Mike Chaldecott, general delegate for Saint-Gobain in the UK & Ireland.

Saint-Gobain to invest in new manufacturing facility

Published:  06 January, 2016

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland will invest £20m in a new production facility for Celotex.

The company has submitted a planning application for the new production facility for Celotex, the supplier of PIR insulation boards. Located next to Saint-Gobain’s Glass manufacturing facility in Eggborough, production on the facility will begin in spring 2017 if plans are approved by Selby District Council.

Celotex has been operating for 90 years and making PIR in the UK since 1980. The company now employs 220 people at its only production site in Suffolk, where there are two similar production lines to the one that will be constructed at the new facility in Eggborough. This investment will enable Celotex to ensure it continues to meet the needs of the developing market for insulation products in the UK, while also meeting the future needs of its customers.

The development will create up to 50 jobs in the local area, with a further 50 in its local supplier and contractor network, in addition to the 210 jobs already provided by Saint-Gobain at the company’s Glass production site in Eggborough.

Mike Chaldecott, general delegate for Saint-Gobain in the UK & Ireland, said: “Celotex has continued to go from strength to strength in the last few years, and we’re delighted to continue to invest in the business to enable Celotex to meet the growing needs of its customers and the increasing demand in the market for innovative, high-performing insulation.

“The plans will make use of an existing Saint-Gobain site and provide another 100 high-quality jobs in the local area, where Saint-Gobain Glass has been employing more than 200 local people since 2007.”

Craig Chambers, managing director for Celotex, added: “We are hopeful that Selby District Council will approve the plans so that we can begin groundworks, with a view to opening the new facility in spring 2017. We have done a considerable amount of detailed work before submitting the application in order to model vehicle movements into the site, conduct detailed ecological surveys and consider landscaping around the new facility.

“This is great news for our customers and will enable us to continue to provide first-class service and technical support to our customers throughout the UK and provide a strong and sustainable base for our continued growth.”

There will be a wide variety of job opportunities within the site, from operators and engineers to a site management team with other specialist expertise including health and safety, world-class manufacturing, quality control and manufacturing.

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