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Kingspan makes list of 106 global “A Listers” for 3rd year
Company on track to reach target of 100% net zero energy by 2020, at 57% in 2016
CEO calls on companies to do more on greenhouse gas emissions
Kingspan has been named for the third year in a row on The Climate ‘A List’ by CDP, the international not-for-profit that measures the environmental impact of thousands of companies around the world. Kingspan is one of only two Irish companies to make the list of 112 companies, which includes Unilever, Microsoft, and Toyota.

Featuring on the ‘A List’ recognises Kingspan’s actions in the last reporting year to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy. In 2016 Kingspan passed the half way mark along its path to Net Zero Energy (NZE) by 2020, with renewable energy accounting for 57% of its total energy use. In the past 5 years Kingspan’s products have helped customers reduce their annual energy consumption by over 600 million megawatt hours– the equivalent to over 372 million barrels of oil.
The building sector contributes 30% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions and accounts for 40% of global energy consumption. Unless more action is taken by Governments and corporates, the United Nations Energy Programme (UNEP) predicts that greenhouse gas emissions are set to double over the next 20 years.
Thousands of companies are independently assessed against CDP’s scoring methodology in a report compiled at the request of 827 investors who represent $100 trillion of assets under management. Only 5% of the companies who submit information are awarded position on the Climate A List, in recognition of their actions to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change in the past reporting year.
Gene Murtagh, CEO of Kingspan said:
“This is our third year making the CDP A-list and I’m proud to be one of only two Irish companies to have achieved this challenging standard. Progress towards our goal of operating at Net Zero Energy by 2020 has been key to delivering our reduced environmental impact. Our achievements to date clearly demonstrate the business case behind saving energy, reducing carbon emissions and generating renewable energy on our own sites – often using our own products and solutions. The building sector contributes around 30% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions, which means it has a crucial role to play in helping countries hit the targets set in last year’s Paris Agreement.”
CDP’s chief executive officer Paul Simpson said
“Congratulations to all that made it onto the Climate A List this year. It’s inspiring to see so many taking bold action to mitigate the risks of climate change and grasp the opportunities that come with the transition to a sustainable economy. As we approach a tipping point on environmental action, business is absolutely central to making that transition happen”.
Kingspan has taken a three-pronged approach to reducing its energy foot print:
Save more energy: Energy efficiency measures introduced by Kingspan have reduced the company’s overall lighting and heat costs by over 30% and achieved almost a four-fold decrease in carbon intensity levels. Use of Kingspan’s own products including high performance insulation, roof lighting and LEDs has played a key role in delivering these savings
Generate more renewable energy: Kingspan’s on-site renewable energy generation has jumped from 6.6 GWh in 2012 to 32.2 GWh in 2016 through use of solar, wind and biomass technologies. On- site generation across multiple sites globally currently supplies 7.6% of the company’s total energy use, and more projects are now under construction. For example, in 2015 Ireland’s largest solar PV roof panel installation was made at Kingspan’s Portadown facility, which generates 30% of the plant’s energy needs. Kingspan has utilised its own solar panel and wind turbine technology to help improve its energy generation capabilities.
Buy more renewable energy: Kingspan has taken steps to ensure that where renewable energy can’t be produced on-site, it is procured from fully-certified sources. In 2016 all the electricity used at manufacturing sites in North America was procured from certified renewable sources. Globally in 2016, the Group used 164.2 GWh of renewable electricity, almost a six- fold increase from 2011 (and equivalent to not burning 55m tonnes of coal).
The Climate A List and full company scores are available on CDP’s website: https://www.cdp.net/en/scores-2017
Kingspan’s insulation materials such as Kooltherm, Optim-R and Quadcore provide the most thermally efficient materials available in their respective market sectors.




Giving staff access to specific areas of the building and limiting access elsewhere is vitally important but can become a nuisance, especially for the facilities manager or caretaker who must carry around a huge bunch of keys to have access to the whole building.  

