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Sika Sarnafil showcases commitment to contractors

As part of its on-going commitment to training and innovation within the roofing industry, Sika Sarnafil recently hosted three launch events for contractors, showcasing its latest product launches and future developments.

Hosted at Sika’s Centre for Excellence for Liquid Applied Membranes in Preston, the Centre for Excellence for Single-ply Membranes in Welwyn Garden City and Dunblane, contractors from across the UK took part in interactive workshops hosted by the Sika Sarnafil applications team.

Live demonstrations of the new Sarnafil Self Adhered Membrane and a soon-to-be-released Spray Applied Adhesive were followed by a preview of the new Sarnamatic 681 welding machine. Product manager, Dean Grady, then gave attendees an up-close look at the Solaroof system, a new solar panel mount package that offers a full system guarantee.

“Contractors could clearly see and discuss the benefits of each product first-hand,” said Ian Muddiman, Head of Applications. “Our aim will always be to encourage an open dialogue with contractors. We’re not telling them that it’s clean, it’s fast and it works – they’re seeing it with their own eyes. We make sure our contractors are always one step ahead of the game, not only in regards to our latest products, but also when it comes to industry-wide change.”

Major developments in BIM, especially in the new build arena, prompted Sika Sarnafil to invite Jill Gutherie from BIM Technologies to join the presentation team. Highlighting the benefits of the process, Jill explained how contractors can expect the technology to impact the way they work in the future.

The events are part of a wider programme of training courses and support offered across the Sika roofing brands, with over 5,000 fitters and contractors having received a Sika Sarnafil accreditation alone.

Ian added: “For more than 20 years we’ve been investing in training, whether through our dedicated application centres or on-site. The strong relationships we maintain with contractors and installers are extremely valuable to us – these people are our eyes and ears in the industry. In turn, they trust us to deliver the products and expertise they need, thanks to years of roofing experience within our applications team.”

Scott Henshaw, Derwent Roofing Services, said: “It was great to see a live application of the new Sarnafil products, it’s very useful to get a proper demonstration. I was particularly impressed at the speed of the Self Adhered Membrane being laid down. There was a friendly and informal atmosphere and the applications team were really helpful with any queries we had.”

Contractors were also gifted with a ‘Sarnie stick’ and encouraged to take selfies with a project that they are proud of in the background, to be entered into a Twitter competition.

For more information on Sika Sarnafil’s products and services, call 01707 394444, email sarnafilroofing@uk.sika.com or visit www.sarnafil.co.uk.