Locusrite, a leading UK manufacturer of expanded metal building products, including angle and plaster beads, has announced that it is to become part of the Vista Engineering Group.
“We’ve worked with BPC for many years and joining the group will bring benefits for everyone involved.” explains Paul Rickett, managing director of Maldon-based Locusrite. “This is especially true for the customers of both companies, who will benefit from the broader product range and enhanced technical support.”
BPC managing director, Gareth Simister adds, “The increased manufacturing capacity this brings to the group is great news. Surety of supply, at scale, is critically important for our customers and this further strengthens our offering.”
“Our approach to business is very similar, so for Locusrite to become part of the Vista group is a natural step,” adds Vista Engineering Group managing director, Phil Travis. “Their management team, customer relationships and service ethic are all very strong, so we look forward to them joining the Vista family”.
“Vista’s vision is based on manufacturing high quality products, delivering excellence in customer service and offering competitive prices. We know that Locusrite shares that vision, and the high standards we adhere to, so they are the perfect new addition to the Vista group.”
BPC has issued a new brochure turning the spotlight on its expanded builders metalwork range. The brochure has been designed as a sales aid for merchants when dealing with customer enquiries and features clear and comprehensive product information.
“The new brochure is a real step up.”
explains BPC’s managing director, Gareth Simister
“We spoke with our customers and asked them what information they need on a day-to-day basis and developed the brochure to reflect this. The inclusion of in-situ images, force diagrams and performance tables, in addition to dimensions, material thickness and pack quantities, should allow most inquiries to be dealt with without the need to refer to technical data sheets.”
The publication details BPC’s full range of single piece masonry hangers, restraint straps, timber to timber joist hangers, timber engineering hardware, multi-truss hangers, angle brackets, timber fixings and timber connectors.
“We’re very pleased with the way the brochure shows the quality of our products,” continues Gareth. “The builders metalwork range is manufactured using high grade galvanised and stainless steel and tested to the relevant British and European standards. This allows our products to provide the levels of performance, quality and reliability that the industry has come to expect from BPC at a price that remains competitive despite the market-wide pressure on raw materials.”
BPC Building Products has made significant investment in three new, state of the art, production lines, substantially increasing capacity to supply builders metalwork to the UK market.
The lines have been installed and commissioned at a second combined factory & warehouse facility, located just off junction 40 of the M1.
The lines will manufacture a range of builders’ metalwork including joist and truss hangers, restraint straps, angle brackets and timber connectors.
The new facility also gives an additional 1000 pallet spaces greatly increasing its stockholding and distribution capacity.
BPC Managing Director Gareth Simster commented,
“We’re proud to be able to create local manufacturing jobs. Yorkshire has a strong tradition for the manufacture of steel products and boasts a highly skilled workforce. Coupled with our three new production lines, this will enable us to significantly ramp up production over the next few months, to continue our growth strategy into 2022”.
BPC are part of the Vista Group – The UK’s largest independent manufacturer of builders’ metalwork.
After a year where demand for landscaping products has been higher than ever, BPC Building Products has launched a new brochure which provides full details of the company’s expanded range of landscaping products. The publication has been designed to be a handy source of reference for retailers when dealing with customer enquiries.
“This year has been very busy for us, not only in terms of demand but also product development. We’ve added new products to our landscaping range and a number of new variants to some of our existing products. We wanted a new brochure that brings the full range together in one place, making it easier for our customers to know exactly what’s available.”
“We’re very pleased with the way the brochure shows the quality of our products,” continues Gareth. “It has a simple layout, with illustrations and product information presented in an easily-accessible style.”
“As with all of our products, the landscaping range are manufactured using the best raw materials. This allows our products to provide the high levels of quality and reliability that the industry has come to expect from BPC at a price that’s competitive.”
To all of our valued customers and suppliers Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the Directors and Staff at BPC Building Products.
“A massive thank you to all our friends, partners and suppliers who have helped and supported us in 2019. We look forward to a continued successful partnership with you, and all the new opportunities next year will bring. Here’s to a successful 2020!”
Wakefield-based builders’ metalwork manufacturer BPC has invested in a new fleet of delivery and warehouse vehicles. The move comes after a successful 2018 that saw a 20% increase in turnover and culminated with BPC becoming part of the Vista Engineering group of companies.
