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Trisomet® and Trimapanel® Combine to Enhance Factory Extension

9 May 2013 No Comment


A new 40,000 sq. ft. multi-million pound factory extension for cardboard box manufacturers Jaffabox Ltd in Bickenhill, Birmingham has enhanced the award winning company’s manufacturing capabilities and increased warehousing capacity.

The project benefits from a complete building envelope solution by Tata Steel, installed by Multi-Fab Construction Ltd.

The building features over 5000m2 of Trisomet® 333 System insulated roof panels and over 1000m2 of Trimapanel® System architectural wall panels, both in Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® in Goosewing Grey.


Jaffabox Ltd are recognised within the packaging industry as being a progressive, forward thinking company with one of the most modern box manufacturing plants in the country.

At the end of 2012, Jaffabox were awarded the very prestigious title of “SME packaging company of the year” at the annual UK Packaging Awards.

Jaffabox’s origins go back to 1946, when Louis Jaffa began selling boxes as a private trader. The current owners bought the business in 1978. Since then the company has continually expanded and, at the turn of the Millennium, moved to its present site at Bickenhill, Birmingham, on a five-acre green field site adjacent to Birmingham International Airport and the National Exhibition Centre.

Last year the company made a significant investment with the new building extension to its plant, including the installation of a fully automated printed diecut production line. This investment further enhanced the company’s manufacturing capabilities and increased warehousing capacity in order to expand the “just in time” stockholding facilities offered to customers.

jaffa2Building envelope installer Multi-Fab Construction Ltd also acted as main contractor and were also responsible for structural steelwork on the project.

Featuring a straightforward side-lapping detail, the Trisomet® 333 System affords faster installation and a broad-pan trapezoidal pre-finished steel external profile, providing optimised water drainage, strength and walkability.

Its autohesively-bonded polyisocyanurate (PIR) insulation uses the latest foam technology, providing exceptional thermal performance from a relatively shallow foam core, enhanced environmental benefits, together with fire performance approved by the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB).

Trisomet® 333 System is manufactured under factory-controlled conditions, enabling the speed of construction to be increased, allowing the project to be completed within the required timescales, bringing overall savings in terms of cost and time.

Trimapanel® System achieves the very highest levels of flatness, thermal and environmental performance, airtightness and structural capabilities. Entirely manufactured in the UK using Colorcoat® pre-finished steel, Trimapanel® System provides the ultimate package of durability, fire performance, superior aesthetics, design flexibility and outstanding environmental credentials.

Trimapanel® System comprises a pre-finished steel liner profile, a Zero-ODP polyisocyanurate (PIR) insulation core and a micro-rib Colorcoat® pre-finished steel external weathering profile.

Made in the UK to ISO 14001, for a lower carbon footprint, Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® is the most durable pre-finished steel on the market. It incorporates advanced coating technology, providing superior corrosion resistance, especially in challenging environments, with excellent colour and gloss retention and corrosion resistance.

The entire building envelope by Tata Steel is covered by the Confidex® Guarantee, offering the most comprehensive guarantee for pre-finished steel products in Europe and providing peace of mind for up to 40 years. Unlike other guarantees, Confidex® covers cut edges for the entirety of the guarantee period and does not require any inspections or maintenance during this time.

Reflecting on the project, Steve Tomlinson, Managing Director of Multi-Fab Construction Ltd, commented: “The client is very pleased with the finished building. Tata Steel were very helpful, delivering products of excellent quality exactly when we needed them.”

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