Kitemark helps innovation to fly

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Sales of an innovative type of fitting developed by plumbing products and systems manufacturer Pegler Yorkshire have been rising since the Doncaster firm gained prestigious Kitemark approval for its invention.

Pegler’s Xpress range of copper press fittings is aimed at plumbing and heating professionals operating within the domestic, mechanical and engineering sectors.

Product market manager Kathleen Bramwell said: “The Pegler Yorkshire name is synonymous with quality and the Kitemark certification for XPress Copper provides the independent recognition assuring we deliver high quality assured products, systems and solutions.

“We have now taken the next step on the approval’s ladder complementing the existing suite of approvals whilst still continuing to be innovative and developing our product ranges.”

The Xpress range comprises more than 780 heat free joining fittings, ranging in size from 12mm to 108mm.

Earlier this year, Pegler reported a six per cent increase in pre-tax operating profits to £7 million, primarily thanks to a 25 per cent increase in exports to the Middle East.

The firm said at the time that the UK market remained challenging, but, despite a reduction in turnover it had maintained margins thanks largely to efficiency improvements

Pegler Yorkshire’s Finance Director, Ian Howarth, said: “Against a challenging year our business is moving in-line with expectations.

“Sales into the Middle East have been going from strength to strength whilst austerity measures both in the UK and Euro zone has translated into decline in the construction market.”

The Xpress range comprises more than 780 heat free joining fittings, ranging in size from 12mm to 108mm.

Earlier this year, Pegler reported a six per cent increase in pre-tax operating profits to £7 million, primarily thanks to a 25 per cent increase in exports to the Middle East.

The firm said at the time that the UK market remained challenging, but, despite a reduction in turnover it had maintained margins thanks largely to efficiency improvements

Pegler Yorkshire’s Finance Director, Ian Howarth, said: “Against a challenging year, our business is moving in-line with expectations.

“Sales into the Middle East have been going from strength to strength while austerity measures both in the UK and Euro zone has translated into decline in the construction market.”

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