The investment is the first of several over the coming months, with further spending on new machinery and equipment planned for later in the year. Commenting on the new vehicle fleet and planned investment, BPC Managing Director Gareth Simister said:
“This heralds a commitment in 2019 to investments that will allow us to significantly increase manufacturing capacity, further improve our delivery standards and increase our distribution capabilities so we can continue to offer market leading service and quality across the full product range. Added to the expanded product range and technical support that come from being part of the Vista Group, it makes this an exciting time for our company and all its customers.”
BPC Building Products is excited to be exhibiting at the 2018 Build Show Exhibition, at NEC Birmingham between 9-11 October 2018.
Visit us on stand B08 for more details and to take advantage of the exclusive promotions that we will be offering on the day.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet with our team and browse our vast range of products, including our selection of builder’s metalwork, plasterer’s accessories and fencing, decking and gardening supplies.
The Build Show will feature the latest advancements in building products, policy and projects, all designed to help building professionals stay up-to-date and one step ahead of their competitors.
Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said:
“For most people working in the trades, finding the time to keep up to date with the latest products and sourcing the best deals while juggling work commitments feels impossible.
“That’s why the Build Show is always an unmissable event for specialist trades and general builders. It brings the latest products, ideas and manufacturers to one place and is broken down into specific sections to make the search easier. It’s a much-needed opportunity to be inspired and encouraged, to make deals, and to take away lots of new ideas and products to apply straight away.”
We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues at the NEC. Register for your free ticket by clicking here or on the Build Show banner above.
We are very pleased to announce BPC Building Products Ltd, has joined Vista Engineering, in a move which sees the group strengthen its position in the UK market and significantly enhance the product range offered to its customers.
“There is a tremendous amount of synergy between BPC and Vista, and bringing the two companies closer together will generate additional benefits for both sets of customers,” explains BPC Managing Director, Gareth Simister.
“This is great news for customers of both businesses. The acquisition will allow access to a wider range of products together with improved technical support and customer service levels.”
“We’re delighted to welcome BPC as part of the expanding Vista group,” adds Vista managing director, Phil Travis. “We have worked together as distribution partners for many years, and look forward to strengthening the relationship we’ve already established”.
“Vista is a proudly British company which offers high quality products. We combine the best quality raw materials and state-of-the-art technology with over 40 years of experience, and would only ever consider forging a closer relationship with a company like BPC which shares our high standards and aims for the future.”
Timber frame construction has been used for centuries, although its popularity has grown recently due to the increased focus on embodied energy and off-site techniques. Open panel timber frame construction is the most common system used in the UK, accounting for around 80% of the market. More advanced closed panel systems that require hoisting into position have a smaller but growing share of the market. In addition to the structural elements, both floors and roofs are now being more frequently specified as timber cassettes, ready for rapid assembly on site.
Although timber frame construction is growing, it is still a relatively small part of the market, but one that is beginning to drive our product development process. However, traditional construction techniques make up the vast majority of the fixings category, which comprises of angle brackets and plates for pitched roofs and joist hangers for floors. There are also a wide range or restraint straps, designed to securely connect timber to brick or block walls as well as wall ties, frame cramps and bead and mesh ranges.
Timber to timber and timber to masonry fixings are a critical part of the construction programme from both a specifiers and contractors point of view. For specifiers, they have a direct bearing on the long term performance of the building, which is reflected in the fact that fixings are manufactured from steel that complies with harmonised European standards. For example, all our timber to timber joist hangers are made from galvanised steel to BS EN 10346:2009 DX51D as standard, and stainless steel to BS EN 10088-2 Grade 1.4301 to order. They also need to comply with the Construction Product Regulations (CPR) and our range is CE marked where necessary in order to demonstrate compliance.
Contractors and roofers also need to be confident that the fixings they source are up to doing the job. That means being manufactured to the required standard as well as being easy to source and to fit on site.
Joist hangers represent one of the largest sectors in the fixings’ market, closely followed by items such as restraint straps and angle brackets, and the range we developed reflects this makeup. Both roofing and flooring works inevitably involve a need for a range of fixings, although there are a range of standardised designs that we develop that cover more jobs on site.
Our fixings are available from stockists and we support customers with next day delivery, direct to site where necessary. These kinds of investments in service have been key to driving forward our business. We have also invested half a million pounds in new manufacturing equipment recently at our site in Wakefield in order to build on these commitments.
Investing in the future
The future for the fixings’ market looks strong with a move towards off-site and timber frame driving new product development, although traditional construction techniques will continue to account for the majority of the market for many years. Having been manufacturing in the UK for the last 40 years we firmly see ourselves as being on the side of roofers and contractors – as a company we continue to re-invest where it adds value to our customer proposition. It helps that we specialise in this area as that means we have a better understanding of what is required.
