Plasterboard factory to double size in £140m build

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With the rise in demand for plasterboard products during the pandemic a major investment which will double the size of the current factory, Etex the manufacturing giant has given the go ahead fro the Bristol plant.

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

The new factory facility will harvest rainwater, use solar PV, electric car charging points and eventually a fully electric forklift fleet in a bid to reduce the carbon footprint of the new plant.

The company will also build a large extra space to recycle old used gypsum products.

The demand has grown exponentially for for plasterboard products and the current factory with the plant’s proximity to the Royal Portbury Dock will allow Etex to import raw materials for its products via the Bristol channel.

Country Manager (UK & Ireland) for Etex Neil Shaw, commented saying that: “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.