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February sales see landscaping up but decorating down

February sales see landscaping up but decorating down

26 Apr 2017: Builders’ merchants’ daily sales were up again in February 2017, despite the wet weather. more »

CPA elects new chairman

CPA elects new chairman

12 Apr 2017: The Construction Products Association has named Carl Arntzen as its new chairman. more »

Sandwell sidings to become sleeper factory

Sandwell sidings to become sleeper factory

6 Apr 2017: Network Rail has earmarked a site in Sandwell railway sidings for the construction of a sleeper factory more »

Polypipe profits surge to new heights

Polypipe profits surge to new heights

30 Mar 2017: With house-builders increasingly preferring plastic to traditional clay pipes, Polypipe goes from strength to strength. more »

Lego inspires precast wall system

Lego inspires precast wall system

23 Mar 2017: Kijlstra, a manufacturer of precast concrete systems, has developed a modular wall system that mimics Lego. more »

Backing for MDF recycling

Backing for MDF recycling

17 Mar 2017: A company that is developing a world-first technology to recycle MDF waste has received a £250,000 investment from one of the UK’s leading waste management firms. more »

Hanson plans Greenwich wharf overhaul

Hanson plans Greenwich wharf overhaul

16 Mar 2017: Construction materials supplier Hanson is planning a £12m overhaul of its Victoria Deep Water Terminal on the River Thames at Greenwich. more »

Marshalls profits up a third

Marshalls profits up a third

15 Mar 2017: Marshalls, producer of paving blocks and other landscaping products, has reported continued growth in 2016. more »

Timber imports keep rising

Timber imports keep rising

14 Mar 2017: Imports of timber and panel products are at their highest level for nine years, industry statistics show. more »

Ibstock reinvests rocketing profits

Ibstock reinvests rocketing profits

7 Mar 2017: Britain’s biggest brick maker made a pre-tax profit of £111m on revenues of £435m in 2016 and it is ploughing much of it back into the business for further growth. more »

Report calls for new approach to use of composite materials

Report calls for new approach to use of composite materials

25 Apr 2017: The use of composite materials in construction and engineering is being stymied by inappropriate standards and regulations, according to a major new report. more »

Product sales complete fourth year of growth

Product sales complete fourth year of growth

10 Apr 2017: Sales of UK construction products and materials have now risen for 16 consecutive quarters after further growth was recorded at the start of 2017. more »

SIG and Celcon form system build combo

SIG and Celcon form system build combo

6 Apr 2017: Building products supplier SIG Offsite has collaborated with aircrete producer H+H UK to create a new house-building system. more »

Knauf invests in glass recycling plant

Knauf invests in glass recycling plant

28 Mar 2017: Mineral wool insulation manufacturer Knauf Insulation has signed a long-term deal with Veolia that will see £10m invested in a new glass cullet processing facility next to its manufacturing plant in St Helens. more »

Precast flooring for Lincoln car park

Precast flooring for Lincoln car park

20 Mar 2017: Bison Manufacturing has secured an order from Willmott Dixon to supply precast concrete sections for a multi-storey car park it is building in Lincoln. more »

Highway contractor pioneers hi-tech hard hat

Highway contractor pioneers hi-tech hard hat

16 Mar 2017: Workers at highway maintenance contractor A-one+ are being issued with a new type of hard hat that exploits military and automotive technology. more »

Forterra makes progress

Forterra makes progress

15 Mar 2017: Forterra, the former Hanson brick business, has shown modest growth in its first year as a listed company and debt reduction is running ahead of schedule. more »

SIG blames internal distractions for £100m loss

SIG blames internal distractions for £100m loss

14 Mar 2017: Building products group SIG has reported a pre-tax loss of £106.3m for 2016. more »

Breedon profits up 50% in its biggest year to date

Breedon profits up 50% in its biggest year to date

8 Mar 2017: Aggregates supplier Breedon Group has reported a 50% leap in profits in 2016, a transformational year that saw it take over Hope Construction Materials. more »

New concrete for power cables

New concrete for power cables

6 Mar 2017: Hanson UK has launched a high-performance concrete for the power sector. more »

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