The suppliers on this shortlist don’t deliver standard items; they develop products that meet clients’ needs while investing to constantly improve their offering.
Specialists 2017 Materials Alumasc Water Management Solutions
Alumasc Water Management Solutions
Alumasc, which saw orders increase by 16 per cent in 2016, bills itself as a joined-up water management company, providing solutions “from rain to drain”. Having four divisions means Alumasc can provide water management from building roofs all the way back to the water course.
Alumasc has also positioned itself as a prominent industry voice, raising awareness of the risk of flooding caused by climate change and what the country needs to do to mitigate the threat.
Specialists 2017 Materials Cupa Pizarras
One in three roof slates in the world are said to come from Cupa Pizarras, and the company’s tracking system means if you need to replace one, it can tell you which quarry the original came from.
While slate is a naturally environmentally friendly material, with no furnaces or chemicals used, the company still endeavours to be sustainable. Cupa Pizarras uses cameras to manage water consumption during manufacture and seeds native plants in exhausted quarries.
Specialists 2017 Materials Hargreaves Ductwork
Ventilation specialist Hargreaves is the only UK subcontractor working on the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement facility, a project labelled one of the wonders of the modern world by The Guardian.
To deliver such schemes, Hargreaves pays close attention to the development of its apprentices. Senior management have worked with line managers to ensure they have what they need to train new workers.
The company projects turnover for 2016 will be £40m, up from £28m just two years ago.
Specialists 2017 Materials IKO Polymeric
Last year saw the single-ply roofing supplier double capacity at its Clay Cross factory and also install a new system that uses eight cameras to precisely monitor the consistency of its products.
The company’s fabricating capabilities allowed it to create bespoke roofing membranes for the huge roof of an Ocado fulfilment centre in 2016.
Polymeric has also embraced offsite building and launched its Armourdek product, an offsite-manufactured long-spanning roofing panel.
Specialists 2017 Materials Lateral Design Studio
Drain covers might not be the first item that springs to mind when you’re looking for good design, but Lateral Design has endeavoured to change that with its covers inspired by classical Greek and Roman, as well as gothic, architecture.
The company, founded in 2011, is also committed to sustainability, using at least some element of recycled materials in all of its products, with its iron covers 100 per cent recycled.
Specialists 2017 Materials Polypipe Terrain
The drainage manufacturer says its fabrication facility allows it to deliver complicated systems for tall buildings precisely when they are required. The firm says its approach reduces the number of people needed for installation by a third and allows for faster fitting.
To provide an efficient service, the company has diversified its workforce and took on apprentices from a neighbouring print company when it went out of business in 2016. Polypipe Terrain currently holds an Investors in People Silver status.
Specialists 2017 Materials Tarmac
Tarmac has shown a commitment not just to further improving relations with customers and staff, but also to protecting the wider environment. In 2016 it recycled 8.2m tonnes of waste and it has reduced carbon emissions by 27 per cent since 1990.
The company is also looking to the future. It launched its ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign in 2016, which is designed to attract new graduates and apprentices, and started projects to explore 3D concrete printing and carbon capture technology.
Specialists 2017 Materials The Keystone Group
The Keystone Group
Best known for its steel lintels, The Keystone Group has diversified into providing other materials, including roof windows and masonry support.
The company has applied its innovations in lintel thermal requirement to its windows. One of its new lines incorporates an integrated thermal collar, which the company claims is the first of its kind.
Keystone says that the diversity and innovation in its products has seen sales through merchants increase 20 per cent year on year.