KCC Architectural Service & Maintenance Consultant Ray Bradley sees this as a problem for many companies – “We are noticing an increase in the number of companies using their Master Key Suite system incorrectly, leaving their building and the internal areas less secure. The idea of a tailor-made Master Key Suite is that is it specific to your building and requirements and can maximize security, simplify access restrictions for your premises, and minimize the number of keys required.”

Twenty years ago, a Master Key system for a building such as a school, would normally have been hierarchical. Traditional Master Key systems were designed for convenience rather than security. All of the doors would be operable by a ‘Grand Masterkey’. Additionally, doors would be arranged into area zones for which Zone Sub Masterkeys would be supplied, ie. A Masterkey for a group of locks would be supplied, with additional keys that operate an individual cylinder lock, which would then be allocated as required.

However, this system has significant drawbacks, as it is incapable of accommodating situations where multiple departments need access to the same doors or areas. This issue would typically be overcome by multiple keys being issued to each individual, thus weakening the integrity of the system, as some users may inadvertently end up having access to all doors in an entire zone.






Additional drawbacks include the stereotypical ‘Jailor Key Syndrome’ with individuals carrying multiple keys; increased costs stemming from the vast number of individual keys created for each individual door; or that the system could become so complex that it becomes difficult to ascertain what keys are required and to whom they have been issued.  A secure modern system matches control keys with various ‘user groups’, meaning the keys within the system are linked to groups of users who have identical access requirements, instead of through their location within the building.

“Most users only carry one key”, advises Ray. “We work with our clients to arrange a full site survey to give us a better understanding of their needs. We assess each door within the building and ensure that the Master-Keyed cylinders are built to suit the clients’ requirements. We will then work with our client to design a customized key chart creating a Master Key suite that is specific to their building and that can incorporate multiple access or restriction requirements”, says Ray.

KCC supply and install their own cylinders for extra security and peace of mind for the client.
“If you lose a key or need additional copies, being able to purchase replacement keys on the ‘High Street’ is obviously convenient but it comes at the cost of security. An unrestricted cylinder means there is no control over the number of keys in existence and more importantly, who is in possession of them”, advises Ray.  

Our patented master key systems provide additional protection where keys are only available from KCC ensuring that you have greater control over who is issued with authorized keys.

The KCC custom-made plans are applicable to anyone who has a property with multiple locks and who wants to control the security and access with the minimal number of keys. It is ideal for commercial property owners, offices, schools, hotels, retail spaces or property development owners. The KCC Masterkey system provides for a modern, streamline, secure access system which is easily adaptable to changing needs and new technology and is backed up by a full 24- hour service facility; a far cry from the stereotypical janitor!




Liam Brew (left), Operations Director for Actavo Building Solutions, and Declan Holahan (right), Continuous Improvement Manager at Actavo, recently completed the 140km-long Peter McVerry Trust ‘Wexford Cycle’.

The dynamic duo raised over €3,000 for the charity by cycling last month from University College Dublin to the Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford.
Commenting on the expedition, Liam Brew said “Actavo is proud to have participated once again in what was a very worthy and well-organised event. We’re very grateful to all who supported us, including MCD Media and many of Actavo’s team, clients and colleagues throughout the country. With the aches and pains now subsided after all the exertions, we’re hoping to generate some awareness and interest for next year’s event, and would warmly welcome other cyclists from the construction industry for the 2018 cycle.”
The Peter McVerry Trust has been responding to the needs of people effected by homelessness since 1983. The charity has developed a range of services to tackle homelessness, drug misuse and social disadvantage.
For more information on the charity, please visit www.pmvtrust.ie.


Aidan Doyle has been appointed as the new Managing Director of SIG Ireland, a key distributor of insulation & energy management, interiors, exteriors and specialist construction products, since the 4th of September 2017.

Aidan brings a wide range of experience from the distribution and engineering business areas, having spent the last 7 years with a large global distribution business, and the last 4 years as MD of the UK/Ireland business, based in Birmingham.

Aidan commented – ‘I am delighted to be joining one of the largest building products distributors in Europe, at a time when the Irish market and the SIG business in Ireland continues to evolve’.

