Saturday, September 26, 2020

Forterra to recommence manufacturing

After suspending all business operations in March, Northamptonshire-headquartered Forterra will recommence manufacturing.

Stephen Harrison, Chief Executive said: “Since our announcement last month that we would be temporarily halting production at most of our manufacturing sites, we have been planning alternative working practices that enable us to recommence manufacturing while keeping our staff safe and able to socially distance.

“Following guidance from the NHS, Public Health England and the Construction Leadership Council, we have started the process of carrying out risk assessments and are please to announce that we plan to fire up kilns ready to start production at one of our brick manufacturing facilities next week.”

The firm will also recommence production of its hollowcore product at Bison Precast in Swadlincote.

Forterra then expects to reopen two more plants in May and, due to current high inventory levels, anticipates that the majority of its plants will reopen during June and July.

Stephen Harrison said: “This move means that we shall be able to support our housebuilder customers as they also begin the process of returning to work over the coming days and weeks, ramping up our production as and when inventory and demand from the market requires.

“This return to business is encouraging and we must all adjust to new ways of working that ensure the safety of our staff and our customers and the continued success of our industry.”

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