Johnson Tiles, has invested £650,000 in two new inkjet machines for its factory in Stoke-on-Trent, to enhance the manufacture of ceramic wall tiles.
The British firm, established in 1901 and the largest volume tile manufacturer in the UK, has made the considerable investment to enhance its existing processes.
The new machines guarantee faster production, and Johnson Tiles claims this will allow the firm to produce a world-class small format product portfolio more efficiently than anyone else globally; and make the Stoke-based manufacturer among the first to introduce the cutting-edge technology.
Nigel Stannard, Commercial Director at Johnson Tiles, comments: “As a British manufacturer that has stood the test of time for over 100 years, we continue to innovate for the future with our latest investment.”
“With more investment planned for 2020, Johnson Tiles is currently exploring all avenues in terms of different tile formats and structures: focusing first on small format for the housebuilder sector, with a view to extend its offering.”
“Being based in Stoke-on-Trent, the world’s ceramic heartland, we are located exactly at the centre of the UK. Therefore, in addition to our high-quality product, when it comes to our warehousing and logistics capabilities, our facilities are second to none. This has become particularly important in light of the UK’s impending Brexit. While some manufacturers have struggled with distribution, we are very much open for business; operating on a global scale with readily available stock held at our factory. This ensures no change to our customers in the coming months.”
“Our heritage has afforded us a wealth of skill. Our team is the best in the UK when it comes to tile manufacturing. However, we’re not resting on our laurels”, continues Stannard. “We’re very much a future-facing company, continually pushing forward to enhance our product offering and tighten our operations. And, as we approach Brexit, this is unchanged.”
In addition to its Stoke-on-Trent factory base, Johnson Tiles has a showroom located a stone’s throw from London’s Oxford Street. Material Lab, which was set-up by the company in 2006, provides an inspirational space for the architecture and design community to explore products from Johnson Tiles, and a range of selected partners, alongside cutting-edge materials from the UK’s most promising emerging designers and makers.
Having supplied its expertise to a range of internationally-renowned projects, including the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London in 2014, Johnson Tiles is not only the UK’s leading tile manufacturer, but has also earned its place as an iconic British manufacturing hallmark.
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