PITCHED ROOF TILE manufacturer, Russell Roof Tiles, is starting 2021 with a strong order book and is unveiling £1.7m capital investment programme for its Scottish tile plant.
Russell Roof Tiles is the largest independent manufacturer of concrete derivatives in the UK pitched roofing market. The company employs 140 staff across its three sites, two in Burton and one in Lochmaben, Scotland. Work is about to start on its 11-acre site at Lochmaben which will be completed by Easter this year. The work includes a major upgrade to its utility plant.
This involves investment in a replacement building that will house a new packing system, including the firm’s first robotic packer. Russell Roof Tiles is also carrying out a full electrical upgrade and introducing mechanical improvements across key machinery. This will increase capacity of the production line to allow Russell’s to meet growing demands for its products, and also help secure the efficiency of the line for future years.
The investment follows on from new moulds purchased for this production line back in 2019 and 2020. As well as £70,000 investment into new staff welfare facilities; and an upgrade and modernisation of its aluminium third round ridge manufacturing equipment.
Quick lockdown restart
Russell’s response to Covid-19 has meant that the company has started 2021 with a strong order book, allowing it to make the investment. Despite ceasing production when the first national lockdown was announced in March 2020, the business was quickly able to restart production at all of its three sites in May. This meant that Russell Roof Tile has been able to maintain good lead times and fulfil a growing order book, as construction bounced back.
This latest Investment is part of Russell Roof Tiles’ capital improvement plan to further enhance quality across the business, by utilising the latest innovations in manufacturing.
Andrew Hayward, Managing Director at Russell Roof Tiles, said: “Over the past five years, we have invested significantly in new plant and equipment at all of our three sites to both increase manufacturing efficiencies and reduce our environmental impact.”
The business is also continuing with a recruitment drive across all of its sites.