Washington-based Schiedel Chimney Systems has launched a new version of its flagship chimney liner product, TecnoFlex.
Designed with 20% greater flexibility and a lock design giving greater strength than previous liners, the product is manufactured at the Schiedel Rite-Vent factory at Washington.
“We have listened to the market feedback on flexible liners. Installers have been looking for more flexibility and greater strength – so we did something about it,” said David Wright, marketing manager for Schiedel. “Our engineers have worked in tandem with the machine manufacturers to come up with a new unique lock design on the joint, which has radically improved performance in both these key areas.”
Schiedel Chimney Systems, formerly Rite Vent, was founded by John Garrod 45 years ago. In 2001 it was sold it to venture capitalists and went through a management buyout before being bought by Schiedel, a multi-national with sales of £170m, in 2004.
The company makes steel tubes which act as chimneys and vents for domestic heating systems. It also has an operation in Northern Island near Dungannon, which makes ceramic liners. In the UK and Ireland it employs about 100 people, about 70 in Washington and has an annual turnover of about £18m.
Schiedel supplies the residential market with chimneys and flues for central heating boilers and – increasingly – wood-burning stoves. It also supplies the non-residential sector which comprises commercial and public buildings such as schools, hospitals and swimming pools.
Schiedel also makes flue kits for boiler manufacturers which they can brand as part of their own product.
Schiedel in Washington sells more than 500km of system chimneys, connecting flue pipes and chimney liners every year.