CAERPHILLY: Steel lintels and building components company, Catnic, has signed an exclusive deal to supply its plasterers' beads and expanded metal products to the National Buying Group.

"As the leading independent buying group our partners have a right to expect us to seek supply chain contracts with strong and established brands that offer product quality, innovation and excellent service," said Allan Durning, executive chairman of NBG.

"The supply chain contract with Catnic will add significant strength to NBG. Our partners will benefit from Catnic's logistics, customer service and technical expertise and the potential extensive range of building products. We look forward to developing this great new relationship.

Barry Jenkins, marketing manager for Catnic commented: " We have bided our time, working hard to demonstrate the added benefits of NBG switching to Catnic as a supplier. This has paid off and we are now looking forward to exceeding members the group's expectations."

NBG's category management team chaired by Neil Robinson of Interline and product champion Stuart Sherwin of KRM ensured every facet of Catnic proposal was carefully examined to ensure best value secured for the partnership.

NBG members will benefit from Catnic's product range of steel and PVCU plasterers' beads, expanded metal mesh, metal lath, formwork mesh, soffit vent mesh and the recently-launched SecuraMesh.

NBG has 80 member companies comprising of 246 outlets nationwide. With a collective turnover of £750m, NBG is one now of the largest buying groups in the UK.