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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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Written by Guest Blogger

Scott & Fyfe Limited has announced some significant governance changes effective as at 1.1.15.

 

A strategy review in November 2014 confirmed the innovation-led strategy at the heart of the company, enhanced by the employee engagement consequent on the move to employee ownership in January 2013. In order to promote the new ethos the strategic business unit (pod) leaders become business directors. Thus, Lesley Bayne (Operations), Paul McMullan (Composites), John Palmer (Loop), Roland Pap (Flooring), Michelle Quadrelli (Pipe Fabric Technology) are named Business Directors.

 

Company Chairman Professor Nick Kuenssberg said: “These developments reflect the increased participation of the management team in the formulation of strategy and delivery of results, mirroring the role of employees as owners and marking the transition from private to employee ownership.” 

 

 JOHN LUPTON

  CHIEF EXECUTIVE

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Written by John Palmer

 

This year we celebrated 150 years in business and what a year it has been! 

 

Following a complete transformation of our business 5 years ago and a switch to employee ownership in 2012 we are now finally on a track with a clear destination. The greatest transformation in our company history and one, I have to say, gives us reassurance for the future.

 

We would just like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of our colleagues who make work that much more enjoyable, our customers for their loyalty and patience and our suppliers for their support through this phase.

 

This has been a satisfying year but not one without its challenges. Despite these however, we have achieved a great deal and look forward to 2015 with renewed vigour.

 

Some of the highlights of 2014 include:

 

  • Reached 150 years of successful business
  • Launched our new website
  • Attended Employee Ownership events including an enlightening conference at Nottingham University. We will be hosting our own event in February 2015
  • Benefited from the skills of fabulous interns from around the globe
  • Held an Employee Ownership, Successful Succession Event here with CDS
  • Created a new business sector addressing innovative pipe relining
  • Launched new ground breaking products including Alphashield and Polymat FR
  • Carried out innovation workshops, partnership events with some major blue chip companies
  • Participated in a number of charity events including a very colourful “Wear It Pink” day in support of breast cancer
  • Generated a collaborative strategy to take us through to 2018, which is based on facts rather than pipedreams

 

With our current very loyal customers, supportive suppliers and not least our very flexible and motivated employees we will achieve our objectives.

 

We still have much to learn and there will be pain and discomfort along the way but our determination will get us there!

 

Again we’d like to wish all of our friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2015.

 

John Palmer

Employee Elected Director and POD Manager

 

  

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Written by Karin Brummelhuis

Since I made the transition from an intern at Scott & Fyfe to Ideation Business Manager a lot of people ask me what does an Ideation Manager do? To begin with the definition of Ideation is stated as:

 

 “The formation of ideas or concepts”

 

This is exactly what my role is as the Ideation POD manager within Scott & Fyfe. When there is a new idea or concept I am involved its development from the earliest stage carrying out research, product development and further market research. Another part of my job is to look at next steps within our existing markets. For example, we recently launched new products within our PFT POD's cured in place pipe (CIPP) range and in the Composite POD's Polymat range and I am now looking at what can come next. In order to carry out these tasks I utilise many of the skills that Scott & Fyfe learnt throughout their “Creating Cultures of Innovation” work with Glasgow School of Art including the Double Diamond, P.O.I.N.T and dotocracy tools.

 

I began my journey at Scott & Fyfe working as an intern whilst carrying out research for my dissertation. This was a requirement at the course I was doing at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands; this course offers education focused specifically on technical textiles.

 

The knowledge that I took from my course is applied to my work on a daily basis in some way or another, varying from the learning of how different knitting patterns affect the product to understanding the properties of different polymers and the affect they have on the production process and final product. This education has helped me greatly.

 

One factor that I think is very important when working in an idea generation and product development role is the understanding of how new methods can be applied and their relevance to market areas and the business as a whole. A question that I need to ask is whether or not a new technology really adds value to the textile product or if a more conventional method is better. Another aspect that I must consider is the investment that it would require to produce. This is perhaps one area that significantly differs from my theoretical work in University, as now I have to consider the financial implications within a business. Not all new technologies require investment though; an example of this is that some new and performance enhancing nano coatings can be applied by conventional coating processes therefore adding no additional cost.

 

I believe that growth in technical textiles lies in finding new applications thereof. For example a few decades ago nobody thought of reinforcing concrete with textiles rather than metal bars, or replacing steel cables with textile fibres (e.g. Dyneema), which outperforms traditional steel.

 

Nowadays we find ourselves making boats, planes, trains and all sorts of construction materials with textile reinforcements. The major benefits being that textiles are flexible and much lighter than traditionally used materials and can have many other improved features. Textiles can be formed around the most difficult bends because of their conformability. Additionally textiles can be given almost any desired property such as conductivity and insulation properties. Given these beneficial aspects it will be interesting to find out what else can be done with textiles in future for areas where they are currently not being used yet and as Ideation Manager it is partly my job to find out. 

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