Ideal Standard has joined the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), further strengthening the Federation’s plumbing and heating sector.

With a 200-year heritage, Ideal Standard is one of the UK's leading manufacturers and suppliers of residential, commercial and healthcare bathroom solutions and products. The company comprises three brands – Armitage Shanks, Ideal Standard and Sottini – and employs 1,000 people in the UK and Ireland with flagship production operations located at Hull in East Yorkshire and Armitage in Staffordshire.

The business places customer service, quality and technical expertise at the centre of its proposition. As a true industry expert it offers support at each point of the purchase process and uses the best materials and skilled craftsmanship to create trusted, enduring and innovative products.

Jim Moore, managing director of Ideal Standard, said: “The activity level of the BMF is really impressive and energetic. We are looking forward to taking part in the Plumbing & Heating Forum as well as other groups. In our 200th year we have lots of great stories to tell.”

John Newcomb, managing director of the BMF, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Ideal Standard into membership. It is testament to the growing importance of the BMF to the wider plumbing and heating sector and I’m sure that Ideal Standard will gain value from participating in a wide range of our activities.”