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Mapress press-fit pipe

Graze factory gets the press fit treatment

Graze.com is the newest concept in healthy snacking, with delicious and nutritious treats ordered online and delivered straight to customers’ doors. A modern and contemporary company, Graze’s factory is currently upgrading from its existing Feltham location to a purpose-built facility in Hayes; making this already slick operation, even slicker. With state-of-the-art at the core of their new food manufacturing premises, Graze chose Geberit’s easy-to-fit pipe solutions and other plumbing essentials to fulfil all of the factory’s plumbing, heating and drainage requirements.

Graze.com was started by seven friends looking for a healthier way to snack. The ‘Graze box’, full of wholesome but delicious treats, was invented and five years on is an internet sensation, requiring bigger and better manufacturing premises to meet increased demand. Described by installer, Ross McClelland, as “the best food manufacturing facility you’re likely to see”, Graze’s new site in Hayes is currently under construction, into year one of a three year programme.

Fitting Mapress is ‘child’s play’

Geberit’s pipework was specified after Graze team members, Neil Thompson and Jason Low took part in a ‘pressing’ initiative, through merchants, BSS, in Reading. Armed with a set of Mapress fittings and tools, the duo never looked backed thanks to the simple process of fitting Geberit’s press-fit solution together; in fact, they went on to win first place in the Geberit Challenge 2012 – a competition to find the fastest and most efficient installer.

Following extensive training with Paul King from Geberit, who also helped Graze choose the right products for the building, Graze’s installers have found Mapress extremely easy to use. “Fitting Mapress together is like child’s play,” said Ross, responsible for all plumbing installation works. “Simply cut, debur, mark insertion depth, press and join, with zero leaks – with the right training anyone can be a plumber! Using Mapress is clean, quick and tidy, with no mess, perfect for a factory as sleek as Graze’s.”

Ease of installation is not Geberit Mapress’ only attractive quality: according to a BSRIA report financial savings can be in excess of 35% compared with traditional systems. In addition, any connections that aren’t properly fixed during installation are automatically detectable during the leak test, allowing for the quick rectification of problems, while assisting in minimising the risk of system failure for building occupants. Further security is provided by indicator foils which are removed after the correct pressing operation. These indicators are colour coded by material type, and branded with the dimension size to aid the installer.

“It’s not just their products that have proved easy to work with,” Ross continued. “The level of support and training I’ve received has been fantastic – we must have been taught well considering our achievements in the Geberit Challenge!” (Ross came second)

Beyond Geberit Mapress, Geberit HDPE is used for all drainage on site, a sustainable and safe product that does not leak. Geberit HDPE is made from a compound which has no environmental impact and is fusion welded, meaning no need for hot works. Geberit’s Duofix frames for wall-hung WCs and Geberit Duofix for wall-hung urinals are also fitted in the factory’s toilet blocks.


Geberit’s involvement with this project shows its credentials in meeting the needs of modern manufacturing facilities and the installers that work in them, with intuitive product design and excellent customer service.

Geberit – 0800 077 8365 www.geberit.co.uk