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Building Products October 2017

SHOWCASE | COMPANY NEWS Flooring manufacturer gets ‘Excellent’ rating Norwegian production Carpet manufacturer gets plush rebrand facility completed 80 BUILDING PRODUCTS | OCTOBER 2017 Following Cadcoe’s new educational partnership with Dudley College of Technology, Trimble Solutions (UK) has offered its students access to Tekla Campus software, to help put theoretical studies into practice. The 16-week intensive course provides apprentices with knowledge of 2D and 3D design, prior to them joining the workplace full-time. An element of the course also focuses on Tekla software, which Dudley College has invested in, which means that apprentices will join their employers with the necessary skills and experience to work on in-depth design and detailing projects from day one. Daniel Leech, managing director at CADCOE, launched the training model 6 years ago. He said: “It has been brilliant to see the benefits employers are already reaping through gaining an apprentice, who is fully competent in Tekla software from day one. We are now looking forward to reducing the industry skills shortage even further, by providing students with an enhanced learning experience, through additional Tekla training resources in our new home at the Dudley College Advance II centre.” www.tekla.co.uk UK commercial and residential vinyl flooring manufacturer Polyflor has become the only flooring manufacturer to achieve an ‘Excellent’ rating for BES 6001 certification, a standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products as certified by the BRE. After being the first flooring manufacturer to obtain BES 6001 certification in 2015 with a ‘Very Good’ rating, Polyflor has further improved responsible sourcing procedures at their Whitefield and Riverside manufacturing facilities to successfully achieve the highest possible ‘Excellent’ rating. Steve Mulholland, manufacturing director, said: “We’re incredibly proud to have improved our BES 6001 rating to ‘Excellent’ this year, and to be leading the way in our industry as the first flooring manufacturer to achieve this important responsible sourcing standard. It has taken dedication and hard work from the Polyflor team to ensure that the economic, social and environmental impacts of our business are handled in the most ethical way. This standard is far ranging, encompassing many facets and departments of the business. We’re delighted to have reached this milestone in our commitment to sustainable development and we will continue to look for ways to make further progress.” www.polyflor.com European kitchen and bathroom wall panel manufacturer Fibo has completed construction of its £14 million production facility in Norway. The investment is good timing for Fibo UK, with strong growth happening within builders’ merchants nationally. Fibo currently supply wall panels to over 70,000 bathrooms a year across more than 10 European countries. The expansion of the Lyngdal factory, in South Norway, boosts Fibo’s capacity from 2.5 million m² to 8 million m² per year. The Norwegian facilities also has a 50% reduction in energy cost per m² from 2.5 kWh/m² to 1.1 kWh/m². Fibo’s wall panels are fitted directly to walls, including tiles, or onto stud partitioning. Fibo’s Aqualock system are quick and easy to install –with the company claiming they are up to five times faster than tiles. The tongue-andgroove system means that contractors do not need to subcontract the job to tilers, saving further time and money. Panels are manufactured to ISO 9001 quality standard and are available in a range of colours and finishes. Fibo wall panels come with a 15-year guarantee. www.fibo.co.uk UK’s fibre bonded carpet manufacturer Heckmondwike has had a company rebrand, with new shade cards, a new brochure and a re-designed website. With a new strapline - ‘Heckmondwike - Makers of Fibre Bonded Carpets’ - the company is celebrating 50 years of fibre bonded carpet manufacture for the education, commercial and health sectors. Recently released are shade cards for Heckmondwike’s Supacord, Broadrib, Hobnail, Wellington Velour, Iron Duke and Entrance ranges. A 20-page brochure presents the revitalised Fibre Bonded and Entrance ranges, demonstrating the company’s choice of colours and designs. In addition to the new literature, a number of colours have been added to Heckmondwike’s Hobnail, Iron Duke and Wellington ranges. The new website is launched in October, and features all Heckmondwike’s ranges, plus NBS specifications, BIM models, downloadable literature, notable case studies and installation and maintenance advice. Kathryn Keshmiri, marketing Manager at Heckmondwike, said: “We are really excited to be launching our new identity and support literature and website. With our new website, brochure and shade cards, we are making it even easier for the specifier or buyer to make the right choice for them.” www.heckmondwike-fb.co.uk Educational partnership a good fit for students


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