Burton Mail Business Awards Manufacturer of the Year

Burton Mail Business Awards ‘Manufacturer of the Year’

Burton Mail Business Awards Manufacturer of the YearIG Elements is honoured to have won ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at the Burton Mail Business Awards 2017, which took place at the Pirelli Stadium on Thursday, 19th October.

IG Elements is a rapidly expanding company with a bright future in the growing composites industry. We have a very specific 2020 vision and in order to fulfil this we have invested heavily in a new premises, to a raft of new staff and to improved services throughout the business.

We take time to understand our customers and their requirements, their build process and how we can partner with them to ensure the smooth running of this process for them. We constantly seek feedback and work to ensure we are always bettering ourselves and the service we provide.

Liam Kelly, IG Elements MD, commented;

“With so many outstanding businesses represented from across South Derbyshire and East Staffordshire, we are honoured to have won this award which recognises our commitment to the industry. We are continuing to invest in the business over the coming months and years to ensure our growth and dedication to manufacturing remains as strong as it has done over the last three years.”

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IG Elements Shortlisted for ‘Manufacturer of the Year’

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IG Elements is delighted to have been shortlisted for ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at the Burton Mail Business Awards 2017. IG Elements has expanded rapidly over the last 18 months, with improvements and expansion across the board, including production, increased sales, new marketing initiatives, innovative new products and a rising workforce.

Having outgrown our original production facilities, our second 60,000 sq ft production space in Woodville became fully operational on the 1st March this year, which has enabled us to triple our production capability. We are vastly increasing the number of moulds we are producing which has allowed us to improve the range of products in our portfolio, allowing us to service a greater number of projects for our customers.

We take time to understand our customers and their requirements, their build process and how we can partner with them to ensure the smooth running of this process for them. We constantly seek feedback and work to ensure we are always bettering ourselves and the service we provide.

Liam Kelly, IG Elements MD, commented;
“We have a very specific 2020 vision and in order to fulfil this we have invested heavily in our new premises, a raft of new staff and improved services throughout the business this year. We are continuing to invest in the business over the coming months and years to ensure our growth remains as strong as it has done over the last three years. We are therefore thrilled to be shortlisted in a category that recognises our commitment to the industry.”

The Burton Mail Business Awards evening will be held at the Pirelli Stadium on Thursday, 19th October in a glittering black tie event with all sponsors and finalists attending. We wish all finalists the best of luck on the day.

Ask the Expert: IG Elements

IG Elements is a company that prides itself on taking its role seriously within the production chain. Liam Kelly, Managing Director at IG Elements shines a light on what the company has to offer across the house building landscape.

What is the company ethos/guiding principle?

At IG Elements, partnership is at the very crux of our business. We don’t see ourselves as a supplier, we are a partner in creating a finished product. I think this ethos has driven our success – we are committed to the customer and we take our role in the production chain extremely seriously. As part of The Keystone Group, our guiding principles are those of Innovation, Fun, Quality, Technical Expertise and Commitment. These were voted for and endorsed by our staff and are lived out in everything that we do as a company.

IG Elements GRP Process

What sets IG Elements apart from its competitors?

The level of support we provide to our customers is above and beyond anything our competitors offer. We take time to understand our customers and their requirements, their build process and how we can partner with them to ensure the smooth running of this process for them. We constantly seek feedback – positive or otherwise – and work to ensure we are always bettering ourselves and the service we provide. We liaise with the build teams at every stage of the process, from our pre-start meetings right through to aftersales support. The feedback we have received from customers has resulted in the provision of Site Support Packs to address the needs of our customers onsite, and Minor Repair Kits which negate the need for call-out charges for smaller onsite issues.

What specific area/product are you most focused on investing in?

We are focused at present on our moulding techniques. We are moving away from our traditional practises towards a more futuristic technique, which will bring a greater level of consistency to our products.

How do you show your commitment to the natural environment?

