Jobs in pipeline as plastics firm taps green need; Investment opens up booming new market.
ONE of Gwynedd''s biggest employers has unveiled a pounds 3 million production facility in a bid to create jobs.
Rehau plastics factory in Blaenau Ffestiniog, will produce pre-insulated polymer pipework that will store heat for homes quicker, becoming the first UK firm to do so.
The move will secure at lS east three jobs at the factory with potential to create more in the future.
Martin Hitchin, chief executive of Rehau in UK, said: "The new pipework facility is excellent news for the Blaenau factory - it moves us into a new and booming market and it gives us a real advantage over other companies who all still import their pipe from overseas.
"It means we can be more flexible, offer shorter delivery times and of course we can boast that our pipe - which isn't shipped in from Europe - has a lower carbon footprint."
At a special launch party yesterday, government officials and businesses were given a tour of the factory, which produces around 60 tonnes of PVC per day.
The green technology, known as district heating, transports heat from a central boiler system to a group of homes. Heat is transported underground through insulated pipework from a biomass boiler.
Steve Richmond, business team manager for Rehau said demand was booming.
Congratulations: Elfyn Llwyd MP He said: "The market for renewable energy systems is growing all the time and our sales of pre-insulated pipe have more than doubled in the past year with further increases predicted in the coming year as we increase our market share."
However, the firm, that employs 177 people, has not been immune to the economic downturn. In May, the firm announced they would be making 10 job cuts due to the double dip recession.
Dwyfor Meirionnydd MP Elfyn Llwyd welcomed the firm's expansion.
He said: "I''m very happy and I do congratulate Rehau on this latest investment. Rehau is an important employer in Gwynedd and I wish them well."
Congratulations: Elfyn Llwyd MP Rehau in Blaenau Ffestiniog has spent pounds 3m on production facilities for pre-insulated pipework