Glidevale Protect bolsters technical service with senior appointment

Jim Smith

BUILDING materials producer Glidevale Protect has promoted Jim Smith to the role of head of technical.

The firm said the move is designed to continue to drive its programme of product innovation in the development of energy efficient construction and roofing products.

Jim Smith joined the business in 2021 and prior to his recent promotion, worked as product technical performance manager in the technical team. In his new role, he leads the team which comprises three technical support colleagues plus a development technician in the lab, as part of quality control, product testing and development.

Glidevale Protect’s technical team looks after every aspect of the company’s product range from material supply, testing and certification. It plays a key role in new product development, including the launch of the company’s most recent solution – Protect FrameSafe FR – a new Class A2-s1, d0 fire retardant external wall breather membrane offering fire protection across low, medium and high-rise buildings.

Jim took the lead on this project, sourcing raw materials, collating samples, agreeing specifications and coordinating both in-house and third-party product testing.

“I am delighted to have taken on this new role and to continue to work with the technical team here at Glidevale Protect to support our customers with trusted and reliable technical advice,” Jim said. “It’s vitally important that our products always perform to the highest standards and our robust in-house and third-party testing is testament to our commitment to developing innovative products that comply with all relevant regulations and standards.

“The development of FrameSafe FR was a complex process so it’s great to see all our hard work pay off now that it has successfully launched to market. We are already seeing considerable interest from specifiers.”