At a time when the construction market is experiencing the strongest growth since lockdown eased Russell Roof Tiles has resumed investment in plant and equipment.
The manufacturer, which is seeing an increase in sales, has invested £35,000 in upgrading its dry fix machinery to enable the business to increase capacity of its roofing accessories.
The firm has purchased a new injection moulding machine from Borche, which will assist with the production of dry fix system components at Russell Roof Tiles Wetmore Lane site in Burton. Dry fix is a more reliable and effective roofing fixing solution (than mortar) and provides excellent waterproof resistance, guaranteeing a more sustainable roof.
In 2019 Russell Roof Tiles invested over £60,000 in upgrading its equipment, systems and technology at its sites in Burton and Lochmaben.
Designed to complement its own concrete roof tile products, Russell Roof Tiles has been manufacturing dry fix components at its dedicated site since 1988. This facility supplies over 75% of the UPVC fittings required for the roofing projects it supplies.
Daniel Hancox, Business Support Manager at Russell Roof Tiles said: “This new equipment replaces two older machines and will enable us to increase overall production output by around 30%. More high-tech equipment also allows us to continue to be more energy efficient.
“Over the past five years, we have invested significantly in manufacturing processes to increase efficiencies and reduce our environmental impact.”
Russell Roof Tiles became the first manufacturer in the sector to have achieved an excellent rating of BES 6001: Issue 3 – the BRE Framework for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction incorporating the need for energy efficiency.
Andrew Hayward, Managing Director at Russell Roof Tiles, added said: “It is vital that construction materials manufacturers continue to invest in the latest technology to continue to drive the business forward. This investment supports our service to customers whilst continuing to grow the business production capabilities.
“This investment is part of Russell Roof Tiles’ capital improvement plan to further enhance quality across the business, by utilising the latest innovations in technology, to increase output whilst reducing our carbon footprint.”