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News New Tork dispensers win coveted design award SCA Q 008

Two smart, upmarket dispensers for Tork napkins have earned SCA a prestigious design award.

SCA received a 2014 Red Dot Design Award for their smart, curved design and choice of attractive casings.

“Most napkin dispensers in quick service restaurants, cafés and hotel bars have a functional, utilitarian appearance,” said SCA Product and Segment Manager Rebecca Blake. “This can be at odds with the overall impression that the managers of any high-profile establishment are trying to create.

“Our Tork Xpressnap Image Line dispensers are available in a solid aluminium housing and in a smart walnut option. The use of these premium materials gives the dispensers a stylish appearance which is much more in keeping with an upmarket eaterie.”

The Tork Xpressnap Image Line of dispensers is the latest addition to the company’s Tork Xpress napkin dispenser family. Other units in the range come in a choice of three colours and are available in countertop, tabletop and wall- mounted formats as well as in-counter and snack versions.

All Tork napkin dispensers provide a highly cost-effective and sustainable solution to napkin dispensing.

“Most napkin dispensers allow diners to pull out a large clump of napkins – even if they are trying to take only one,” said Rebecca. “All Tork Xpressnap dispensers are designed to give out napkins one at a time – and this reduces usage by at least 25 per cent compared with traditional napkin dispensers.

“One-at-a-time dispensing cuts product costs as well as the

amount of waste produced in restaurants, which is a major sustainability advantage. And hygiene levels are also improved since each diner only touches the napkin they use.”

Besides restaurants and hotels, Tork Xpressnap Image Line napkin dispensers are also highly suitable for use in bakeries, cafés and airport lounges. The walnut dispenser is made from FSC-certified wood and both dispensers are available in two sizes.

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Roof pipe reline from Lanes gives listed town hall rain protection

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Lanes Group engineers have helped protect Llanelli's grade II listed town hall after leaks in the roof and a drainage pipe caused serious damage inside the 120-year- old building.

A team from the Lanes depot in Cardiff surveyed roof downpipes, and relined one of them after it was found to be cracked, allowing water to get into the building.

The imposing Victorian town hall, built between 1892 and 1896, is used for council offices, public meetings, and to hold civic weddings.

Lanes was commissioned by

Carmarthenshire County Council to carry out CCTV surveys on 17 clay downpipes that run down stone shafts within the building's walls. They were thought to have caused serious damp.

A camera on the end of a flexible rod was used to record HD quality video footage along the whole length of each of the vertical pipes, which take rain water from the roof to underground drains.

The surveys found one pipe had a large spiral crack, which had allowed water to leak into the building, causing damage to a lath and plaster ceiling in one of two main staircases.

Working for Llanelli-based construction firm Lloyd and Gravell, the Lanes team installed an 11 metre liner inside the 100mm diameter pipe, making it

structurally sound and waterproof once more.

The repair allowed other specialist contractors to start to work on the internal damage, confident that no more leaks would occur.

Lloyd and Gravell Director Kevin Gravell said: "The Lanes team did an excellent job. They worked very well together with our craft professionals, and completed the job perfectly, and on time. Without their input, the repairs could not have begun."

Lanes Area Development Manager Damian Tranter said: "The liner was made from felt and impregnated with resin. It was blown down the pipe with compressed air, then left to cure, or harden.

"This creates a tough and smooth new internal pipe wall, which prevents leaks and reduces the risk of blockages."

The full extent of the damage was discovered during work carried out as part of the council's planned maintenance and repair programme.

Reinstatement works already announced include the replacements of window lintels and decorative mouldings, and extensive redecoration to match the original and existing surroundings.

The repairs, due to be completed by spring 2015, must be carried out with traditional craft techniques used when the town hall was built.

Lanes Group is the largest independent supplier of wastewater, utility and underground pipeline services in the UK, and a leader in the use of no dig pipe relining technology.

It is most commonly used to reduce cost, disruption and downtime when renovating underground sewer systems. However, Lanes is increasingly called on to use the technique on buildings like Llanelli Town Hall.

Other examples include installing patch liners to seal leaking 100 downpipes in a business centre in north east England, and the relining of rubbish chutes in high-rise blocks of flats.

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