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Zilmet Sponsors Trent100

13 May 2024

Plumbing supplies manufacturer makes another splash with paddleboarding sponsorship.

Zilmet, the expansion vessel manufacturer, has announced its continued sponsorship of the UK’s premier stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) challenge for 2024.

Now in its seventh year, the Trent100 has enjoyed Zilmet’s support since 2017. This popular endurance challenge invites teams from around the world to traverse a scenic route for 100 km along the River Trent, starting in Great Haywood near the Zilmet UK office in Staffordshire. Paddling finishes in Nottingham city centre, where a festival-style event promises fun and adventure.

Although the Trent100 includes competitive elements like timing and checkpoints, the focus is on endurance, adventure, and team spirit rather than racing against others for a podium position. Dave Mistry Pain, from the Trent100 organisation team, explains: "Our mission has always been to inspire and challenge SUP enthusiasts to push their limits, as well as having a thoroughly great time.

"We are immensely grateful for Zilmet's continued support, which has been instrumental in the growth and success of the event."

Cynthia Fisher, spokesperson for Zilmet UK, who acted as event starter at one of the early Trent100s, praised the event for its competitive spirit and sense of community: "The Trent100 is a thrilling display of stamina and camaraderie making it a must-see each year.

The organisers do a fantastic job of creating an inclusive event that we are proud to champion.”

Tickets for the event are still available through Trent100.com.

Learn more about Zilmet’s range of expansion vessels and buffer tanks on their product page.


15 March 2023


Hixon-based firm sponsors the UK’s longest team endurance challenge!

15 August 2018

Leading bathroom, plumbing and heating manufacturers Inta and Zilmet, based in Hixon, Staffordshire, were the proud sponsors of the Trent 100 event this year for the second year in a row.

Now in its third year, the Trent 100 is the UK’s longest team endurance challenge for stand-up paddle boarders. This year’s two-day event took place from Friday 3rd to Saturday 4th August, starting in Shugborough Hall and finishing in Nottingham at the Nottingham Riverside Festival of World Music and Arts.

A spokesperson for Trent 100 said: “We were very grateful to be supported again by Inta and Zilmet, which has helped us grow into a globally appealing adventure sport challenge that attracts athletes from around the world. This year we saw more than 100 challengers test their fitness and teamwork in the beautiful English countryside.” Teams taking part paddled along the River Trent for the two days, covering 100km of fast water before crossing the finish line.

Cynthia Fisher, of Inta and Zilmet, said: “We were delighted to sponsor this exciting event for the second year running. It is wonderful to see such a unique, fun-filled adventure challenge taking place in the local community, starting from Shugborough Hall.”

Headquartered in Hixon, Inta is one of the UK’s leading bathroom, plumbing and heating manufacturers and has been developing and producing products for more than 15 years. Meanwhile Zilmet, a group company, is an internationally-renowned - and Europe’s largest - expansion vessel and heat plate exchanger manufacturer.

Inta’s brand new Zilmet trampoline banned for being ‘too bouncy’!

15 April 2018

[Hixon-based] Heating and plumbing product manufacturer Inta has created a revolutionary trampoline using the cutting-edge ZILAN membrane usually used in its pressure vessels - and it’s thought to be one of the bounciest trampolines ever made.

ZILAN, a patented compound used in Inta’s Zilmet product, is a unique membrane that promises to increase the longevity of vessels, with reduced permeability and specialised sizing. Using this innovative component, the manufacturer has developed its first ever state-of-the-art Zilmet trampoline.

However, the product is not expected to go on sale anytime soon, after regulatory bodies deemed the trampoline ‘too bouncy’ for the consumer market!

“Our ZILAN compound has been a game-changer in the pressure vessel market; there’s nothing else like it - it is so strong,” explained Stuart Gizzi, Director of Inta.

“We decided to look at new ways to use the membrane and that’s when we came up with the idea to create a trampoline - it was a no-brainer!”

The Zilmet trampoline has been designed to withstand a whopping 360kg - that’s almost twice the standard weight of a large trampoline. Developers have also recorded bounce heights of 30 ft - almost eight feet higher than than the official world record!

Stuart added: “It is a shame that our trampoline has not yet been approved for the consumer market because testers found it ‘too bouncy’ ...after all, that’s what it’s for!”

Product inspector Dr Tigger Flyte said: “I tried this product in our laboratory and banged my head. Whilst we appreciate that this is an outdoor product, we are unable to give it a safety certificate until Inta significantly tones it down."

Inta is currently revising the product to reduce bounce in the hope of making its Zilmet trampoline available in time for the summer months.

Zilmet develops game-changing membrane

02 February 2015

International expansion vessel manufacturer Zilmet continues to take the lead in innovation, with the launch of its newly-developed, patented ZILAN membranes.

After years of research and development, the manufacturer has unveiled its ultimate ‘second skin’ - a unique membrane that promises to increase the already impressive longevity of its products, with reduced permeability and specialised sizing.

The ZILAN membranes now feature across the entire Zilmet vessel offering, further cementing the manufacturer’s position as the go-to for quality, long-lasting solutions.

Unlike many others in the industry, Zilmet’s membranes veer away from the ‘one size fits all’ approach and are tailored to meet various sizes, further increasing the vessel performance.

Stuart Gizzi, director at Zilmet UK, said: “Zilmet has been supplying vessels internationally for over a quarter of a decade and has earned its status as the leading brand in our field.

“Despite this success and considerable growth in the UK, we always strive to improve and innovate. The new ZILAN membranes are the perfect example of this - we’ve developed a patented formula that gives our product range yet another point of difference.

“There’s nothing else like it on the market - others stretch membranes to fit, which applies pressure which hampers the performance of the product. Combine ZILAN with the fact that every single Zilmet product comes with a five-year guarantee and you’ve got a no-brainer of a range, with quality and cutting-edge technology at the fore.”

Zilmet gets the nod for strong carbon credentials

05 November 2013

Leading international expansion vessel manufacturer Zilmet has been awarded CarbonNeutral certification for its UK operation.

Certification is granted to businesses or organisations that have reduced their carbon emissions to net zero in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol.

Zilmet UK strengthened its eco credentials through a range of workplace schemes and measures. Its staff have contributed to the cause by taking up car sharing and four members have even joined the ‘Bike2Work’ scheme in a bid to completely cut their commuting carbon emissions. Zilmet’s external sales force has also been challenged to find the ‘greenest’ routes when visiting clients.

Dedication has been shown at the firm’s Hixon headquarters too, with staff recycling everything but food waste, reducing print output and turning off computer monitors at lunchtime.

Stuart Gizzi, director at Zilmet UK, said: “The smallest changes make the biggest difference so we’re closely monitoring and trying to reduce our carbon footprint in any way we can.

“In the workplace, we’re doing things like monitoring our energy and gas usage, ensuring our boiler is regularly serviced and having motion sensor lights fitted. Our staff have really got behind the efforts and are embracing the challenge of being even greener!”

Zilmet has also pledged a contribution to The Carbon Neutral Company’s Pangelengan Geothermal Project, an initiative that utilises natural geothermal resources to provide reliable and renewable electricity to 13 villages in the Pangelengan district of Indonesia.