SIG Ireland is well positioned to provide customers with technical expertise, combined with product availability through a strategically placed network of specialist centres.




Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim to celebrate 100 years in 2019

First run in 1920, the Liffey swim is the oldest continuously run annual swimming race in Europe.  Jones Engineering Group, the official race sponsor for the next 10 years, was established in 1890 and was a thriving business in Dublin when the first Liffey Swim took place. It is probably one of only a handful of companies from that time still in business today.

The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim took place on Saturday 9th September with over 500 swimmers of all ages, abilities and nationalities competing to win the coveted Cup. Every competitor has a chance to win due to a special handicap system. Participation rates in swimming and open sea races are on the up once again and this was one of the biggest yet up from 440 in 2014 and 336 in 2013. The swim of 2.2 kilometres started at Rory O’Moore Bridge (beside the Guinness Brewery) and finished at North Wall Quay in front of the Customs House and all competitors received a commemorative medal upon finishing the race.

The winner of the Men’s Event was Colin Monaghan, from Dublin Swimming Club, in a time of 36 minutes, with a handicap of 30 seconds. The Cup was presented to Colin by Tanya Doyle, Marketing Executive of Jones Engineering Group.

The winner of the Women’s Event was Anne Marie Bourke, from Dublin Swimming Club, in a time of 33 minutes, 48 seconds, with a handicap of 2 minutes. Anne Marie was presented with her Cup by Barry Steele, Business Development Manager, of Jones Engineering Group.
Jim Curley, Managing Director of Jones Engineering Group said “The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim is a unique event in our capital city and we believe throughout Europe.  There is no other event like it for colour, excitement and spectacle.  It has a special place in the hearts of Dubliners and our own company has a strong connection to the race – our Chairman Eric Kinsella swam the race so we are delighted to sponsor the Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim. We are very excited to work with Dublin City Council and Leinster Open Sea as we begin planning for the 100th anniversary of the race in 2019.”

Hundreds of spectators turned out to watch from the quays and the bridges, to clap and cheer on swimmers as they made their way down the Liffey. There were a few showers on the day but that couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm. Families and friends ran alongside the competitors, as they made their way under 11 key bridges in the city, and even passing tour buses joined in on the action, cheering along with the crowd. Although the swim is a solo endeavour the camaraderie amongst the competitors is not only clear to see, it is also clear to hear, with everyone joining in for a rousing rendition of Molly Malone on the pontoon before braving the cold waters.

The youngest swimmer in the race was Lucy Collins aged 13 from the Viking Swimming Club who swam alongside her mother Isabel. Sally Newall was the oldest swimmer to compete, returning from the US to swim in the race this year with her daughter and granddaughter. The oldest Irish Swimmer was the great Liffey Veteran, Clare O’Dwyer, aged 76. Many swimmers have competed in the Liffey over fifty years in a row.

With the support of Jones Engineering and Dublin City Council next year’s event is set to be bigger and better than ever. It will be the 99th anniversary of the first swim and the atmosphere is sure to be electric. The Leinster Open Sea website (leinsteropensea.ie) contains details of how aspiring swimmers can sign up for next year’s 2018 Season. Swimmers must be a member of a swimming club affiliated with Swim Ireland (or an equivalent overseas governing body) to be able to participate in Leinster Open Sea races. The website contains links to a list of nationwide swimming clubs so you can be sure to find one in your locality. Both Leinster Open Sea and the swimming clubs warmly welcome new swimmers from former Olympic competitors to novice swimmers who have just learned to swim over the winter.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál MacDonncha said: “The Dublin City Liffey Swim is the most prestigious open sea swimming race in Ireland and is considered as the All Ireland Final for open sea swimmers. I want to thank the Leinster Open Sea and Jones Engineering who work closely with the City Council every year in successfully delivering this unique event. There is something special about swimming through the city and passing the iconic Dublin landmarks along the way.”

