Clearview North May 2013 - Issue 138 - Page 24

INDUSTRYNEWS New social enterprise customer 4D Enterprises CIC is a new social enterprise company, and the latest customer for pioneering systems supplier Halo. 4D Enterprises CIC was set up by three former Remploy Building Products managers, and will continue to manufacture quality windows and doors, using Halo’s esteemed System10 profile, to provide sustainable employment, training and apprenticeships for disabled, disadvantaged, disaffected and disconnected groups from the borough of Oldham. Commercial Director Steve Bottomley explains: “As a Community Interest Company (CIC), 4D Enterprises intends to become a key social enterprise in the Oldham community, where th e profits the company generates are used to benefit employees, the local community and a host of other worthy local causes. In order for us to achieve this, we need to be manufacturing first-class PVC-U products, therefore Halo’s System10 was an obvious choice for us, due to its exceptional thermal performance and low U-values.” The VEKA UK Group’s Sales & Marketing Director, Colin Torley commented: “We are happy to support 4D Enterprises, and the values that it stands for. As a part of The VEKA UK Group, Halo is a firm supporter of local social enterprises and charities that offer a greater good for their surrounding communities.” Halo, 01282 716611, Photo credit: Oldham Evening Chronicle L-R : Mike Braddock, Steve Wright, Steve Bottomley, Patrick Mellor Stunning new website SWISSPACER, the UK and Ireland’s leading spacer bar supplier has a stunning new website. The new website went live on Monday 15th April to coincide with the start of the FIT Show. Designed with customers in mind, SWISSPACER’s new website has four separate user sections with tailored information for sealed unit makers, fabricators and installers, architects and specifiers and homeowners. The website features stunning imagery and comprehensive details about SWISSPACER’s innovative products such as SWISSPACER ULTIMATE, the ‘best warm edge spacer bar in the world’ and processing options such as Roweldo, a high precision welding machinery for large scale production. There is also helpful information on energy efficiency, Passivhaus and the Green Deal. The case studies give visitors examples of SWISSPACER in use ranging from the iconic 30 St Mary Axe building (known as London’s Gherkin) to domestic housing. Vic De Costa, SWISSPACER Sales & Marketing Manager (UK & Ireland) says: “We’re delighted with our new website. It will be a great reference and source of information for sealed unit makers, fabricators, installers, architects and homeowners wanting to find out more about SWISSPACER. Visit Members Praised for Improvements in Accident Reduction The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has announced today the results of its latest Accident Survey, which analysed 2012 data from BPF members. The survey, now in its sixteenth year, has become a highly valued benchmark for the safety performance of the plastics industry in the UK. A total of 122 BPF members participated, covering almost 24,000 employees. The survey indicates a general downward trend in number of accidents, which is excellent news for the industry. The most common accidents were caused by cuts and accidents caused by hitting a stationary object. Following closely in the rankings were injuries whilst handling, lifting or carrying and slips/trips/falls. The report also demonstrates the importance of the BPF’s role, particularly through its SIMPL (Safety in Manufacturing Plastics) initiative, which plays a significant part in raising Health and Safety standards. Mike Jones, Chairman of the BPF’s Health and Safety Committee said: ‘We still have a long way to go. One accident is one too many and the cost to industry and the person injured are significant not only in financial terms. No one should expect to go to work and leave with an injury or harmed in some other way.’ Jones added: ‘As the leading trade association representing the UK plastic industry, the BPF through its SIMPL strategy, is committed to supporting our industry in reducing the number of accidents that occur.’ For more information about the BPF’s Health & Safety seminar go to 24 THE MAY 2013 ISSUE SPONSORED BY DURAFLEX To read more, visit