EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of rubber and plastics products, and other non-metallic mineral products
23.32 - Manufacture of bricks, tiles and construction products, in baked clay
Number Employed: 1800
Group: Forterra Group

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 04-06-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 225
Planned Job Reductions max: 225
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Direct Dismissals: 225

Additional Information

Forterra, the British brick and concrete block maker has announced restructuring plans which will lead to 225 redundancies at its concrete products facilities, particularly affecting workers at its site in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, England.

A statement by the company said that the job cuts are made in anticipation of the long term impact of the coronavirus crisis on the UK construction sector. Britain’s largest brick maker, Ibstock Brick has also announced job cuts.

Forterra is the UK’s second largest brick manufacturer, with nine brick factories. The company is currently developing Europe’s biggest brick factory in Desford, west Leicestershire, which is expected to open in 2022.