Gus Cooney, of Leinster Open Sea Series the organising body of the race said “The Liffey Swim is the oldest continuous annual swimming race in Europe and Jones Engineering’s generous sponsorship and commitment to the race for the next ten years secures its future.” Swim Ireland have also come on board this year with us to help foster the growing interest in open water swimming. “I would like to thank Jones Engineering and Dublin City Council for their sponsorship of the Liffey swim; Dublin Fire Brigade and Dublin Civil Defence for rescue cover during the race and Swim Ireland for their continued support.”




Margaret Conway of McAleer & Rushe has won both her Gold category medal and the coveted overall ‘Construction Manager of the Year Award’ (CMYA) at a prestigious UK Awards event. The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has been running the awards for 39 years, with Margaret beating 84 finalists and 8 other gold medallists to take the coveted title.

Margaret’s achievement is all the more remarkable because it was her first role as a construction manager, working on the £22m nine storey office block at 9 Adelaide Street in Belfast City Centre which McAleer & Rushe both developed and constructed. Working with the client Belfast City Council, Margaret delivered considerable cost savings of over £1m by reducing the height of the building and adapting the existing raft foundations for the new superstructure, as well as completing the 80-week project two months early with a clean health and safety record and an Excellent BREEAM rating.

McAleer & Rushe dominated this year’s CMYA which was held in the Grosvenor House Hotel in London by picking up two further medals with Michael Yohanis and Paddy Connolly winning Gold and Silver respectively within the Leisure and Retail category. Michael won the Gold medal for his work on the construction of the £20m Adagio Royal Mile hotel in Edinburgh with Paddy winning the silver medal for his work on the £25m Holiday Inn in Manchester. Margaret’s success which saw her being recognised as the first woman to win the title, follows that of her colleague Paul Marlow who was the youngest ever CMYA winner in 2016 for a £29 million student accommodation project in Stratford, East London. CIOB President Rebecca Thompson said: “Margaret is a true inspiration for anyone thinking of entering this exciting and challenging industry. As well as remaining in control of the immense technical and logistical challenges of her day job, her inclusive style has encouraged young people to get involved in construction. Our sector badly needs a more diverse workforce and Margaret shines out as a young leader who is making a genuine difference. We will watch her career with great interest.”

Commenting on the team’s achievements, Martin Magee, Managing Director, McAleer & Rushe said, “The success of Margaret, Michael and Paddy at this year’s CMYA is truly outstanding. These Awards demonstrate the diversity, inclusivity, commitment and expertise of our employees and our teams and we are immensely proud of their achievements. Investing in our people, developing their experience and nurturing them in their areas of interest and expertise is at the heart of our success and central to our back to back CMYA wins. Martin Doherty, Belfast City Council Project Manager added, “9 Adelaide Street was a challenging scheme in terms of programme, site logistics and budget. Margaret was intuitive to Belfast City Council’s needs, always focused on delivering the scheme on time, whilst never losing sight of the importance of safety or quality. Her ability to communicate all issues and foster a real sense of teamwork set a benchmark for the project.”

Martin Magee concluded, “For McAleer & Rushe it is very rewarding that over the last number of years our project work across Office, Hotel, Student Accommodation and Residential sectors of the construction industry has received UK wide recognition. Indeed, it is no coincidence that our Award winners at the 2017 CMYA have been recognised for their work on projects in Belfast, Edinburgh and Manchester. After 50 years in business this shows our growing reach and the talented skill base we have to service it.”



Innovative timber panel manufacturer, MEDITE SMARTPLY, has been awarded ‘Website of the Year’ at this year’s Timber Trades Journal Awards. The award category took into consideration site design, content, user friendliness, commercial effectiveness and appropriate use of technologies, before declaring mdfosb.com the most effective.

Part of a larger rebrand project from the company, the new website was designed to provide a customer-centric user experience as well as a comprehensive and detailed breakdown of the brand’s entire range of MEDITE MDF and SMARTPLY OSB products. Importantly, it unites the previous three individual product websites for ease of navigation and access, which is something customers requested.

