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.

Galliford Try choose IG Elements

Galliford Try Choose IG Elements

Galliford Try choose IG Elements

Galliford Try is the latest house builder to recognise the benefits of offsite construction and have signed a supplier agreement lasting until February 2018 for all GRP components for Galliford Try Partnership and Linden Homes.

We are delighted to welcome IG Elements to our supplier list. This progressive manufacturer provides forward thinking solutions which we feel will benefit our supply chain process and installation teams’ onsite. We look forward to building a successful partnership over the coming months.”

Andy Fysch
Group Procurement Supply Chain
Manager Housing, Galliford Try

Benefits of Offsite Construction

Focus on Offsite

The offsite construction sector accounts for 7% of total construction output in the UK, worth over £1.5bn to the economy. Offsite technologies have the potential to address some of the most persistent challenges facing the industry, including the demand for new housing and the low carbon agenda.

Political pressures to construct affordable quality housing have prompted the first moves towards prefabrication. With the UK requiring 250,000 new homes to be built each year to meet demand – and just 141,000 constructed last year, offsite construction offers a clear solution.

Skills shortages coupled with an ageing workforce have driven private housebuilders to look at offsite solutions.

Advantages of Offsite Construction

Benefits of Offsite Construction

The ideal first step to experiencing the benefits of offsite

IG elements produces a range of offsite components designed to deliver real benefits to the house builder. Our new name reflects that builders can now source specific building elements from us including dormer units, chimney stacks, bay roof or door canopies and surrounds.

By taking the joinery and construction of these elements offsite and by using the latest GRP composite technology we are able to offer the builder a highly efficient alternative to traditional methods.

The main benefits widely accepted from offsite elements include;

  • Speed of construction
  • Build quality
  • Consistency of appearance
  • Enhanced thermal efficiency
  • Reduced working at heights

Managing Director, Liam Kelly commented:

As the housing market is driven towards offsite solutions for construction we have evolved to meet this demand. With our advanced manufacturing capabilities and improved services, we aim to help house builders experience the benefits of offsite”.

Paul Wilkinson IG Elements

IG Elements Appoints National Sales Manager

As part of its significant expansion, IG Elements, a leading GRP building component manufacturer has appointed Paul Wilkinson as their new National Sales Manager. In his new role Paul will be responsible for maintaining and developing IG Elements growing customer base as well as managing the internal and external sales teams.

Paul Wilkinson IG Elements

Paul brings a wealth of experience from both the GRP and housebuilder sectors and joins IG Elements following an industrious career which includes 6 years with StormKing Plastics and more recently a progressive role in the PJH Group where he headed up the Contracts Sales Team.

Commenting on the appointment, IG Elements’s Managing Director, Liam Kelly, said: “Paul’s appointment highlights our determination to grow our business and we believe his skills will be a great asset to our company.”

This key appointment reflects IG Elements’s ambitious plans to strengthen its reputation and expand its infiltration into the Private Development and Social Housing marketplaces.

Redi Dormer Housebuilder Product Awards

Redi Dormer Shortlisted for Housebuilder Product Award

IG Elements is delighted to announce that our Redi Dormer has been shortlisted for ‘Best Site Product’ at the 2016 Housebuilder Product Awards.

Redi Dormer Housebuilder Product Awards

The Redi Dormer helps transform usable space in the roof of a building whilst adding value. The Redi Dormer is a fully-moulded one piece, offsite solution, which arrives ready to install therefore reducing the demand for skilled labour onsite.

The outer shell of the product is made from glass reinforced plastic: a lightweight, high strength, corrosion-free material, needing little or no maintenance. This high quality material, combined with Redi Dormer’s unique innovations, makes this offsite product the perfect solution to the challenges faced during traditional dormer construction. All Redi Dormers are equipped with the following:

  • Flashing Locater Channel: to eliminate the structural offset of dormer wall to roof members.
  • Twin Wall: with a thickness of 140mm achieving an industry leading U value of 0.20 W/m²K.
  • Dry Verge Gutter System: to eliminate wet trades onsite saving both time and labour.
  • iGuide: to assist in the installation of flashing by utilising a predetermined path, which reduces the risk of water entry as a result of incorrect installation.

Managing Director, Liam Kelly, commented; “At IG Elements we are committed to the development of quality, offsite, user friendly products. So naturally we were delighted that our Redi Dormer has been shortlisted at this year’s Housebuilder Product Awards. The Redi Dormer is an easy to install site product, with enhanced thermal efficiency and unique features designed to improve buildability onsite.”

The Housebuilder Product Awards will take place on 29th June at Edgbaston Stadium. Winners will be announced live at the gala lunch and we wish all the finalists the best of luck on the day.

Click here to find out more about our Redi Dormer Range.

IG Elements App

IG Elements Launch Innovative Onsite App

IG Elements App

IG Elements has announced the launch of our new Installation App, designed to provide key information on-the-go for site agents and installer teams.

Content within the App is tailored to meet customer requirements with the inclusion of PDF installation guides, step-by-step installation videos and extensive product range information. Additionally, the IG Elements App is live and web-based, meaning there will never be a need for it to be updated or reinstalled.

Liam Kelly, IG Elements Managing Director commented: “In the past few years we have enjoyed significant growth in traffic to our website with a notable percentage of traffic from mobile and tablet devices. With the nature of our customer base, we recognised the difficulty in accessing a desktop computer while working with our products. With our rebrand and subsequent launch of our new website, we felt it was a natural step to develop an App that provides improved access to installation information for our customers.”

The app is available for download from our website via mobile or tablet at igelements.com

IG Elements Constructionline

IG Elements Register with Constructionline

IG Elements is now registered with Constructionline, the UK’s leading procurement and supply chain management service. With over £1m invested in the website’s infrastructure, Constructionline is a simple and cost effective online solution which delivers easier access to approved suppliers, for every type of project, across the construction sector.

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Constructionline was developed to deliver efficiency savings to buyers, suppliers and contractors by streamlining procurement and supply chain processes. With a database of over 24,000 pre-qualified suppliers and 8,000 professionals, from over 2,800 public and private sector buying organisations, Constructionline offers an opportunity to promote IG Elements services and gain access to new business.

Suppliers’ details are managed and kept up-to-date in real-time, this will benefit our customers as it stops buyers having to waste time and money keeping pre-qualification data and company information current. The certification also reassures buyers, that IG Elements has been assessed in line with government and industry standards.

Liam Kelly, IG Elements Managing Director, said: “Joining Constructionline is a welcome endorsement of the professional service we deliver to our customers and helps IG Elements remain relevant to procurement professionals within the construction industry.”

You can view and download our Constructionline certification here.
To find out more about Constructionline, please click here.