Ibstock, the Leicestershire-based manufacturer of clay bricks and concrete products, has begun a phased restart of production.
The company decided to suspend all manufacturing operations in March. During the shutdown period, a significant proportion of employees were furloughed.
Ibstock has now developed new working practices and protocols, including social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures, which reflect the latest guidance from the Government, public health authorities and industry bodies.
Ibstock said in a statement: “We welcome recent guidance from the Government that has allowed the housebuilding and construction sector to return to work over recent weeks.
“Activity levels in the industry have started to increase, and we have started to bring some of our manufacturing colleagues back into the business as we commence a phased restart of production.
“Initially, the Group will recommence operations at approximately one third of its manufacturing sites, where we see demand for specific products and have lower levels of inventory.
“Activity in this initial phase has started in some of our concrete plants, and is being followed by certain brick manufacturing sites from mid-May. The Group entered the COVID-19 shutdown period with healthy brick inventories and is in a good position to meet customer need.
“The Group will keep levels of demand under close review and has plans in place to restart operations at further manufacturing sites over the coming months, in response to customer demand.”