With a clean, contemporary design, the website is supported by a custom and dynamic content management system which allows for fresh and relevant content to be uploaded including case studies, news stories, product details and technical information for download. External user testing was carried out to develop a site tailored to customer needs and expectations, allowing distributors and end users to find the solution they need in just a few clicks. This was especially critical in the stockist selector, where ease of location was seen as key.

“The new website is a true reflection of our brand,” said Stuart Devoil, Head of Marketing & Brand at MEDITE SMARTPLY. “This award win from TTJ is a real testament to all of our hard work and dedication to our customers and reflects our brand’s market-leading position in sustainable timber panel manufacturing.

We wanted to create a website which could cut through the noise of traditional B2B websites and put our customers first. We’re delighted to have achieved just that!
Not only did the awards panel compliment us on the new site, but we’ve had numerous customers and industry figures also tell us that they see it as the ‘best in the business’.”

Visit the award-winning website here: https://mdfosb.com/en/



SIG Roofing, Ireland’s leading distributor of roofing products for over 30 years, and synonymous in the Irish Construction Industry for their Capco Natural Slate range of products, have just launched their brand-new range of fibre cement roofing slate. Strength and durability are key features of the SIGA range – an economical, authentic and easily installed alternative to natural slate. All products are complimented by an extensive range of ridge tiles and other roofing accessories.

Contact SIG Roofing to discuss your roof finishing options – www.sigroofing.ie



Brett Martin Plumbing and Drainage is now offering a new range of high-performance Adoptable Access and Inspection Chamber Assemblies which are designed to meet the requirements of Sewers for Adoption (SfA7) whilst offering specifiers and water authorities a robust, cost-effective and superior drainage solution.

Following the revised performance criteria and installation standards for all adoptable drainage networks, Brett Martin’s new range of Adoptable Access and Inspection Chamber Assemblies, carrying the BSI Kitemark KM 635998, are tested to EN13598-1 and satisfy both the requirements of Sewers for Adoption 7 and Building Regulations Part H1.

With enhanced sealing capacity using captive seals to prevent dislodgement and five inlets offering built-in falls to prevent blockages, Brett Martin’s Adoptable Access and Inspection Chamber Assemblies are available in 315mm and 450mm diameters. Both offer superior structural strength, enhanced loading capability for long-term serviceability and improved heavy-duty risers.

“This combination of strength, loading capabilities and exceptional sealing means that our high performance chamber assemblies offer a wide range of benefits to the installer and meet all of the latest regulatory requirements,” said Chris Dawson, Brett Martin Sales Director.

Designed with the installer in mind, the lightweight chamber assemblies offer ease of installation due to watertight push-fit assemblies and a solid, stable connection using the additional connection points in the form of lugs featured on both base and riser. A stronger base allows for over 16 connection possibilities, reducing merchant stock-holding requirements for multiple base variants.

The 315mm Shallow Access Chamber Assembly complies with Building Regulations Part H1 to a depth of 600mm and SfA7 to a depth of 900mm. Pedestrian covers for foot traffic areas or driveway covers to withstand heavier loads are available, while a height and tilt adjustable frame can accommodate a surface incline of up to 15°.

For deeper applications, the 450mm Inspection Chamber Assembly complies with Building Regulations Part H1 to a depth of 3.0m and SfA7 to a depth of 1.2m. They are available with two base options for 110mm and 160mm drainage layouts and feature enhanced cross foot design for added stability. Ideal for tarmac, grass or gravel areas, the cover and frame is available in round or square options, with a safe and secure lid for compliance with Building Regulations Part H, clause 2.54.

Brett Martin also offers a range of Non-Adoptable Access and Inspection Chamber Assemblies in 280mm, 315mm and 450mm diameters.

All of Brett Martin’s products are underpinned by exceptional sales and technical support, ensuring that every merchant is guaranteed the highest quality of service.

For further details on Brett Martin’s range of Adoptable Inspection and Access Chamber Assemblies visit www.brettmartin.com



John Sisk and Son Ltd (“Sisk”), Ireland’s No1 provider of construction services with extensive operations across Ireland, the United Kingdom and mainland Europe, is celebrating 100 years since the building of St. Patrick’s Church, Newport, Co. Mayo.

