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Written by Michaela Millar

We are pleased to announce our participation at the Vision London exhibition and conference, 2nd - 3rd June at Olympia London, where we will specifically be promoting our Polymat Hi-Flow Max product for composite façade systems.

 

Vision London is specifically for architects, specifiers, end users and construction sector suppliers and the aim of the event is to bring these communities together to discuss, debate and showcase the latest innovations and developments for the built environment. Vision will focus on innovative building products, materials and technology, as well as new and inventive solutions that facilitate better building design.

 

Composite façade systems are gaining significant traction in the façade market due to their unique benefits such as increased design freedom, ability to create 3D multi-curved surfaces, increased life span, improved weather performance and compliance with building regulations such as fire performance and thermal  / acoustic insulation. This was exemplified recently through two high profile projects in the Netherlands that utilised such composite façade solutions – the Hilton Hotel at Schipol airport and the Stadskantoor Utrecht (SKU) office building.

 

We welcome anyone interested to visit us at Vision, where we will be exhibiting as part of the New Product Zone or alternatively, get in touch with us here.

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Written by Guest Blogger

As a doctoral researcher from St Andrews University, I was fortunate enough to accompany Scott & Fyfe in their journey to becoming a truly innovative company. Since November 2014, I have been coming into the office three days a week, taking on the role as a ‘fly on the wall’ (not a nasty one, of course) and observing how employees go about their daily affairs. My activities have ranged from engaging informally in conversations, asking endless (and probably at times somewhat dull and annoying) questions about their working lives, attending meetings and conducting scientific interviews. Without putting you to sleep my thesis examines a variety of things, primarily however I attend to working practices and how people work together in collaboration.

 

I experienced Scott & Fyfe as a fascinating place. I was amazed by the way the physical appearance of the innovation space facilitated creativity and collaboration. Every POD (business unit) has a designated space within the innovation space, equipped with whiteboards and flipcharts – a homeport of sorts. As is conventional wisdom, a picture is worth a thousand words.

 

Here, meetings and creative sessions such as brainstorms etc. are conducted. Because each POD has its own space, one doesn’t have to wipe out all that’s been accomplished at the whiteboard during the meeting. Instead, people leave it on, returning to it later as a group or on their own and continue where they left off.

 

Because Scott & Fyfe work in cross-functional teams, the collective is overly emphasised. I found this to facilitate knowledge sharing and impact greatly on leadership. ‘No one person has all the answers’ I was told frequently. People therefore are encouraged to step up to challenge conventional wisdom and routine (the nemesis of innovation), share new ideas or offer better insight. More often than not, the person best equipped to make a judgement call, instead of the person who may chair a certain meeting guides future actions. At any rate, I experienced Scott & Fyfe as a democratic environment where all people have a stake in the game for better or for worse.

 

Speaking of environment, I’m lacking words to describe the atmosphere at Scott & Fyfe. ‘Pleasant’ might be an understatement. I was welcomed astonishingly warmly from day one, and despite being a stranger encountered no reservations whatsoever. This may be the opportunity to extend a huge thank you to all employees who made my time so enjoyable and particularly those who endured the agony of me asking endlessly ‘may I record this meeting?’, ‘would you agree to another interview?’, and ‘what is the meaning of this that and the next thing?’ I don’t think I can say it enough, so thank you Scott & Fyfe, I hope you will have another 150 prosperous years ahead of you!

 

Christopher Mueller

 

 

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As a company based in Scotland, Scott & Fyfe are used to facing colder weather but I don't think anything could have prepared me for -21°C, which was the temperature in Indianapolis last week when I attended WWETT (The Water, Wastewater Equipment, Treatment and Transport Show).

 

 

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Formerly called the Pumper and Cleaner Show, around 13,000 people from 45 countries to attend this show. This year there was more than 520 companies exhibiting and with this being the first year I have attended, it was a good opportunity for me to gain insight into the US no dig market and to meet some new contacts.

 

 

 WWETT

 

Over the last year we have been working hard to develop a range of lining products for this market. These have included coated felt fabrics along with our new advanced glass liners, Alphashield and Naeliner. What was really encouraging was that the key players I spoke to showed as much enthusiasm in our products as we do.

 

For those of you I spoke to at the show, thank you very much for taking the time to meet with me and we look forward to developing relationships with you all in the future.

 

To find out more about our range of products for pipe re-lining please visit our products page or contact Michelle Quadrelli on +44 (0) 1382 554037.

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Written by Michaela Millar

The use of composites in construction is an exciting area and one that is beginning to grow as architects increase their understanding of the many advantages that composite materials have to offer. We are proud to offer innovative, technical textile and composite solutions that allow architects the freedom to construct buildings without the constraints of traditional construction materials such as shape, structure, durability and colour. 

 

In partnership with our distributors in the Benelux Region, MC Technics, we recently provided the composite reinforcement materials used in two high profile construction projects. The Hilton Schiphol at Amsterdam airport and the Stadskantoor Building (SKU) in Utrecht.

 

The Hilton Schiphol building consists of 10,000m2 of interlocking composite panels. These shaped and coloured panels make up the façade of the building and were manufactured using 50,000 Kg of Scott & Fyfe’s Polymat Hi Flow Max material under the vacuum infusion process. The building, still under construction is already becoming established as a key landmark in the area. The video below shows the current progress of the building.

 

The StadskantoorUtrechtBuilding is the largest project ever to have been completed in the Benelux region using composite materials. It consumed around 90,000 Kg of our Polymat Hi Flow Max material to complete the façade, which consists of 20,000m2 of panels, manufactured under the vacuum infusion process.

 

These projects are fantastic examples of the use of composite materials and due to the success of these and the opportunities they have opened up we have made the decision to further explore this market and will exhibit at the Vision Exhibition in London (June) as a part of the New Innovation Zone.

 

If you would like to find out more then please get in touch!

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Written by John Lupton

Baby steps …

 

As we are fast approaching the end of our second year as an Employee Owned business, I am proud to say that we are starting to see good progress on the journey towards our strategic goals. These may be baby steps on an incredibly long journey, but we are at least moving forward. Some of the highlights would include the capture of new accounts, the regaining of lost accounts, successful new product launches and an expansion of our sales funnel.

 

The challenges we face in the short to medium term relate to preparing for and adjusting to a proliferation of our new products: productionisation challenges, manpower shortages, skills realignment, quality processes and procedures.

 

The turning of a new year affords us the opportunity to reset our teams and refocus our efforts. 2015 is the year where execution will come to the fore.

 

We know our purpose:

 

We are an International materials technology company who specialise in commercialising ideas and innovations through our global network of partners.

 

We have recently reset the activity streams that will deliver our long-term mission:

 

  • Deliver radically improved new product introductions through better Go-To-Market planning and execution

 

  • Develop the impact and efficacy of the Employee Forum to improve employee empowerment

 

  • Plan and deliver a program to dramatically improve operational performance

 

  • Continually ideate and deliver business and production innovations

 

 

We know where we are going and we know how to get there … The keys to our success will be the entire team reaching their milestones whilst helping each other along the way.

 

As a team, we look forward to going from “baby steps” to “great strides” in as short a period as possible.

 

 

John C Lupton

Chief Executive

 

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With innovation, diversity and partnership at the heart of our company’s ethos, Scott & Fyfe have been designing and producing a vast range of technical textiles for numerous market areas worldwide for almost 150 years. Our ability to design and manufacture products for both current and future market needs have allowed us to build a global reputation for excellence in both quality and service.

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