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A versatile and easy-to-use fixing solution for a wide range of applications has been unveiled by JCS Hi-Torque Ltd.

JCS Banding is the ideal fixing solution for duct work, HVAC installations and much more, utilising a simple cut-to-size banding system.


Tom Allen, Sales & Marketing Manager at JCS Hi-Torque, said: “The big advantage of JCS Banding is its simplicity – cut the required banding length, engage one end into a connector and apply. It is easily adjusted, repositioned and reused.


“It will save installers valuable time on site as it makes the fixing process fast and simple.  No specialist tools are required, just a cutter and a socket driver.”


“JCS Banding is strong, reliable and can often be used in place of more expensive and difficult to use bracketry secured with nuts and bolts.”


The JCS Banding cut-to-size fixing system is supplied in 10m and 30m coils complete with worm-drive connectors, and is in both zinc-plated mild steel or high-strength 304 stainless steel, making it ideal for a wide range of applications. It can be purchased via a global network of distributors.



About JCS Hi-Torque

  • JCS is a specialist British manufacturer of high performance worm drive clamps with a proud history that can be traced back to 1768.
  • JCS Hi-Torque has approvals for BS EN ISO 9001, BSI Kitemark and Lloyd’s Register Type Approval.
  • JCS is a proud member of the community..
  • To find out more visit their website,


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Armorgard Launch New Product TREKDROR

New Product – TREKDROR  


Secure drawer system for installing in the back of commercial vans. Ideal uses are for storing small tools and power tools neatly and securely in the vehicle.

Key benefits; Neat/organised, secured with 2x 5-Lever deadlocks, optimise van space.


Product Code

TKD1 / TKD2 / TKD3

External Dims

490x1105x300 / 980x1105x200 / 490x1105x490


44kg / 62kg / 58kg





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Bott Develops New Ergonomic Workstation And Configurator

Bott have designed an ergonomic workstation, combining advanced design, high-quality manufacture and a flexible approach.

 The Bott Group have been developing workplace storage solutions for over 80 years, and has facilities all across Europe. Delivering high levels of service and quality, they have expertise in delivering efficient working environments for both static and in-vehicle applications.

In today’s challenging environment, businesses are introducing LEAN principles to deliver both agility and efficiency in their operations. With this in mind and as a result of in-depth research into their customer’s challenges, Bott have developed a flexible and efficient workstation, allowing for customised applications and seamless expansion for when business needs change.


Ergonomic Optimised Design.

The ergonomically designed workstation can be changed to suit varying processes, with a height adjustable frame bench as the base, integrated accessories and flexible overhead solutions. The overall depth and width are modularly expandable with tilting and swivelling options allowing users to position accessories in the most comfortable positions. The adjustable working height options also allow for seated or standing working.

Ensuring staff welfare, safety and productivity, Bott believe that investing in a professional system is key to creating the optimal operational process.


What are the benefits of a professional system?

Flexible & Adaptable

  • Versatile solutions for material provision
  • Comprehensive range of accessories
  • Re-configure to suit varying processes


Advanced Ergonomic Design

  • Custom solutions for individual applications
  • Creates comfortable & healthy work environments
  • Versatile adjustment of reaching distances


Zero Waste

  • Eliminates wasteful activities
  • Increases quality & performance
  • Reduces errors & processing times
  • Simplifies workflows and increases efficiencies


High-quality manufacture

  • Manufactured in the UK
  • 10 year ‘Built to Last’ guarantee
  • Competitive delivery

 Configure your own workstation.

 Simple and easy to use, Bott have developed a new online configurator tool, allowing customers to design a unique workstation that best suits their operational needs and activities.  

Click the links below to view more details

Ergonomic workstation Graphic

Ergonomic Workstations


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Bott Verso delivers style and substance for a demanding workspace


Stolen BMX are a BMX bike brand famed worldwide for their product-orientated ethos. Based out of their UK head office, they work collaboratively with SR75 World Team; athletes competing across global motorsport events.

With a love of leg and horse power, creating a workspace fit for two purposes presented quite a challenge. Stolen BMX required a stock area to store parts and build their pedal power bikes, while SR75 needed a functional area to build competition-ready motocross bikes.

For Anthony Revell, Co-owner and Director of Stolen BMX, and Geoff Walker, Owner of SR75 World Team, the wide choice of product led them to select Verso as their workplace solution.

The modular Verso system has such a diverse range of sizes and options it allowed them to confidently configure their own design; creating two bays to work on both BMX and motocross bikes.

A combination of shelf cupboards and 100% extension drawer cabinets provided plenty of storage possibilities, with adjustable drawer dividers optimising organisation throughout. Wall mounted Perfo panels and hooks offered easy access and visible tool storage, alongside plastic hook on bins for small parts storage.

With style and reliability being everything in racing, the sleek aesthetics of the Verso range in gentian blue, coupled with great engineering, resonated with Stolen BMX and SR75 World Team.

For people living in the high-speed world of extreme sports, the fast delivery time offered by Bott appealed to the teams, getting them up and running quickly; allowing them to get on with the job.

In the gruelling sphere of extreme sports, you need to be strong, your kit has to be tough and you need a durable workspace that can handle the pace. For Anthony and Geoff, their Built to Last Verso workspace solution has met all their expectations.

“We would highly recommend Bott products. The quality and value for money are second to none.

Throughout the whole process of selection, to delivery, to aftercare; the customer service has been unrivalled!”

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Energy-related Products from SIP

SIP Industrial Products have recently upgraded our full Fireball heater range for increased energy efficiency, to take the lead in reducing our energy footprint through design and manufacture, and to comply with the updated EU Energy-Related Products Directive.

So what is it?
The Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive is an umbrella term that consists of the Ecodesign Directive and the Energy Labelling Directive. Since 2009, the EU has been rolling out energy information on appliances like washing machines, electronics, and more. But in recent years, these directives have also been widened to include all domestic and commercial heating products.
The Ecodesign portion of ErP dictates that all products affect the environment throughout their cycle, including selections of materials, manufacturing, energy usage, and disposal and recycling. The EU Commission estimates more than 80% of the environmental impact of a product is determined through the design stages. Ecodesign should be considered in all aspects of the products life, and thus the directive considers this essential to the effort to reduce a product’s environmental impact. Ecodesign considerations cannot compromise safety or functionality, or adversely affect consumer affordability.