Left to right, Owen Sisk, Stephen Bowcott, Thomas O’Connell, Hal Sisk and JP Sisk.

The occasion was marked with a Mass celebrated by Fr. Tod Nolan PP at St. Patrick’s Church, followed by a reception at the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport.

Speaking at a reception in the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport, Hal Sisk, whose grandfather John V Sisk built St Patrick’s, said: “On behalf of the Sisk family, I am delighted today to celebrate the centenary of St. Patrick’s Church, Newport – a building of local and national significance. When Sisk built this magnificent church overlooking Newport 100 years ago, Ireland was a very different place. Nowadays the major contracts are motorways, bank buildings, massive pharmaceutical plants, and cloud data centres. So, it is great to celebrate Sisk’s presence in the West and the enduring craftsmanship displayed in such churches, and none more so than St Patrick’s of Newport.”

Referencing the historical significance of St. Patrick’s Church, local historian Joe McDermott said: “St. Patrick’s Church on Barrack Hill dominates the town of Newport. The church was erected by John Sisk & Son at the request of the then Parish Priest, Very Rev. Canon Michael McDonald – who was responsible for the building of the oratory on the summit of Croagh Patrick. While it was built 100 years ago, many people still come to admire this incredible church. The renowned ‘Last Judgement’ east window by Harry Clarke is always a big draw, but the church itself has a fascinating history, and its many features, including the superb western doorway and the beautifully restored altar, make it well worth a visit.”

Stephen Bowcott, CEO of John Sisk & Son, said: “It is a great pleasure to be able to celebrate 100 years since Sisk built St. Patrick’s Church, Newport. Today is also about celebrating our more recent activity in the West of Ireland, including achievements going back 30 years such as the original Allergan Factory in Westport, the Coca Cola plant in Ballina, and other big names like Hollister, Baxter, as well as the hospital in Ballina, the Ice House hotel and many more. Today we are currently working on the fit out of new Allergan facilities and recently completed work in Eyre Square in Galway. The West of Ireland has always been an important region for our business and will continue to be so in the future.

“I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Sisk staff over the past one-hundred years in delivering projects across Ireland, especially in the West of Ireland. John Sisk & Son is indebted to their decades of service which has contributed to the success the business has achieved over many years,” Mr Bowcott concluded.




Over seven hundred people working in the Irish property industry took part in the inaugural Dragons At the Docks dragon boat racing event, which has raised over €200,000 for the Dublin Simon Community and local charities. The overall winner was the team from Sisk, with Hooke & McDonald coming second, and Goodbody coming third in a competitive final race.

The event at Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2 was organised by six of the country’s biggest property companies: Cairn Homes, Green Reit, Hammerson, Hibernia REIT, Ires Reit and Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate. It attracted entries from 60 teams from Ireland’s leading property, financial, & legal firms, with participants racing the length of canal basin in dragon boats containing ten paddlers and one team drummer

In supporting the Simon Capital Development Fund, the Dragon at the Docks fundraiser is part of an innovative solution which will help Dublin Simon Community achieve an overall goal of 480 bed units within the next 4-5 years, helping up to 750 men, women and children move out of homelessness for good.

Sam McGuinness CEO of the Dublin Simon Community said:

“‘The funds raised from the inaugural Dragons at the Docks will support the acquisition of two apartments as part of the Simon Capital Development Fund, helping more people move to a permanent safe place to call home; making a vital difference to those who have been devastated by the homeless crisis. Each individual will not only have a place to call home but will receive vital wraparound supports such as counselling, education and employability, independent living skills and health and wellbeing to ensure they never return to homelessness and are able to rebuild their lives with their community of support around them.”

Kevin Nowlan, CEO of Hibernia REIT, one of the six cornerstone sponsors of the event, said:

““We were absolutely thrilled to see the support from our fellow industry colleagues, and are delighted to be able to raise these significant funds for the Dublin Simon Community. This is the first of what we hope will become an annual event in the calendar in which the Irish property sector to help raise the much-needed funds for the homeless. Congratulations to the team from Sisk who were worthy winners of the Dragons at the Dock Challenge Cup .”

