£140m plan to ramp up plasterboard production

Aaron Morby 2 years ago
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Building materials giant Etex has got the green light to almost double the size of its Bristol plasterboard factory to meet surging demand.

The firm will invest £140m in expanding factory capacity to increase production of its Siniat brand by over 50% by 2023.

The new manufacturing facility will harvest rainwater, use solar PV, electric car charging points and eventually a fully electric forklift fleet.

The extra space will also support post-consumer gypsum recycling.

As demand for its plasterboard products grows, the plant’s proximity to the Royal Portbury Dock will allow Etex to import raw materials for its products via the Bristol channel.

Neil Shaw, Country Manager (UK & Ireland) at Etex said: “The extension of our Bristol facility will significantly increase our production capacity in the UK, at a time when our plasterboard solutions are in high demand which is currently outstripping industry supply availability.

“We’re extremely confident that the underlying upward trend in demand for our product will continue, so being able to produce and supply it in significantly larger quantities will be crucial, not only to the growth of our business, but also in supporting the wider construction industry’s growth challenges.”

 

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