New facilities approved for ROCKWOOL Pencoed site

05 November 2018

In a welcome boost for the local economy, ROCKWOOL has been granted permission by Bridgend County Borough Council to develop a new storage area at its Pencoed site in South Wales.

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  • ROCKWOOL granted permission by Bridgend County Borough Council to develop a new logistics centre
  • Significant investment from the Danish-owned ROCKWOOL Group, their second multi-million pound injection to the site within the last 10 years
  • 65 jobs to be added at ROCKWOOL in addition to 50 new recruits already this year
  • Local suppliers to be used throughout the works

Planning permission has been given for the development of the land to the south of the existing factory site. The works will increase onsite capacity to store and distribute the wide range of insulation products manufactured at the site, and will also improve traffic management thanks to a new access road and loading area for hauliers.

The new logistics centre will enable ROCKWOOL to utilise capacity created by a 2008 factory extension and respond to trends in urbanisation and high density, mixed-use developments, which have driven year on year growth in demand for sustainable insulation products that perform across thermal, acoustic and fire safety needs.

Darryl Matthews, Managing Director of ROCKWOOL Limited said, “We are delighted to have already created 50 new permanent jobs this year. This development will result in 65 more jobs at ROCKWOOL, as well as providing opportunities for other businesses through our commitment to working with local suppliers on these works. The new facility comes at a great time when ROCKWOOL will be celebrating 40 years of business in Wales in 2019.”

Councillor Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration at Bridgend County Borough Council said, “Rockwool has been part of Bridgend County Borough for many years, and remains one of our most recognisable local employers. I am delighted that they have chosen to make this further investment. As well as creating new jobs and supporting the local economy, it is a vote of confidence in the county borough and marks it as a place in which businesses can prosper.”

Karl Kerton, GMB Branch Secretary said, “This is great news for our factory. It is good to see the site building up to full capacity which secures current GMB jobs whilst creating new ones.”

Regular open days for local residents will be held throughout the development. Monthly newsletters will also be sent out to provide updates on the works and advance information on upcoming activities.