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.

Visit www.wienerberger.co.uk 

Twitter: @wienerbergeruk

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/wienerberger-uk/

Wienerberger Comment: Q1 2022

Relaxing Covid restrictions, improved supply chains, and continued construction workload rises have all contributed to a strong start to the year for many manufacturers, Wienerberger included.

According to the S&P Global / CIPS UK Construction PMI for March data, UK construction output has increased again, helped by the fastest rise in new work for seven months. However, globally the impact of inflation continues to be felt.

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 6.2% in the 12 months to March 2022, up from 5.5% to February. This is the highest CPI 12-month inflation rate in the National Statistic series which began in January 1997, and the highest rate in the historic modelled series since March 1992, when it stood at 7.1%. These inflationary pressures have led to a weakening of positive sentiment for activity in the year ahead.

One positive omen for the coming year and beyond though, is the continued focus being placed on sustainability by many in our sector. For the first time, in 2022 Wienerberger combined our Annual and Sustainability report, holding us accountable for progress beyond the financial successes. Keeping people and sustainable values at the heart of our organisations will be the essential foundations to allow for continued growth for the future.

As we look back on the first quarter of 2022, I want to take this opportunity to highlight the resilience I’ve seen in our sector. Despite a very challenging two years, with more challenges still to come, I believe that most in our sector are stronger and more prepared to succeed than ever before.