The Energy Labelling Directive outlines the requirements for transposing this information to customers. A simplified model has been established so that products receive an efficiency classification.
The ErP Directive and its subsidiaries make up a collection of regulation that form a legal framework applicable for companies across the European Union’s member states that manufacture energy-using machines and appliances. The primary aim of the ErP Directive as a whole is to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gasses and harmful emission by 20%, and raising the share of EU energy consumption that is produced from renewable resources, in line with the EU’s 20-20 target. It is estimated that these directives will reduce annual CO2 emissions by 16 million tons in 2020.

Whilst the ErP Directive helps to reduce environmental impact of design and manufacturing heaters and heating products, it also helps the consumer in a number of ways. Firstly, the aim of the ErP and it’s component sections is not only to drive innovation and improvements in the industry, but to phase out lower efficiency machines and appliances. This helps to improve the market and give any consumer a larger choice of energy-efficient products which will, in turn, save customers money in energy costs.

How does this affect SIP Fireball heaters?
SIP Fireball heaters are now fully ErP-compliant across the range, whether electric, diesel, paraffin, or kerosene, and thus customers can expect to receive the same high-quality heaters that SIP have always offered, but with the added benefits that ErP allows! Our customers will have peace of mind that your Fireball heater has an energy classification as certified by the enclosed paperwork.

Customers of SIP can be sure to receive the highest possible energy efficiency, and a responsible manufacturing practice, so that when you buy an SIP Fireball heater, you are actively helping us contribute positively to the EU Directives for reducing emissions and improving life for consumers! You’ll be getting more efficient heating products for your home, work, or business, whilst not paying any more for these benefits.

As always, SIP will continue to innovate and play our part in ensuring we are practicing safe manufacturing procedures, and keeping our environmental footprint to a minimum, while improving the energy efficiency and reducing energy costs for our customers.

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Introducing the 145 Kasp Marine Padlock Range – Designed to Weather any Storm!

Kasp, the leading brand in security from Carl Kammerling, is launching a superb high quality Kasp 145 Marine Padlock Range.  Specifically designed for outdoor use – even in extreme weather conditions – the 145 Marine range is perfect for withstanding corrosive salty air conditions in coastal areas.   Designed and manufactured to the highest standards and backed by the Kasp ten-year guarantee, Kasp 145 Marine padlocks are available in two security levels (medium and high); 40mm and 50mm, standard and long shackle, both keyed to differ and keyed alike combinations. 

Key Features & Benefits

Ideal for a multitude of applications and backed by the Kasp quality guarantee, the 145 Marine Padlocks offer a secure padlock with exceptional weather resistance (exceeding ISO 9227 salt spray requirements, showing no sign of corrosion or mechanical failure).  The mirror chromed solid brass body, rust-free internal components, 316 stainless steel shackle and rubber shackle seal, combine to provide corrosion resistance in the most extreme environments.

Security is paramount and, with a double bolted shackle to resist torsion/pull attack and a 5 pin anti-pick cylinder, the 145 Marine padlock is also designed to withstand manipulation.

Features Checklist:

  • Marine grade 316 stainless steel shackle – marine and food grade stainless steel for extreme weather protection, tested to ISO 9227.
  • Mirror chromed brass padlock.
  • Rubber shackle seal, to further protect the cylinder from water ingress.
  • Rust free stainless steel and brass internal components.
  • Double bolted locking mechanism.
  • 5 pin cylinder with anti-pick mushrooms pins.
  • Paracentric keyway.
  • 2 keys supplied with each padlock.

To help promote the Kasp 145 Marine Padlock Range in-store, there’s also a compact eye-catching counter display available, designed to encourage impulse purchases at point of sale.

Tina Skinner, Brand Director at Kasp comments:  “We are delighted to be launching the new 145 Marine Padlocks, designed and developed to the exacting high standards people have come to expect from Kasp.  A secure padlock with exceptional weather resistance, the 145 Marine Series offers many benefits for consumers needing a strong and reliable solution to their outdoor security needs.  We are also keen to help retailers maximise sales and offer an eye-catching counter display to make the purchase of marine padlocks an easy one at point of sale, together with consumer-friendly packaging which clearly highlights the security level and lock’s usage.”

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Legislation Update- Welding Fume Control

New information on Welding Fume Control from JSP

Click the link below to find out more…

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Makita Brings Two New 800W SDS+ Rotary Hammers To Market

  • 2.4 joules of impact energy delivers up to 4,600 blows per minute
  • Integral dust collection system with HEPA filter
  • AVT™ version cuts vibration levels
  • Three mode operation

Makita introduces two brand new heavy duty SDS+ rotary hammer drills in either 110v or 240v mains configuration.  Both feature an 800 watt motor that with 2.4 joules of impact energy, and up to 4,600 blows per minute, will punch a 26mm hole in concrete using a normal TCT bit.  The powerful HR2650 and HR2651 will drive a 68mm TCT core or an 80mm Diamond core through concrete with ease. Both models feature the one-touch sliding SDS+ chuck.

A highly efficient dust collection system, with telescopic slide guide ranging up to 190mm, and drill-through port will reduce dust on site and protect operators.  The easy-to-remove transparent dust case provides easy disposal of dust and particles and the HEPA filter can be quickly and efficiently cleaned.

The new Makita HR2651 features the proven AVT™– Anti Vibration Technology™ – the innovative vibration reduction system that cuts vibration transfer to the operator.

Both models have torque limiter drives, and the 3-mode operation rotary switch on the transmission case selects rotary only mode for drilling, rotary with hammer action support, and a hammer only mode for chiselling functions.  Weighing 4.2kg these powerful rotary hammers will meet the most challenging on-site actions.

