Today is a milestone date for British Ceramic Tile which has its roots in Frank Candys ceramic factory of 1864.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will be officially opening the new factory which has been built over the last two years at a cost of £30m, and uses the most modern tile manufacturing equipment available. Situated next to the world famous Devon ball clays in Newton Abbot, it will be a cost leader in its industry and capable of competing with imports from anywhere around the world including Italy and Spain.
The factory now has the capacity to produce 7 million m2 of tiles a year, which will be further extended to 10 million m2 by the end of 2010, and will ensure that British Ceramic Tile meets its target of a 25% share of the UK tile market. The factory is operating under the ISO 9001: 2008 and ISO 14001 standards which underline its commitments to both quality and environmental sustainability.
Executive Chairman, Konrad Goess-Saurau comments, Factories like this which can compete in world markets and can link British design to British products, will secure British jobs for the future. Companies like ours are founded by shareholders who are prepared to invest for the long term.
Shareholders who are prepared not only to develop new markets, but more importantly support companies so they can develop and train staff and be in a position to compete internationally with world-leading products.
We comply with European environmental, health and safety and employment legislation and it is up to our politicians to protect our markets from Far Eastern manufacturers who gain unfair cost advantages by ignoring these fundamental considerations.