A continuing focus on improving health and safety and sustainability kept Cemex among the industry-leading material suppliers in 2014.
Examples of project excellence include work to provide several ground-breaking concrete solutions for Thames Water’s Lee Tunnel project, while a 96 per cent on-time delivery record has led to high levels of customer satisfaction elsewhere.
Cemex safety days have been attended by more than 2,000 employees, with suppliers, customers and even competitors also invited.
Hope Construction Materials
Hope made significant investment in 2014 to its existing infrastructure to improve the overall performance of its plant network.
The firm is investing £15m in its Derbyshire cement plant and has opened its first new quarry in Bedfordshire in a £1.5m investment.
Environmental performance has improved thanks to the use of waste-derived fuel in kilns and of telematics on vehicles.
Exemplar projects included the supply of 20,000 cu m of concrete for Cardiff’s new £150m EfW project.
Howarth Timber Group
Howarth Timber Group is celebrating its 175th birthday this year as the UK’s largest privately owned timber company.
The firm has a network of timber and builders’ merchant branches, with dedicated manufacturing divisions supplying windows and doors, as well as highly specialised timber products and services.
Significant investment in its ArborClad range in 2014, a specialist range of high-quality cladding, saw the introduction of new thermally treated timber cladding products.
As of 2014, Jewson offers more than 600,000 quality materials and products, from everyday essentials to the latest innovations.
2013/14 was the first full year of the Jewson Customer Score, where a significant representative sample of customers are contacted within seven days of purchasing goods and asked to rate their experience, resulting in more than 55,000 surveys so far.
Also in 2014, Jewson launched a new branch concept in Walton-on-Thames, with a new format designed to strengthen customer relationships and increase sales.
Rudridge is an independent company founded in 2000 which specialises in the distribution of groundwork and civil engineering materials.
The company has undergone steady expansion and now comprises four branches in Surrey, Kent, Middlesex and West Sussex.
The firm launched Rudridge.TV last year, a bespoke online library of instructional promotional videos, dedicated to groundwork and civil engineering materials and techniques, helping it to connect more closely with customers and suppliers.
The Keystone Group
Keystone had a year of growth in 2014, expanding its sales team by 27 per cent, growing merchant sales by 20 per cent and seeing use of its ecommerce site increase 53 per cent.
Product innovations include the Hi-Therm Lintel, which is 500 times more thermally efficient than a standard steel lintel, and the Futuretherm Roof Window, which features a pre-installed thermal collar.
Wienerberger, the world’s largest brick manufacturer, designed, manufactured and brought to market its new e4 brick concept in 2014.
Designed around the four tenets of energy, economy, environment and emotion, the low-carbon brick provides a cost-effective solution to meet CSH Level 4 requirements.
The firm’s BIM lab helps architects and specifiers to see digital product representations and reduce project costs.
Wienerberger also increased brick capacity by 200m last year, creating 120 new jobs.