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Makita Intoduce New 10.8V And 18V Rotary Hammer Drill

  • New 10.8v model achieves 1.0 Joules of impact energy and up to 4,900 ipm
  • Very compact 18v model will drill 17mm in concrete
  • 2-mode operation, rotary and rotary hammer

Makita has added two new SDS+ rotary hammer drills to the ever expanding inventory of cordless tools. The new 10.8v model will generate 4,900 impacts per minute whilst the beefy 18v model will punch a 17mm hole into concrete.

The new Makita HR140D rotary hammer drill further extends the increasingly popular 10.8v cordless range of tools.  This new 14mm CXT machine generates 1 joule of impact energy and up to 4,900 ipm, all from a small and compact machine that weighs just 2.6kg.

The HR140D will run up to 850 rpm, while two operation modes can be selected by the rotary switch on the body housing to run in rotary only for pure drilling, or with hammer assistance for heavy duty drilling into masonry.

This new model has capacity to punch a 14mm hole into concrete; 10mm into steel and 13mm into timber.  Drilling speed is controlled by the variable speed trigger which is comfortably positioned on the vibration absorbing grip handle assembly, which cuts drilling vibration transmission to protect the operator. 

This lightweight and compact yet powerful rotary hammer drill is available in body only format, or with two 10.8v batteries in a Makpac case.

The new Makita DHR171 rotary hammer drill features the high performance Brushless motor which will run the drill up to 680 rpm, and with 1.2 Joules of energy coupled with up to 4,800 ipm, will comfortably punch a 17mm hole into concrete; 10mm into steel and 13mm into wood. In line with current Makita innovation, this new 18v drill is virtually identical in size to the 10.8v models, so it is ideally suited for use in limited access areas.

Both models share the advanced features of electric brake, variable speed trigger and constant speed control; while the 18v model also benefits from the vibration absorption body assembly that protects the operator when using this powerful and rugged rotary hammer in all site operations.

Weighing in at 2.8kg this model is available as body only, or with 2 x 18v batteries and charger packaged in a convenient Makpac case.

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Makita Introduce New OMNIBOHRER Multi-Purpose Drill Bits

  • New range of multi-material, multi-purpose drill bits
  • Tungsten carbide tips
  • Time saving and convenient
  • Fast, efficient and accurate drilling in any material

The new OmniBohrer range of drill bits joins the extensive range of high performance Makita accessories.  Bits in this multi-purpose collection are suitable for use with a diverse range of materials including concrete, tile, brick, slate, limestone, wood, composite materials, aluminium and plastics, totally eliminating the need to switch between bit types.  Ultimately, the new OmniBohrer range is time saving while improving operator efficiency and accuracy.

The collection of 25 drill bits, ranging from 3 – 14mm diameter and lengths of 60 – 400mm, feature a high quality tungsten carbide tip that can be used for different applications across various industries.  Tungsten carbide is more durable than many other materials because of its exceptional levels of toughness and hardness.  The wide flutes of the OmniBohrer bits deliver quick and efficient material extraction.

This multi-purpose collection will be welcomed by many manufacturing professionals using multi-layer, or composite materials such as that used in the manufacture of windows and doors, or for fixing wood or metal to brickwork without the need to switch bit types.

Choose OmniBohrer drill bits for improved quality, convenience and versatility.

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Makita Introduces New Cordless 18V LXT Top Handle Chainsaw Designed For Forestry Professionals

  • Prioritising operator safety
  • Chain speed and performance equal to a petrol machine
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Brushless motor for longer run time and increased power

Makita chainsaws have gained a high reputation amongst forestry professionals with models that are renowned for power, performance, rugged reliability and value.  The new Makita DUC254Z 18V Brushless Top Handle Chainsaw LXT is no exception.  With a single 18V Lithium-Ion battery it generates a 570 watt output providing ample power to run the 3/8th inch chain over the 25cm bar at up to 24 metres per second matching the performance of a petrol machine.  The Brushless motor ensures longer runtime, substantially greater power and lower maintenance.

Setting an industry benchmark this new model features the main power switch with Auto-Off function making it one of the safest chainsaws on the market.  It automatically turns the machine off if the operator does not grip the lock-off lever within 10 seconds of turning the machine on.  Equally, the Auto-Off function kicks in if the operator does not trigger the switch within one minute, even if the lock-off lever is gripped.  And again, if the operator does not grip the lock-off lever within 10 seconds after releasing the lock-off lever the Auto-Off function takes control.  Classified as a top-handle model this chainsaw should only be used by trained and certificated professionals.

Light and compact, weighing just 2.8kg, this cordless machine is designed for operators when climbing and for single handed use, and is ideal for tree pruning.  Neatly packaged with a sturdy hand-grip the DUC254Z features a variable speed control trigger, electric chain brake and kickback brake.  This model also provides a soft start function which accelerates the motor into action reducing the sudden torque load on start up.  Sold as body only, this LXT chainsaw has an oil capacity display, hanging hook and captive nuts.

Makita’s cordless chainsaws offer low noise in operation, low vibrations for operator protection and comfort, zero emissions to protect the environment and unbeatable charge times.  The Makita range of cordless and 2-stroke chainsaws is comprehensive to cover the needs of professional users and industry applications with selected models being the product of choice of the British Army and are used by specialist disaster relief charity DART International UK.

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Makita Launch H Class Approved Dust Extractor

  • Advanced specification meets dust Class H (HEPA) highest EU standard
  • Automatic self-cleaning filter system
  • 110v and 240v models with power take off facility

The new Makita VC3211HX1 dust extractor is fully approved for use with Dust Class H, the highest safety standard of EU site safety regulations.  Dust extraction is a legal requirement in all working environments with L Class being the lowest filtration standard; M Class filtration the minimum standard required in commercial work environments, and H Class being the current highest standard of filtration for operator safety.  It is not however suitable for processes involving asbestos particulates.

Powered by a 1,050 watt motor the new VC3211HX1 gives maximum sealed suction of 22.0kPa and a maximum air flow of 3.5m³/minute.  Suction power is controlled by a dial, and an air flow sensor emits warning beeps if the flow is reduced by a clogged filter or nearly full 32L tank.  The stainless steel tank has a wet tank capacity of 27L.

