Redland Boosts Tile Manufacturing with Multi-£M Investment
Roof tile manufacture at Redland’s Shawell plant where production is to be expanded with a multi-million pound investment.
Redland – a leading UK manufacturer and supplier of pitched roof systems – has announced that it is to build a new manufacturing line for its large-format concrete and its plain-tile appearance product, DuoPlain. The multimillion-pound investment will help secure supply into a UK market that is currently experiencing huge demand and extensive lead times, the company says.
The new line, which will come on stream later this year, 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.
Georg Harrasser, CEO of the Braas Monier Building Group, Redland’s parent company, said ”This is a significant investment at an important time in the UK housebuilding industry. The new line gives us not only increased capacity, but also increased flexibility, improving our ability to meet the growing UK market demands for specific roof tile formats. This flexibility will be welcomed by the market as a whole, which is experiencing long lead times for these high-growth products, not just from Redland but from our competitors too.”
High housing demand
“The drive to build more homes, fuelled by Government targets and a generally buoyant housing market, has put enormous pressure on manufacturers like ourselves", adds Andy Dennis, Country Manager UK & Ireland.
“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.”
He continues:” 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.”