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INDUSTRYNEWS MODPLAN MAKES THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN!


Modplan has had no less than seven certificates awarded to them by the BBA demonstrating how committed the fenestration manufacturer is to improving its business systems, products and processes.


Te team were formally presented the two recent additions of ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 9001 Quality Management System by the BBA in July. Heidi Sachs, Modplan’s Managing Director said, “We knew we had achieved the Certificates a couple of months ago, but it was great to have them formally presented to us. Our environment and management teams both worked extremely hard to gather the information together and implement the actions needed for the audits by the British Board of Agrément. Te presentation was a great opportunity to celebrate their hard work. It was also a good opportunity to thank the British Board of Agrément for their help and support during the certification processes too.”


‘a good opportunity to thank the British Board of Agrément for their help and support’


As you would expect from the


environmental certificate, Modplan’s environmental credentials make impressive reading. Measures such as increasing the company’s use of energy efficient processes and investing in energy efficient equipment, lighting and controls and fuel efficient vehicles are just the start.


Te team is also committed to further


increasing the 80% of waste plastic and cardboard that is already recycled, thereby reducing the amount of waste that is sent to landfill year on year.


Engineered controls, workforce training and environmental awareness all go towards preventing pollution at source, while emergency environmental controls will minimise the environmental damage in the event that an incident does occur.


ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems assesses a company’s ability to consistently provide product that meets customer and applicable regulatory requirements. Te fact that Modplan met its stringent requirements will further bolster its reputation for reliability, responsibility and commitment to customer service.


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Director, Alan Tomas, concluded, “We were delighted to add this latest award to Modplan’s impressive list of BBA Approved Certificates. With product endorsements for windows and doors and CE marking too, Modplan is ahead of the game in meeting the requirements that the rest of the industry will have to address as we move towards implementation of the Construction Products Regulation in 2013”.


UK CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY RISKS


LOSING ‘ENTIRE GENERATION OF TALENT’ The chief executive of the National Federation of Builders (NFB), Julia Evans, has warned that the construction industry is “in danger of losing an entire generation of talent” due to the current economic conditions, and has urged the Government to ensure that its latest Funding for Lending scheme delivers “the near-term boost that will fuel growth”.


According to the CPA, the Construction Trade Survey published in April 2012 shows that during the second quarter of 2012, construction suffered another sharp fall across all parts of the industry including current workloads, new orders and tender prices, adding to the ‘continuing woes and growing uncertainty for the UK economy as a whole’.


In response, Julia Evans said: “Te country is basking in the feel-good factor of the Olympics which aims to inspire a generation. However, with higher costs, rising numbers of insolvencies, falling output, lower demand and rapidly depleting skills the construction industry is in danger of losing an entire generation of talent.


According to the Bank of England, the


Funding for Lending scheme (FLS) is “designed to incentivise banks and building societies to boost their lending to UK households and non-financial companies”. Under the initiative, the commercial banks will be able to exchange collateral, such as existing loans for ‘Treasury bills’, on which they will pay an interest rate of 0.25%.


While investment in infrastructure may


deliver results in the medium term, the Government must ensure that its latest Funding for Lending scheme provides the near term boost that will fuel growth.”


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Tey will then be able to use these bills as backing with which to borrow cash cheaply on the wholesale markets, money they can then lend onto homes and firms.


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