Queen’s Awards was granted to Ancon Building Products for the development and successful introduction of Teplo basalt composite wall ties.
Ancon Building Products won Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2018 in the Innovation category for the successful development and introduction of Teplo basalt composite wall ties range jointly with its partner, MagmaTech.
To manufacture wall ties, they suggested continuous basalt fiber and polymer matrix. This material’s low thermal conductivity eliminates cold bridging so basalt composite wall ties become 70 times more thermally efficient than those made of steel, the manufacturer says.
Teplo flexible ties range includes products for different types of wall panels and fixation; they are resistant to all sorts of mortar.
Innovative basalt-composite ties have led to creating new construction technologies used to build stud walls and conventional brick walls with reduced thickness of brickwork and insulation, encouraging the energy-efficient building market.
Teplo products are also used to retrofit and build residential, non-residential and public buildings.
For example, Teplo wall ties were used for the first in the UK project according to PassivHaus technology and also for the University of Leicester’s Centre for Medicine, the largest building in the UK built to the ‘Passivhaus’ standard.
This is the third time that Ancon Building Products has been granted Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. The first recognised Ancon’s development of a lockable dowel system in 2012 and the second, later, in 2015 for growing sales across export markets.
Head of Marketing and Innovation at Ancon, Annabelle Wilson, says:
“Ancon launches a number of new and improved structural fixings every year and invites ideas into our innovation process from both inside and outside the company. We saw potential in this new material immediately, and over the last eight years have committed our business resources to improving and extending the Teplo wall tie range as part of the Ancon product portfolio, bringing the benefits of advanced composites to mainstream UK construction.”
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is an annual award established by royal decree in 1965 and is one of the highest official awards in the UK. Awards are granted on recommendation of the Prime Minister and approved by Her Majesty the Queen.
Winning organizations must demonstrate the highest level of corporate standards, combined with considerable progress in productivity and commerce, which makes the award the highest appraisal of business activity.