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Heavyside sees second-quarter slump

Sales of heavy-side building materials slumped in second quarter as the economy and construction slowed. The latest statistics from the Mineral Products Association (MPA) show that sales of heavy-side building materials, including aggregates, ready-mixed concrete (RMC), asphalt and mortar saw unprecedented declines during the second quarter of the year. Aggregates …

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Makita adds four to XGT range

Power tool manufacturer Makita has expanded its XGT 40V Max range of cordless power tools with the launch of four new brushless angle grinders and the CF001GZ 40V Max ‘Swing Fan’. To maximise on-site productivity, the GA022GZ, GA023GZ, GA028GZ and GA029Z brushless angle grinders have been designed to withstand frequent …

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Minster insulates plan for expansion

Minster, the specialist interior and exterior building materials distribution business, is opening of four new sites, taking its national network to 24 across the UK.    The four new sites, located in White City, Canterbury, Tewkesbury and Bridgwater are geographically well placed to support Minster’s local, regional and national customers.  …

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MKM takes branch to Birkenhead

MKM Building Supplies, the independent builder’s merchant, is opening its 73rd branch in Birkenhead  on Monday (20 July), the first since the COVID 19 crisis  began. MKM Birkenhead is  situated on a 2-acre site at New Chester Road, Birkenhead and is a one-stop shop for local building trades and retail …

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Selco commits to branch expansion plans

Builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse will open its 69th branch in the UK in Salford in October. The new branch will be the merchant’s second in 2020 following from Orpington at the start of the year, and will create 50 jobs in the local area. Chief executive of Selco Builders …

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Lockdown lads pay homage to Parker Building Supplies

Two young boys from Haywards Heath have become construction wizards over the lockdown period. Daniel and Matthew Silk, aged 10 and 7,  respectively, built a crane in their back garden and decided to dedicate it to their local builders merchant, Parker Building Supplies. The boys filming their completed project, and …

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SR Timber assures merchants over roofing batten supplies

SR Timber has issued an assurance to merchants over the supply of timber roofing batten as the housebuilding sector and wider construction industry continues to ramp up activity. The Nottinghamshire-based business is keen to emphasize that the availability and supply of its materials remains unaffected, meaning that it can respond quickly to …

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Actis wants to see more about thermal efficiency in PM’s building plans

Insulation specialist Actis has welcomed Boris Johnson’s plan to ‘build, build, build’ – but says the refurbishment options put forward must be carried out in a thermally efficient way. The PM’s announcement this week included confirmation of a £12 billion investment in building 180,000 affordable homes over the next eight …

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Brett Martin drives through new delivery fleet

Plumbing and drainage manufacturer Brett Martin has added a pair of fuel-efficient DAF trucks to its fleet. Featuring Brett Martin’s distinctive branding, the DAF LF vehicles will deliver the company’s plumbing and drainage products to merchants across UK and Ireland as well as direct delivery to sites. The 18-tonne trucks …

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