Construction work began in May 2013 and is now complete, with the lab fully operational.

Siniat opens Bristol laboratory

Published:  13 January, 2014

Siniat has invested more than £250,000 in the construction of a new laboratory facility at its flagship manufacturing plant in Portbury, Bristol.

The lab provides a modern environment for Siniat’s production, maintenance and quality assurance teams, and has enabled the company to consolidate all three in one central location at the heart of the plant.

The facility will also act as an area where Siniat can welcome customers and other visitors to discuss its latest innovations and demonstrate key product performance capabilities, such as fire and water resistance.

“We’ve embarked on an ambitious programme of change for our Bristol plant since becoming Siniat,” said Stephane Mettavant, plant manager. “It’s focused on improving facilities for our customers and our employees, and creating an environment in which we can share our expertise.

“The programme has already delivered tangible results and helped us to streamline our processes throughout the plant. We have been successful in reducing the number of customer complaints we receive, and the new lab represents the next stage of reinforcing that quality assurance.

“It conveys the values that we share at Siniat: it is open, modern, professional and innovative – and literally places quality at the heart of our operation. The Bristol plant is Siniat’s biggest manufacturing facility and it’s really important that we make it a place where employees are proud to work, and where customers feel welcome to come and see the production line for themselves.”

Siniat was formerly known as Lafarge Plasterboard. It was acquired by the Etex group at the end of 2011 and began trading as Siniat in October 2012.

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