Marley Eternit acquires John Brash

Published:  14 April, 2016

Marley Eternit has announced its acquisition of John Brash & Co. The deal will see the creation of an unparalleled roofing solutions player in the UK.

The entire John Brash business will become part of Marley Eternit, with the brands, including the JB Red batten, being retained by the company.

The combined £200m business brings together two complementary companies, both of which are influential players, with highly regarded reputations in the UK construction market. It also supports Marley Eternit’s commitment to its customer-led strategy to develop and sell a comprehensive roof system.

David Speakman, managing director at Marley Eternit, said: “The acquisition of John Brash will reinforce Marley Eternit’s position as the UK’s leading roofing solutions provider. As well as over 100 years of technical expertise in the roofing industry and a complementary product range, John Brash and Marley Eternit share the same core values of customer service, innovation and integrity. For Marley Eternit, this is the latest step in our strategy to affirm our brand leadership position, delivering on our innovation credentials and providing a total roof system solution that will deliver real value to our customers, from specifiers through to contractors and merchants.

“For our customers, it is very much business as usual with the benefit of being able to specify a full roofing system from Marley Eternit. We welcome our new colleagues from John Brash, who will become part of an expanded and growing business, providing market-leading roofing solutions to the construction sector. We have a history of investment in training and coaching for the development of our people and this will continue to be the case with our new team.”

Marley Eternit will retain John Brash’s site at Gainsborough. Following the acquisition, Paul Reed will become managing director of the new timber products range within Marley Eternit. Chris Watson, who was previously managing director at John Brash, will assume the role of chairman, following the departure of Christian Brash, who will leave the business.

Sign Up

For the Builders' Merchants News enewsletter.

In the spotlight


Builders Merchants Vacancies – UK Wide

At Arco, we are an industry specific recruitment consultancy, providing sales and managerial staff Nationwide to Merchants, Distributors and Manufacturers of Building Materials within the Construction Sales Sector. Priding ourselves on our unparalleled customer service and hard work, we offer a fresh, innovative and personal approach to recruitment specifically designed to meet our clients’ needs and candidates’ skills.

Guest Blog by Simon Damp

Is DIY a lost art?

As time goes by, the art of do-it-yourself when it comes to activities around the home and garden is fast becoming more and more of a lost art.