We recognise that conducting our business in a way that minimises environmental impact, promotes positive interaction with the community and accords with sound ethical standards brings benefits to all concerned. We understand that sustainability must be at the forefront of operations and methods that we utilise to achieve these goals include sourcing of sustainable materials from ethical suppliers, working with the local community to provide opportunities and manufacturing energy efficient parts while minimising waste during the production process. 50% of our products utilise FSC certified timber and we are committed to minimising our waste packaging.

How do you minimise inefficiency within your manufacturing processes?

Due to the nature of our offsite construction techniques we naturally minimise the inefficiencies which can be associated with onsite construction. Our move away from labour intensive open moulding towards a more automotive approach will decrease our inefficiencies even further. Our aim is to produce 50% of our output in this way by 2020.

What is your most popular product? Why?

Entrance Canopies are our most popular product. The skills shortage is well documented and these products remove the need for skilled work onsite. We provide a range of flat, apex and curved canopies to suit a range of house types – I think the variety we provide helps make these a really popular product.

Entrance GRP Canopy IG Elements

What complexities arise with each different style of dormer?

There are a number of complexities at play when it comes to installing dormers. We have to negotiate a range of different roof angles and pitches, varying sizes of windows, differing situations – bedrooms, bathrooms, offices etc. We also have to ensure we keep abreast of any changes with legislation regarding thermal efficiency and ensuring compliance with these. As dormers form part of the fabric of the building they need to maintain the same thermal efficiency as other parts of the fabric.

What has been the company’s biggest success to date?

Our ability to cope with our massive growth has been our biggest success. The growth we have experienced over the last three years has been exponential. We have had no less than a 40% increases year on year over the past few years and we are delighted to be moving in this direction.

What has been the company’s biggest challenge to date?

With this growth we have experienced some challenges in terms of production and the service to customers have become accustomed to. We have addressed these issues by the opening of a new factory which has tripled our capacity, the provision of our Site Support Packs and our Minor Repair Kits, all of which have helped to reassure our house builder partners of the seriousness with which we take their projects.

How does quality and innovation appear within the business?

As with all member companies at The Keystone Group, innovation is at the very core of what we do at IG Elements. We are committed to improving our offering and to being ahead of the market when it comes to new quality products. We are ISO 9001 and 14001 certified and are constantly striving to keep abreast of developments in the marketplace.

What is your opinion of the current level of training within the industry – how could training be improved across the sector?

The level of training has been a particular issue for the composite industry. Traditionally there have been no apprenticeship schemes available for our sector. Government funding has extended to various other sectors and we have suffered as a result in terms of attracting staff to come and work with us. Thankfully there is light at the end of the tunnel with the government’s new commitment to the sector as of this year.

How do you encourage customers to place their trust in your business?

Our commitment to providing the best service to out customers, to the partnership that we provide throughout the process and our ongoing support all come together to mean our customers can have total faith in placing their business with IG Elements. We have dedicated to each stage of the process, ensuring that customers know exactly where they stand in terms of cost, delivery and after sales support.

Would you consider IG Elements a forward-looking company?

Absolutely! We are committed to our 2020 vision and in our move towards this we have invested heavily in our new premises, to a raft of new staff and to improved services throughout the business.

How will the business look in five years?

We will continue to invest in the business to ensure our growth remains as strong as it has done over the last three years. In five years the business will have doubled in size and will have diversified into other composite materials. We are currently looking into a range of garage doors and sewage systems which will see our portfolio of products increase significantly.

Supply Chain Sustainability

IG Elements Receives Supply Chain Sustainability ‘Silver Status’

Supply Chain SustainabilityIG Elements has recently achieved Silver Status with the Supply Chain Sustainability School.

The school is a collaboration between major UK contractors and is designed to offer free training resources, networking events and action plans for suppliers across three learning areas – Sustainability, Management and Offsite.

As a GRP manufacturer, it was vital for us to become a member of the School, especially when it promotes the need for Offsite Solutions as a sustainable future in the house building industry. Achieving Silver Status actually takes us on par with some of the partners of the school, so this is a great recognition of the hard work we have put into achieving this.

