Redland has announced a new manufacturing line for its plain-tile appearance product, DuoPlain, and large-format concrete tiles and slates.
The multi-million pound investment will help secure supply of these products into a UK market that is currently experiencing huge demand and extensive lead times.
The new line will be located at the company’s Shawell plant, its most centrally located facility. Work on the installation is underway, and a number of new skilled jobs will be created when production commences later this year.
Andy Dennis, country manager UK and Ireland, said: “The drive to build more homes, fueled by government targets and a generally buoyant housing market, has put enormous pressure on manufacturers. The UK’s ability to build more homes is restricted by the availability of roof tiles and other construction materials. Demand currently outstrips supply, especially for large-format and plain-appearance tiles, which housebuilders have been increasingly adopting as their preferred formats.
“The new line at Shawell demonstrates not only a commitment to our customers and the industry, but also shows the confidence that the Braas Monier Building Group has in Redland. We will, as a result of this investment, be better placed to meet the challenges faced by the UK housebuilding industry.”