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FACTA acknowledges the current climate

The rising costs of raw materials is being felt across all industries, not only in the UK but globally.  The anticipation of a stable recovery from the pandemic has been unsettled by the war in Ukraine and rising inflation.

During the recent FACTA Board Meeting, members reported that steel has experienced a continuous price rise over the last 2 years, increasing on average by 48%.

In April, WorldSteel reported ‘Steel demand in the developed world is forecast to increase by 1.1% and 2.4% in 2022 and 2023 respectively, after recovering by 16.5% in 2021.’ Full article here.

Russia is the worlds 5th biggest steel producer, as such, the sanctions against them will continue to play a huge part in pushing the costs up from other countries. Fundamental economic principle of when demand exceeds supply at its finest.

Ukraine is also a significant producer of both iron and steel and production has been halted following Russia's invasion. The war has also caused major disruptions to logistics routes.

This leads to an uncertain outlook for steel using industries, at least until the end of 2022, and growth in output is expected to gain only modest ground in 2023.

To quote Benjamin Franklin…"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

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FACTA CPD - A Guide to specifying the right Fabricated Access Cover

FACTA are in the final stages of completing our new CPD Presentation,  A Guide to specifying the right Fabricated Access Cover.
The presentation will be available online and aims to provide valuable information for specifiers, merchants, manufacturers and installers.
Futher details to follow...


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EJ inspection chambers with an aesthetic finish

For projects that need easy access to the inspection chambers whilst providing an aesthetic finish, EJ have a patented SLK range of access solutions. 
- Quality UK manufactured units  
- Built-in heavy duty lifting keys 
- High grade polypropylene (PP) or galvanised steel (GS) frame 
- Single piece rigid formed cover for added strength  
- All steel parts are galvanised to BS EN ISO 1461:1999 after manufacture for long life corrosion protection 
 Visit their website for more information

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FACTA member provides bespoke solution for a water project in the North East

EJ recently provided a bespoke solution for a water project in the North East. 
The requirement from the client was for a lift assisted cover (less than 25 kg lift) to protect water assets within a chamber.    
They worked with the client to design a 3x2 configuration assisted PS1680 series cover and frame complete with safety grids & recessed padlock points.    
EJ specialise in offering steel fabricated covers and bespoke solutions, find out more here.


FACTA Member Wrekin's support helps busy Suffolk road moving

WORKS to upgrade the busy A140 between Yaxley and Brome in Suffolk, in a bid to enhance road safety and cut down on congestion have now completed – following technical support from civil engineering designer, manufacturer, and supplier Wrekin Products.

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EJ in UK welcome you to their yard

EJ recently added the following update on LinkedIn...
Welcome to our yard! Many specially fabricated steel and aluminium products are ready to despatch to critical infrastructure projects: 
The flexibility of using steel & aluminium allows us to create bespoke access solutions to fulfil the clients’ specifications, offering a solution for all configurations.   
Contact us today on and we can discuss your projects requirements.    
Find out more here 


MONDAY, 17 MAY 2021
FSP report sales boom in UK and beyond

FACTA member Fabweld Steel Products, has reported a positive start to 2021, with a 30 per cent increase in sales thanks to export orders and a boom in online shopping. The Telford based access cover and fabricated steel products manufacturer says it has experienced the year-on-year rise in the first quarter of 2021 with much of the growth attributed to an increase in international orders and a boost from key customers in the UK. The upsurge follows on from an active 2020 that saw its exports rise to 20 per cent of total sales.
Managing Director, Richard Hilton, said many of the sectors FSP supplies are beginning to see recovery after the coronavirus crisis. “A portion of our sales so far this year is credited to UK-based builders’ merchants, which are seeing an increase in custom as lockdown restrictions have been eased and infrastructure and construction projects recommenced.  “We’ve also seen an increase in demand for steel products for online retailers like Amazon that are experiencing a boom in sales and therefore need to increase their warehouse capacity.”

Read the full press article here and for more information, visit or call 01952 581430.


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