Redland Tiles Ltd, Cowie, Stirlingshire

19/06/1969 – Aberdeen Press and Journal – Enough for 12,000 jobs  – because of the rundown in mining operations the Stirlingshire villages of Cowie, Bannockburn, Plean and Fallin, there is now available a potential labour force of 12,000 said Mr William Baxter, M.P. for West Stirlingshire, when he officially opened a new £250,000 concrete tiling factory on a 16- acre site at Cowie. He said this was the first factory to go to an area which had great industrial potential. The factory, owned by Redland Tiles. Ltd., the world’s largest manufacturers roof tiles, employs 45 men, but plans have been made to expand if and when necessary. The factory is the first of its kind in Scotland and will produce a completely new roofing tile called Caledonian.

Below – 20/03/1975 – Aberdeen Evening Express – Redland Caledonian tile advert.

1996 – Ibstock purchases Redland Brick Ltd for £155 million, comprising of the former Redland and Steetley Brick businesses.

1996 – In spring of 1996 Ibstock announced plans to acquire the brick operations of building materials company Redland for £160 million. The deal, which involved 17 brick factories, four stone products facilities, and clay reserves to last 35 years, had the potential to catapult Ibstock into the lead in the U.K. brick market, with a market share of about 35 per cent and the capacity to produce 1.3 billion bricks annually. The company’s market share was knocked down, however, by the Office of Fair Trading, which asked Ibstock to sell or close factories that produced four per cent of the market demand, amounting to about eight factories, in order to avoid a referral to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. Still, Ibstock was able to maintain a market share of about 31 per cent, placing it on equal footing with Hanson. Though Ibstock became a market leader with its purchase of Redland’s brick facilities, the company continued to face difficult times …

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