This H Class extractor has an automatic self-cleaning filter system where the air flow switches between two triple structure filter units so that clean air drives the dust in one filter through the pre-filter, damper and powder filter into the tank.  The air flow then switches and does the same for the second filter unit thus maintaining the cleanest possible filter system for maximum dust collection efficiency.  This is essential to maintain the performance of the HEPA system for EU standards approval.

This rugged yet highly manoeuvrable extractor weighs 16.9kg, has large rear wheels and a front caster for full mobility with large bumper surround.  This extractor is available in 110v mode with 600w power take off or 240v mode with 1,900 watt power take off.  Both models are supplied with a full cleaning kit including 2.5m of flexible hose, pipes and floor and crevice nozzles.

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Makita Launches Two 18V BL LXT Linetrimmers And Dual-Purpose Grass Shears

  • Cordless models with Brushless motors for longer run time and more power
  • Linetrimmers with ADT for enhanced cutting speed
  • Grass shear with compatible hedge trimmer attachment


Makita continues to expand the inventory of cordless tools designed for the professional grounds maintenance industry, adding new technical features and improving performance.

The new Makita DUR189Z 18v LXT linetrimmer, which replaces the popular DUR184L model, has a 240 watt output Brushless motor providing capacity to run the head at three selected speed settings.  Having the motor at the drive head improves the balance of the machine and eliminates the loss of power through the traditional drive shaft where the motor is at the operator end of the machine.  The DUR189Z linetrimmer has the benefit of the innovative Automatic Torque Drive Technology (ADT), where the revolutions per minute are automatically increased from between 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000rpm according to the density of the weeds and foliage being cut.  This allows for greater and improved energy saving, lower noise levels, optimum operation and user comfort.  A speed indicator is conveniently positioned on the control panel.

The lightweight design of this model has an operating weight of 3.3kg, including the LXT battery, soft grip handle and forward loop handle for maximum machine control.  The bent pipe shaft is adjustable in length and the foldable wire guard helps to reduce risk or damage to foliage, fences and ornaments.  The smaller protector allows a better view of the 300mm cutting circle.  Soft start, electric brake, reverse rotation and overload protection add to the efficiency of this new linetrimmer, which is available as a body only model.

Makita’s new DUR188LZ linetrimmer has all the features of the DUR189Z model, including ADT, with the additional advantage of a 2-part shaft so this model can be split in two for easy transportation and storage; a trigger switch with lock-off lever and a multi-functional control panel with speed and power indicators.  Again, this is a body only model.

Makita’s new DUM604Z 18v LXT grass shears will be a favourite too and replaces the hugely popular DUM168 model.  Fast, powerful and brilliantly handy, a compatible hedge trimmer attachment is also available that has a tool-less blade change.  The shear has a double blade action, a cutting width of 160mm, and a 3-stage cutting height adjustment from 15 – 25mm for really fine work.  With an ergonomically designed soft grip handle and light in weight at just 1.8kg, including the battery, user comfort is guaranteed while low noise emissions will ensure Sunday morning peace and quiet for family and neighbours.  This model is available as a body only.

The Makita range of outdoor maintenance and grounds care equipment continues to expand with innovative tools that excel technically, and are equally enjoyed by professional users and keen gardeners.

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Makita's 18V LXT Brushless Power Cuts Wheelbarrow Effort

  • In-wheel Brushless motor drives up to 3.5 km/h (2.2 m/h)
  • 130kg max load up to 12° incline
  • Adjustable chassis with pipe frame or bucket frame option

AT LAST – Makita has harnessed the impressive power of the incredibly successful 18v Brushless motor to reduce the back-breaking task of pushing a fully laden wheelbarrow across a rocky, bumpy building site, a muddy commercial garden or rough pasture towards a favourite fishing lake!

In fact, designed principally to reduce the physical demands in the construction industry the new Makita DCU180Z will prove popular in many operating fields.  Capable of carrying 130kg of blocks on the tubular frame, or similar amount of ballast in the barrow bin option, this power-assisted wheelbarrow has the Brushless motor integrated into the front wheel to ensure the maximum possible traction to the heavily ribbed agri-tyre.  This barrow has two forward speeds: Hi up to 3.5 km/h, Lo 1.5 km/h, and powered reverse of 1.0 km/h and will climb a 12° maximum incline.  Main braking is provided by the front disc brake controlled by the hand lever on the steering handles. The wheelbarrow weighs just 32.5kg, is ready to work with handles that can be adjusted to three height levels for operator comfort and also fold for easy storage.  The detachable rear trailing wheels with kick down brake can be adjusted from a width of 480mm to 760mm which further improves stability and reduces operator effort.

Powered by any of the Makita 18v LXT Lithium-Ion batteries used to power Britain’s number 1 professional power tool range, the new Makita DCU180Z power-assisted wheelbarrow has soft start to ease the load away; constant speed control; twin LED driving lights and locking brake lever for maximum site safety.  For site security an individual ignition lock key is provided.  Previous walk-behind powered site platforms can cost several thousand pounds but the new Makita powered wheelbarrow will prove particularly attractive in relation to price competitiveness and rugged performance.

The DCU180Z is a body only machine which is available with a choice of optional accessories which includes the pipe frame set and bucket frame set.

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Makita's New 36V BL Slide Compound Mitre Saw


  • 36v Brushless motor powers 260mm blade to 4,400rpm
  • Weighs just 27.3kg for total mobility
  • 60° mitre and 48° bevel ranges
  • New 18v Brushless LXT mitre saw with 91mm depth of cut

The new Makita twin 18v (36v) Brushless Slide Compound Mitre Saw has the same premium attributes as the new mains-powered LS1019 coupled with the total manoeuvrability provided by the high-performance 36v Brushless motor, which generates similar power to the mains machine. The flexible mobility, coupled with outstanding motor performance makes the new Makita DLS110Z slide compound mitre saw a very valuable machine for all operations on construction sites. Weighing just 27.3kg, and with the same top carry handle as on the mains machine, transport and movement are simple and convenient.

