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Water Dragons recognise 3M innovation

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3M’s Scotchkote Manhole Repair Kit scooped The Society of British Water and Wastewater Industries’ Best Innovation award following a lively ‘Dragons’ Den’ style pitch.

Key account manager for 3M Electrical Markets, Ian Tindell, presented the kit – a fast and effective solution for stabilising sunken or rocking covers by safely levelling them with minimal disruption to road users - to a panel of industry experts including Steve Kaye from Anglian Water, Richard Price from Southern Water and Simon Rutter from Thames Water.

During the pitch, Ian was quizzed by the Dragons on the savings and operational benefits the repair kit can generate for water companies. He was able to demonstrate that it has created considerable cost savings compared to replacing manhole covers, as well as a significant reduction in disruption for road users.

The kit comes with everything needed to complete a repair - including Scotchkote Urethane Metal Repair, a rapid-repair curing system for rebuilding or repairing metalwork, - meaning that no additional specialist or expensive equipment is needed.

The 3M innovation was recognised in a year when the Award judges said that they were particularly impressed with the quality of entries.

Water Award

Carl Bradley, business development manager for Electrical Markets, was presented with the Award at a dinner held at the Hilton Hotel, Warwick.

He said: “We always aim to find new ways of working that reduce cost and disruption. This kit provides a solution when utility companies are faced with damaged covers which have frames that remain compliant. By maintaining them this way, they are making significant savings as they do not have to replace the cover and frame. Innovation is at the heart of 3M - it is the common thread between all the sectors we work across.”

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