- What is your role at Sotech?
My name is Mohamadreza Jenaban and I am currently the Principal Technical Engineer at Sotech. I mainly deal with any queries coming from our clients or client’s engineers and this can be anything from how many fixings are required for a specific panel, to how a specific panel can be formed and be modelled in 3D and later manufactured with safety, performance and stability in mind.
I initially joined Sotech as a graduate engineer, working in most departments from Sales and Estimating to Design and Production. During the first couple of years of my employment, I introduced and implemented a robust 3D modelling platform within the design department, which is still used today. I then introduced and implemented Finite Element Method which became a department later as Technical Engineering, and I have been promoted to manage and lead the department I created within the business.
My day consists of performing various activities such as computer simulations, physical testing, modelling and answering technical queries internally and externally. Since sustainability is becoming a major part of what we do, I have taken on the additional task of creating our Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for our tested rainscreen systems. Not only this helps with sustainability queries and make Sotech transparent in terms of carbon footprint, but it will help us to understand and reduce our carbon emissions.
- What does Sotech do?
Sotech is a leading designer and manufacturer of the optima range of engineered metal rainscreen cladding and architectural fabrications. Established in 1982, the expert team works closely with architects, installers and contractors to specify the most suitable rainscreen cladding solution for their needs, advising on the system, materials and finishes, as well as fire safety, design and production.
Sotech’s head office and manufacturing facility includes a showroom and active learning zone that allows clients to see and understand the Optima range up-close. Sotech also has a showroom at the Building Centre in London, which showcases its full range of Optima Rainscreen Systems.
Sotech is committed to continually test and improve their rainscreen cladding systems. Sotech has always put a huge focus on fire safety in the rainscreen cladding industry and has fire tested since 2006. Today, the Optima range is available in A1 and A2 materials such as PPC Aluminium, Anodised Aluminiuim, Pre-Paint Aluminium, ACM A2, Alpolic A1, Copper, Corten Steel, Stainless Steel and Zinc. All systems carry full CWCT certification and the Optima FC+, TFC+ and Edge have been tested to BS8414-2. Sotech is also accredited to ISO9001:2015, ISO14001:2015, ISO45001.
- What gets you out of bed in a morning?
For me it’s all about having goals and passion, a little hard work along the way can help too. For instance I always wanted to become an engineer, I told my dad when I was in secondary school that I wanted to specifically become a mechanical engineer and he asked me to write it down so I did. Years went on and on my graduation day he handed over to me an old piece of paper, when I looked at it the paper was the same paper, I wrote on I want to become a mechanical engineer.
My position at Sotech as a Principal Technical Engineer is like dream that has come true and I appreciate the opportunity. I love the fact when I am out with the family, I can show my wife and my daughter the buildings I helped to design, engineer and build all around us, the beautiful rainscreen facades and all the technical aspects behind it.
I get up every morning looking forward to work and help building another beautiful building with its new challenges and learning curve.
- What makes Sotech different?
Sotech sets itself apart through its family-run business approach, treating everyone within the organization as a valued family member. We take pride in our one-team mindset, fostering unity, and emphasizing collaboration. Our commitment to integrity ensures transparency and ethical standards. Being a safe pair of hands, we handle projects with care and professionalism. Above all, we consistently go the extra mile to exceed client expectations. These qualities define Sotech’s unique position in the industry.
- What are the businesses greatest strength?
Sotech has over 40 years of experience in the rainscreen cladding industry and are a recognised brand name in the construction. We are committed to delivery enduring rainscreen solutions that are safe, innovative and market leading in design and manufacturing.
We pride ourselves on being the safe hands in the industry and put heavy focus on product innovation and testing. All Optima Rainscreen Systems carry full CWCT certification and Optima FC+, TFC+ and Edge have met the fire requirements of BR135 when tested to BS8414 in specific system configurations.
- What are your primary markets / sectors?
Our primary sectors include, residential, student accommodation, education, mixed use development
- Do you have growth plans for the future?
Sotech are currently exploring new products within the façade industry to grow our range, this includes collaboration on new to market materials which could change the industry. This will naturally increase our market presence and expand the UK company base in line with increased product demand.