Order book boosted at Eildon Concrete

A BORDERS concrete producer is reporting a dramatic upsurge in orders after the installation of a new production line.

Eildon Concrete, the Eckford Quarry-based supplier of ready mixed concrete and cast concrete products, says its new pre-stressed concrete panel production line is now fully operational.

Making the announcement, company managing director Humphrey Watson said the line has trebled the company’s production capacity for making pre-stressed concrete panels, typically used in agricultural buildings, silos, and other similar structures, where fast build times and flexibility are attractive.

“In addition, the new line allows much greater flexibility in terms of panel sizes, up to 1500mm (5ft) by 6096mm (20ft), and we can make these panels in either 100mm (4in) or 150mm (6in) thicknesses,” explained Mr Watson.

He told us: “Since the new line was commissioned, order intake has increased dramatically and I’m already quoting lead times of three to four weeks, with our staff working extended hours at present.

“In addition to panels, we are also offering a range of feed troughs and water troughs in cast concrete, which have attracted a lot of interest and orders from across Scotland and northern England. We also manufacture an innovatively designed free-standing base unit FS Wallingtm, which in conjunction with our panels allows robust, long life, permanent or temporary buildings to be erected quickly in almost any size combination.

“These building units are also starting to sell really well, and indeed we use them on our own site to house our production operations. We have this year already exhibited at the Northumberland County Show, the Royal Highland Show, and the Cumberland Show – where we won trade stand of the show – with buildings erected on-site for just a few days, to not only show how easily they can be erected, but to also show that these buildings are robust and soundly constructed.

“We will also be exhibiting at the Border Union and Wooler shows this summer.”

Mr Watson says 2011 has already been an exciting year for the company, with the investment in the company by Jedburgh-based businessman Hugh Hayes early in the year allowing it to upgrade production equipment and provide a solid base from which the company can grow.

He added that the purchase of the new panel production line will secure jobs and should lead to opportunities for employment in the Borders.

“We also have a new company website, www.eildonconcrete.com which is now live though still under development, to show the full range of product offerings, including the free standing buildings,” he said.