IG Elements is committed to constantly improving and evolving as a supplier and we will use the resources available from SCSS to continue this.

Look out for us at some of the upcoming Construction events!

Priya IG Elements

IG Elements Latest Addition to the Team

Priya IG ElementsIG Elements is more than happy to announce the start of its newest member of staff, Priya Rai who joined the Technical Team earlier this month as a Design Engineer.

Priya joins us following her graduation from Loughborough University with a degree in Product Design. As part of her degree she completed a placement year at CPI Display in Leicestershire, which specialises in POS (Point of Sale) design in retail. Priya is looking forward to broadening her knowledge and skills in a completely different industry and construction will certainly do that.

Whilst at University Priya was part of the cheerleading squad and she is also a Black Belt in Karate. It looks like we may have found a new competitor for the intercompany KeyFit competitions within The Keystone Group.

As a graduate her first few months will be focused on Approval Packs, BOMs, Specification sheets and Standard Drawings making her a vital member of the team. All of us at IG Elements wish Priya the best of luck in the start of her new career.

IG Elements Site Support and Repair Kits

IG Elements Service Update

IG Elements Site Support and Repair KitsThe past few months of hard work at IG Elements has been essential for the growth of the business. Our second 60,000 sq ft production facility in Woodville became fully operational on the 1st March this year, which has enabled us to double our production capability.

From day one, we have striven to demonstrate our commitment to every project. Going forward, we are now providing newly designed IG Elements site support packs. These are tailored to the specifications of each project and have been developed to assist site operatives with installation, maintenance and after care associated with our products.

IG Elements has a wealth of experience in the construction industry and we understand that it is almost impossible to avoid the inevitable; products can and do get damaged onsite. As a solution, we have also developed a minor repair kit, which will be given to site managers at the start of each project. This enables a quick and convenient fix at the hands of a site operative so whenever any minor damages occur, they can be dealt with immediately, saving time, money and hassle.

For further information, please contact us or call 01283 552205.

IG Elements Team pictured with Construction News Award

IG Elements Recognised at Construction News Specialists Awards

IG Elements Team pictured with Construction News AwardWe are delighted to announce The Keystone Group has won ‘Materials Supplier of the Year’ at the Construction News Awards ceremony held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane on 22nd March. The judges were extremely complimentary about the achievements of the company. In their press release, Construction News commented:

‘The judges were blown away with The Keystone Group, describing the firm as a worthy winner of this year’s award for Materials Supplier of the Year – a brilliant business which ticked all of the boxes. We were impressed with Keystone’s real innovation across a wide range of products. These all led to improvements and cost savings in the businesses that used them. It is clear that Keystone is a company always looking to better itself and the welfare and skills of its workers and those it supplies.’

The Construction News Awards are the only national awards for specialist contractors and the winners represent the best of the best in the UK construction industry. The Keystone Group were praised for their innovation across the group companies, with Hi-therm lintels and the Keylite insulated collar singled out for particular praise. The judges also described IG Masonry Support’s brick slip system as a ‘particularly ingenious solution to a common problem.’ The commitment to health & safety and efficiency was also commended through the use of Smartroof’s pre-insulated roof panel systems and the GRP components provided by IG Elements.

Speaking of the win, The Keystone Group’s CEO Eithne Kelly commented, ‘we are thrilled to accept this award for Materials Supplier of the Year from Construction News. To have been recognised in this way at such a prestigious event has been an honour for us and we are delighted that each of the companies within our group has been singled out for individual praise by the judges. At The Keystone Group we are constantly seeking to innovate, enhance and improve our procedures, manufacturing processes, customer focus and ultimately our products, and this award provides important recognition of each of these.

IG Elements Offsite

Key Growth for IG Elements

The news for IG Elements was dominated last year by key appointments to the team. As part of its significant expansion, IG Elements appointed Paul Wilkinson as their new National Sales Manager. In his new role Paul is responsible for maintaining and developing IG Elements’s growing customer base as well as managing the internal and external sales teams.

