17 Sep 2019 | 10.50 am
Tegral Building Products Is Proud To Be Guaranteed Irish
'Tegral was one of the founding members of Guaranteed Irish'
17 Sep 2019 | 10.50 am
A member of Guaranteed Irish, Tegral regards the brand as a symbol of quality and trust
Tegral has been an integral part of the Irish construction industry for over 80 years. The business is best known for manufacturing and supplying fibre cement slates and corrugated sheeting, and it also manufactures metal roofing, cladding and flooring systems. Tegral is part of the global constructions material group Etex, and its customers include self-builders, installers, architects, engineers and builders’ merchants.
Paddy Kelly (pictured) has been Managing Director of Tegral Building Products since 2010, and has worked with the company for more than 40 years. He relates the importance to Tegral of being a Guaranteed Irish member below.
Where are Tegral products manufactured?
We have our two primary operations plants in Athy, Co. Kildare, where we have been based since 1936. We are one of the largest employers in Kildare, with over 150 employees in total. Our Irish manufacturing base plays a huge role in what makes us unique in the market. All of our products are Irish-made for Irish weather, and with weather like ours this is especially important.
We are very proud to be leading the way in terms of sustainability in construction. For example, we are the only fibre cement manufacturer in the world with the BES 6001 ‘Excellent’ rating, which is about the sustainable sourcing of raw materials. Recently, we invested €18m in building a new, modern plant, with the latest technology in manufacturing, which also has had a massive impact in the reduction of CO2 emissions.
Why did Tegral join Guaranteed Irish?
Tegral was one of the founding members of Guaranteed Irish in the 1980s. We joined it in order to promote indigenous manufacturing and quality, Irish-made products and services. Guaranteed Irish is an iconic brand, symbolising trust and quality. Research proves that Irish consumers are aware of the importance of buying from companies based in Ireland that support jobs here. And with Brexit looming, I feel the Guaranteed Irish brand will become even stronger and more important for the Irish economy.
As chairman of the organisation, I work alongside a strong board of directors, focusing on growing membership of Guaranteed Irish and promoting all businesses in Ireland. The request to be the chairman was one I saw as an opportunity to give back to an industry that has given me an enjoyable, life-long career.
September is Construction Month in Guaranteed Irish. What key challenges does the construction sector face?
The demand for housing and infrastructure is clearly there and we are currently not able to meet it. For a number of years, we will need to build upwards of 40,000 units per annum just to catch up. Availability of finance for developers, builders and home owners remains a major issue. This needs to be addressed if the construction industry is to perform at levels required to allow Ireland to compete in the global market. Through the Guaranteed Irish forum, we explore potential solutions to these challenges. I believe we are ‘All together better’.