Brick maker Ibstock has opened a new state-of-the-art cutting centre for its Chesterton brick works as part of its ongoing investment programme.
The investment has resulted in doubling production at the site, with the installation of the fastest slipsaw in the UK – capable of processing 8,000 bricks a day – and increased staff numbers.
Ibstock’s Chesterton site specialises in custom made brick shapes from the Ibstock-Kevington range of special shapes and prefabricated solutions including Faststack, Fastwall, arches and underslung soffits.
Iain Durrant, operations director at Ibstock-Kevington, said: “Our Chesterton factory is well placed to support the supply of our specials range across the UK. We know many construction professionals are seeking ways to speed-up build timescales and the investment is designed to support our range of products and solutions, which can help to do just that.
“Our site at Chesterton is one of the most efficient factories of its type in the world and the new cutting centre adds to what it offers to meet demand across construction.”
The company is also investing £55m in its site in Ibstock, Leicestershire. The new production facility is set to boost manufacture by an additional 100m bricks per year – enough to build around 15,000 new houses.