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New Cardiff distribution centre for Travis Perkins Increased choice Travis Perkins promises reduced delivery times as a result of the new RDC Glen Dimplex opens £2m laboratory Wolseley creates new business areas Three of the premier gas and electric fire brands - Robinson Willey, Valor and Faber - now have access to unrivalled research and development facilities thanks to a new £2 million laboratory that has been unveiled by parent company, Glen Dimplex. Located in Dunleer, Ireland, the new state-of-the-art facility comprises a suite of laboratories capable of undertaking all of the group’s electric and gas fire testing. 10 Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com BUSINESSNEWS New contracts manager appointed InSinkErator, manufacturer of food waste disposers and a leading brand of steaming hot water taps, has appointed Elaine Mead as contracts manager, UK. Elaine, who previously worked as InSinkErator’s kitchen retail manager, was promoted by managing director, Europe, Ashley Munden, with a specific brief to drive forward and expand the contracts side of the business. AUGUST 2013 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY New recruits for Robert Lee One of the UK’s largest independent bathroom distributors, Robert Lee, has recruited two new members within its sales team. Michael Brown (pictured left) has been appointed as field sales manager for the south of England. Meanwhile, Richard Church (right) has been appointed area sales manager for the south west. CEO named as NAPIT marks 21st year The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) has confirmed that Michael Andrews has been appointed new chief executive of the NAPIT Group. The official announcement was made as NAPIT marked the 21st anniversary of the company and as founder and CEO, John Andrews, along with Group director, Wendy Andrews, announced their retirement after over 20 years at the company. WWW.HPMMAG.COM Travis Perkins, the UK’s leading supplier of building and construction materials, is to open a new Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) in Cardiff. The investment supports the strategy of making its service available to even more customers, from the larger contractors down to the smaller tradesmen, and will include unrivalled product availability and reduced delivery lead times. The seven acre facility will serve a large proportion of the south west of England and Wales, connecting a sixth of the entire Travis Perkins merchant branch network with the widest range of heavy-side materials in the market. Due to open in the second quarter of 2014, the Cardiff RDC will operate 24 hours a day and serve 94 Travis Perkins branches. Once fully operational, the facility will also support businesses in the wider Travis Perkins Group, and deliver products directly to online customers eventually. The merchant’s investment in the locality is also expected to create up to 90 jobs. Kevin Appleton, chairman of Travis Perkins, said: “The opening of the RDC in Cardiff is exciting news, not just for our customers who will benefit from an even wider range of products and improved service, but for our employees who are part of a constantly-evolving company. Earlier this year, Travis Perkins revealed that it was to open another regional distribution centre in Warrington. Polypipe Plumbing & Heating is set to offer installers increased choice by supplying one of the widest ranges of application-driven products on the market today. James Bell, product manager for Plastic Plumbing, said: “In focus groups conducted by Polypipe, plumbers and heating engineers overwhelmingly told us that their priority is being able to understand what their customer wants, so they can deliver this to the best of their ability. “Installers don’t want to try to make something fit, they want to go out there with the best products and tools for the job in hand. They want to use a product that works because it was designed for a specific purpose. “We are designing everything around our customers and their needs.” Wolseley UK is creating two business areas - one specialising in above ground drainage and the other, in below ground drainage, for the civils and utilities markets. The new Burdens brand will focus on civils and utilities. As a result, 21 Drain Center branches (including five MCA branches), whose business primarily reflects these markets, will be rebranded as Burdens, joining forces with the existing 16 branch Burdens estate. The Drain Center brand will focus on the core specialism of above ground drainage for the RMI, residential and commercial marketplace, and 55 Drain Center branches, whose operations primarily reflect this area, will make up this business. To maximise its growth potential through access to a larger branch estate, it will be managed as part of Wolseley UK’s wider Plumb/Parts/William Wilson & BCG business group. Valor’s Gas technology director, Will Byrnes, said: “As market conditions remain challenging, it is critical that each of our brands is able to differentiate itself and turn customers’ heads. These new facilities will enable our new products programme to truly take flight.” Equipped with the latest in renewable technology, including heat recovery and solar applications, the facility also services the Asian, Australasian and American markets. Dedicated teams to provide better service Redring Xpelair Group is restructuring its field sales into two separate teams - one responsible for ventilation under the Xpelair brand and the other focusing on water heating products under the Redring, Galaxy and Creda brands. Mark Quigley (pictured), commercial director at Redring Xpelair Group, said: “By having dedicated sales and marketing teams focusing specifically on the different markets, we can compete more effectively and provide a better service to our customers. PEOPLENEWS


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