Marley Pipes wins prestigious award
Marley Pipe Systems was awarded the Stewart & Lloyds Light Steel Frame Commendation for their role as primary supplier of their renowned Marley Equator hot and cold plumbing system for the successful construction of the Saint Helena Worker’s Village.
They received the gong at the Steel Awards ceremony hosted by the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC).
Marley’s unique push-fit PE-X pipe system for hot and cold water applications, Marley Equator, has long been celebrated in the industry for being SABS testing and approved, less labour intensive, and low in maintenance requirements.
These are just some of the factors that made Marley Equator the preferred choice for use in the Saint Helena Worker’s Village Project.
The award-winning project came about following a £250 million investment by the UK Government to construct an international airport on the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, an isolated island situated in the South Atlantic Ocean.
The airport, which is expected to cater for flight routes between Saint Helena, and London, Cape Town and Johannesburg, is anticipated to boost the island’s tourism industry and promote economic growth for the future.
Due to the remoteness of the island, however, the construction meant that a worker’s village would need to be constructed to accommodate the 300 employees that would be working on the project for the duration of the contract.
The logistical and environmental challenges that the island presented meant that materials had to be carefully selected to comply with stringent transportation requirements.
With this in mind, Marley was commissioned by SA Steelframe Systems to supply their Marley Equator hot and cold pipe materials for installation in the village, which includes accommodation, ablutions, recreational facilities, laundries, offices, and a kitchen and cafeteria.
As there would only be a boat available to transport materials to the island once a month, Marley had to work closely with SA Steelframe Systems to calculate the amount of materials needed for the construction, as a shortage of materials would have resulted in costly delays for the project.
After careful inspection of the plans, Marley presented a Bill of Quantities which turned out to be the exact amount needed for the construction, with no additional materials needed nor arrangements required to return excess stock.
Owing to the project’s limited time constraints for construction, ease of installation was one of the key deciding factors in choosing the Marley Equator system.
To assist further in speeding up the installation process, Marley provided value-added training and support to the local labourers who would be installing the system in the form of training tools and resources developed by Marley.
This had a significant impact on the successful outcome of the project as many of the workers had little or no previous experience in the installation of plumbing systems.
Marley Pipe Systems is the leading manufacturer and supplier of plastic pipe systems within the Civil, Irrigation, Mining and Industrial as well as the Plumbing and Building markets of sub-Saharan Africa. As a value organisation, Marley is committed to offering clients economic value and uncompromising service with SAPPMA endorsed quality solutions backed by a comprehensive range of PVC and HDPE pipes, fittings and accessories.
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.