Ibstock plc, the UK’s leading manufacturer of clay and concrete building products, has today announced plans to invest £50m to create the UK’s first automated brick slip systems factory in Nostell, West Yorkshire.
The factory is the launch project of the company’s new business unit, ‘Ibstock Futures’ which will focus specifically on the development of technologies, products and solutions that are aligned to the two key trends shaping the construction sector: sustainability and the industrialisation of construction processes.
The company believes the potential markets for these technologies and systems is substantial and growing faster than the wider building products industry.
Brick slips provide a durable, safe and energy efficient alternative to other cladding solutions. The UK market for brick slips is significant, with annual volumes of circa 120 million slips, and is growing fast. The addition of a significant brick slip capability will be highly complementary to the Group’s existing clay brick business and the investment will enable Ibstock to take a leadership position in the market, significantly increasing its presence in the fast growing mid and high-rise construction sectors.
The new factory will manufacture a wide range of different brick slip types and associated systems. It will incorporate the latest manufacturing technology to deliver a very significant reduction in carbon compared to both imported and domestically cut slips. In combination with high-quality offset projects, this will result in Nostell producing a Net Zero carbon brick slip (scope 1 & 2 emissions1); thus reflecting the Group’s commitment to environmental sustainability within its Sustainability Roadmap to 2025
“The launch of Ibstock Futures and our initial £50m investment in our Nostell facility in West Yorkshire is not only an important strategic development for the Group – it is excellent news for British manufacturing and region, too,” says, Joe Hudson, Ibstock plc’s Chief Executive Officer.
“Once operational, the Nostell facility will be a beacon of advanced manufacturing excellence and sustainability. We have made ambitious commitments on our Sustainability Roadmap to 2025 – and this announcement underpins our ambitions.”
“Our plans for Nostell will be a first for the UK. Not only will this investment enable us to take a leadership position in this fast-growing market, it offers us a strong foundation for a pipeline of growth initiatives we have in development for Ibstock Futures. We are all very excited about the potential this new business has to accelerate growth in the years ahead.