Constructing our future
Join us on our journey in the construction of our new plasterboard manufacturing facility in Bristol.
We are investing in the future of British manufacturing with the construction of our new plasterboard plant close to the port of Bristol, in South West England. The capital expenditure will reach more than £140 million, one of the largest plant investments from Etex.
With the new Bristol facility, we will be ideally positioned to support the ongoing growth of the UK construction market, its customers and those looking to begin a career in the industry.
The plant will be commissioned in March 2022 and is due to be in full operation in 2023.
Etex Breaking Ground Event 2022
McLaughlin & Harvey have officially started construction on our new plasterboard production plant in Bristol. To mark the special occasion, we hosted a breaking ground event in partnership with a local school to celebrate the commencement of construction work and bury time capsules depicting ‘Life in 2022’.
To view some highlights from the exciting event and hear from some of our colleagues, take a look at the video below.
The £140m investment into the former brownfield site is expected to double Bristol-based production capacity for our Siniat brand, and we’re extremely confident that the underlying upward trend in demand for our products will continue.
This means that being able to produce and supply plasterboard in significantly larger quantities will be crucial, not only to the growth of our business and strength of our relationships, but also in supporting the wider construction industry’s growth challenges.
The new manufacturing facility will have a core focus on sustainability, utilising a rainwater harvesting system, installation points for solar PV, electric car charging points and eventually a fully electric forklift fleet.
The extra space will support us in meeting one of our core circular economy objectives of achieving 30% post-consumer gypsum in its plasterboard by 2025.
We are already a leading plasterboard player in the UK, selling our products and solutions under our Siniat brand. With extra production capacity, the new Bristol plant will further strengthen our position in the UK, which is the largest plasterboard market in Europe.
The new facility will enable us to meet the demand for high-quality building materials and allow our teams to establish and strengthen long-term relationships with UK customers based on trust and proximity.
Our plasterboard history
Meet some of the team
“An investment of this size is a strong statement of our long term commitment to the UK construction market, our customer relationships and the growth ambitions of Etex in the UK.
By doubling our Bristol-based production capacity we will be able to provide our customers with better service and reliability of supply of locally manufactured, superior building material systems.”
Sales and Commercial Director UK
“The investment is expected to double Bristol-based production capacity for our Siniat brand. This comes at a time when plasterboard solutions are in high demand, which is currently outstripping availability.
We are extremely confident that the underlying upward trend in demand for gypsum-based products will continue, so being able to produce and supply it in significantly larger quantities will be crucial in supporting the wider UK construction industry’s growth ambition and challenges.”
Head of EHS & Sustainability
“Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will have a core focus on sustainability, utilising a rainwater harvesting system, installation points for solar PV, electric car charging stations, and moving to a fully electric forklift fleet.
Our new technology will also support increased post-consumer gypsum recycling, helping us to achieve our goal of 30% post-consumer gypsum in Siniat plasterboard by 2025.
In addition, the facility will help us to encourage more young people to enter the sector through our Operator Apprenticeship scheme, and will create more than 50 new jobs in the area.”
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