Adomast Manufacturing

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Adomast Manufacturing's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Adomast Manufacturing is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.adomast.co.uk

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Challenges we face
The long-term survival of any
business cannot be taken for granted
as changes can come quickly and
unexpectedly in today’s fast-moving
industrial climate. As a relatively small
family business we have to be able
to compete effectively with much
larger multinational refractory and
engineering businesses.
A major long-term concern is energy,
not just in terms of cost but also with
regards to its continuity. As high
energy users this impacts not only on
our own manufacturing capabilities
but also those of our customers.
Glassmaking requires high
temperatures for the melting of glass.
Although gas and oil are currently
the most popular fuels, the use of
electricity is a well-proven alternative
technology. Our refractory production
on the other hand is almost entirely
reliant on the use of gas as its
primary fuel. The use of electricity
would require considerable changes
and technological developments to
enable the manufacture of our type of
refractory product.
Our philosophy and the future
We are a family business and our
philosophy is very much for the current
generation to manage and move the
business forward for the next. Today
the company is managed by brother
and sister Simon and Joanne Parkinson,
the managing director and commercial
director respectively.
Our workforce of approximately 85 is
largely drawn from the locality close
by and, where appropriate, we will
use the current apprenticeship scheme
for training young people. We also
have a proven track record of taking
on industrial placement engineering
undergraduates from local universities
such as Huddersfield, Bradford
and Sheffield Hallam, often with a
subsequent offer of employment after
graduation. We have linked up with
both Leeds University and Sheffield
Hallam University for government-
sponsored research schemes and have
recently sponsored a PhD student
with subsequent employment as our
R&Dmanager.
In the current climate of environmental
concern, the glass container industry is
correctly regarded as a manufacturer
of packaging that is kinder to the
environment than plastic packaging.
It can also be recycled indefinitely. As
such we believe that the industry has
a future and as a primary supplier, we
are proud to be part of it.
In the current
climate of
environmental
concern, the
glass container
industry is
correctly
regarded as a
manufacturer
of packaging
that is kinder
to the
environment
than plastic
packaging
A glass container factory in North West England.
The production lines featured comprise refractories
and engineered systems designed and supplied
byPSR
Pre-assembly of refractory channels. After construction
within PSR’s forehearth assembly, molten glass will flow
from the glass furnace along these channels into glass
forming machines for the manufacture of glass bottles
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Managing Director
DeniseWolstenholme
A
leading UK manufacturer of construction chemicals,
Barnsley-based Adomast Manufacturing has more than 40
years of history in the sector. Managing Director Denise
Wolstenholme tells
The Parliamentary Review
that the firm’s
chemicals and cementitious products have become well established
across the sector, and are used extensively in a variety of significant
housebuilding and infrastructure projects across the UK and Ireland.
Under ISO 9001 accreditation we manufacture an extensive range of construction
chemicals. Our chemicals are used extensively in many of today’s civil engineering
and building projects across the UK and Ireland. The construction chemicals
manufactured include formwork release agents, concrete curing systems,
admixtures, surface retarders and high-performance concrete repair products.
The real deal
ISO 9001 approval helps reinforce the fact that we are a business dedicated to
supplying chemicals within a recognised quality system. We are now progressing
ISO 14001 and 45001.
We organise on-site training courses for our customers, where we demonstrate our
products and how they function. We also visit construction sites at the request of our
clients to help the contractors optimise the use and performance of our products.
We offer a technical advice service, where questions can be asked regarding our product
range, as well as about selection and application. These conversations often lead to
other features of technical assistance including the environment in which the product
will be used and whether, after use, any subsequent processes will be carriedout.
FACTS ABOUT
ADOMAST MANUFACTURING
»Managing Director:
DeniseWolstenholme
»Founded over 50 years ago
»Located in Barnsley
»Services: Manufacture of
construction chemicals
»No. of employees: 15
Adomast
Manufacturing
Technical Chemist
Alisdair McQueen
Adomast products are widely used in major
construction infrastructure projects across the
UK, including Crossrail
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A change in model
Seven years ago, our business faced
some challenging issues that impacted
directly upon sales and customer
satisfaction. Our strategy focused
entirely on improving our customer
service. We visited every customer to
understand how we could improve our
service for them.
We increased stock levels in the
warehouse and established a next-day
delivery service to over 90 per cent
of the UK – including, if required,
delivering directly to the construction
site to help minimise delays to the
construction process. Our goal was
to re-establish Adomast as the first
contact for all construction chemicals
and services.
A key part of our current strategy is
being able to speak directly with the
contractor on site. Today we present
our products and their function, in
terms of how they may be used within
a construction project, to many of the
UK’s major construction companies.
Tailor made
We offer tailored product manufacture
where new or existing products can
be created to suit a specific application
or environment. We work together
with our suppliers and our contractors,
and we continually look to redesign,
update and improve our products to
achieve optimum performance in all
construction settings.
Some of our products are WRAS
approved, which qualifies them
for use near water without fear of
contamination. These and other
products with independent accreditation
and approval are essential for creating
customer confidence with respect to
product quality andperformance.
We are increasingly replacing
traditional solvent-based products
with environmentally and ecofriendly
technology, with no compromise
in product quality or performance.
With the industry becoming more
environmentally conscious, these
newer technologies offer very low or
