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HPM May 2017

Uponor, the global provider of sustainable solutions for heating, cooling, infrastructure and building service applications, has chosen Watford as the location for its new UK HQ (right). The €1.1 billion company, which operates across more than 30 countries worldwide, has moved from Leicestershire, to its new home in Hertfordshire. UK managing director, John Fahy, said: “Our new HQ provides us with space to grow and has allowed us to create a customer experience centre where delegates can get to know our solutions first hand and gain insights into the projects we’ve helped to deliver worldwide. “The move is aligned to our focus on key customers and key market sectors. We will maximise the impact of our location to engage with target groups so that we can support them with an integrated specification that’s tailored to achieve their projects’ climate, water management and sustainability goals.” Uponor now has a 50+ strong team in the UK, including design Approximately 150 guests attended Geberit’s 2017 conference on April 5. Topics covered during a number of presentations included the company’s acquisition of Twyford, a look into the business and marketing strategies, and an overview of its newest products and latest venture into ceramics. Brent Hudson, product and technical director, said the latter would: “give the company some game changing advantages”. Brent went on to explain the way in which Geberit operates, using the idiom: ‘play the game, stay ahead of the game, and change the game,’ assuring its partners that it provided quality (play), offered new and interesting products (ahead), and looked at ways to be different from its competitors (change). and estimating teams in Watford and the company’s northern office in Huddersfield, and field-based sales teams across the UK. Stock holding and logistics will now be handled by a third party provider, ensuring consistent levels of rapid service and reliability, while streamlining the organisation to focus on its core business. John added: “The office move will help us to build on that reputation across our heating, cooling, and building services solutions, which include a wide product offering from major district heating schemes to solutions for single family homes. “Our new location will also help us to drive growth by focusing on key target sectors, including healthcare, education, commercial, residential and hospitality.” Later, Raffaela De Vittorio, marketing and brand director, recalled when she joined the company back in 2003, drawing attention to the progress and ongoing ethos of the company. “It was a time where the wall hung press system was in its infancy and frankly, quite a weird concept,” she said. “We had this little, old battered people carrier. We used to stuff it full of Duravit frames and pans and drive it around the country spreading the wall hung gospel. It was hard work, lots of heavy lifting, but there was a real entrepreneurial feel about the company. I’m really glad to say that feel is still in this business today, even now when we’re nearly pushing a £100 million turnover.” Pimlico Plumbers to spend £500k on HQ HPM was then taken to the new Geberit head office, which featured a 400m2 showroom of the new Geberit Bathroom Collection. This encompassed bathroom sanitaryware and furniture, Twyford bathrooms, Geberit AquaClean shower toilets, and a display of the company’s sanitary and piping systems. The facility also boasts a new purpose-built training academy, along with a two-storey installation tower (above), which highlighted good and bad plumbing practice. 15 BUSINESS NEWS Pimlico Plumbers, has embarked on a £500,000 construction project to increase capacity at its central London headquarters. The company is adding an extra storey to Pimlico House in Lambeth to create a further 10,000 square feet of space, which will enable the company to expand key departments across the business including the call centre and recruitment. Construction of the extension is due for completion by the end of summer 2017. Employing more than 335 staff, the additional space will enable the company to increase its headcount by another 20%. Uponor moves down south Geberit plays a good game People The Construction Products Association has named Carl Arntzen as its new chairman. He succeeds John Sinfield who has left after three years in the role. Daikin UK has strengthened its heating team with the appointment of a new product specialist, Neil Young. Due to an increased demand for design and technical advice, Marley Plumbing and Drainage has appointed Lloyd Winter as its new technical services manager. Alan Brooke is Grant UK’s new area sales manager in the south east. He will cover Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, South London, Kent, and the Isle of Wight. Charlie Mullins (centre) and staff with plans for the expansion of it Lambeth HQ www.hpmmag.com May 2017


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