Rehau wraps up Welsh insulated pipework investment
By Anthony Clark
Posted 17 July 2012
Rehau has opened what it claims is the first UK facility to produce pre-insulated pipework for the heating and biomass sectors.
The move, part of a £3.4m investment programme at its factory in Blaenau, North Wales, secures jobs at the site.
Up until now, the whole of the UK market has relied exclusively on imports of this type of pipework, according to Rehau, which has seen sales of its Rauvitherm product more than double during the past year, driven by the booming UK biomass and district heating markets and, more recently, by the impact of the Renewable Heat Incentive.
Martin Hitchin, Rehau’s chief executive, said: “Despite the fact that it is a global group, Rehau has long had a policy of producing locally wherever possible and this investment is very much in line with that.
“It is further evidence of our commitment to reducing carbon emissions across the entire supply chain and of securing that supply chain on behalf of our customers.”
The official opening of the facility was attended by Elfyn Llwyd MP, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, representatives from the Department for Energy and Climate Change and customers.
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