Steel frame systems manufacturer EOS Facades' expansion programme continues with an extension to its offsite manufacturing facility and the development of a new fabrication plant.

In addition to the five Howick steel framing machines currently in operation, EOS has invested in a new multiwidth boxer machine and installed overhead cranes for lifting and moving frames and steel coils.

This extension was built to the expected increase in workload for ES Facades, with the development of a complete walling solution and load-bearing panelisation to support offsite initiatives.

Steve Thompson, Managing Director of EOS Facades, said: "We have invested in our own fabrication plant to be self-sufficient in manufacturing our ancillary parts such as angles, brackets, windows and cills. This will support our market leading ‘lump-sum', all-inclusive pricing initiative and complement our ‘total supply' offering - enabling us to support the volumetric modular building sector together with high bay and continuous walling industries."

EOS Facades is now part of Etex Building Performance, which brings together the products and solutions of Siniat, Promat and EOS Facades. The factory extension has also been created to manage the increase volume of work with the development of the Etex Building Performance Thruwall® system.

Thompson said: "The combination of expertise from the Etex Building Performance group in drylining, external sheathing and steel framing systems, as well as passive fire protection - means that we are uniquely positioned to bring together these elements to create a range of tested and warrantied Thruwall® systems. Meeting building performance requirements for fire, thermal, weathering, acoustics and airtightness - the newly launched Thruwall® Systems provide an ‘all in one' certified and warrantied solution providing crucial time and costs benefits."