Aggregate Industries invests £2m in block plants

Aggregate Industries invests £2m in block plants

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.

With the need for new homes in the UK increasing there has been a surge in housing activity over the last couple of years. This has led to an increase in demand for block products, and this investment is designed to help increase the company’s production capabilities of lightweight and dense concrete blocks to help meet the demand.

The £2 million improvements have been made at three of its factories: Croft Block Plant in Leicestershire, and its Torr and Callow Block Plants both in Somerset. At Croft, Masterblock’s largest factory, an ‘egg-laying’ operation (pictured) has been added to create greater capacity to service the Midlands region. Whilst at Torr, the manufacturing area has been extended and two new machines purchased. At Callow, a state-of-the-art ‘Columbia’ static block plant has been installed.

Jeremy Lee, Sales Director for Building Products at Aggregate Industries, said: “There is currently great demand for blocks in the industry, which provides us with a real growth opportunity. 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 – benefiting both us and the client.”

Masterblock is the UK’s leading block manufacturer, with factories across England, as far north as Newcastle, down to Plymouth in the south. Masterblock supplies aggregate concrete blocks for use in a variety of projects, including residential developments, educational buildings, major sports stadia, office and retail developments and other commercial buildings.


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