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Simon Thomas

Managing director of Asset International

Simon Thomas, is the Managing Director of Asset International, a manufacturing firm based in South Wales that produces large diameter HDPE pipes which are used in water management projects across the UK and internationally.

Asset International supplies bespoke designs to the water and construction industries from surface drainage to foul sewers and inter-process pipework.

Industry 4.0 Is Coming...

The theory behind Industry 4.0 is that it will effectively create what has been called a 'smart factory', which utilises cutting edge technology, including cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing, in order to monitor the physical processes of a factory and make informed, decentralised decisions.
19/01/2017 16:36 GMT

Brexit: It's All About PMA for the UK Housing Sector

As a supporter of the remain campaign of course I believe that Brexit was the wrong decision for our country. However, while I feel disappointed by the outcome, I am also a realist. And I am determined to make the very best of the situation at hand. After all, where there is uncertainty and upheaval, there is always opportunity.
10/08/2016 10:39 BST

UK Productivity Crisis - What Can Be Done?

The UK is in the midst of a productivity crisis. While employment has finally recovered to pre-recession levels, and those in work typically work long hours, productivity remains low. But how is this possible?
19/08/2015 15:02 BST

Will the New Tory Government Solve Our Housing Crisis?

Now that the political spectacle once dubbed 'the most un-predictable election in history' is over, and the Tories are at the head of their first majority government since the 1990s, what will they do to deal with the UK's housing crisis?
08/06/2015 09:52 BST

Britain's Housing Crisis - The Brownfield Solution?

As the May general election looms, housing remains a key issue over which the different political parties will scrap it out until the polls close. Of course they'll all promise the earth, offering to solve the UK's housing shortage with inflated numbers of how many houses they expect to build, but in reality how many of these much needed new homes will ever get off the ground?
03/03/2015 14:45 GMT

Government Subsidies Make Biogas an Attractive Renewable Energy Option

The UK's Transmission System Operator, responsible for distributing and generating electricity, recently announced that biogas, a renewable energy, could be responsible for 10% of the nation's gas output by the year 2020. If targets are met, the National Grid hopes to have 45 new biogas power stations connected to the grid within the next two years.
09/10/2014 15:05 BST

Why Man and Not Mother Nature Is Responsible for the Winter Floods

It's clear to me, and no doubt the thousands of people whose lives have been destroyed by the winter floods that it's not just nature that is to blame for the now annual flood destruction, farmers and Government must also share in the responsibility. After all, we had been warned. And repeatedly.
28/03/2014 10:14 GMT

Complacency Will Be the Barrier to Building a Brighter Future for the Construction Industry

With the UK's construction sector growing at its fastest pace since 2003, the renewed optimism being spoken of is coming to fruition. As an SME operating in the manufacturing sector, it's fair to say that we are seeing a dramatic increase in enquiries and orders from the housing sector in particular, a growth which can be attributed in part to the Government's Help to Buy scheme.
24/02/2014 12:40 GMT