that is well in line with the industry drive towards sustainable production.

“With ambitious ESG targets for 2030, we know that sustainability has to be approached holistically,”

says Neil Ash, CEO of Forterra, “which is why at Desford we’ve incorporated advanced sustainability mechanisms across all aspects of production, packaging, and delivery.

“The factory’s impressive production capacity will ensure we can manufacture hundreds of millions of bricks per year using a process that has been streamlined to be efficient and sustainable while satisfying the ongoing demands of our customers.

“The Desford factory complements several other investments and developments Forterra have made over the past year, such as a solar farm, which will render 70% of our power usage electric by 2025; a new eco-fleet of trucks, which will reduce our transportation emissions; and new packaging solutions, which place us a step closer to our goal of attaining a 50% reduction in single-use plastics by 2025.

“We’re delighted that the first load of bricks has been dispatched, and eagerly await the full factory opening in May.”

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First bricks being loaded onto the Ultra-Efficient I-save truck

Increasing environmental responsibilities and sustainability targets are driving the construction industries ongoing needs for cost effective, easy to use solutions for dealing with wastewater onsite. Sites need quick replies, concise information, simple transactions and deliveries without hassle. For the past 9 years Kelly Tanks has enjoyed providing all of these whilst building a large customer base, expanding their team and facilities, and responding to customer demand with innovative new products year on year.


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• Fast and Simple to Set up

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• Units can be linked to handle range of flows, pumps sizes & particle characteristics

• Easy to Maintain and Monitor equipment

• Reduce off-site disposal costs

• Reduce risk of pollution

• Easy to use equipment

Mark, Kelly and team KT provide a selection of Water Treatment and Concrete Washout Solutions for hire or purchase. Their popularity and proven track record is a result of providing the kit you need, in the manner you want, at a price you’re happy with. Match this with their eager to please attitudes and above and beyond aftercare and its easy to see why their customers keep returning.


Various concrete washout solutions, to allow concrete trucks and equipment to be washed off safely onsite, including closed loop washwater recycling, washwater filtration sacks, pH correction, robust washout trays and skip washouts.


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Automated daily prevention for concrete drum build-up. Using recycled or fresh water the highly efficient electric driven pump combined with the water jets at the tip of the boom remove the days build up before it hardens. DrumBlaster Build-up Control Technology incorporates an extendable boom with a rotating head allowing the mixer drum to remain stationary.


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Kelly Tanks take pride in the quality of their products and have a classy approach to customer service making them a real pleasure to deal with. If you weren’t able to experience their hospitality for yourself at Hillhead this year, you can catch them again at the Contamination Expo, Birmingham NEC in September. If you need anything in the meantime give them a call on 01889 508944, email or check out their website

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Avoid cheap workwear and invest in sustainable protective wear to reduce your carbon footprint.

satisfying a conscious buying decision made by individuals and businesses. They believe they are investing in a cost-effective solution and saving themselves money. But cheap protective wear comes with a hidden cost –because of its short life cycle it’s not sustainable and our environment pays the price.

The BBC Reported recently that the latest dumping ground for our unwanted clothing is the rapidly growing Fast Fashion graveyard in Chile’s Atacama desert.1 Traders in Chile import unwanted clothes of all types mainly from Europe and the US, to resell both locally and to other Latin American nations. But more than half of the 60,000 tonnes of clothes imported into Chile each year ends up in illegal desert landfills, with dire consequences for the environment and the local communities.

Sadly, it’s typical of an all too familiar story in our throw-away culture of how the demand for Fast Fashion is contributing to long-term waste and seriously impacting the environment. While it’s a relatively new buzzword, Fast Fashion is certainly at the heart of the sustainability debate in the clothing industry. As far as protective wear is concerned and, especially given its short lifecycle, cheap protective wear is effectively becoming its own kind of Fast Workwear.

