INDUSTRYNEWS Hot in the city On what was the hottest day of the year so far, in mid-July, Clearview magazine took the 2-hour train journey (which was gratefully air-conditioned!) to the country’s capital to celebrate Epwin Group’s 40 years of manufacturing at the launch of its new display at London’s Building Centre. »»WITH 40 YEARS OF manufacturing innovative and market changing building, door and window systems, in PVCu, GRP and thermoplastics, the company made a bold statement that it is continuing these traditions with more of the same, through the launch of the new display at The Building Centre, Store Street, London. First established in 1931, The Building Centre exists to promote innovation in the built environment and has developed to become a not-forprofit organisation dedicated to providing education, information and inspiration to all sectors of the built environment, as well as the general public. The building on South Crescent, Store Street, in central London, is open to all involved in architecture and construction. Many leading organisations, individuals and companies connected with environmental issues and building have chosen to make their home there, providing them with a central London location from which to target specifiers. Epwin’s creative new permanent Building Centre exhibition allows a snapshot of the Group’s products offered for commercial specification including the brand new PVCu window system Optima; a new flush tilt and turn window from Profile 22; products and systems offered with Building Information Modelling compliance; and a selection of low maintenance products that include bi-folding, patio and entrance doors together with ranges of low maintenance building trims and finishes, and rainwater, drainage and roofline products. At the core of everything Epwin produces is innovation, both in the design and application of the products but crucially, in terms of their environmental impact throughout their lifecycle. 24 » SE P 2016 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M The display also now includes products from Stormking and Ecodek, which joined the Epwin Group last year. Stormking manufactures products such as dormer windows, porch roofs and canopies and other components for the house-building sector whilst Ecodek manufactures a recycled, durable, wood polymer composite decking board system with a wide range of uses in building and construction. Epwin’s Marketing Manager Alan Calverley explains the goals of the new display: “With such a large portfolio of building products our task was to communicate the depth and breadth of the product ranges and also to allow the specifier an opportunity to learn the philosophy behind their development and production, achieving this with little more than a glance. We invite visitors to judge for themselves if we have succeeded.” And succeed they have. The stand’s design naturally navigates the specifier from one side to the other on a journey through a comprehensive package of commercial products, with examples in situ. The stand has generated a number of key tenders and specifications and has proven invaluable in supporting the Epwin Group’s work with its local authority clients.