ANCON designs and manufactures structural fixings for the construction industry and has won a 2018 Queen’s Award for the successful introduction and ongoing development of its advanced composite, low thermal conductivity, TEPLO wall tie range.
Ancon is a three-time Queen’s Award winner having previously received awards for International Trade in 2015 and Innovation in 2012.
TEPLO wall ties are manufactured from continuous basalt fibres set in a resin matrix; a fibre-reinforced polymer that is 70 times more thermally efficient than steel. When used to join the two leaves of a cavity wall, this material virtually eliminates cold bridging across the insulated cavity.
TEPLO has had a major influence on the growth of low energy housing in the UK and Ireland, and helped future-proof traditional masonry cavity wall construction techniques, by minimising insulation thickness and wall footprint. These innovative wall ties have been used in numerous ground-breaking developments, including the UK’s first zero-carbon retrofit and the largest building in the UK certified to the low energy ‘Passivhaus’ standard – the University of Leicester’s Centre for Medicine.
While Ancon’s first Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2012 recognised the company’s in-house development of a unique lockable concrete-connecting steel component, this second Innovation award has been won jointly with its external strategic partner in this advanced composite development, MagmaTech Ltd.
Ancon’s Managing Director, Stuart Maxwell, said: “Winning three Queen’s Awards is an extraordinary achievement and reflects the level of professionalism with which Ancon employees go about their daily business. Our focus on quality and innovation, combined with a single-minded determination to excel in everything we do, not only underpins our brand reputation in the UK, but its growing significance worldwide.”
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