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Brick production recommences at Laybrook

Laybrook brick factory

Ibstock resume production at West Sussex facility following multi-million-pound investment

IBSTOCK Brick have restarted production at their Laybrook facility, in West Sussex, following a significant investment programme.

Laybrook reopened its doors at the end of September, having benefitted from substantial investment to ensure it is well placed to meet increasing demand for bricks from across the construction supply chain.

Laybrook forms a crucial part of Ibstock’s nationwide factory network, being centrally located in the largest region for brick usage in the country.

The investment made in the factory has allowed Ibstock to scale-up brick production capacity and make improvements in production efficiencies and quality.

Joe Hudson, chief executive officer of Ibstock plc, said: ‘Ibstock remain committed to continued investment in British manufacturing and our recent work at Laybrook is further testament to that.

‘Laybrook is an important factory with a long history of supplying bricks across the south of England, particularly in new-build housing, and the investment we have made further strengthens its position in the market for the future.’

The reopening of the Laybrook facility has been completed in line with the latest government guidelines on hygiene and social distancing, including designated sanitation stations at every entrance and exit, fever screening of all personnel before they enter the factory, as well as a full complement of PPE for all on-site employees.

‘We believe these measures give personnel confidence that every precaution has been taken to ensure they can return safely to work,’ said Mr Hudson.

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