Ibstock Brick’s investment in the new brickworks is a statement of our commitment to support the Government’s ambition to deliver 1.5million homes by 2020.
The Eclipse factory, the most efficient of its kind, will more than double production at our Leicestershire headquarters to 190 million soft mud bricks a year. Alone it will provide sufficient volume to build 10,000 to 15,000 additional new homes per annum.
To mark the launch, we held a week of events to showcase Eclipse to key customers, investors, industry analysts and employees with more than 350 people attending across five days of activity. It was our chance to showcase all we are doing to meet the needs of our customers and the industry.
The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive, and this is just a taste of what people had to say;
“It is great to see your impressive investment first hand and to hear of the ambition of Ibstock PLC going forward. We are all excited by this new chapter in the long history between our companies and look forward to developing an even closer relationship in the future.” John Cave, Technical Sales Director, EH Smith
“A fantastic opening event at Ibstock’s brand new state-of-the-art factory in Leicester. Leading edge technology for a greener future.” Ian Shard, LBT Brick and Facades Ltd
“It is so good to see this major investment in UK manufacturing and I am certain that this new production unit will add to the already glowing reputation and portfolio of the Ibstock group.” Calum Currie, Managing Director, Bricklink
“A very enjoyable visit and a good insight into the way Ibstock will be moving forward in the industry.” Steven Leggott, Sales and Development Manager, LBT Brick and Facades
The highlight of the week was the official opening by Rt. Hon. James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, who took a tour of Eclipse on Thursday 28th June. He was accompanied by Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire.
Of the opening The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Communities, said commented: “This Government is determined to build a housing market fit for the future, and Ibstock Brick’s new factory will play an important role in the construction supply chain, supporting housebuilding across the country. Producing around 100 million more bricks a year, the site will not only support the local economy and provide local jobs, but will also help us to build the next generation of homes our country needs.”
Following the launch, Ibstock plc’s Chief Executive Joe Hudson said: “We are extremely proud of Eclipse and we welcomed the opportunity to showcase it. This is not only British manufacturing at its best; it is proof of our commitment to support the construction sector deliver on the Government’s ambition to build new homes and infrastructure. Our investment will also bring significant benefits to the local economy in terms of employment, opportunity and skills. We hope that our Eclipse factory sends a powerful message to everyone in the housing and construction supply chain that we are doing more than any other UK supplier to meet their needs in terms of availability, quality and service.”
FACTS AND FIGURES
• 100 million bricks produced per year
• Ability to manufacture the widest range of soft mud/stock bricks in the world
• Covers an area the size of 6 football pitches
• 42km of steel piling used in its construction
• Uses one third lower energy than any other comparable brick factory
• 62 million litres of water collected and recycled
• Created an additional 55 jobs on site and over 100 indirect jobs along the supply chain