North-East Derbyshire MP, Natascha Engel visited the IKO factory recently with a view to learning more about the roofing and waterproofing systems manufactured there.
IKO makes a significant contribution to the UK’s manufacturing business within the construction sector with a UK turnover of £70 million in 2013, which included exports of £5 million.
On the factory tour Natascha learnt about the product ranges manufactured in Chesterfield, the environmental aspects of the factory with its zero carbon policy as well as the supply chain route to market. She also visited IKO’s training academy where customers and contractors are educated about new products and applications.
Following the tour, Group Managing Director Andy Williamson provided Natascha with a company overview and talked about the wider political issues relating to the construction sector.
Ms Engel was impressed by what she saw and was interested to learn about what IKO was doing in terms of apprenticeships and training within the local community. She said:
“It was fantastic to see such a high-tech, high skill factory in my constituency employing local people. There’s always something special about family run firms.”
“I hope to work very closely with everyone at IKO to make sure that there is a bright future for British manufacturing.”