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Pictured: Majority shareholder and former CEO of JWO, Michael Ostendorf (left), and CEO of Crown Paints, Joe Devitt.

Hempel Group, parent company of Crown Paints, has signed an agreement to acquire German paint manufacturer J.W. Ostendorf.

Builders’ Merchants firm Huws Gray has continued its expansion with the recent acquisition of Armstrongs Builders Merchants based in Lower Bentham, Lancashire.

The latest Construction Purchasing Mangers’ Index Figures have been released, showing that housebuilding continues to bounce back from a difficult start to the year, but construction’s new orders and outlook is in decline.

Breedon Northern Limited, a subsidiary of construction materials supplier Breedon Group, has acquired Blinkbonny Quarry in Scotland.

Selco built and then donated BMX bikes to children’s charities Once Upon a Smile and Genie Networks.

The Brick Development Association reports increased growth for the industry in 2018, in response to growing demand.

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.

The annual National Merchant Buying Society/Building Materials Golf Society Golf Day took place on 30 May at Woburn Golf and Country Club, Buckinghamshire.

A team from TG Enviro, part of the Tudor Griffiths Group in Ellesmere, have recycled a skip into a seating area which is now touring the country.

Insulation installer Miller Pattison has teamed up with insulation supplier Jablite, making Jablite the sole supplier of Miller Pattison’s own-brand cavity wall insulation.

Mark Taylor (left), Sports Editor at the Cambridge Independent, and Ben Giddings, Director of Merchant Sales at Ridgeons.

Builders’ merchant Ridgeons helped to fundraise as the main event sponsor at the Cambridge United Community Trust’s Gala Dinner.

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has announced the launch of its first children’s book, which aims to educate children about the house building process.

Sanitary products supplier GROHE is supporting a shared working hub opened by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

The BMF has launched its 19th Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of pump manufacturer Grundfos.

Pictured: Winning project Westkaai Towers 5 and 6.

Brick manufacturer Wienerberger holds its Brick Awards bi-annually, celebrating modern, innovative architecture with clay materials.

Selco has raised almost £3,000 for charity CRASH, which helps the homeless and hospices through construction related projects.

Builders’ merchants may find that their fire doors make them now eligible to join the BWF’s Certifire Scheme, as it is being extended to include companies that use Q-Mark fire doors.

IKO has played a major part in the £1 million restoration of a castle built by Henry VIII.

Pictured: Winning team Stanton Strikers

Workers at drainage, groundwork and civil engineering material specialist Rudridge swapped high-vis jackets for football kits at its ninth annual seven-a-side event.

Forestry and timber company BSW Timber is building a new sawmill, Combined Heat and Power plant, and band pellet manufacturing facility in Slovenia.

Domestic heating and boiler manufacturer Ideal is partnering with West Bromwich Albion Football Club, with its logo set to appear on the players’ kit and training wear.

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is holding its Annual General Meeting where members can have their voices heard on industry matters.

Celotex is challenging claims made in a BBC News story that it knowingly mis-sold the dangerously flammable insulation used on Grenfell Tower.

Civil and drainage solutions supplier Keyline is hosting a charity bike ride from Dumfries to Inverness next month.

Norbord donated 11 packs of SterlingOSB to a project to build temporary accommodation for homeless people in Edinburgh.

Selco Builders Warehouse has officially cut the ribbon to its second Bristol branch, bringing its total number of branches to 65.

Neil Fuller (L) and Sir Vince Cable during the Liberal Democrat leader's visit to Alsford Timber last week

If the government does not secure mutually beneficial customs arrangements before the UK leaves the EU in ten months’ time, Twickenham firm Alsford Timber will have to pay millions more upfront to buy European softwood.

The All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group gave the award to the Kirkcaldy store as part of a Responsible Business Scheme.

The Federation of Master Builders addressed the ‘closed shop’ culture reported by SME workers who say it prevents them from landing bigger projects.

The company, which supplies EPDM materials for flat roofing, has opened a new centre in Huddersfield.

Plumbing and heating merchant Bassetts has opened its sixteenth store in Northern Ireland, following a £2 million investment.

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has stated that the government will consult on banning combustible cladding on high-rise residential buildings.

The course is held at the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy in East Leake, Nottinghamshire, and is aimed at specifiers and housebuilders.

Kellaway Building Supplies has continued its support of community improvement charity Bristol Noise.

Hopefield Fab, who produce metal bar tops, over bar glass racks, under-counter units and decorative metalwork - are recruiting new apprentices to join their firm.

The Builders Merchants Federation has recently released figures in its Builders Merchants Building Index which show continued growth, albeit at a slower rate.

Buying group NBG has welcomed Leaside into its membership of independent builders’ merchants.

Having outgrown its old site, Norbord has opened a new factory in Inverness which allows the company to produce a new type of OSB.

Suppliers say they are “disappointed” that Dame Judith Hackitt has not recommended that it should be mandatory for sprinklers to be fitted into tower blocks in her review of Building Regulations and fire safety rules.

Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities Dawn Butler showed support for her local builders’ merchant on a visit to London Reclaimed Brick Merchants last week.

CEMEX UK is calling on the construction industry to join the Construction Logistics and Community Safety scheme.

The expansion of Wavin’s Chippenham site has been officially opened by the Mexican ambassador, Julián Ventura Valero.

Charity-minded Surrey roofer Lee Moran has been crowned the nation’s top ‘Local Hero’ in the National Federation of Roofing Contractors 2018 UK Roofing Awards, sponsored by SIG Roofing.

The government must learn from Carillion by enforcing fair payment and opening up public sector contracts to smaller firms, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Ideal Bathrooms has made a major investment in its Scottish distribution operation with a move to a new 33,000 sq ft distribution hub in the centre of Glasgow.

Two of the most influential leaders in the builders’ merchant industry will speak at the BMF Young Merchants Conference in October.

Chandlers is helping to promote the Construction Industry Helpline, a free and confidential service that helps construction workers and families affected by mental health issues.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has clarified that businesses with a turnover exceeding the VAT threshold of £85,000 will need to make their VAT records digital from April 2019.

Selco Builders Warehouse has further strengthened its offering in the London area by opening its a branch in St Albans - its 63rd in the UK.

RGB Building Supplies is supporting Children’s Hospice South West’s charity Rainbow Run by sponsoring its blue paint station.

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