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Aico has a new range of fire protection covers designed to stop downlights in fire-rated ceilings from breaching building regulations. Its Firecap AFF 109 covers swell to over three times the original size in the case of fire. The covers are maintenance-free, lightweight and selfsupporting.

Tel: 0870 758 4000 Fax: 0870 758 4010 Contact: sales department

JCB has introduced a new range of lightweight safety footwear to boost its existing branded range. Suitable for both amateur and professional use, every boot and shoe is fitted with steel mid soles. The new footwear is also 40 per cent lighter than the traditional Goodyear welted styles.

Tel: 01608 812 830 Contact: Emma Jowitt

Marigold Industrial has launched its P50 range of hand protection gloves, ideal for use in the construction industry. The gloves offers high mechanical protection and excellent grip for handling wet or oily materials.

Tel: 01992 456 700 Fax: 01992 471 536 Contact: sales department


Artex has launched two new powdered texture products, Site Finish and Ceiling Finish. Site Finish is formulated for new build sites and Ceiling Finish is for use on refurbishment projects. Both are low odour, mix well with cold water, and are consistent bag to bag.

Tel: 0115 9456100 Contact: Jenny Woodyer


Metsec Building Products has released an updated version of its building shell design software. MetSPEC 8 has been developed alongside its new zed purlin and 'C' section technical manual, and covers improvements in the application of wind code BS6399 Part 2.

Tel: 0121 601 6000 Fax: 0121 601 6108 Contact: technical department


BluClad substrate board is now available through the cladding division of Eternit Building Materials. The medium-density fibre reinforced calcium silicate board can be cut on site with standard woodworking tools, and is water vapour permeable.

It is available in standard 10 mm thickness.

Tel: 01763 264 600 Contact: sales department


A new flexible landscape edging system for use in schools and play areas has been launched by Flexi-Edge. Its Flexi-Edge System is manufactured from a supple and bendable material that is impact absorbent. It is available in 3 m lengths, in a variety of colours.

Tel: 0800 587 7081 Fax: 0161 485 4468 Contact: technical department


Designplan Lighting has launched a new vandal-resistant, slimline light-fitting, ideal for public areas in corrosive atmospheres. Its T5 Parkalux is sleeker than existing models, has a polycarbonate clear diffuser and is manufactured using a zinccoated steel body in a polyester powdered finish.

Tel: 020 8254 2020 Fax: 020 8644 4253 Contact: technical department


Topcon has released a new laser level that offers smaller contractors greater value for money.

With automatic self-levelling, its RL-H3CS laser has a manual slope function, is simple to use and offers a 60-hour battery life.

Tel: 01530 518 800 Contact: Kalpna Mistry


Specialist sealant manufacturer Sika has launched a new range of one-part, polyurethane general construction joint sealants.

Supplied in 600 cc aluminium foil sausages, Sikaflex Construction provides a stain-free permanent elastic seal and is available through a limited number of distributors.

Tel: 01707 394 444 Contact: Debbie Rose-Boyne


Baggeridge has launched two new FL-rated facing bricks. Its Malthouse Red Multi is kilnfired and manufactured using the water-struck moulding process. Its Tasmin Orange Multi wirecut brick is creased and sanded.

Tel: 01902 880 555 Fax: 01902 880 432 Contact: Alison Fox


Welding specialist Murex has a new single phase 240V powered industrial welding package ideal for a range of applications. Its Transweld Challenger 301T operates from a single-phase 240 V, 30 A supply and is designed for MIG, MAG and flux-cored wire welding.

Tel: 0800 389 3152 Contact: Cheron Robinson


Plastic Extruders has a range of safety matting specially designed for use on flat roofs, gantries and high-level walkways. Its Crossgrip matting is manufactured from 100 per cent PVC and offers a high slip resistance surface. It is also self-draining and resistant to bacterial growth.

Tel: 01268 735 231 Fax: 01268 560 027 Contact: sales department

Manufacturers, suppliers: Our readers want to know about construction products new to the market. While we cannot guarantee to publish everything we receive, we would like to hear if you have a new product of interest to the industry.

Please send brief details to In Stock, Construction News, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB; fax: 020 7505 6867; email: paul. thompson@construct. emap. com Further information on new construction products is available at our website, www. cnplus. co. uk