Against brick walls: Metal-faced composite panels for construction

PBC Today | January 29, 2020

Modern Methods of Construction are a new broom sweeping through the UK building sector, with traditional brick walls starting to get brushed aside, according to a growing number of industry players. At a time when the majority in the sector are exploring alternative methods and materials, some companies are already experienced at using metal-faced composite panels for construction across a growing number of industry sectors. Phil Montgomery, account manager at Hemsec, a leading manufacturer of such panels, says: If the masses could see the ease of build and associated benefits when using composite panels then a growing number of builders would question the use of traditional building materials such as brick and block.

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The communication technology revolution has brought billions across the globe closer than ever before. Communications technology is now an integral part of every major industry including health, government, business, banking, and media. The surge in demand for solution offerings from every sector over the past decade has posed several challenges to communication companies.

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Trimble | November 15, 2021

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Therma Holdings | November 12, 2021

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Trimble Construction | December 22, 2021

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