Brick maker Ibstock has restarted production at its Laybrook facility in West Sussex, following a significant investment programme.
Laybrook reopened at the end of September, having received a multi-million pound investment to ensure it is well placed to meet increasing demand for bricks from across the construction supply chain.
Laybrook is centrally located in the largest region for brick usage in the country. The investment made to the factory has enabled Ibstock to scale-up brick production capacity as well as make improvements in production efficiencies and quality.
Joe Hudson, CEO at Ibstock Plc, said: “Ibstock remains committed to continued investment in British manufacturing and our recent work at Laybrook is further testament to that. Laybrook is an important factory with a long history of supplying bricks across the South of England, particularly in new build housing, and the investment we have made further strengthens its position in the market for the future.
“The reopening of the Laybrook facility has been completed in line with the latest government guidelines on hygiene and social distancing. Among the measures we have implemented include designated sanitation stations at every entrance and exit of the facility, fever screening technology for all personnel before they enter the factory, the remapping of factory floors to ensure teams can effectively socially distance and the full complement of PPE for all on-site employees. We believe these measures give personnel confidence that every precaution has been taken to ensure they can return safely to work.”