Expert for Bricks & Roof Tiles

Kevin Tolson

Commercial Director


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 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.


Twitter: @wienerbergeruk


Wienerberger Comment: Q3 2020

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

There are few industries as important to the British economy as construction. Making up over 6% of the UK’s GDP and employing about 8% of the nation’s workforce, the sector is a vital cog that helps our country continue to move forward.

As a key supplier to the industry, our business has mirrored the strong post-Covid recovery seen from July onwards, and there continues to be significant demand for brick and tile building materials. As we experience our second national lockdown, the sector remains open and busy, with producers and distributors of brick and tile staying open to serve customers.

The recent surge and resulting longer lead times can be attributed to an increase in demand from the major sectors of new build housing, and both public and private RMI (Repair Maintenance & Improvements). Developers are working hard to catch up for time lost due to the impact of COVID’s national lockdown. Public RMI spend has moved to external works, often roofing, due to restrictions on entering people’s houses, while private RMI has seen a boost due to homeowners investing in in their property in lieu of their lost annual holiday.

During this period, many manufacturers’ production facilities returned to partial or full production. Since then we have worked hard as a manufacturing industry to maximise the production from our factories, while adhering to the required social distancing protocols.

Customers, particularly merchants and distributors, may have struggled a little more than usual to obtain materials on the spot, and these delays impact building projects large and small. Lead times across the industry as a whole are a little longer than usual and may persist, particularly if demand continues as we expect, and remains strong through to the end of Q1.

Despite these grumbles, the short-term future (because who can look much further?) looks relatively positive and we continue working hard and keeping our customers informed, to offer as much predictability to the supply chain as possible.

Launched in 2015, the award winning monthly Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report is the only reliable measure of repair, maintenance & improvement (RMI) activity in the UK. Filling an important gap, it can be widely used in construction, and by economists, Government, national media, commentators and influencers outside the industry.