Clearview National April 2017 - Issue 185 - Page 33

INDUSTRYNEWS Official charity partner announced » » CRASH, THE CONSTRUCTION industry’s charity, has been announced as Materials 2017’s official charity partner for the event. CRASH is a unique, practical charity that assists homeless and hospice charities with construction related projects. Good architecture is highly significant to the way that we think, feel, and behave. This is particularly true for those who are homeless or terminally-ill as well as those who work with them. CRASH contributes by facilitating certain processes around the construction of such buildings by sourcing free of charge professional expertise, building materials, and the technical knowledge to use them, as well as awarding cash grants to relevant causes. Materials 2017 event director, David Schindler, said: “In the UK, rates of homelessness are rising with an estimated 185,000 individuals currently without stable accommodation. In addition to this there are 200,000 people who rely on hospice support per annum. Such figures demonstrate a burning need for suitable buildings and this ‘200,000 people who rely on hospice support per annum’ is why Materials 2017 has decided to partner with CRASH - an organisation that helps to facilitate and deliver building and architectural services to such worthy causes. It is imperative to raise the profile of organisations that carry out such valuable work, and this is what we hope to achieve through our partnership.” Among CRASH’s patron companies are Aecom and Forterra, who will also be present at Materials 2017 as speakers in the event’s conference. Materials 2017 is the new conference and exhibition coming to London in April. This highly focused event will provide just the right climate for those involved in new-builds, refurbishments, and renovations to find out more about the companies who are pushing the boundaries of possibility when it comes to material specification. Incorporating conference talks, exhibition hall, CPD seminars and many more networking opportunities, Materials 2017 is a must-visit event for all industry professionals, enabling them to meet face-to-face, engage in social conversation, and expand business relationships with top materials manufacturers. Held at the ILEC Centre, London on the 25 and 26 April 2017, Materials 2017 gathers leading construction professionals into one central venue, easily accessible via car or public transport. What’s more is that Materials 2017 is completely free to attend for delegates and competitive prices are available for sponsor and exhibitor packages. STRONG SALES DRIVE FACTORY EXPANSION » » APEER HAS ANNOUNCED completion of a major expansion programme at the company’s six-acre site in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. It includes showroom, training and production facilities in response to significant expansion across each of the company’s product ranges. The work has been completed after 12 months and an investment of almost half a million pounds. An extension to the main factory of almost 10,000 feet² (930 metres²) has expanded the Lumi production area to deal with the expanding sales of this award-winning window and door system. Since the trade launch of Lumi, the company’s range of customisable, matching frameless windows, bi-folds and doors with edge-to-edge glazing, at the 2016 FIT Show, sales are forecast in the current year of £2.6 million with ambitious growth predicted ahead. A showroom and dedicated training facility have also been completed for the purpose of inducting new customers and their staff. This impressive area includes a Lumi ‘house’ that allows the installation of Lumi windows and doors at ground and first floor levels, with a showroom set with typical interior scenes installed with Lumi windows and doors. Apeer Doors sales, in the meantime, have been growing exponentially and consistently over a number of years, with a forecast 35% increase in the current year alone being the key factor behind an expansion of the production facilities for the company’s composite doors. A number of new products will be launched at the FIT Show in May, to further stimulate sales. The existing production area has been grown by 9,000 feet² (836 metres²) with an increase in both equipment and jobs, with Apeer continuing as one of the leading employers in the area. It is believed that this expansion now qualifies Apeer as the largest producer of British manufactured composite residential doors, including the production of its own slabs. The extension brings the Apeer factory to 140,000 feet2 (13,000 metres2), with plans to build a further 80,000 feet2 factory and showroom within the next two years, in line with further anticipated growth of the Lumi line. Apeer Managing Director, Asa McGillian, says, “This year, with a total of 14 trade but mostly consumer shows, we will be driving sales even harder and we need to be prepared for that.” C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » A P R 2017 » 33