Leading manufacturer Inta has added the Trade-tec collection to its comprehensive range of showering products - making it perfect for professional installers who want superlative quality at affordable prices.
The range comprises of two thermostatic bar showers, a concealed shower, and a bath shower mixer. All come with Inta’s proven built-in anti-scald technology - the failsafe function that prevents scalding in the event of water supply failure on either the hot or cold feeds.
And like all Inta showers, the Trade-tec range comes with a five-year warranty and is WRAS approved. Trade-tec TR10032CP bar shower is a highly stylish ‘fit and forget’ product that does not compromise on quality. Available in boxes of four, the newest thermostatic bar shower comes with a flexible slide rail kit and fast-fix brackets.
The Trade-Tec Coolflow ST20017CP comes with a flexible slide rail kit, multi-function handset, safe-touch body, and fast-fix brackets, while the Trade-Tec Concealed Shower TR40014CP has 15mm direct inlet and outlet connections and single function handset. The Bath Shower Mixer TR30024CP has adjustable fixing points for the riser, a flexible riser kit and deck-mounted legs.
Coolflow and BSM (bath/shower mixer) are also TMV2-approved for domestic, leisure and hotel applications.
The range has been designed to enable easy installation with set fixing centres, while fast-fix brackets provide wall mounting, compression joint and shower connection in one convenient solution. Direct compression connections reduce the number of wet connections to be made when fitted with 15mm pipework.
Stuart Gizzi, Director at Inta, said: “We’re very pleased to unveil our latest range, which has been specifically engineered to meet the exacting demands of the professional installer. Each of the products performs exceptionally well and offers the superlative performance and reliability that all our customers expect. Each is easy to fit, but we offer a dedicated technical helpline for installers in case of queries.”
Inta is giving away a Trade-tec TR10032CP bar shower (RRP £95.24) on its Facebook page. Visit www.facebook.com/intatec for details.
Inta, one of the UK’s leading suppliers to the plumbing and heating sectors, has appointed a new business and operations manager.
Neil Amphlett joins the Stafford-based company from International Piping Products, in Barton-under-Needwood, where he was warehouse operations manager.
The 41-year-old, who lives in Sandbach, Cheshire, said he was keen to join the company after being impressed with its ambitions to grow and he is now responsible for 50 members of staff, as well as looking for ways to improve Inta’s operational processes across the entire business.
He has spent more than 20 years working in the operations and warehousing sides of business, including the automotive and steel sectors, starting his career on the shop floor before progressing through the ranks to management.
Since starting at Inta, Neil has implemented changes within the warehouse greatly improving the Delivery Performance of overnight orders.
“This has had an immediate and positive impact on our customers because they receive next-day delivery as standard,” said Neil. “It’s also simplified the process in-house. I’m introducing measureable KPIs in each department to see what further improvements can be made that will benefit both staff and our customers.
“Inta struck me as a business that was keen to improve across all areas, so I knew this would be a great place to continue in the next stage of my career.”
Welcoming Neil to the firm, Director Cynthia Fisher said: “We were impressed with Neil’s experience in operations management and he’s made a great start in the business. We are working closely with him to make sure that Intatec continues to provide an all-round excellent service to every one of our customers.”
One of the UK’s leading suppliers to the plumbing and heating sectors has committed to reducing the skills shortage by encouraging its staff to undergo training.
Inta, which manufactures anti-scald bathroom products, said about 20% of its staff is on some form of training at any one time - the highest number it has ever had on training.
As well as investing in technical apprentices, including HNCs in Mechanical and General Engineering, the Stafford-based company said it was keen to ensure staff across the whole of the business completed relevant training courses to help it stay ahead of its competitors.
Cynthia Fisher, Director at Inta, said senior management involvement in staff training and giving responsibility to junior members of the team were key to so many employees signing up for courses. In addition, the company has developed close links with nearby Stafford College and Burslem College, where many of Inta employees undertake a variety of training courses.
“By encouraging our employees to undergo training in their specialised fields, we’re not only ensuring that they have the right skills for the job, we’re also future-proofing the business,” she said.
Inta’s warehousing team, which is the central to the success of the business’s day-to- day operations, has undertaken NVQs in Warehousing and Storage Level 2 and Performing Manufacturing Operations Level 2.
Two of the company’s accounts trainees are studying for professional AAT accounting qualifications, which includes weekly day release study at college, while its business operations manager completed a training course to become an ISO accredited auditor.
