Expert for Bricks & Roof Tiles

Kevin Tolson

Commercial Director

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Kevin Tolson is the Commercial Director of Wienerberger, the UK’s leading provider of building material solutions, in 2018. He follows in the footsteps of Keith Barker, the company’s previous Commercial Director and current Managing Director.

Kevin joined Wienerberger in February 2018, bringing with him a wealth of experience and knowledge covering everything from marketing and sales to customer service and strategy development. He has worked for some of the UK’s leading manufacturers of consumer durables and building products, both in the UK and overseas. Boasting a degree in Economics and an MBA specialising in Strategic Management.

Wienerberger 

Wienerberger offers UK customers one of the broadest product portfolios in the business, including clay facing bricks (stock and wire-cut), specialist engineering bricks, the Porotherm clay block system, façade solutions including SVK fibre cement panels, the Corium cladding system and a wide range of brick slips. We also offer a full range of Sandtoft and Koramic clay, concrete and slate roofing products, Keymer handmade roof tiles, bespoke heritage products and a range of domestic and commercial pavers.

We are about more than just our products, it is also the ‘extras’ that we provide that makes us different. Our commitment to service and ensuring that our customers find it easy to do business with us is what differentiates us from the rest of the industry. We provide full technical support for all our products, CPD sessions for architects, product training, bespoke products and merchant services. As well as an in-house Design Services team to assist with projects, we also have an array of online tools designed to help with specification.

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Twitter: @wienerbergeruk

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Wienerberger Comment: Q2 2021

Kevin Tolson, Commercial Director Wienerberger UK is BMBI’s Expert for Bricks & Roof Tiles.

Few in our sector could have predicted the rollercoaster ride that we’ve all been on since the first lockdown a year ago. However, as we enter the second half of 2021, the outlook continues to be a positive one.

Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that construction output in Great Britain fell 0.8% in May 2021, following a 0.7% decline in April. However, overall construction activity in June expanded at its fastest pace since June 1997.

Many manufacturers in the construction sector have seen high demand and are working with stakeholders up and down the supply chain to ensure that we maintain the positive momentum that has built up in recent months. RMI work continues to be a driver for growth. Research suggests that households have saved considerable sums during the pandemic and we’re seeing them invest that back into their homes.

One of the biggest hurdles that all industries have had to manage is the shortage of heavy goods vehicle drivers. Based on a survey of its members, the Road Haulage Association estimates there is now a shortage of more than 100,000 drivers in the UK, out of a pre-pandemic total of about 600,000. Other trades are also suffering, with the new build market affected by the availability of bricklayers. As we emerge from lockdown, we are also having to contend with increased numbers of people being ‘pinged’ by the NHS Covid-19 app having to self-isolate. Although this is moderating, it all makes planning and consistency of performance more difficult. Nevertheless, it’s a significant step forward from where we were in Q2 last year.

At Wienerberger we are always looking to the future. The extreme heatwaves and flooding that has been experienced in recent months in our global markets really highlight the importance of looking after our planet. It’s been great to see so many within our sector start to take positive steps in the right direction. Momentum is only just beginning, but over time will no doubt bring significant change.