The latest news from manufacturers includes shifts to China, more efficient wall insulation and the launch of new websites

  • The Collaborative Construction Compliance service has launched a website,, to help those engaged in refurbishment projects to navigate CDM regulations, asbestos management and compliance. The service is designed to cut costs and reduce the burden placed on clients and CDM co-ordinators. It offers help and advice, along with ways to manage contractor assessment and accreditation, waste planning and record documentation.
  • Shower maker Haven is shifting its manufacturing base from China to Britain. The firm is moving in with its sister company, Roman Showers, in its County Durham factory headquarters. Roman has been based in the UK since it was founded in 1985. Haven was set up in 2006, and the budget line’s showers were built in China to keep costs down. The move to the UK is happening because of the weakening of the pound against the dollar and the increasing cost of working in Asia.
  • Marley Plumbing & Drainage has launched a website,, with a clearer layout and the company’s new branding. Marley has improved the look and usability of the site and improved navigation so that people can get the information they need more quickly. Specifiers are able to access CAD National Building Specification clauses, literature and standards, and there is also a “quick links” section at the centre of the homepage. There is also a technical forum for people to ask questions about Marley products.
  • Saint-Gobain Weber has changed its Weber.therm external wall insulation expanded polystyrene system to make it more thermally efficient. The company says that replacing white EPS boards with grey ones has made the system 20% more efficient. It claims that the new grade polystyrene boards, which are grey in colour because of the graphite content, achieve a lambda value of 0.03 W/mK against the 0.038 W/mK value of white EPS boards. Weber.therm grey EPS boards are available in a standard size and in a range of thicknesses - from 20mm to 200mm.
  • Geze has updated the product guide and price list for its door and window control technology, with the aim of improving the way that architectural ironmongers and specifiers choose their products. The new detailed, illustrated, technical guide has information about the company’s range of door closers, window control systems, sliding door fittings and smoke and heat extraction systems. The guide includes technical drawings, application descriptions and finishes and is available in hard copy and online.