Clearview National March 2016 - Issue 172 - Page 12

INDUSTRYNEWS PVC-U HAS ROLE TO PLAY IN FLOOD RESILIENCE »»“THE EXTREME WINTER weather, having ruined Christmas for tens of thousands and likely to cost the country up to £1.5bn, serves to remind those concerned with sales and manufacture of PVCu building products of the important role it can play in designing in flood resistant and resilience into threatened homes”, says Chris Coxon, Head of Marketing at Eurocell. These are respectively referred to as ‘water exclusion’ and ‘water entry’ strategies by the Government. “While it would be a significant overclaim to say that PVCu windows and composite doors would play a major part in a ‘water exclusion strategy’, there is no denying that their inherent weather tightness would at least slow the ingress of water to a degree – and keeping low water thresholds at bay for even short periods may buy a little extra time for sandbagging, or a chance to move furniture, valuables and appliances out of the way”, continues Coxon. “However, PVCu products, including fittings such as plastic skirtings, have an unequivocal and obvious contribution to make to flood resilience: being resistant to twisting, swelling, shrinking, rotting or warping – unlike the many porous timber windows and doors undoubtedly wrecked in the recent deluges.” Call 0800 988 3049 or visit The story behind warm edge spacer Screenshot of SWISSPACER’s new videos »»SWISSPACER, A SAINT Gobain company, has two new videos that explain the origin and global reach of its business. Featuring Managing Director, Andreas Geith, and Marketing & Sales Director, Peter Appel, the videos also emphasise the outstanding performance of its market leading warm edge spacer bars and how they contribute to the energy efficiency of windows. In his video, MD Andreas Geith outlines how SWISSPACER was formed in 1998 to address the problem of heat loss through windows. Saint-Gobain had developed heat retaining glass but recognised that to improve the thermal performance of a window it needed an energy efficient insulating spacer bar. Spacers made of metal are a major source of heat loss, the weak link in an energy efficient window. So SWISSPACER developed a new metal-free compound, which gives the best warm–edge performance on the market and makes a real difference to energy bills. Awards for growth and excellence »»SWISH FABRICATOR, Building Product Solutions (BPS), celebrated the end of 2015 by winning two major awards – one regional, and one national. Both awards were presented to recognise the 50% growth in turnover that the company had enjoyed over the previous 12 months. At the end of October, BPS won the Business Growth Award at the Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards organised by Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce. The company, which was presented the award in front of 500 distinguished guests, was also highly commended in two other categories: Apprentice of the Year, and Manufacturing Excellence. “The judges recognised that we have increased our turnover by 50% in 12 months, and increased our staff from 24 to 65 over the same period,” explained Lynne Darwin, BPS sales director, 12 » M AR 2016 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M who was also shortlisted for the Business Person of the Year in the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. On top of that, Lynne was also named in The Manufacturer’s Top 100, and even singled out as an exemplar. “I am a big believer that if you get the right people you can do a lot of good things,” she said, “and it’s nice to get some recognition.” Andreas also touches on SWISSPACER’s future growth and international expansion. The company already has a strong presence in Europe and is established and looking to grow further in the USA and Asia. Using SWISSPACER can improve a window’s performance by 10-18%. SWISSPACER also prevents condensation. Watch the videos at