Vivalda Group plc, the UK’s largest distributor of high performance facades, has successfully completed an investment project that brings the benefit of digitally-controlled cutting technology to all eight of its locations across the UK and Ireland. As part of its strategy to increase its pioneering offsite fabrication capacity, the £250,000 investment comprises the acquisition of an additional seven beam saws, supplied by Schelling and Mayer, with Magi-Cut computer controls ensuring total accuracy. Minimal wastage through better template design and off-site fabrication are core elements of Vivalda’s added-value offer and this investment will reinforce the company’s leadership position in the high-performance cladding sector. Vivalda’s investment in plant and technology also includes the addition of new dust extraction equipment, fork lift trucks and scissor lifts to each of its operating sites.
Ben Jayes, managing director of Vivalda Group plc, said: “While terms such as construction 4.0, BIM and DfMA are becoming part of the industry’s new vocabulary, accuracy, quality control and offsite fabrication have been part of our DNA for nearly two decades.
“This major investment demonstrates Vivalda Group’s core strategy to set new quality standards for the off-site fabrication sector. Contractors and specifiers are demanding total accuracy and zero defects on site. This technology ensures we continue to operate at the highest levels of performance in the industry.
“Given the fact that manufacturers are now producing board sizes of up to 5.0m by 3.0m, Vivalda Group has a continuous programme to make sure we have the appropriate cutting technology and logistics in place. Our customers know they can rely on the Vivalda Group to supply their orders on time, accurately cut and knowing each panel will be individually labelled so it can be lifted off the pallet and placed directly on to the wall.”
As the UK’s number one supplier of rain screen cladding and facade panels, Vivalda prides itself on offering a genuinely independent service to contractors in support of specifiers and architects. Products supplied by Vivalda include Marley Eternit, Cembrit, Rockpanel, Trespa and Fibre C. Vivalda also owns the PURA Facades brand.
VivaIda Group has a turnover in excess of £30m and employs more than 100 people. With a new HQ in Birmingham, the group operates from eight locations across the UK and Ireland. Vivalda was named as one of its ‘1000 Companies to Inspire’ by the London Stock Exchange in 2017