Fast Fashion is cheap clothing produced to satisfy a short-term mass-market demand. That’s precisely what Fast Workwear - cheap protective wear - does. It fulfils a demand for low-cost working clothes and PPE,

So just how big is the throw-away clothing problem in the UK? It’s said that each Briton owns an average of 115 garments and that the UK is the fourth largest textile-waster in Europe. In 2018, £12.5 billion worth of the UK’s clothes went to landfill. Sadly, most consumers are blissfully unaware that the clothing industry is resource-intensive. Globally, the Fast Fashion industry uses 1.5 trillion tonnes of water each year and, given the volume of chemicals used in its manufacturing processes, it is the second biggest polluter of water supplies and also responsible for 10% of global carbon dioxide emissions. What’s more, these figures are not about to start decreasing given that the demand for raw materials in the industry is expected to triple by 2050.2

Pioneering sustainable practices.

The leading protective wear brands are beginning to think carefully about sustainability by considering the processes and resources required to make clothing. They are also advocating buying better-quality garments that will last longer and incorporating recycled fibres into their fabric and garment materials technology thereby reducing our plastic footprint.

For the likes of the Hultafors Group and particularly its protective wear

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brand Snickers Workwear, the transition to adopting sustainable business practices and product development is a priority. The linear business principle followed by some cheaper clothing and footwear brands is essentially a ‘take, make, dispose’ practice in which raw materials are taken to make products, and once they have reached the end of their useful life, they are disposed of – without any consideration for cost and impact.

Snickers Workwear’s philosophy is to ‘Reduce, reuse, recycle’ and turn waste into workwear. It’s an approach which involves reducing the resources used during a product’s manufacture and striving to keep these products in effective use for as long as possible.

Snickers Workwear’s vision is to be at the forefront of sustainability by using smarter solutions and technologies, including sourcing the highest quality, most hard-wearing products in its AllroundWork, FlexiWork, Litework and RuffWork ranges with as little environmental impact as possible.

Some of the steps the brand is taking to improve its environmental performance include:

• Prioritising premium materials for premium products through their internal and external supplier assurance process (Show OEKOTEX and Blue Design logos)

Peter Dumigan, managing director of the Hultafors Group UK writes:
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• Prioritising Preferred Fibres which are those that have more sustainable properties in comparison to conventional options.

• Recycling man-made materials such as nylon and polyester fabrics to create new, Preferred Fibres that have the same performance levels in comfort, flexibility and durability as the originals.

• Ensuring garments made from Preferred Fibres deliver high levels of durability and comfort, because creating hard-wearing products with a long product lifetime is key to reducing waste.

• Choosing the most appropriate fibre to achieve a long tire-time for different types of garment - this might include man-made materials, such as nylon and polyester, that can easily be recycled to create new raw material with the same performance level as the original virgin material.

• Committing to conscious cotton choices with a goal of sourcing 80% of cotton as more sustainable cotton by 2023.

• Driving demand for Better Cotton, and initiative which positively impacts farmers and the environment, see

• Using a more sustainable colouring processes that significantly reduce water, chemicals and energy use – commonly referred to as dope dye.

• Using ‘Mulesing-Free’ Merino Wool to prevent animal cruelty

How can you make a difference?

As manufacturers navigate the complex and challenging transition to more circular and sustainable business models, you can support them by evaluating environmental standards within your supply chains and valuing those companies who are committed to improving sustainability. Things you can do include:

• Avoid Fast Workwear and cheap protective wear products.

• Get to know your supply chain and seek out socially and environmentally conscious trusted suppliers

• Invest in quality workwearselect products that are built to last that can be kept in use as long as possible

• Work with suppliers on how to extend the lifespan of a garment. Responsible suppliers will be able to advise you and support you in increasing a product’s lifespan

• Educate workers on the importance of looking after products to extend their longevity. It is said to be easier to select new garments than wash or maintain existing garments in some

workplaces. Therefore, consider whether employees need support in looking after garments or if a maintenance service is an option.

• Look for the labels. Ask whether adopt the Better Cotton, OEKOTEX, Blue Design or any other standards which can provide reassurance that high environmental standards are being followed throughout their supply chains.


Increasing levels of awareness about the impact of waste on our environment will surely have an impact on the clothes people choose for work in years to come. For Snickers Workwear, this sustainable product development and initiatives for Turning Waste into Workwear is being be applied to every new product in the Snickers Workwear collection. It brings additional assurance that the Snickers Hallmarks of design, comfort, functionality and durability will not be compromised in any way.

