Onwards and Upwards

AT celebrates 30 years of product and material development



Ph: Peter Cook

30 years is a significant length of time in any industry – not least the construction sector, which continues to thrive on product innovation, sustainable technologies, and new methods of construction. As AT marks its 30th anniversary, eight leading construction companies highlight the transformational changes that have taken place within their respective sectors over the last three decades, and look forward to new developments that are anticipated in coming years.

Kaldewei sets the ball rolling by highlighting some of its ground-breaking innovations in the world of steel enamel bath production. The company also discusses its proactive approach to ecological responsibility, the growing importance of off-site manufacture, and a revolutionary new shower surface system. AGC Glass UK showcases its manufacturing and environmental credentials before exploring current and future trends for over-sized glass, bespoke coatings and ‘smart’ glazing.

NBS explores the rise of digital technology and how this is driving productivity, value and safety. The company also discusses the growing importance of global standards, platform connectivity, and cloud-based ‘big data’. SAS International examines metal ceiling evolution through material, CAD and manufacturing advances. The benefits of its Product Development Centre, as well as the rise of 3D printing and collaborative design are also explored.

The Concrete Centre celebrates concrete’s past and future by interviewing Rab Bennetts, principal of Bennetts Associates. The award-winning architect discusses his evolutionary approach to the material using three key projects. Kingspan highlights the multiple ways it is keeping architects informed of new developments and changes within the construction industry. The company’s cohesive approach includes e-learning, ‘how to’ videos, product data sheets and CPDs.

Polypipe Building Services explains how supply chain innovation holds the key to vertically rising cityscapes. The manufacturer also introduces MecFlow, an innovative new plastic-based water supply system that is ideal for tall buildings. And BMI UK & Ireland explores its 100-year heritage from concrete tile maker to manufacturer of ‘whole’ roof systems. Key innovations, including dry fix roofing and wind tunnel testing, are examined alongside new developments and the challenges of offsite construction.