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Dutch materials producer moves to UK production

3 Dec 14 Specialist drainage systems manufacturer Kijlstra is opening a UK production facility for precast offsite drainage products.

Kijlstra manholes
Kijlstra manholes

Kijlstra, which has its UK head office near Alderminster in Warwickshire, has acquired a 29-acre site in Henlade, near Taunton. The 8,000m2 former Tarmac factory is being re-fitted for production to start in January 2015.

Dutch manufacturer Kijlstra first came to the UK in 2008, with the introduction of its square manhole. Since then the company has seen demand grow for its precast concrete drainage products.

The new factory is expected to produce manholes, drawpits, combined sewer overflows and panel systems as well as new products in development.

Kijlstra is investing £5m in refitting the building with new moulds and machinery.

In addition to the new UK factory, Kijlstra is also investing more than €6m in a new manufacturing facility for a new product range at its existing site at Drachten in the Netherlands.

Kijlstra UK commercial director Dai Williams said: “It’s a new-generation factory for a new generation of products. Our long-term strategy has always included the opening of a UK manufacturing plant and reinforces our objective which is to become the UK’s number one as we are in the Netherlands. We have experienced extraordinary growth since we set up in the UK six years ago, which has been due as much to our ability to work with consultants and contractors at the earliest design stages as it is to our innovative products.”

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