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Forterra's Leicestershire Brick Factory: A Beacon of Efficiency, Sustainability and Growth in Europe

  • Publish Date: Posted 11 months ago

As jobseekers cast their eyes across the European horizon in search of fresh opportunities, they need to look no further than Forterra's new Desford factory in Leicestershire, recently acclaimed as the largest and most efficient brick factory in Europe. With an ambitious vision and a substantial investment of around £95m, this factory stands at the forefront of manufacturing in the European landscape.

The launch ceremony showcased the factory's prime efficiency, productivity, and sustainability credentials. Not only does this brick factory embody Forterra’s commitment to the UK's manufacturing industry, but it also showcases the company's dedication to growth and sustainability.

Once operating at full throttle, the factory's manufacturing capacity is set to reach a staggering 180 million bricks per annum. This would be enough to build 25,000 new homes, providing an additional 120 million domestically produced bricks compared to the old factory’s output. This surge in brick production represents a considerable growth of approximately 22% on a company-wide scale, adding another feather to Forterra’s hat.

Beyond numbers, what truly sets the Desford factory apart is its fusion of cutting-edge technology and sustainability mechanisms. The facility hosts state-of-the-art robotics hardware and advanced packaging solutions, optimising production processes to make them as efficient and sustainable as possible. The result is a brick with a carbon footprint approximately 25% lower than those from the previous factory, demonstrating Forterra's commitment to sustainability.

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Dr Luke Evans lauded Forterra's unyielding commitment to Britain's manufacturing industry during the factory's inauguration. Simultaneously, Forterra's CEO, Neil Ash, took pride in the factory's impressive production capacity and sustainable operations, fitting in perfectly with their mission to "Keep Britain Building."

Forterra's Desford factory is not an isolated endeavour. It fits seamlessly into the company's broader strategy for efficiency and sustainability, which includes the establishment of a solar farm, the deployment of a new eco-fleet of trucks, and the introduction of new packaging solutions that help achieve a 50% reduction in single-use plastics by 2025.

With its strong growth outlook and investment in advanced and sustainable manufacturing, Forterra's Desford factory stands as a towering testament to innovation in the European brick manufacturing industry. It’s an exciting development for those in the job market, offering a slew of opportunities in a rapidly advancing and eco-conscious sector.

If you're seeking a change in your working situation and are excited about being part of such a forward-thinking and environmentally responsible company, don't hesitate to reach out to our team. This could be the perfect opportunity to play a part in a positive and sustainable future.

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