Marley Eternit, the UK’s leading manufacturer of roofing systems, has announced its acquisition of John Brash & Co, the largest timber roofing batten provider in the UK. The deal will see the creation of an unparalleled roofing solutions player in the UK. In addition to roofing battens, John Brash also manufactures cedar roof shingles, non-slip timber decking and timber scaffold boards. The entire John Brash business will become part of Marley Eternit, with the highly reputed brands, including the market-leading 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, comments:
“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".
Marley Eternit will retain John Brash’s site at Gainsborough. Following the acquisition, Paul Reed will become MD of the new timber products range within Marley Eternit. Chris Watson, who was previously MD at John Brash, will assume the role of Chairman, following the departure of Christian Brash, who will leave the business.