Ibstock Brick hosted a visit from the Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Kingdom last week (Friday 6 October).
Accompanied by the MP for North West Leicestershire Andrew Bridgen, the visit came as the company invests £50m in its new factory at its Leicestershire headquarters. The tour was organised following His Excellency Ambassador Alisher Shaykhov’s meeting with Mr Bridgen last month when the MP described the Ibstock Brick plant ‘as the UK’s most technologically advanced brick production facility.’
Uzbekistan is rapidly developing its construction business and has looked to the UK as a leading example, with the Ambassador keen to obtain knowledge of the sector and discuss opportunities for business co-operation in the future.
Andrew Craddock, Production Director at Ibstock Brick, said: “We were delighted to welcome our local MP Andrew Bridgen and His Excellency Ambassador Shaykhov to show them round our new manufacturing facility. Brick continues to be the construction material of choice, with the latest government statistics1 showing an increase in sales, and being able to increase production with our new facility will help us meet this growing demand from the construction sector. With construction projects also increasing in Uzbekistan it was an opportunity for His Excellency Ambassador Shaykhov to see the latest technology and machinery and see how this could work in their own country.”
His Excellency Ambassador Alisher Shaykhov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Kingdom, commented: “Uzbekistan always considers the United Kingdom as one of the developed countries of the world with enormous political, economic, technological and intellectual potential, playing a leading role in global affairs. I was immensely impressed with how the manufacturing process, safety regulations, team performance, care for its staff, as well as respect to the environment and local community had been conducted.”