zero VOCs, are biodegradable and
non-hazardous to the user.
Major construction
We supply some of the major and
current construction projects in the UK.
Our products are used on the Crossrail
project, and we are the main supplier
of curing compounds to Hinkley Point
C. We manufactured a specific product
to help protect the curing concrete
when exposed to the damaging
winds from the Bristol Channel. Other
projects include the new premises at
Jaguar Land Rover and the new Forth
Bridge in Edinburgh. Our products are
under evaluation at the Tideway tunnel
project directly under the Thames in
central London.
Arc Marine in Exeter manufactures
large, hollowed-out, marine-friendly
concrete cubes using our products.
These cubes are placed on the seabed
and linked together. The marine plant
life quickly envelopes and grows around
these cubes. This encourages shellfish
and other marine life that had vanished
from the area to be re-established
within the newenvironment.
Adomast are continuously
looking to update
traditional construction
compounds with the
latest in aqueous and
environmentally-friendly
chemical technology
We offer a
technical
advice service,
where
questions can
be asked
regarding our
product
range, as well
as about
selection and
application
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
52 | ADOMAST MANUFACTURING
A change in model
Seven years ago, our business faced
some challenging issues that impacted
directly upon sales and customer
satisfaction. Our strategy focused
entirely on improving our customer
service. We visited every customer to
understand how we could improve our
service for them.
We increased stock levels in the
warehouse and established a next-day
delivery service to over 90 per cent
of the UK – including, if required,
delivering directly to the construction
site to help minimise delays to the
construction process. Our goal was
to re-establish Adomast as the first
contact for all construction chemicals
and services.
A key part of our current strategy is
being able to speak directly with the
contractor on site. Today we present
our products and their function, in
terms of how they may be used within
a construction project, to many of the
UK’s major construction companies.
Tailor made
We offer tailored product manufacture
where new or existing products can
be created to suit a specific application
or environment. We work together
with our suppliers and our contractors,
and we continually look to redesign,
update and improve our products to
achieve optimum performance in all
construction settings.
Some of our products are WRAS
approved, which qualifies them
for use near water without fear of
contamination. These and other
products with independent accreditation
and approval are essential for creating
customer confidence with respect to
product quality andperformance.
We are increasingly replacing
traditional solvent-based products
with environmentally and ecofriendly
technology, with no compromise
in product quality or performance.
With the industry becoming more
environmentally conscious, these
newer technologies offer very low or
zero VOCs, are biodegradable and
non-hazardous to the user.
Major construction
We supply some of the major and
current construction projects in the UK.
Our products are used on the Crossrail
project, and we are the main supplier
of curing compounds to Hinkley Point
C. We manufactured a specific product
to help protect the curing concrete
when exposed to the damaging
winds from the Bristol Channel. Other
projects include the new premises at
Jaguar Land Rover and the new Forth
Bridge in Edinburgh. Our products are
under evaluation at the Tideway tunnel
project directly under the Thames in
central London.
Arc Marine in Exeter manufactures
large, hollowed-out, marine-friendly
concrete cubes using our products.
These cubes are placed on the seabed
and linked together. The marine plant
life quickly envelopes and grows around
these cubes. This encourages shellfish
and other marine life that had vanished
from the area to be re-established
within the newenvironment.
Adomast are continuously
looking to update
traditional construction
compounds with the
latest in aqueous and
environmentally-friendly
chemical technology
We offer a
technical
advice service,
where
questions can
be asked
regarding our
product
range, as well
as about
selection and
application
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INDUSTRY & PRODUCTION
International issues
Brexit has been a factor throughout
2019. Quarter one was busy but after
the end of March we realised that
customers who were stockpiling products
from Europe were unable to purchase
the forecast quantity of construction
chemicals due to lack of storage space
or a reduced cash flow. March is when
construction projects get busy, and
thus the political climate has had a
noticeable knock-on effect on turnover.
We rely entirely on freight companies
for delivering our products throughout
the UK, so increases in oil prices
have an immediate influence on
our business. Our industry is hugely
competitive and any increase in fuel
pricing impacts our costs in multiple
ways. Oil costs also rapidly influence
the price of solvents, which are used
in some of our products, in addition to
impacting the plastic container costs.
Building for the future
Our sales continue to increase
significantly year on year, and our
customer base has trebled to over 200.
Turnover is now £2 million and our team
has increased from seven to 15. When
moving to the new factory in 2016, we
invested in a new tank farm and added
extra mixing tanks to boostcapacity.
This was accomplished by saving revenue
generated from preceding years and
investing back into the business. Taking
these smaller steps and carefully planning
our expenditure has helped protect and
maintain stability but has slowed the
speed of our business evolution too.
Confidence leading to superior and
bolder investment would be greater
if business development incentives
were more readily available and easier
toaccess.
Looking forwards, we are targeting
more products for use in the UK’s
major construction projects. We wish to
work directly with architects, product
specifiers and major contractors,
helping them familiarise themselves
with Adomast and ourproducts.
We are aiming to supply the highways
and railway network. We will focus
on modern, non-hazardous and
environmentally friendly technology
without compromising on the high
performance and quality required
and demanded by a 21st-century
construction industry.
We are
increasingly
replacing
traditional
solvent-based
products with
environmentally
and ecofriendly
technology, with
no compromise
in product
quality or
performance
The first contact for
construction chemicals
– several Adomast
products are being used
in the construction of
Hinkley Point C

www.adomast.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Adomast Manufacturing. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development