The Makita DLS110Z 36v slide compound mitre saw will run the 260mm blade up to 4,400rpm and has a maximum mitre range of 60° L – 60° R, with a bevel range of 48° L – 48° R, and a max 91mm depth of cut.  The rail-forward slide design allows the rear of the machine to be placed close to a wall whilst the twin slide rails are robustly mounted in the machine body ensuring smooth operation for a superior cut finish. As with the mains machine the Automatic Torque Drive Technology changes the cutting speed depending on load conditions to achieve optimum operation. Slide, bevel and mitre locks are easy to operate while holders support a wide work piece.  The rugged, fully machined cast alloy base and chassis ensures accuracy, safety and stability in operation.  This body only model features an electric brake, soft start, large turn base and dust extractor connection.

The new compact Makita DLS600Z 18v Brushless LXT Mitre Saw weighs just 6.6 kg and with its well-placed top carrying handle is ideal for rapid deployment to any job site.  The 165mm diameter blade can be run up to 5,000 rpm by the Brushless motor with a cutting performance that benefits from ADT, Automatic Torque Drive Technology.  ADT adjusts the blade speed according to the load conditions to achieve optimum cutting performance while the soft start facility protects both the machine and the operator. 

A fully machined, cast aluminium base lends maximum stability in use and the mini sub-fence provides wide guide support when performing vertical cut or left bevel cut.  Premier mitre and bevel ranges make the new Makita DLS600Z a valuable saw for operations with a maximum mitre range of 52° L – 52° R, and the double bevel range has a maximum of 46° L – 46° R with the lever lock released.  An LED job light is provided together with a very useful and highly accurate laser line system, electric brake and battery fuel gauge.  This new mitre saw is available as a body only machine.  This is a small, light and compact mitre saw which is ideal for 3rd fix jobs including the preparation of skirting, dado and picture rails.

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Makita's Twin 18V LXT Angle Drill Exceeds Mains Delivery And Makes Tough Tasks Look Effortless

  • High performance angle drill meets mains delivery with additional benefits
  • BL motor for longer runtime and performance
  • Many advanced technologies and features
  • Ideal for larger timber and steel constructions

Makita has launched its first cordless twin 18V LXT Brushless Angle Drill featuring all the power and performance of a mains machine whilst benefiting from the freedom and manoeuvrability that only a battery powered tool can provide.  The mighty DDA460ZK is powered by two Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries giving 36V power from the Brushless motor which not only massively extends runtime but substantially increases power.

This new angle drill has a no-load speed of up to 1400rpm in Hi mode and 350rpm in Lo with variable speed control by trigger action.  An auger bit of maximum 50mm diameter will make light work of drilling holes in oak beams, even through the toughest knots.  This rugged and intelligent mechanical 2-speed machine has a chuck capacity of 2 – 13mm capable of drilling up to 13mm in steel; 118mm in Lo and 65mm in Hi mode when using a self-feed bit in wood or with a hole saw, 159mm in Lo and 105mm in Hi mode.  The addition of Automatic Torque Drive Technology (ADT), literally automatically adjusts the drilling speed according to the load conditions to achieve optimum drilling performance, while the auto power-off function automatically shuts down, or times-out, if the trigger is not pulled for five minutes.

This body only machine features an electric brake and the soft start function. This accelerates the motor into action even if the trigger is pulled fully home from Off.  In drilling mode soft start reduces the sudden torque load on start up.  In operation the torque limiter will cut the motor drive should the drill bit snag, so providing further operator protection.  The front handle can be installed in any position within 0 – 112.5° for maximum user comfort, control and accessibility in confined spaces.

The capacity of the new Twin 18V DDA460ZK LXT Angle Drill will make the toughest tasks completely effortless, including drilling roof trusses, barn conversions and even large steel structures above the open seas.

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Metabo are proud to announce the launch of the Cordless Alliance System known as CAS

One battery pack for everything – Nine power tool manufacturers present a joint battery pack system with CAS click the link to read the full story 

One battery pack for everything


Click this link The CAS Partners at a glance to read about CAS Partnership

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Metabo increases the capacity of its powerful LiHD battery packs from 7.0 to 8.0 and from 3.5 to 4.0 Ampere hours.

Metabo recently held it’s highly successful, LiHD BREAK FREE EVENT in Berlin.



Thanks to our new industry leading next generation LiHD technology, Metabo is the only manufacturer in the world to cover the entire power range – from 400 to 2,800 watt – from standard machines to unique system solutions. Applications previously reserved for only the most powerful mains powered machines can now be handled cordlessly.

The combination of new high-performance battery cells and completely re-developed components within the LiHD batter pack ensures maximum power availability over an extremely long run time. With enlarged power rails and contacts capable of handling high currents and 3 x better conductivity with cell connectors made of specialized copper alloy. This now gives each new Metabo LiHD battery a longer service life due to its protection against internal contamination with fully encapsulated cast design and full protective coating of electronics, as well as an optimal gasket in the cover structure. The internal cells are protected against vibration and thermal damage. They require less charging cycles due to more usable cell energy


Metabo UK took a number of customers including Troy members to the event who were very impressed by the new LiHD battery technology, creating quite a buzz as they were getting an understanding of how this leading system works, and seeing the potential for increased power tool efficiency by putting our solutions to work. The Break Free Event also gave our guests the chance to see the extended Metabo portfolio of tools, accessories and innovations, including an opportunity to check out a variety of hands on demonstrations.



With the market introduction of the ground-breaking LiHD battery pack technology Metabo have already taken a great stride towards independence from mains power. The new LiHD 18v battery packs will be available in 4.0 Ah, 5.5 Ah and 8.0 Ah, allowing us to expand our overall 18v platform to the end user on the job site”, says Scott Thompson, Metabo National Accounts Manager UK & Ireland. Our new battery pack generation however not only offers advantages for extreme applications, but also in normal operation, the life time of the electric storage doubles since under the same load as our LiHD battery packs by heating up less than battery packs with standard cell technology.