Snickers Workwear’s objective is to ensure that by 2030, 70% of the fabrics used are Preferred Fibres – those with sustainable properties and a lower environmental footprint. As early as 2023, the company will be at 40% - a significant achievement by any measure. This will deliver full manufacturing transparency, traceability and thus reduce our climate impact and prevent waste from going into landfill.

Sustainable garment manufacturing aligned with conscious, sustainable buying decisions holds great promise in helping us to achieve our climate goals and secure the health of the planet for future generations. But we must work together to be successful. If you are looking for partners in sustainability and protective wear products that will help reduce your carbon footprint, please contact the Hultafors Group UK to see how you can collaborate on accelerating positive change.

Peter Dumigan is managing director of the Hultafors Group UK, which owns Snickers Workwear, Hultafors Tools, EMMA, Solid Gear and Toe Guard safety footwear as well as Hellberg Safety PPE.



First Mats Unveils New and Improved IBC Bunds Range, Offering Customers Greater Choice and Savings

First Mats, Birmingham’s leading workplace products specialist, today announced the launch of their revamped range of Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) Bunds.

The company has expanded its offerings, providing customers with a more diverse and complete selection of products at significantly reduced prices. The new IBC Bunds fully comply with UK regulations and have a three-year guarantee on many products.

IBC Bunds are essential containment systems designed to prevent leakage and spillage of hazardous materials stored in Intermediate Bulk Containers. These containers are commonly used to transport and store chemicals, oils, and other potentially harmful substances. Bunds play a crucial role in minimising the risk of environmental damage and ensuring workplace safety.

“We are proud to present our new range of IBC Bunds, which offers our customers an even better selection of high-quality, compliant containment products,” said Richard O’Connor, Marketing Director at First Mats. “We have worked tirelessly to develop this new range that meets industry standards while offering significant cost savings for our customers.”

Customers can conveniently order their new IBC Bunds from the First Mats website or by contacting the award-nominated sales and support team.

About First Mats

First Mats is a Birmingham-based workplace products specialist dedicated to providing highquality products and outstanding customer service. With years of experience in the industry, First Mats offers a comprehensive range of products, including IBC Bunds, safety matting, and a wide variety of workplace essentials. The company is committed to ensuring the highest standards of safety and compliance for businesses across the UK.

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5 Great Reasons to See Pittman on stand SH1834 at Safety & Health EXPO, Excel 16 – 18 May

SlowStop® – protect your people and property with the strongest flexible protection available on the market. These rebounding bollards, barriers and column protectors combine all steel pipe and a unique elastomer. This means assets & employees are protected but also with less damage to vehicles and floors. This modular system is quick to install and easily customised. Our Type 3 Bollard is rated for a 20 tonne load travelling at 5.8 km/h!

Black Bull – looking for a one stop solution for warehouse protection guards? Black Bull offers a comprehensive range of warehouse bollards, hoop guards and railing systems. Our best-sellers include Black Bull pallet rack protectors and column guards. Need it fast? Best of all – we have most of the range in stock in our UK warehouse so we can offer next day delivery on many items. Ask us about our selection of impact protection foams, line marking systems and convex mirrors again with super fast delivery.

HGV Wheel Stop – tired of damage to buildings from reversing trucks, had enough of repairing palisade fencing after trailer impacts? See our best-selling HGV Wheel

Stop on stand SH1834. With a quick simple install these recycled rubber kerbs are ideal for logistics parks, distribution centres, warehouses and overnight truck parks.

Slow Down! – keep pedestrians safe and reduce accidents with our specialist range of modular speed bumps and traffic calming systems. Our experts can advise on the best solution for your site, even for heavy HGV traffic. Our modular systems include speed bumps, humps, refuge islands and even complete pedestrian crossings.

Tired Feet? On show will be our best selling Cushion Trax anti-fatigue mat ideal for factories, warehouses and retail. This heavy duty anti-fatigue mat comprises 12mm of microcellular foam, covered by a PVC laminate which increases lifespan and gives an anti-slip surface. Anti-fatigue mats are generally recommended for employees who stand in the same position for more than 2 hours per day. The microcellular foam allows increased blood flow to the lower limbs, reducing fatigues, insulates from cold floors and therefore boost employee well-being and productivity. Come along to stand SH1834 and try it for yourself!

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