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Marley Eternit acquires John Brash

Roofing systems manufacturer Marley Eternit, has bought John Brash & Co, the timber roofing batten provider in the UK.

Marley Eternit acquires John Brash

In addition to roofing battens, John Brash also manufactures cedar roof shingles, non-slip timber decking and timber scaffold boards. The entire John Brash business will become part of Marley Eternit, with the highly reputed brands, including the market-leading JB Red batten, being retained.

Marley Eternit will retain John Brash’s site at Gainsborough. Following the acquisition, Paul Reed will become managing director of the new timber products range within Marley Eternit. Chris Watson, who was previously managing director at John Brash, will assume the role of Chairman, following the departure of Christian Brash, who will leave the business.

Marley Eternit managing director David Speakman says: “The acquisition of John Brash will reinforce Marley Eternit’s position as the UK’s leading roofing solutions provider. As well as over 100 years of technical expertise in the roofing industry and a complementary product range, John Brash and Marley Eternit share the same core values of customer service, innovation and integrity. For Marley Eternit, this is the latest step in our strategy to affirm our brand leadership position, delivering on our innovation credentials and providing a total roof system solution that will deliver real value to our customers, from specifiers through to contractors and merchants.

“For our customers, it is very much business as usual with the benefit of being able to specify a full roofing system from Marley Eternit. We welcome our new colleagues from John Brash, who will become part of an expanded and growing business, providing market-leading roofing solutions to the construction sector. We have a history of investment in training and coaching for the development of our people and this will continue to be the case with our new team.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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