Aggregate Industries’ Masterblock business has invested £2 million into improving its block product operations at three of its factories across the country, in response to a steady increase in demand from the housing industry.
The past couple of years has seen a surge in housing activity, with the growing need for new homes in the UK and strict targets. Therefore, there has been an increase in demand for block products, and the investment in Masterblock will enable it to increase its production capabilities of lightweight and dense concrete blocks to help meet the demand.
The £2 million improvements were made at three of its factories: Croft Block Plant in Leicestershire, and its Torr and Callow Block Plants both in Somerset.
An ‘egg-laying’ operation has been added at Croft to create greater capacity to service the Midlands region. Whilst at Torr, the manufacturing area has been extended and two new machines purchased. Finally, at Callow, a state-of-the-art ‘Columbia’ static block plant has been installed.
The machine was imported from the U.S. and offers the most modern method of block making in the world and allows the team to produce high quality aggregate blocks in a variety of strengths and finishes.
Jeremy Lee, Sales Director for Building Products at Aggregate Industries, explains: “We’ve readjusted our strategy to make block products a key focus for the Building Products division and this investment into improving our current operation will help us to fulfil our orders with greater efficiency.”
Masterblock supplies aggregate concrete blocks for use in various projects, including residential developments, educational buildings, major sports stadia, office and retail developments and other commercial buildings. The range is manufactured in a wide range of sizes, strengths and finishes.
As well as supplying the product, Masterblock also offers an in-house technical team which can provide a U-value calculation service, to help take some of the time and burden away from the customer.
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