The company also welcomed Production Manager, Rob Satherley to its growing team. With over a decade of experience in the GRP and house building industries, Rob has an in-depth understanding of the demands of the housing sector and the importance of meeting any challenges head on. These new appointments, together with the expanding facilities in South Derbyshire, are indicative of the company’s response to continued demands.

IG Elements also celebrated being shortlisted for ‘Best Site Product’ at the 2016 Housebuilder Product Awards. The Redi Dormer helps transform usable space in the roof of a building whilst adding value. A fully-moulded one piece, offsite solution, the Redi Dormer arrives ready to install, therefore reducing the demand for skilled labour onsite.

Summing up the year, Managing Director Liam Kelly commented ‘It has been a year of significant change for us at IG Elements. We have taken on board feedback from customers and expanded both our team and our facilities to cater for increased demand for our products. We are fully committed to customer care and are excited about the prospects for 2017.’

Seanan McNulty IG Elements

A day in the life of a Production Planner

Seanan McNulty IG ElementsManufacturing production planners are responsible for the planning and smooth running of production processes in a manufacturing company. They draw up a schedule of work, which is agreed with the production manager or director. But what does a Manufacturing Production Planner do on a day-to-day basis?

Seanán McNulty is Production Planner for IG Elements. We asked her to take us through her typical work day.

Tell us a bit about your typical day from start to finish

When I first started at IG Elements, I was in the Technical department working closely with Solidworks and product design but I now help out with Production on top of this.

My role is to ensure that the production output from the previous working day is booked in to stock to enable logistics to plan runs for each unit. Scheduling deliveries for out completed products.

I begin with calculating the sales value for each day, comparing against target values for the month. This gives the production staff an insight into to their progress by month.

Another important part of my job is to plan the weekly schedule, taking many variables into consideration: customer requested date, mould usage, size of mould, value of each unit etc.

Planning the schedule includes ensuring urgent or priority jobs are pushed through production, making sure we aren’t behind on production and that labels are printed for each unique unit for easy picking for logistics.
Additionally, on a day-to-day basis, I liaise with the production team, sales order processing team and customer service team to prevent any issues or errors from occurring in production and liaise with external suppliers to ensure we get our product on time for the customer.

I also get daily updates on how production is looking, and how the next couple of days within production may look.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love learning new things every day, such as getting to know the (Microsoft) Nav System better. I mainly use NAV for access to LIVE orders in order to schedule the daily production correctly and booking correct units in to stock.

I was never a part of a production team before this job, so I’ve learnt priceless information about how the department functions.

I also enjoy the responsibilities involved with the job, working closely with various departments within the company and working with the team we have here at IG Elements. The people here make the job that little bit more enjoyable.

Why did you choose this career path?

I’ve always been associated with some part of the construction industry from a young age. I really enjoyed design when I was at school. Design is exciting and refreshing and this is why I went down the engineering route.
On top of this, I wanted to put my stamp on a very male-dominated industry and show others that women can be a part of any industry they wish, to help wipe out stereotyping!

What are the biggest challenges in your job?

Working closely with the ever changing production demands is a big challenge in my job, as well as figuring out systems that suit our production team best to ensure things run smoothly on the shop floor.

Rob Satherly

IG Elements Announces Key Appointment

Rob Satherly

IG Elements is delighted to welcome new Production Manager, Rob Satherley to its growing team. With over a decade of experience in the GRP and house building industries, Rob has an in-depth understanding of the demands of the housing sector and the importance of meeting any challenges head on.

In his new role, Rob will be responsible for the management of IG Elements’ current production facility in Overseal and the production planning of its new factory in Woodville. When Rob isn’t working hard to meet production schedules, deadlines and delivery dates he likes to be outdoors, cycling, running and competing in local events.

Commenting on his appointment, Rob said: “One thing that definitely attracted me to IG Elements was the progressive nature of this young business and their willingness overcome any obstacles. This drive means they will always actively seek new ways to support their customers and improve the service they provide.”

Rob’s appointment reflects IG Elements’ plans to develop their production processes to ensure their customers receive the best service possible.