European manufacturers of pipework and fittings for building services staged an event in London to unveil an enhanced offering to the industry, as well as to underline its confidence in the UK construction industry.
George Fischer took over the Altitude 3600 venue on the 29th Floor of the Millbank Tower for the day to offer its key customers, specifiers and the construction press a panoramic view of London’s skyline – to emphasise the scale of high-rise developments planned not just for the Capital, but also other cities such as Manchester and Liverpool.
The Anglo-Swiss specialist fielded a heavyweight team of its top management and key technical people – introduced by television presenter, Chris Clarkson – to offer multiple insights into the company’s business strategy as well as its enhanced product ranges. Richard Trevaskis, George Fischer’s MD & Head of Northern Europe began proceedings with an overview of the Big in the City concept and the company’s ambitions for growth, and offering customers an even better level of services as well as product quality.
Centre stage was the manufacturer’s prefabrication service for pipe systems intended to simplify the installation of chilled water and other essential pipework within the new generation of skyscrapers, set to house the UK’s booming population as well as the businesses where they will work or spend their leisure time. Following a high tempo video showcasing George Fischer’s diverse activities, sales and marketing director, Darren Myers explained the key benefits to Instaflex: the manufacturer’s polybutylene pipe system which offers a wide service temperature band and is suitable for multiple applications from heating to boosted.
He explained how the company’s socket-fusion and electro-fusion processes can be employed for offsite fabrication and then final assembly on site. This has the potential to improve speed and accuracy while reducing cost for the client and also offers an answer to the continuing skills shortage. Also showcased were Aquasystem and ecoFIT piping systems offering cost effective solutions for all building services applications.
The event saw two product launches, firstly of GF’s new COOL-FIT 2.0 fully pre-insulated piping system – a unique product for chilled water applications and the completely new City Range of slim-line heat interface units or HIUs, which are ideal for the final delivery of heating and domestic hot water in multiple occupancy properties like tower blocks.