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Construction Products Association launches innovation and achievement 2007.

Twenty four innovative products and processes, from across the construction products industry have been recognised in this year's edition of Construction Products Innovation and Achievement (CPIA), the annual showcase from the Construction Products Association.

Commenting on the achievement, Simon Storer, External Affairs Director, for the Construction Products Association said: "Once again the construction products industry has shown an enormous desire to introduce a variety of new and exciting developments. If anybody believed this industry was standing still then you only need look at the products and processes showcased in our publication to realise the huge input the industry is making towards change. Historically the industry has not always been good at trumpeting its own achievements. However, CPIA shows how the construction products industry is continuously developing and creating innovative products and processes which make a significant impact to all aspects of construction.

This year we have chosen four key areas; Energy and Carbon Saving; Health, Safety and Security; Improvements in Site Safety; and Resource Efficiency and examined how new products and processes in all these categories have delivered benefits and improvements to installers and users alike. Although we were only able to choose 24 products for this publication, there are another 30 products highlighted on our website. This shows the industry really is leading the way with new ideas."

The products featured in the publication cover a wide range and include processes designed to save energy and reduce emissions, provide health and safety guidance for employees and contractors and provide a full sustainability appraisal of manufacturing operations.
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EDITORS NOTES:

THE CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION:
The Construction Products Association represents the UK's manufacturers and suppliers of construction products, components and fittings. The Association acts as the voice of the construction products sector, representing the industry-wide view of its members. The sector has an annual turnover of £40 billion and accounts for 40% of total construction output.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Simon Storer, External Affairs Director
Construction Products Association
Tel : 020 7323 3770
Fax : 020 7323 0307
Mobile : 0770 286 2257
E-mail : simon.storer@constructionproducts.org.uk

John Tebbit, Industry Affairs Director
Construction Products Association
Tel : 020 7323 3770
Fax : 020 7323 0307
E-mail : john.tebbit@constructionproducts.org.uk

Copies of the publication are available from the Association, please contact avani.raval@constructionproducts.org.uk

The full list of products in Construction Products Innovation & Achievement 2007 is;

Energy and Carbon Saving:
CEMEX UK - River Freight on the River Severn
Ibstock Brick Ltd - Ecoterre®
ICI Paints - Dulux Trade Light & Space
Jewson Ltd - Unique Dedicated Stores Facilities for Golden Gates Housing Association
Pilkington Building Products - Pilkington energiKareT
VELUX Company Ltd - VELUX Solar Hot Water System

Health, Safety and Security:
Aggregate Industries UK Ltd - Bardon Superflex Carriageway
Altro - Altro Timbersafe
British Gypsum Limited - GypWall EXTREME
Lafarge Roofing Limited - Redland Safety Hook System
Marley Eternit Ltd - Mixer Washdown System
SWS UK - SeceuroGlide Excel

Improvements in Site Efficiency:
Alumet Systems (UK) Ltd - Able Façade System
British Gypsum Limited - Glasroc Rigidur H XXL
Filon Products Limited - Flex-trim
Hanson Building Products - Hanson QuickBuildT Walling System
Jewson Ltd - Jewson Order Valuation Service for Mansell
Naylor Drainage Ltd - New Pipebursting Pipes and Installation Technique

Resource Efficiency
Aggregate Industries UK Ltd - Bardon Superstrong
CA Group Limited - Caskade HYDRA High Velocity Rainwater Management System
Hanson Aggregates - Tuffgrip 6mm
Lafarge Cement UK - Mastercrete Original 25kg Bags in Plastic Packaging
Marley Eternit - EcologicT
XPR Systems - XPR Internal Partition Wall Systems

Further examples for each category are available on the Association website www.constructionproducts.org.uk

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