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No Brexit blues for construction product manufacturers

10 Oct 2016: Despite reports of a construction industry slowdown before and after the EU referendum, sales of building products appear to have continued growing unabated. more »

Brick producers keep up with demand

10 Oct 2016: The Brick Development Association (BDA) has reported that UK production is continuing to increase in line with demand. more »

Cemex starts Cromwell quarrying

7 Oct 2016: Cemex has opened a new sand and gravel quarry at Cromwell in Lincolnshire to supply the area around north Nottinghamshire. more »

Tarmac improves cement packing capacity

4 Oct 2016: Tarmac has a new cement packing facility at its Tunstead cement site, near Buxton, Derbyshire. more »

Plasterboard now available in the size house-builders actually want

29 Sep 2016: After years of having to trim down plasterboard and chuck away all the offcuts, Britain’s biggest house-builders are finally able to buy plasterboard in the size that they actually require. more »

Branches to close and jobs to go in Wolseley restructuring

27 Sep 2016: Builders’ merchant group Wolseley has announced plans for a £100m restructuring, involving the closure of 80 branches and the loss of 800 jobs. more »

William Hare deal secures Scalpel and Bishopsgate for British Steel

16 Sep 2016: Structural steelwork contractor William Hare has struck a supply chain deal with British Steel. more »

Flasher jackets light up to prevent collisions

13 Sep 2016: Hi-viz jackets and vests have been developed that flash when the wearer is about to be run down. more »

Work begins to develop electricity-generating window retrofits

8 Sep 2016: A US manufacturer has begun development of what it claims will be the world’s first electricity-generating windows that can be retrofitted to existing homes and commercial buildings. more »

New wagons boost Tarmac deliveries

2 Sep 2016: Building materials firm Tarmac, part of the CRH group, has a new fleet of rail wagons operating out of its Mountsorrel Quarry in Leicestershire for delivering aggregates. more »

Alumasc continues on growth path

1 Sep 2016: Building products manufacturer Alumasc has reported its fifth successive year of profit growth and a record order book. more »

Brick makers rail against estate agents' shortages claims

25 Aug 2016: Claims by estate agents that houses prices are rising excessively because of a shortage of bricks have been rubbished by brick producers themselves. more »

RSPB helps develop brick that gives swifts a home

18 Aug 2016: The RSPB has teamed up with Manthorpe Building Products and Barratt Homes to develop a brick that doubles as a nesting box for swifts. more »

Curved tube track problem solved

11 Aug 2016: When London Underground rail track curves, the sleepers are usually made of wood – until now, that is more »

Mabey debuts real time load monitoring

5 Aug 2016: A new wireless load monitoring system is in use at an Oxford construction site to provide real-time measurement of forces on basement props. more »

Cemex launches second Valuemix operation

5 Aug 2016: Cemex UK has set up a volumetric concrete and screed service in Dorset to serve smaller building projects. more »

Quarterly brick sales up 10%

4 Aug 2016: New statistics released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show growing demand for bricks in the second quarter. more »

Breedon full of Hope as acquisition completes

1 Aug 2016: Breedon has today completed its acquisition of Hope Construction Materials for £336m. more »

Breedon cleared to complete Hope acquisition

27 Jul 2016: The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has given final clearance to Breedon’s acquisition of Hope Construction Materials. more »

Michelmersh maintains profits

25 Jul 2016: Brickmaker Michelmersh has put in a steady performance in the first half of the year, with turnover and profit levels broadly unchanged. more »

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