Catherine Gibson, managing director of insulation, drywall and ceiling product distributor CCF has lent her voice to the important discussion of product traceability following a guest speaker appearance at UK Construction Week.

In a world where sustainability and safety need to be verifiable, the traceability of building materials from reputable supply chains is becoming increasingly important and CCF, which is part of Travis Perkins Plc, knows this is an issue that really matters to customers. Speaking at the event, CCF managing director Catherine Gibson discussed the role distributors like CCF can play in ensuring that the right product information can be traced from manufacturer to construction sites. Catherine also shared what the business will learn from a new traceability trial that is now underway in partnership with one of its manufacturers and customers.

The panel discussion centred on the ‘next steps in building safety – getting product information right’, and took place on the main stage on Wednesday 4th October. Catherine joined Geoffrey Brown from the Office of Product Safety & Standards, Amanda Long, formerly CEO of Considerate Constructors and founder of the Building a Safer Future Charter, who now leads CPI, the body that administers the Code for Construction Product Information and Daniel Pye, compliance manager at Knauf Insulation UK and Ireland.

Commenting on the panel, Catherine said: “Building safety and product information are two of the most important issues facing the construction industry and I was pleased to speak about the vital role distributors have to play in leading the way on maintaining the golden thread through the supply chain.”

CCF also had a presence at another of the event’s discussion panels, with CCF’s commercial director Adam Taylor taking part in the debate on ‘does the construction industry need to reinvent the digitalisation industry’. Adam spoke alongside leading international not-for-profit standards organisation GS1 and other members of the construction products supply chain to discuss how the use of standardised unique identification can support the digitalisation of the industry and be an enabler for the golden thread.

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