ROCKWOOL named first BMF centre of excellence in Wales

16 March 2017

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has named the ROCKWOOL® Training Academy in Bridgend as the first ‘Regional Centre of Excellence’ in Wales.


On 1st March 2017, an official ceremony was held at the ROCKWOOL offices in Bridgend. The event saw John Newcomb (BMF Managing Director), Richard Jones (BMF SW Regional Manager) and Richard Brian, Managing Director of Hughes Forrest join Mark Bungay, ROCKWOOL National Sales Manager DIY and Merchants, to launch the training facility as the BMF Regional Centre of Excellence.

The launch coincided with the ROCKWOOL Training Academy hosting its first BMF Wales regional meeting, chaired by Richard Brian, Managing Director of Hughes Forrest. This was the first of many events that will take place at the ROCKWOOL Training Academy. It will be used as a regional hub for BMF training courses and merchant events throughout the year. The main office on site will also be used to host the BMF annual board meeting later this year.

“ROCKWOOL is proud to be partnering with the BMF,” comments Mark Bungay, National Sales Manager DIY & Merchants, ROCKWOOL. “At ROCKWOOL, we are fully committed to providing the very best in product training to merchants, both in branch and at the new training academy. We look forward to working with the BMF as we seek to educate and inspire the next generation of builders merchants to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing construction industry.”

Dedicated to nominated suppliers, the BMF programme is designed to strengthen the organisation’s regional presence and add to the support it offers members in their geographic area. As part of the programme, the BMF will establish 24 ‘Centres of Excellence’ in 12 regions in the coming months.

About the ROCKWOOL Group

At the ROCKWOOL Group, we are committed to enriching the lives of everyone who experiences our product solutions. Our expertise is perfectly suited to tackle many of today’s biggest sustainability and development challenges, from energy consumption and noise pollution to fire resilience, water scarcity and flooding. Our product range reflects the diversity of the world’s needs, while supporting our stakeholders in reducing their own carbon footprint.

Stone wool is a versatile material and forms the basis of all our businesses. With approx. 10,500 passionate colleagues in 38 countries, we are the world leader in stone wool solutions, from building insulation to acoustic ceilings, external cladding systems to horticultural solutions, engineered fibres for industrial use to insulation for the process industry and marine & offshore.