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VEKA’S INVESTMENT TO UK MARKET CONTINUES


Work has begun on a new £4 million mixing plant at VEKA’s Burnley Head Office which, once finished, will be the most technically-advanced mixing plant in the UK.


Te build, which commenced


in May, is well underway for its estimated completion in the first quarter of 2013 and follows shortly after the industry-leading systems supplier installed a £1m powder feed system at the same manufacturing site.


With a footprint measuring 20,000 square metres, more than 182 concrete piles have already been planted at 25 metres deep for the foundations, led by local contractor, Hambling Construction.


One of the other local companies that VEKA is using for the design of the new building and management of the project is Francis Bradshaw Partnership. Senior Partner Peter Calvert said of the project:


“Te extension to the existing


factory complex will comprise of a steel framed five storey construction with concrete floors incorporating service and lift shafts, an underground basement, advanced mixers, coolers and an additional four storage silos for raw materials.


Externally there will be a


further six silos built adjacent to the new building together with a concrete hardstanding and specialist drainage systems.”


VEKA MD David Jones added: “Te new mixing plant will be fully automated, meaning it will be capable of processing almost double our current capacity in tonnes, which will allow for future growth and expansion.


Te new mixers and coolers are the most technically-advanced available.


14 « Clearview North « September 2012 « www.clearview-uk.com “In the past we have bought


in ready-mixed compound powder; however as part of our investment to the UK since last year’s acquisition of Bowater Building Products, we will now mix our own on-site, which will be transferred to the extrusion lines via the silos in the newly- built powder feed system


David concludes: “As we strive to maintain our number one position in the industry, the VEKA UK Group will continue to invest in the UK market.


Te recent £multi-million


investments into a new powder feed system and now the mixing plant demonstrate our long term commitment to the UK and our customers.”


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