Today, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visited Vitromite’s new manufacturing base at the Scottow Enterprise Park in Norfolk.
Simon Parrish, director of Vitromite gave HRH Princess Anne a tour of the factory that uses an innovative process to manufacture structural insulated panels for the building industry by combining modern composite materials with waste glass.
Simon Parrish said: “Britain is a world leader in developing and using composite materials and we at Vitromite would like to thank the Princess Royal for her time and her genuine interest in our business. Using composite materials in the building sector will improve the performance of new buildings and protect the environment by dramatically reducing their carbon footprint.”
The Vitromite panels produced in Norfolk are stronger and lighter than steel or concrete and have impressive insulation and environmental performance.
Buildings constructed using the Vitromite Build System have a much smaller carbon footprint than those built using traditional materials as no concrete is used in their construction and the panels’ thermal performance keeps the interior warm in winter and cool in summer.
When used in homes, it will be possible to heat the house solely using solar power which will eliminate heating bills for homeowners.
Her Royal Highness Princess Anne was shown the state-of-the-art design facilities that can use architects’ computer aided design files to program the production line to ‘print’ structural panels to their exact specifications.
After a tour of the main factory hall that houses engineering and pultrusion facilities as well as the 25-metre production line, the Princess Royal visited the showroom where she saw examples of how the Vitromite Build System was used to construct a wide range of buildings.
HRH Princess Anne was accompanied on the tour by Deputy Lieutenant Richard Butler MBE DL, the High Sheriff of Norfolk Sir William Cubitt KCVO CBE, and representatives of Norfolk County Council.