Toilet seat maker Bemis has launched its Gallery Collection of moulded wooden toilet seats featuring designs by American artists Leslie Trewyn and Kathleen Savage. Nine designs are available, including the Chet, which features a cat on a black background, and the Bathtime Fun, which has a duckling in the middle of the toilet lid.
Water-heating products maker Heatstore has launched two unvented water heaters. The company says the 30- and 50-litre capacity units work directly from the water main, which means they do not need a separate cistern, and are suitable for supplying two or more outlets. The water heater is supplied with a pressure and temperature relief valve and comes with an expansion vessel.
Alumasc has added a surface water drainage solution called Slotdrain into its Harmer range. It is a single hollow metal channel with a narrow slot at the top for collecting water run-off in a range of environments. The company says it is suitable for sites with very little or no fall, can be used with all types of exterior surfacing materials and is supplied in continuous lengths for quick installation.
Tecroc Products has introduced a high strength, pourable grout. The product is called 100 Newton grout after its claimed compressive strength of 100 N/mm2, and is said to be easily applied and non-shrinking. The company says it is suitable for supporting or grouting applications including crane rail tracks, stanchion bases, ground anchors and bridge-bearing seats.
Movers and makers
- Modular buildings maker Yorkon has doubled production capacity at its York factory. The company can now make up to 600 apartments a year on a dedicated production line. The firm said the decision to increase capacity was a response to the success of its Murray Grove scheme for housing association Peabody Trust in London.
- The DTI has announced a £10m initiative to encourage homeowners and not-for-profit organisations such as housing associations and local authorities to install renewable energy technologies. Called Blue Skies, the initiative hands out grants for schemes including solar hot water, hydroelectricity and wind power. BRE has been awarded the contract to administer the two-and-a-half-year programme.
- Roofing and cladding maker Haironville UK has acquired West Midlands company Vulcan, which hand-makes metal architectural detailing. The company will be known as Vulcan Fabrications, and Haironville said the acquisition would enable it offer bespoke items to complement its existing product range.
- Acoustics specialist IAC has acquired rival Boet Stopson. IAC said the deal made sense on geographical grounds: Boet has facilities in France, Italy and Spain and IAC has operations in the UK, Germany and Denmark. The company now has a 70% larger presence in Europe. The company said there was a good fit in the type of product the two firms produce: it operates on the building structures whereas Boet Stopson is strong in the industrial and power generation sector.
- Systems building specialist Terrapin has granted steel maker Corus a five-year renewable licence to make its Prospex volumetric modules. Corus hopes that this will provide it with an opportunity to develop the market for off-site manufacturing, and that its manufacturing capacity will allow it to supply larger projects.
- Ordnance Survey is now allowing companies to reproduce its maps for an annual fee, starting at £47.50. The copyright licensing agreement will allow surveyors, architects and contractors to reproduce site plans for colleagues and clients, and OS maps in brochures, leaflets and fliers, providing they do not make a profit from reproducing the maps.
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