DERBYSHIRE: Saint-Gobain PAM UK has been recognised for its hydraulic pipe unloading beam in the Construction Products Association's 2009 edition of Construction Products Innovation and Achievement (CPIA).
The unloading beams achievement in the category of 'Health, Safety and Security' is one of only 24 products nationwide, to be chosen for this year's publication, which annually showcases the most innovative products and processes created by the construction products industry during the last 12 months.
Andy Burnham, supply chain and distribution manager of Saint-Gobain PAM UK said: "Our unloading beam will bring enormous benefits to the construction industry by optimising safety in the pipe unloading process on sites across the UK.
"The beam completely removes the need to work at height and also eliminates the expense and inconvenience of crane hire. It is very important that our industry recognises and showcases innovation and we are grateful that CPIA 2009 does this."
Commenting on the achievement, Simon Storer, communications and external affairs director, for the CPA said: "Despite the economic downturn in the UK, and the construction industry suffering more than most, you only need look at the products and processes showcased in CPIA to highlight the huge input the industry is making towards change.
"The industry is not always been good at trumpeting its own achievements. However, CPIA demonstrates how the construction products industry is continuously developing and improving by creating innovative solutions which make a significant impact to all aspects of construction".
The 24 entries in CPIA are under four key headings; Energy and Carbon Saving; Health, Safety and Security; Improvements in Site Safety; and Resource Efficiency.
The products featured in the publication cover a wide range and include processes designed to save energy and reduce emissions, providing safer operations on site for employees and contractors and provide a full sustainability appraisal of manufacturing operations.