Anthea McIntyre, MEP for the West Midlands, who has an impressive background in business, spent three hours touring Recticel’s 175,000ft2 state-of-the-art factory in Stoke on Trent on September 7th. Her visit came just over two weeks after one by Rob Flello, MP for Stoke on Trent South.
Both were hosted by Recticel’s commercial director Kevin Bohea but for Mrs McIntyre’s visit he was joined by Chris Hall, CEO of BRUFMA (British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturers’ Association), the representative body for the Rigid Polyisocyanurate (PIR) and Polyurethane (PUR) insulation industry in the UK.
Like Mr Flello, Mrs McIntyre spent the morning learning about the company’s development and its recent multi-million £ investment in the plant, making it Europe’s most modern PIR manufacturing facility.
Part of this investment is the commissioning of a new line with full rebating ability, allowing the production of even better-performing insulation. This investment has led to the creation of 30 new jobs for local people this year alone.
A presentation by Kevin also detailed how the company’s research and development programme has produced new products to assist with better-performing homes being built within existing footprints, while helping to reduce energy costs for the homeowner without the need to use costly or high-maintenance renewables on a new build.
Mrs McIntyre’s personal assistant and office manager Helen McMillan said afterwards: “Anthea found the tour of the factory most interesting. It is great to know that the company is successful and investing for the future.”
Pictured from left: Recticel commercial director Kevin Bohea and local MEP Anthea McIntyre