With so much expertise on show, the UK sales team are looking forward to arranging regular member visits to find out about your specific requirements and discussing future opportunities in greater detail.


Please contact Scott Thompson on 07834 514869 or email if you’d like more information on our new LiHD battery technology, or any other aspect of Metabo products.

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Mobile Training & Exhibition Unit Available From Spectrum

Spectrum Industrial now has a Mobile Training Unit (MTU) which can showcase Lockout Tagout, Signage, Tagging systems and associated products. Working in conjunction with its reseller network the MTU is the ideal vehicle providing ‘hands on’ product training and sales support to help its customers drive sales through enhanced product knowledge, examples of sales techniques and identifying target customers.
Having already attended a number of exhibitions, open days and site visits we have received some fantastic feedback and positive sales growth for the distributors involved.  

Spectrum would like to offer members use of the unit to train representatives and sales teams, for site visits to large potential end users or for open/trade days.

For bookings or further details contact our team on: 01302 800273 or email:

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New Animations From Bott

Bott have always been known for quality heavy duty products, but what is it that makes their ranges built to last.  

Every product has been designed to perform, so bott have prepared some animations to show benches, cabinets and cupboards down to the smallest detail. 

To see what makes a bott cabinet check out the animations on their website ( or view the snippets here:

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New C.K Magma Technician's Wheeled Toolcase

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Let the New C.K Magma Technician’s Wheeled Toolcase take the strain!

Following the successful launch of its range of premium storage toolcases, Carl Kammerling International is enhancing its range with the new C.K Magma Technician’s Wheeled Toolcase (MA2650).  Set to be a firm favourite with tradesmen whose work requires them to regularly transport a heavy toolkit, this high quality Technician’s Wheeled Toolcase, offers great features and benefits to make every task that much easier.   Designed for all terrain use, the Technician’s Wheeled Toolcase will effortlessly transport a fully laden toolkit which, with test equipment and power tools, can top 20kg – around the maximum that Health & Safety regulations direct.

Great Product Features and Benefits

The C.K Magma Technician’s Wheeled Toolcase provides many outstanding features and benefits to make every tradesman’s job that much easier to handle.  Its balanced design includes a tough and durable chassis, wheels and a telescopic handle, perfect for all terrain use and effortless movement of larger toolkits, test equipment and power tools,  whether that involves areas on a factory site, or commercial premises.  The ground covered is often rough, so rugged large wheels and strong handles are a major bonus.      

In addition, back problems are a significant cause of loss of working days for all trades. With this in mind, the C.K Magma Technician’s Wheeled Toolcase offers the perfect solution for a tradesman who is unable to get his vehicle close to a particular job and would normally have a long, tiring walk carrying a heavy toolkit.

Other handy features of this high quality Technician’s Wheeled Toolcase include:  A tough 600-denier polyester construction, for superb strength and durability; an extra wide compartment with a red lining for high tool visibility; a zip down front panel featuring tool and A4 document storage; and an impressive 35 deep square pockets and tool holders for efficient tool storage.

Charles Whitfield, Product Development Manager at C.K Magma, comments:  “The C.K Magma Technician’s Wheeled Toolcase has been built as a result of insight from professional users, ensuring the product successfully meets the needs of trades requiring the transportation of heavy toolkits to complete their work.

“The many features include an exceptionally tough and durable construction for all terrain use; a generous capacity and efficient storage for the larger toolkit, all designed to make a real difference to tradesmen who are looking for high quality and efficient portable tool storage equipment.”


The perfect solution for tradesmen who need to transport a fully laden toolkit to complete their work, the C.K Magma Technician’s Wheeled Toolcase is available with a RRP of £137.86 (ex VAT).

For further information please visit  or call 01758 704704.


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New Flexiband From Jubilee

Jubilee’s new band and buckle system called Flexiband further increases its range of clamping and banding solutions.

Click here for full details Lit – Jubilee Flexiband

Contact Jubilee direct for further details

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New Makita Twin 18V (36V) 40mm SDS-Max Rotary Demolition Hammer Matches Mains Performance

  • First cordless SDS-MAX Rotary Demolition Hammer added to LXT range
  • 8.0 Joules of impact energy
  • Matches mains performance
  • New Auto-Start Wireless System (AWS) for dust extraction

Makita has launched its first ever cordless SDS-MAX Rotary Demolition Hammer, featuring all the power and performance of a mains machine whilst benefitting from the freedom and manoeuvrability that a battery-operated tool has to offer.  The mighty DHR400ZKU is powered by two 18v LXT batteries giving 36v power from the brushless motor for extended run-time and increased power.

As with the popular HR4013C mains machine, the new Makita DHR400ZKU Twin 18v SDS-MAX Rotary Demolition Hammer will punch a 40mm hole into concrete, will run up to 500rpm and will generate up to 2,900 blows per minute with 8.0 Joules of impact energy. 

Makita’s AVT – Anti-Vibration Technology – is featured in this model which gives the hammer drilling vibration rating – when hammer drilling into concrete – of just 5.0m/s².  This rugged 2-mode machine – rotary drilling with hammer action and hammer action-only for chiselling – has the easy-to-operate mode change switch positioned conveniently on top of the motor body ahead of the vibration-reducing rear grip handle. With variable speed controlled by the grip trigger, and a constant speed control that can be set for constant running when chiselling, the DHR400ZKU can also be used with the trigger controlling chiselling for intermittent work.  A further position of the mode control allows the bit angle to be set as required.

The DHR400ZKU also benefits from the new Makita Auto-Start Wireless System (AWS) which allows the tool to automatically connect to compatible Makita dust extractors.  A unique chip will come with every machine that features AWS allowing the user to pair it up with the selected dust extractor. Once paired, the dust extractor will automatically start once the trigger on the hammer is pulled.

This new machine also has the Soft Start feature which accelerates the motor into action even if the trigger is pulled fully home from off. In drilling mode this reduces the sudden torque load on start up. When operating, the torque limiter connected to the side handle will cut the motor drive should the drill bit snag thus providing further operator protection. The soft no load function automatically cuts the motor speed during idling to reduce vibration generation which contributes to this hard-working Makita rotary hammer.  An electric brake and useful LED job light are also featured. 