Winners of each of the categories are listed below:

Dragons at the Dock Challenge (Grand Final) – Sisk
Property Companies Challenge – Green REIT
Property Agents Challenge – Hooke & McDonald
Building Contractors Challenge – Sisk
Built Environment Challenge – RKD Architects
Legal Challenge – Leman Solicitors
Financial/Advisors Challenge – Goodbody
Fastest Time – Goodbody

Property Industry veterinarian Paul McNeive, was MC for the day, while an evening of racing, friendly competition and excitement at Grand Canal Dock was followed by a BBQ and entertainment at HQ Bar & Restaurant.

75% of the funds raised will go to the Dublin Simon Community, with the balance to be distributed to local charities in the Grand Canal Dock area.

More information can be found at www.dragonsatthedocks.ie



A unique collaboration by two of the leading names in the Irish plumbing and hardware sectors has resulted in an unrivalled and internationally acclaimed range of products being launched for the Irish building market.

Pictured (right) are Sanbra Fyffe staff l-r: Maria Fowler, Kimberly McDonnell and Debbie Moloney.

Pictured left to right; Colum Murphy, Herron & Son, Debbie Moloney, Sanbra Fyffe and Noel Conroy, Sanbra Fyffe










Dublin-based manufacturer Sanbra Fyffe, is market leader in the supply of plumbing and heating products in Ireland and Herron & Son, Sligo, is Ireland’s leading hardware distributor. The two companies have now teamed-up with Hansen of New Zealand to bring an unrivalled and internationally acclaimed range of products to the Irish market.

The range of over 1,000 products from the New Zealand specialist manufacturer, who has been in business for over 60 years, includes poly compressions fittings for commercial and domestic plumbing applications.

Pictured (above) at the announcement of the international deal with New Zealand water solution specialists Hansen are; standing, Noel Conroy Sanbra Fyffe (left) and Colum Murphy, Herron & Son (right). Seated are Mark Fahy, and Ashley Molloy, Sanbra Fyffe Area Sales Managers.

“There are no comparable products on the Irish market that can rival Hansen in terms of quality, cost-effectiveness or ease of use. Key benefits include the fact that one fitting can be used with all pipe types, are manufactured to withstand the harshest weather conditions and carry a lifetime guarantee.” said Noel Conroy, Sanbra Fyffes’s Commercial Manager. Colum Murphy of Herron said that the company is proud to bring Hansen’s range of proven and competitively priced products to the Irish markets which has up to now offered little variety in efficient cost-effective water systems solutions,”

Six Hansen product ranges will now be available in Ireland. They include a new range of Easy Fit Compression fittings, specifically designed and manufactured for the Irish market. An impressive feature of these fitting is that they can be hand tightened to 40bar.

Also available will be True Fit Threaded Fittings; True Fit Tank Fittings; Quick Connection Unions and Easy Fit Self Tapping Saddles.

Another highly desirable product range available for agri, rural, horticultural and irrigation use is Hi-Flo Trough Valves (Fast, Super and Maxflo). Sanbra Fyffe and Herron & Son believe that the Hansen Superflo and Maxflo valves will quickly become the next industry standard for high performance float valves.

Steve Sharpe, Director of Sales and marketing at Hansen said, “We are delighted to be working with Sanbra Fyffe and Herron. Our businesses operate very similarly and share core values and views on providing high performance, quality water system solutions for every need. We look forward to building a long-lasting business relationship together.”

The Hansen products will be promoted in Ireland over the coming months with a high level marketing campaign including a tour of the country by the Hansen Demonstration Unit and a major display area at the National Ploughing Championships at the end of September.
Detailed catalogues and specification sheets will be distributed through Builders Merchants, Co-Op stores and hardware stores throughout Ireland.
The new partnership will also increase employment at Sanbra Fyffe and Herron with 5/6 people being added to their sales and marketing team initially.

Further information can be obtained from sales@sanbra.ie Tel 018426255 or sales@herron.ie tel. 071 913 3100.