May 16, 2020

Keller appoints Rolls-Royce group operations director Alain Michaelis as its CEO

Alain Michaelis
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Alain Michaelis will take over as Keller chief executive.
Alain Michaelis will take over as Keller chief executive on 14th May 2015, after the companys annual general meeting. Justin Atkinson is retiring.Michae...

Alain Michaelis will take over as Keller chief executive on 14th May 2015, after the company’s annual general meeting. Justin Atkinson is retiring.

Michaelis will also replace Atkinson as chairman of the executive committee.

Alain Michaelis began his career as a mechanical engineer with Arup, working on building design projects. He joins Keller from Rolls-Royce, where he is group operations director.

Previously, he has held senior leadership positions at automotive supplier Tenneco and building products distributor Wolseley.

Keller chairman Roy Franklin described him as “a highly experienced senior executive who brings considerable understanding of the complex multinational environment in which Keller operates.”

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Jun 3, 2021

uPVC pipes, safety glasses and Spetz app launched

Dominic Ellis
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Round up of this week's launches covers uPVC piping, safety glasses and new Spetz app

This week has seen a range of new product and service launches for the construction trade.

Vinyl Pipes has launched uPVC Column Pipes, which extend the life of pipes. Column Pipes with a power lock (patent pending) will not only to raise the safety standards but improve the efficiency of Borewell installations. This Lock system, a by-product of the in-house R&D team, is designed to bear load making the pipes stress-free, torque resistant and perfect for handling high pressure water.

Conscious that using the correct glasses could prevent 90% of jobsite injuries, Milwaukee's expanded range (pictured) features anti-scratch and fog free styles, new lens colours and magnification features, complementing its 'cut resistant' gloves.

Arriving on the UK app scene, Spetz is billed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone "panicked by household flooding or electricity failure," as it unites tradespeople with consumers.

Spetz founder and CEO Yossi Nevo said urgent needs come in all forms and it’s unlikely that any household has tried and trusted tradespeople to match every possibility. 

"The Spetz app rapidly connects them with a suitable ‘rescue service’ in as little as 30 seconds and that rapid reassurance is completely free - it’s the tradespeople who pay for these job leads. Those start at around £6 a time, but the tradesperson can then go on to make thousands from our automated system funnelling the best and most appropriate work their way.”

Spetz is now three years old operating in Israel, Australia and is now beginning a full UK rollout, after a ‘soft’ launch.


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