The DHR400ZKU is available as a body only machine and comes with a carry case.

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New W5133 3/8 square drive impact wrench From Ingersoll Rand

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One battery pack for everything – Nine power tool manufacturers sign up to a joint battery pack system with CAS

Double freedom for professional users in trade and industry: With the battery pack system you can not only work without cable, but you can also use the machines of different manufacturers.


Metabo, in conjunction with Rothenberger, Mafell, Eisenblätter, Collomix, Haaga, Starmix, Eibenstock and Steinel have signed up something which is unprecedented in the industry – a manufacturer-independent battery pack system. With its LiHD battery packs, Metabo delivers currently the most powerful technology on the market. The high-performance cells from Nürtingen have convinced the CAS partner companies as well.

The basis of the Cordless Alliance System (CAS) is the Metabo’s battery pack technology. In the past years, the German manufacturer has conquered in this area of technology leadership with a whole series of innovations. The latest step towards its vision of a cordless construction site is the 2nd generation of Metabo 18V LiHD battery packs, the 8.0 ampere hours (Ah) capacity battery pack with only 10 cells delivers a massive 1,600 watts of power. “With LiHD we have enough power even for the most energy-intensive applications. Therefore, we can today build any hand-held power tool as a cordless machine – and in such a way that it meets the requirements of professional users in terms of power and endurance”, says Scott Thompson, Metabo`s UK National Accounts Manager.

A system with great end user benefit

Metabo were thinking about the professional users when the idea for CAS was created. “We intensively discuss the requirements and wishes of our users. And in many of these discussions, one request was at the very top of the list: The flexibility to be able to work with only one battery pack system and the machines of different manufacturers.

For mains-powered machines this is not a problem, since the socket is the universal interface of all manufacturers. However, the battery pack systems of the individual manufacturers have not been compatible with each other until now.

We would like to change this at least for the machines of the CAS partners. This provides end users with double the freedom: The one of cordless working, and the one to combine machines of different manufacturers just like with mains-powered machines. With CAS they could automatically recognize which manufacturers work with the same battery pack system and are therefore 100% compatible with each other.”

Ultimately – One battery pack – for 9 different partners. With CAS, professionals can switch between different manufacturers without having to purchase a new battery pack or charger.

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PORCA-FAST Vacuum Brazed Diamond Blade For cutting exterior porcelain paving tiles


Diamond tool specialist, Premier Diamond Products, have launched the PORCA-FAST diamond blade for cutting exterior porcelain paving tiles. Steve Webb, PDP’s Director of Marketing and Operations, said: “Exterior porcelain paving tiles have grown largely in popularity and are set to become the next big patio material. The problem, however, is they’re incredibly hard and brittle, so even top quality metal bonded diamond blades struggle to cope – the issue is so bad that many paving installers have been turning work away because they cannot cut them.”

PORCA-FAST is a unique vacuum brazed diamond blade, which benefits from diamond finishing inserts to provide relief for the cutting edge – this allows the blade to run smoother through the material ensuring a faster, cleaner cut.

Available in 230mm (9”) for use on angle grinders and 300mm (12”) for disc cutters, the PORCA-FAST blade will be a welcome addition to any trade person looking to install porcelain paving tiles.

To see the blade in action search ‘PORCA-FAST’ on YouTube or scan the QR code with your device.  Alternatively you can visit PDP’s website:

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For further information, please contact Premier Diamond Products on:

Tel:                       +44 (0) 1227 711555



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Take A Well Deserved Break On Site With Makita

  • Cordless coffee maker
  • Compatible with Makita LXT and CXT Lithium-Ion batteries
  • Can be used with coffee pods and fresh ground coffee


The new Makita cordless coffee maker is expected to become the most prized possession of all construction trades and outdoor contractors.  The DCM501Z coffee maker is compatible with both CXT and LXT Makita Lithium-Ion batteries and features dedicated battery ports.

Weighing just 2.2kg, with an 18V Makita battery, and complete with carry handle, the DCM501Z can brew 260ml of coffee on a single CXT 10.8V – 12VMAX battery or a 3.0Ah 14.4V battery; 320ml of fresh coffee on an 18V 3.0Ah battery, and up to 640ml of coffee on an 18V 6.0Ah battery.  The coffee maker comes complete with a dedicated cup, with capacity of 240ml coffee, and is designed to fit in the machine without leaving a gap so protecting against splashing or entry of dirt and dust.  Commercial cups up to 90mm high will also fit the machine.

The DCM501Z is compatible with ground coffee as well as 60mm coffee pods for the most delicious brew.  Dependent on battery type and voltage a fresh 160ml cup of coffee can be brewed in just five minutes.  This coffee maker features a cover to protect the empty battery terminal and a boil dry function prevents the machine from burning out, so if the water empties and the temperature inside increases, the integral sensor will turn off the power supply automatically.


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TIMco Launch New Gate & Fence Hardware Range


TIMco, one of the UK’s largest independent suppliers of screws, fasteners, fixings and power tool accessories, has launched a new hardware range under the brand TAURUS. The new range is TIMco’s first venture into fence and gate hardware and will include a broad range of products for external use.

The TAURUS range has been designed and manufactured to meet the high standards associated with TIMco and items within the range are sold with TIMco’s quality fixings and fasteners to ensure a high-quality product throughout.

The new gate and fence hardware range has no officially launched, with the range consisting of hinges, gate catches, bolts, hasps, staples, chains and fence accessories.

TAURUS will be available in a range of different packaging options such as bulk and bags which are robust, clear and have consistent packaging throughout. The new packaging will also show the features and benefits of each of the TAURUS products with new labelling and clear product information including the corrosion rating as well as fitting instructions for the end user.

TIMco has strategised and developed the merchandising around the new range with bespoke TAURUS stands which are available for merchants and come completely branded to assist the end user with product selection.

