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New Bedeschi Turnkey Project with Forterra plc

Fortera plc, one of the largest brick manufacturers in Great Britain confirmed in 2019 its intention to take a very significant step forward with the British construction sector in mind, investing GBP 95 million in a new super plant at its Desford site in Leicestershire. In order to keep current production levels during construction, the existing plant will be kept operational while the new one is built alonside.

The yearly current plant output is 85 million bricks, the new plant will be capable of producing yearly 180 million bricks.

Bedeschi, based in Padova, Italy, and operating worldwide since 1908, feels honoured and proud to be choosen by Forterra for such an important turnkey project, confirming once again its leading position in the marketplace, being able to offer a fully integrated in-house solution from clay preparation, shapping, drying, firing, haulage and automation up to the packaging line, all from a single source. Over the next couple of years, without a doubt, both Forterra and Bedeschi teams will work as one, bringing this project to a successfull conclusion.

To enable a closer presence in the British market, Bedeschi UK was formed at the end last year, adding one more subsidiary to the Group.

The new plant will be the largest and most efficient in Europe, significantly reducing the carbon impact of each brick manufactured on the site compared with the current factory. The produced bricks will be sufficient to build annually around 24 000 average family homes in Great Britain. The plant will be built using the most advanced technologies, state-of-the-art automation, with particular focus on world-class manufacturing techniques and class leading enviromental technologies. The plant is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2022 and will increase the overall production capability of Forterras Brick Division by 16 %.

A detailed report about this project is planned to be published in one of the next issues of cfi – ceramic forum international.


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