Clearview Midlands February 2014 - Issue 147 - Page 15

INDUSTRYNEWS INDUSTRY PREPARES FOR NEW STANDARDS DEAL OPENS A NEW ‘WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY’ The UK’s number one manufacturer of specialised glass carrying commercial vehicles was today trading under new ownership, following its acquisition by the fastgrowing Bevan Group. It is now ‘business as usual’ for the 20-strong company team at Supertrucks, who supply and fit glass-carrying bodies and ‘frails’ (racks) for rigid trucks and vans of all sizes. Supertrucks operates from a production facility in St Helens, Merseyside. It was founded in 1981 by former Chairman Peter Wright, who is staying on for the time being in a consultancy role. The decision by West Midlandsbased bodybuilder Bevan Group to purchase the business – for an undisclosed sum – comes less than a year after it launched its own glass carrying vehicle. Bevan quickly won orders for more than 70 units from two of the biggest names in the industry. However, as Managing Director Anthony Bevan acknowledges: “When it comes to designing and manufacturing systems that allow for the safe transportation of glass by customers from the glazing and related windows and conservatories industries, Supertrucks is the undoubted market leader.” To read more, visit The 2014 edition of the NHBC Standards, which provide the technical benchmark for all newlybuilt homes registered with NHBC, will soon be coming into effect for the UK’s house-building industry. The main change to the Standards, as previously announced by NHBC earlier in the year, will be the introduction of a new standard for Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems. Research by the NHBC Foundation found that the move to create more energy efficient homes and improve airtightness has led to around a quarter of new homes being fitte