The range and merchandising stands have been put together by Paul White, Ironmongery Products Manager at TIMco, who comments: “We’ve taken a lot of time and consideration over the launch of our new TAURUS range to ensure that the merchandising reflects the quality of the products within this range and is clearly identifiable to the end user in stores. We are ecstatic with the quality of the final products and branded merchandising stands.”

A brand-new TAURUS brochure also accompanies the new TAURUS range, suitable for merchant buyers to assist with the selection process to offer in store and is also available for end users to take away from TIMco stockists.

Simon Midwood, Managing Director of TIMco comments: “TAURUS is a natural extension to our existing ranges and allows us to branch into new areas and provide customers with an enhanced product offering.  We’re thrilled with the final products and innovative packaging and initial feedback from our customers has been extremely positive.”

TIMco is headquartered in Nantwich, Cheshire, imports and supplies more than 5,500 product lines from around the world to distributors throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.  The company was established in 1972 and now employs 115 members of staff from its offices in the UK, Ireland and Taiwan.  For more information, visit


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TIMco Launches First Aid Range

TIMco, one of the UK’s largest, independent and fastest growing wholesalers to the construction industry, is expanding their SHIELD brand with the official launch of a First Aid range, as well as introducing the new SHIELD Protective Board. These new introductions will sit under the rapidly expanding SHIELD Site Protection range. These new extensions reflect the company’s commitment to safety in construction, as well as delivering on the company’s strategy of becoming a ‘one stop shop’ for builders’ merchants. 


The new range includes a selection of workplace and vehicle first aid kits, as well as a heavy bleed and burns kit. The range also includes an eye care kit, heavy duty plasters and an accident book.


The workplace first aid kits include BSC and HSE kits. The BSC kits meet the first new standard for statutory First Aid Kits in the workplace since 1997. These kits reflect the changes in both workplace practice and risks, making them demonstrably more ‘fit for purpose’ in today’s environment. The kits come in a durable and stylish polypropylene case and are wall mountable with an integrated bracket. The HSE kits contain content based on 1997 Approved Code of Practice and come in a durable polypropylene box with green safety clips, integrated carry handle, and a secure airtight lid to provide protection from dust and water. All workplace kits are available in three sizes – small, medium and large.


The Heavy Bleed & Burns kit has been specifically designed to provide rapid and effective treatment to the kind of serious injuries tradespeople may face on site. It includes a major bleed trauma dressing and sterile burn dressings. The Eye Wash Station kit includes saline solution, eye pods and pipettes and meets current HSE regulations. Both kits come in a wall-mountable polypropylene case.


The SHIELD Protective Board has been developed to protect and preserve all hard floor and short twill covered floor surfaces from dust, dirt, spills, sprays and site grime. This new product complements the existing Ram Board product in the SHIELD range. The FSC certified board is made from recycled compressed fibre board and this innovative protection system is also 100% recyclable and reusable. It is also breathable and can be laid on wooden floors and new concrete. It will not trap any moisture, therefore allowing the substrate to dry whilst also protecting it from damage.


Stewart Lloyd, Associate Director of Purchasing for TIMco, comments: “The welfare and safety of our end users is of paramount importance to us here at TIMco, which is why we have launched this extensive First Aid range under our growing SHIELD brand, as well as our new SHIELD protective board. We look forward to introducing exciting new product additions to our expanding customer base.”


The new First Aid range and SHIELD Protective Board are now available to purchase on the TIMco website.


TIMco won the title of ‘Best Distributor Brand’ at this year’s coveted Builders Merchant Journal (BMJ) Awards in London. The company was also named as ‘Brand of the Year’ by the National Buying Group (NBG) in November 2018. TIMco was ranked at No. 154 in the 10th annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 2019 league table.


TIMco, one of the UK’s largest independent wholesale suppliers of screws, fasteners, fixings, nails, building chemicals and adhesives, power tool accessories, building hardware, site protection and ironmongery, is headquartered in Nantwich, Cheshire and imports and supplies more than 7,000 product lines from around the world to distributors throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.  The company was established in 1972 and now employs 160+ members of staff from its offices in the UK, Ireland and Taiwan.

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TIMco Reveals New Superior Formula In Multi-Fix Collection

TIMco, one of the UK’s largest independent wholesale suppliers of screws, fixings and power tools accessories, has developed a brand-new range of TIMco Multi-fix 9 in 1 Adhesives and Sealants with a ground-breaking formula.

The TIMco Multi-Fix 9 in 1 Instant Grab Adhesive has been developed to give superior rapid bonding strength to a wide variety of building materials, even in wet conditions. The instant grab formula can eliminate the need for permanent and temporary support and be painted over almost immediately. Furthermore, the Multi-Fix 9 in 1 Instant Grab Adhesive is capable of setting in as little as 15 minutes and provides superior strength, supporting loads up to 400kg.

The Multi-Fix 9 in 1 Universal Adhesive & Sealant has an advanced formula which provides a replacement for both traditional adhesives and sealants, giving a noticeably professional finish. Having also been ISEGA approved, the adhesive is suitable for use in food preparation areas.

Using a revolutionary hybrid polymer technology, the TIMco Multi-Fix 9 In 1 Universal Adhesive & Sealant, adheres to most traditional building materials, including; concrete, brick, stone, wood, MDF, metal, glass, plastic and ceramic. It has been developed for the use in a wide variety of trade and DIY applications.

Managing Director of TIMco, Simon Midwood comments: “Having recognised an increasing demand for multi-purpose adhesives and sealants, TIMco further developed our Multi-Fix range using proven high performance formulas which make them extremely versatile and highly effective in today’s demanding construction environments. The addition of this exciting new range demonstrates how TIMco is continuing to remain committed to meeting the demands of its customers and becoming a fully comprehensive supply chain solution.”

The new Multi-Fix Adhesives and Sealants range will be included in TIMco’s 2018/19 catalogue.

TIMco is head quartered in Nantwich, Cheshire and imports and supplies more than 6,500 product lines from around the world to distributors throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.  The company was established in 1970 and now employs 150+ members of staff from its offices in the UK, Ireland and Taiwan.  For more information, visit

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