Ceramic Industry

Wienerberger Expands Production in Belgium (posted 10/18/07)

October 18, 2007

Wienerberger AG is continuing its expansion strategy in Belgium with additional investments in hollow brick production. Plans call for the enlargement of the Zonnebeke and Egem sites, as well as the renewal of the outdated Rumst site. The total investments are estimated at roughly € 54 million (~ $77 million).

“Belgium is one of our largest single markets in terms of Group revenues,” said Heimo Scheuch, member of the managing board with responsibility for North-West Europe. “The expansion of our activities in Belgium through the increase of our production capacities for hollow brick in these three plants will lead to higher efficiencies due to economies of scale, and will further strengthen our position in this market. The renewal of our plant in Rumst will provide us with the possibility to optimize production costs, enlarge our portfolio and introduce new products to the market. This will allow us to meet the increasing demand of our customers for easier and faster construction systems. ”

In addition to the increase of capacities, the company will focus on the implementation of environmental technologies in line with the 2010+ emission goals set by the European Community. All three Belgian plants will be provided with state-of-the-art scrubber technologies to reduce emissions during the production process. In addition, the plant in Rumst will introduce raw material from recycled brick into the production cycle on a large scale to reduce the use of primary raw materials and energy.

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