The facility, which officially opened this month, features an SR Schindler press, shot blaster and state-of-the-art packaging line.

This press is only the second of its kind to be operational in the world.

It will facilitate increased production of high demand products including Braemar, Mayfair, Beaufort, Textured, Riven and Classica Flags.

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The new £8.6million Tobermore plant brings the total number of production facilities at the Tobermore manufacturing headquarters to 10

This will allow Tobermore to continue to proudly meet the growing demand for its products by ensuring that all of its paving flags are in stock with zero lead times.

Rigorous pre-launch machine testing was carried out by engineers from around the world, including Germany, Slovakia and Poland, who were also involved in setting up the machines.

The participation of companies from Northern Ireland, including Rapid and PIL, was also imperative to achieve the highest level of exploitation.

Founded in 1942, Tobermore has grown significantly over the past few years, growing its workforce by 54.3% over the past two years, from 302 employees in May 2020 to over 460 employees currently in the UK and Ireland.

The new plant has an SR Schindler press, a shot blaster and a state-of-the-art packaging line.

Additionally, the company’s turnover has grown steadily from £67m in 2020/21 to £85m in 2021/22.

Now in its 80th year, Tobermore continues to go from strength to strength, currently employing over 470 people and expanding further across the UK.

In December 2020, Tobermore celebrated the opening of its impressive 4,416m2 HESS facility which has enabled the rapidly expanding business to increase production by a further 30% and generated 95 new jobs locally.

David Henderson, Managing Director of Tobermore, said, “Tobermore proudly reinvests in areas of the business that meet customer demand.

“We are delighted that our latest production facility is generating additional employment opportunities in our region and allowing us to meet the growing demand for our paving flags. Boasting world-class machinery installed and tested by a team of expert engineers, we are passionate about producing exceptional products without the delays.

This last plant will create about 10 new jobs, including production operators.

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