The UK’s largest brick maker has opened a state-of-the-art cutting centre at its Staffordshire factory as part of its ongoing investment programme.

The move will allow Ibstock to double production at its site in Chesterton, which specialises in producing custom made brick shapes, such as arches and underslung soffits.

The Leicestershire-based company says the cutting centre will use the fastest slipsaw in the UK and can now process 8000 bricks a day – and increased staff numbers.

Operations director Iain Durrant says: “We know many construction professionals are seeking ways to speed-up build timescales and the investment is designed to support our range of products and solutions which can help to do just that.

“Our site at Chesterton is one of the most efficient factories of its type in the world and the new cutting centre adds to what it offers to meet demand across construction.”

The £22m Chesterton site produced its first bricks in June 2013.

The company is also investing £55m in a state-of-the-art production facility at its site in Ibstock, which will boost manufacture by an additional 100 million bricks per year – enough to build around 15,000 new houses.

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