New Production Facility aimed at helping the ceramics industry to grow

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World-leading clay manufacturer, Valentine Clays, announces that construction is due to take place on its new Production facility which forms part of its ambitious £4m expansion plan.

Nearly four years since completing its HQ, distribution and Ceramics Centre, in Fenton Stoke-on-Trent, the ceramics business is excited to be starting its next expansion phase by completing a new Production facility in late summer.

The 1,651 sqm facility will enable the company to meet the demands currently displayed within the industry and to help to continue its growth plans. This expansion allows the company to bring its presently dispersed activities onto one single site in accordance with the long-term business plan.

Local company Intium Construction has been appointed to commence building works from 1st February 2021 with Project Management support from Prosurv Consult and other local businesses part of the design team to bring the project to life. This includes architects Hulme Upright, services engineer Hopkins Coats, and structural engineer C2C Consulting,

The intention of the new production facility is to increase production capacity and meet the current demands of the industry with the creation of additional jobs too.

The facility will further add to Valentine Clays current HQ as the company aims to be symbolic of the importance of clay throughout the city. The commemorative spade will once again be used to signify work commencing on the new building and will be showcased within the contemporary gallery facilities.

Hannah Ault, Director of Valentine Clays, said: “We have worked extremely hard over the past few year’s focusing upon our business growth and it’s exciting to be in a position to complete our next stage of our expansion plans that are aimed at helping our industry to grow.

“Valentine Clays has an ambitious expansion plan, and the continued development of the Fenton site is vital to our aims to increase sales, production and storage capacity and to create new processes to help develop new products.

“Our new production facility will enable us to fulfil the demands that we are currently seeing from our customers worldwide.

“Although COVID has proved challenging for our business we have also seen positive sale increases over previous months, everyone seems to be making from home, and it has also enabled us to focus on restructure and growth.

“Being a proud local supporter, we were delighted to have appointed Intium Construction & other Design Team members to help to complete our growth plans to support our historic industry and county.”

Andrew Slaney, Managing Director of Intium Construction, commented: “We are all very thrilled at Intium Construction to be part of such an exciting and local project. We have a great deal of experience with similar construction projects and look forward to realising the completion later this year.”

Richard Berry, Project Manager & Director of Prosurv, said: “It’s been a pleasure working with Valentine Clays and their team for the past five years and we are looking forward to the completion of phase two of their plans. The development will provide investment into the local economy by drawing on the expertise and skills of Stoke on Trent’s local supply chain to Construct the fantastic new facility.”

For further information on Valentine Clays please visit www.valentineclays.co.uk or call 01782 271200

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