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Brick production on the rise

18 Apr 2018: Latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics indicate that UK brick production continues to rise. more »

Breedon to pay £455m for Lagan Group

17 Apr 2018: Breedon has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire Northern Ireland’s Lagan Group (Holdings) for £455m. more »

The great brick shortage conundrum

13 Apr 2018: Brick manufacturers are forever having to refute accusations of inadequate supply, particularly from house-builders. But why do reports of brick shortages persist? Mark Smulian investigates more »

Government consults on new fire testing regime

12 Apr 2018: The Ministry of Housing is proposing to curtail the use of desktop studies for assessing the fire performance of external cladding systems. more »

Product manufacturers endure slow start to year

9 Apr 2018: Manufacturers of construction products suffered a slow start to 2018, with snowy weather and the liquidation of Carillion both being blames. more »

Breedon acquires Staffs Concrete

3 Apr 2018: Breedon Southern, part of the Breedon construction materials group, has acquired Staffs Concrete Ltd, a mini mix concrete operator based in Stoke-on-Trent. more »

Tarmac buys licence for Shuttabloc

29 Mar 2018: Tarmac Trading has agreed a licensing deal to manufacture, sell and install Poundfield Products’ Shuttabloc system. more »

Jablite sets up subcontract service

28 Mar 2018: Insulation manufacturer Jablite has set up its own installation teams to move beyond materials supply and into specialist contracting more »

Builders' merchant opens in Morpeth

27 Mar 2018: Northeast builders’ merchant James Burrell is opening its ninth branch. more »

Price inflation lifts builders’ merchants’ turnover

26 Mar 2018: Builders merchants saw an 8.4% increase in sales in January, compared to January 2017, lifted by one additional trading day. more »

British Steel steps up construction industry support

21 Mar 2018: British Steel has opened a new metal centre at its Scunthorpe headquarters to supply steel products and services to construction companies across the Yorkshire and Humber region. more »

Polypipe shuts down Dubai manufacturing

20 Mar 2018: Polypipe, manufacturer of plastic drainage products, has shut down its manufacturing operation in Dubai because of a trade embargo with neighbouring Qatar. more »

UK launch for composite roof tiles

19 Mar 2018: A Canadian-made composite roofing slate is being launched in the UK market. more »

Now Grenfell doors come under scrutiny

15 Mar 2018: First it was the cladding, and now it has emerged that doors inside Grenfell Tower were not up to regulation standard. more »

Strong showing from Forterra

14 Mar 2018: The strong house-building market helped generate double digit growth at brick and block producer Forterra in 2017. more »

Marshalls' profit up 13%

14 Mar 2018: Marshalls, producer of paving blocks and landscaping products has reported increased revenue and profit for 2017. more »

Recycling plant reduces Knauf's carbon footprint

13 Mar 2018: A £10m facility has opened in St Helens to turn old jam jars and wine bottles into building insulation material. more »

Acquisitions swell Breedon coffers

7 Mar 2018: Building materials group Breedon had its biggest year to date in 2017, with acquisitions helping revenue and profit both grow in the region of 50%. more »

UK brick makers are failing to meet demand

6 Mar 2018: UK brick makers were unable to satisfy domestic demand last year, often leaving house-builders to rely on imports. more »

New chief joins Ibstock

6 Mar 2018: Brick maker Ibstock has appointed Joe Hudson of LafargeHolcim to be its next chief executive. more »

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