The Unified Water Label Association is calling on the kbb industry to realise the importance of using water wisely on Earth Day, (22 April). Earth Day is an international event that calls on world leaders to come together to prevent the coming disasters of climate change and environmental destruction. Using a theme of ‘Together, we can Restore Our Earth™’, the day runs parallel to the Biden Administration’s global climate summit, with EARTHDAY.ORG
hosting a live digital event.

UWLA MD Yvonne Orgill says, “Climate literacy is one of the key themes for this Earth Day, as research has found that this is key to building a greener workforce and a consumer movement that will help solve climate change.

“This is a theme that is also part of UWLA’s communication strategy. We believe that everyone has a part to play in making responsible water-saving choices. If those involved in designing, manufacturing, selling, installing and purchasing water using bathroom products, all work together to help each other, and consumers understand the issues around water scarcity, then we can drive home the message that for the sake of the planet we must use water wisely.

“We explored this at our recent Water Matters event, when Impact Entrepreneur Ben Keene raised some interesting questions on this topic. He asked the bathroom industry to come together and be creative in meeting this challenge. He suggested that it is necessary to be bold in order to help people understand the impact of their water consumption, and nudge them towards positive behaviour change.

“Our #dontforgettheplug marketing campaign is also addressing this message. Currently being rolled out across the UK and Europe, it highlights key messages to promote the benefits of supporting the Unified Water Label.

“Those interested in finding out how they can become involved by supporting the UWLA or joining our campaign can find out more here.”


Pictured: UWLA MD Yvonne Orgill

Well known kbb industry professional Toby Griffin is to work with leading kbb and merchant service provider Simon Acres Group (SAGL) as a training consultant. Toby is a business consulting expert with17 years of experience with kbb companies.

SAGL director Simon Acres says, “We are thrilled that Toby has joined us. He shares our passion for excellence and will be a great asset to our business, as we continue to service our growing kbb retail and merchant client base.

Toby added, “I am delighted to be working with Simon and the team. It’s a great time to be joining as we come out of lockdown and take advantage of the lessons learned and the new ways of working that have evolved.

“I am looking forward to getting back out into showrooms to work face to face with clients and share the extensive portfolio of training that we can offer together.”

Pictured: Toby Griffin, Training Consultant, Simon Acres Group

Following the successes of previous projects between MRO procurement and supply chain specialists Entec International and their academic partners at the University of Portsmouth in the UK, a new Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project has been launched to assess the potential of Additive Manufacturing (AM), or 3D Printing, in the spare parts supply chain.

According to CEO Mike Robinson, Entec is looking to build upon its expertise in complex supply chain management through the supplementary implementation of localised manufacturing. This innovative new model will help across several economic, sociological, and environmental areas by driving down growing air-freight costs, reducing shipping times, cutting carbon footprint, and by further optimising the holding inventory of spare parts – ultimately increasing the customer’s bottom line through the accessibility of near-instantaneous MRO inventory supply.

The project will follow the life-cycle of a product against the Environmental Management Systems standards as described in the ISO 14000 series, and will have a focus on enviro-economic effects of 3D printed suitable materials to ensure a sustainable solution is delivered in alignment with Entec’s environmental centric growth.


Pictured: 3D Printing


For a global brand business with complex manufacturing and packaging operations, often in challenging markets such as Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, there are daily demands for planned and unplanned spares. Inevitably this means working with multiple suppliers, both locally and internationally, all of whom have different ways of working and variable trading terms in multiple currencies.

Many organisations, while knowing how much they spend and with whom, do not necessarily understand what they are buying or how many parts they genuinely need to meet demand.

Entec’s mission is to simplify this essential and often overlooked area of manufacturing operations, bringing increased visibility, control and compliance, supporting our clients enabling them to operate more efficiently, reduce waste and drive down costs.

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