Europe’s leading clay brick manufacturer adds Irish sales centre to its network of UK operations

Wienerberger continues to build for the future by opening its first dedicated sales and distribution centre in Ireland this month. The news indicates the company’s confidence in the future of the Irish market, which has been hard hit by the economic recession in recent months.

As a result of the new facility, which will be located in Belfast, Irish customers will be able to access the full Wienerberger range of products, including its comprehensive portfolio of Terca facing bricks and pavers and Porotherm its innovative clay block walling system. In line with its other European centres, the new operation will also incorporate a state-of-the-art showroom.

Commenting on the news, Wienerberger UK MD Harald Schwarzmayr said: “Although the Irish market has seen a new low in 2009, we believe that the time is right to make sure that our business is ready for the upswing. Wienerberger’s breadth of product ranges, our technical expertise and our market penetration across Europe has helped us to weather the storm and take strategic decisions about the future. Ireland has traditionally been a strong export market for us and we look forward to working with local distributors and merchants to maximise our impact on the market as and when it begins to recover.”

The new Irish sales centre, which is in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, will be headed up by Gary Blair (Regional Associate Sales Director) and fully integrated with and supported by Wienerberger’s UK headquarters and back office operations. The company also announced the opening of a new Scottish sales and distribution centre at the end of 2009 and already has 11 manufacturing sites spread right across the UK, from Todhills in the north to Sittingbourne in the south.

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