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VIVALDA GROUP BUCKS THE GLOOMY TREND – INCREASING Q1 SALES BY 20%

Vivalda Group plc, the UK’s leading distributor of architectural cladding, has announced first quarter sales figures showing a continuing rise in sales into a construction industry beset by uncertainty and recession. The figures for the first three months of 2018 show sales increasing by 20% compared to the same period

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

architectural cladding

Pura Facades appointed sole UK distributor of VetaBric brick slip panels

Architectural cladding specialist Pura Facades has been appointed as the sole UK distributor of VetaBric, the latest entrant to the fast-growing brick slip panel market. The lightweight panel alternative to traditional bricks can accurately reproduce the aesthetic of the majority of brick brands. It is also available in a new, ultra-thin, pre- mortared joint, which gives a distinctive, sleek and modern look to the facade. Weighing just 12.5kg per m2, VetaBric panels offer a lightweight alternative to brickwork and can be erected safely by trained construction site workers. While architects love the creative possibilities that VetaBric can bring to projects, contractors appreciate the speed at which the panels are hung – up to a third quicker than traditional bricklaying according to Pura’s commercial director James Butler. Commenting on the UK launch of VetaBric, he said: “Given the dearth of skilled labour and long lead times of bricks in the UK, solutions such as VetaBric are becoming much more popular with developers, architects and contractors. And despite being only 25mm thick, we’re finding the product to be dense and rigid – therefore very robust once installed on site. “A project we were recently involved with – a residential development in Thornton Heath, South London – shows how effective brick slip can be. The project was finished on time and within budget, thanks in some measure to the adoption of VetaBric.” Manufactured off-site, VetaBric supports the UK’s move towards modular construction methods. It can be fixed onto a wide range of substrates including masonry, lightweight steel or timber frames – all using the extensive range of fixings provided by Pura. Manufactured in Lille, northern France, VetaBric provides a joint free solution to facades, as any visible fixings are hidden by mortar applied once the panel is installed. To find out more about VetaBric, go to www.purafacades.co.uk.

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VIVALDA GROUP BUCKS THE GLOOMY TREND – INCREASING Q1 SALES BY 20%

Vivalda Group plc, the UK’s leading distributor of architectural cladding, has announced first quarter sales figures showing a continuing rise in sales into a construction industry beset by uncertainty and recession. The figures for the first three months of 2018 show sales increasing by 20% compared to the same period in 2017. Ben Jayes, managing director of Vivalda Group plc, said; “Our continuing growth shows how the market for our off-site fabrication facility, which enables our customers to benefit from greater efficiencies on site, is continuing to grow. Our expansion plans are on course and the heavy investment needed to roll out the offer nationwide is clearly providing the capacity required to meet demand”. Vivalda Group has already reported how its new Ireland office, which opened last August, is on course to achieve annual sales of €1m, adding to the good news. “Here is evidence that the market will always respond favourably to a supplier whose service is backed by a culture of expertise and investment”, said Jayes. The architectural cladding market has had its share of uncertainty over the past year, but Jayes adds: “The sector is looking for leadership and with Vivalda Group’s long history of loyalty to world-class suppliers, our customers know we can be relied upon to provide a warranted, certified product which all concerned know will be fit for purpose”.

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