Innovation, sustainability and collaboration for the supply chain is a focus for SFS’ UK MD, David Wigglesworth. He outlines their range of technically excellent, sustainably manufactured products
It may be more than 80 years since SFS started manufacturing hardware products, and three decades since the SFS Stadler name (as it was then) hit the UK, but the pioneering spirit on which the company evolved remains as strong today. We continue to find new ways to add value at all points along the supply chain.
Our team is fully committed to working closely with the whole supply chain, connecting specifiers, contractors, clients and other influencers in the building process to ensure that the end result delivers the maximum benefit from the best available solutions.
Being a manufacturer, we have complete control of the way our products are conceived, designed, manufactured and delivered to customers. This means that we can be innovative, agile and responsive to provide solutions compatible with the new products developed by leading building envelope OEMs and allow customers to excel, whichever position they occupy in the supply chain.
Innovation comes in many forms, though, with product being just one. We are always thinking of how we can do things better, across all dimensions, and sustainability is a priority area. We recently upgraded our Leeds 77,000 sq. ft. production site to reduce the carbon footprint by replacing the lighting with an ultra-low power LED lighting system. This major investment is a significant sustainability step for our business, with an estimated saving of approximately 65 tonnes of CO2 per annum, and demonstrates our credibility as a trusted supplier as part of sustainable building projects.
Another key area of innovation is BIM (Building Information Modelling). Fasteners, in particular, will be a critical component within BIM modelling, so we will ensure that designers have SFS intec product data at their disposal. It’s a positive force, ultimately, supporting a more robust specification that will make it more difficult to substitute products, given the cycle of stages to achieve a federated model.
Our wide spectrum of support ranges from regularly updated product catalogues that feature specific application and technical guidance, to the expertise available through our specification, technical and supply chain management teams. Our investment in BIM is the latest dimension. It will help us to embed the specification and therefore decision-makers will have to carefully consider the arguments for, and the consequences of, a product substitution. Subsequently, it will allow specifiers to assess the value of cost savings on such a small percentage of the build value versus the additional risk of liability.
This advisory approach helps us maintain our position as the UK market leader in fastening systems and hinge technology, and a different kind of supplier focused on quality, collaboration and customer service excellence. We understand that the choice of fastener can make or break a successful building envelope and, similarly, hinge specification will determine how well a door-set performs and looks. That’s why we will continue to provide the right advice and products to architects and contractors so that they can create and build sustainable, longer-lasting, superior buildings.
Find out more at www.sfsintec.co.uk
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