BMI Group has opened its new multi-million pound Technology Hub in Reading.

The Hub marks a multi-million-pound investment in technology and people for BMI, which manufactures flat and pitched roofing and waterproofing solutions.

Rich Robinson, Chief Technology Officer at Standard Industries, parent company of BMI, said: “Digital transformation is about empowering the customer by taking the friction out of buying a roofing system. The new BMI Technology Hub is part of our commitment to leverage emerging technologies and lead the way in becoming a truly tech-driven building materials and construction company.”

BMI is making a major commitment to accelerate the integration of data and digital capabilities into the manufacturing of high-quality roofing and waterproofing solutions. The company is also deploying machine-learning to advance and automate its production and services as well as the development of a competitive, integrated solar roof.

Shreyas Mysore, Chief Information Officer of BMI Group, said: “The BMI Technology Hub will grow into a sophisticated centre for technology and IT innovation. We have many exciting opportunities for technologists, and plans to branch into sectors ripe for technological development and disruption.”

BMI chose Reading as a regional powerhouse of IT, technology and research excellence. Located in the Thames Valley “Silicon Corridor,” with excellent transport links to London and deep connections with world-renowned universities.