As well as formal training that attracts nationally recognised qualifications, Inta also uses training courses offered by Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce for staff in the sales administration and accounts departments.
Formalising training opportunities for every member of staff is helping to close the skills gap, said Cynthia.
“The skills gap has long been a concern for businesses because they cannot find people with the skills they need to help them thrive on a local, national or even global stage. It’s crucial for us that we have teams who can adapt to innovation and new technology, whether that’s as in a technical or a professional role.
“It’s why we’ve been actively working with our staff to give them the qualifications and skills they need to succeed. It demonstrates that we value our staff and want them to progress because we consider it an investment. It also helps us to retain staff numbers and attract new talent to the business.”
As well as training staff, Inta also provides work experience opportunities to students and has created a bespoke college pack, which it provides free of charge to City & Guilds accredited colleges across the country to use as training materials.
The firm has also been named one of Staffordshire’s top 50 fastest growing businesses, as revealed in the Staffordshire Growth Barometer 2017. Carried out by global accountants BDO LLP, the report placed Inta at number 33 in the list with it growing by an average of 22.27% over the last three years - and achieving turnover in excess of £20 million in 2015 alone.
At present, employees are undertaking qualifications including:
Two employees at Hixon-based heating and plumbing manufacturer Inta braved the shave and had their hair cut off to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support today (Friday 25th August).
Raising just over £600 - and still counting - Sales Administrator Emma Domanski and Warehouse Operative Ian Squires took to the hairdresser’s chair to have their heads shaved live on the firm’s Facebook page. The colleagues donated their hair to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs to children suffering from hair loss. Emma, whose initial fundraising goal was just £250, said: “It’s fantastic to have smashed our target. A lot of people close to me have been affected by cancer, and seeing the effects of my mum losing a close friend of over 30 years, and having friends still battling the disease, really brings it home. “Macmillan is a charity that’s close to my heart and I’m a little bit nuts, which definitely helps when shaving off all your hair. I’ve got a few wigs and novelty hats, none of which are work appropriate, so I’m just going to embrace it. It’s something to be proud of.”
Emma is also the driving force behind the firm’s other charity events, with her organising awareness days such as Wear it Pink and Children in Need.
Inta would like to thank NVS Studios in Stafford for carrying out the shave.
You can re-watch the live shave on Inta’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/intatec
Anti-scald heating and plumbing product manufacturer Inta is one of Staffordshire’s top 50 fastest growing businesses, as revealed in the Staffordshire Growth Barometer 2017.
The report, carried out by global accountants BDO LLP, placed Inta at number 33 in the list with the firm growing by an average of 22.27% over the last three years - and achieving turnover in excess of £20 million in 2015 alone.
The firm’s success has been attributed to extensive investment into product development. While general elections and Brexit uncertainty caused exchange rates to fluctuate, the firm identified growing trends in the market and developed products - alongside its customers - to help it secure its position for the future.
A leading supplier to the merchant business, Inta has also seen sales growth across its entire product range, from heating and plumbing to showering and OEM products. The firm has also received a number of awards and shortlists, including winning the PHG Supplier of the Year Award for the third time, being shortlisted in three categories at this year’s Heating & Ventilation News Awards, and achieving its CarbonNeutral certification for reducing its carbon footprint to zero.
The report also highlighted Staffordshire’s shifting economic diversity, as well as its overall growth over the past three years. Despite the region’s manufacturing heritage, the report showed growth in a variety of sectors including biotechnology, media and communications.
Stuart Gizzi, director at Inta, said: “The last three years have been tough, but we’ve always looked to the future and thought about how we can make sure that Inta continues to grow and remain a success, no matter what the market throws at us. Many of our products are manufactured in Europe, so we’ve had to tackle the issue of a weakening Pound against the Euro, however we’ve committed to our investment in new products, as well as developing our existing products, to make sure that Inta’s are the best on the market.
“Inta was conceived in Staffordshire, and our 40,000 sq ft HQ in Hixon houses our 57 employees - most of which were born and raised in the neighbouring towns and villages. I can put much of our success down to our location, and it’s great to see that our region continues to be a thriving hotbed of business with such a diverse range of sectors all helping to boost our economy.”
To view the Staffordshire Growth Barometer report, visit: https://www.bdo.co.uk/en-gb/insights/staffordshire-growth-barometer-2017