2013 seems to have flown by and it’s been a good year at Kebur. The mild November we have been having seems to have extended the landscaping season and we continue to be busy. Furthermore the strong winds of early November saw an increase in demand for fencing. Fingers crossed the cold weather and snow stays away, but if it does come we have plenty of rock salt and snow shovels in stock.
We have recently introduced a few new products into our drainage range, including square to round recessed manhole covers and perforated land drainage pipe coils. Since the 1980’s new build houses tend to have Polypropylene Inspection Chambers (PPIC’s) installed which are round. Before this time manholes were constructed from brickwork or concrete and in England and Wales these were rectangular 600x450mm size. With these round PPIC’s it can be difficult when laying paving or blocks in a landscape project. Square to round manholes make slabbing up to the cover a breeze as slabs can be cut to suit the profile of the frame whilst the circular opening with it’s universal PPIC positioning spigot locates directly onto the chamber, dramatically reducing installation times.
pVCU Corrugated and perforated drainage pipe coil is installed for sub-soil drainage. The corrugated profile gives improved flow and durability for all types of agricultural, leisure projects and land drainage. We are stocking 80mm and 100mm diameter pipe coil in 25m lengths as well as juntions.
We have also in the last couple of days had new Electronic Point of Sale (Epos) systems installed. We have updated the hardware and added in an extra till. We hope this will reduce queue times in the busy summer periods and improve efficiency. The painfully slow archaic dot matrix printers have been replaced with quick laser printers, so no waiting around for invoices/receipts to be printed! We are looking into how we can make best use of the Epos system to suit our business so there maybe further changes ahead.
The yard guys have been busy undertaking some maintenance tasks and the main project has been to repair the aggregate bays where over time the digger has caused damage. They have been dug out and re-concreted and are now fully operational again. As things have quietened down a little there has been more time to tidy up and re-arrange things slightly in the yard. Mini-Me and his team have done a great job with this and with slight changes to the layout of the stock we hope loading will be even quicker and easier now.
At the end of October Ian and Tony visited an event held by Stonemarket at their factory in Ryton near Conventry. One of the main reasons for the show was to unveil their new products for 2104. They are launching a number of luxury natural stone paving ranges sourced from all over the world as well as a new linear block paving driveway option, versatile Rio Palisades and two new colours to their Haus “engineered concrete” paving. Look out for all of these in the 2014 brochure which will be available soon. Meanwhile here’s a sneak peak at one of the natural stone paving ranges: