Rubb lands at IDEX

Rubb Managing Director Ian Hindmoor (pictured below right) and Sales Manager Andy Knox gear up for IDEX 2015. Andy returns to the Rubb Blog with all the latest news from the show in Abu Dhabi…

Rubb Stand 06-A38
Setting up – An early start
We checked into the hotel at 4am on Saturday and then we were up and out again at 8am to go and collect our passes and set up ready for the opening day. The stand showcasing our military buildings looked good (Hall 06 – Stand A38). Once we had checked everything over and delivered our brochures to the appropriate parties we were done ready for the show to start.
We could not have picked a better hotel. The Novotel Al Bustan is clean, friendly, comfortable and perfectly located, just a five minute taxi ride to and from the exhibition centre. The plan was simple, gym, food, beer whilst watching the match and then bed (we won’t discuss the match).

Day 1 – Don’t look down!
We arrived at the exhibition nice and early on Sunday to get a pre-show walk around and get our bearings. The morning was a little quiet but the opening ceremony was very entertaining and by the afternoon the familiar buzz of chatter was in the air and the show was starting to gather some speed.
Amongst the delegates there was a stand-out person of interest that had to be approached. James Kingston, professional adventurer from Channel 4’s Don’t Look Down documentary was more than accommodating when approached for a quick business selfie. James (pictured below left with Rubb MD Ian Hindmoor) had been scaling the roof tops of Dubai just the day before – feel free to take a look at his latest daredevil antics at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ceqxF6AxZzM
James Kingston at IDEX
Before we knew it the day was done and it was time for a quick shower and turn around for a reception hosted by Ambassador Philip Parham CMG at the British Embassy. As always this was a first class networking event allowing us to spread the Rubb name.

Day 2 – A busy day ahead
A 7am gym session kicked Day 2 off with a bang, followed by breakfast and a taxi to the show. Straight away it was evident that Day 2 was going to be busier than the opening day – the queue for security was nearly out the door and it wasn’t even opening hours.
A quick catch up with emails and the office back home was quickly interrupted by two visits of interest and a familiar face which is always nice, the day was panning out nicely…..
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Flight Sergeant bids farewell to RAF and Rubb

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After 38 years of military service Flight Sergeant Ken Forrest has retired from the Royal Air Force.

He first joined the RAF as an electrician and then entered 5001 Squadron in 2006. He was with 5001 for eight memorable years. Ken’s first encounter with Rubb Buildings Ltd structures came when he was tasked with helping construct 40 Rapid Deployment Shelters (RDS) for the Harrier Force in 2001.

He went on to specialise in the construction of Rubb military buildings after joining 5001 Squadron at RAF Wittering in 2006. 5001 Squadron, which reformed in 1999, is dedicated to the provision of expeditionary airfield capabilities. 5001 Sqn was first formed during World War II as part of the Airfield Construction Branch, tasked with constructing and maintaining airfields. 5001 Sqn delivers the modern equivalent of this capability in today’s expeditionary focused RAF. The Sqn retains the original motto ‘Fit Via Vi’ meaning ‘A Way is Made by Force’.

Ken and the Squadron have attended many Rubb construction training sessions at the company’s plant at Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead.

5001 Sqn is responsible for the rapid construction of Temporary Working Environment (TWE) and the installation of Portable Aircraft Arrestor Gear (PAAG). TWE provides environmentally controlled facilities, including Rubb’s military structures, for Fast Jet or Rotary assets and has been supporting Exercises and Operations in the Middle East, Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands.

Ken, who hails from Haltwhistle, Northumberland, said: “I have enjoyed working with Rubb. It has been a laugh and we have had a good relationship. Ian (Hindmoor, Managing Director), Andy (Knox, Sales Manager) and Bill (Wood, former MD) before he retired – they have been very good at Rubb. They always listen to what you say and take what you have said on board to make improvements so you end up with a better product. This is the way it has always been and Rubb is a great company to work with.

“It gives you confidence to ring up with urgent requirements. I once rang Andy on an Easter Monday with an urgent requirement for building parts and he got them to me. Ongoing feedback meant the products were always improving.”

In 2013, at its busiest, Squadron 5001 constructed 27 buildings in three months alone, 18 EFASS structures (20m with two Trident doors), six sunshades, two 25m hangars and one ECASS (Environmentally Controlled Arms Storage Shelter).

Ken, who lives in Rutland near Stamford, added: “I have enjoyed being part of 5001 Sqn. We have deployed many times to Afghanistan and what they have achieved with limited resources is remarkable. Their dedication is second to none.”

Colleagues paid tribute to Ken at a leaving ceremony in February. He is planning on using his vast experience of Health and Safety in the civilian and private sector while spending time with his family, wife Karen and sons David (24) and Alan (22). Ken and Karen will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary in June.

Rubb Managing Director Ian Hindmoor said: “On behalf of Rubb Buildings Ltd, I would like to wish Ken and his family all the very best for the future. It has been a wonderful experience working with Ken and our relationship has benefitted 5001 Squadron, the Rubb product and many hundreds of our clients and end users. Ken leaves with the knowledge that his hard working practices and methods will carry on between Rubb Buildings Ltd and the RAF.”