The market dynamics look set to continue improving and we are seeing signs of growing confidence in the sector; as house prices continue to rise and low interest rates encourage homeowners to spend on RMI, with loft conversion and extensions. On the new build side, too, a desire by the government to build more houses will ramp up demand in this area. All in all, the market for fixings looks very positive, which means the value of sourcing from a supplier that understands the market and can develop products that makes the job easier for contractors and roofers cannot be underestimated. As a company, we remain focussed on making traditional and hybrid construction techniques, such as timber frame, easier, whilst meeting the challenges of ever changing legislation.
Timber to timber and timber to masonry fixings are by their very nature notoriously difficult to differentiate because they fulfil a very specific single purpose. This has lead many merchants to look to their supply partners for non-product based initiatives that give them an edge in the market.
The challenge for manufacturers, therefore, is to develop service options that enable merchants to capitalise on current market opportunities, for example, continued strength of the timber frame and RMI (renovation, maintenance and improvement) sectors. When it comes to timber to timber and timber to masonry fixings merchants can differentiate themselves by offering customers ex-stock availability or next day delivery options.
These non- product differentiators create a very powerful selling proposition. For instance, fixings’ suppliers that provide merchants with a next day delivery, direct to site where necessary, will find it a highly effective way of earning loyalty from customers. We’ve also found that competitions that we run on behalf of merchants helps generate interest and footfall, with the latest giving end customers the chance to win official Euro2016 merchandise.
Strict merchant supply policy
Our approach on all our ranges, including our entire timber to timber and timber to masonry fixings is that we have a merchant only policy. This means merchants have the confidence that their prices won’t be undermined by us offering similar trade prices to builders and roofers. This has been an important factor in the success of our business over the last 35-plus years and many merchants that have adopted the range have performed particularly well in this market.
Of course, in a competitive market such as constructional fixings, where often there is limited opportunity for product differentiation, adopting a rigid supply policy is only the start point. Many merchants are looking for differentiation in terms of the service package, too, which means having a supply partner that they can rely on. That partner has to be willing to hold high levels of stock to ensure they avoid stock out situations, a sure fire way to lose customers and also to offer next day delivery anywhere in the UK, ideally with no minimum order quantity.
Both of these are crucial to a successful merchant operation and is one of the reasons why we have invested so much in our warehouse and distribution over the last few years.
Our approach is that a good supplier makes sure that merchants are free to concentrate on what they are good at – selling products to trade and DIY’ers. Next day delivery and holding over a million products in stock means that we can be responsive to merchants’ needs. It helps that we manufacture in the UK, which keeps us leaner, a crucial factor in maintaining merchant margin.
In an effort to convey this potential we encourage all our customers to visit our manufacturing facility in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Our 50,000 sq ft of warehousing and distribution capacity gives us the ability to hold most of our products in stock, which incidentally increases to 100% on our fixings ranges.
Understanding the trade
The timber to timber and timber to masonry category is an important part of the construction sector. They are critical to the long term performance of the building, which is reflected in the fact that most fixings now have to be manufactured to British Standard. For example, all our timber to timber joist hangers are made from galvanised steel to BS EN 10346:2009 DX51D as standard, and stainless steel to BS EN 10088-2 Grade 1.4301 to order.
Joist hangers represent one of the largest sectors in the connectors’ market, closely followed by items such as restraint straps and angle brackets, and the range we developed reflects this makeup. Both roofing and flooring works inevitably involve the need for timber to timber or timber to masonry fixings, and having a suitable range available, with the necessary service backup, is essential to pick up sales. We usually work with merchants to identify a core range to hold in the branch if they wish, which will allow them to pick up trade counter sales. For other items, used for planned works, we deliver to an agreed schedule, including next day direct to site in many cases. Our merchant customers find that offering a very tight range of known volume sellers is the best way to grow sales without complicating their systems by holding unnecessary stock of slow moving but essential products.
Helping merchants grow their business
The future for the fixings’ market looks good for merchants. Our advances in EDI and email ordering has definitely made things easier for customers and our recent half a million pound investment in new manufacturing equipment will help us push more value through to merchants.
The market dynamics also look set to improve; as house prices continue to rise and low interest rates encourage homeowners to spend on RMI, for example, with loft conversion and extensions, it will create more opportunities for merchants. On the new build side of the equation too, a desire by the government to build more houses, will ramp up demand in this area. All in all, the market for fixings looks very positive, which means the value of working with a supplier that understands the market and can offer clear elements of difference cannot be underestimated.