In welcoming you to the second supplement from Hanson Brick, I want to say how pleased I was to have heard from so many readers with their views following the first publication in November. From a manufacturer's point of view, any response from customers is encouraging, but more so when it is positive and enthusiastic. It helps to underline that the research and development programme we are committed to is reflective of the direction you want us to take and that the articles we present to you are both relevant and informative.
In this issue we are introducing the Classic Collection, which includes modular-size bricks and blocks, as well as a range of glazed facings from our Desimpel brand.These products satisfy demand for a fresh look at clay products in alternative sizes and finishes.They achieve a totally different appearance in application and lend themselves to less-traditional brick construction methods.
Also, our advancement in adhesive brick technology from the continent is encouraging several notable projects to use this technique.
Training is, of course, an essential responsibility for the company, particularly where new products and techniques are involved, and we have looked closely at the industry's situation.
We can now announce our joint venture with Thermaliner Insulation Systems (TiS) the Manchesterbased manufacturer of specialist cladding systems for both volumetric and modular buildings.We are now involved in the business of developing factory-built buildings which confirms our position at the forefront of new developments while providing added value to our constantly evolving product range.
Finally, in this and subsequent issues we intend to include information about other Hanson divisions whose products are complementary to our own and hopefully of interest to you.
As ever, I look forward to hearing your comments and views.